Ginger Nuts of Horror
If there is one thing that Britain does well, it has to be the low key, thoughtful and emotionally packed horror film. Films not borne from a massive Hollywood budget, but ones born from a passion a need to make films. Curse of The Witching Tree is one of those films.
Mr Mandalor (Alan McKenzie) makes horror movies, or to be more accurate horror movies which are so bad that they are unintentionally funny such as 'Rabid Babies from Outer Space'. Mr Gelstein (Scott Cranwill) of 'Gorrific Pictures' is a producer/distributor who is tired of Mandalor bringing him such dreadful films and tells him not to bother unless he can produce something actually horrific.
With the best of intentions and minimum capability Mandalor attempts to make another movie, ably assisted by his Igor-voiced cinematographer Rodney (Dan Baker-Moor: The Jogger). Things start off badly as an actress does a remarkably poor job of acting out her lines, so bad that Mandalor loses his temper and beats her to death with a telescope. His moment of madness continues with him instructing his cameraman Rodney to keep rolling, and his dim-witted mono-browed undertaker's assistant and lead actor Gustave (Kris Scoran) to do everything written in the script, only this time for real, on the corpse of the actress. Amid much maniacal laughing from Mandalor everyone keeps working on what is a truly revolting scene.
A Good Marriage is exactly that, it's a good marriage of a good story adapted into a good screenplay with good acting from a good cast making a film which is simply just… Good. Taken by the author from the story of the same name in Stephen King's collection 'Full Dark – No Stars' this movie steers away from his more familiar offerings of killer clowns, demon vehicles and apocalyptic nightmares toward a much gentler and more natural horror such as he has given us before with the likes of 'Dolores Claiborne' and 'Misery'.
Kevin Doherty via magic toaster productions presents a very short film a little over 23 minutes, and to be completely honest when almost 5 minutes is taken up by the intro I wasn't really expecting much from the rest of it. This is a highly minimalist film, there are five off-camera voices on either radio or telephone conversations, and only two actors whom you actually see and one of those you only see fleetingly. This means that almost the entire focus of the film is on Dan Baker-Moor as Mr Bennett the titular jogger.
Featuring Betty Marshall, Ernest Rhoades, James Peterson and Sarah Catherine Lewis this documentary chronicles a three-year span in the life of independent filmmaker Kelly Hughes.
Kelly Hughes was making what can best be described as 'trashy' movies, Heart-Attack Theatre premiered in 1991 on Seattle's public access TV and soon developed quite a following. Hughes wanted to make disaster movies but lacked the funding enjoyed by even the smallest studio, and so was creating his movies in his spare time, with limited equipment but plenty of enthusiasm.
REBOUND : DIRECTED BY MEGAN FREELS (2015)
Producer turned filmmaker Megan Freels shows us that she has what it takes to present a film with a highly believable story which the characters have fully rounded personalities.
Ashley James plays Claire, a slightly pudgy little redhead who returns home one day to find her boyfriend Eric (James Tyler Johnson) in bed with a younger and somewhat nasty looking but sexier redhead (Ali Williams). With three years of her life wasted on Eric she leaves him behind in Los Angeles and embarks on a move to Chicago. As if things couldn't get worse for her she loses her phone and soon after her car breaks down.
The 'New York Post' called this 'The New SAW'; I guess there are obvious comparisons between those movies except that this one lacks the big-budget polish of the SAW franchise. That being said I must admit that I enjoyed this; it was relatively ludicrous in places but completely feasible that someone could make a suit of armour like the one in this movie and stomp around killing people.
"Come Out And Play"
I had better begin this review by telling you that this film is…
If you think that those letters are big you should see the end of the film, with 'MAKINOV' stretched out across the screen in enormous letters to leave us in no doubt whatsoever as to whom is responsible for making this movie.
In 2010’s faux documentary Vampires, a film crew follows a fictional vampire family in Belgium as they navigate contemporary life as members of the undead. The film was an uneven yet compelling attempt at providing an original narrative surrounding the modern vampire mythos. At times a social commentary and critique on race and immigration, other times more of a spoof on the vampire legend, the film, while occasionally humorous, missed the mark tonally, never fully figuring out what type of movie it wanted to be.
'Babadook' dook dook push pineapple shake the tree.
Sorry, I couldn't resist it.
Three guesses what I was watching, ok you just need one guess unless you're being sarcastic. The film had a great reputation as being incredibly scary and to be honest my expectations on hearing that were that it was probably going to be just another hyped to the gills load of old rubbish.
I was pleasantly surprised. It was a good idea, told in a very minimalistic fashion, and had far more going for it than I expected it to have. Strong story, even stronger acting. The mother, Amelia (Essie Davis) had the arduous task of holding this picture together and really did an excellent job of appearing to be totally burned out by her son's behavior as Samuel (Noah Taylor) is seeing monsters in all of the usual places. The son in question is more one of those monster lunatics who isn't possessed by demons but has such a behavioral disorder that he'd be a poster child for Ritalin. The first half of the film had me wanting to strangle the little shit just to get some peace and quiet, which is fantastic as it shows that the film makers chose the right kid to bring life to what could in other hands be a totally dull film.
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