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The Blood Stream mines the Internet for horror gold so you don’t have to, delivering streamable horror titles never before featured on Dread Central. Occasionally I’ll dredge up something good, maybe even great. To find those gems, I’ll have to sift through a lot of breathtakingly bad cinema. Enjoy!
Beneath Loch Ness has all the trappings of a Syfy original movie, though as far as I can tell that’s not how it came into existence. It has a plot built from half-assed homage and blatant rip-offs, obviously fake “location” settings, a Princess Bride synth score, and a list of B-movie has-beens longer than Nessie’s tail.
The framework here is basically a knock off of Jaws (of course it is), complete with a dopey local official who opposes preventing further deaths because it’s tourist season. The big difference is in this one, the incident that »
Penthouse North, 2013.
Directed by Joseph Ruben.
A reclusive photojournalist lives quietly in a New York penthouse, until a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a hidden fortune enters her life.
Certain types of films seem to come in cycles. A successful film will always breed many that will try to ride on the coat tails of that. Found footage films as an example are currently all over the place since the success of Paranormal Activity. It wasn’t the first of its kind by any means but its success started a new wave. Home invasion films have also been very popular in recent years, on the big and small screen. Penthouse North is the latest entry into the home invasion formula.
Sara, a former military photojournalist (Michelle Monaghan), blinded in action during a tour in Afghanistan, »
- Gary Collinson
Written by David Loughery (Lakeview Terrace, Passenger 57) and directed by Joseph Ruben (Sleeping With The Enemy, The Forgotten), Penthouse North is a thriller, and an old school one at that, mixing elements of mystery and tense, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere to create a tale of suspense that keeps you entertained for its ninety minute runtime.
The story revolves around Sarah (Monaghan) who lives in a penthouse apartment with her boyfriend, Ryan (Walker), she is a former military photo-journalist who lost her sight while on assignment in Afghanistan, and her relationship with Ryan is about to be explored as he is not all that he seemed.
The premise is intriguing and had the potential to be something dark and culturally relevant, but stumbles at times and finds itself becoming a »
- Chris Cummings
The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre community and mainstream entertainment culture, showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in film history, but many more talented directors go largely unsung for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we recently kicked off a recurring segment that gives much-needed credit to those groundbreaking horror filmmakers who aren’t always given the praise they deserve. [You can check out part one here and part two here.] Since the first two installments proved popular, we're back with another round, and this time we present not five, but six more of our favorite underrated genre film directors. Mike Mendez Director of The Gravedancers and Big Ass Spider, Mendez and frequent collaborator Dave Parker (Coldwater, The Hills Run Red) helped to inspire the popular Showtime series Masters of Horror, but »
- Tyler Doupe
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