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5 items from 2015


Laff Review: Viet Nguyen's Award Winning 'Crush The Skull' Is A Bone Chillingly Good Time Full Of Laughs and Thrills

18 June 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Winner of the inaugural “Nightfall Award” at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival  —an accolade bestowed upon the festival’s best horror or "midnight" film— Viet Nguyen’s feature directorial debut “Crush The Skull,” is a hilarious, thrilling hybrid of a heist film and a gory, old-school slasher flick. The screenplay, written by Nguyen and one of the film’s stars Christopher Dinh, skillfully balances comedic moments with frightening, unexpected twists and turns. Nguyen’s direction also adeptly brings many of  funny and fear-inducing scenes to life, an effect no doubt bolstered by the excellent performances of a stellar cast that includes Dinh, Tim Chiou, Katie Savoy, Chris Riedell, Lauren Reeder, Walter Michael Bost, Leonard Wu, Jerry Ying and Lincoln Hoppe, in a film reminiscent of other comedy-horror hybrids such as Eli Craig’s “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” or Drew Goddard’s “The Cabin in The Woods.” Read More: L.A. »

- Timothy Tau

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Laff 2015 Review: Crush The Skull

13 June 2015 11:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Recently celebrating its world premiere at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, Viet Nguyen’s Crush the Skull could easily be summed up as part heist movie, part slasher but it’s 100 percent unexpected fun. Nguyen confidently blends the two genres together for an experience that’s tense, well-paced and often hilarious, demonstrating there are still a few twists to be had in the modern horror genre.

Crush the Skull follows Ollie (Christopher Dinh) and Blair (Katie Savoy), a loving couple who commit small burglary jobs in order to pay the bills and they run into some trouble on what’s supposed to be their final job. When Blair has to resort to extreme measures in order to help Ollie out of a tough situation, she turns to her brother Connor (Chris Riedell), who has planned the perfect heist on a country home in the middle of nowhere with his wingman »

- Heather Wixson

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La Film Fest Review: Crush The Skull

12 June 2015 11:25 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Finding the perfect blend between horror and humor is one hell of a trick, one that more times than not, backfire quite badly. There’s a balance that has to be perfectly teetered, or if one is courageous enough, they decide that they know just what kind of magic they have in their hands and they focus the majority of the film on one of those elements, gambling if it will turn out decent.  Viet Nguyen’s gut-bustingly funny Crush The Skull is that kind of film, one that knows that it’s strength lies in its humor, and in turn offers up a horror/comedy story that will definitely please.

Co-written by Nguyen and Chris Dinh (who stars in the film), Crush The Skull isn’t a film that spends much time playing around, or better yet, spends All of its time playing around, but in a way that works for the film, »

- Jerry Smith

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Crush The Skull Premieres Thursday At The La Film Festival; Exclusive Poster!

8 June 2015 4:20 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Viet Nguyen (iZOMBIE, Play It Again, Dick)’s directorial feature Crush The Skull is set to make its world premiere this Thursday (June 11th) at this week’s La Film Festival, and to celebrate the intelligent comedy/horror hybrid, Icons of Fright was sent the exclusive poster for the robbers vs. serial killers film and it’s the kind of artwork that Demands you to check this one out.

Ollie and Blair earn a dishonest living by robbing upper class homes. They decide to pull one last job but it takes a turn for the worse when they find themselves trapped inside the house. As they explore, they discover that this seemingly innocuous home is actually a sadistic torture den: a mind-screwing maze with an unseen killer separating them from one another and stalking them from the shadows.

Crush The Skull stars Christopher Dinh, Katie Savoy, Chris Riedell, Tim Chiou, »

- Jerry Smith

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The L.A. Film Fest to Screen The Final Girls

19 May 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After making quite an impression at the Stanley Film Festival, Todd Strauss-Schulson's meta horror hit, The Final Girls, will screen at the L.A. Film Fest next month, along with an advance look at MTV's Scream TV series and many more onscreen scares.

The 21st L.A. Film Fest takes place June 10th-18th in downtown Los Angeles. The festival will feature screenings of 74 feature films, 60 short films, and more, including the following genre offerings:

"Gala Screenings:

The Final Girls – USA (Director Todd Strauss-Schulson Writer Producer Cast Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev) – An unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Los Angeles Premiere

Scream – USA (Showrunners Jill Blotevogel, Jaime Paglia Writers Jay Beattie, Dan Dworkin Executive Producers Harvey Weinstein, »

- Derek Anderson

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