10 items from 2015
The horror landscape was changing by 1982. People were tiring of slashers; even the Halloween franchise decided to take a left (some would say wrong) turn away from Shatner masks and sharpened knives, and used the brand name to explore the holiday itself in the perpetually under-appreciated Season of The Witch. The genre seemed to be turning towards monsters, from large scale dread fests such as John Carpenter's The Thing to more intimate fare like Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case. The horror films of 1982 displayed a refreshing variety of ways to make audiences jump, squirm, gasp, smile, and when the occasion arose, vomit. The Beast Within giddily checks all the boxes.
Released in February by United Artists, the film took in a total of 7.7 million at the box office. Those were not great numbers, and the reviews were worse. Mainstream critics in general have never been kind to horror; almost »
- Scott Drebit
American indie production company Big Bad Film recently wrapped up their first project, the slasher film Bastard. And today they have released the first unrated teaser for their film. Get ready for some decent gore. It is ever so slightly Nsfw. Bastard follows newlywed, hitch-hiking serial killers, a brother and sister on the run, and a suicidal, alcoholic cop as they get caught in an increasingly bizarre series of murders committed by a masked killer near a mountain-town bed and breakfast. The film, infused with the blood of cult slasher films like The Burning and Halloween, includes a throwback retro score, all practical effects, and stars genre veterans Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch/House Hunting) and Tonya Kay (Raze/Dark Space). Newcomers Ellis Greer, Dan Creed, Will Tranfo,...
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Indie horror feature Bastard is now complete. This slasher feature follows a brother and a sister, with a serial killer stalking a remote town. The film's first spine-ripping trailer shows some of the film's makeup effects and dire scenarios. As well, Bastard stars Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch) and Tonya Kay (Raze). Gorehounds can view all of the torso-shredding action here. The updated synopsis provides more details. The film brings together five strangers. Two are serial killers, another character is a suicidal cop. In the middle of these three, a sister and brother try to stay alive, on an isolated mountain retreat. Bastard is currently seeking distribution. Once distribution is secured, a release date will be announced. For now, fans of practical effects and slasher features can preview more of the film below. The trailer is sure to leave scars. Release Date: Tba. Directors: Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Say what you want about Nic Cage, you gotta admit he is the hardest working man in Hollywood. Sure, most of these erstwhile (often Direct-to-dvd) efforts Cage has been associated with (Drive Angry, Rage, Trespass, Stolen, Season Of The Witch, Frozen Ground, Left Behind..….wow, it’s a long, long list) fall squarely in the sub-b-movie category, but there is the occasional diamond in the rough. Last year’s Joe made my top ten list and the work he did in Bad Lieutenant Port Of Call should have won awards. In his newest, the 12th-century China-set adventure Outcast, Cage plays “The White Ghost” and time he isn’t the leading hero. And it’s no gem. Hayden Christensen, the blank slate blamed for crippling the second wave of Star Wars films is the main protagonist of Outcast and he plays Jacob, the stoical, taciturn, gritty, wandering badass with measured assurance. »
- Tom Stockman
The vintage nastiness of the exploitative cult classic Mark of the Devil gets a pristine revamp from Arrow Video, a favored title from a golden era of new wave British horror that hasn’t had held quite the same reverence as some of the more notable titles of the era, such as Ken Russell’s The Devils, Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man or Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General. The project was inspired by Reeves’ film, who died of an accidental overdose at the age of 25. In hindsight, perhaps, as directed by Michael Armstrong (the film’s screenwriter who often wrote under the pseudonym Sergio Casstner), the title is a bit too familiar in to Reeves, and often feels like the slutty little cousin to the sleazy themes touched upon in the earlier film. Bizarre performances and an unnaturally evocative ambience help overcome the film’s desperate aim to shock with »
- Nicholas Bell
The slasher feature Bastard is nearing completion. This indie horror tale follows a brother and a sister, who are chased by a masked killer. Directors Powell Robinson and Patrick Robert Young have released several stills for the film and a trailer will come this way soon. As well, the film stars horror veteran Rebekah Kennedy (Season of the Witch) and Tonya Kay (Raze). An early look at the film is hosted here. The stills show some of the characters from the film. The killer is shown in one graphic, just off screen. His hook looks to rip into a victim. The other photos show characters chased in a small rural community. Bastard is expected to complete shortly. Post-production will wrap in two weeks. By then, this slasher film fan hopes to preview a copy of the film. All of the available details for Bastard are hosted below. Release Date: Tba. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Why is it so hard to make a satisfying medieval fantasy adventure? We look down on movies like Seventh Son, Season of the Witch, Outcast, and any number of other films for their descent into high camp, but sometimes, one wonders if it's the genre. With its overt appeals to such childlike (or childish, depending on your point of view) things like dragons and witches and spells, maybe it's just hard to take this stuff at face value anymore, unless it was written by J.R.R. Tolkien (and even then, sometimes it’s hard). Has it really been more than three decades since Ladyhawke and Dragonslayer? Was it just a more innocent time back then?Even so, Seventh Son doesn’t appear to have had much of a chance. A strange movie that manages to be both ridiculous and bland, its chief point of interest is the spectacle of a great actor caught in career decline. »
- Bilge Ebiri
I know, I know, I’m as shocked to be writing this review as you are to see me doing so – after the scraping-through-the-bottom-of-the-barrel debacle that was Rage, I thought I’d finally managed to quit Nicolas Cage for good. But that I still ended up watching Outcast (some of it through my fingers, but still watching it, to my great chagrin) just goes to show that the actor is as damnably, despicably addictive as Twinkies or Doritos, with a slightly broader dramatic range. As amusingly bad as he is (and oh is he terrible) in all these direct-to-vod pics, Cage is like a car crash in slow motion – as much as I want to, I just can’t look away.
Fortunately for the actor, Cage isn’t exactly the one false note in an otherwise euphonious symphony. A case could be made that the performer is simply playing to his surroundings. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Screenwriters: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman; Starring:Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill, Samantha Womack; Running time: 128 mins; Certificate: 15
'Colin Firth vs Scum'. In an alternate reality, we'd like to think this movie was given that iconic title. Especially as its most joyous scene involves the former Mr Darcy tackling a pub full of rampaging thugs armed with just an umbrella – and without even one of his immaculately groomed hairs coming out of place or a single expletive emitting from lips that wouldn't scowl if you offered them a blank cheque. The Firth doesn't do disheveled or uncivilised, for as we learn from his character - 'manners maketh man'.
We also discover that the creative forces behind Kick-Ass maketh another belter that puts a dynamic twist on a well-worn genre. Boasting immense performances from Firth as an aristocratic agent and »
The year 2015 is upon us and it’s safe to say that we haven’t lived up to all the expectations filmmakers had for us. Some of their negative predictions might be reflective of what’s come to pass while other less pessimistic ones haven’t quite transpired. I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not the good outweighs the bad when it comes to where humanity sits in the grand scheme of things after watching a few or all of the movies I’ve listed which take place in the year 2015.
Let’s just get the most obvious one out of the way immediately. Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II takes place in three different times, one of which is 2015. In the movie, “Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955” to prevent catastrophic changes to 1985 after dropping in on 2015... “without interfering with his first trip. »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
10 items from 2015
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