12 items from 2015
Frank The Bastard? Try again. Maybe a more apt title would be Frank The Underwhelming? Frank The Undercooked? Frank The Utterly Lifeless Cinematic Endeavor?
The actual title of Brad Coley’s weightless drifter story suggests a rural nightmare akin to something more sinister. I’m not saying such a title suggests Jeepers Creepers material, but as far as bastards go, Frank is no Yellow Bastard (Sin City). Hell – he’s not even Fat Bastard from Austin Powers. Frank is a fraudulent foe in the face of Coley’s familial fiasco (holy eff), and the whole thing comes together like a mysterious fable told by your absent-minded granny. This one’s more like a bedtime story, lulling viewers to sleep with a particularly uninteresting “mystery.”
It all starts when a divorced city girl named Clair (Rachel Miner) heads home to Edgeport, Maine, determined to uncover the truth about her mother’s unfortunate death. »
- Matt Donato
Do we have a new (mini-)trend on our hands? With the announcement last Friday of "A Christmas Horror Story" -- a new holiday-themed anthology fright flick starring William Shatner -- we now have four, count 'em four, Krampus movies either in development or slated for release. While the Shatner film will feature the demonic "anti-Claus" in only one segment of the story, it nevertheless marks the folkloric creature's sudden and unexpected breakthrough as the hottest monster in the movie business. First, a quick rundown of the other Krampus-themed films: 1. "Krampus," an Amblin-esque horror-comedy directed by "Trick 'r Treat" helmer Michael Dougherty and starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette as parents doing battle with the titular monster during the holidays; 2. "Anti-Claus," a Kevin Smith film that will reunite "Tusk" cast members Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks; 3. "Happy Krampus!", a family-themed take on the character »
- Chris Eggertsen
Two years ago, writer-director Scott Derrickson introduced us to the serial-killing demon Bughuul (Aka Mr. Boogie) in the dread-inducing Sinister. Now, prepare for round two, with this new, red band, stronger-than-last-time Sinister II trailer arriving to scare the peel from your banana. Watch below, but keep your eyes closed.There's a lot of overlap there with the previous promo, but it's certainly more intense. There's a little bit more in the way of expositional Bughuul mythology; more from the entity's unfortunate previous child victims; and a few more glimpses of this instalment's kill films. And this trailer dispenses with that Henry Hall Bogeyman song from Jeepers Creepers that the last clip used to some effect.Sinister II, of course, comes from the Blumhouse stable: home of Insidious, The Purge, Paranormal Activity and so on. Derrickson remains on board as producer and co-writer (with C. Robert Cargill) for the sequel, but »
Director: Kevin Smith
Running Time: 102 minutes
Kevin Smith loves his podcasts. The director publishes weekly casts via his channel ‘SModcast’ and without it Tusk would never have ben written. The idea for the film came up during an episode titled ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter‘ wherein the director discussed an ad he’d read in a newspaper. The story in particular involved a man seeking a lodger who could live with him rent free in exchange wearing a walrus costume for a period of times.
Although later revealed as a being a hoax ad, it did however get the creative juices flowing, birthing the film idea. Tusk has Justin Long star as Wallace, a co-host of a frat-boy aimed podcast ‘The Not-See Party’, who whilst researching »
- Kat Smith
The Midnight Swim features an almost entirely female cast and will arrive in theaters and VOD in the U.S. later this month. Also in this round-up: casting details for Lavender and an excerpt from the horror fantasy novel Into the Darkness.
Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake."
Press Release -- "Lavender, »
- Tamika Jones
It has been said that John Hughes perfected the teenage experience with films like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but the teen films that followed the Hughes empire added a tougher bite to the idyllic suburban upbringing. Between the success of Clueless and the seeming “end” of modern teen films with Mean Girls’, teen films were crafted by throwing convention and controversy to the wind. 24-year-old critic/writer/director Charlie Lyne is a man after my own heart. Thanks to the wonderful world of Netflix, I was able to catch his documentary Beyond Clueless, a film that uses the narrative of late 90s/00s teen films to analyze the high school experience. There are plenty of “coming-of-age” documentaries that sample from the world of John Hughes but Beyond Clueless gives an analysis of the teen world of the pre and post Columbine inhabitants with the assistance of over 200 teen »
- BJ Colangelo
Reviewed By: Chris Wright
Directed By: Victor Salva
Written By: Victor Salva
Starring: Nathan Forrest Winters (Casey), Brian McHugh (Geoffrey), Sam Rockwell (Randy), Michael Jerome West (Lunatic Cheezo), Byron Weible (Lunatic Bippo), David C. Reinnecker (Lunatic Dippo), Timothy Enos (Real Cheezo), Frank Diamanti (Real Bippo), Karl-Heinz Teuber (Real Dippo), Viletta Skillman (Mother), Gloria Belsky (Fortune Teller), Tom Mottram (Ringmaster), Erika (Storekeeper), Jasper Watts (Storekeeper Assistant), Bobby Salem (Booth Barker)
I had heard of this film in passing but never made the effort to actually watch it. I mostly know director Victor Salva from his work on the “Jeepers Creepers” movies. To my surprise, this movie is incredibly atmospheric and has just enough creep factor to make a person’s phobia of clowns increase.
The plot revolves around three young brothers who are alone while their parents are away. Shortly thereafter, some escaped mental patients murder some clowns »
This was a big week for Mr. Show fans. David Cross and Bob Odenkirk, who starred on the cult-favorite HBO sketch series from 1995 to 1998, are teaming up with Netflix for With Bob and David. Their latest sketch project, featuring all-new characters, will consist of four half-hour episodes and an hour-long making-of special. To celebrate the news, here are ten memorable Mr. Show sketches, including a very odd job interview, a precariously placed thimble collection and Jack Black playing a singing-and-dancing devil. Read More 'Full House' Revival Eyed By Netflix Jeepers Creepers, Semi-
- Ryan Gajewski
If you want to watch '80s comedies "Clue," "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," or "Annie," better hurry: They're leaving Netflix on April 1. And if you want to binge on "Friday The 13th," better do it before the end of the month as Jason and his many, many victims are also checking out on April 1.
Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in April 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving April 1
"28 Hotel Rooms" (2012)
"Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous"
"Astonishing X-Men: Torn"
"Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable"
"Baby Genius: A Trip to The San Diego Zoo"
"Baby Genius: Animal Adventures"
"Chalet Girl" (2011)
"Color Splash Collection: Collection 1"
"Friday The 13th" (1980)
"Friday The 13th: Part 2" (1981)
"Friday The 13th: Part 3" (1982)
- Sharon Knolle
I try to keep it off of my social networking feeds as much as possible, but I am one of those angsty people that absolutely hates Valentine’s Day. Hell, I’ve had a significant other for just about every Valentine’s Day since I was 14, and I still hate it. I’ll spare you all the feminist soap box, but know that I welcome Valentine’s Day the way most people welcome cancer. And I’ve had cancer, so that’s saying something.
I am, however, completely ride or die for Valentine’s Day horror films. Most of my horror comrades will spend sometime this week waxing poetic about My Bloody Valentine (or the surprisingly not disappointing My Bloody Valentine 3-D), and some of the more worldly of the bunch might mention something like Lover’S Lane or Horror Hospital, but I’m going to stick my neck out »
- BJ Colangelo
Released digitally by Content Films on 9th February 2015, Dead Still is a new horror film from Christopher Saint Booth and Philip Adrian Booth – aka the Booth Brothers – whose previous films include Death Tunnel, The Exorcist File, Dark Place, The Possessed, Spooked, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills, Sanatorium and Children of the Grave.
Upon the death of his great grandfather, Brandon Davis (Ben Browder) a wedding photographer inherits an antique camera famous for taking victorian death photography. After photographing his subjects they start to die from horrible, bizarre deaths, then reappearing as eerie death portraits. One by one Brandon begins to lose people very close to him as he struggles to uncover the haunting mystery behind the cursed camera. When his eleven year old son goes missing, Brandon discovers the camera has supernatural powers and has trapped his son inside of it. He must now risk all and journey beyond the realm of all imagination, »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Luke Kleintank, Tobin Bell, Alex McKenna, Anthony Rey Perez, Zack Ward, Lacey Anzelc, Ethan S. Smith, Lesley-Anne Down, Charles Agron, Daniel Ross Owens, Max Gail, Patricia Belcher | Written by Victor Salva, Charles Agron | Directed by Victor Salva
As a fan of the Jeepers Creepers movies I’m always interested in what Victor Salva will come up with next, and this can be a good and bad thing. Dark House is his latest movie which he directs and co-wrote the screenplay for and I have to admit that it is an interesting film, if you are a fan of Supernatural or shows like it that focus on a fairly lightweight battle between good and evil. With Tobin Bell starring, Dark House is also is likely to pull in some of the Saw fans too.
Nick Di Santo (Luke Kleintank) is a man with a gift, he’s able to see »
- Paul Metcalf
12 items from 2015
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