This Day in Horror

26 September 2016

Holidays - REVIEW (2016)



I have never been a fan of anthologies. I always feel like I spend an hour and a half watching and end up hating the majority of them. However, I put it out on Twitter and asked for suggestions for films to review and thanks to @evildeadron this is what I was given. So, I grabbed WAY too many snacks, climbed in bed and started watching. Imagine my glee (not really) when I realized there were eight short films to get through. This is what I do to myself lately, I prejudge every movie based on plot and usually end up convincing myself that it's not worth watching and reviewing instead of just getting it done. Hang on to your shorts, this will be a pretty long review... eight freaking films....


Valentine's Day (written and directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) starring Madeleine Coghlan, Savannah Kennick and Rick Peters.

A teenager with a crush on her gym coach is bullied by the rest of her classmates, but an innocent Valentine's Day gesture leads to horrific results.

This one was one of my favorites. The acting was good and the film was very well done. It touches a bit on quite a controversial subject these days, school bullies and succeeded in making me hate Kennewick's character Heidi. Which is hard to do in just the few minutes they have to tell the story.

St. Patrick's Day (written and directed by Gary Shore) starring Ruth Bradley, Peter Campion and Isolt McCaffrey.

A young teacher learns the frightening truth about the legendary snakes of St. Patrick when a student makes her deepest wish come true, with a sick twist.

I had a hard time getting through this one. Once they introduced the whole snake thing, I zoned out because it was just too over the top for my taste. The dialogue was comical and there just wasn't enough time to really tell a story so by the end I was wondering what in the hell I just watched. The only positive thing about this segment was Isolt McCaffrey; she played her little creepy part to a tee. There is something so unsettling about a kid that just sits and grins at you.

Easter (written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy) starring Ava Acres, Petra Wright and Mark Steger.

A young girl who wakes up and sees the Easter Bunny arrive is in for a shock.

This is another one that successfully told a complete story in just a short amount of time. While it wasn't one of my favorites, it was still entertaining. The makeup effects for the bunny were very well done and I'd be curious to find out if he was supposed to come off as creepy or pervy because at certain points, they drew a pretty fine line as far as intent is concerned. Regardless, interesting story and different twist on the myth of the Easter Bunny.

 Mother's Day (written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith) starring Sophie Traub, Aleksa Palladino, Sheila Vand, Jennifer Lafleur and Sonja Kinski.

A woman who can't stop getting pregnant finds herself involved with a coven of barren witches after attending a strange ritual.

I am not a fan of this one at all. It suffers from the same problem that many short films do, half a story. We're given so few details about this "coven" of witches that while watching, I never got the feeling that that's what it was. Yes, there was some weird shit going on but I never got a witchy vibe. Unless I missed something, which is quite possible. Please feel free to let me know if I did.

Father's Day (written and directed by Anthony Scott Burns) starring Jocelin Donahue, Michael Gross and Jana Karan.

A teacher receives a mysterious cassette tape from her long-estranged father that leads to a darker mystery. The answer for why he disappeared may not be what she expected.

After watching, I'm still not sure why he disappeared. Again, another incomplete story that leaves you with more questions than answers.

Halloween (written and directed by Kevin Smith) starring Ashley Greene, Olivia Roush, Harley Quinn Smith, Harley Morenstein and Shelby Kemper.

A man running an internet sex cam business finds himself in dire straits when he crosses his employees on Halloween.

I have never been a fan of Kevin Smith... I know, I know, most think he's some kind of God but I'm not one of those. BUT, give me some credit here, I watched and gave it a chance but I still didn't like it. Other than one of the characters being in costume and a mention or two of it, I didn't see how it really related to Halloween but whatev. The acting was good and it was well shot but that's about the only good things I can say about it.

Christmas (written and directed by Scott Stewart) starring Seth Green, Clare Grant, Kalos Cluff, John C. Johnson, Shawn Parsons, Michael Sun Lee, Wes Robertson, Karina Noelle, Scott Stewart and Richard DiLorenzo.

A man goes to terrible lengths to get a virtual reality device for his son for Christmas, but finds himself haunted by it.

This story, I quite enjoyed. It was kind of like an extreme horror version of Jingle all the Way. Admittedly it wasn't actually horror, it was more of a thriller but at least it was a full and complete story that was well shot and well acted.

New Year's Eve (written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer; directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer) starring Lorenza Izzo, Andrew Bowen and Megan Duffy

A disturbed young man discovers that his New Year's date may be just as twisted.

Another one of my favorites with a nice twist at the end. It was a refreshing change from the usual serial killer plots. Again, the film was well done and well acted.

Overall, I was pleased with this anthology and would recommend that any horror fan give it a go. If you've already seen it, feel free to let me know what your favorite segment was!

Plot source: Wikipedia.org

11 September 2016

Don't Breathe 2016 - REVIEW (By Glen Peddle)


Hello twisted ones. I have come here to Twisted Central to chew bubblegum and talk about the new Fede Alvarez feature, Don’t Breathe. And as you have probably guessed, I did indeed run out of bubblegum.

I had seen the trailer about a month before the movie’s release, and while it seemed promising, the real reason I wanted to go and watch it was because of Jane Levy. She was the highlight of the Evil Dead remake for me, and I knew I’d be following her career afterwards.

So here’s the plot in brief. Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) have been breaking into selected homes around Detroit to make some money and, in the case of Rocky and Money, leave the city behind and head to California. They learn of a Vietnam vet (Stephen Lang) who is sitting on a pile of money after a settlement involving the death of his daughter. Add to that the fact that he’s blind, and it seems like too big an opportunity to pass up. As you can imagine, things don’t go quite as planned.

Apparently, Don’t Breathe was Fede Alvarez’s response to criticism of his Evil Dead remake being an overly gory shockfest. And while I tend to find such criticisms bothersome, this time they were used constructively. Don’t Breathe is a well-acted, tension filled ride that, once the three thieves enter the house, doesn’t let up. There are some jump scares sprinkled throughout, and a couple of them are pretty cheap, but the rest are at least relevant to what’s going on in the main story.

There were some minor nitpicks that, in the grand scheme of things, didn’t ruin the movie, but kind of made me figuratively scratch my head. For one thing, the blind man not immediately hearing the noises the thieves were making sort of surprised me. Granted, he had a television playing in his bedroom, and his house is locked and barred exceptionally well. But assuming that his other senses were heightened due to blindness, and that he should be very paranoid considering the secret he’s keeping in the house, you’d think he’d be a somewhat lighter sleeper and more alert to any noises. 

Also, it was kind of hard for me to root for anyone in this. Rocky is the one you want to win the day as far as her motivations go, but in the end she is still a criminal who will even rob from the blind. So I was kind of torn there. I even felt a little sympathy for the blind man. I obviously can’t condone his actions, but the reason he became the way he is sad and it’s easy to believe that a person could turn out the way he did.

You have to suspend disbelief in some regards to things that happen, like the previously mentioned noises made that the bling man didn’t immediately catch, the fact that he just happened to have a perfectly cut board for the one unprotected window used to break into the house, a chloroform bomb that Money used not working, and the blind man’s sense of smell working and not working at times only convenient to the plot, just to name some examples.

But as I already mentioned, these nitpicks overall didn’t affect my enjoyment of this film. If you want to spend the better part of 90 minutes sitting on the edge of your seat, then Don’t Breathe is the way to do it. It gets an easy 4 out of 5 stars from me. Go see it if you haven’t already.

14 August 2016

The Forest 2016 - REVIEW

Here is something that has always caught my attention, mainly for the mysterious nature, the Japanese Suicide Forest.  Now The Forest is not a documentary by any means or is the movie a basis of a true story but this forest does really exist.  Each year people in Japan go here to commit suicide.  They have to drag people out by the tons.  Got me thinking if this movie is as creepy as the real thing then this should be a smash hit.

Sara (Natalie Dormer) receives a call that her identical twin sister Jess, who lives in Japan, has gone missing in the Aokigahara Forest.  A place where people go to commit suicide or are contemplating it.  Sara immediately flies to Japan in search for her sister.  She knows her sister is still alive but is lost in the forest.  She gets 2 men to guide her in the forest to look.  Once they find Jess's tent Sara refuses to leave without her sister.  A decision she would come to regret!

 I heard alot of bad reviews for this film going in and saw it had a 4.8 IMDB score.  I still had to see for myself.  To my surprise I really didn't think it was too bad, well most of the movie anyway.  It lays groundwork for a pretty good story but somewhere along the line it comes apart.  I just think there could have been alot more they could have done with this suicide forest story.  This is a supernatural Thriller that has moments of suspense but as a whole movie falls a little short.  Specially the ending which I thought ended a little abrubptly.  The climax of the movie was very rushed and kind of left you thinking "Is that it?"

Natalie Dormer who played both Sara and Jess I thought was pretty good.  Many of you might recognize her from Game of Thrones.  THe supporting role of the character Aiden played by Taylor Kinney was pretty solid too.  I thought they both brought alot to the roles but in the end it just wasn't enough to knock this one out of the park.  I give The Forest 5 out of 10 stars.  Definitely worth the watch to find out for yourself but I would not pay more than 10 bucks for it.  Stay twisted everyone!




09 August 2016

Official Trailer and Poster for Patient Seven

                                      

Los Angeles, CA – In October of 2015, genre distributor Terror Films announced that principal photography had begun on an Untitled Horror Anthology, now titled PATIENT SEVEN. The structure of the anthology includes a wrap-around, written by Barry Jay Stitch (The Chosen) and directed by horror veteran Danny Draven (Ghost Month, Reel Evil), which intertwines 7 award winning, short films by filmmakers from around the globe. The filmmakers include: Nicholas Peterson, Paul Davis, Ómar Örn Hauksson, Dean Hewison, Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen, Joel Morgan, Johannes Persson and Rasmus Wassberg. The cast includes: Amy Smart (Just Friends, The Single Mom’s Club), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick), Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), among others.

The wrap around stars veteran actor and genre favorite, Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall) as Dr. Marcus. Marcus, a renowned psychiatrist, has selected 6 severe mentally ill and dangerous patients from the Spring Valley Mental Hospital, to interview as part of research for his new book. As Dr. Marcus interviews each patient, one by one the horrors they have committed begin to unfold. However, Dr. Marcus soon learns that there is one patient who has been kept from him by the hospital’s administrator, Dr. Vincent - played by Jack Plotnick (Drawn Together, Reno 911!: Miami).

The film will have a wide ancillary release, currently set for this Fall. Exact dates for the release will be announced soon, followed by exclusive clips. In the meantime, check out the official trailer and poster for the film.

Trailer Link: https://youtu.be/0JQQwa7Wi1U


ABOUT TERROR FILMS:

Terror Films is a Los Angeles based distribution label with a focus on horror, Sci-Fi and thriller films targeted for limited theatrical, Television and all major ancillary markets, including DVD, EST, VOD and all major streaming outlets. Their first film THE CHOSEN, starring YouTube Sensation Kian Lawley, remained in the Top 100 of Horror Films on iTunes for 8 consecutive weeks upon its release. Their second film TRACE opened exclusively on Redbox in all 40,000 locations followed by a wide ancillary release. The label recently released the award winning film LANDMINE GOES CLICK on DVD and is gearing up to release an impressive slate over the next 5 months of 2016, including the documentary UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY; GODDESS OF LOVE; THE DARK STRANGER; HELL HOUSE LLC and THE HOUSE ON PINE STREET.  The company is repped by Michael Sherman of Reed Smith LLP.


For more information on Terror Films, go to: www.terrorfilms.net

Arrow Video US - September 2016 Release Schedule

MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several new titles in September...



THE PRICE OF ADMISSION IS THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

One of Quentin Tarantino's favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits... and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive-In

Set in a near-future where the economy has crumbled and violent gangs play havoc in the streets, the powers-that-be have decided to lure the delinquent youth into drive-in cinemas and keep them there. No longer just a place to watch trashy movies and make out, these outdoor picture shows have become concentration camps for the unruly and unwanted. 

With its day-glo colour scheme, new wave soundtrack and extraordinary stunt work, Dead-End Drive-In is in the tradition of Ozploitation milestones Mad Max and The Cars That Ate Parisonly very, very eighties.

Bonus Materials
* Brand new 2K restoration from original film materials
High Definition (1080p) Presentation
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Audio commentary by director Brian Trenchard-Smith
The Stuntmen, Trenchard Smith's classic television documentary on Grant Page (Mad Max, Road Games) and other Australian stunt performers
Hospitals Don't Burn Down, Trenchard-Smith's 1978 public information film told in pure Ozploitation fashion
Behind-the-scenes gallery by graffiti artist Vladimir Cherepanoff
Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV064
Street Date: 09/20/16
PreBook Date: 08/16/16
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 88 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: STEREO
Year of Production: 1986
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Actors: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde
Box Lot: 30
Territory: US
Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon




THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST

Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street - but for many genre fans, the director's seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.

Taking a detour whilst on route to Los Angeles, the Carter family run into trouble when their camper van breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters are forced to fight back by any means necessary. 

As grueling a viewing experience today as it was upon initial release, The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining moments in American horror cinema.

Limited Edition Contents
* Brand new 4K restoration of the film, supervised by producer Peter Locke and viewable with both original and alternate endings 
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
* 6 Postcards 
* Reversible Fold-out Poster 
* Limited Edition 40-page booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Brad Stevens and a consideration of the Hills franchise by disc producer Ewan Cant, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
* Brand new audio commentary with actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Susan Lanier and Martin Speer
* Brand new audio commentary by academic Mikel J. Koven 
* Audio commentary with Wes Craven and Peter Locke 
* Looking Back on The Hills Have Eyes - making-of documentary featuring interviews with Wes Craven, Peter Locke, actors Michael Berryman, Janus Blythe, Robert Houston, Susan Lanier, Dee Wallace and director of photography Eric Saarinen
* Brand new interview with actor Martin Speer
* The Desert Sessions - brand new interview with composer Don Peake
* Never-before-seen Outtakes 
* Alternate Ending, in HD for the first time 
* Trailers and TV Spots 
* Image Gallery
* Original Screenplay (BD-ROM Content)
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV065
Street Date: 09/27/16
PreBook Date: 08/23/16
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 90 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1977
Director: Wes Craven
Actors: John Steadman, Suze Lanier-Bramlett
Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon


Slugs [Blu-ray] (September 27th)

                                   

THEY SLIME. THEY OOZE. THEY KILL.

From celebrated Spanish director Juan Piquer Simon, the man behind the truly demented slasher flick Pieces (1982), comes a terrifying tale of mutant slugs on the rampage in small-town America. The townsfolk of a rural community are dying in strange and gruesome circumstances. Following the trail of horrifically mutilated cadavers, resident health inspector Mike Brady is on the case to piece together the mystery. He soon comes to a terrifying conclusion - giant slugs are breeding in the sewers beneath the town, and they're making a meal of the locals! Based on the novel by acclaimed British horror author Shaun Hutson, Slugs outdoes its creature feature peers by adding an extra dose of gross-out gore into the equation, culminating in one of the most squirm-inducing animal attack movies ever to slither its way across screens.

Special Edition Contents
* Brand new restoration from original film elements 
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation 
* Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio 
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing 
* Audio commentary with Slugs author Shaun Hutson
* Audio commentary with writer and filmmaker Chris Alexander 
* Here's Slugs in Your Eye - an interview with actor Emilio Linder 
* They Slime, They Ooze, They Kill: The Effects of Slugs - an interview with special effects artist Carlo De Marchis 
* Invasion USA - an interview with art director Gonzalo Gonzalo 
* The Lyons Den - an interview and locations tour with production manager Larry Ann Evans 
* 1988 Goya Awards promo reel 
* Trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter

Product Details
Format: BLU-RAY
SKU: AV066
Street Date: 09/27/16
PreBook Date: 08/23/16
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 89 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: MONO
Year of Production: 1988
Director: Juan Piquer Simón
Actors: Michael Garfield, Kim Terry, Philip MacHale, Emilio Linder
Language: English

Complete product details, hi res art, etc. can be found HERE.

Pre-order at the MVD SHOP or on Amazon

08 August 2016

Most Likely To Die 2016 - REVIEW


Being the sucker I am for a good slasher flick I had to pick this one out and give it a try.  Cover art looks good and a nice catchy creepy title.  The basis of the story is a 10 year class reunion that a select group get together and have their own reunion beforehand that they were invited to.  This sounds very familiar to a movie that came out just 3 years about  a class reunion that you shouldn't go to.  Just can't quite put my finger on it

Don't we all just love high school reunions?  Get to see old friends and rub you success in the faces of others.  This one is a little different.  A group of classmates get together before their 10 year reunion for a weekend of fun.  The only problem is they start dying one by one at the hands of a killer in a mask.  Someone is out for revenge.  It seems that this group of friends played a prank on a classmate in high school and got him expelled.  Maybe he wants payback?

I sure do love a good slasher film and while this one had a few good kills, I was just incredibly bored throughout most of the movie.  Takes too much time on the story which is not that interesting and very unoriginal.  May as well just remake a movie if you are going to be that unoriginal.  There was not enough gore either.  A horror movie doesn't have to be gory to be good but it definitely doesn't hurt.  I am afraid that most of the money was used for the White Zombie song that plays during the ending credits and Jake Busey as a creeper.  I am giving this 3 out of 10 starts.  As always stay twisted everyone!


04 August 2016

'Blackburn' Slated for North American Release


Vancouver, B.C., August 4th, 2016: 3Brane Entertainment is pleased to announce that their horror film Blackburn will see more territories. Already slated for a North American release, this terrifying title will be distributed in the United Kingdom, on September 5th, 2016; Matchbox Films will handle the release. The film stars Lochlyn Munro (Poker Night), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), Sarah Lind (Wolf Cop), Emilie Ullerup (A Little Bit Zombie), and Calum Worthy. Developed from a script by Nastasha Baron, the film has been directed by Lauro Chartrand. A preview of the film’s multi-territory launch is available here.

The UK poster and synopsis reveal more of the Blackburn Asylum. Long since closed, its former residents roam the local woods. A forest fire and rockslide have forced more of these dangerous characters into the nearby town. And, five friends must find shelter, before they become targets of these monsters. Can they just survive the night?




In the UK, the film has been rated 15+. Also, the new poster hosts a unique tagline: “some ghost stories are real.” But, these ghosts are worse than anything supernatural. These terrors will be set upon the masses on September 5th, on DVD. This dark, horror story is not to be missed!

The official Synopsis: A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum, they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.

More details at Matchbox Films.

Available for pre-orders, at Amazon.

A fan page for the film.

On Twitter.