Saturday, January 26, 2019

Poster And First Image Released For "Deadsight"

A promo poster and first look image has been released for zombie horror "Deadsight". The film is directed by Jesse Thomas Cook and stars Adam Seybold, Liv Collins, and Ry Barrett. No release date announced as of yet.



A man with partial blindness and a young police officer must work together to escape a deadly virus that has spread across Grey County.

New Clip Released For Familia Horror "The Prodigy"


Check out the new clip for familia horror "The Prodigy". Directed by Nicholas McCarthy (The PactAt Devil's Door) from a screenplay by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat TrainPet Sematary), The Prodigy stars Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black), Jackson Robert Scott (It, AMC's Fear the Walking Dead), Peter Mooney (Burden of TruthRookie Blue), and Colm Feore (ThorPearl Harbor). Orion Pictures will release The Prodigy in theaters on February 8th.

"In her much-anticipated foray into the horror-thriller genre, Taylor Schilling stars in THE PRODIGY as Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what - or who - is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry."

Netflix Taps Into Mega-Franchise 'Resident Evil' For Next Series Venture


Netflix will tap into the highly successful mega-franchise 'Resident Evil' for its next series venture. ..

From Deadline]“The plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the exiting mythology. I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise.”
“The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus. While the project is in early stages, the series is expected to incorporate all of Resident Evil’s signature elements, including action sequences and “easter eggs.”

Friday, January 25, 2019

Official Trailer For "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile" Released


The official trailer has dropped for very interesting and strikingly odd biopic "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile", featuring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy. The film is directed by Joe Berlinger and costars John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Lily Collins, Haley Joel Osment, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Jeffrey Donavan, Terry Kinney, and Metallica frontman James Hetfield. 




Sci-fi Horror "After The Lethargy" Hits European Film Market In February


Scifi horror "After The Lethargy" is set to hit the European Film Market this February. The film is directed by Marc Carrete and Andrea Guasch (Submergence), Mark Schardan(Realive), Carlus Fàbrega (El Pacto) and Joe Manjón (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote). The EFM begins February 7th.

A young journalist goes to an old alien abduction site. Here, she finds a strange, hybrid extraterrestrial family. 




New Trailer And Release Details Announced For "Between The Trees"


It was a supposed to be a weekend of fun.

In the tradition of Wrong Turn and The Hills Have Eyes, Uncork’d Entertainment presents Between the Trees – available On Demand this March.

Steve, suffering from a collapsing marriage, invites his three closest friends on a weekend retreat to the mountains only to discover his real troubles are in the trees that surround them. They encounter a deranged killer and their fun weekend becomes a deadly fight for survival.    
 
From director Brad Douglas (Besetment), and starring Greg James (‘’Grimm’’), Michael Draper (‘’Z Nation’’) and Jonny Lee (‘’Hawaii Five-0’’), Between the Trees on Demand and digital HD March 5 and DVD June 11.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Teaser Released For Hitchcockian Thriller "We Die Alone"


A teaser trailer has been released for Hitchcockian thriller "We Die Alone". The film is written and directed by Marc Cartwright. and stars Ashley Jones, Baker Chase Powell and Samantha Boscarino. This one is getting ready for a run on the festival circuit.

Aidan (Baker Chase Powell), is a young man crippled by loneliness and insecurity. He wants nothing more than to experience love, but he compulsively ghosts any connections he makes through dating sites. His co-worker Elaine (Emmy nominated Ashley Jones), generous with her advice and kindness to a fault, encourages Aidan to put himself out there– although, in her heart of hearts, she wishes he would pick up on her feelings for him.

Everything changes when the beautiful but distant, Chelsea (Samantha Boscarino), moves into an apartment across the hall from Aidan’s. The two feel an instant connection based on their refusal to engage in social norms, and bond over an unusual hobby. This chance encounter throws Aidan into a spiral of dangerous infatuation that will alter all three of their lives forever.

Touching on themes of loneliness, obsession, and the brutal nature of relationships, We Die Alone assesses the aftermath of what happens when three isolated people with different ideas about love become dangerously entwined.

Indie Horror HEXERCISE Now Available On DVD


Indie horror "HEXERCISE" is now available on DVD. The film is directed by Matt Cannon and Quinn Arlington Waters. It stars Luke David, Tarralyn Belle, Kelly, Kriegshauser, Brock Vickers, Krystle Ann Griffin, Jeanette Paccifico, Montana, Goodman, Victor Butler, Cary Gottlieb, Liz Wiese and Mark Gleckner.

HEXERCISE is a Low-budget, music laced/silent short horror comedy set in the 1980’s surrounding a fitness center that is built over a once Satanic Church and the fate that falls onto each of the gym members.



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Official Trailer Released For Mario Sorrenti's "Discarnate"


Official trailer has been released for Mario Sorrenti's "Discarnate". The film stars Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Isiah Adams, Ashton Amaba, Chris Coy, and Matt Munroe. 

A neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.



Trailer And Poster Released For "Soldier Of War"

The trailer and poster has been released for nazi zombie horror "Soldier Of War". The film is directed by John Adams and stars John Rhys-Davies. It arrives on VOD March 3rd with a DVD following on April 9th via Uncork’d Entertainment.



Deep in the forest, two boys discover the entrance to a secret military bunker hidden since World War II and inadvertently awaken an undead soldier, who embarks on a grotesque, ritualistic killing spree. A police investigation begins, but one by one the police and other locals are murdered. Only a World War II veteran holds the secret to stop the killings, but will anybody believe him?

Images And Trailer Released For "Shakespeare Shitstorm"


Troma has released a series of images and trailer for upcoming picture "Shakespeare Shitstorm". This time the Troma team headed by Lloyd Kaufman return to Shakespearean farce, first visited in Tromeo and Juliet, taking on The Tempest. Aside from directing in his last film, Kaufman stars, as does Troma alum Debbie Rochon.

Prospero, the brilliant and generous pharma scientist, had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing the execs to wash up in Tromaville. 










Pagan Festival Shout Out: Sementivae

Sementivae, also known as Feriae Sementivae or Sementina dies (in the country called Paganalia), was a Roman festival of sowing.  It was held in honor of Ceres (the goddess of agriculture) and Tellus (Mother Earth). The initial half of the event was a festival in honor of Tellus which ran from January 24 through January 26. 

During the rituals there were offerings to Ceres and Tellus of foods, such as spelled buns, and a pregnant sow (an animal sacred to Demeter also). Small clay discs (oscilla) were then hung on the trees, decorated with various figures. These amulets were designed to ward off evil spirits and negative influences.

Sementivae Feria: Seed Blessing 

Colors: Green and brown
Element: Earth
Altar: Upon cloth of green and brown set all the seeds for the next year, with the seeds saved from last year's garden in bowls in the center.
Offerings: Give seeds to poor farmers and gardeners.
Daily Meal: Vegan. 


Sementivae Feria Invocation

Hear us, Ceres, Mother of the Grain,
You whose breath stirs the seed in the ground,
Though Earth sleeps now in her bed of stone,
We ask for her blessing on these seeds
Which will soon be sowed.
These are our hopes, our dreams,
Our aspirations, all promise and possibilities,
Waiting dry and dormant to be awoken.
Though we will not wake them today,
Soon the time will approach when they shall
Come into the embrace of the warm soil
And blossom into manifestation.
Bless our seeds, Great Ceres,
Mother of the Corn, Spark of the Plowed Earth,
Bless their promise, and ours as well.


(All cry, "Hail Ceres!" Then all surround the seeds and hold their hands over them, and together sing Ohm and Ah in harmonies, to carry Ceres' blessing. The seeds are then placed in a special basket shaped like a cradle, and covered with a cloth, and sung to.)

Chant: Carry our wishes
Carry our hoping
Carry our blessing
Till you be awoken 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

'Dark Shadows' Documentary Narrated By Ian McShane Announced


MPI Media Group announced it has completed production on highly anticipated "Master of Dark Shadows". The comprehensive exploration of cult phenom soap opera and subsequent films of 'Dark Shadows', and series creator Dan Curtis. The documentary directed by David Gregory is due for a spring release. 


"Master of Dark Shadows" reveals the fascinating history, far-reaching impact and lasting appeal of 'Dark Shadows' with a compelling blend of rare footage and behind-the-scenes stories while also exploring the dramatic talents of creator-producer-director Dan Curtis. Narrated by Ian McShane, "Master of Dark Shadows" offers insights from Curtis himself in addition to Oscar-winning writer-producer Alan Ball, screenwriter William F. Nolan, author Herman Wouk.

The documentary will feature series stars Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jerry Lacy, Roger Davis, Marie Wallace, Chris Pennock and James Storm, plus other colleagues and family members.

Dark Comedy "Harpoon" Releases Poster By Artist Christopher Shy

A poster has been released for dark comedy "Harpoon" by Artist Christopher Shy. film is directed by Rob Grant (Mon Ami, 2012) and stars Munro Chambers (Turbo Kid, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Emily Tyra (Code Black), and Christopher Gray (The Mist), with comedian Brett Gelman. 


With his perfect family and perfect upbringing, Richard (Christopher Gray) appears to have it all. So when he thinks that his long-term girlfriend, Sasha (Emily Tyra), and best-friend, Jonah (Munro Chambers), are having an affair, it sends him into a fit of rage that leaves Jonah a bloody mess. Once Jonah and Sasha convince Richard the allegations are false, Richard tries to buy back their trust by taking them out for a day-trip on his family’s yacht.

Tension boils-over once out to sea, and, to make matters worse, the yacht’s engine fails. Stranded without food and supplies, the trio must set aside their differences in order to survive. One part post-modern Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, one part Knife in the Water with the cast of Seinfeld, Harpoon is a wickedly humorous and bloody deconstruction of friendship and love.

Trailer Released For "Into The Dark" Anthology's 'Down'


Check out the trailer for Hulu Original "Into The Dark" Anthology's latest installment 'Down'. The Valentine themed thriller premieres exclusively on Hulu on February 1st. It is directed by Daniel Stamm and stars Natalie Martinez and Matt Lauria. 

'Down' centers on a pair of office workers get trapped in an elevator over a long Valentine’s Day weekend, but what at first promises to be a romantic connection turns dangerous and horrifying in this Blumhouse series.

Horror Icons Unite For Josh Hasty's "Candy Corn"


Horror icons,  Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination franchise), P.J. Soles (Halloween, Carrie), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), and Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31) unite for Josh Hasty's upcoming horror "Candy Corn". The film also stars Sky Elobar, Caleb Thomas, Madison Russ, Cy Creamer, Jimothy Beckholt, Nate Chaney, Patrick Ryan, Justin Mabry, Matt O’Neill, and Jaime Gallagher. 

The effects team features some seriously talented artists including Justin Mabry ( Halloween (2018)) who is the Co-Owner of Trick or Treat Studios, Erik Porn (Pineapple Express, “Scream Queens,” “American Horror Story”), Chris Gallaher (Vice, “Fear the Walking Dead”),  Russ Lukich (Hellboy 1 & 2, Jurassic Park III, Blade: Trinity), and Emmy nominee Dave Hartman (Bubba Ho-Tep, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny).  Cody Varona, the wardrobe designer to Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, has also boarded the team.

Trailer Released For Feminist Horror "The Bellwether"


Giant Pictures has acquired North American digital rights for The Bellwether, writer-director Christopher Morrison‘s thriller shot in an ancient church in Brussels, Belgium. The film is a deeply character-driven genre piece. The horror thriller addresses women’s issues, and features a captivating performance by Alex Reid ( The Descent, BBC’s Misfits).

In the film, “to the outside world Joanne (Reid) is just a bookstore owner, but The Conspiracy knows different. She is dangerous. She is a bellwether: a quiet leader who is well on her way to being her whole self. When they kidnap her to break her, to make her conform, they discover that Joanne is something so much more than even she ever knew. The Conspiracy locks Joanne in a 13th-century chapel and she communicates with her ‘operator‘ only through text and images shown on television. In order to break her, they work on her hidden pain, the fact that she had an abortion four years ago. After standing up to the mental torture, the Conspiracy goes even farther; impregnating her and trying to force her to have the baby. At the moment when she is about to give in, she will either break, or everything will change, for herself and for the Conspiracy.”
Genre and BBC favorite Alex Reid is portraying Joanne. A star of the modern horror classic ‘The Descent’ as well as TV’s ‘The Misfits’ Ms. Reid brings a grounded reality to all of her roles. We are honored to have her as the first actress in English to play the lead in a solo female led film and she creates a tour-de-force performance as Joanne Steiger,” said Morrison.
Producer Juri Koll has announced The Bellwether‘s arrival on February 12th on Digital HD, ahead of the film’s theatrical debut in Los Angeles theaters on February 15th with an L.A. exclusive run at Arena Cinelounge Sunset.

First Look Images Released For "Abeyance"


The first images have been released for upcoming thriller "Abeyance", giving our first look at the Harley Wallen's film. It stars Scout Taylor Compton, Richard TysonBilly Wirth, Yan Birch,  Mel NovakHarley Wallen, Calhoun Koenig and Vida Ghaffari. "Abeyance" comes from Painted Creek Productions.

After a revolutionary invention with great implications Bridget (Erika Hoveland), finds a character flaw in the company they’ve partnered with to develop the prototype that could be the fountain of youth. When she pulls the plug and steps away from their original deal, she soon realizes they will stop at nothing to get it back. After her family gets kidnapped to sway a favorable vote, their hopes rely on their teen daughter Miranda (Angelina Cama) and her unlikely allies, Corey (Damien Chinappi), a suicidal military veteran and Stephanie (Kaiti Wallen), a prostitute.







Tuesday, January 22, 2019

"Next Of Kin" Set For Release This February


Indie horror "Next Of Kin" is set to be released February 26th courtesy of Severin Films. Directed by Tony Williams, the film stars Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, and Alex Scott. Described as "one of the greatest horror movies of the 20th Century", "Next Of Kin" has remained largely unseen in America, a fact that is about to change with new transfer from original Australian vault elements and packed with all-new Special Features.

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

SPECIAL FEATURES: •Commentary with director Tony Williams and producer Tim White
•Commentary with Mark Hartley and cast members Jackie Kerin, John Jarrett, and Robert Ratti
•House of Psychotic Women into by Kier-La Janisse for Morbido TV
•Extended interviews from Not Quite Hollywood
•Return to Monteclare: Location revisit, 2018
•Deleted scenes
•Before the Night is Out: Ballroom footage, 1979
•Original theatrical trailer
•UK VHS trailer
•German theatrical trailer
•Alternate German opening
•Image gallery
•Tony Williams short films

Terror Films Teams With Cyfuno Ventures For Multi-Movie Release


TERROR FILMS has teamed up with CYFUNO VENTURES to release: AFTER DARK, HELL TOWN, ASYLUM THE LOST TAPES and DON’T F*CK IN THE WOODS internationally. These films will appear on: Amazon Prime, Google Play and iFlix; the launch begins this Tuesday, January 29th.
The films, all of which have been released domestically by various distributors, will now be available digitally in multiple countries including: the U.K., Ireland, Asia, Africa and many others.

From Scream Queens to Killer Creatures, Scary-ass Ghosts and Dumb Twenty-Somethings putting themselves in deadly situations, there’s something for everyone in these titles. TERROR FILMS is sharing a promotional sizzle reel (found below) and banner created just for the international release. You can learn more about the films here.


AFTER DARK - Spring break for seven college students is derailed after a flat tire leaves them deserted on a dark road and stranded with a menacing drifter.
HELL TOWN - From award-winning directors Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear and Scream Queen Debbie Rochon comes this special feature presentation comprised of three episodes from the never before released prime-time, melodramatic whodunnit, horror-comedy series.
ASYLUM THE LOST FOOTAGE - A group of amateur ghost hunters go missing after they journey into the bowels of an abandoned Insane Asylum, in a search for evidence of paranormal activity. Video cards, salvaged from the building, reveal the tragic fate of the missing ghost hunters.
DON’T F*CK IN THE WOODS - A group of friends, on a camping trip to celebrate graduating college, soon find their good times ruined when they viciously attacked by a mysterious creature.

To Learn More About Terror Films visit: http://www.terrorfilms.net
More on Cyfuno Ventures visit: https://www.cyfuno.com

"West Of Sunshine" In Theaters this Friday and Available On-Demand Tuesday!


"West Of Sunshine" In Theaters this Friday and Available On-Demand Tuesday! 

Uncork’d Entertainment is proud to announce the North American theatrical and digital release of the acclaimed Australian crime-drama West of Sunshine.

A captivating social-realist story from debut feature filmmaker Jason Raftopoulos, the celebrated film – hot from an outstanding response, complete with standing ovation, at the Venice Film Festival - tells of a father who has less than a day to pay back a gambling debt, while looking after his young son.

Featuring powerful performances from Damian Hill (“The Leftovers”), Ty Perham, Arthur Angel (Red Dog), Kat Stewart (“Underbelly”), Eliza D’Souza (Predestination) and Kaarin Fairfax (“Picnic at Hanging Rock”), Welcome to Sunshine is a “nigh-perfect slice of inner city Australian cinema” (Filmink) that befittingly finds its home alongside Aussie crime drama classics like Chopper and Two Hands.

Synopsis : Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son. Jim's relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son's life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.



Opening theatrically January 25, and releasing on VOD January 22, West of Sunshine is being distributed by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Poster Released For Netflix Thriller "Velvet Buzzsaw"

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Velvet Buzzsaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Rene Russo, and Daveed Diggs. Netflix will release the film on February 1st. Check out the official poster for the film below. Check out the trailer here: http://asouthernlifeinscandaloustimes.blogspot.com/2019/01/trailer-released-for-netflix-horror.html?


A Clip Has Surfaced For Psychological Horror "Wretch"


An exclusive clip has surfaced for psychological horror "Wretch". The film is due on digital and OnDemand on January 29th via ThoughtFly Films. Described as "The Blair Witch Project on acid,"

Wretch is written and directed by Brian Cunningham, whose previous films include the horror-comedy Overtime, the acclaimed haunted house documentary Monsters Wanted, and the recent Loss Prevention, starring former WWE Superstar Al Snow and veteran actor Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando).

Wretch follows three friends struggling to piece together fractured memories after a drug-fueled night in the woods. In the process, they’re forced to confront guilt, jealousy, and a supernatural presence that threatens to expose their true natures.



Official Trailer Released For Horror Series 'Welcome To Daisyland'


The official trailer has been released for original horror series 'Welcome To Daisyland'. The series is set to premier Valentine's Day, February 14th  on BlackBoxTV. It stars Pepi Sonuga, Jarrett Sleeper, Sam Aotaki,  and George Todd Mclachlan among the cast.

WELCOME TO DAISYLAND is a horror anthology series set behind the gates of the Daisyland Carnival, a music & mayhem shadow show. The carnival is a small but legendary one that began its run sometime in the early 1970s. No one knows for sure exactly when, only that is has appeared every fall, across the country in a series of vacant lots and overgrown fields, far from the reach of city lights and the law.
Once the gates have closed and all the patrons have gone home, the cast of the carnival comes to life. Each member of the troupe has a dark gift and job to fulfill, as Daisyland is a place for the collection of souls.

Daisyland open from dark to dawn. Where dreams come true and nightmares begin.



https://welcometodaisyland.com/home/

Trailer Released For Indie Horror "Silhouette"


The trailer had been released for indie horror "Silhouette". The film comes from writer / director Mitch McLeod. It stars April Hartman, Tom Zimbrod, Jessica Dawn Willis, Savannah Solsbery and Suzanne Racz.

Silhouette is the story of Jack and Amanda Harms who, after the passing of their young daughter, set out into seclusion to begin their lives anew. Quickly upon their arrival, things go awry when the sins of their past come back to haunt them.




Horror Anthology ‘Folklore’ Coming To HBO Streaming Platforms


HBO Asia original horror anthology 'Folklore' will be coming to all HBO streaming platforms, making the popular horror series available to all viewers.  Folklore will be available to stream on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO OnDemand beginning on February 1st. 

The six-part series episodes take place across Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, telling story’s by different creatives to bring some of that countries superstitions to life. The six directors featured in 'Folklore' include Indonesia’s Joko AnwarLee Sang-Woo from Korea, Ho Yuhang from Malaysia, Eric Khoo from Singapore, Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang from Thailand, and Japan’s Takumi Saitoh.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Trailer Released For Season Two 'American Gods'


The official trailer has been released for Starz series 'American Gods'. The series stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mouse Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. Season two premieres March 10th. 

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

New Teaser Released For "Shazam!"


A new teaser trailer has been released for "Shazam!". The film hits theatres April 5th and is directed by Davide Sandberg. It stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, and Mark Strong, as well as Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Faithe Herman,  Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milansand Djimon Hounsou.

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).




My Review Of "The Pinch"


"The Pinch" is a crime thriller directed by Ashley Scott Meyers. It stars Gunner Wright, James Aston Lake, and Candice Bolek. The film is a blend of urban gangland lore and classic noir with a touch of Tarantino's influence.

When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom.

"The Pinch" is a relatively straightforward crime thriller, last-man-out story. Filmed in true indie style the premise transitions from a Tarantino-esque mob mentality into a sort of pulp styled "Lucky Number Slevin". The characters are lacking full development to really set life to Meyers vision,  but there is enough there to connect with them on a basic level. I found the protagonist loveable but tragic but I never fully understood why he was this way.

The cast all give pretty decent performances, a few felt slightly contrived but overall the acting really brought the story to life. I didn't, however,  feelike that the tongue-in-cheek satire written in as comic relief, was necessary. It stepped a bit to far in spoof territory, pulling from the darker overture of the actual plot. It didn't quite hit the pulp film mark. But those moments aside the movie is very watchable, and easily likeable. If crime noir is a favorite genre,  give "The Pinch" a go. (3/5)

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