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VOD Vault #9 – Sasq-Watch / Gun Shy

Another week, another installment of VOD Vault – taking a look at some on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms recently. It’s been more than a few months since our last installment, so what say we kick off this debut edition for 2018 with two films that share something in common… Comedy!


Stars: Paul Brittain, Adam Herschman, Christine Bently, Neil Flynn, Tim Meadows, Dean J. West, Sherri Eakin, John McConnell, Chip Carriere | Written by James Weldon | Directed by Drew Hall

The legend of Bigfoot has been mined in genre movies for decades – from the cheesy exploitation films of the 70s to more recent fare such as Sightings or Bigfoot Country. However aside from That popular 80s family film, Bigfoot hasn’t really been the focus of cinematic comedy… Until now. Originally titled Nigel and Oscar vs. Bigfoot, Sasq-Watch gathers together a bunch of familiar faces from TV (including shows
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Making ‘Feud’ a Visual Feast: On the Set With Bette and Joan

Making ‘Feud’ a Visual Feast: On the Set With Bette and Joan
Feud: Bette and Joan,” which premieres on FX March 5, tells the tangled story of the rivalry between Hollywood icons Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. As its eight episodes unfold, it depicts many of the sordid, amusing and difficult things that transpire as the actresses make “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane,” as well the events that followed the release of the 1962 film that returned them to prominence.

But one of the many ironies of “Feud” is that, no matter how ugly the events or emotions on screen, the show itself is gorgeous to look at. Much of it is a celebration of Old Hollywood glamour, and even the “Feud’s” version of the ramshackle house at the center of “Baby Jane” was re-created with exacting care.

The luscious jewel tones of Joan’s wardrobe, the fastidious plastic coverings on her chairs, the earth-toned, New England feel of Bette’s homey interiors and her preference for capri pants
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Review: Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘Abattoir’ Falls Short of Its Ambitions

You have to admire Darren Lynn Bousman‘s ambition because he could have just kept going with the Saw franchise after taking over the reins from James Wan. Instead he jumped ship to work on a passion project developed with Terrance Zdunich and Darren Smith entitled Repo! The Genetic Opera. Here was a science fiction horror musical based upon a short produced two years previously with enough character and originality to become a cult favorite. Since then he wrote a couple films that didn’t go over well and reunited with Zdunich on another musical before delving into a comic book universe entitled Abattoir with writers Rob Levin and Troy Peteri about a mysterious man who collects rooms where tragedies occurred and fashions them together into a nightmarish ghost-filled mansion.

Begun as a six-issue series, the property gained steam with its multimedia publisher Radical Studios to go one step further into creating a feature film.
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Film Review: ‘Abattoir’

Film Review: ‘Abattoir’
Not quite the bloody mess its title would suggest, but a bit of a mess nonetheless, Darren Lynn Bousman’s “Abattoir” is a franchise-aspirational horror opus that takes too long establishing its premise, then peters out in a climactic jumble of scare-free digital effects. Some weak key performances and an uncertain tone further dim the appeal of this latest from the director of several “Saw” sequels and “Repo! The Genetic Opera.” Shot in late 2014, it’s finally arriving on 10 AMC screens nationwide after a tour of genre fests, simultaneous with streaming release.

Newspaper reporter Julia Talben (Jessica Lowndes from the “90210” reboot) panics when she gets a call at work from someone who identifies himself simply as “The man who just killed your sister.” Rushing to the latter’s house with police detective friend/suitor Grady (Joe Anderson), she discovers that indeed Amanda (Jackie Tuttle), as well as Amanda’s husband and small child,
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New Trailer for Darren Bousman's Haunted House Horror 'Abattoir'

"The guy is a ghost collecting ghosts." Momentum Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the haunted house horror thriller Abattoir, from director Darren Bousman (of Saw II-IV and Repo! The Genetic Opera). The film stars Jessica Lowndes as a real estate reporter who teams up with a cop to investigate the death of her family. This leads her to discover a house in the town of New English called the Abattoir, featuring "stitched together" unending rooms of death. There's obviously something much more sinister going on with this place, but the question that keeps coming up is: "How do you build a haunted house?" The cast includes Joe Anderson, Dayton Callie, John McConnell and Lin Shaye. If you're a horror fan, give this a look. Here's the newest official trailer (+ poster) for Darren Bousman's Abattoir, direct from YouTube: A real estate reporter investigates Jebediah Crone (Dayton Callie
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Film Review: Jason Statham in ‘The Mechanic’ is a Mindless Repeat of All Prior Gun-Toting Slayers

Chicago – It wouldn’t be a Jason Statham film if in it he was just fixing cars. In “The Mechanic,” his profession is fixing people. And by fixing, like “The Transporter” he’s again cracking skulls.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

But if you’re going to ask audiences to buy into a remake of the 1972 film by the same name with Charles Bronson originating Jason Statham’s role as Arthur Bishop, a film needs to make it less obvious that it’s just modernizing a 1970s flick for the purposes of making new money on a preexisting script.

While “The Mechanic” takes a page from all other hitman movies and employs every trick in the contract killer book we’ve already seen, the one redeeming difference is Statham’s inner dialogue and his cool, calculated demeanor. Sure, this Jason Statham is again a killer with no back story, but this time he’s also a master of restraint,
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