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Thursday, May 6, 2021

THE DEVIL'S CHILD REVIEW

 

A young American nurse finds herself haunted by childhood trauma, when she is employed at a remote house to care for a sinister old psychic.


Starring: Fiona Horsey, Allison Sullivan, and Marvens Passiano


Directed and written by: David Bohorquez


  Sometimes kids are called little devils, but no one wants to actually be “The Devil’s Child.” Sara (Alison Sullivan) isn’t a kid anymore, but she’s certainly still traumatized by events when she was one. For now, she’s on the way to take a new job, and is dropped off by her friends. Dwayne (Marvens Passiano) picks her up, and takes her back to the house where she will be a live-in nurse. 

  The house is run by Naomi (Fiona Horsey), who is only the beginning of strangeness in the home. She makes it clear to Sara that she’s there to take care of her father while Dwayne is in charge of the house while she takes a trip. Dwayne is rather quiet so he isn’t a help with her questions to start, so she begins to explore the big house. As she finds different items around the house, she also begins to see things, and have some nightmares. She’s not sure what’s happening, but tries to carry on as normal as can before secrets are revealed.



  As soon as Sara walks into that house the audience will wonder what’s going to eventually happen. Big houses sometimes lead to supernatural stories, and that seems like the case early on. Sara is going to see a lot of strange things, which creates some creepy moments. The film isn’t going to tip its hand, as it moves at a slow pace before letting out the big secret. No spoilers, but it’s probably on the short list of guesses to what’s happening here. What’s most interesting is where Sara and Dwayne end up when it’s all over.

  Speaking of Sara and Dwayne, there’s a good amount of time devoted to their relationship. Being the only capable people left in the house it’s not surprising that they talk, and get to know each other. As mentioned, Dwayne is quiet so Sara has to do a lot to get anything out of him. What’s different here is that in most cases the audience would expect to see that romantic candle lit, but these two never seem to get there. A bond is formed but they never cross the friend zone, which might be a clue here.



  “The Devil’s Child” keeps a dark and creepy atmosphere from the minute Sara walks into that home. Even in the better moments with Dwayne they won’t be able to escape the shadows. Naomi is strange, and while her father doesn’t move much the audience will be unnerved by him. The film hides its secret well, and creates some good nightmares for Sara. Some blood is spilt, and it ends with an interesting turn of events. With that said, I give it 3 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/04/18/the-devils-child-trailer-release/

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

UNDERGODS REVIEW



 An otherworldly journey through a Europe in decline - a collection of darkly humorous, fantasy tales about ill-fated characters and doomed fortune.


Starring: Johann Myers, Geza Rohrig, and Michael Gould


Directed and written by: Chino Moya


  “Undergods” can definitely be seen as the rulers of this world. The film paints a bleak future for this version of Europe. It creates a post-apocalyptic landscape with little hope and a lot of change. Here’s where the audience finds two men, who seem like garbage men, but are picking up bodies instead of garbage. As they drive around the wasteland, they begin the first of three different tales that will be told.

  The first story is about a couple who invite a stranger into their home, and have a hard time getting him to leave. The man quickly becomes friends with the wife while the husband gets more jealous by the minute. Things get interesting when the husband is eventually told that his wife and himself should be the only ones living in the building. The real surprise will be for the next people who move into the building.



  That brings the audience to the second story, which starts with a meeting between a businessman and a foreigner. The foreigner is odd and very possessive of his plans. The businessman thinks he can fool him and steal those plans, but the foreigner is no fool. He steals an even more valuable possession from the businessman causing him to go on a bizarre hunt to get it back.

  The third story is about another couple and a strange man. Strange because he doesn’t say anything, but not unknown to the wife. It’s her ex-husband who she thought was long gone. She won’t turn her back on him even as her current husband grows more frustrated by the moment that the ex is still around. Things spiral out of control for all three of them, and it ends in a somewhat unexpected manner.



  All three tales involve a family dynamic in some way. Love, jealousy, power, and more turn them deadly by the end. The deadly part should be appreciated even though the audience will have to get through some odd moments. Also, the mix between the tales, and this new world that’s created is a little confusing at times. It seems like they want to explore this world a little, which sometimes blurs the line between where the tales fall in the overall story. It actually would have been nice to see more of this new world because they create some great visual moments. I’m no Undergod, but I will give “Undergods” 2.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/04/19/undergods-coming-to-theaters-and-available-on-demand-may-7/

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

INITIATION REVIEW

 


Whiton University unravels the night a star-athlete is murdered, kicking off a spree of social media slayings that force students to uncover the truth behind the school’s hidden secrets and the horrifying meaning of an exclamation point.


Starring: Froy Gutierrez, Lochlyn Munro, Lindsay LaVanchy and Yancy Butler


Directed by: John Berado


Written by: John Berado, Brian Frager, and Lindsay LaVanchy


  It’s time for your “Initiation” to this movie. The film opens with a fraternity and sorority having some fun. The houses are holding some initiations, and later a party to celebrate. During the party, one of the girls, Kylie (Isabella Gomez), is found passed out in a bedroom with a few guys in there as well. Ellery (Lindsay LaVanchy) gets her out of the room, but no one is sure what happened in there.

  The next day Ellery questions her brother Wes (Froy Gutierrez), who was one of guys in the room, about what happened. The two argue with nothing conclusive about what went on in there. Kylie thinks she might have been raped, but can’t really remember enough to be certain. Wes has also seemed off since the night before, and struggles through the rest of his day. It doesn’t end well when he’s brutally murdered setting off panic between the two houses.



  The film is built around a serious issue, and they handle it with the respect it deserves. The girls seem to be aware of the possibilities of rape, and try to use a buddy system to prevent it. It didn’t save Kylie, but Ellery couldn’t have been more concerned for her. They show the struggle Kylie has with whether to come forward or not, and her attempts to remember what happened. They also show the seriousness, and panic an on campus murder can create.

  And it’s finally when Wes is murdered that the slasher fun begins. With the way he’s left hanging, it seems the killer is certain Wes played a role in the rape. Wes won’t be the only one who suffers at the hands of this killer with a glassy looking mask. There will be some more brutal deaths to come, but the killer’s identity will be a challenge to figure out. Once it’s revealed, it will all make sense and create a shocking moment for the survivors and hopefully the audience. 



  “Initiation” is a slasher film, but one that maintains a serious tone to it. The opening moments might hint at another movie with clueless college kids, but these young adults are well aware of the challenges and most of the dangers in front of them. The audience will see that just because they’re prepared doesn’t mean it won’t happen. The movie tackles how difficult dealing with rape is, and then compounds it with a killer on the loose. They even show how social media can play a role in the aftermath. With that said, your initiation is over and I give the movie 3 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/03/25/official-trailer-poster-for-initiation-releasing-may-7th/

Monday, May 3, 2021

MURDER BURY WIN REVIEW

 


Three friends have created a board game, MURDER BURY WIN, and they think it has what it takes to become a bestseller on the indie charts. When their attempt to crowdfund fails, a mysterious man makes them an offer: he will publish their game on the condition that he takes credit as the sole creator and owner. After a dispute over the gaming rights leaves them with a body on their hands, the young men realize how suspiciously like murder the freak accident appears. Now, with few options remaining, they look to their game for guidance. The premise of their game? How to murder someone and get rid of the body.


Starring: Mikelen Walker, Erich Lane, and Henry Alexander Kelly


Directed by: Michael Lovan


Written by: John Hart and Michael Lovan


  “Murder Bury Win” is the name of the game. No literally, it’s the name of the game that Chris (Mikelen Walker), Adam (Erich Lane), and Barrett (Henry Alexander Kelly) invited. They’re still fine tuning it, but have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to create it. The campaign doesn’t do so well leaving them questioning what to do next. Then Adam gets a call from someone who’s interested in talking to them about it, and he invites them to his cabin.

  Out of options, the three friends decide to take the meeting. They meet a man named V.V. Stubbs (Craig Cackowski), who has some recommendations for them. They eventually sit down, play the game, and talking about improvements. Once that’s done V.V. offers to take the game off their hands. The three friends can’t agree on what to do, and don’t really want to part ways with the game. Before they can make a decision, fate seems to make it for them, and now they’re going to play the game for real.



    What a cleverly written film this turns out to be. It relies heavily on the dynamic between three friends, and the increasingly crazy situations they find themselves in. As the audience gets to learn about the game, they also get to know the three friends and what they want out of the game’s success. Chris seems happy with having his name on the game, and being recognized for it. Adam would be content with a good pay day, and Barrett seems alright with them doing the best job they can and the happiness of his friends. The audience should also find V.V. an interesting character for the time he sticks around.

  Of course things pick up when the friends actually find themselves with a dead body on their hands, and try to rely on the game to figure out what to do next. They argue and panic setting up some funny moments. With the difficulties they have getting rid of it the audience and friends will see why the game had some room for improvements. There’s not as much blood and guts as there could’ve been, but the film never is about that. Instead the film will reveal its true genius in the final shot, and should leave the audience with a big smile on their faces.



  With a title like “Murder Bury Win,” the audience could have expected another horror movie where a bunch of people are killed in some lunatic’s crazy game. Instead it’s about three friends who are looking to create a board game for their own reasons, and get more than they bargained for when faced with playing it for real. Mikelen, Erich, and Henry mix so well together, and are great in the situations their characters find themselves in. The audience will be entertained from beginning to end, and hopefully by that end see just how well crafted this entire story is! It certainly had me nodding my head with approval after the final moments and because of that I give it 4 pools of blood.

 

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/04/01/gravitas-ventures-murder-bury-win-on-demand-april-27/

Saturday, May 1, 2021

LET ME PLAY REVIEW



 

When a young girl is bullied by her older brother, a mysterious figure promises her the revenge she so desperately craves— but at what cost?

Starring: Juliet Luchsinger, Lucas Luchsinger, Douglas Wann, and Gerganna Mellin  


Directed and written by: Andrew Bell 


  Kids are always asking to “Let Me Play,” but sometimes that doesn’t work out for them. Nanna is watching over brother and sister, Grace and Mark. Mark is the older brother, and he has no problem letting Grace get in trouble. When Nanna yells at her again, she gets a surprise visit from a little boy. A little boy who’s a ghost, and offers to help her out with her bullying problem. She’s tempted, but her innocence holds her back…while she can.

   First off, these kid actors do a fantastic job especially Juliet who most of the pressure is on. The little boy is creepy, and they do a great job of where he’s placed when he shows up. Probably the best thing here are the twists and turns. This short could have ended several times, but they continue to push the limits and the scares. Check out the film below, and see for yourselves…


  HorrO

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