Last night, I was on hand for the surprise premiere of director Adam Green's newest film in the HATCHET franchise, VICTOR CROWLEY. The film, which takes place 10 years after the last one, stars Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Laura Ortiz (The Hills Have Eyes), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Brian Quill ("Impractical Jokers") and the one and only, Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th Part 7).
I'm always hesitant when I watch American movies set in other countries, primarily those that are in the horror genre; I'm thinking Hostel and The Grudge movies. These often base their premise on what we are supposed to believe are cultural beliefs which makes the stories that much scarier due to our own ignorance. Hostel came under some fire due to promoting a false perception of another country, possibly damaging business coming from tourism. The Grudge placed a lot of emphasis on the Japanese belief that when someone dies in a fit of rage or sorrow, this gives birth to a curse that works almost like a plague to those who enter where they died. I personally have never been to Japan or Slovakia (where Hostel takes place), but I am to believe what I'm seeing has to be partially true. They both give us citizens with a certain attitude and allows the setting to become a character in itself. Director Rich Ragsdale gives us GHOST HOUSE, another entry into the vacation gone wrong subgenre where Americans are too gullible to see what's in front of them.
2017 is proving to already be quite a year for horror/sci-fi films. When it was announced that there would be a new ALIEN film, a sequel to Ridley Scott's 2012, PROMETHEUS, fans ranging from die-hard ALIEN connoisseurs to those that enjoyed the many ups and downs that the long running series had to offer, were excited and hopeful for the highly anticipated sequel. But would ALIEN: COVENANT live up to the hype that all of us fans were hoping for?
UNION FURNACE is the latest film from director/co-writer Nicholas Bushman that combines elements from films such as THE GAME against the backdrop of rural America and the never-ending fight for survival. The film stars co-writer Mike Dwyer (Sandbar), Keith David (The Things), Katie Keene (ClownTown), and Seth Hammond.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the inventive horror/comedy DAVE MADE A MAZE by writer/director Bill Watterson. To best describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
"Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation."
A question that is rarely asked but portrayed in a variety of horror films is if you could sit down and document a monster, which would it be and why? Think for a second and then think some more. At first, it sounds wild, dangerous, intriguing and something very few would consider attempting let alone surviving. Imagine coming face to face with monsters such as vampires, demons, werewolves, sea creatures, the undead and more, to learn about their stories. Insane right? Why would you attempt that knowing you probably would not make it out alive to tell their tales?!
Two weekends ago, I had the chance to cover the blue carpet for the World Premiere of SYFY's SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING at The Linq Hotel in Las Vegas. In attendance was a range of celebrities and reality TV stars that ranged from Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Hal Sparks, Bai Ling, director Anthony C. Ferrante, a cardboard cut-out of Brett Michaels, Olympic Diver Greg Louganis, Kendra Wilkinson, and more.
BETTER WATCH OUT is the latest film from director Chris Peckover and it's easily one of the best Christmas horror films to come out in recent years. The film, co-written by Peckover and Zack Kahn, stars Levi Miller (Pan), Ed Oxenbould (The Visit), Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), and Patrick Warburton (Ted).