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Friday, May 29, 2015

My Review Of 'Shadow World: The Haunting Of Mysti Delane"

Daniel Falicki's "Shadow World: The Haunting Of Mysti Delane" is a chilling haunting tale that blends "First Peoples"/Native magic passed down through the ages by Native American tribes. The film stars Liz Nolan and Peri Jill Phillips. The story follows Mysti Delane who is some what of a trouble and lost girl. Disheartened by the world around her she turns to the other world through a type of Earth magic in an attempt at escapism. Her sister tries desperately to save her from the darkness that followed Mysti home.

The story is a depressing, somber piece of emotional melodrama that delivers. It never loses the energy or haunting movement that is created at the beginning of the film. There is no times were the story falls flat or the energy dies out. It is just a chilling ballet of emotional, and visual surrealism. "Shadow World: The Haunting OF Mysti Delane" is a relatable story for almost anyone. You can strip down to the basic components of dealing with loss, feelings of abandonment and not belonging, never mind the mystical, magical, and paranormal components. That just adds to a well thought out, nicely delivered character study.

The special effects are a carefully balanced mix of shadow/light cinematography with some cool practical effects used during possession scenes that work well to really sell the moment. They don't feel cheap or poorly executed. The surrealism is heavy and theatrical. Dark and yet beautifully framed dreams stained by darkness and the thing that is haunting Mysti. The creature usage is perfect. The way Daniel Falicki chose to bring in the "demon" or "Shadow man" put some real horror in the story that looked creepy as heck.

Overall, "Shadow World" is a mature, well thought out story that never goes for big bangs or "pop corn" moments. It keeps a constant level of atmosphere that is true macabre and "new age-y". Mostly I was impressed with how the whole story and feeling was almost out of step with modern times and handled a spiritual belief system with understanding. I really can't say anything bad about the film. Okay I hated how it just ends the way it does but I get it. It continues the ballet of haunting artistry that is "Shadow World: The Haunting Of Mysti Delane".

My Review Of "Star Leaf"

The trippy sci-fi thriller "Star Leaf" is a journey into the far out. The film is directed by Richard Cranor and stars Julian Gavilanes, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, Russell Hodgkinson, and Richard Cranor. The story is one that is part road trip-three friends take a trip surfing in the great North West Coast. Along the way they decide to search for the fabled "star leaf". The leaf is a strain of pot supposedly brought to earth by ET, or the gods. All is debatable when you are high!

For me personally, I felt the story was a bit flimsy. I get the bringing in elements of extraterrestrial/ contact point, I loved the whole pot from outer space thing, I even respect the bringing in the whole returning, fragile soldier in need, it was the characters themselves. They seemed only mildly developed. At times I just didn't connect with their personal story. Other times the characters and the moments were just spot on!. Directing and the creativity are pretty cool in "Star Leaf". I haven't really scene films on this kind of high outside of Full Moon Horror. 

The special effects for the most part are pretty hokey for the most part. But I think that it was intended and even celebrated by the team behind "Star Leaf". This is really meant for a nice, sometimes disturbing trip "through the crack", or say, "down the rabbit hole". The aliens were cool, and done enough to were they didn't seem completely CGI, often they looked more like practical design. All the extra paranormal/supernatural CGI was used in a trippy, hallucinatory aspect that even though it comes off a bit cheap, it still is fun and entertaining. 

Overall "Star Leaf" is an entertaining, 420 staple. I mean it is better than "Evil Bong" and I get high to that quite a bit. The ending is a more "life lesson" , hallmark moment situation that, I am sorry, but I thought was a bit lame. Plus when the ending is delivered to us I kind of felt the whole movie was built up around that ending concept and its message. I didn't get any real horror from "Star Leaf" , some definite thriller moments, but I love aliens, and pot. Plus anything that spotlights the emotional and psychological conditions a lot of our soldiers return home in is dope! Pun intended! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Behind-the-Scenes With Lianna Liew From “Other Halves”

Today Other Halves, the horror film about a dating app with murderous consequences, released a behind-the-scenes interview with British actress Lianna Liew (Truth Or Dare).  In the film, Lianna plays Elle, who despite coming up with the idea for the app lacks the wherewithal to see it thru to completion.  However, once she discovers the ways in which Other Halves turns motives into actions, she unleashes it on the team with disastrous results.

Other Halves stars Mercedes Manning (Strictly Sexual, Zipper) and Lauren Lakis (Hybrids, Gun Woman) as programmers who develop a revolutionary new dating app called Other Halves. On the night before the app is set to launch, they discover it causes strange side effects: users lose all self-control, becoming amoral, lascivious, violent... evil. They consider shutting the app down, but...

EVIL IS PROFITABLE.


The Red-Band Trailer recently debuted to much acclaim.  Two previous teasers gave us a clever glimpse of the evil properties of the app, the first disguised as a “Start-Up Investor Pitch” and the second teaser announcing the “Public Beta” of the revolutionary dating app.  “Other Halves” will make you think twice before you swipe right.

Other Halves, from One Oh One Radio Pictures, is the feature film debut for director and co-writer Matthew T. Price, and co-writer Kelly Morr.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

US Release Date Announced For "Goldberg & Eisenberg"

Oren Carmi's award winning thriller GOLDBERG & EISENBERG will be released on DVD and VOD in North America by Jinga Films  and MVD with a street date of June 23rd 2015.


Following in the footsteps of recent genre films from Israel (Rabies, Cannon Fodder, Big Bad Wolves), GOLDBERG & EISENBERG won Best Director at Austin Fantastic Fest, Best Actor and Best Music at Screamfest LA and is a welcome addition to the so called new wave of Hebrew Horror.

Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who searches the internet for a girlfriend. After being stood up for a date, he meets Eisenberg, a thug who decides to amuse himself at Goldberg's expense. As Eisenberg stalks Goldberg, his intrusions become increasingly menacing until Goldberg's actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control. 

Teaser Poster Released For "The House On The Frontier"



Check out the teaser poster just released for upcoming horror "The House On The Frontier". The film is directed by Xavier Rull and is currently in pre-production. Not much else is known about "The House On The Frontier" other than as the tagline would suggest, this is a paranormal/supernaturaexploration in to life and the afterlife. 


Tons Of Visual Goodies For "The House With 100 Eyes"

Poster, stills and trailer offer up tons of visual goodies for indie horror "The House With 100 Eyes". The film is being released by Artsploitation Films on June 16th, 2015. I got to say I like the grindhouse, art film, blend that this candy is giving me!

"The House With 100 Eyes" is directed by Jay Lee and Jim Roof and stars Shannon Malone, Larissa Lynch, Liz Burghdorf, Andrew Hopper. The film is a mockumentary that is being described as It’s Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap. 

The grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable. Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned. Filmed entirely through the perspective of Ed’s many cameras, and labeled “one of the greatest horror films of the century” by Film Radar, this film is as shocking as it is slyly satirical about violence and media exploitation.










Get A Taste Of Some Ultra Violent "Splatter Punk" Horror

Check out the teaser art and concept promo video for upcoming ultra violent "Splatter Punk". The film is directed by Erick Wofford and is a homage to the godfather of gore David Schow. "Splatter Punk" has a crowd funding campaign over on Indiegogo right now so check it out!

SPLATTERPUNK! is an action horror anthology film  The film features David Schow's "Blue Amber" and several stories by Wofford, all separate but existing in the same fictional world. The film is expected to be a much more gory version of Richard Linklater's "Slacker" in that certain characters will meet and interact with characters from separate storylines.








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