This Day in Horror

29 September 2015

The Green Inferno - 2015 REVIEW

Like most horror fans I went on opening weekend to see the long anticipated film from the twisted mind of Eli Roth called The Green Inferno.  The film was supposed to come out last year but ran into some financial troubles and finally in Sept of 2015 we see this movie released.  The hype has been building for over a year and being tagged as Eli's homage to Cannibal Holocaust.  Horror fans have been in a frenzy to see what greatness he has put on the screen this time, or is it total garbage and a huge let down?

Justine (Lorenza Izzo) is a freshman in college and is asked to join an activists group on campus called ACT.  She joins a meeting and makes a smartass remark and in turn is asked to leave by the leader of the group Alejandro (Ariel Levy).  She convinces him to let her back in the group, he agrees and she is now back on the trip to the Amazon to try and save a rainforest.  They do succeed in stopping the bulldozers but on the way back their plane crashes in the rainforest and they are all quickly captured by a nearby cannibal tribe.  What happens after their capture is something from your worst nightmare.

The Green Inferno in my opinion was waaaaay over hyped due to the delay to theaters and the anticipation was killing me.  I did enjoy most of the film but there are a couple things that I didn't really enjoy.  First, Eli laid down too much story before anything exciting happened.  It was a bit slow for the first 45 mins of the film or so.  It isn't till around the 45 min mark that the movie finally starts to unfold and pick up.  The second thing that bothered me a bit were the deaths.  Aside from one of them the rest weren't really worthy of Eli's imagination and talent for gruesome deaths. 

If you are looking for anything close to a movie to be raised up next to Cannibal Holocaust then you will be severely disappointed.  The average movie goer that is not really into the horror genre will probably think the guts and gore are a bit much but the hardcore horror fan will leave wanting more.  Overall I did like the film just think it had the potential to be much better than it was.  I would rate this one 6 out of 10 stars.

02 August 2015

A Behind The Scenes Look at "Behind the Walls" - PRESS RELEASE

The Kondelik Brothers, Jon and James, are set to direct their first film, in the horror genre. The film is titled Behind the Walls and their story takes a different look at the haunted house sub-genre. The film will look at events from the perspective of the home. As well, the film is in post-production. And, the film stars: Vanessa Angel (“Weird Science”), Hutch Dano (Zombeavers, 2014), Reggie Lee (NBC’s “GRIMM”), Lew Temple (AMC’s “The Walking Dead”) and Bailey Spry (It Follows, 2014). This experienced horror cast will bring true terror to the screen, later this year.

Behind the Walls marks their first film under the twin brothers’ Dual Visions banner with more to come on their slate. “We aim to put a new spin on a familiar genre,” says James Kondelik, “bringing the audience into a new head space.” Jon Kondelik added: “We’ve often referred to this film as ‘Intimate Horror.’ Whereas, everything from the pacing, to the performances and tone feels very personal.”

Official Synopsis: “Years it has waited. Now, someone has moved in. Through the eyes of the evil within, we witness a broken family desperately seeking a new beginning, in a new home. But this house lives, watches and wants them to stay-FOREVER.”

*a trailer is coming soon!

Directors: John and James Kondelik.

Cast: Vanessa Angel, Hutch Dano, Reggie Lee, Lew Temple and Bailey Spry.





17 July 2015

It Follows 2015 - REVIEW

I figured I would see what all the hype is with It Follows.  Mostly heard mixed reviews but saw a few people who completely loved this film.  I decided to go into this one without reading a full review or a synopsis of the film.  Looked at the cast and hadn't heard of one of the actors in the film.  Oh well, lets give it a go.

It Follows starts off with the action right away.  A girl runs away from what seemingly is nothing and drives to the beach.  The next morning she is on her back dead in the sand.  We then go to Jay (Maika Monroe) who has a date with Hugh (Jake Weary), a guys she has been seeing.  They go to the movies and he keeps seeing someone following him so they leave,  Jay knew he was acting strange but goes out the next night with him and has sex in his car.  This is revealed he has now past the supernatural follower onto her.  Now she is being followed by a supernatural being that wants to kill her!!!

I wouldn't say I didn't like this film but I thought it moved a bit slow for my taste.  Not that I don't like a slow burn every now and again I just really couldn't get into this one fully.  I thought it did a good job of building suspense at times and there are a few moments when I was genuinely creeped out.  It Follows is very original and there is something to be said about that now a days.  The acting wasn't bad but wasn't anything to write home about.

To sum it up I would recommend a viewing of this.  Probably not worth buying it but on the other hand it's on sale for only  12.99 on blu ray just about everywhere.  I did see a few just downright bad reviews and I really don't agree.  I probably won't view it again anytime soon but really not a bad flick.  I would rate this one 6 out of 10 stars.  Stay twisted everyone!!

28 June 2015

"Reckless" Set To Release on DVD - PRESS RELEASE

Street date: 7/14/15

DVD UPC: 854555004903

DVD SRP: $19.99

Synopsis: Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [Bloedlink] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but director Joram L├╝rsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura’s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men hold a secret that one could not have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive.

25 June 2015

The Lazarus Effect 2015 - REVIEW

I was really excited to see this film even though it wasn't in theaters very long and it did not really get favorable reviews.  The cast alone intrigued me to this film along with what seemed like a pretty decent story.  Hell, I would welcome anything at this point that isn't a remake or something that has already been done before.

Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and Frank (Mark Duplass) lead a team in a lab researching a way to bring back the dead.  They are successful in bringing back a dog that was deceased.  The University found out about what they were exactly working on and they were shut down and all of their equipment was confiscated.  They decide to sneak in that same night and do one more experiment.  From there all hell breaks loose and they realize what they are doing is not to be fucked with!

To say I was disappointed with this film would be close to a correct statement.  I did not hate it totally but it became very predictable and after a while it just seemed like I was watching a remake of Flatliners.  Not only was the story not really original it seemed like it was thrown together quickly and really just slapped on the screen.  The cast was great but the script is not.  Olivia Wilde was great and Evan Peters from American Horror Story fame was pretty awesome as well.  I will say there are some pretty cool death scenes but the lack of a solid script really did this movie in.  I understand why it did not receive favorable reviews now.

I really wanted to love this movie but in the end I could not.  So now is the time to rate this one.  Hmmm well since i didn't totally hate the film I will give this one 5 out of 10 stars but no more than 5.  This is worth at least one viewing but don't buy this one it just isn't worth the 15 bucks.  Stay twisted everyone!!

10 June 2015

"The Treatment" Set to Release 07/07/15


Order date: 6/16/15

Street date: 7/07/15

DVD SRP: $24.99
BLU SRP: $29.99

Synopsis: THE TREATMENT is an unsettling Belgian murder mystery that gets under your skin and stays there. A nail-biting suspense yarn based on one of a series of best-selling novels by British crime writer Mo Hayder, the film is not an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-type whodunit, but its gritty themes of sexual violence and pedophilia give it a raw, contemporary intensity that places it in the same company as the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” book and film series. Police inspector Nick Cafmeyer is investigating a case where a mother and father have been bound and beaten, and their young son is missing. An obsessive loner, Cafmeyer discovers that there are other similar cases – tragedies where the parents were forced by a psychopath to harm their own children, who then vanish. For the inspector, this triggers memories of his own brother’s abduction as a child, and the possibility that he may still be alive somewhere. Grim and wholly engrossing, THE TREATMENT is a thriller with an edge.

Bonus Features: Premiere Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Trailer

01 June 2015

The Horrors of AutoCorrect Streaming Free on Eli Roth's Crypt TV

What happens when an old school slasher faces off with a tech-savvy teen? Find out in The Horrors of AutoCorrect!

The 6-minute horror/comedy short is now available for free viewing online exclusively from Crypt TV, the digital genre studio co-founded by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth. It has amassed more than 20,000 views on Facebook in less than a day.

Watch The Horrors of AutoCorrect:

The short film stars Nick Principe (Laid to Rest, Hatchet II) and Jaquelyn Fabian. It's written and directed by newcomer Alex DiVincenzo.

"The premiere of The Horrors of AutoCorrect is a long time coming," says DiVincenzo. "I owe everything to my dedicatd cast and crew for helping to make it happen. I cannot thank Crypt TV enough for believing in the project. As an admirer of Eli Roth's work, it's an honor to be working with him." DiVincenzo is currently working on his next short, a '50s throwback titled Trouser Snake.

In The Horrors of AutoCorrect, Jenny's quiet evening at home watching a scary movie is interrupted by a stalker who can't quite master the art of text messaging. The result is a "sidesplitting, clever commentary on contemporary communication" (All Things Horror) that pays homage to such genre favorites as Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

For more information, visit Crypt TV and Grimbridge Productions on Facebook.