Ginger Nuts of Horror
Have you seen the new “Star Wars” yet? No. Go see it. Go see it now. Have you seen it yet? GO!
Ahem. Now that I’ve got the enthusiastic part of the review out of the way, let me tell you more calmly as to why you should go and see this film. And most importantly, let me do this without giving away any crucial plot points whatsoever. There are a few details included below which aren’t in the trailers, but they’re only minor ones and shouldn’t give away any of the thrills or surprises of the film itself.
IT'S CHRISTMAS!! Or, at least, that is what Slade seem determined to tell us. And if you are anything like I am you dread this season of fake platitudes and enforced frivolity. In this time of mistletoe and whine I like to take solace in the darker moments whenever they present themselves.
This five minute short film is a rather pleasant, or should that be an unpleasant distraction from the holidays. A shot and well acted little Christmas horror story, Deathly Presents uses its five minutes or so of film time to deliver a nice little shocker. It has some nice camera work, good acting and a creepy soundtrack that has a great use of a thumping bass track. While not overly frightening Deathly Presents is well-made film that will appeal to all of us who like our Christmas tainted with a bit of horror.
WATCH IT HERE: https://youtu.be/dZuRlvVWJ30
It might drop down your chimney, it might mysteriously fill your stockings, it may even slip itself under your tree, but be sure... This Christmas… EVIL IS BACK.
Bloody Cuts return with a frightful Christmas cracker of festive catastrophe, as Oliver Ebsworth, Sian Breckin and Jonah Russell deliver to you Episode 9: “Deathly Presents”.
This year we’ve cooked up a Christmas pudding of pleasurable pain in association with RØDE Microphones, marking a reignition of the Bloody Cuts series.
Keep your ears, eyes and face peeled for more short tales of terror returning in the new year!
Happy Christmas and BELIEVE IN HORROR.
WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/dZuRlvVWJ30
MORE INFO AT: www.bloodycuts.co.uk
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DIRECTED, WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY:
Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton
Sian Breckin, Jonah Russell, Oliver Ebsworth
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Part 9 of the Bloody Cuts series.
The Conjuring...echoes of my first experience with M. Night Shyamalan's work. Like many, that came in the form of The Sixth Sense, which was released in the UK almost simultaneously with the genre-redefining Blair Witch Project (the film was even marketed under the tag-line: “Scarier than the Blair Witch Project!”).
This was the first time I recall myself being consciously opposed to popular opinion; when it felt as though people were seeing something I could not, or that I perceived something that everyone else was blind to.
If you had told me a year ago, that I would be praising a film featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger for it's acting subtly and compassionate filmmaking I would have seriously considered having you sectioned under the mental health act. Yet here I am in the aftermath of watching Schwarzenegger versus zombies and I am in shock. Any misconceptions any of you have going into this film put them aside and give the film a spin you might just be as surprised as I was.....
Demonic possession films are a dime a dozen, some are great most are poor, and some are like the title of this film Chosen to be so awful, it makes you wish you were possessed by some demon yourself.
How can a film get it so wrong? It's not even a paint by numbers snooze fest, well if it is the painter is colour blind and has a rudimentary grasp of arithmetic. Everything this film has does has been done before and done better by countless other films. A dysfunctional family - check, a crazy old grampa - check. Although I don't think the grandpa was all that crazy, I maintain that the catatonic state he is in for the length of the film is just him trying to hide the fact that he signed up for this rubbish.
Cute little girl gets targeted by demonic forces - check. Spunky brother tries to save her said demonic forces while battling the rest of his family check. Snotty punk relative in wifebeater t-shirt, oh hell yes.
Where the film really falls down is the fact that every scare, every jump scene, has been done so many times before in other films it just becomes a case of watching it and wondering if there is going to be one original scene in the whole film. On the plus side, the film does let us know how many days have passed with the use of cards like "DAY 1", "DAY2" although all this does is make it feel like the film drags on for days on end.
Hell, they even have a scene where one of the heroes wakes up to a crazy ghost woman screaming at him on the bed. Have really reached a point where this is now a staple of films like these. If so can we just stop making these films right now, please, pretty please.
And let us not forget the angry shouty know it all nun that pops up throughout the film to have a go at our hapless hero for not having the guts to do what needs to be done to save his sister.
It is a great pity that this film is so bad, for once the actual premise of it is rather good.
Rather than going for some unknown or made up demon, the filmmakers decide to go for SPOILER ---- using Lilith, Adam's first wife, the snatcher of babies. If only they had the stones to make this a film that looked at some Judeo- Christina beliefs and myths, sadly they don't other than the child snatching aspect, they may as well have called the demon Stan.
The final nail in the coffin is the insipid and terrible acting from everyone in the cast. This is a truly awful film.
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