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Monday, June 21, 2021

WHERE THE SCARY THINGS ARE EPISODE 92

 

Where The Scary Things Are Episode 92: MURDER BURY WIN with Director MICHAEL LOVAN


We sit down with director of Murder Bury Win, Michael Lovan. This film was a lot of gory fun and makes you ask, what would you do in this situation?Support the show (https://linktr.ee/WTSTA666) 


Listen: https://www.stitcher.com/show/where-the-scary-things-are/episode/where-the-scary-things-are-episode-92-murder-bury-win-with-director-michael-lovan-84211485


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Sunday, June 20, 2021

THEM REVIEW

 


A Black family moves to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.


Starring: Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, and Shahadi Wright


Creator: Little Marvin


Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...


Friday, June 18, 2021

STALKER REVIEW




A young man’s budding romance is threatened when he befriends an unstable ride-share driver.


Starring: Christine Ko, Vincent Van Horn, and Michael Lee Joplin


Directed by: Tyler Savage 


Written by: Dash Hawkins, and Tyler Savage


  “Stalker” brings a whole new meaning to being stalked in this new era of technology. Andy (Vincent Van Horn) has left Texas for California, and looking to get settled in. His move is made easier when he meets Sam (Christine Ko) at a bar, and the two hit it off. They take a ride-share back to her place, and hang out a little longer. The next day he gets a call, and takes part in a quick interview for a tutoring job. Things seem to be looking up for him as he gets the job.

  Then he takes his dog for a walk to get some coffee, and runs into the ride-share driver, Roger (Michael Lee Joplin) from the previous night. The two talk, and decide to get drinks soon. It looks like Andy is off to a good start in his new home by finding a girlfriend, and new friend. However, he doesn’t realize that Roger is watching him when Andy ditches him to hang out with Sam. Roger isn't happy about this, and now is about to become a huge thorn is Andy’s side.



  Roger is about to put on a master class on how to stalk, and mess with someone’s life. He does some of the stuff one might expect like breaking into Andy’s apartment, and looking through his social media to learn about him. When the movie opens the audience sees Andy using his phone a lot, and then the audience will see why that’s important. Roger uses technology to work against Andy. He basically gains access to everything Andy has in his phone and computer like his photos, videos, bank account and more. It’s scary enough to see how easy someone can do that to another.

  Besides being tech savvy, Roger is an absolutely creepy individual, and very easy to hate. He takes way too much joy out of torturing Andy. Andy might not be the most likable guy, but the audience will probably feel sorry that he’s on the opposite end of Roger’s madness. As this plays out, the audience will await a showdown between Andy, and Roger. This has been a twisted and cruel story throughout, so of course the movie is going to end with one more heartless twist.



Sometimes good horror is made by presenting situations that are as real as possible. Whether by ride-share driver, or another random person, anyone could find themselves being stalked. One of the scariest things about “Stalker” is how easy it is for Roger to get into Andy’s personal information, and use it against him. All the audience has to do is put themselves in Andy’s shoes to see how really bad this situation is, and it doesn’t get any better in the end. Michael really does do a good job of making Roger a despicable person. This film is another reminder to not be blind to the people you surround yourself with. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood.


  HorrO 


On Demand & Streaming Friday, June 18th

Thursday, June 17, 2021

BLOOD PAGEANT REVIEW

 


What begins as a million-dollar reality show competition between seven beautiful women turns into a battle for like itself when one contestant uses magic to gain an edge over the competition. An ancient curse dating back to the Salem Witch Trials is unleashed and the competition becomes a pageant of death, destruction, and evil forces. Forget about who will win - who will survive?


Starring: Danielle C. Ryan, Stephen Baldwin, Snoop Dogg, Juliana Destefano, and Malea Rose


Directed by: Harvey Lowry


Written by: Chris Gilmore and Anthony J. Sands


  Not really one for pageants, but a “Blood Pageant” sounds a little more like it! Lots of pageant winners and reality stars seem like they were made for that life. At first glance, Amy (Juliana Destefano) might not seem like she fits that world, but she has a desire to be in it. She reaches out for some help from Liz (Natasha Blasick), who seems to have an unusual technique to prepare Amy for the competition. Regardless of the technique, it certainly makes Amy ready to take this competition by storm.

  She arrives at the home where the show will be shot along with the other contestants. All of them are quick to stake their claim as being the eventual winner, even to a lesser degree the ever so religious Crystal (JoAnna de Castro). Amy and Crystal do seem a little behind some of the other woman who appear more open to sucking up to the producer Barry (David Chokachi). However, no one knows it but Amy has a secret weapon that will literally eliminate the competition. 

  Anyone who channel surfs these days knows the large amount of reality/game shows to be found on tv. While they do entertain some, others wouldn’t mind seeing less of them. The movie takes aim at aspects of these kind of shows, and certainly makes light of them particularly what goes on behind the scenes. The contestants show the usual distain for each other, and are only concerned about themselves. The audience will get a lot of set up, and introduction into the reality for the early half of the movie.

  Amy might not realize what she’s doing, but horror fans will soon be clued in on what's happening here. She has a board of contestants up in her room, and they’re getting marked off quickly. The competition soon comes to an end after some ladies die while trying to win bonus points with Barry in a truly wild scene. The competition might be over, but there’s still a killer lurking around the house. It turns out there’s a lot more going on here than originally thought, and it comes to a very dramatic ending.

  Lots of reality shows go big, and this one does as well. Barry, along with the rest of the crew, do their best to stir it up with the women, and create some theatrics that should give the audience some laughs. Soon enough the laughs fade because the body count will rise. Blood is spilled, and a mystery is solved. And if that isn’t enough, Snoop Dogg, Stephen Baldwin, and some more familiar faces make an appearance. With that said, this competition is over and I give "Blood Pageant" 3 pools of blood. 


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/05/26/horror-thriller-blood-pageant-set-for-summer-release-from-vision-films/

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

SUPERDEEP REVIEW

 


A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world’s deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.


Starring: Milena Radulovic, Sergey Ivanyuk, and Nikolay Kovbas


Directed by: Arseny Syuhin


Written by: Samuel Stewart Hunter, and Arseny Syuhin


  Dig “Superdeep” into the earth and you’ll find things that are better off left buried. A secret medical facility has been created in one of the deepest places ever dug. While down there something has gone wrong that endangers the entire operation. Unsure of what's happened, the very intelligent Anya (Milena Radulovic) is called, and promised many great things if she can go down there and figure out what’s going on. Too bad no one tells her just how bad it truly is down there.

  Along with a group of soldiers, their helicopter lands just in time to see someone apparently trying to escape, or stop them from getting out. Either way, he’s dealt with, and their real guide is ready to take them inside. There seems to be one way in and out on an elevator that works in a particular way. It basically means once they go down there, they’ll be there for awhile. That’s fine for Anya at the start because she’s ready to investigate, but soon enough she’ll be dying for that elevator ride back to the surface.



  While watching the film horror fans will no doubt have memories of “The Thing.” Eventually the group will have to deal with some interesting looking creatures. At times they will gross out the audience, and others they will leave them in awe. The creatures get nastier as it goes on, and the final one is out of control. The special effects with the creatures is awesome from beginning to end. Anya will learn she was promised all those things because no one really expected her to make it out in one piece.

  While fans will be treated to a visual feast, their ears might not be as happy. This is a Russian film that’s dubbed, and it gets kind of tiresome at almost two hours long. There’s probably some good performances lost in there somewhere, but it’s hard to tell with the dubbing. Regardless, it’s clear to see and hear that Milena gives a great performance because she plays a smart and strong female character. Yes, she’s taken back by the madness down there, but she’s going to fight to the end. 

  Russia has been in the news a lot lately, and not for many good reasons. Too bad they don’t get more coverage of their horror films because there have been some good ones recently. The special effects here are top notched, and deserve all the credit they can get. The story is solid leading to plenty of suspense and tension as the madness builds down there. Audiences might not be sure about Anya at first, but she’ll eventually win them over. Look past the dubbing because if you enjoy horror like “The Thing” there’s a good chance you’ll like this as well. With that said, giving it anything less than 4 pools of blood would be disrespectful to the special effects alone. 


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/05/06/george-a-romeros-the-amusement-park-to-headline-shudders-summer-slate/

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

THE SOCK HOP KILLER REVIEW

 

One young woman learns the lesson of heartbreak the hard way after being dumped the night of the big dance and her grief calls a menacing object connecting her to an ancient power that her ancestors could not control. As the Homecoming dance grows near and the body count rises, a cursed family heirloom returns to punish the deception and misery for a generation of women. What will it take to end the plague of an ancient mask and release the wearer that hides behind the hurt and rage of a lifetime of suffering? The Sock Hop Killer is our homage to the Slasher Horror Genre of the 80’s.


Authors: Paul Dulski and David Whalen


  This story begins with circumstances that create a new masked killer. Something has gone terribly wrong in this family that has given rise to this evil. It’s born of pain, and turns that pain onto others. After seeing these tragic events, the killer disappears for some time, and the family gets to move on. 

  The story moves forward to Janice, who’s excited for the school dance. Along with her mom and Gary, she goes to grandma’s house to get some clothes to fit the dance’s theme. She finds what she’s looking for, and a mysterious box of photos. By accident it seems she’s dug up the past, and the killer rises again. 

  “The Sock Hop Killer” is a short comic coming in at less than 30 pages. It makes for a quick read, as the story gets right to the point.  And while it’s a short story it feels like the door is open for some more chapters to the story if they want. I previewed it in black and white, which works well particularly for the most horrific moments. However, it looks even more spectacular in color. Most importantly the killer looks bad ass with the mask on and sword by their side! Check out the comic today on Amazon, or catch it coming soon to ComiXology!


  HorrO

Sunday, June 13, 2021

SPIRAL REVIEW

 

A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.


Starring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Max Minghella


Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman


Written by: Joel Stolberg, and Pete Goldfinger


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Friday, June 11, 2021

CENSOR REVIEW



After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister’s disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.


Starring: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, and Nicholas Burns


Directed by: Prano Bailey-Bond


Written by: Prano Bailey-Bond and Anthony Fletcher


  “Censor” is not a popular word for horror fans, but it works well for the title of this horror movie. Enid (Niamh Algar) is part of a group of people responsible for censoring horror movies. Fans of blood and guts scenes are at their mercy. Enid takes her job very seriously, probably more than those around her. That’s why it’s shocking when a colleague and her are blamed for not censoring a scene in a movie which leads to someone’s death. 

  This starts a slow, and surprising change in her. It triggers memories of the disappearance of her sister when they were younger. Her sister hasn’t been found, and Enid will never give up looking for her. She actually thinks she sees someone who looks like her in a video that a producer gives her. She goes on an investigation of her own, which brings her closer and closer to starring in her own horror movie!



  For a film titled “Censor” there’s a whole lot of bloody moments in it, and no one is complaining. She’s rating borderline things like scenes involving eye gouging and rape, and the audience gets to watch along with her. That’s just a warm up to when Enid finds herself in her own bloody situations. The first time is an accident, but what follows is definitely on her hands.

  It doesn’t seem like it at first, but Enid becomes a very interesting character. When she’s first introduced, she’s very serious, and all about doing the best job possible. She definitely isn’t a fan of horror, and her trauma is probably why. The film works at a slow pace, and so does her change. After seeing her in the opening moments, it would be hard to imagine her ending up where she eventually finds herself. They also do this giving the audience as little information about her as possible. Credit Niamh and her strong performance for helping pull this all off.



  Admittingly, as “Censor” started off with a slow pace, and serious lead character I was doubting how much I would like this. However, it started to gain my interest with the bloody scenes Enid and company are trying to censor. I appreciate them showing the audience these scenes as Enid wants to censor them. The payoff here is just how far Enid really ends up going. It’s totally unexpected from the person the audience meets at the beginning. I’m certainly glad this film wasn’t censored too much, so I can give it 3.5 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/05/18/official-trailer-for-censor/

Thursday, June 10, 2021

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL REVIEW

 

Two years after aliens land on Earth, survivors from Sydney, Australia, fight in a desperate war as the number of casualties continue to grow.


Starring: Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Lawrence Makoare, and Daniel Gillies


Directed by: Luke Sparke


Written by: Luke Sparke, Dale Dye, and Felix Williamson


  “Occupation: Rainfall” sounds like a military operation, and that’s certainly what’s to come here. This movie is a sequel to “Occupation,” and picks up a couple of years after the events in that movie. Aliens have invaded, and now are really taking it to the humans. Even with some friendly alien help, things don’t go well from the start. Matt (Dan Ewing) and some of his team barely make it out of their latest mission. They still have their lives, and some important information that sets the stage for what’s to come.

  Running out of options, the humans decide to act on this new information. They send Matt and Garry (Lawrence Makoare), who is one of the good aliens, on a mission to find a device that could save them all. Matt doesn’t trust aliens and that goes for Garry as well no matter who tells him differently. With such an important mission at hand, their bickering is just one of the many obstacles they face. The rest of the group has their own in-fighting to do mostly at the hands of Wing Commander Hayes (Daniel Gillies). Can everyone put their differences aside in time to save what’s left of humanity?



  Having not seen the first movie there was a lot of uncertainty with what to expect here. It did take a little time to get the players right, but the story boils down to aliens vs humans again. And with aliens vs humans the audience can expect some action, and they will get a lot of it. As the action unfolds, the audience should appreciate the special effects that bring these battles to life. On top of the great action, the alien designs are solid, especially a pair of creatures similar to dogs.

   When the action isn’t dominating the screen there’s a lot of back and forth between Matt and Garry. Matt’s history with aliens makes it hard for him to trust Garry no matter what happens, or who sticks up for the alien. Of course there will be a make or break moment, or two when their lives will depend on the other. While there’s that relationship, there’s another odd one revealed later on between Bud (Ken Jeong) and another alien Steve (Jason Isaacs). They seem to be their only to prove humans and aliens can get along in a strange way, and maybe for some comic relief.



  As with many great space adventures, this doesn’t seem to be the end of this war. “Occupation: Rainfall” looks like it will be a sequel in the next attempted blockbuster alien vs human trilogy. With great action scenes and solid special effects, it’s certainly on the way. Matt and Garry are a good start for characters, but maybe they need to add someone with a little more spark, and who will be a little more memorable to finish it off. Regardless, I hope to catch the first movie and would definitely watch a third one, so I give this movie 3 pools of blood.


  HorrO


In Theaters, On Digital and On Demand June 11


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/05/03/saban-films-occupation-rainfall-in-theaters-june-11/

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT REVIEW

 


The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.


Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, and Ruairi O’Connor


Directed by: Michael Chaves


Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, James Wan, and Chad Hayes


Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

THE AMUSEMENT PARK REVIEW

 

An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare instead.


Starring: Lincoln Maazel, Harry Albacker, and Phyllis Casterwiler


Directed by: George A. Romero


Written by: Wally Cook 


  Most people have fun at “The Amusement Park” but not this time around. The film opens a little differently with Lincoln Maazel giving a short speech about the experience of being an elderly person. He doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but sometimes the truth is hard to hear. It isn’t easy the older you get, and he’s about to prove that in an amusement park.

  After the speech, the audience sees a familiar old man sitting in a waiting room. He doesn’t look to be in good shape, and soon another old man comes in the room smiling. The man is happy to be going into the amusement park, but the beat up old man tries to warn him it won’t be what he expects. He ignores the warning, goes into the park, and will eventually see how right the banged up old man was.

  Sometimes horror works best when it’s ever so real, which is the case here. The movie isn’t your typical horror movie, and certainly not something fans are used to from George A. Romero. It takes the issue of being elderly in the U.S. head on, and brings out the horrors of it. The opening speech goes over it well, but the amusement park really drives home the point.

  The amazement here is how they take the park and the common experiences in it, and use it to drive home their point. Things like starting off with elderly people turning in their most prized possessions and getting nothing for them in the form of tickets for the park. Another great example is the good old bumper car ride. While the point is to actually hit other cars, they change it up here and stage what it’s like for an elderly couple to have an accident. It gets truly sad when he gets an opportunity to read a story to a little girl, and gets little acknowledgment from her mother. Lincoln had such high spirits in the beginning, and things just continue to get worse as things go on.

  What might be the scariest thing of all is that “The Amusement Park” was made over 40 years ago, and so much of it remains true today. While the beginning and ending speeches are powerful in their own right, the amusement park just makes everything that much more interesting. It’s a true credit to Romero and everyone who put this together. The creativity is off the charts, and the performance Lincoln puts on is great. The audience should appreciate how horror is used to make such a meaningful film. A film that really needs to be seen by more than the average horror fan. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/06/07/live-watch-virtual-panel-event-for-the-premiere-of-george-a-romeros-the-amusement-park/

Monday, June 7, 2021

THE RETREAT REVIEW

 


A lesbian couple with a rocky relationship goes to a pre-wedding retreat and ends up fighting for their lives when a group of militant serial killers tries to murder them.


Starring: Sarah Allen, Aaron Ashmore, and Munro Chambers


Directed by: Pat Mills


Written by: Alyson Richards


Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...


Sunday, June 6, 2021

WHERE THE SCARY THINGS ARE EPISODE 91

 


Where The Scary Things Are Episode 91: Conversation with Bill Oberst Jr


We sit down with a horror icon Bill Oberst Jr to discuss his film Painkiller as well as other topics such as....how to make out with girls.Support the show (https://linktr.ee/WTSTA666)


Listen: https://www.stitcher.com/show/where-the-scary-things-are/episode/where-the-scary-things-are-episode-91-conversation-with-bill-oberst-jr-83873241


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Friday, June 4, 2021

ROAD HEAD REVIEW

 



Three friends take a road trip to the Mojave desert where their complicated relationships are pushed to their breaking point as the group encounters a reclusive, murderous cult.


Starring: Elizabeth Grullon, Damian Joseph Quinn, and Ryan Sulton Stevens


Directed by: David Del Rio


Written by: Justin Xavier


Check out the video below and find out how many pools of blood it received...

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

CAVEAT REVIEW

 

A lone drifter suffering from partial memory loss accepts a job to look after a psychologically troubled woman in an abandoned house on an isolated island.


Starring: Ben Caplan, Conor Dwane, Leila Sykes, and Jonathan French


Directed and written by: Damian Mc Carthy 


  Always make sure there isn’t a “Caveat” before taking a new job. Isaac (Jonathan French)  wasn’t expecting to receive a babysitting job. Alright, he doesn’t have to watch over a baby, but instead a young woman. Barret (Ben Caplan) offers him a decent pay to watch over his niece Olga (Leila Sykes) for a few days. Isaac isn’t sure about it, but he’s eventually talked into it.

  Right off the bat Isaac finds the first of several caveats to his new job. Barret never mentioned that the house she lives in is on an island. He isn’t excited about that, or when he finds out that he won’t be allowed in Olga’s room. It’s not because he wants to be in her room, but because he’s forced to wear a harness that limits where he can go. Once locked in, Barret leaves the two to get acquainted, and the mystery of this situation unfolds.



  As Isaac strolls around the house the mood is going to be set. It’s quiet with some tension in the air. The house is dark and gloomy with areas that are hard to get to for good reason. The pace of the film is also set here before Isaac and Olga have their first encounter. While it’s more about this atmosphere and pace that’s created there’s still a few good scares mixed in, especially at the ears of a creepy old toy rabbit.

  With the stage set everything gets more interesting when details about the two are slowly revealed. Olga has some mental issues and uses a crossbow for her protection. She's alone because her father is dead, and mother has gone missing. Clues to what happened to them are somewhere in the house. Isaac is also looking for clues about his past, as he has recently suffered some memory loss of his own. The longer the two stay in the house the more their personal mysteries come to light. It will be strange at times, but certainly fits with the odd situation that’s created to begin with.



  “Caveat” is quite a mysterious movie for many reasons. It all starts with the house, and the gloomy atmosphere that never seems to go away. The house has secrets, but so do its current occupants. The audience will never know what to expect from Olga because of her mental issues, and preference to stay locked in her room. Isaac is also somewhat unpredictable because of his memory loss, and especially when he becomes desperate to get off the island. It might be confusing at times, but this cat and mouse game will be well worth it in the end. With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/05/24/shudder-unveils-key-art-and-trailer-for-dark-mystery-thriller-caveat-ahead-of-streaming-release-next-month/

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