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Landmine Goes Click, 2015.
Directed by Levan Bakhia.
An American backpacking in the former Soviet Union steps on a landmine and is forced to watch as his girlfriend is tortured and abused.
People trapped in unusual circumstances can make for interesting movies, mainly because the filmmakers have to spend a feature-length running time trying to build suspense and make the situation unbearable to watch. Landmine Goes Click is, at times, unbearable to watch but for many different reasons, and boredom is never one of them because it tends to shift focus every so often so that what you thought was the initial threat/plot point is merely a setup for what will come later.
- Amie Cranswick
The Nice Guys didn’t perform as well as we felt it deserved, yet Shane Black is something of a hot commodity again. While his Predator sequel / reboot / whatever prepares for a release in February of 2018, the writer-director apparently spent this Memorial Day weekend with, fittingly, our greatest living American, Dwayne Johnson, to move forward with their long-rumored collaboration: Doc Savage, a ’30s- and ’40s-era superhero who pre-dates and, speaking for ability, in many ways matches Superman.
Taking to Instagram, the star confirmed his involvement in the project scripted by Black, Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi, and Chuck Mondry. Sony is supporting the project, about which little else is known — though one imagines it’s to come after The Predator, i.e. remains a few years off. Waiting aside, the point stands: it’s plenty nice to have more Black, and it’s no less odd to be actively excited about a superhero picture. »
- Nick Newman
A decade after the original film’s release, a sequel to the critically acclaimed cult sci-fi film The Man From Earth is in the works, with Vanessa Williams, Sterling Knight, Brittany Curran, Carlos Knight, and Akemi Look joining the cast. To be titled The Man From Earth: Holocene, the film sees the return of David Lee Smith in the lead role, and William Katt. The Man From Earth director Richard Schenkman is returning as well, with shooting set to begin in June and release… »
The 2007 original, penned by sci-fi writer/author Jerome Bixby, centered on a college professor who’s actually a centuries-old caveman. Richard Schenkman is returning to direct with shooting starting next week in Southern California.
The original script was the last work from Bixby, best known for his 1953 story “It’s a Good Life,” which was the basis for a 1961 episode of “The Twilight Zone” and was included in “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” He also wrote four episodes for the “Star Trek” series and co-wrote the story upon which the movie “Fantastic Voyage” was based. »
- Dave McNary
The fine folks at Terror Films have set a DVD date for Landmine Goes Click. This terrifying film, from the country of Georgia, will be on DVD shelves this May 31st, 2016. The film features actors Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke and Dean Geyer. Each actor plays a backpacker, waylayed by an unexploded mine. As well, the official DVD artwork for the film is here, along with the film's official trailer. The film has received praise from critics and it has won several awards. The film has already won Best Drama Feature, at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. As well, Landmine Goes Click won Best Foreign Film at Fantafestival. This feature was released through video-on-demand platforms in November. But, this is your chance to track down a hard copy of the feature, on DVD! Release Date: May 31st, 2016 (DVD). Director: Levan Bakhia. Writers: Levan Bakhia, Adrian Colussi and Lloyd S. Wagner. Cast: Sterling Knight, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Landmine Goes Click, 2015
Written and directed by Levan Bakhia
Trapped standing on an armed landmine, an American tourist is forced to watch helplessly while his girlfriend is terrorized and brutally assaulted.
There’s an audacity to Levan Bakhia’s Landmine Goes Click, a film drenched in misogyny, trying desperately to find existential reasoning in its warped examination of patriarchy. Bakhia isn’t saying anything about the male mind-set, or making a statement on parents, he’s simply playing out a misogynist fantasy of male driven power under the guise of a poorly made, lamely nasty genre flick.
Three American backpackers, Alicia (Spencer Locke), her fiancé Daniel (Dean Geyer) and Chris (Sterling Knight) wander through the mountains of Georgia where Daniel has Chris perform a non-binding marriage ceremony. Devi, a local park ranger arranges for a photo which “inadvertadly” leads to Chris stepping on a landmine. »
- Luke Owen
Director: Levan Bakhia
Running Time: 110 minutes
Landmine Goes Click had one of this year’s Film 4 Frightfest‘s highest concepts, featuring a American tourist who steps on a landmine. As if that wasn’t bad enough he then has to witness his beloved being brutally assaulted.
The film starts off happily enough, three friends go on a hiking trip to celebrate the impending wedding between two of them. Things are not quite that settled beneath the surface and before long tensions cause ripples that have disastrous consequences.
Our hero Chris becomes trapped on the mine and must rely on Alicia to get them both out of harms way. During all the drama they draw the attention of Ilya, a local beekeeper. Ilya isn’t as nice as he first appears and his rewards for his help soon escalate from creepy to downright disgusting. »
- Kat Hughes
7 items from 2016
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