Hot off the festival circuit, a new neo-noir thriller written and directed by Aaron Katz is making its way into theaters.
Comedic Horror is tricky. It may be the trickiest of all genre films. How much do you want your audience to laugh vs. how much do you want them to cower in fear? Do you begin with a scare and end with a laugh or vice versa? Monster movies are also tricky. Will the audience buy into how the monster looks? Should the audience even see the monster? It’s all fine line details when writing a story in the horror genre.
Reach back into film history and you’ll find some of the most memorable quotes of all time: offers you can’t refuse, feelings about not being in Kansas anymore, and forces being with you - these are all utterances that we as a society won’t soon forget. In 1987, director Fred Dekker and co-writer Shane Black added another important phrase to our cultural lexicon in their now classic horror/comedy The Monster Squad. If you’ve seen the movie you probably know which line I’m talking about...
Hello, boils and ghouls! I love covering festivals and spreading the word about upcoming films that are must-sees. Over the past year I've covered a plethora of different ones, but this is my first time with the Chattanooga Film Festival. I've always heard great things about this one, so it's definitely an honor. First up for review is the film LESSER BEASTS!
Written, directed, edited, and produced by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin, DEMENTIA: PART II demonstrates midnight movie making at its finest. The plot follows Wendell Miska (Matt Mercer) a recent parolee looking for odd jobs to remain out of prison. After being notified by “Handy Man Inc.” for an available plumbing job at a seemingly sweet old lady’s house, Wendell becomes a pawn in the hands of dementia-induced Mrs. Goldblum and soon realizes that he may have gotten more than he bargained for.
ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, a horror anthology from directors David and Rebekah McKendry, merges both horror and comedy, along with the Christmas spirit, in a way that I haven't seen. The film stars Graham Skipper (Beyond the Gates), Ashley Clements (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), Jocelin Donahue (The House of the Devil), Amanda Fuller (Fashionista), Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”), and Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”).
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.
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."
Having its World Premiere yesterday at the Chattanooga Film Festival, SEQUENCE BREAK shows imposing promise for first-time filmmaker Graham Skipper. With its retro-induced plot combined with elements of body horror and science fiction, it's no surprise that this feature is gaining popular momentum amongst genre fans. This film is a very impressive directorial debut, showcasing levels of professionalism in multiple areas.