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WWE Superstar Brodus Clay to attend Tampa, FL “NO ONE LIVES” opening

May 7th, 2013 No comments

 

Anchor Bay Films’ NO ONE LIVES will open at AMC Veterans this Friday, May 10. Star of the film and WWE Superstar

Derek Magyar as Flynn and Brodus Clay as his bodyguard in NO ONE LIVES

Derek Magyar as Flynn and Brodus Clay as his bodyguard in NO ONE LIVES

Brodus Clay will conduct a Q&A at the theater immediately following the 7:00pm opening night (May 10) showing of the film.

NO ONE LIVES will open nationally on May 10th including NYC, LA, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, Boston, Detroit, Houston & Baltimore.  The film is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura who brought Midnight Meat Train starring Bradley Cooper and Brooke Shield to the screen.  The scream flick stars Luke Evans (The Raven, Fast and Furious 6), WWE Superstar Brodus Clay, Derek Magyar (Phantom), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby) and Laura Ramsey (The Ruins).

No One Lives follows a ruthless criminal gang that takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds themselves outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.

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Evil Dead, a Killer of a Thriller (Film Review)

April 5th, 2013 No comments

EVIL DEAD poster

Reviewed by John Delia

New faces save Evil Dead from getting inane in this respectable remake of a Sam Remi film. The horror flick has some very good special effects, CGI and makeup that turn the film into a gory blood bath.  Although the script does follow the original made in 1981, the evil in this film far outweighs anything Remi did 32 years ago. Horror fans should be eating this one up with a side of plasma. Read more…

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, Review by Alyn Darnay

April 12th, 2012 No comments

ONE OF THE

BEST

HORROR FILMS

IN YEARS

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Review by Alyn Darnay

Let’s start this review by saying “The Cabin In The Woods” is one of the best horror films to come around in the past few years, probably not since the original Scream (1996), and I became an instant fan. Which in itself is strange, made even stranger because it’s been sitting on MGM’s shelf for the past three years and for all anyone knew could have disappeared there forever. But, it finally comes out on Friday the 13th and it’s bound to become an instant classic. The audience I saw it with was a mix bag of ages and groups and I don’t think a single person disliked it. They laughed, screamed, and stared at the screen in disbelief. What more could you want in a film? Read more…

Silent House, Film Review by John Delia

March 9th, 2012 No comments

HORROR

TURNS TO

TERROR

FLICK

SILENT HOUSE

 

Review by John Delia

What starts out as a horror flick turns into a terrifying mind-bender in the movie Silent House.  Not a very good script and a bit too sophisticated for most fans of the genres, there’s little doubt that it will not last at the box office.   

Set in a northern rural lake area, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) has returned to her childhood retreat for one last time to gather her personal belongings due to the pending sale of the property.  When they arrive John (Adam Trese), her father realizes that the electricity has not been turned on, but still wants to pursue closing the house.  Accompanying them is John’s brother Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to help lend a hand.

From the opening shot we see that Sarah has not been well and seems to have harsh feelings about the whole ordeal of moving.  Inside the house it’s very dark and all the windows have been boarded so battery operated lamps and flashlights are being used to complete their tasks. Needing supplies John sends Peter to town to get them while he orders Sarah to her room to box up her stuff. 

Sarah hears a rap at the front door and when her father doesn’t respond she opens it to find Sophia (Julia Taylor Ross) whom Sarah does not recognize, but accepts the fact that they were friends as children.  When she reenters the house and locks the door behind her however, unexplainable strange things start to happen.

 

Elizabeth Olsen plays Sarah in Silent House

The ‘noises in the dark’ factor makes things disturbing in this film with spookiness around every corner.  Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau do their best to drag out the thinly plotted film with a dark and gloomy tour of the several bedrooms while Sarah looks for her father and tries to avoid intruders who may be on the property. It’s their loss, however that the lack of character build-up doesn’t allow much empathy for Sarah when she faces the horror making her anguish little concern.

The cinematographer uses available light to create a spooky feeling

Keeping their camera lenses wide open to gather necessary light from the lamps, we can barely see Sarah and where she’s moving, but it’s a good technique used to ramp up the eerie feeling necessary to provide the scary factor.  But, unfortunately it gets excessively repetitious, delays the inevitable and creates a different film that the outcome intends. 

Although her acting ability is head and shoulders above her famous twin sisters, Elizabeth Olsen does her level best to make her character work as she stumbles around the dark lake house acting out the mystery of her captivity. But the payoff to this thriller can be seen coming early on and no matter how absorbing her performance she can do nothing to save the film. Much like Woman In Black’s script failed with the likes of Daniel Radcliff, it’s the storyline here that puts Olsen in a position to fail as well.

Silent House has been rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content and terror.  It also shows scenes of suggested sexual content.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Not the best horror flick, but if you understand early on where it is going you actually may enjoy it more. (D)

 

Additional Information:

  • Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Julia Taylor Ross
  • Directed by: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
  • MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content and terror
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller,
  • Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
  • Opening Date: March 9, 2012
  • Distributed by: LD Entertainment, Open Road

 

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TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, Video Review by John Delia

February 28th, 2012 No comments

A WICKEDLY

WONDERFUL

BOOK OF

PURE FUN

 

TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL

 

By John Delia

 

 

You don’t have to be a teen/twenties to enjoy Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil a wild blood festival, but that’s the mighty demographic that will eat this awesome series up.  Pushing all the modern social lifestyle buttons that amps up today’s High School crowd the 13 episode series has finally arrived on DVD. Adults who like horror/comedy and don’t get grossed out too easily should have a good time with it; I know I did.

Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil focuses on four teens, Todd Smith (Alex House), Jenny Kolinsky (Maggie Castle), Curtis Weaver (Bill Turnbull) and Hanna B. Williams (Melanie Leishman) all attending Crowley High School.  Since Todd finds the book of pure evil he becomes a leader of sorts trying to control the awesome powers that the book grants the holder.  Unleashing some of the many students’ darkest wishes, the book brings out the worse of their desires. When the book starts jumping out of control, Todd and his friends find themselves locked in one evil adventure after another. 

Being the first season we get some no holds barred funny, yucky, weird, crazy…well you will see what I mean.  Each episode gets more hilarious than the last starting with Todd who turns his mediocre guitar playing into that of a far out heavy metal god.  It’s a wacky start that introduces the powers of the book and the four main characters. 

The season goes on from there when science nerd Hannah wishes for a winning project and ends up with a magical character called Homunculus that looks like Todd.  Destructive and very scary, the blood starts to flow and the four friends are out of control.  The stories and bloodletting continue with titles like Rock n Roll Zombies, Gay Day, Monster Fat, Invasion of the Stupid Snatchers, Terrible Twin Turf Tussle, Cockfight, Big Bad Baby, The Ghost of Chet Sukowski, The Phantom of Crowley High, Checkmate, and A Farewell to Curtis’s Arm. 

Two very good support characters round out the cast including Jason Mewes as Jimmy the janitor who knows more about the book that he shows.  Mewes is on the top of his deadpan comedic game here, but not as over the top as his character Jay in one of my favorite films, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Yes I have the DVD on my shelf right next to Clerks I and Clerks II).

Chris Leavins plays adult Atticus Murphy Jr. Crowley High Guidance Counselor who gets in more trouble than the teen Quartet.  Tied to a coven of former students, Atticus is constantly after the book to return it to his evil-minded group.  Creating a lot of havoc for the kids and him, the fine actor brings a lot of fun to the series.

Hannah getting her science project together

Trust me when I say that after the first couple of episodes you will be hooked.  It didn’t take me long to go through all 13 and I can guarantee you that I’ll play the best ones over again. Hanna has captured my heart and has become my favorite character.  The naive science nerd finds herself in the middle of every dastardly deed going on in the show, yet comes up still doubtful of what just happened. 

The two-disc Season 1 of Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil has been released in DVD just prior to the upcoming Season 3. Now this unfortunately creates a demand; trying to find out what happened in Season 2.  But, if you are lucky enough to have cable and either the Fear or SPACE Channels, the stations are rerunning Season 2.  If you are not able to get Todd & the Book of Pure Evil on your television at all, I have some inside information that it may be coming out on DVD before the end of the year.  I will just have to wait with the rest of you, but having Season 1 totally keeps me on replay. If any of you have more information on where our followers can view Season 2 pass it along and I will tell all on Twitter.

Disc 1 of Season 1 has seven episodes and Disc 2 has the remaining 6 plus some gnarly Bonus features with a lot of surprises:

  • “Three Audio Commentaries with Cast & Crew”.  I highly recommend turning this on for the episodes Monster Fat, The Phantom of Crawley High, and A Farewell to Curtis’s Arm after you have viewed the whole season for a lot of laughs.
  • Blooper Reel: Pure Evil Is All Shits And Giggles.  If you have picked out a favorite cast member or two you should catch them in some most embarrassing moments.
  • Outtakes and Deleted Scenes.  Just what it says, more action with some footage that should have been kept in the episode from which it was deleted!
  • Extended Musical Scenes.  A lot of metal, Rock on!
  • Q&A with Cast Members.
  • Todd & the Book of Pure Evil: The original short from which they created the cable television series. 
  • And, some promotional clips that include previews of future seasons.

 

 

THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS AND MORE INFORMATION ON THE SERIES FOLLOWS:

 

  • Cast: Alex House (Todd Smith), Maggie Castle (Jenny Kolinsky), Bill Turnbull (Curtis Weaver), Melanie Leishman (Hanna B. Williams), Chris Leavins (Atticus Murphy Jr.) and Jason Mewes (Jimmy)
  • Directors: James Dunnison, James Genn, Craig David Wallace and David Winning
  • Type: DVD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16X9 1.78:1
  • Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Running Time: 290 minutes.
  • Genre:  Horror/Comedy
  • Language: English
  • Rated:  Not rated, but contains violence, gore, language, sexual situations, adult content, drug use
  • Language: English w/English SDH Subtitles

 

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A magical evil fest that rocks the house. Series (A), Bonus Features (A-), Overall Experience (A)

 

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THE WOMAN BLACK, review by John Delia

February 3rd, 2012 No comments

HORROR FILMS

SHOULD BE

SCARY

NOT JUST DISMAL

 

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

 

 

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer, Misha Handley

Directed by: James Watkins

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material and violence/disturbing images)

Genre: Horror, Adaptation, Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Opening Date: February 3, 2012

Distributed by: CBS Films

 

By John Delia

 

For the first time being away from his comfort zone of playing Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe takes on a Victorian horror flick called The Woman in Black.  Although Radcliffe has shown a strong growth on his way to being an adult film star, he chose this film that has to prove he has made it.  Good choice or bad, he’s now matured and ready for something even bigger. Although I was not pleased with the story due to it’s weak ending, lack of true horror and some plot points that did not work, most of Radcliff’s followers will be waiting in line for tickets.

 

Kipps (Radcliffe) sloshing around in the bogg

It’s an early period in England and when the story opens we find Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) at the foot of a bed receiving his newborn child only in disbelief that his wife has died giving the birth he holds in his arms.  Five years pass and now a lawyer we see him in the office of his boss.  Not happy with Arthur’s successes he gives him one more chance to remain in his position.  His assignment takes him to a remote town of Crythin Gifford where he must go over the final papers of an estate. He arrives there and finds the town haunted by the mystery of their missing children. When he goes to the island mansion estate to search through files, things get very creaky and threatening.

 

Director James Watkins spools his movie out very slowly getting as much gothic local color as he can in every shot.  Setting his ominous mood he adds the fog, rain and cold weather of the North, muddy roads, worn houses, beat-up shops and costumes of the era. The dank atmosphere that Watkins provides for Kipps helps with the ghostly feel that makes the film at least passable.  When Kipps arrives at the island mansion estate, Watkins’s set looks daunting, worn, overgrown and unkempt. It’s a perfect setting for a horror film.

 

Beyond the façade of the sets and costumes lies a story that never stands up to the horror that most American’s have come to enjoy.  Yes there’s a lot of shadowy movements in the dark, a very tormented screaming woman wasting away in a black dress, scenes of children in grotesque poses; well you know, Disney’s Haunted Mansion.  The film just didn’t cut it for me and especially a story with a litany of sadness, grief and remorse, having an ending so weak I walked out at the end feeling, not scared, but scorned.

 

Well, did Daniel Radcliffe do a good job of acting? In spite of the lame story and cheesy scare tactics, Radcliffe made his intended character believable, interesting and enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, for those of us who feel that Radcliffe could do no wrong as Harry Potter, he got sucked into a role that will not be memorable except to say, “Wow, too bad he chose to do that role after leaving such an awesome legacy”. But, Daniel do not be discouraged, tweens and teens will crowd to see you in The Woman in Black, but start choosing your future career moves more wisely.

 

The MPAA has rated The Woman in Black PG-13 for thematic material and violence/disturbing images.  Maybe the film is scary by British standards, but lame by American horror releases.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: A poor choice for Daniel and his fans. (C )

 

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The Woman In Black-Video Review

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

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What Horror Movies Can Teach Economic Policy Makers

October 28th, 2011 No comments

Financial crises can seem like horror movies. Peter Matheson, chief economist at the British Embassy in Washington, writes that economic policy makers might take some lessons from the genre.

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What Horror Movies Can Teach Economic Policy Makers

Paranormal Activity 3-Video Review

October 20th, 2011 No comments

Look pretty for the camera in the bathroom.

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THE THING review by John Delia

October 14th, 2011 No comments

A REMAKE

OR  A

PREQUEL?

 

THE THING

 

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen and Jonathan Walker 

Directed by: Matthijs Van Heijningen

MPAA Rating: R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language

Genre: Adaptation, Suspense/Horror and Science Fiction/Fantasy

Running Time: 1hr 43min

Opening Date: October 14th, 2011

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

 

 

 

 

By John Delia

 

Fans of the film The Thing beware; even though the movie takes you back to the Norwegian outpost providing a beginning to John Carpenter’s 1982 film with the same title, it may as well have been a remake.  Those that have never seen Carpenter’s masterpiece however, will get all the chills and thrills of the original.  For fun, why not rent the 1982 horror flick AFTER you see this release for a comparison of alien shape shifting.

 

Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Sander (Ulrich Thomsen) dissect something very disturbing

A Norwegian snow tractor falls into an abyss in Antarctica and the crew discover an alien frozen in the ice.  The mining team moves the creature to their outpost where an American Paleontologist, Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has been flown in to identify their find. A specimen is taken from the now thawing alien and Kate discovers that its cells are replicating those of a human.  When members of the mining team start getting attacked, the horror begins.

 

The 2011 script delivers some new experiences; how the alien may have arrived on Earth, its original form and a way to identify humans from alien made replicas.  Beyond that there’s nothing more than the same violence, similar shape changes, firefights and ghastly results of vicious attacks.

 

Director Matthijs Van Heijningen on the set of THE THING

First time director Matthijs Van Heijningen does his best to make his film better than the classic, but fails miserably.  For those that know the extremely suspenseful 1982 iconic scare fest, this one will not have that gripping expectation. Of course due to some extra special computer graphics that weren’t available back in the day, we do get treated to an even more ghastly experience.  It’s hard to remake a classic, but even though the filmmakers will call it a prequel, no dice.

 

Juliette (Kim Bubbs), Karl (Carsten Bjornlund), Adam (Eric Christian Olsen), Wolner (Trond Espen Seim) and Sander (Ulrich Thomsen)

That said, I do recommend the film highly for those who have not seen the original as this shock flick has some nicely placed scare scenes.  The mixture of human and alien bodies dart about, shoot out spiked tentacles, have huge teeth…well you get the idea.  Guys it’s a great flick to take a date, but make sure she doesn’t have long finger nails or you’ll have to wear long sleeves for a week.

 

The Thing is rated R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images, and language.  If your X-Box playing pre-teen has already been playing M rated alien infested games, he should be grabbing at your arm to take him to see the film, but it’s not suggested he attend alone.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  Terror at it’s best for THE THING newbie’s (B), veterans (C )