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“IT” (Written Review & Trailer)

September 7th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

By John Delia, Sr.

The perfect horror film enters the darkened rooms of local cinemas this weekend and It should slice off the biggest chunk of change of the year thus far for a horror film. The movie’s screenplay, based on a book by the master of sick and twisted stories Steven King, is simply called It. The production proves very screen worthy, nicely acted and directed and hits the target audience on the bulls-eye. If terror and scary is your cup of tea, It is looking for you. Read more…

“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

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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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