2/24/2021

The Pretty Reckless- "Death by Rock and Roll" Lands at #1!

THE PRETTY RECKLESS' DEATH BY ROCK AND ROLL LANDS AT NO. 1 ON MULTIPLE CHARTS

The Pretty Reckless' long-awaited and critically acclaimed new album Death By Rock And Roll has landed at No. 1 on multiple sales charts.

The album is a tour de force and was recently featured by PEOPLE and V Magazine.

"Confident" — The Daily Beast

"Prove themselves as enduring forces in the rock scene" — Hypebae

"The LP is a stunner; a dozen stellar songs that are at once reverential, referential and intensely personal" — SPIN

"Evocative... vibrant" — Loudwire

2/22/2021

The Dark and the Wicked (Review)


Writer/ Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbot Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Lynn Andrews, Tom Zowicki
Year: 2020
Min: 95

Two siblings, Michael (Michael Abbot Jr.) and Louise (Marin Ireland), head to their scheduled family farm house. They are there to see their sickly father (Michael Zagst), who is bed ridden, unresponsive, and has deteriorating health. Their mother (Julie Oliver-Touchstone) cares for him mostly by herself, with occasional help from a nurse (Lynn Andrews). But, their mom isn't behaving like her usual self, at all, instead acting disturbed, uneasy, and looking utterly miserable. She also let's them know that they shouldn't have come, and that they need to leave immediately. Things, from then on, turn continuously worse and increasingly nightmarish. 

Written and directed by Bryan (The Strangers) Bertino, The Dark and the Wicked is a 2020 supernatural horror movie. It garnered some strong reviews last and year, and I remember that it got some fans talking about it. The actual film, itself, is a little more uneven, that you may have been lead to believe. But, it isn't without its merits.

Bertino gives us a really good looking movie. The cinematography by Tristan Nyby is gorgeous. There is some really nice frame composition and good use of shadow and light. All of this helps to contribute to the movie's continuous downbeat and chilling feeling. This look fits the film's tone perfectly. As it is a flick that is  never fun on any level, save for a scene that has a cute baby sheep. 

The script by Bertino makes the mystery of what is happening intriguing and unnerving. His story and directing is that of a slowly paced movie, at times, maybe, a little too slow. But, whenever it feels like it has slowed to a halt, something shocking will occur. The first truly jaw-dropping moment in the movie actually breaks up the quiet, unease that it previously set-up, bitch slapping you back into reality. It is a soul crushing, downer of a moment. The flick also has some decent jump scares, that, at least, don't turn out to be fake-outs. 

I love the score by Tom Schraeder. It is somber evocative, and creepy. It tonally fits the movie perfectly. The film also has excellent sound design, as it takes full advantage of its surround sound. This helps it to further up the creep factor, as sound effects permeate from the right and the left, sometimes making you wonder what the hell it is your hearing. And, if it is even coming from the movie, itself. This is a strong method that really helps it get under your skin. 

The acting from the whole case is excellent. Marin Ireland is especially good as Louise. Her performance really helps you to feel for her. Michael Abbot Jr, as her brother Michael, is fine as well. And, I have to say that it is always a treat to see Xander (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Nikita) Berkeley in anything, here doing a memorable, albeit small, turn as the Priest.

On the other hand, nothing new is done. While, it certainly is alarming, at times, it also very much follows the tropes set up by this kind of movie. As the movie progresses, the clichĂ©s begin to increase in frequency. The climax has some twisted moments that are mixed in with others that are more predictable in nature. I am most definitely not a fan of the ending which, honestly, comes off as cheap and contrived, especially since it follows something that is pretty twisted. 

The Dark and the Wicked won't win any points for breaking new ground. Its pacing aims for a slow burn approach, which might be to everyone's liking. Although, it does throw-in a shocking scene every time it feels too slow. However, it definitely achieves its aim to be creepy and unnerving. The climax is alternately shocking and predictable. While, the movie's ending feels cheap and lazy. Say what you will though the movie looks great and has excellent acting by the whole cast. This is one that certainly worth a look, but is definitely not the masterpiece some have proclaimed it to be. The Dark and the Wicked will begin streaming on Shudder this Thursday, February 25, 2021. 



 

2/19/2021

Shudder: March 2021 Highlights- LUCKY, STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC, & More, Including Ken Russell's THE DEVILS!

Members can look forward to new Shudder movie premieres every week, including season two of the hit series A Discovery of Witches, Shudder original films LuckyStay Out of the AtticSlaxx and Violation, the Shudder exclusive Koko-Di Koko-Da, and an impressive lineup of recent and classic horror favorites including Ken Russell’s The Devils.

Series and film details included below:

LUCKY – premieres March 4 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

Official Selection SXSW Film Festival

Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea GrantAfter Midnight), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. Written by Brea Grant, directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl).


STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC – premieres March 11 **Shudder Original Film

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(Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria (Forever My Girl), Ryan Francis (Sisters) and Bryce Fernelius (Ruling of the Heart)—are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller (Michael FlynnThe Outpost), to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night? Written and directed by Jerren Lauder (Bug Bites).

SLAXX – premieres March 18 **Shudder Original Film

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A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on staff locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Starring Romane Denis (Slut in a Good Way), Brett Donahue (Private Eyes), Sehar Bhojani (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Stephen Bogaert (The Umbrella Academy). Directed by Elza Kephart (Go in the Wilderness).

KOKO-DI KOKO-DA – premieres March 18 **Shudder Exclusive Film

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Official Selection Sundance Film Festival

As an unhappy couple (Leif EdlundOperation Ragnarok, and Ylva GallonCorridor) embark on a camping trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist (Danish rockstar Peter Belli) and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. Directed by Johannes Nyholm (The Giant).

VIOLATION – premieres March 25 **Shudder Original Film

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Official Selection Toronto International, Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals

With her marriage on the verge of collapse, Miriam (co-writer and co-director Madeleine Sims-Fewer, The Substitute) returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law after years apart. In one evening, a small slip in judgment leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling and furious. She embarks on an extreme course of action to address the situation, but the price of revenge is high and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. Co-written and co-directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli (Chubby).

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, Season 2, Eps 9 &10

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A Discovery of Witches, continues with its penultimate episode premiering Saturday, March 6, and finale episode Saturday, March 13. In the final two episodes of Season 2, Matthew (Matthew GoodeDownton Abbey) is forced to account for his disruptive visit to Bohemia and Matthew and Diana (Teresa PalmerHacksaw Ridge) reach a new level of intimacy. Diana makes plans to complete her training with Goody Alsop (Sheila Hancock, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) – and perfect the ninth magical knot – in order to return home, but surprising encounters ensue. A Discovery of Witches is a Sundance Now and Shudder original series based on the critically acclaimed and bestselling novels by Deborah Harkness.

New Additions To Shudder’s Movie Library:

 

MARCH 1

• The Burning

A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement. (1981, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Amityville II: The Possession

A dysfunctional family moves into a new house, which proves to be satanic, resulting in the demonic possession of their teenage son. (1982, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Devils

In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (1971)

MARCH 8

• Sword of God

Two men in the early Middle Ages come to a pagan land: one to bring Christianity, the other to find his way of living. In the fight between dialogue and force, one of them will die. (2018, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Edge of the Axe

An axe murderer terrorizes a small Northern California mountain community, while two young computer-obsessed adults attempt to solve the killings. (1988, Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder CA)


• Vampyres

Two mysterious women lure various passers-by to their rural mansion in the English countryside and hold them captive in order to feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood. (1974, Also available on Shudder UK and Shudder CA)

 

MARCH 9
• Prey

After the death of her sister, Elena, a young quadriplegic, retires to a country house with her father and Athos, a Belgian Shepherd Dog specially trained to help her. But the creature who is supposed to be her best friend has contracted a strange disease and has turned into her worst enemy. (2019, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who is hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs. (1981, Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)

 

MARCH 15

• Hosts

A family falls victim to a series of violent murders when they invite their neighbors over for Christmas dinner. (2020, Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)


• It Cuts Deep

While on Christmas vacation, a young man with commitment issues tries desperately to hang on to his relationship when a rival enters the picture. (2020, Also available on Shudder UK, Shudder CA and Shudder ANZ)


• Game of Death

Kill or be killed is the golden rule of the Game of Death, which sucks for seven decent-looking millennials who decide to play one sunny day. They quickly and gruesomely realize that if they don’t murder people, their heads will literally explode. (2017, Also available on Shudder CA)


• Shakma
Students are trapped with a testy baboon while playing a fantasy game in a research building. (1990, Also available on Shudder CA)

 

MARCH 16

• Nosferatu

In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that he and his wife are in grave danger. (1922, Also available on Shudder CA and Shudder UK)


• The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Shockingly, Cesare then predicts Alan's death and by morning his chilling prophecy has come true, making Cesare the prime suspect. However, is Cesare guilty or is the doctor controlling him? (1921, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Great Gabbo

The Great Gabbo is a mentally unstable ventriloquist who brutally demeans his assistant, Mary, blaming her for the duo's lack of success. Fed up with his abuse, she quits, only to find herself performing as a dancer in a major stage show featuring Gabbo two years later. Though she is now married, Gabbo makes a play for her. When she rejects him, his madness returns, and he begins to speak only through his puppet. (1929, Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)


• White Zombie

A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (1932, Also available on Shudder CA, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ)

 

MARCH 22

• Let's Scare Julie

A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don't come back. (2019, Also available on Shudder CA)


• White of the Eye

Joan White is informed by the police that her husband, a soundman who specializes in high-end audio systems, might be responsible for a series of gruesome murders in their Arizona community. As her husband’s behavior turns violent, Joan begins to suspect his guilt. (1987, Also available on Shudder CA)


• The Untamed

A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. (2016, Also available on Shudder CA)

 

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2/11/2021

Horror Crush: Kim Director


It has been a very long time (way too fucking long, if you were to ask me) since we inducted a lady into this site's Horror Crush section. And, with Valentine's Day coming up and it being Women in Horror Month, it feels more appropriate than ever to do so. And, with that being said, this time around the chosen beauty is the stunning Kim Director!   

Kim Director was born on November 13, 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She made her acting debut in Spike Lee's He Got Game (1998). But, I wouldn't know of her till I saw the movie that made her one of my personal favorite horror crushes (and thus paved the way for her induction): Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000).


Taking a meta approach, this often, and unjustly, at that, maligned sequel, has the events of the first movie, be just that a movie. Or is it? As our characters go off to prove if it was indeed real or just reel. Kim plays one of said characters, Kim a gorgeous, goth babe that is hotter than hell. Director is quite good in her role, as is the rest of the cast.

If you wanna go much deeper into my thoughts on this flick, please read my review of it. But, long story short, it maybe flawed but is still a good movie. One that I truly believe has aged much better than its predecessor. Also, starring in the movie is the gorgeous Erica (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) Leershen. My questions is would you like to see her inducted into Horror Crushes? Let me know in the comments section below if so!

And, regardless of your thoughts on the movie itself (though, I firmly feel those who dislike it should give a second chance) I think we can all agree that Director looks breathtaking in it. This is especially true for those of who love goth girls! 


Director, though, wouldn't return to horror movies, themselves, till 2016 for M. Knight Shaymalan's Splitin an uncredited role as a character named Hannah. I am guessing this was a small role, and I honestly didn't notice her in it. Did any of you guys notice her role?

She would, eventually, start doing conventions (you know while those actually were still occurring) beginning with Chiller Theatre April 2018. I met her there, and she was so genuinely sweet and, of course, breathtakingly beautiful. She followed that up with NJ Horror Con March 2019, where she actually remembered my friend and myself! I didn't get a pic with her at that event, but one of my friends did (note: as such there are no pics of her my in report concerning NJ Horror Con.).  

Then in 2020, she appeared on an episode of NOS4A2 as a character named Sasha in an episode called "Good Father". I have never watched this show, but if you have let me know in the comments, especially your thoughts on her in said episode.

And, she has an upcoming in Glen Danzig's
Death Rider in the House of the Vampires.
This movie also stars Devon Sawa, Julian Sands, Danny Trejo, and the Soska Sisters! It looks like it is sexy and gory fun, and Director looks incredible in the trailer! And, quite frankly it is said trailer that made it very clear that sealed the deal on this induction. You can watch said trailer below. 



Kim Director is an absolute stunning beauty (those eyes!!), naturally sexy, and a great actress (check out her amazing performance in HBO's The Deuce for proof). And, while she hadn't done that much horror, she is, in recent years, beginning to rack up the appearances in the genre. Plus, she really likes being at horror conventions. But, even outside of that, her role in Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 pretty much certifies that she deserves being her. Long, long overdue, it is with great honor that I declare Kim Director an official inductee into this site's Horror Crushes

2/10/2021

IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY, SWEETHEART VIDEO DEBUTS ‘THE ART OF KISSING’

All pics courtesy of Mile High Media and Sweetheart Video:

Mike Quasar Directs Crystal Taylor, Lily Larimar, Charlotte Sins, Kayla Paige, Spencer Bradley, Silvia Saige, Natalie Knight and Rachael Cavalli!


 MONTREAL, Quebec (Feb. 10, 2021) – Mile High Media’s all-girl studio, Sweetheart Video debuts its sensual new series “The Art of Kissing,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. The movie is now available for streaming and download.

Veteran filmmaker Mike Quasar directs “The Art of Kissing,” starring box cover models Crystal Taylor and Lily Larimar along with Charlotte Sins, Kayla Paige, Spencer Bradley, Silvia Saige, Natalie Knight and Rachael Cavalli proving kissing is truly an art form.
 
For box art, cast list and more, visit http://www.milehighonline.com/product/movie/5342.
 
“We are pleased to debut this new release from the talented Mike Quasar,” said Mile High Media Vice President Jon Blitt. “In each scene, fans will see the energy, passion and longing between two women that is released by a sensual kiss that touches them to the core. It’s an ideal new release for Valentine’s Day, offering romance and eroticism.”
 
“The Art of Kissing” features a stunning cast of adult stars as they explore the erotic side of kissing and the powerful emotions and desire it unleashes between passionate women. The movie opens with Taylor and Larimar, followed by Paige and Sins, then by Knight and Cavalli, and finally by Saige and Bradley.
 
Shot in HD, the movie features four sensual scenes of lesbian sex, as well as a slide show of exclusive photos, behind-the-scenes footage, animated chapter index, no regional coding and more.
 
Sweetheart Video is the place for those lovers of girls who can't have enough soft breasts, fully shaved beauties and toe-curling orgasms. It features high-quality lesbian erotica and lesbian porn with real orgasms and the hottest adult stars.
  
About Mile High Media:
Mile High Media has been a pillar of the adult industry for over 25 years.  The Canadian managed company began as a Canadian licensee for American adult movies, ensuring it distributed only the highest quality content.  Understanding the diverse and ever changing needs of its consumer base, Mile High determined the best way to provide a wide array of superior entertainment was to produce its own.  In 2003, Mile High launched Doghouse Digital, the first of its acclaimed lines catering to specific niches.  Growing market trends and demand led Mile High to create Sweetheart Video (lesbian line), Sweet Sinner (couple line), Reality Junkies (reality gonzo line), Male Reality (gay reality gonzo line), Icon Male (Gay romance line), TransSensual (TS erotica line) and recently launched Cherry Pop Films (teen gonzo line).  With over 2500 titles, Mile High’s studios yield some of the most viewed adult movies in the world, available on all platforms, including broadcast, IPTV, VOD and mobile applications.  Mile High is committed to evolve alongside consumers tastes, reflecting new developments in technology and entertainment.  This philosophy led AEBN.net to name Mile High the 2012 Studio of the Year.  For more information, visit www.MileHighOnline.comwww.Facebook.com/MileHighMedia or www.Twitter.com/MileHighMovies.

MDS Mega Scale Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers with Sound

 

MDS Mega Scale Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers with Sound


“I shot him six times! I shot him in the heart, but... he's not human!”
 
Straight out of the classic 1981 sequel, MDS Mega Scale presents the boogeyman himself, Michael Myers!
 
The silent stalker features an all-new head sculpt with dark, vacant eyes. Depress the button discretely hidden on his back to hear a total of 6 phrases including "He came back!” and “Why won’t he die?”.
 
Michael Myers wears tailored, weathered coveralls, features 11 points of articulation, and comes complete with a butcher knife accessory that fits neatly in his right hand. 
 
The MDS Mega Scale Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers with Sound stands 15” tall and comes packaged in a window box, perfect for display.

The MDS Mega Scale Halloween II (1981): Michael Myers with Sound is available for preorder at https://mezcotoyz.com/mds-mega-scale-halloween-ii-michael-myers-with-sound.


2/09/2021

Siri Dahl Advises Singletons on Making the Best of Valentine’s Day

(Los Angeles, CA / February 9, 2020) -- As Valentine’s Day 2021 comes into focus during a pandemic, adult star Siri Dahl says that many of the 50% estimated single adults in America probably won’t notice anyway.

“I’m guessing that much of the hoopla for Valentine’s Day this year will be toned down while under lockdown, but were we that excited to begin with?” asks Dahl of the loved-up holiday. “I feel pretty neutral about it anyway; I'm all for romance, but the idea that this one day of the year should be specifically more romantic than any other day is very arbitrary and silly to me.
 
“I've enjoyed some fun V-Day dates in the past, but it wasn't the calendar date of February 14th that made it special - it was the time I spent with my date. And that could have happened on any other day, and I'd have enjoyed it just as much.”
 
What should would-be romantics do if they’re feeling especially lonely and isolated this year? “Don't stress it… I've probably spent more nights at home on Valentine's Day than I have actually celebrating anything. This holiday isn't even the most important one. Halloween is SO much better!” she says.
 
“If you're at home alone this February 14th, I would suggest either pretending it's not a holiday at all - because we're in a pandemic and who honestly cares - or you could treat yourself to a cozy evening in with your favorite TV show or movie, some sweet treats, and as much masturbation as you can handle in one evening. That's what I'll be doing!”
 
Dahl adds that she’s “spent many Valentine's Days alone; I didn't start dating until I was in my 20s, so my default setting was spending it alone. I'm actually kind of glad that's how things turned out, because it's made V-Day a really low pressure holiday for me.
 
“If I am dating someone when February 14th rolls around, sure, I'll go on a date with them. I've tried a lot of V-Day traditions in the past, like a prix fixe menu at a nice restaurant with my boyfriend, or a Galentine's night out with my girlfriends. But if not, I'm quite fine just camping out at home by myself with my favorite IPA and my PS4.”
 
Want to find Siri Dahl this Valentine’s Day? Visit her at:
 
FuckDahl.com (OnlyFans)
 
ABOUT SIRI DAHL:
 
Siri Dahl, the artist formerly known as Siri, is a fiery redhead with a passion for adventure, powerlifting, activism and sex-positive work, much to the delight of her rabid fan base that follows every magnificent move she makes.
 
Siri started her adult film career in 2012, starring in over 200 scenes for studios such as Elegant Angel, Girlfriends Films, Brazzers, New Sensations, Evil Angel and Digital Sin, then retired to a “relatively safe and boring civilian life” in 2015 to clear her head and re-connect with the real world around her.
 
In 2018 Siri launched sex-positive podcast After Adult - now in its fourth season - with her friend and ‘civilian’ co-host Rachel - a lively, conversational gabfest that welcomes a stimulating selection of entertaining and informative guests and topics - about life in and around the porn industry.
 
In January 2020, Siri re-entered the adult film business and shot scenes again for her favorite studios, and has embraced creating exclusive content during the coronavirus lockdown. Re-discover Siri Dahl at her official sites SiriDahl.comFuckDahl.com (via OnlyFans) and FanCentro.com/Siri.

Charlotte Stokely to Speak at InterNEXT ‘State of Adult Content Production’ Seminar Panel

(Los Angeles, CA / February 9, 2021) -- Charlotte Stokely is set to take part in a timely and informative panel discussion as a speaker at the 2021 InterNEXT Expo, ‘State of Adult Content Production’ seminar, Thursday, February 11 at 12:00pm PST.
 
Taking place virtually through the InterNEXT-Expo.com website, the veteran film star will moderate the panel - highlighting the pandemic’s impact on content production this past year - and help navigate the information being shared among her fellow performers.
 
“Whether it’s big studio film productions or self-produced content on our own sites, performers’ professional standards of living during the COVID-19 crisis have clearly been affected, and we are learning to adapt as we go,” said Stokely.
 
“I believe that sharing our personal challenges and offering possible solutions will benefit those who have been struggling under months of debilitating public health restrictions - and hopefully help find a light at the end of this long tunnel.”
 
To find more detailed information and save a virtual seat at the one-hour ‘State of Adult Content Production’ seminar panel, visit InterNEXT-expo.com/schedule and pre-register for free.
 
To get more of Charlotte Stokely, visit:
 
Charlotte is available for booking through Mark Schechter at ATMLA at mark@atmla.com.
 
ABOUT CHARLOTTE STOKELY:
 
CHARLOTTE STOKELY knows a thing or two about staying power: the blonde beauty with perfect porcelain skin is every bit as popular today as she was when she entered the adult industry in 2004, with legions of loyal fans who follow her every move.
 
Growing up in sunny Florida with a wild sense of adventure, Stokely knew early on that she would forge an exciting career that offered her freedom and the ability to make a name for herself based on her individuality. Stokely dove headfirst into adult film at 18, exploring her sexuality and natural ability in front of the camera, and she quickly became a fan favorite.
 
Stokely brings her enthusiasm and positive energy to everything she sets her mind to: the petite (5’3”), all-natural performer has made several appearances in mainstream TV & film as an actress (WestworldTrue DetectiveSubmissionSamurai Cop 2Black Dynamite) and model (American Apparel, Jean Paul Gaultier) and is also a successful independent content creator  with thousands of subscribers and more than 670,000 social media followers.
 
The veteran adult star is a high-profile powerhouse in the industry: the AVN Hall of Famer is a 12-time Girl-Girl Performer of the Year winner, holding triple crown consecutive wins for AVN, XRCO, NIGHTMOVES; she honored as a Penthouse Pet in May 2017, and in 2019 hosted the AVN Awards Red Carpet and AEE convention for the Showtime network.
 
Now Stokely is expanding her talents into the wellness field as a certified sex educator and health coach, having graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with a focus on holistic healing, reversing disease and the mind-body connection for better overall well-being. She has brought her knowledge to AVN & XBIZ expo seminars on the topic of balancing work and personal life for self-preservation and care.

2/08/2021

After Midnight (2019) (Review)

Director: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Sella
Writer: Jeremy Gardner
Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski, Justin Benson, Ashley Song, Nicola Masciotra 
Year: 2019
Min: 83

Hank (co-director and writer Jeremy Gardner) and his pretty girlfriend Abby (Brea Grant) seem to have a happy, ten year relationship. And, while all seems great, something is obviously wrong. As we learn that she goes away, leaving him behind with a only a simple, handwritten letter. Every single night, from that one on, Hank gets terrorized by a monster that scratches up the door and seemingly munches down on their kitty. He tries to kill it, or at least keep it at bay each and every time. No one in town believes him, of course, including Abby's brother, Shane (Justin Benson) who is a cop. During all of this, Hank is shattered and heartbroken, as he longs for Abby's return. 

After Midnight is a 2019 drama/ romantic/ horror film written by lead star Jeremy Gardner, who co-directs with Christian Sella (who also handled the cinematography). This decidedly indie mix of genres aims to be more than just monster movie. It has gotten mostly strong reactions from critics but audiences seem much more split. And, to be honest, after seeing this flick, I can fully understand. 

From a purely aesthetic view point, this is a gorgeous looking movie. There is some excellent camerawork that takes full advantage of the widescreen aspect ratio. The long shots, of which there are quite a few, are beautiful. Also worthy of praise is the excellent acting, especially that of genre favorite Brea (Rob Zombie's Halloween II, Beyond the Gates) Grant. Her character of Abby, is to me, far more relatable than Hank's is. In part, I think, because I know so many people like Abby. Still, Gardner does a good job as Hank, especially when taken into account that he co-directed the film. The thing is I never really care for him or any anything that happens to him. 

That not caring is the perfect way to describe a good chunk of my feelings watching this film. As it advanced, I went from feeling apathetic to being frustrated by the lack of anything even remotely engaging occurring. To the point that when the climax came, I didn't have the filmmakers desired reaction and simply laughed at it. Also, what was going to happen a mile a fucking way. And, then there is the anti-climatic ending which further sinks the movie down. 

Honestly, it is more of an allegory for relationships, with the horror aspect being an after thought. But, it never managed to fully engage my interest, even with a few good moments here and there. Still, supposedly suspenseful scenes lack any real tension or fear. Yet, even taken as purely a romantic movie it still fails at grabbing me on any emotional level.

There is an over use of bad music, including, but not limited to, some truly godawful country music. Now, I realize that the soundtrack fits this particular story. But, when the proceedings are this unexciting, it only helps to make this that much more arduous to endure. There is an incredibly corny moment where Hank does karaoke to Lisa Loeb's "Stay", which only succeeded in making me long for her music video. 

After Midnight is quiet frankly a slog to get through. That being said the acting is excellent, especially from both leads, including a particularly wonderful Grant. Yet, the movie never really comes alive. It is far more of a study on relationships, especially damaged ones, than the actually horror. But, it ultimately succeeds at neither, as it is far too boring to ever hold ones interest. This despite the fact, that visually, it is a stunning movie to look, thanks to gorgeous cinematography and style. None of this is helped by the truthfully anti-climatic finale and ending that further buries the movie and elicit none of the feelings the filmmakers wanted to. Regardless, you can catch it on Shudder starting this Thursday, February 11, 2021, just in time for Valentine's Day.



2/04/2021

Shudder's Original Valentine Special: Joe Bob Put a Spell on You with Guest Star Anna Biller Airs Feb. 12, 2021!

Shudder Original LAST DRIVE-IN: JOE BOB PUT A SPELL ON YOU – VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL


With Special Guest Anna Biller Debuts Friday, February 12 at 9 PM ET



The Shudder Original series The Last Drive-In continues its tradition of twisting beloved holidays with its first-ever Valentine’s Day special, Joe Bob Put a Spell on You. The special debuts on Friday, February 12th live on the Shudder TV feed at 9:00 p.m ET. Fans can also watch on demand on Shudder and AMC+ beginning Sunday, February 14th.


Get ready to sidestep cupid’s arrow, devour your pity chocolate, and discover the horror of Valentine’s Day with the world’s foremost drive-in movie-critic-turned-love-guru Joe Bob Briggs. Joe Bob, Darcy, and special guest Anna Biller (VivaThe Love Witch) will explore the lost art of romantic necromancy with a double-feature all about love, lust, and gore guaranteed to boost your heart rate!

 

As Joe Bob puts it, "We found a holiday we haven't ruined yet. There's a remarkable amount of horror fare centered around the hearts-and-flowers season. Plus Anna Biller may be the world's foremost authority on the difference between what men mean when they talk about love and what women mean when they talk about love. There are dark aspects to Valentine's Day, and we found all of them!"


On The Last Drive-In, Briggs, hosts eclectic horror movie double features, expounding upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. Shudder and Briggs first teamed up in July 2018, for the 24-hour marathon intended to be Briggs’ final farewell to televised movie hosting. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Shudder brought The Last Drive-In back as a weekly series and for multiple holiday specials. A third season has been announced, premiering in 2021.


The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs is produced by Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell and directed by Austin Jennings.


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Charlotte Stokely Nominated for Inked Awards’ Girl/Girl Scene of the Year


(Los Angeles, CA / February 4, 2021) -- Charlotte Stokely is the proud recipient of a 2021 Inked Awards nomination in the category of Girl/Girl Scene of the Year, in recognition of her stellar Sapphic scene with Jessica Drake in Wicked Pictures’ Jessica’s FANtasies.
 
The winners will be announced in the coming weeks at this year’s virtual Inked Awards, celebrating the onscreen achievements of tattooed - and tattoo-friendly - performers in the adult industry.
 
“It’s been quite an exciting awards season, and I was excited and honored to receive an Inked Awards nomination this year,” said Stokely of the recognition. “A big thank you to Inked for the nomination and to the amazing people who supported me over the years.”
 
The scene is especially meaningful to Stokely, as she was selected to co-star in the scene by fans of the two actresses. “Jessica asked fans to vote for who they wanted to see her paired up with in a new scene… apparently I won by a landslide! This was the very first time I’d worked with her before, so it was a long-awaited and ultimately very satisfying experience!”
 
To get more of Charlotte Stokely, visit:
 
Charlotte is available for booking through Mark Schechter at ATMLA at mark@atmla.com.
 
ABOUT CHARLOTTE STOKELY:
 
CHARLOTTE STOKELY knows a thing or two about staying power: the blonde beauty with perfect porcelain skin is every bit as popular today as she was when she entered the adult industry in 2004, with legions of loyal fans who follow her every move.
 
Growing up in sunny Florida with a wild sense of adventure, Stokely knew early on that she would forge an exciting career that offered her freedom and the ability to make a name for herself based on her individuality. Stokely dove headfirst into adult film at 18, exploring her sexuality and natural ability in front of the camera, and she quickly became a fan favorite.
 
Stokely brings her enthusiasm and positive energy to everything she sets her mind to: the petite (5’3”), all-natural performer has made several appearances in mainstream TV & film as an actress (WestworldTrue DetectiveSubmissionSamurai Cop 2Black Dynamite) and model (American Apparel, Jean Paul Gaultier) and is also a successful independent content creator  with thousands of subscribers and more than 670,000 social media followers.
 
The veteran adult star is a high-profile powerhouse in the industry: the AVN Hall of Famer is a 12-time Girl-Girl Performer of the Year winner, holding triple crown consecutive wins for AVN, XRCO, NIGHTMOVES; she honored as a Penthouse Pet in May 2017, and in 2019 hosted the AVN Awards Red Carpet and AEE convention for the Showtime network.
 
Now Stokely is expanding her talents into the wellness field as a certified sex educator and health coach, having graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with a focus on holistic healing, reversing disease and the mind-body connection for better overall well-being. She has brought her knowledge to AVN & XBIZ expo seminars on the topic of balancing work and personal life for self-preservation and care.