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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

TINY CINEMA REVIEW



A mysterious stranger tells the twisted tale of seemingly unconnected strangers caught in a series of otherworldly events whose lives will change in incredible ways forever.


Starring: Khaliel Abdelrahim, Kimberly Alexander, and Luisa Alzate


Directed by: Tyler Cornack


Written by: Tyler Cornack, Ryan Koch, and William Morean


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


Monday, September 26, 2022

HAUNTED TRAIL REVIEW



A group of college friends receive the surprise of their lives when they discover there is an actual killer on the scene of a local haunted trail.


Starring: Desi Banks, Marquise C. Brown, and Brook Sill


Directed by: Robin Givens


Written by: Raven Magwood, and Paul Lindsay


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Friday, September 23, 2022

PUSSYCAKE REVIEW

 


A struggling all-girl rock band goes on tour and discover their worst problem is not just being forgotten by their fans.


Starring: Flor Moreno, Florencia Moreno, and Anahi Politi


Directed by: Pablo Pares


Written by: Maxi Ferzzola, Hernan Moyano, and Pablo Pares


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


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

NOPE REVIEW

 


The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.


Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Brandon Perea


Directed and written by: Jordan Peele


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Monday, September 19, 2022

RESIDENT EVIL (NETFLIX SERIES)

 


Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets.


Starring: Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, and Siena Agudong


Directed by: Rachel Goldberg, Bronwen Hughes, Rob Seidenglanz, and Batan Silva


Written by: Andrew Dabb, Jeff Howard, Tara Knight, Garett Pereda, Mary Leah Sutton, Shane Tortolani, Lindsey Villarreal, and Kerry Williamson


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


(Note the series was cancelled after recording this review)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

SEE FOR ME REVIEW

 


When blind former skier Sophie cat-sits in a secluded mansion, three thieves invade for the hidden safe. Sophie’s only defense is army veteran Kelly. Kelly helps Sophie defend herself against the invaders to survive.


Starring: Skyler Davenport, Natalie Brown, and Matthew Gouveia


Directed by: Randall Okita


Written by: Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue


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


Thursday, September 8, 2022

MASK OF THE DEVIL REVIEW

 


After accepting a job at a low-rent pornographers, a feisty young woman must fight to survive against an ancient evil intent on killing everyone in its path.


Starring: David Lenik, Phelim Kelly, and Geoff Woodman


Directed by: Richard Rowntree


Written by: Matthew Davies, and Richard Rowntree


  If you put on the “Mask of the Devil” you better be ready to unleash hell on all those who come before you! It’s 1878, and a group of Englishmen are trying to steal a mysterious mask from the natives. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and an ancient evil is released. That only means it will soon be released somewhere in the modern day world, and it’s going to be a very unlikely place.

  Mary (Nicole Katherine Riddell) has just taken a job in the porn industry. Not as a porn star, but working on set in a special role. While production is getting started, the mask of the devil is unpacked as a prop. Just like in the jungle, the mask finds its way on someone’s face, and the adult movie is soon going to look more like a horror film.

  The opening scene in the jungle sets the tone for the blood and guts to come. The mask attaches itself to people on set leading to the deaths of most of the cast and crew. There will be plenty of blood on set, and coming at the audience. They mix it up with both practical and CGI effects. 

  When people aren’t dying the film has fun playing around with filmmaking. They take the audience behind the scenes of the porn film, and its odd cast and crew. It won’t take long before the audience finds some prime soon to be victims for the mask to pickoff. And for those wondering, this isn’t “X,” and its a more humorous look at filmmaking than any serious sex scenes. 

  “Mask of the Devil” is certainly for the slasher fans out there. It gets bloody in the jungle, and even deadlier on set. The practical effects are pretty good regardless of some the CGI mixed it. When not killing off people the film manages to squeeze in a little humor from characters that will be meeting their doom soon enough. Hidden in all of that is a final girl, and a crazy ending the audience would expect. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood.


  HorrO

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

ROOT LETTER REVIEW

 


The film centers on Carlos, an impoverished teen from a fractured home, as he attempts to reconnect with Sarah, a school pen pal after he receives a desperate note from her claiming that she has killed someone. As Carlos travels to Sarah’s hometown and investigates, he uncovers a criminal plot involving Sarah’s fraught group of friends, and a chilling secret which has led to Sarah’s disappearance.


Starring: Danny Ramirez, Keana Marie, and Mark St. Cyr


Directed by: Sonja O’Hara


Written by: David Ebeltoft


  “Root Letter” reminds us all that there was a time when people did write letters to each other. Sarah (Keana Marie) starts the letters not because she has to, but because it’s an assignment in school. She’s supposed to find a pen pal, and send them several letters. Her pal turns out to be Carlos (Danny Ramirez), who happens to be going through a rough time in his life when the letters start. The two go beyond Sarah’s school project, and keep in touch for awhile. 

  Before thinking that a romantic relationship is developing, their letters end for about a year. When Carlos seems to be getting his life back on track again, he receives one more letter from Sarah. While she doesn’t say to come looking for her, the message is concerning enough to him that he decides he must find her. He doesn’t have a lot to go on, but will prove to be set on finding her.

  As the movie goes on, the audience gets to see two things. One is obviously Carlos putting together the clues to find Sarah, and the second is what has been happening to Sarah over the past year to make him need to find her. The audience won’t get to learn a lot more about Carlos since his focus is on finding Sarah. He will show how determined he is, and that a pen pal can be pretty loyal. 

  The true mystery here is what has happened to Sarah. The audience will learn that drugs play a role in things because her mother is an addict, and her friends are split between users, and sellers. The more they learn the darker the picture will get. It’s not a story about a monster or stranger coming to get her, but about the realities of not being able to escape a life you don’t want.

  “Root Letter” is definitely a slow burner, and surprisingly based on a video game. I don’t know anything about the game so I can’t say how closely it follows the game. It does seem closer to real life happenings than a game. The audience is introduced to two young people who just want a normal life, but the world around them makes that almost impossible. It’s not the most myserteous story or big time thriller, but does touch on the true horrors of life. The movie won’t be for everyone, but more so for those who can relate to their struggles. With that, I give it 2.5 pools of blood.


  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/08/12/root-letter-starring-top-gun-mavericks-danny-ramirez-is-coming-out-september-1/

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

DAY SHIFT REVIEW

 


A hard-working, blue-collar dad just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 10-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires.


Starring: Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, Snoop Dogg


Directed by: J.J. Perry


Written by: Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten


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


Monday, August 29, 2022

PREY REVIEW

 


The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.


Starring: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, and Dane DiLiegro


Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg


Written by: Patrick Aison, Dan Trachtenberg, and Jim Thomas


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

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

THEY/THEM REVIEW

 


A group of teenagers at an LGBTQ+ conversion camp endures unsettling psychological techniques while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer.


Starring: Kevin Bacon, Theo Germaine, and Anna Chlumsky


Directed and written by: John Logan


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Friday, August 19, 2022

ORPHAN: FIRST KILL REVIEW

 


After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous “child” at any cost.


Starring: Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland, and Julia Stiles


Directed by: William Brent Bell 


Written by: David Coggeshall


  “Orphan: First Kill” brings back the child who really isn’t a child. Her story begins at a psychiatric facility, where she's one of several dangerous patients. This orphan isn’t going to wait for an adoption, as she makes her way out of the facility, and into an unlucky visitor’s car. She makes short work of them, and plans her next move.

  She knows she needs a new identity, and finds one in a missing girl named… Ester (Isabelle Fuhrman)! The new Ester finds her way back to her family for a big reunion. The family works to get her settled in, but Ester has nothing good on her mind. Of course she’s going to get into some trouble, and put her plan in jeopardy. However, she’s going to have a big surprise waiting for her that changes everything. 

  It’s good to see Ester back again, and fans won’t have to wait long to be reminded of what she’s capable of. Opening in the facility jumpstarts the film, as the audience sees Ester plotting a way out, and getting rid of anyone in her way. She’s never afraid to get her hands bloody, and the audience will get to see that a couple of times. The most intriguing thing fans will learn about her is how she got her name, and the idea to play the role of a little girl. 

  Playing the role of a little girl was the big twist in “Orphan.” It would be hard to imagine this prequel pulling off a bigger surprise, but their twist isn’t too bad. It comes a lot earlier than in the original, and sets up a very interesting second half of the film. It definitely amps up the level of craziness for the entire family. 

  While horror fans are subjected to so many remakes, and unnecessary sequels its good to see a prequel every once in awhile. It’s nice when audiences can learn something new about characters like how Ester got her name, and started pretending to be a young girl. Fans already know she’s nuts, and will be reminded of that often. They’ll see how she carried some of what she learns here into the original movie, and how unsuccessful her plans turn out in both cases. While the original’s twist was going to be nearly impossible to beat, “Orphan: First Kill” builds nicely off a twist of their own, and earns 3.5 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/07/13/official-trailer-for-orphan-first-kill-in-theaters-on-digital-and-streaming-on-paramount-august-19/

Thursday, August 18, 2022

DISTRESS SIGNALS REVIEW



When a fall down a steep rock face separates her from her friends, Caroline finds herself stranded. Now, alone and with a dislocated shoulder, she must make her way out of the woods — and contend with how she got there.

Starring: Christine Nyland, Jonathon Strauss, and Stephanie Hains


Directed and written by: Terence Krey and Christine Nyland


  “Distress Signals” have gone out, but is anyone listening? Being alone in the woods can be dangerous, and Caroline (Christine Nyland) is about to find that out first hand. She’s fallen down some rocks, and separated her shoulder. With her friends long gone, she has no choice but to pop it back in.

  Once she’s able to gather herself, she radios one of her friends and lets them know she’s lost out there. Unfortunately, it looks like she’s going to have to find her way out alone. She begins to make her through the woods, and does her best to survive with what she has with her. Finding her way back to civilization is going to be hard, and it’s about to get harder as someone or something is watching her.

  This film stays true to being a pure survival story. It never goes too far away from what could happen in reality. Early on, the audience gets to see Caroline use the few things she has to survive. She struggles some, but also gets a little lucky. The tension doesn’t really start until she starts hearing something in the bushes. Without giving away what’s out there, this is where things get really interesting, and the true fight for survival begins.

  Christine does a pretty good job considering her character finds herself alone for much of the film. She might not have a lot of lines, but comes across naturally as someone trying to find their way out of the woods. She continues to excel once things take a turn for the worse. It doesn’t get easier, but she nails it.

  “Distress Signals” is all about survival. Caroline finds herself in a difficult situation, but never panics. It's good to see a character use their smarts instead of just stumbling around aimlessly. She gets a true test of survival when she finds out what’s watching her. Overall, they do a good job of keeping it real, which is helped by Christine’s performance. The tension is built at a good rate, and finished off with a very dramatic ending. With that, I give it 3 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/08/02/distress-signals-to-premiere-at-popcorn-frights-on-aug-18/

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

THE BREACH REVIEW

 


Counting down his last days as Chief of Police in the tiny town of Lone Crow, John Hawkins must investigate one last case when a mangled body with uncanny wounds washes up on the shores of the Porcupine River.


Starring: Emily Alatalo, Mary Antonini, and Natalie Brown


Directed by: Rodrigo Gudino


Written by: Nick Cutter, and Ian Weir


  “The Breach” is about to open the door to hell on a small quiet town. Families are headed to the lake to enjoy a nice sunny day. Everyone is settled in, and ready to hit the water. Too bad a dead body is about to ruin their fun. John Hawkins (Allan Hawco), the police chief, takes the call, and heads down there to see what’s going on. He thinks this is bad, but he hasn’t seen anything yet.

  Something really strange has happened to the body, who is identified as physicist Cole Parsons (Adam Kenneth Wilson). In order to figure out what happened to Cole, John decides to pay a visit to his house in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately he has to take his ex Meg (Emily Alatlo) with him because she knows the best way to get there. And tagging along is her ex Jacob (Wesley French), which is about to make this an awkward trip through the woods. The tension between the three is nothing compared to what’s waiting for them!

  After finding a truly disgusting body in the water, the horror takes a pause as the audience gets to know this threesome. They still have some issues to address, but when they finally get to the house they will have bigger fish to fry. It’s certainly creepy, and has plenty of secrets. Those secrets are going to take some time to figure out, especially when they’re interrupted by a surprise guest.

  The film hits play again on the horror button, and does it in a big way. They’ve tried hard to solve this mystery, but maybe they should’ve left this case unsolved. The breach is open and dozens of creatures are unleashed. The special effects really get a chance to shine in the midst of a wild ending. 

  “The Breach” is a lot about the mystery that John has to solve. It takes its time giving the audience and characters a few clues here and there. It will be weird and creepy in the house, and the film might even test the patience of some horror fans. However, those with patience will be rewarded with some great creatures and special effects in the final act. It will just make some wish they did more sooner! Regardless, I still give it 3 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/07/20/raven-banner-entertainment-flies-to-fantasia-with-three-world-premieres/

Thursday, August 11, 2022

THE REEF: STALKED REVIEW

 


After her sister’s murder, Nic, her younger sister and two friends seek solace through a Pacific island kayaking adventure. Hours into the trip the women are stalked by a shark and must band together, face their fears and save each other.


Starring: Teressa Liane, Ann Truong, and Saskia Archer


Directed and written by: Andrew Traucki


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


Saturday, August 6, 2022

A DIRE STRAIT REVIEW

 


Demi has stayed in bed for weeks due to the Chinese postpartum tradition. Although she tries to be as cooperative as possible, the weeks-long confinement and endless chicken soup push her to her limit.


Starring: Lee Chen, Willis Chung, and Christine Liao


Directed and written by: Liang-Chun Lin


  This might not be a “A Dire Strait” for some, but it is for Demi. She has recently given birth, but instead of getting to enjoy motherhood she’s confined to her room. Demi does what she’s supposed to like rest in bed, and eat soup that her mother continues to feed her. Her mom insists that she watch what she eats, and rests in order for Demi to take care of her newborn. 

  What mom doesn't know is that Demi might not be doing what she’s supposed to be doing after all! She’s having fast food delivered to her window, and roaming the house when no ones there. As things come to a head between mother and daughter, some strange things start to happen to Demi’s stomach. Sides are drawn within the family, but what will all this do to mom and her baby in the end?

  Postpartum must be a hard thing for many women to deal with, and even harder in some cultures that put unnecessary stress on new mothers. This short horror film picks up on that stress, and shows Demi’s struggle to stick with tradition. A tradition that has her eating some unappetizing looking soup, and some strange things happening to her stomach. The true horror here is the situation, and the divide it has on the family. “A Dire Strait” gives the audience just enough drama, laughs, and horror while bringing light to an important issue.

  

  HorrO


More information at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/06/25/thriller-short-film-a-dire-strait-won-the-grand-jury-award-from-dances-with-films-2022/

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

ALLEGORIA REVIEW

 


A group of artist’s lives become unwittingly entangled as their obsession and insecurities manifest monsters, demons and death.


Starring: Krsy Fox, Adam Busch, and Bryce Johnson


Directed by: Spider One


Written by: Spider One and Krsy Fox


  “Allegoria” is an anthology that smoothly weaves the lives of artists together while unleashing probably their worse nightmares. These musicians, actors, writers, and artists have no idea their work is about to turn against them. The audience won’t have to wait long to witness their craft bite back. The first short zooms in on a passionate acting coach, and the demands he’s making on his students. Just as the audience gets lost in his words something shocking will happen, and make them eager to see what comes next.

  What’s next is definitely something dark and creepy. Artists get their inspirations from different places, and this one might have picked the wrong place. While making an intense phone call he realizes he might not be alone anymore. He won’t be able to stop looking at what has come out of the darkness. 

  The next short takes things in another direction, and gives horror fans some bloody fun. A screenwriter is having a little writer’s block, and can’t decide on what his killer should do next. Well he’s about to have some unexpected help that gives him a variety of options. Much like the opening short, the fourth entry will try to get the audience lost in the awkward conversation between two people who have just met. One of them will feel like they’re living out their dreams, and the other is going to bring that dream crashing down.

  As the final segment unfolds, it will make a big connection to one of the previous shorts. One roommate is nervously excited about a chance to further their career while the other lets curiosity get the best of them. Evil is summoned, and ready to be heard. 

  This anthology starts with an acting teacher wanting to bring out the monster in his students, and there will be plenty of monsters to go around in the end. Some monsters will leave the audience with nightmares, and others will make a bloody mess. There’s the dangerous kind that hide inside the average person, and their victims will never see coming. The only problem with the film is that there weren’t a few more of these terrific shorts to enjoy! With that, I give “Allegoria” 3.5 pools of blood!


  HorrO


More about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2022/06/27/allegoria-on-demand-and-streaming-on-shudder-on-august-2/

Monday, July 25, 2022

BLACK DRAGON REVIEW

 


Colonel Palmer - nicknamed “The Black Dragon” by Vietnamese locals due to his distinctive dragon tattoo - is forced to confront his inner darkness when his platoon, in the midst of covering up an unspeakable atrocity committed under his command, present to him a mysterious young woman who harbors very strange powers. Now, Palmer will be forced to reconcile his wrongdoings in a truly nightmarish way.


Starring: Matthew Del Negro, Celia Au, and Chris Day


Directed by: Alex Thompson


Written by: Nathaniel Hendricks and Alex Thompson


  “Black Dragon” might be a nickname to start, but it will mean a lot more in the end. Colonel Palmer (Matthew Del Negro) is the leader of a small group of men during the Vietnam War. The war is taking its toll on all the soldiers, but especially the Colonel. It seems like maybe they’e done something they shouldn’t have, and he’s having a hard time dealing with it. His internal battle gets worse when one of the soldiers brings a strange woman (Celia Au) into their tent.

  The soldier mentions that she has a special power, and the Colonel wants to see it for himself. In front of all the soldiers, she performs her magic shocking everyone. It seems like everyone is thinking about what just happened, but it has an even bigger effect on the Colonel. His inner demons begin to play with him more putting everyone’s lives in danger.

  This short horror film is making its way through festivals, and it won’t take long to realize why. While war is in the background, the real battle is the one the Colonel is going through. The audience will see his pain get bigger and bigger, and the split decisions he has to make. It’s these decisions that spark the horror in the film. From horror the audience might expect in war to a really creepy moment when the Colonel is staring at his soldiers. Obviously the woman plays a part of that too with her white eyes, and magic she uses. There’s even a mythical figure that will appear, and it looks all so real. “Black Dragon” is well shot and acted, but one of the best things about it is how the intensity of the situation grows and grows from beginning to end!


  HorrO

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