Imagine, for a moment, that are you enjoying your life and the place that you call home. Now, imagine that without your knowledge, someone has been living in your home, only exposing themselves when you are away at work or in the middle of the night when you are most vulnerable. To me, that is just as frightening as any boogeyman or supernatural killer, and a vision that is hard to shake. In Dominic Bridge's feature debut, TWO PIGEONS, we learn just how far someone will go to exact revenge against a person who has done them wrong.
After three false starts, I'm delving once again, into this review of Ken Russell's THE DEVILS. The film, originally released in 1971, had major problems getting released without a lot of editing. The version on Shudder is still missing this scene that can be found on YouTube (please be aware this video is NSFW, and I wouldn't watch it if children are around. It depicts "possessed" nuns having sex with a life sized Jesus on a Crucifix):
Welcome witches and warlocks,
Today I will be reviewing the horror short INK by writer/director Ashlea Wessel. To be describe the story, I will turn to the IMDB plot summary:
"A woman seeks penance and personal transformation through tattooing after surviving a devastating pregnancy. One night, drenched in booze and ink, her deepest fears threaten to consume her."
With only a few months into 2017, revenge-based plots appear to be bountiful in the independent horror genre. There's been a vast amount of stories surrounding this theme, showcasing both classic and new concepts. One that I feel uniquely thrives, while implementing multiple genres, would be the new horror/mystery feature, DIG TWO GRAVES.
The other day you may have caught my review for director Izzy Lee's revenge short, FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... but today I will be reviewing her brand new short, RITES OF VENGEANCE, which I believe to be her strongest film to date. As I've mentioned many time throughout the reviews I do, I'm a huge fan of religious themes in horror films. In RITES OF VENGEANCE, the audience isn't presented with any supernatural entities that haunt the Church's hallways but instead are shown a glimpse into the true horror that so many Church Officials have tried to brush under the rug since forever.
There's a tired motif within the horror genre that begs to be distanced from in order to keep things fresh. Fortunately for genre fans, original horror has thrived in recent years, leaving cliches and contrived stories in the background as we jog toward an exciting horror resurgence. Sadly, HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET is a mild sprained ankle suffered in our race, and while not entirely crippling, it remains an aggravating setback.
One of my favorite things about director Izzy Lee is her ability to showcase how fierce women can be, and not just those women who have been wronged, but all women in general. She gives them a spotlight that is so needed within the genre and raises the female character above just a damsel in distress. In her latest short film, FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL.., Izzy, and writer Chris Hallock, show the audience the consequences of a man's foolish act while also flipping the narrative of stereotypical tropes.
Back in late January of 1989, there was one name that was widely known throughout American households, and that name was Ted Bundy. His execution had everyone in an uproar, bringing a good five hundred people flocking to the jail's exterior in anticipation. Signs that read, "Bundy BBQ" and, "Tuesday is Fry Day" bounced in the sticky Floridian air like a welcomed homecoming. This gruesome and strange moment in American history gets molded into a dark narrative in Laura Moss's new coming-of-age short film, FRY DAY. The reality behind these truthful events leaves you wondering where the line is drawn between justice and carnage, and when it shifts into the form of acceptable entertainment.
Every once in awhile you stumble across a film that will make you stop what you're doing and simply...watch. Captivated, out of genuine (or morbid) curiosity, you take it all in and once it is over you know that you won't likely be forgetting the experience any time soon. That's what THE DARK BELOW, from Doug Schulze, was for me. Using a very interesting approach to storytelling the film held my attention from start to finish, and aside from a bit of dragging in the final act, I found myself wholly invested in the lives of these characters that we learn so little about. Starring Lauren Mae Schaeffer and David G.B. Brown, the film is a 70 minute, highly conceptualized thrill-ride comprised of little to no dialogue yet still manages to tell a complete story from start to finish.