9/19/2019

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Will be Debuting Next Tues on Shudder!

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September 19,  2019, New York, NY — Shudder, AMC Networks' premiere streaming destination for exclusive and original genre entertainment, announced today it will present the streaming debut of the Shudder Exclusive film ONE CUT OF THE DEAD this Tuesday, September 24. The hit zombie comedy will be available for all Shudder members to stream in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland. 

One of the most critically-acclaimed genre films of the past decade and a record-shattering blockbuster in its native Japan (it was made for $27,000 with a cast of unknown actors and went on to gross $28 million in Japan), ONE CUT OF THE DEAD first appears to be a one-take indie zombie film... but something magical happens 37 minutes in: the film's director yells cut and—throwing all cinematic conventions and viewer expectations to the wind—it transforms into a charming story about the power of family, the passion that goes into making movies, and, in its stunning final sequence, an uproarious meta re-examination of the film’s opening single take and how it came to be!

The movie has been called “the best zombie comedy since Shaun of the Dead” and has a 100% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 63 reviews.

During its festival run, ONE CUT OF THE DEAD received numerous awards and accolades, including the Audience Award and Best Director at Fantastic Fest, Best Film at Fantasia, Best Film at Bifan Fantastic Film Festival, Grand Prix at Vevey International Funny Film Festival, the Press Award at Morbido Film Festival, and Audience Awards at Imagine Film Festival, Panic Fest, Brussels International Film Festival, and Lees Film Festival. 

Synopsis:
While shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned warehouse, the crew find themselves caught between actual zombies and a mad director who won’t stop rolling. If you think you know what happens next, think again. Filmmaker Shinichiro Ueda turns the film on its head more than once for one of the wildest, funniest, and most surprising zombie movies of all time.


ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is written, directed, and edited by Shinichiro Ueda, and stars Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, Yuzuki Akiyama, Kazuaki Nagaya, and Manabu Hosoi.

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9/18/2019

The Biggest Adult Stars in the World Star in a New Horror Erotica Series LadyKiller TV, Launching This Fall


Ex-Five Finger Death Punch Drummer Jeremy Spencer Spoofs Classic Slasher Films with Adult’s Top Stars
(Las Vegas, NV / September 17, 2019) -- Horror and erotica make familiar bedfellows in a brand-new series coming this fall from 6ex Films, WG Films and Whore Gore, LadyKiller TV, a collection of eight erotic horror parodies pulled from iconic slasher films - but made better with the biggest adult film stars!
Jeremy Spencer, the former drummer of hard rock outfit Five Finger Death Punch, created, executive produced, co-directed, wrote the screenplay, provided music for the series and acts in every episode, melding two extreme film genres together with explosive results.
Each episode of LadyKiller TV offers a rousing view of adult’s top performers:
- Tori Black tackles a head-spinning role in ‘The Sexorcist’, then tackles Tommy Pistol in ‘The O Ring’
- Adriana Chechik relives a Nightmare on her Street in ‘1, 2, Eddy’s Cummin in U’
- Nikki Benz and Reya Sunshine find themselves alone in the woods on the 13th of Friday in ‘Camp Blood Sex’
- Nicole Aniston stops in for the night at a familiar hotel but finds the proprietor troubling in ‘Psych-Ho’
- Abella Danger and Jynx Maze play spooky twins who invite fans to come and play with them in ‘The Whining’
“I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time, and it was now or never in terms of pulling the trigger and making this series happen,” said Spencer of LadyKiller TV. “When we first approached the performers about it, I was excited about the very real potential for this to be a hit - and they were as excited as I was to shoot it!”
The series also stars Richard Grieco, Felissa Rose and Kyle Kielbasa, and was Directory of Photography, co-directed and co-edited by Party Bus to Hell cinematographer Michael Su.
To find out more about the upcoming release schedule of LadyKiller TV, visit LadyKillertv.com.
Twitter: @ladyKillerTV1
ABOUT LADYKILLER TV:
LadyKiller TV is a horror/erotica series created by former metal drummer Jeremy Spencer, as an homage to his favorite horror movies. With tongue-in-cheek titles like ‘The Whining’, ‘Psych-Ho’ and ‘The Sexorcist’, Spencer employed top adult stars Tori Black, Nicole Aniston, Nikki Benz, Abella Danger, Jynx Maze, Reya Sunshine, Adriana Chechik and Tommy Pistol.
Their various characters no longer play the typical female victim roles; instead, they triumph as the empowered ‘Killers’. LadyKiller TV represents a whole new genre: soft-core and horror - the combination has never been this entertaining....
ABOUT JEREMY SPENCER:
Jeremy Spencer is the former drummer for the metal band Five Finger Death Punch and creator of the horror/erotica series LadyKiller TV. In 2012 he was named Golden God's Best Drummer by Revolver Magazine, and was voted Best Drummer of 2015 by Loudwire. His autobiography, Death Punch'd—Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem, was published on September 2, 2014 by HarperCollins imprint Dey St, and named a New York Times Celebrity Bestseller. He was also voted Best Drummer at the 5th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

9/07/2019

Witch Vomit- Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave (Album Review)

Musician: Witch Vomit
Album Title: Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release Date: August 30, 2019

Witch Vomit are a death metal band from Portland, Oregon. This album, Buried  Deep in a Bottomless Grave, is their second full release. And, it is the best death metal album that I have heard so far in 2019, one that grabs your attention from start to bloody finish. As, the band's music drips both with dread and talent, mixing an early Entombed like sound with the splatter minded style of their homeland of the US of A.

The first track is a real barn, or should I say mausoleum, burner in the worm-ridden form of "From Rotten Guts". The buzzsaw like guitars and pummeling blast-beats makes for a brutal and bloody sonic experience. The title track is an absolute and total assault on the senses as it  produces a fast and atmospheric ride. One that is utterly vicious as it gives you the feeling of being buried alive in a hellish pit, mixed in with an almost punkish feel in its shortness and brevity. Some wailing guitar leads combine with a thundering and dark sound, all of which result in one of my favorite instrumental tracks in many a bloody moon: "Squirming in Misery"! The album ends with the absolutely awesome "Fumes of Dying Bodies". This one is my favorite one on the album and has an Entombed meets Cannibal Corpse sound that seems like it was tailor made for me in some rotting pit of hell!
Goddamn it, does Buried Deep in a Bottomless Pit ever fucking kill! Witch Vomit are the very future of old school death metal. Like a gore drenched, American Entombed, they are dark, crunching, heavy, merciless, and drenched in atmosphere. I absolutely loved this album from the very first riff, till the closing inhuman growl. And, it only gets better with each listening.


4.5 out of 5

9/04/2019

Karla Kush is Smokin’ as Girlsway’s September 2019 Girl of the Month

  
(Montreal, QC / September 3, 2019) -- Girlsway introduces Karla Kush as its Girl of the Month for September 2019, and is set to release the star’s GOTM Showcase scene with Jenna Foxx September 5 at Girlsway.com.

Bree Mills, the lesbian erotica studio’s Chief Creative Officer, said that “Karla has been with Girlsway since back in 2014 - she’s shot quite a lot of scenes with us, the fans absolutely love her and it’s high time Ms. Kush was a Girlsway Girl of the Month!”

Kush first lit up the screen for Girlsway in ‘Fucking is Better Than Studying’, and the all-natural blonde beauty has shot 25+ scenes (and counting!) for the company.

“Girlsway is by far one of my favorite companies to shoot for - not only because they’ve paired me with such talented and gorgeous female performers, but also just the way they write their scripts and run their sets,” said Kush. “A Girlsway set day is always a good day.”

Fans can find out more about September 2019 Girlsway Girl of the Month Karla Kush at her official Model Page at Girlsway.com and on the specialty streaming platform AdultTime.com.

Follow Girlsway and Bree Mills on social media: 
ABOUT GIRLSWAY:
Launched in October 2014, GIRLSWAY is the largest lesbian erotica studio in adult, now including over 45 lesbian films and series and 7600+ episodes available on the Adult Time platform.  Created by award-winning filmmaker Bree Mills, Girlsway produces original and addictive narrative content that mixes passionate lesbian sex with compelling characters and inter-connected storylines.

Shudder's Halloween Season Lineup Includes: Creepshow Series & 10 Exclusive Movie Premieres

September 4,  2019, New York, NY — Shudder, AMC Networks premiere streaming destination for exclusive and original genre entertainment, has announced its unbeatable seasonal slate of new horror, thriller and supernatural programming for Halloween, including the series premiere of Creepshow—the most highly anticipated new horror show of the season—and a killer lineup of 10 exclusive new movies that can't be streamed anywhere else.


Said Craig Engler, GM of Shudder, "For us, Halloween starts now, and this year we’re going all out with our most ambitious project yet, an original Creepshow series from Greg Nicotero featuring stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe Lansdale and Josh Malerman. On top of that, we have 10 new, exclusive films, including Issa Lopez’s phenomenal Tigers Are Not Afraid and Shin’ichiro Ueda’s wild One Cut of the Dead, two of the best-reviewed horror films of the year.”

SERIES

CREEPSHOW — A SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES (premieres Thursday, 9/26)
The beloved horror franchise billed as “The Most Fun You’ll Have Being Scared” is back as a new anthology series from showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). Twelve chilling tales will be told across six weekly episodes starring David Arquette (Scream franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Tobin Bell (Sawfranchise), Big Boi (a.k.a. Antwan Patton), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (a.k.a. Scott Mescudi), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Dana Gould (Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle).

CHANNEL ZERO: THE DREAM DOOR — (premieres Thursday, 10/10)
Based on the “creepypasta” short story “Hidden Door” by Charlotte Bywater, Channel Zero: The Dream Door follows newlyweds Jillian (Maria Sten) and Tom (Brandon Scott), who have each brought secrets into their marriage. When they discover a strange door in their basement, those secrets start to threaten their relationship — and their lives. With Steven Weber, Steven Robertson and Barbara Crampton, directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills). 

With the premiere of The Dream Door, Shudder will be the exclusive streaming home for all four seasons of the groundbreaking Channel Zero series. 

NOS4A2 — (streaming now)
New episodes of AMC’s hit horror series, based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill, continue to premiere weekly on Shudder Thursdays through October 10.

MOVIES:

ONE CUT OF THE DEAD (premiere date TBA)
While shooting a low-budget, single-take zombie movie, the crew find themselves caught between actual zombies and a mad director who won’t stop rolling. If you think you know what happens next, in this surprising zombie comedy, think again. Starring Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, directed by Shin'ichirô Ueda


TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (premiere date TBA)
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico’s devastating drug wars,​ Tigers Are Not Afraid​ follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents. Starring Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, and Hanssel Casillas, directed by Issa López

BELZEBUTH (streaming now)
Shocking deaths on the US/Mexico border lead a special agent toward an ancient demon. Starring Tobin Bell (Saw), Joaquín Cosio and Tate Ellington, directed by Emilio Portes 

INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND (streaming now)
A mother of two is confronted with murderous intruders on the first night in their new home and fights for her daughters’ lives. Sixteen years later when the daughters reunite at the house, things get really strange. Starring Crystal Reed, Anastasia Phillips, Emilia Jones, Taylor Hickson, directed by Pascal Laugier.


THE WRATH (premieres Thursday, 9/5)
When a curse kills the sons of the kingdom’s highest-ranking official, a pregnant widow must face both a vengeful spirit and vicious family politics in this remake of 1986 Korean horror essential, Woman’s Wail. Starring Hong-il Choi, Young hee Seo and Na-Eun Son, directed by Young-sun Yoo.

HELL HOUSE LLC III: LAKE OF FIRE (premieres Thursday, 9/19)
In the final installment, guests both past and present will be forced to battle for their souls as all is revealed about the infamous Abaddon Hotel and the evil that dwells there. Starring Gabriel Chytry, Elizabeth Vermilyea and Sam Kazzi, directed by Stephen Cognetti.

THE FURIES (premieres Thursday, 10/3)

Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friend Maddie find themselves abducted by a sinister presence and stalked, along with six other women, by men in terrifying masks. Starring Airlie Dodds, Linda Ngo and Taylor Ferguson, directed by Tony D'Aquino. (Note: THE FURIES will be in theaters in its home country Australia on November 7.)

GWEN (premieres Thursday, 10/17)
In this stark and atmospheric tale, Gwen is a young girl struggling with her mother’s mysterious illness, her father's absence and the suspicious local community that has turned on them. Somehow Gwen must find the strength to guide her family through the darkness and overcome the evil that is taking grip of her home. Starring Maxine Peake, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, and Richard Harrington, directed by William McGregor.

HAUNT (premieres Thursday, 10/24)
From producer Eli Roth and the writers of ​A Quiet Place​. On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real. Starring  Katie Stevens, Will Brittain and Lauryn Alisa McClain, directed by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods.

NIGHTMARE CINEMA (premieres Tuesday, 10/29)
A new anthology movie featuring segments from the acclaimed directors of ​Gremlins,​ B​lack Mirror: Bandersnatch​, The Stand​ miniseries, ​The Midnight Meat Train​ and ​Juan of the Dead.​ Starring Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain and Adam Godley, directed by Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura and David Slade.
 
“THE GHOUL LOG” and “SON OF GHOUL LOG” (coming soon)
Fan favorite The Ghoul Log is back, accompanied by an all-new, creepier sequel. Set the mood for your Halloween festivities with Shudder’s 24/7 feed of a candlelit Jack-o’-Lantern accompanied by spooky night noises that does for Halloween what the Yule Log video does for Christmas. 

Plus a special Halloween treat on Friday, 10/25, that you’ll want to stay up late for. (Details coming soon.)

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9/03/2019

The Wrath (Review)

Title: The Wrath (Yeo-gok-seong [original title])
Director: Yoo Young-Sun
Writer: Park Jae-Bum
Cast:  Choi Hong-Il, Seo Young-Hee , Son Na-Eun, Lee Tae-Ri, Park Min-Ji, Choi Hong-Li
Min: 94
Year: 2018

A household in ancient Korea is cursed by a demonic, female ghost, who haunts it and the family who inhabits it. Ok-Bun (Son Na-Eun) has married the third son in said family, who has returned home with a demon sword to destroy the ghost. That night, he beds his new wife. He fails at getting rid of the ghost, though, instead getting offed by her. The mother-in-law hates Ok-Bun, but soon has to put up with and make sure Ok-Bun is cared for, as she is the first of her three daughter-in-laws to get successfully knocked-up. But, the weird shit happening gets weirder and weirder, and eventually more deadly. A great exorcist is called to help get rid of the evil spirit and help protect the baby. But, can even he do anything?
The Wrath is a Korean remake of the 1986 Korean horror flick, Woman's Wail. Having never seen that movie, I will be judging this movie wholly on its own merits. It most definitely has its share of both merits and flaws. But, thankfully the good far out weighs the bad.

While there are scenes that will feel familiar to anyone who has watched enough Asian horror, director Yoo (The Wicked) Young-Sun manages to always keep the film interesting.  The movie looks beautiful, thanks to its gorgeous cinematography. The outside shots of the snowy woods early in the film, for example, are majestic and stunning. He is also quite good at giving us some really creepy moments.
The movie has a great beginning, which is foreboding and bloody. It sets up the tone for the rest of the film rather nicely. Another highlight of the movie is when we finally learn the ghost's full origin, which is violent and intense. That being said, it is a mostly slow moving film. But, thanks to some deft directing and storytelling, you remain interested throughout and want to know just what fuck is going on. It helps that the flick has some "oh shit!" moments that keep you further intrigued.

Among these are some bits of gore. The bloody mayhem includes stabbings, arterial sprays, face ripping, and the barfing up of blood! But, the grossest scene involves the eating of earthworms, thankfully CGI ones. The climax is great and really ups the action by tenfold. It is followed by a shock ending which actually works within the overall plot. Which is more than I can usually say for most endings of this sort.
The acting is excellent; it is one of the movie's strongest points. This is so central to a flick like this, as the relationships and interactions between the women is made that much more fascinating. I really like the way this film presents women of this era and the importance, for them, of being with child in this society. This shows the women's ambitions and desires and helps to keep the movie strong, solid, and fascinating.

The Wrath is a kind of slow but always entertaining and, at times, fascinating bit of K-horror. It has a few creepy moments, as well as some that are gory and gruesome and help to punch up the proceedings. The movie has a great beginning and an exciting climax that balances it all out rather nicely. Featuring beautiful cinematography and excellent acting, this remake is a good choice for fans of Asian and/ or supernatural/ ghost horror in general. It starts streaming this Thursday, September 5, 2019, on Shudder.


3 out of 4

8/31/2019

Entombed A.D.- Bowels of Earth (Album Review)

Musician: Entombed A.D.
Album Title: Bowels of Earth
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal/ Death n' Roll
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: August 30, 2019

Singer LG Petrov may not have the rights to the name of his former band, death metal legends Entombed, but that doesn't matter much, now. Because, he and his current band, Entombed A.D. (along with other former Entombed members in the form of: Victor Brandt [bass], Nico Elgstrand [guitar] and Olle Dahlstedt [drums]), are still putting out ass kicking music. Their latest and third offering, Bowels of Earth, mixes elements from Entombed's earlier, masterpieces and the death n' roll sound of Wolverine Blues and beyond. The result is a really fun and still very heavy album.

The album has some real good grooves and hammering and talented musicianship that makes for a headbanging good time. This fucker is sure to set the mosh-pit on fucking fire. It starts with a real scorcher in the form of "Torment Remains", which is a pummeling and battering track that charges right through you, impaling you with its ferocity. "Elimination" is an explosive tune that erupts with speed and also has an awesome groove that will have you banging your head right along with it. It is also true shining example of the amazing amount of talent everyone has, as its melodic mid-section is one of my favorite parts in the album (which is saying a lot). "Bourbon Nightmare" is a thundering song that is all guns blazing and my favorite one on the album. It's a fucking perfect example of death n' roll that will go perfectly with some hard drinking and moshing. The album closes off with the killer "To Eternal Night" which is rich is atmosphere, heaviness, and fucking kick ass guitar riffs. Petrov has long been one of my favorite vocalists in death metal, and he really shines here, adding menace and an evil vibe.
Bowels of Earth is a fucking blast to hear. While, I liked it the first time I heard, it wasn't until the second listen that it really began to sink in. Each subsequent spin made it even better. It manages to be fun, while still being heavy, dark, and menacing. With the right balance of technically savvy crunch and catchy grooves, this fucker is made for moshing, headbanging, and kicking your goddamn ass. If you have been a loyal Entombed fan or just like kick ass death metal, in general, then this one is for you!


4 out of 5

8/28/2019

SHUDDER: SEPTEMBER 2019 U.S. HIGHLIGHTS

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

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CREEPSHOW: A SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES — series premiere Thursday, September 26 
The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Being Scared! From showrunner Greg Nicotero (​The Walking Dead​) comes a new Shudder Original anthology horror series based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero. 

Each of the six episodes features two stories. In the premiere, those stories are:

“Gray Matter,” 
Story by Stephen King, adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Synopsis: Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. 

“The House of the Head”  
Written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box)
Directed by John Harrison
Synopsis: Evie discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted. 

“Gray Matter” stars Giancarlo Esposito (Emmy-nominated for Better Call Saul), Tobin Bell (SawBelzebuth) and Adrienne Barbeau (who also appeared in the original Creepshow movie) and is adapted from a story originally published in Stephen King’s 1978 bestselling collection, Night Shift.

New Creepshow episodes premiere Thursdays through October 31. 

SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE TITLES

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THE WRATH — Thursday, September 5
Director: Young-sun Yoo, Cast: Hong-il Choi, Young hee Seo, Na-Eun Son
In this supernatural creeper set in 14th century Korea, a curse is killing the sons of the kingdom’s highest-ranking official.  When the final son dies, his pregnant widow, Ok-bun, must face vicious family politics and the vengeful spirit descending on the household. A remake of 1986 Korean horror essential, Woman’s WailThe Wrath is elegant horror with funhouse chills. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL. (Also available on Shudder Canada and Shudder UK)

SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE TBA — Thursday, September 12
Details coming soon.

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HELL HOUSE LLC III: LAKE OF FIRE — Thursday, September 19
Director: Stephen Cognetti, Cast: Gabriel Chytry, Elizabeth Vermilyea, Sam Kazzi
In the final installment, guests both past and present will be forced to battle for their souls in Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire, as all is revealed about the infamous Abaddon Hotel and the evil that dwells there. Set one year after the events of Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel, the hotel is on the verge of being torn down when it is purchased by billionaire Russell Wynn (Gabriel T. Chytry) as the new home for his popular interactive show, “Insomnia.” He invites journalist Venessa Sheppard (Elizabeth Vermilyea) and her crew to record everything happening inside the hotel leading up to the performance, but they soon encounter a more nefarious plot, one that threatens to unleash a veritable hell on earth.

SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE TBA — Tuesday, September 24
Details coming soon.

NEW MOVIES FOR SEPTEMBER

September 9
Train to Busan (Director: Yeon Sang-ho)
When a mysterious virus breaks out across the country, the infected turn into the murderous undead. A few terrified travelers find themselves trapped on a bullet train from hell, fighting for their lives as hordes of the living dead crash towards them, crawling closer with every stop. Suspicion is rife and tensions run high as some will do anything to make it to the safe zone and survive. Starring: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma (Also available on Shudder Canada)

Note: This will be the first time Train to Busan is available alongside the Shudder Exclusive Seoul StationBusan’s animated prequel from director Yeon Sang-ho. (Also available on Shudder Canada)

September 16
Hands of the Ripper (Director: Peter Sasdy)
The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of her father. Fifteen years later, she had grown into  a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. While in a trance, she continues his murderous killing spree but has no recollection of the events afterwards. A sympathetic psychiatrist takes her in and is convinced he can cure her condition. Soon, however, he comes to regret his decision. Starring: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow  (Also available on Shudder Canada)

September 23
Twins of Evil (Director: John Hough)
After being orphaned, two beautiful identical twins move from Vienna to the village of Karnstein to live with their Uncle, a fanatical Puritan. Nearby, the Count of the village is performing a sacrificial rite to raise his ancestor, the vampire Countess. After she bites him, he too becomes a vampire and sets off in search of victims. Starring: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson (Also available on Shudder Canada)

Vampire Circus (Director: Robert Young)
A circus arrives at a Serbian village where it will perform a show for the local inhabitants. Many of them believe that the plague that has gripped their village is the result of a curse inflicted on them years before by Count Mitterhouse, a vampire. Unbeknown to them, the leader of the circus is the Count’s cousin intent on reviving his relative and having his revenge. Starring: Adrienne Corri, Thorley Walters, Anthony Higgins (Also available on Shudder Canada)

September 30
The Taking of Deborah Logan (Director: Adam Robitel)
After months of searching, Mia has found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease.  For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of Deborah Logan and her daughter, Sarah. Mia and her crew will document the physical effects the disease on Deborah, and the emotional and mental toll it takes on Sarah, her primary caregiver. As they begin the filming, the cameras record Deborah and Sarah’s day-to-day activities, with Mia noting the telltale signs of the progressive disease.  As the days progress, strange things begin to happen around Deborah that are not consistent with any findings about Alzheimer’s. Something else has taken control of Deborah’s life, an evil threatens to consume anyone and everyone who try to stop it. Starring: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang  

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8/26/2019

Belzebuth (Review)

Title: Belzebuth
Director: Emilio Portes
Writers: Luis Carlos Fuentes, Emilio Portes
Cast: Tobin Bell, Joaquín Cosio, Tate Ellington, Giovanna Zacarías, Aida López, Aurora Gil
Min: 114
Year: 2017

Police Detective Emmanuel Ritter (Joaquín Cosio) and his wife have just had a kid. He has to leave for work and soon thereafter, a woman brutally stabs and kills all the babies (including his), save for one (who survives due to happenstance and luck), in the hospital. Five years later, a kid comes into a school and guns down all the kindergarten children, then blows off his own head. Ritter is called in to investigate and soon there is a continuous series of similar massacres. Although, he doesn't like it, he teams up with an American priest turned paranormal investigator, named Ivan Franco (Tate Ellington) to get to the bottom of it all. Connected in all of this, somehow, is an excommunicated priest, now with satanic connections (Tobin Bell). As the more and more seemingly demonic truth, reveals itself, our heroes must hurry to prevent more from being added to the body count and stop the ever rising hellish evil.
Belzebuth is a bilingual, Mexican, satanic horror movie. It earns points by taking well worn ideas and being able to give us a fresh take on them. While, I genuinely leave most satanic and possession movies with a sense of apathy or worse, this movie actually managed to surprise me and go in manners I did not expect. And, for this horror fan, who feels that he has seen it all, and seen it done a million times over, that is a big compliment to give out.

While, this movie could have been generic and gone a very by the numbers way of telling and revealing its story, it instead ops for a far more interesting approach. As a matter of fact, my theory of what is happening was kind of wrong. As the truth behind the plot's mystery reveals itself, the truth is pretty wild. But, thankfully the movie is done well enough where one can accept and go with it. The climatic exorcism is fresh and wild and a great change of pace for those who are fucking sick of shitty Exorcist rip-offs.

The directing by Emilio Portes is strong. While before this he was only known for comedies like Pastorela and The Popcorn Chronicles (neither of which I have ever seen), he clearly knows how to handle horror. As he achieves some very chilling moments. For example, there is this great reveal of hand prints that is down right jaw dropping! Aided by some strong editing, he does a good job building tension. While, it feels a wee bit overlong, the film always remains interesting and thankfully involving.
With the various mass gun downs and suicide bombings the movie feels even more frightening, due to recent and horrific real life events. A lot of violence involving children happens off-screen. But, the mere fact that it involves kids makes it uncomfortable without much being shown, beyond some blood spattered sets. That being said, there are some good bits of actual gore, including an impressive pickax kill and a fairly graphic crucifixion.

One of the movie's strongest aspects is the great acting. Particularly strong is Joaquín Cosio as our main protagonist Lieutenant Ritter. He really puts his heart into the role, giving a powerful and very believable performance that allows him to express a wide variety of emotions in various scenarios. Saw actor Tobin Bell does some very subdued acting in his role as the mysterious stranger with satanic tats. They are supported and helped by the rest of the strong cast.
Belzebuth is an interesting if a bit longer than needed be satanic horror film. It features a new take on a well worn sub-genre and gives us wild and interesting ideas. It is further aided by suspenseful directing and editing, as well as having a central mystery that reveals its nature in original ways. Throw in some "Oh shit!" moments, shocking occurrences, and gore, as well, as strong acting and you get a flick worth your time. It will begin streaming this Thursday on Shudder, be sure to see it then.

 

3 out of 4 

8/19/2019

Monster-Mania August 2019

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, we headed over to Cherry Hill, New Jersey for another edition of Monster-Mania. And, as always my friends and I had a fucking blast!

The first guest I went up to was the beautiful and extremely talented Kate Siegel. Siegel is an amazing actress, with some great roles in horror content, many in her husband, Mike Flanagan's own movies and TV shows like Hush and The Haunting of Hill House.  I told her just how much I loved her acting in her work, as well as the super cool The Texas Chain Saw Massacre tee that she had on. Kate was very sweet and a joy to meet and talk to.

The three of us, Freddie, Pat, and myself, got a pic with the legendary Beverly D'Angelo. She is best known for her work in the National Lampoon's Vacation films, but my personal favorite thing that she did was the awesome late 70's horror film The Sentinel.

Alex Essoe was a added late that week, so I didn't know that she would be there. Otherwise, I would have bought my Blu-ray of the superlative Starry Eyes, with me to get signed by her. I told her, how I had spread the word on the film, telling friends to see and reviewing it, very positively for this, my own site. In fact, my friend and Master's Minion, Pat, admitted to her to seeing the film, cause of my review. She talked to us for a good fifteen minutes and was so fun, sweet, and plain fucking awesome. I hope that her role in the hotly anticipated Doctor Sleep (from the aforementioned Mike Flanagan, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name, a sequel to The Shining) leads to some great roles for her. She is an incredible actress and most definitely deserves it.

As a huge and loyal The X-Files fan, I was super excited to meet the lovely Annabeth Gish. When we went to her table, she was talking to Siegel (whom she worked with on The Haunting of Hill House). She told her that we were cool, so she came over to us with a smile. She was really sweet and was flattered, as I told her how much I loved her as Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files.

It turned out that author and horror mag contributor and editor Michael Gingold has a new book out called Ad Astra. As loyal readers may remember, I bought his phenomenal book Ad Nausem last year at New York Comic Con. Part two (which will center on horror movie ads from the 80s-2000s) to that book will be out in time for this year's NYCC. So, you can count on me getting that! Getting back to his current new book, Ad Astra, it is like Ad Nausem, except, that instead of horror newspaper ads, this time it is all science fiction and fantasy movie ads. And, it is not just the 80s, but actually 1980-1999. I am currently reading and loving the fucking hell out of it!

There was a lot of cosplay on display on this day. Here are some of my favorites, that I saw:








As far as swag, that I got, it goes like this:
A Starry Eyes pic signed by Alex Essoe
Ad Astra signed on the inside by Michael Gingold
An incredible Return of the Living Dead tee by Fright-Rags
Vice Squad from Scream Factory, which I got at DiabolikDVD's table
And, from Vinegar Syndrome and their table: Hell Comes to Frogtown and Cutting Class:

By the time, it was all over we were dead tired but so happy. It was another kick ass time, and we are already for the next Cherry Hill one in March 2020!