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“ALIEN: COVENANT” (Written Review & Trailer)

May 19th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

If you have never seen an Alien movie on the big screen or are a diehard fan of the creatures, then check out the newest installment called Alien: Covenant. The film has all the horror value of the first two and if you saw Prometheus a better understanding of this one as well. The only drawback is the scare meter, especially for the moviegoers who already know what the aliens look like, how they are “born” and their attack mode. But, for the storyline the film has some merit, although it may give most fans déjà vu. Read more…

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (Written Review & Trailer)

March 31st, 2017 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

This gruesome horror thriller The Blackcoat’s Daughter has more suspense than most and that’s a good thing for those that like to try and figure things out before they happen. But, you’ll have a tough time figuring this thriller out as Director and writer Osgood Perkins knows how to set up a story without giving it all away. Dark and sinister the acting crew works their magic with performances that are chilling, daemonic and entrancing. Great for men, but better for the ladies, it’s a ladies night out for those that like a grisly shocker. Read more…

“Split” (Written Review & Trailer)

January 18th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

Very disturbing and frightening at times, the film Split puts director M. Night Shyamalan back in movie theaters. Coming off the sinister shocker The Visit, which earned over $98 million in 2015, he’s chosen a good weekend for his new horror thriller with its only competition xXx sequel and The Founder. The trailer should drive all the thrill seekers and especially mature pre-teens to 20’s horror fans into seats this weekend, making it the top box-office winner. But except for a few of Shyamalan’s movies, it has his signature weak “how did that just happen” finale. Read more…

Green Room (Film Review & Red Band Trailer)

April 28th, 2016 No comments

GREEN ROOM poster 1

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Fear and terror come into the lives of a punk rock band in Green Room, a gripping film with a sure fire plot for suspense lovers. The intense plot reminds me of the movie Hostel where three trapped travelers have to find a way out of a maze of horror. Maybe not as gory, but the violence tips the scale in Green Room. Read more…

It Follows, a Teen Horror Chiller (Film Review & Trailer)

March 26th, 2015 No comments

IT FOLLOWS poster imdb

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very daunting, compelling, edgy and different the chiller It Follows takes you on a horror ride where sex is key and death the consequence. The disturbing film takes on a complex storyline and sorts it all out during the finale. Perfect for fans that like a good scare and staying with you for a long time after leaving the theater. The movie should do well at the box-office with the teens and twenties being target audience. Read more…

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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