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Monday, June 27, 2022

WHERE THE SCARY THINGS ARE REVIEW

 


A group of teenagers inspired by a high school “Create Your Own Urban Legend” project quickly get out of hand in their desire for more “likes: and going viral with deadly consequences.


Starring: Janae Palmer, Selina Flanscha, and Oliver Givens


Directed and written by: B. Harrison Smith


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


Friday, June 24, 2022

RUBBER REVIEW

 


A homicidal car tire, discovering it has destructive psionic power, sets its sights on a desert town once a mysterious woman becomes its obsession.


Starring: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, and Wings Hauser


Directed and written by: Quentin Dupieux


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Monday, June 20, 2022

UNHUMAN REVIEW

 


A group of high school students whose school bus crashes on a field trip. Relationships are tested once they realize they are being stalked by an attacker who intends to drive them out and straight into a horrifying fight to survive.


Starring: Brianne Tju, Benjamin Wadsworth, and Uriah Shelton


Directed by: Marcus Dunstan


Written by: Marcus Dunstan, and Patrick Melton


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


Friday, June 17, 2022

DASHCAM REVIEW

 


Two friends embark on a horror-fueled road trip and lifestream the most terrifying night of their lives.


Starring: Annie Hardy, Amar Chadha-Patel, and Angela Enahoro


Directed by: Rob Savage


Written by: Gemma Hurley, Rob Savage, and Jed Shepherd


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


Thursday, June 9, 2022

SHARK BAIT REVIEW

 


A group of friends enjoying a weekend steal a couple of jetskis racing them out to sea, ending up in a horrific head-on collision. They struggle to find a way home with a badly injured friend while from the waters below predators lurk.


Starring: Holly Earl, Jack Trueman, and Catherine Hannay


Directed by: James Nunn


Written by: Nick Saltrese


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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

MAD GOD REVIEW

 


A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city and the Assassin emerges from it to explore a labyrinth of bizarre landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. 


Starring: Hans Brekke, Alex Cox, and Niketa Roman


Directed and written by: Phil Tippett


  “Mad God” is a good title, but this also could have been called “Mad Crazy” among many other things! It opens with scrolls with nothing good written on them before diving into a dark and strange world. The Assassin begins his journey across this land with the first bizarre thing being him stepping on some gnomes. Yes, gnomes that seem to be arguing get crushed by his foot! 

  As his journey continues, the audience comes across all kinds of creatures, and is treated to crazy scene after crazy scene. In one scene two creatures, who look like they’re working in a mine, begin to fight only to be stopped in an electric manner. The audience gets to view a wild surgery scene taking them all over the place. The film stumbles into a tank like battle that has its own twist to it.

  The film might be far out there, but it’s clearly a work of art when it comes to animation. The creatures are amazing no matter how big or small they are. There are no limits to what they do, and everything comes off so smoothly. The aforementioned scenes stand out among many more. It’s not surprising to see why this film took so long to make.

  Not to say it’s a problem, but the story, or lack of one might bother some. Yes, it starts with following the Assassin, but then it just seems to want to dive further into a nightmare of a world. There’s no rhyme or reason for some of the things that happen other than just pushing the boundaries of darkness. With no dialogue, the audience is left to figure out things on their own. The one thing they will know is there will be no happy ending!

  Much like another recent film, “Frank & Zed,” this one is worth seeing for how the film was made if not for anything else. The animation is great especially with how all of the creatures move around. The world they create is a true nightmare. It just gets darker and darker bringing some of these creatures to life as others die. The story might not make complete sense, but in this case it doesn’t seem to matter. Just sit back and enjoy the animation in “Mad God.” With that I give it 3.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/05/09/phil-tippetts-nightmarish-award-winning-stop-motion-masterpiece-mad-god-premieres-exclusively-on-shudder-june-16/

Sunday, June 5, 2022

A LITTLE DEAD REVIEW

 


Hailey and her brother Kevin visit their grandpa’s farm for the weekend. They discover that the caretaker has vanished, and Grandpa has a new nightly ritual of sharing a drink with his deceased wife and another unseen entity.


Starring: Jack C. Hays, Eden McGuire, and Ben Richardson


Directed and written by: Ben Richardson


  After losing loved ones people can feel “A Little Dead,” but what if they think the dead are still with them. Hailey (Eden McGuire) has come to visit her grandpa (Jack C. Hays), and quickly sees things aren't as they should be. The caretaker is no where to be found, and grandpa is acting a little weird. He sets a table with drinks for three people, and two of those drinks apparently are for people who aren’t there.

  Hailey’s brother Kevin (Ben Richardson) shows up not too long after, and starts to notice grandpa’s strange behavior for himself. The two siblings are somewhat puzzled, and definitely concerned about what’s going on. Is grandpa just grieving the loss of his wife, or is he having some kind of mental breakdown? Once again grandpa sets up his drinking ritual, but this time something goes horribly wrong.

  It doesn’t take long for this short film to set up the tension for both the siblings, and the audience. While the siblings worry about grandpa, the audience will worry about the potential horror to come. The unease is amplified with the darkness around the farm, and dim lighting inside. Oh, and of course grandpa doesn’t help with his odd explanations about what’s going on, and his ritual. The best part is definitely the payoff, as the siblings and audience get answers to what has been happening with grandpa. It becomes easy to see why this film has been selected at several film festivals, and surely to win some awards along the way! 

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/06/04/a-little-dead-west-coast-premiere-at-dances-with-films/

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

THE CURSED REVIEW




In rural 19th-century France, a mysterious, possibly supernatural menace threatens a small village. John McBride, a pathologist, comes to town to investigate the danger - and exorcise some of his own demons in the process.


Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, and Alistair Petrie


Directed and written by: Sean Ellis


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


Thursday, May 26, 2022

CORDELIA REVIEW

 


Following an incident in her past, Cordelia now lives with her twin sister, Caroline in their late father’s basement flat. 


Starring: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Johnny Flynn, and Joel Fry


Directed by: Adrian Shergold

 

Written by: Antonia Campbell-Hughes and Adrian Shergold


  “Cordelia” seems like a nice woman, but she definitely has some issues. Some of those issues aren’t necessarily Cordelia’s (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) fault, as a promising acting career was cut short. Now she’s acting on a much smaller stage, and just trying to get by. She'll have the challenge of just getting by when she's forced to stay in her apartment alone while her sister goes away with her boyfriend.

  Leaving her alone in the apartment opens the doors to fears and paranoia. She hears things all around her, and it makes her uneasy. Some of it is actually her neighbors, and in one situation it’s a mouse. Not helping are apparent strange phone calls she gets, which leads her to think someone is stalking her. Soon enough, she takes some comfort in befriending Frank (Johnny Flynn), one of her neighbors. At first it seems like a well timed meeting of two people who could help each other, but it eventually goes down a bizarre road.

  For those looking for a slow burner, this is definitely it. The film is in no hurry to reveal anything big, and takes its time unfolding the layers of Cordelia. The audience may never get a real hold of what her issue is. They just know she’s scared to be alone, and not quite sure what’s going on around her. Is she really being stalked, or is it all in her head?

  Which leads to her strange and brief relationship with Frank. There’s something odd about him too, so it seems like they’re a good match. The audience might not be sure if it’s something romantic between the two, or just two people who need another person with them. Then again, the door is open to Frank being the stalker. Apparently he’s had a eye on Cordelia, but not close enough as he failed to realize her twin lives with her. 

  By the time the film nears a conclusion, there will be plenty of questions popping up. Some will be answered, and some will be left to the audience to figure out. However, there’s no question that there’s something wrong with Cordelia. As soon as she’s isolated from her sister things begin to unwind for her. The film slowly gives the audience a peek into her life, but there seems to be much more they don’t tell us. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood.

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/04/05/screen-media-acquires-british-psychological-thriller-cordelia-starring-antonia-campbell-hughes-and-johnny-flynn/

Friday, May 13, 2022

MONSTROUS REVIEW

 


A terrifying new horror awaits Laura and her seven-year old son Cody when they flee her abusive ex-husband and try to settle into a new life in an idyllic and remote lakeside farmhouse. Still traumatized, their physical and mental well-being are pushed to the limit as their fragile existence is threatened.


Starring: Christina Ricci, Colleen Camp, and Santino Bernard


Directed by: Chris Siverston

 

Written by: Carol Chrest


  Something “Monstrous” is lurking, and it’s not going to lead to a happy ending. Laura (Christina Ricci) and her son Cody (Collen Camp) are on the move to a new home. Laura has rented a new home by a lake, and is set on starting a new life with her son. She’s happy to be there, and tries to get them settled in as best as she can. 

  On the other hand, Cody isn’t exactly excited about this. He’s another kid that doesn’t understand why they had to move, and wants to go back. Unfortunately, this isn’t possible because they’re running away from his father who apparently has been abusive. Cody goes along with what his mother says until he starts to believe there’s a lady in the lake. A monstrous lady in the lake that is about to come in-between mom, and son!

  For a movie called “Monstrous” it’s extremely bright and colorful for a least the first half of the film. The audience won’t be able to miss the brightness even though something mysterious is going on here. Even Laura is as cheery as the film is bright. She’s especially happy and polite with everyone to start. It does everything to embrace the 50’s setting, including a nice creature feature scene that Laura watches, and becomes apart of.

  Once Cody insists on there being a lady is the lake things start to unravel. Laura’s no longer so nice with people, and even struggles not getting too rough with Cody. She continues to tell him to do things that he doesn’t want to do. There are some odd moments with Cody and his classmates that are going to be a clue for things to come. It’s a little surprising how creepy those scenes are because they seem like such a typical moments.

  While those moments are good, the audience will be more interested in the scenes between Cody and the lady in the lake. They’re weird and mysterious, but never get too monstrous. The true horror turns out to be the abuse, mental stress, and struggling relationship between mother and son. Hence, why the film goes from happy and bright to dark and strange. Things will be topped off with a twist, which may or may not work for everyone. With that, I give “Monstrous” 3 pools of blood.

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/04/21/official-trailer-poster-debut-for-monstrous-starring-christina-ricci/

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

X REVIEW

 


In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.


Starring: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, and Brittany Snow


Directed and written by: Ti West


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


Thursday, April 28, 2022

FRESH REVIEW




The horrors of modern dating seen through one young woman’s defiant battle to survive her new boyfriend’s unusual appetites.


Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, and Jojo T. Gibbs


Directed by: Mimi Cave


Written by: Lauryn Kahn


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


Monday, April 25, 2022

ALL OF US ARE DEAD REVIEW

 


A high school becomes ground zero for a zombie virus outbreak. Trapped students must fight their way out or turn into one of the rabid infected.


Starring: Ji-hu Park, Chan-Young Zoon, and Yi-Hyun Cho


Directed by: J.Q. Lee and Kim Nam-Soo 


Written by: Seong-il Cheon


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Friday, April 22, 2022

THE CELLAR REVIEW

 


Keira Woods’ daughter mysteriously vanishes in the cellar of their new home. She soon discovers there is an ancient and powerful entity controlling their home that she will have to face or risk losing her family’s souls forever. 


Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, and Dylan Fitzmaurice


Directed and written by: Brendan Muldowney


  “The Cellar” is definitely not a place anyone wants to get trapped in. The Woods family has just moved into a new home, and not everyone is excited about it. Daughter Ellie (Abby Fitz) isn’t a fan, especially after briefly getting stuck in the cellar. She voices further frustration about being there, and then having to babysit her younger brother Steven (Dylan Fitzmaurice).

  Looks like mom and dad, Keira (Elisha Cuthbert) and Brian Woods (Eoin Macken), should have listened to her. While away at a business meeting, Ellie ends up in the cellar again, and this time she won’t be coming out. She calls her mom while in the cellar, and ends the call in a weird way. By the time Keira and Brian make it home there is no sign of Ellie. Keira takes it upon herself to figure out what has happened to her daughter before it happens to the rest of the family.



  After the disappearance takes place the film gives the audience a mystery to solve. Keira must figure out what’s going on, and it starts off slow. Police are involved, but this is soon not going to be a case the police can solve. Keira isn’t going to get as much help as she would like from her husband either. He’s going to need some more convincing that something supernatural is happening and they’re about to get it.

  The film will move slowly presenting the supernatural presence, and unfolding the creepiness of the house. The cellar is definitely going to be at center stage along with an intense trick involving counting numbers. If someone freezes, and begins a countdown it means something evil is happening. Ellie certainly excelled at this before her disappearance in one of the film’s most important moments.



  “The Cellar” begins as a film with the big mystery of Ellie’s disappearance. Keira will eventually run out of reasonable options to why Ellie is gone, and have to dig into strange symbols and the house’s history. It’s a little odd that the father and son don’t play a bigger role, but it allows Elisha Cuthbert a chance to shine in her role. There will be some creepy moments, and it will make counting numbers a haunting experience. The film will end in a way I generally appreciate, so with that I give it 3 pools of blood!

   

  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/03/16/official-trailer-for-the-cellar-in-theaters-shudder-april-15th/

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER REVIEW

 


In a North Dublin housing estate Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns Char is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and unearth the dark secrets of her family.


Starring: Hazel Doupe, Carolyn Bracken, and Paul Reid


Directed and written by: Kate Dolan 


  “You Are Not My Mother” or deserve to be one leaving a baby carriage in the middle of nowhere. The film opens with a baby being wheeled away by a woman into the forest, and laid down on the ground. Moments later a fire is set around the baby for some unknown reason. The only thing for certain is that this isn’t what a mother does!

  From baby to teenager, times aren’t getting much better Char (Hazel Doupe). She lives with her mother Angela (Carolyn Bracken) and grandmother (Ingrid Craigie), but might be the only adult in the home. Angela isn’t much help to her daughter, and then disappears for a few days. She was distant before, but has now come back with a new strangeness to her. One that Char will have to figure out on top of all her other problems.



  Before getting to the terror fans are looking for Char’s life struggles are going to be in the forefront. Obviously it’s tough at home for her with her mom not doing much, and grandmother unable to. It doesn’t get easier when Angela disappears and comes back more odd than ever. Then Char has to go to school where she has more enemies than friends. The audience will get to experience some of the bullying she goes through until she can finally make a friend. A friend who might be able to help her before it’s too late.

  Too late because the horrors of her present life and mysterious past are about to come head-to-head. The focus is a lot on her present life, and that almost gets her killed. However, she can’t die before some family secrets have their opportunity to finish her off. More specifically, she will finally have to face her mother, and whatever has gone wrong with her. It’s certainly an end fitting with how this film begins!



  "You Are Not My Mother" opens in gloom and doom for a baby, and that feeling never goes away. There aren't many happy things that will happen for Char. There's disfunction at home, and no relief at school. Before the reason for her mother's brief disappearance gets the attention it deserves, the audience will see what she goes through being a little different than others. The focus will be on bullying, and friendship before her family's hauntings secrets come for her. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood, and am glad she's not my mother!

 

  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/03/09/you-are-not-my-mother-in-theaters-and-on-demand-march-25/

Monday, March 28, 2022

LOCKE & KEY SEASON 2 REVIEW

 


After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death.


Starring: Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, and Jackson Robert Scott


Directed by: Mark Tonderai and more


Written by: Meredith Averill and more


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


Friday, March 25, 2022

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2022) REVIEW

 


After nearly 50 of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.


Starring: Sarah Yarkin, Elise Fisher, and Mark Burnham


Directed by: David Blue Garcia


Written by: Chris Thomas Devlin, Fede Alvarez, and Rodo Sayaues


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


Sunday, March 20, 2022

IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW REVIEW

 


The long-form documentary about ‘80s sci-fi movies from CREATORVC executive produced by Robin Block and written/directed by David Weiner (In Search of Darkness Parts I & II) looks back on the extensive, beloved era of genre film. In Search of Tomorrow is a five-hour love letter to ‘80s Sci-Fi cinema; a nostalgic exploration of the impact and relevance of these beloved film classics, guided by the iconic artists who made them and by those who were inspired by their futuristic visions, featuring more than 70+ celebrity, artist, and expert interviews as it dives into all things science fiction in film.


Starring: Ivan Reitman, Clancy Brown, and Billy Dee Williams


Directed and written by: David Weiner


  “In Search of Tomorrow” actually takes fans back to sci-fi movies of the ‘80s, and how they shaped tomorrow. For horror fans, there is no journey through ‘80s horror like the two “In Search of Darkness” documentaries. Hours and hours of interviews, and conversations about all the great horror movies fans grew up loving. Now those fans along with sci-fi fans get a chance to journey through the many sci-fi movies they grew up on as well.

  This documentary is set up much like the previous documentaries focusing on some of the biggest sci-fi movies of the ‘80s like “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Aliens,” “Back to the Future,” “Robocop,” and “The Road Warrior.” It may also sneak in some titles fans missed depending on how big of a sci-fi fan you are. It talks about how these films introduced technology we have today, exploration of space, and how these films welcomed roles of different sexes and colors. To top it off, it includes so many great interviews and insights from the likes of Billy Dee Williams, Jesse Ventura, Alex Winter, Clancy Brown, and many more.

  As you might expect I’m a bigger horror fan then sci-fi fan, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy many of the films mentioned here. “Star Wars” is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I definitely enjoyed the look and conversation about the series. It was great to learn more about some of the special effects that went into making it. I often forget Drew Barrymore was in “E.T.,” and they have a great story about her interaction with E.T. when they weren’t shooting. It’s just one of so many wonderful behind the scene stories.

  Besides the stories, one of the most interesting things about watching this is seeing how technology was presented in the ‘80s, and has become a reality today. Fans get a quick look at some of the technology in these films, and then realize how they are using it today. Things like smart watches, self driving cars, and turning on and off items by command. I’m still waiting for my hover skateboard like in “Back to the Future.” And then there is the reminder that robots are more and more a reality, and likely our impending doom (wink wink “Terminator).

  “In the Search of Tomorrow” is a must see for sci-fi fans, or just even fans of ‘80s movies. It covers all kinds sci-fi films from space travel to imaginary worlds, blockbuster franchises to lesser known titles, and from aliens to robots. There’s nothing like learning something new about a film you love, and this documentary has so many great looks and interviews going behind the scenes. Yes, it’s five hours long, but if you’re in for revisiting the past this is the way to go!  


  HorrO


More information at:  www.80sscifidoc.com


http://promotehorror.com/2022/02/24/ultimate-80s-sci-fi-superdoc-in-search-of-tomorrow-now-available-for-pre-order-through-mar-27th/

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