For the Tribeca Film Festival, I had the chance to watch and review the latest film from co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, titled THE ENDLESS. I'm a sucker for films that have a touch of Lovecraftian mythos to them, and having been such a fan of their previous film, SPRING, I could only imagine what THE ENDLESS would encompass. With that said, I wasn't prepared to have my mind blown in such a way that I'm still reeling from what I had viewed days ago.
Good evening ghosts and ghouls! Tonight we jump into a film of psychotic terror titled THE WICKED ONE - directed by Tory Jones and written by Tory Jones and Cheyenne Gordon.
The film centers around a group of traveling friends who are hoping for a fun filled weekend getaway; however, they find themselves in the cross hairs of one of the most dangerous and prolific serial killers in history.
Horror anthologies are the perfect way to spend your night. They're story after story of pure horror and decay that typically connect in some way without you ever having to lift a finger to put a new movie in. If you're looking for one that will tickle your horror-fueled fancy for blood and gore, I highly recommend VOLUMES OF BLOOD: HORROR STORIES.
On paper, the film HAPPY HUNTING, should be one that I would love. The premise centers around an alcoholic who becomes the target of a deadly game at the hands of psychotic rednecks - I mean, what's not to love about that? Films that focus on the perverse nature of humanity always peak my interest; however, I felt like the overall storyline left a lot to be desired and was a missed opportunity for a film that could have been quite profound.
THE NIGHT WATCHMEN is a horror comedy film directed by Mitchell Altieri that follows four inept night security guards and a tabloid journalist as they become involved in a bloody fight for survival against co-workers, city civilians, and clowns - all of which have turned into vampires. Steeped in 80's formula and cheese from it's plot to its montages and score, genre fans who long for that decade of horror will find much to appreciate within THE NIGHT WATCHMEN's 79 minute runtime. However, the humor of the film, though otherwise funny, can be offensive enough to detract from the experience for certain viewers.
That THE ELDRITCH PLACE, a new cinematic flick-of-the-lighter from French director and visual effects artist Julien Jauniaux, bears great affection for the Cthulhu mythos is palpable in just the production's logo card: Carkosa Films. And indeed, the film delivers in its 16 minutes a solid tour of the twilit ground familiar to any fan of weird fiction. That it doesn't seem to transcend the familiar, however, may be its largest conceptual shortcoming. Those happy for a less ambitious, more linear ride through the Hall of Lovecraftian Elements will find here a warm, if slimy, blanket.
Matt McWilliams' CHUPACABRA TERRITORY is a found footage flick about a group of friends who decide that they should go camping deep within the forest of various sightings and deadly attacks by a beast they believe to be the legendary Chupacabra (or "The Chupe" as the characters tend to call it). Despite the warnings of a local ("When you hear those trees fallin', just know that you are not alone") who lost an eye during his own encounter with the Chupe, and a stern lecture from the "hard-ass" forest ranger, the four friends ultimately decide to follow through with their mission to prove the existence of the Chupacabra.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the suspense horror feature MAYHEM by director Joe Lynch. To best describe the story, I will use my own plot description:
"A virus that causes people to act on their wildest impulses infects a corporate law office. Now a former lawyer and a woman denied help from the office begin to cut a bloody path up the corporate ladder."
This past week, I had the chance to watch all the PHANTASM movies for the first time ever and to say it was quite the journey would be an understatement. These films have been a staple within the horror/sci-fi world since the inception of the first movie in 1979. I had been wanting to see the films for years but due to the limited availability and quality of the original film, I never got around to it. Luckily, producer/director extraordinaire J.J. Abrams came to the rescue and through his production company, Bad Robot, was able to remaster PHANTASM to a beautiful 4K restoration.