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Sunday, November 28, 2021

NIGHTBOOKS REVIEW

 


Follows Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories who is imprisoned by an evil young witch in her contemporary New York City apartment.


Starring: Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, and Krysten Ritter


Directed by: David Yarovesky


Written by: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Laconis, and J.A. White


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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

NIGHT TEETH REVIEW

 


A college student moonlighting as a chauffeur picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across LA. But when he uncovers their bloodthirsty intentions - and their dangerous, shadowy underworld - he must fight to stay alive.


Starring: Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Debby Ryan, and Lucy Fry


Directed by: Adam Randall


Written by: Brent Dillon


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

AUTUMN ROAD REVIEW

 


Twin brothers running a haunted house and an aspiring actress are all affected by the disappearance of a young girl.


Starring: Lorelei Linklater, Riley Cusick, and Maddy-Lea Hendricks


Directed and written by: Riley Cusick


  “Autumn Road” is another place where nothing good is going to happen. This story starts on one of the best times of year, Halloween, but isn’t going to end so joyously. Winnie (Maddy-Lea Hendrix) has just come from doing some trick-or-treating, and wants to share some of her candy with her friend Charlie (Riley Cusick). The two are sitting in a hearse outside of Charlie’s family haunted house. Just after the two share a touching moment, she has an allergic reaction and chokes as Charlie panics. This leaves big brother Vincent (Riley Cusick) to clean up the mess instead of coming to the rescue.

  Years later the brothers find themselves in the same place still running their haunted house. Not doing much better is Winnie’s older sister Laura (Lorelei Linklater), who has returned home after some struggles of her own. She meets back up with the brothers to do some catching up. However, it’s not a great time because Vincent is having some anger issues, and her inquires into Charlie’s relationship with Winnie aren’t going to help.

  Before getting to the horror in this story, lets be clear this is very much a sad story. Winnie and Charlie had such a moment going for them when things unexpectedly go wrong. Winnie lost her life, and Charlie ends up stuck in a life next to his brother who has some issues. The more time Laura spends with them the more depressing her sister’s death becomes. Where all these characters end up isn't going to help brighten things up either.

  With so much sadness in the story it would have been nice to have a little more horror. Much of the horror is obviously going to come from the bad brother Vincent. It almost seems a little random, but he decides to solve his anger issues by trying to be a serial killer. However he proves not to be the best of serial killer around, but does have a pretty cool mask. The haunted house provides a good background, but it’s never used to conjure up any real good scares. Speaking of good scares, there’s one particular moment that might be shocking more than scary but it does come out of nowhere and will have your attention. 

  In the end, this is just a really sad story for all those who are involved. When Winnie dies she’s not the only one to loss a soul. Charlie, Vincent, and Laura also loss a soul that night, and clearly never recover. The film does well at bringing this out, and painting a depressing picture for those characters. The horror in the story is alright, but the audience will probably feel more depressed than scared. With that, I give it 2 pools of blood. 

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/11/17/gravitas-travels-down-autumn-road-halloween-flavored-horror-drama-debuts-nov-23/

Monday, November 22, 2021

OLD REVIEW

 


A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where they’re relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.


Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, and Rufus Sewell


Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan


Written by: M. Night Shyamalan, Pierre-Oscar Levy, and Frederik Peeters


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Sunday, November 21, 2021

SMOKE AND MIRRORS THE STORY OF TOM SAVINI REVIEW

 


A documentary about the life of Tom Savini. The film covers his early days in Pittsburgh, and his rise to stardom as Hollywood’s most sought after special effects wizard.


Starring: John Amplas, Tom Atkins, and Howard Berger


Directed by: Jason Baker


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Friday, November 19, 2021

BLACK FRIDAY REVIEW



 

A group of toy store employees must protect each other from a horde of parasite infected shoppers.


Starring: Devon Sawa, Bruce Campbell, and Michael Jai White


Directed by: Casey Tebo


Written by: Andy Greskoviak


  “Black Friday” draws crowds, but this isn’t the kind of crowd anyone wants to see shopping or anywhere! Ken (Devon Sawa) is on his way to his shift at We Love Toys on Black Friday along with several co-workers. He’s one of the more prepared workers for the crazy shopping event, but some of the others aren’t. Store manager Jonathan (Bruce Campbell) is definitely prepared to ring the registers. There’s no turning back as they open the doors, and in flows the shoppers.

  As the shoppers make their way around, some make it easy on the staff while others are ready to raise hell. Unknown to staff and shoppers a parasite has already taken over someone, and is about to start spreading the infection to others. The staff thought the shoppers were scary, but they haven’t seen anything yet. Before they know it Black Friday becomes a true nightmare as they fight for survival and a way out!

  Before touching on the story and characters, lets start with what many horror fans want to see…great special effects and plenty of blood splattering fun! They do a fantastic job with the makeup on all of the shoppers who get turned. Many of the shoppers turn into what seem to be zombies which is a great start. Then there are a few others that make a full transformation, and they look awesome. If that isn’t enough, the staff is going to have a really huge surprise to deal with before it’s all said and done. And yes plenty of blood flies as both parasite shoppers and staff meet their doom!

  As for the story, it’s very simple in the set up yet has a good mix of characters. It appears a meteor shower might be behind all the mess, but it’s never clear and doesn’t have to be. The important part is the shoppers become infected, and the staff fights to survive. None may fight harder than Ken who wants to make it back to his kids. He’s also battles with a need to protect his fellow co-workers as well. Jonathan plays a cowardly manager, and as expected Bruce Campbell nails his role. While each character seems to have their comedic moments, Chris (Ryan Lee) might be the funniest being scared of everything mostly because he’s a germaphobic. Ryan pairs great with Ivana Baquero, who plays Marnie, as they try to hold off the creatures.

  No doubt “Black Friday” is a nightmare for many people, and it’s about time someone turned that nightmare into a killer horror movie. From the start, the audience is going to know it’s in for some laughs, and blood splattering fun. The SFX is top notch, and particularly stands out with the shoppers that fully transform. There’s a good mix of characters giving different reactions to what’s happening, and how to survive. No matter who they are, at some point the audience will be laughing at them. The performances from Bruce to Devon, and all the way down are terrific. This can easily be added to the list of must see holiday themed horror movies to see year after year. With that, I give it 4 pools of blood, and will be staying clear of Black Friday shopping!

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/11/08/black-friday-in-theaters-november-19th-on-demand-november-23rd/

Thursday, November 18, 2021

ANKLE BITERS REVIEW

 


Sean, a pro hockey enforcer, has fallen in love with Laura, a widowed mother of four young daughters. When Laura’s children mistake an act of lovemaking as an attack, they plot to protect their mother at all costs and with horrific results.


Starring: Zion Forrest Lee, Marianthi Evans, and Lily Gail Reid


Directed by: Bennet De Brabandere


Written by: Bennet De Brabandere, and Zion Forrest Lee


  If only these four girls were just “Ankle Biters,” and not soon to be murders! Sean (Zion Forrest Lee) has recently retired from hockey, and he believes he might have found the perfect woman to spend his retirement with. Laura (Marianthi Evans) seems to be just as happy with Sean, and says yes when he asks her to go on vacation with him. Joining them will be her four young daughters who are eager to learn more about Sean.

  Once they get settled into Sean’s vacation home the girls start looking into Sean. They find a video of their mom and Sean roleplaying in bed, but mistake that as their mom being hurt. From here on out they plan to get back at Sean, and make his life as difficult as possible. Unfortunately, things spin out of control, and the girls take it much further than originally planned. The rough and tough hockey player is about to meet his match!



  Horror fans have seen kid killers before, but maybe not a foursome like this. They’re so cute, and no one would ever suspect them of doing anything wrong. Unfortunately one or two of them have just enough of an evil streak in them that pushes their actions too far. It’s these actions that bring the fun in the movie even if it might be a little hard to believe that these girls could actually do them. 

   Getting to that fun ending is another story. There’s nothing wrong with Sean and Laura’s characters, but they’re not anything different from other couples audiences have seen. It might have added a little spark to the movie to spend a little more time on the girls. Maybe even have taken their point of view more than Sean’s. Then again, if they wanted to show Sean take another eye from someone on the ice that would have been welcomed!



  “Ankle Biters” has all the pieces for a good horror comedy. A couple getting to know each other more and more. Strange family members, and awkward relationships with friends. Oh and of course four young girls who have all the right intentions in protecting their mom. However it seems to have something missing to put it over the top. Maybe a quicker pace, and letting the audience get to know the girls like they get to know the couple would have helped. Sean finally facing off with the girls is easily the best part of the film. With that, I give it 2 pools of blood.

  

  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/11/05/ankle-biters-coming-to-on-demand-and-dvd-november-16/

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

MOTHERLY REVIEW

 


A single mother is attacked by a vengeful couple who believe she’s responsible for their daughter’s murder.


Starring: Lora Burke, Tessa Kozma, and Nick Smyth


Directed by: Craig David Wallace


Written by: Ian Malone, and Craig David Wallace


  A “Motherly” bond is something that’s hard to break. Kate (Lora Burke) has that bond with her young daughter Beth (Tessa Kozma). It’s Beth’s birthday, and Kate is doing what any mother would do…celebrate! There’s no big party, as it’s just the two of them, but Kate is trying to make the most of it. Beth goes along with her mom’s plans as long as possible, but would rather be doing almost anything else.

  Beth finally gets time to play outside on her own. The time apart leaves Kate to day dream showing a flashback of a nightmare of a day that changed their lives forever. Coming back to reality she freaks out thinking her daughter is gone, but it’s just Beth playing a joke. Kate seems a little unstable in her behavior, and constant flashbacks to that particular day. Is she just a protective mother, or is something else going on here?



  Not being sure what to expect from this film, it’s surprising to see how many twists and turns it has. It obviously starts with Kate, and her strange behavior. The opening is going to make the audience think this might be a film about mental issues. Yes, she has issues, but most come from that tragic day that she keeps having flashbacks about. The flashbacks hold the ultimate key to any mystery here, but create a lot of questions along the way.

  While the audience ponders Kate’s issues they soon enough get thrown into a home invasion film. Two people have come to the house for a specific reason. It’s not money, treasure, or even Beth that they’re after. They’re after the truth, and only Kate can give it to them. It also sets up an interesting battle between two mothers whose motherly instincts will be put to the test. While the biggest twist might eventually become apparent, it still manages to create a dark and crazy ending.



  “Motherly” introduces a mother who has a special bond with her daughter. A bond that will tested many times over, but she’ll always put her daughter first. Kate is going to struggle mentally before having to deal with her past, and the intruders. The film will start off with a slow pace, but pick it up as it goes. There will be plenty of twists to keep up with before a wild ending. The entire cast puts on a great performance to keep the audience entertained, and the secrets hidden. With that, I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/11/01/the-horror-collectives-motherly-on-demand-and-digital-on-november-16/

Sunday, November 14, 2021

YOU SEASON 3 REVIEW

 


It features the continuation of Joe Goldberg’s fraught relationship with Love, who is pregnant with his child in a new suburban home.


Starring: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, and Saffron Burrows


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Friday, November 12, 2021

BLACK AS NIGHT REVIEW

 


A teenage girl with self-esteem issues finds confidence in the most unlikely way, by spending her summer battling vampires that prey on New Orleans’ disenfranchise with the help of her best friend, the boy, she’s always pined for, and a peculiar rich girl.


Starring: Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, and Mason Beauchamp


Directed by: Maritte Lee Go


Written by: Sherman Payne


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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

SQUID GAME REVIEW

 


Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.


Starring: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, and Greg Chun


Created by: Hwang Dong-hyuk


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Sunday, November 7, 2021

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: NEXT OF KIN REVIEW

 


Margot, a young woman who was abandoned by her mother as a baby, travels to a secluded Amish community with a documentary film crew seeking answers about her mother and extended family.


Starring: Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert


Directed by: William Eubank


Written by: Christopher Landon, and Oren Peli


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Friday, November 5, 2021

THE DEEP HOUSE REVIEW

 


A young and modern couple who go to France to explore an underwater house and share their findings on social media undergoes a serious change of plans when the couple enters the interior of a strange house located at the bottom of a lake and their presence awakens a dark spirit that haunts the house.


Starring: Camille Rowe, James Jagger, and Eric Savin


Directed by: Alexandre Bustillo, and Julien Maury


Written by: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien David, and Julien Maury


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Thursday, November 4, 2021

DEAD & BEAUTIFUL REVIEW

 


A group of young and spoiled rich kids turn into vampires after a night out, changing the course of their lives and driving a wedge between them all.


Starring: Gijs Blom, Philip Juan, and Anna Marchenko


Directed by: David Verbeek 


Written by: David Verbeek and Hugh Travers


  “Dead & Beautiful,” two things that don’t really go together. However, if you have a lot of money you never know what you can make happen. Like making a fake funeral, which is what Mason (Gijs Blom) walks into on his return home. It appears his friends, Alex (Ten Tsao), Anastasia (Anna Marchenko), Lulu (Avlis Zhong), and Bin-Ray (Philip Yuan) arranged it as the latest joke amongst this group. Hardly something most would find funny unless you’re young, spoiled, and extremely rich.

  Now that this prank is out of the way, Anastasia arranges the next outing to entertain the friends. They’re off to meet a shaman, and go through some weird ritual stuff. When they all wake up, the shaman seems like he’s dead, and something has changed about the friends. They all have fangs, which means they might be vampires, or is this just another game the group is playing?



  While many movies try to get the audience to like their characters, or at least some of them this film doesn’t seem to care what the audience thinks. Obviously a group of young rich people are going to easily rub some people wrong right off the bat. It doesn’t help them that the movie takes a moment to flash just how rich each one of their families are worth. After seeing them mix together, it’s hard to believe some of them were friends to begin with, which leaves some of the events later on not to be a total surprise.

  Whether the audience likes the characters or not, the set up isn’t bad. Setting up a bunch of friends who aren’t sure whether they’re vampires or not could lead to some interesting things. However, there’s much more talk and fighting among the friends, and not enough vampire action. They don’t all become hunters together, and go on a binge, which would have been preferred. Maybe mix some who are vampires and some that aren’t a see the divide that causes. Instead, it just proves this is a questionable group of friends to start, and won’t be friends much longer.



  “Dead & Beautiful” seems to have some good ideas to start, but then fails to follow through. It gives the audience a bunch of young and rich people, but not much reason to ever like them. At least not until the very end, but it might be a little late by then. Waking up unsure if they’re vampires or not is an interesting idea, but it never drums up enough action off of that. There’s a lack of blood to drink, and too much fighting among the group. The audience will be waiting for the pace to pick up, but it never seems to. With that, this films comes off beautiful looking, but dead in excitement so I give it 2 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2021/10/28/shudder-drops-new-poster-clip-for-dead-beautiful-ahead-of-nov-4-streaming-launch/

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

BINGO HELL REVIEW

 


In the Barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita, keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself.


Starring: Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, and Joshua Caleb Johnson


Directed by: Gigi Saul Guerrero


Written by: Shane McKenzie, Gigi Saul Guerrero, and Perry Blackshear


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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE REVIEW

 


Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.


Starring: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Henry Thomas


Creator: Mike Flanagan


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