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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Movie Review: A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Can elves die? In October 2015, I found out... yeah, they can, but they don't go down easy! 

Directing this 99 minute horror is Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban and Brett Sullivan. 

Some of the cast is: William Shatner as Dangerous Dan, George Buza as Santa, Rob Archer as Krampus, Zoe De Grand Maison as Molly Simon,  Alex Ozerov as Ben, Shannon Kook as Dylan, Jeff Clarke as Taylor Bauer, Michelle Nolden as Diane Bauer, Amy Forsyth as Caprice Bauer, Percy Hynes White as Duncan Bauer, Adrian Holmes as Scott, Olumike Adeliyi as Kim Peters, Orion John as Will and Ken Hall as Shiny Elf. 

Radio DJ, Dangerous Dan, is pulling a long shift during Christmas and is doing the best he can to bring the Christmas spirit to his listeners. Unfortunately, some of his listeners aren't having a very

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Movie Review: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

I knew the Boy Scouts taught you to be prepared, but even for a zombie outbreak? In October 2015, I found a whole new respect for the scouts.

Directing this 93 minute comedy/horror is Christopher Landon.

Some of the cast is: Tye Sheridan as Ben, Logan Miller as Carter, Joey Morgan as Augie, Sarah Dumont as Denise, David Koechner as Scout Leader Rogers and Cloris Leachman as Miss Fielder.

Ben, Carter and Augie are highschool sophomores getting ready for their last Boy Scout camp out. Unfortunately, Carter and Ben have been invited to the big Seniors party that same night. Carter thinks they can do both and talks Ben into going. As Carter and Ben are leaving the camp out, Augie

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Movie Review: Thankskilling

Have you ever been afraid of a turkey? In December 2008, I finally saw one I would fear.

Directing this 70 minute comedy/horror/thriller is Jordan Downey.

Trying to make it to Thanksgiving is: Lindsey Anderson as Kristen, Lance Perdmore as Johnny, Natasha Cordova as Ali, Aaron Ringhiser-Carlson as Billy, Ryan E. Francis as Darren, General Bastard as Oscar the Hermit, Chuck Lamb as Sheriff Roud and Jordan Downey as (voice) Turkie.

Back in 1621 a native American shaman named Feathercloud took revenge on a group of pilgrims for dishonoring him. Reaching into the darkest of dark arts, Feathercloud used necromancy to create

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Movie Review: Tales of Halloween

What are some of the things you've learned from Halloween films? In October 2015, I learned to not eat all my candy and to be wary of the pumpkins I carve...

Directing this 92 minute horror anthology is Dave Parker (Sweet Tooth), Clint Sears (The Night Billy Raised Hell), Adam Gierasch (Trick), Paul Solet (The Weak and the Wicked), Axelle Carolyn (Grimm Grinning Ghost), Lucky McKee (Ding Dong), John Skipp /Andrew Kasch (This Means War), Mike Mendez (Friday the 31st), Ryan Schifrin (The Ransom of Rusty Rex) and Neil Marshall (Bad Seed).

Some of the cast is:
Sweet Tooth - Daniel DiMaggio as Mikey, Madison Iseman as Lizzy, Austin Falk as Kyle, Cameron Easton as Timothy Blake, Robet Rusler as Mr. Blake, Carloine Williams as Mrs. Blake and Hunter

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Movie Review: In The Dark (2015)

If you found a bag of VHS tapes in your hotel room, that weren't yours... would you watch them? In October 2015, two ladies found out why you shouldn't mess with things that aren't yours.

Directing this 85 minute horror/thriller is Chris St. Croix and David Buchert.

Some of the cast is:
The Motel -  Grace Kelly Mason as Jenna and Natalie Ruffion as Naomi.
The Keeper - Tristan Jackson as Marco, Emily Byrd as Jenny, Clay Brocker as Chucky, Katie Groshong as Lola,  Jordan Stephens as The Keeper and Scott Aaker as The Creature.
Dummy - Olivia Bishop as Anne, Matt Rosenbaum as Mike, Jon Lundberg as Travis, Leslie Mills as Ms. Hopkins, Cooper Guy as Charlie Hopkins, Deanna Ramsey as Young Anne, Wiliam Harrison as Young Travis, Chase Brown as Young Mike, Luke Phillips as Dummy and Spencer Barnabee as (voice) Charlie.
To Be Loved - Justin Hand as Marvin, Shellie White as Penelope and Jayne Salters as (voice) The VCR.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Movie Review: Vacation (2015)

Have you ever taken a family vacation? In July 2015, Rusty wants to take his family down the same road trip of fun he had as a kid.

Directing this 99 minute adventure/comedy is John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.

Some of the cast is: Ed Helms as Rusty Griswold, Christina Applegate as Debbie Griswold, Skyler Gisondo as James Griswold, Steele Stebbins as Kevin Griswold, Chris Hemsworth as Stone Crandall, Leslie Mann as Audrey Crandall, Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, Beverly D'Angelo as Ellen Griswold and Ron Livingston as Ethan.

Rusty realizes the annual family vacation to their cabin in Michigan isn't as much fun for the rest of the family as it is for him. Thinking back to the Wally World vacation he took as a kid, Rusty decides

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Movie Review:Fantastic Four (2015)

If you had a chance to fulfill a childhood dream... would you? In August 2015, Reed has been working on dimensional travel for a long time, and now he may finally get to see what's on the other side.

Directing this 100 minute action/adventure/sci-fi is Josh Trank.

Some of the fantastic cast is: Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm, Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Allen and Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom/Dr. Doom.

Since they were kids, Reed and Ben have been working on building a teleporter. The two friends have come close to making Reed's dream a reality, but something has always been missing when it comes

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Movie Review: Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery

Would you call for a road trip to see your favorite band? In July 2015, the Scooby gang hit the road for a concert, and found a rock 'n' roll filled mystery along the way.

Directing this 72 minute animation/family is Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone.

Some of the voice cast is: Frank Welker as Fred Jones/Scooby-Doo, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Mindy Cohn as Velma Dinkley, Jennifer Carpenter as Chikara, Pauley Perrette as Delilah/The Crimson Witch, Gene Simmons as The Demon, Paul Stanley as Starchild, Eric Singer as Catman, Tommy Thayer as The Spaceman, Doc McGhee as Chip McGhoo and Darius Rucker as The Destroyer.

Scooby and the gang are traveling to a Kiss themed amusement park called Kiss World to watch the band perform at the big Halloween concert. Unfortunately, it looks like the gang won't get to see Kiss

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Movie Review: Burying The Ex

Have you ever dreaded having the breakup talk with someone? In June 2015, Max already felt bad for wanting to breakup with his girlfriend... So, you can imagine how bad he felt when she died.

Directing this 89 minute comedy/horror is Joe Dante.

Staring in this one is:  Anton Yelchin as Max, Ashley Greene as Evelyn, Oliver Cooper as Travis and Alexandra Daddario as  Olivia.

Max isn't sure about his relationship with Evelyn. He sees a lot of good things about her, but he's just not happy. Of course breaking up with someone isn't an easy thing to do, especially when Max's other

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Movie Review: Stung

Are you afraid of wasps? In July 2015, I thought I wasn't, till I saw a 7 foot tall one, then I changed my mind.

Directing this 87 minute comedy/horror/romance is Benni Diez.

Some of the cast is: Matt O'Leary as Paul, Jessica Cook as Julia, Clifton Collins Jr. as Sydney, Lance Henriksen as Caruthers and Eve Slatner as Mrs. Perch.

Julia and Paul are catering a fancy party that Mrs. Perch is throwing at her country villa. Everything looks great and the guests are enjoying the evening, that is until some unexpected guests show up. A

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Movie Review: Ant-Man

Does size really matter? In July 2015, we saw that even the smallest person can pull off big feats.

Directing this 117 minute action/sci-fi is Peyton Reed.

Some of the cast is: Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Judy Greer as Maggie Lang, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Abby Ryder Fortson as Cassie Lang, Michael Pena as Luis, T.I. as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt and Corey Stoll as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket.

Hank Pym created shrinking technology, but realized how dangerous this knowledge could be in the wrong hands. After realizing S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to replicate his work, Hank resigned from

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Movie Review: The Thing (1982)

How do you fight something when you don't know what you're looking for? In June 1982, an expedition team is trapped with something deadly... that's hiding in plain site.

Directing this 109 minute horror/mystery/sci-fi/thriller is John Carpenter.

Trying to stay warm and alive is: Kurt Russell as R.J.MacReady, Keith David as Childs, Wilford Brimley as Dr. Blair, T.K. Carter as Nauls, David Clennon as Palmer, Richard Dysart as Dr. Copper, Richard Masur as Clark, Donald Moffat as Garry and Adrienne Barbeau as voice of the computer.

A team of American scientists are in the Antarctic on a expedition. When all of a sudden, a helicopter comes towards camp, chasing down a dog and trying to shoot it. Unfortunately, the helicopter

Friday, June 26, 2015

Movie Review: Hellboy

Would you feel safer knowing there's someone watching over you to protect you from all the bad things that go bump in the night? In April 2004, we meet a paranormal group that bumps back when things go bump in the night. 

Directing this 122 minute action/fantasy/sci-fi is Guillermo del Toro.

Some of the good vs evil cast is: Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, David Hyde Pierce as the voice of Abe Sapien, John Hurt as Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm, Rupert Evans as John Myers, Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning, Karel Roden as Grigori Rasputin, Biddy Hodson as Ilsa Haupstein, Ladislav Beran as Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Brian Steele as Sammael.

Towards the end of World War 2 the Nazis were attempting to use black magic to turn the tide of the war in their favor. Grigori Rasputin had come up with a way to open a dimensional portal and bring

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Movie Review: Poker Night

How much of your job training do you think you could remember when your life depended on it? In December 2014, Jetter got caught up in the moment that could cost him... his life.

Directing this 104 minute action/crime/thriller is Greg Francis.

Some of the cast is: Beau Mirchoff as Jeter, Halston Sage as Amy, Ron Perlman as Calabrese, Giancarlo Esposito as Bernard, Corey Large as Davis, Tutius Welliver as Maxwell, Ron Eldard as Cunningham and Michael Eklund as Masked Man.

Detective Stan Jeter, who was just promoted to detective, gets an invite to sit in on a poker game with some veteran cops.  Some good job advice gets thrown around the table, along with money and cards.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Would you go to an island to see live dinosaurs? In June 2015, I watched a film that would make me say "No thanks!"

Directing this 124 minute action/adventure/sci-fi is Colin Trevorrow.

Some of the cast is: Chris Pratt as Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire, Nick Robinson as Zach, Ty Simpkins as Gray, Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu and Vincent D'Onofrio as Hoskins.

22 years ago science brought back dinosaurs and made them a theme park attraction. Unfortunately, things didn't end well with the park. Knowing what went wrong last time, precautions have been

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Movie Review: Hungerford

How do you handle life when something you never thought could happen, does? In October 2014, a young man named Rosewell decided to handle it by constantly yelling... "film everything!"

Directing this 79 minute sci-fi/horror is Drew Casson.

Trying to survive an invaison is: Drew Casson as Cowen Rosewell, Georgia Bradley as Philippa Martell, Tom Scarlett as Adam Martell, Sam Carter as Kipper and Kitty Speed as Janine.

Cowen has just enrolled in a media course, and his first assignment is to film an entire week of his life. Little does Cowen know, this will be the week that changes everything in his life. This week,

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Movie Review: Maggie

Knowing your child doesn't have long to live, how do you spend the time they have left? In May 2015, Wade had to watch as his daughter's death slowly changed her into something else.

Directing this 95 minute drama/horror/thriller is Henry Hobson.

Dealing with the living and the dead is: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Wade Vogel, Abigail Breslin as Maggie Vogel, Joely Richardson as Caroline Vogel, Douglas M. Griffin as Ray, J.D. Evermore as Holt and  Jodie Moore as Doctor Vern Kaplan.

After most of the world has been hit by the Necroambulist virus, everyone is trying to clean up what's left in the chaos. Occasional people are still being infected, so quarantine camps have been set up to

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Movie Review: Monsters: The Dark Contintent

What do you do when everything has gone wrong, but there's still a job to do? In April 2015, Frater's mission has gone bad in every way possible, and that's not even counting the issues with the aliens.

Directing this 119 minute drama/sci-fi/thriller is Tom Green.

Some of the cast is: Johnny Harris as Noah Frater, Joe Dempsie as Frankie, Sam Keeley as Michael, Nicholas Pinnock as Forrest, Michaela Coel as Kelly, Jesse Nagy as Conway and Parker Sawyers as Shaun Williams.

After an extraterrestrial life form spread out through the area of the United States and Mexico border, a quarantine for the infected zone was set up and military from both sides tried to keep the creatures

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

What do you do when your best intentions lead to the worst of actions? In May 2015, all Stark wanted was to protect the world, but now his plans of peace maybe humanity's downfall.

Directing this 141 minute action/adventure/sci-fi is Joss Whedon.

Suiting up in this one is: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksliver, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Jarvis/Vision, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and James Spader as Ultron (voice). With an appearance by (as always) Stan Lee!

The attack on New York still weighs heavily on everyone's minds, especially Stark's. After  the Avengers pull off a successful mission, Stark acquires the means to finish an old project that got put

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Movie Review: Furious 7

When you've been living life a quarter mile at a time, how do you put all that behind you and settle down? In April 2015, Brian finally has a chance to put a life of danger behind him, right after the crew stops one more bad guy.

Directing this 137 minute action/crime/thriller is James Wan.

Throwing things into high gear is: Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges as Tej, Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs, Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey, Jordana Brewster as Mia, Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody, Djimon Hounsou as Jakande, and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. With apperances by Lucas Black as Sean Boswell, Ronda Rousey as Kara, Elsa Pataky as Elena, Tony Jaa as Kiet and Luke Evans as Owen Shaw.

After the team stopped Shaw (Furious 6) and brought Letty back into the fold of the family things were looking up. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy with what happened to Shaw. Before they

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Movie Review: Axeman

Do you think it's a good idea to stay at a cabin that has a murderous past? In February 2013, a group of friends could tell you... no it's not.

Directing this 105 minute horror is Joston Theney.

Some of the cast is: Elissa Dowling as Stacy, Jamie Bernadette as Tammy, Erin Marie Hogan as Liz, Stephen Eith as Brian, Chantelle Albers as Cassidy, J. Scott as Randy, Joston Theney as Darren, Dylan Hobbs as Doug, Eliza Kiss as Vivian, Suzi Hale as Maureen and Scot Pollard as The Axeman.

Nine friends decide to have a get together at a cabin. Have some drinks, share some laughs... dig up the past. Unfortunately, being hunted by an axe-wielding murder wasn't part of their plans.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Movie Review: Into the Woods (2014)

If you were warned not to go into the woods... would you still go in? In December 2014, A couple knew the dangers that the woods held, yet their reason for going was worth the risk.

Directing this 125 minute adventure/comedy/fantasy is Rob Marshall.

Singing to the tunes are: Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, James Corden as Baker, Emily Blunt as Baker's Wife, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Johnny Depp as Wolf, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince and Meryl Streep as Witch.

A baker and his wife want to have a baby. Problem is, they found out the baker is cursed due to an

Monday, March 2, 2015

Movie Review: CUT! (2014)

When you're dealing with movie magic, how do you know what's real... and what's not? In December 2014, Travis and Lane crossed that movie magic line, or did they?

Directing this 104 minute horror/thriller is David Rountree.

Trying to dodge the cut is: David Rountree as Travis Simon, David Banks as Lane Hayes, Chris Moir as Jake Anderson, Sam Scarber as Homeless Man, Dahila Salem as Chloe Jo and Gabrielle Stone as Gabby. With appearances by Suze Lanier-Bramlett and William McNamara.

Travis wants to make a film, but he wants it to be something different and original. After a having a
talk with his co-worker Lane, Travis gets an idea. Find and film people being scared... for real. Since

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Movie Review: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

How would you handle waking up to an intruder in your home? In February 2015, Barry woke up to a problem, and the fact that someone had broke into his house, was the least of it.

Directing this 98 minute action/ horror is Kiah Roache-Turner.

Some of the cast is: Jay Gallagher as Barry, Bianca Bradey as Brooke, Leon Burchill as Benny, Keith Agius as Frank, Luke McKenzie as The Captain and Berynn Schwerdt as The Doc.

After waking up to a distressing call from his sister, Barry hears something downstairs and goes to check it out. What appeared to be a person raiding his refrigerator... turned out to be an undead...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Movie Review: Serpent's Lullaby

How do you stop doing something that's in your nature? In August 2014,
a women tried to live the life she was given after she had lost everything she cared for.

Directing this 13 minute short/drama/fantasy is Patricia Chica.

Starring in this short is: Jenimay Walker as Medusa, Annabella Hart as Young Mother and Richard Cardinal as Lover.

Little is known about the eccentric woman that lives in the old mansion just outside of town. Rumors surround the mysterious woman that few people have seen. Rumors like, she has a secret garden in the back yard of the centuries old mansion where her children are buried. Some people believe her to be nothing more than a grieving widow, while others believe... she's a monster.

Come to find out, directer Patricia Chica is part of the Soska sisters Massive Blood Drive PSA (2015) anthology for the Women in Horror Recognition Month. For those of you that may not have heard of  WiHM (Women in Horror Month), every February WiHM supporters host events (blood drives, film screenings, art shows), write blogs and articles, conduct interviews, and create videos and podcasts for mass consumption. WiHM is about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry. Since Serpent's Lullaby is a part of this years Horror Happens Film Showcase (2015), which is how I heard about this flick, I was able to check it out.

Writer Charles Hall came up with a story that caught my interest. It takes a character from mythology and gives it a contemporary spin. Now, I have to say, I really liked the idea. It was nice to see  a different take on the story of Medusa. As for the script, this one falls into the less-is-more category. They used very little verbal communication to get their story across to the audience. Instead they let the visual do most of the work. Chica lays everything out in such a smooth and entertaining way. I really dug how she even makes the little things, like a baby's rattle, help tell a bit of the story.
                                                        



As for the playthrough, the pace of the film was a little slow to me, and given that it's a 13 minute short it felt like it dragged a bit in places. However, by the end of the flick when the story is done, the bit of drag it had more than made it worth sitting through. Plus I dug on the transitions used from scene to scene.

I thought the visual makeup effects that Stephanie Miramontes did added a great look to the flick. Then throw in the cinematography work done by Richard Duquette, everything looked good and flowed well together.

Overall, it's a good short and if you get a chance to check this one out, you should.

It's rated UR (unrated) but has nudity.

3 stars