Saturday, August 17, 2019

My Review Of "Perfect Skin"

Bob, a cordial tattoo artist just found out he has Parkinson’s, a disease that will end his life long career. With the clock ticking, Bob’s obsessed with creating one final masterpiece before his body deteriorates. Just then he meets Katia, a young Polish woman with perfect, unblemished, untouched skin. He needs his final canvas, so he offers Katia a free tattoo, but she declines. Bob cannot accept NO for an answer, so he kidnaps Katia, locks her in a cell and goes to work on her blank canvas of a body. 

"Perfect Skin" is an impressive body horror that walks the line between sadism and sensuality. The film is directed by Kevin Chicken and stars Richard Brake, Natalia Kostrzewa, and Jo Woodcock.

The story is a dark character study on an artist's obsessed nature as his desire to create a masterpiece of body art on the perfect skin, and the manifestation of truly sinister actions he takes. It is all done with an almost breathless calm as a psychological drama destorts into something almost akin to bondage fetish. Of course Chicken never steps into such exploitational domain. He manages a hypnotic, intimate thriller that gingerly blurs the lines between body modification art and horror. 

The casting is perfection. The characters are strong, recognizable people we can all relate to, and who doesn't know "that" tattoo guy. Which makes the film more personable and terrifying. The direction that Chicken takes, going for more, subtle-suggestive expressions of horror, while still crsating a chilling story is beyond impressive for a directorial debut. 

"Perfect Skin" isn't your standard full-throttle psycho killer film. It stays more subdued as it creates a gradual tension. Most of the film's setting hangs closer to late 2000's exploitation/torture motif, never letting you forget that this is a horror movie. Plus, what gore is onscreen is enough to garner approval from any visceral driven horror fan. 

Overall I really liked "Perfect Skin". This isn't usually my subgenre, but the story, and characters are so real any one from ripped-from-the-headlines thriller fans to giallo inspired hardcore fans can get into it. Add to that some great cinematography and sweet music score and "Perfect Skin" is one to watch. My only negative would be that I didn't care for the ending- the last few frames. (4/5)

My Review Of "The Pining"

"The Pining" is a supernatural horror with crime thriller noir aspirations. The film is written and directed by Eduardo Castrillo and produced by Uncia Films. It stars Diogo Hausen (The Dark Knight Rises), Tom Sizemore (Mission OverlordBlack WakeHalloweed; et al), Jackie Dallas (Stranger Things) and Natalie Gibson.

When members of Joe’s therapy group start dying under mysterious circumstances, Detective Harris is forced to reopen a cold case. Her only lead: burnt-out priest Father William  – the group therapy leader who seems to know more than what is in his police statements…

And the movie is as vague as the synopsis reads. Keep it handy, you may wanna refer back to it through the course of watching the movie. You will be as confused and full of questions as the generic detective struggling to solve this case. There's no consistency or proper train of thought going on to anchor the scenes coherently or to allow for the viewer to connect to the writer/director's vision. 

There are moments that almost spark some legitimate indie quality. The scenes between the photographer and love-interest model flow easily and naturally. Unfortunately just as you let go of the irritation over lack of understandable story development, editing flaws come along to kill the mood. I swear I saw a couple of scenes play out in different variants of the same scene.

As far as the horror elements go, I liked the body count, I appreciated the follow through on the effects, even with such low-budget quality. There's a few cool kill moments in "The Pining". I have seen plenty of low-budget, homemade horror movies that have either created good horror elements or blew it totally. Now this film definitely blows it, just not so much in the horror, as in every where else.  I don't recommend this one unless you just wanna see Tom Sizemore for what little time he is on screen. (2/5)



Epic Pictures and DREAD are thrilled to release the brand new poster and trailer for Josh Hasty's feature film, CANDY CORN, releasing on VOD and Blu-ray on September 17th!

It’s Halloween weekend and a group of bullies are planning their annual hazing on local outcast, Jacob Atkins. When they take things too far, he’s resurrected to seek revenge against those that wronged him.
CANDY CORN is written & directed by Josh Hasty (In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn), starring P.J. Soles (Halloween), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn), Tony Todd (Candyman), Pancho Moler (3 from Hell), Sky Elobar (The Greasy Strangler), Caleb Thomas (The Terror of Hallow's Eve), Lovlee Carroll (Anabolic Life), Matt O'Neill (Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper), and introducing Nate Chaney.

Produced by Josh Hasty, Courtney Gains and Matt O’Neill alongside executive producers Tony Todd, James Claeys (Local Boogeyman Productions) Justin Mabry (Trick or Treat Studios), Lindsey Kowalski, Benjamin Scrivens (Fright Rags), and Johnny Cooper. CANDY CORN is the first production financed by Local Boogeyman Productions. 
The award-winning SFX make-up team includes Justin Mabry (sculptor of the Michael Myers mask in the 2018 Halloween & co-owner of Trick or Treat Studios), Chris Gallaher (ViceFear the Walking Dead) and Erik Porn (Scream QueensAmerican Horror Story). Additional accredited effects team includes Russ Lukich (Hellboy 1&2, Jurassic Park III) and Emmy nominee, Dave Hartman (Transformers: PrimeBubba Ho-Tep) with costume design by Cody Varona (wardrobe designer to stars, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Guns ‘n’ Roses).

Friday, August 16, 2019

My Review Of "The Mummy Rebirth"

"The Mummy Rebirth" is written by Justin Price and co-directed with Khu. The film is a supernatural horror revisiting the classic Mummy horror story. It stars Carter, David E. Cazares, Deanna Grace Congo  Shamel Hashish and Brittany Goodwin.

Two treasure hunters uncover a sealed tomb and awaken a mummy that has waited years to come back and wipe humanity from the face of the Earth. It’s a race against time as they try to stop the Mummy from wreaking havoc on the modern world…

The story is adventurous. Much more than what a movie production of this caliber can generally accomplish. There are familiar tropes, obvious set-up points and very stereotypical characters. The film plays along the lines of "The Mummy" ( Brendan Fraser's). It opens up almost drawing from Tomb Raider influences. And had it not gotten of with such a drawn out start, might have garnered some enthusiasm. 

I wasn't expecting a lot from the film, to be honest. Movies about mummies tend to let me down. Still Price and his team should be applauded. They went for something big and they went all in. The production staff, casting, CGI team, everything (even as much falls flat) shows total commitment and unified vision for bringing the story together. I just got the impression it was a small story stretched out way too much, in order to create a feature length story with very little substantial matter worked in. 

That being said, "The Mummy Rebirth" picks up a little half way through the middle and really kicks up the adventure side. As tacky as I thought the CGI effects were, they did provide enough to match a lot of the early 2000's Syfy stuff. Plus I loved the creature design for the mummies and the settings and backdrops rocked. 

Overall this one will appeal to a small select low-budget audience. The majority of horror fans who aren't as forgiving when it comes to quality and substance will not, still "The Mummy Rebirth" isn't the worst Mummy film I have seen lately. Oh and I almost forgot, the thing basically turns into a Kaiju monster movie by the end. (2.5/5)

Trailer Released For Horror Thriller "After She Wakes"

Check out the trailer for upcoming horror thriller "After She Wakes". Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, acquired the U.S. rights with plans to release the film on VOD in December. It is directed by David A. Clark and stars Hannah Ward (Ballistic)Conrad Goode (Con-air, The Longest Yard), Nicola Lambo (“American Crime Story”, “Will & Grace”) and Micah Parker (“Mob City”, “Vampire Diaries”, “Lola Versus”).

A narcoleptic mother who suffers from terrifying sleep disruptions as she tries to deal with ongoing grief following the tragic death of her infant son. 
Her family begins experiencing different episodes of parasomnia including night terrors and sleep paralysis, leaving them unable to move and only able to witness horrific visions. These nightmares become too disturbing as they create a rift in their own realities causing the mother to believe someone or something is watching her sleep every night.

New Trailer Released For Upcoming Horror "Gags The Clown"

A new trailer has been released for upcoming horror "Gags The Clown". The film is getting ready for a September 3rd limited theatrical and VOD release. It is directed by Adam Krause and stars horror veteran Lauren Ashley Carter. 

"Gags The Clown" is inspired by the viral media frenzy and worldwide phenomenon of ‘clown roaming’ sparked by his sixteen-minute short film “Gags” in 2016.

The film unfolds during a single night in Green Bay, Wisconsin when a mysterious clown bearing ominous black balloons appears to terrorize the town. As a local news reporter scrambles to reveal Gags’ true identity and the police attempt to maintain order in a city that is starting to go clown crazy, a group of high schoolers see Gags’ arrival as an excuse to cause a little copycat trouble themselves. Throwing even more gas on this dumpster-fire night, a far-right podcast host seeking law and order decides to live stream his “clown hunt” on social media as the world watches on in horror.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Trailer Released For Serial Killer Horror "Bloodline"

Check out the trailer for upcoming serial killer horror "Bloodline". Momentum Pictures and Blumhouse will release the film September 20th in theatres and On Demand. The film stars Seann William Scott (American Pie franchise, “Lethal Weapon”), Mariela Garriga (Nightmare Cinema, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), Dale Dickey (Leave No Trace, Hell or High Water) and Kevin Carroll (Velvet Buzzsaw, “The Leftovers”).

Social worker Evan (Seann William Scott) who values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learn that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Two New Clips Released For 'American Horror Story: 1984'

Check out the new clips released for 'American Horror Story: 1984'. The series returns September 18th and sees series alum Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, and John Carroll Lynch return. The Camp Redwood Killer will also take a shot at series newcomers Gus Kensworth, Zach Villa, DeRon Horton, Matthew Morrison, and Angelica Ross.

Also check out the clip released earlier.

"Malevolence 3: Killer" Coming To Blu-Ray And DVD This October

"Malevolence 3: Killer" is coming To Blu-Ray / DVD On October 15th

Malevolence 3: Killer is written, produced and directed by Stevan Mena (Brutal Massacre: A Comedy). The film stars Katie Gibson, Kevin McKelvey (Malevolence, HBO’s “The Wire”), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Ashley Wolfe (Casino Jack), The final chapter celebrates the 15th anniversary of the launch of the cult classic independent horror trilogy.

Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin Bristol is dam-aged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse. Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin’s trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin’s family, mourning his disappearance for years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it’s too late, or will Perkins have to use excessive force to bring him down?

New Poster And Trailer Released For Sci-fi Flick "Eternal Code"

A new poster and trailer has been released for sci-fi flick "Eternal Code". The film is written and directed by Harley Wallen and stars Richard Tyson (Black Hawk Down), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 & 2). Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), Yan Birch (Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Erika Hoveland (Injustice For All), Damien Chinappi (Betrayed), Kaiti Wallen (Moving Parts), Angelina Danielle Cama (Abstruse), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Shane Hagedorn (Wild Faith), Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song) and Calhoun Koenig (Law & Order SVU) costars.

Breaking all moral and ethical codes, a genetic research company has developed a miracle device to sustain human life for the rich and powerful. When the company’s CEO (Erika Hoveland) refuses to approve these illegal methods, she and her husband (Billy Wirth) are kidnapped by a team of mercenaries (Scout Taylor-Compton, Harley Wallen) hired by Oliver (Richard Tyson) to keep them out of the way. Fearing for her parents’ lives, their teenage daughter (Angelina Danielle Cama) must develop an unlikely ally (Damien Chinappi) to save her parents from those who would kill to live forever.

Vision Films and Painted Creek will showcase the world premiere screening of Eternal Code at the TLC Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on September 4th. It will be released on all major cable platforms and on VOD including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Vudu, and FandangoNow on September 6th.

Post-apocalyptic Drama "Light of My Life" To Release On Home Entertainment This October

Post-apocalyptic Drama Light of My Life will Show on Home Entertainment Formats this October

Paramount Home Entertainment will release Casey Affleck's "Light Of My Life" on Blu-ray and DVD this October. The film, currently available digitally, stars Tom Bower (Out of the Furnace), Anna Pniowsky and Elizabeth Moss. It will be released October 8th. 

"Light Of My Life" takes place after a plague, which has killed most females on the planet. Now, a father is doing his best to help his daughter survive, in this very different world.

A father and daughter are living on the fringes of society, after a pandemic has reduced the world's population in half. With almost no women on the planet, one man is tested by humanity as the world devolves into chaos.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Official Trailer Released For Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite"

The official trailer has been released for Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite". The film will be in U.S theaters October 11th. Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.
By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game."

First Official Images Released For "3 From Hell"

Check out the first official images released for Rob Zombie's "3 From Hell". The film stars Bill MoseleySid HaigSheri Moon ZombieRichard BrakeRichard RiehleJeff Daniel PhillipsSean WhalenKevin JacksonRichard EdsonPancho MolerDanny TrejoDot-Marie JonesTom PapaDavid UryEmilio Rivera, Dan RoebuckDee Wallace and Austin Stoker. It is due out theatrically September for three nights only, 16th17th18th.



Based on the children's books that spooked a generation, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is now a major motion picture. Fright-Rags honors the film's release with exclusive shirts. They also have new House apparel and newly-created Garbage Pail Kids inspired by horror classics.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark embraces the haunting illustrations from the books, and Fright-Rags transposes that imagery onto two shirts from the film. One features a photo of Harold the scarecrow, while the other is an original design with four monsters.

Enter Fright-Rags' House collection at your own risk. Horror comes home on a tee with Big Ben from the '80s cult classic, as well as a shirt for The Horror Show (also known as House III) and an enamel pin based on the House poster, which features a severed hand with sliding action.

Fright-Rags has created more new Garbage Pail Kids based on classic horror movies. Designed by GPK artist Brent Engstrom, the line offers shirts inspired by My Bloody Valentine, Maximum Overdrive, It, and an amalgam of slasher icons.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, House, and Garbage Pail Kids collections are on sale now at

 SHUDDER And TERROR FILMS Release First Sneak Peek Clip From "Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire"

SHUDDER and TERROR FILMS present the first sneak peek clip from the third installment of the popular Hell House LLC franchise from director Stephen Cognetti and producer Joe Bandelli.
In the clip, “Touch the Clown,” Jane (Bridgid Abrams) is dared by some of her fellow “Insomnia” castmates to record herself walking into the basement alone and touching one of the original Hell House LLC clowns on the nose. 
Guests both past and present will be forced to battle for their souls in Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire, as all is revealed about the infamous Abaddon Hotel and the evil that dwells there. Set one year after the events of Hell House LLC II, the hotel is on the verge of being torn down, when it is purchased by billionaire Russell Wynn (Gabriel T. Chytry) as the new home for his popular interactive show “Insomnia.” He invites journalist Venessa Sheppard (Elizabeth Vermilyea) and her crew to record everything happening inside the hotel, leading up to the performance. But, they soon encounter a more nefarious plot, one that threatens to unleash a veritable hell-on-earth.

"DRAGON KINGDOM" From Visionary Director Simon Wells On Digital And DVD This September

DRAGON KINGDOM From Visionary Director Simon Wells On Digital and DVD

From the effects team behind Harry Potter, and acclaimed filmmaker Simon Wells comes rousing fantasy-adventure Dragon Kingdom, on DVD and Digital this September from Uncork’d Entertainment.

To save their Kingdom from the Dark Lord's army, a mighty and courageous legion of warriors must travel through the forbidden lands fighting the fearsome fire breathing monsters of The Dark Kingdom, a land that swallows all who enter, in order to rescue their King.

Ross O’Hennessy, Ben Loyd-Holmes, Rebecca Dyson-Smith, Zara Phythian, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Jemma Moore and Mike Mitchell

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

My Review Of "Is That You? (¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?)

Cuban horror "Is That You? (¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?)" is directed by Rudy Riverón Sánchez and stars Gabriela Ramos, Lynn Cruz, Eslinda Núñez , Osvaldo Doimeadiós, and Jorge Enrique Caballero. This atmospheric psychological thriller is Riverón's feature debut.

Lili, a young girl living in the Cuban countryside, and her mother, are trapped in a modest shack by her domineering father. When he suddenly disappears, Lili decides to carry out a ritual to help bring him back...leading her to uncover a disturbing truth about his disappearance.

That synopsis is slightly more innocent than the truth of the story's subject matter. Same with Lili the main character. Riverón places her in a much darker, ambiguous position. The film is slow, depressive and methodical with damaged characters going through some disturbing situations. 

The cast give excellent performances bringing this flawed and scarred family to life. They all seem to be zombie walking through their existence. It creates a haunting atmosphere that is relentless in the way it grips you. The slow pace can at moments become annoying and there are moments when it could have benefited from a little speed. Still I get what the director was going for. 

Most of the film's horror is subjective, really playing on the psychological nature of the story's material. The overall nature of these characters relationships create an atmosphere of tension and danger. The soundtrack adds an unnerving edge. This isn't a shock horror or heavy thriller with jump scares. Everything is minimal, except the cruelty on display. Plus asthetically, the look and feel of the film pulls heavy from traditional horror, both in setting and character. 

Overall "Is That You?" is a nice psychological horror for indie fans looking into dark character study films that use atmosphere to frame people's darker sides. If you go in thinking this is a gory, thriller then you will be disappointed. This film goes deeper than that, and in a slow, disturbing way. I say check it out. (4/5)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Cuban Horror "IS THAT YOU?" Arrives to North American Audiences

LA Theatrical, DVD/VOD Release (8/2, 8/13)--Gripping, Suspenseful Multi-Award-Winning Cuban Horror IS THAT YOU? Arrives to North American Audiences

The gripping, suspenseful feature IS THAT YOU? (¿ERES TÚ, PAPÁ?), the debut film from award-winning filmmaker Rudy Riverón Sánchez and the first psychological horror film made in Cuba will be available August 13th on DVD/VOD. 

The film will also be available on Vudu, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, and through local cable & satellite providers.

First Trailer Released For Indie Horror "The Dark Red"

The first trailer has been released for "The Dark Red". The cult thriller comes from genre filmmaker Dan Bush and stars April Billingsley, Conal ByrneBernard Setaro ClarkJill Jane ClementsJohn CurranRhoda Griffis, and Kelsey Scott. You can check out the UK teaser below.

A young woman who is committed to a psychiatric hospital and claims her newborn was stolen by a dark cult, a "secret society to harvest its supernatural blood". But is it true or is she just delusional? 

Trailer Released For Indonesian Horror "Lorong"

Check out the trailer for Indonesian horror "Lorong". The film is set to be released in its native country September 12th. It is directed by Hestu Saputra from a screenplay written by Andy Oesman. "Lorong" stars Winky Wiryawan (The Uninvited), Prisia Nasution (The Curse), Nova Eliza, T. Rifnu Wikana, Gesata Stella, Josephine Firmstone, David Santoso and Ade Firman Hakim.

Waking up after giving birth, Mayang is informed by Reza, her husband, that their first baby has died. Both of them experience tremendous depression. Mayang cannot accept it. Everyone at the hospital is sure that she is hallucinating.

Mayang contacts the police to look for a bright spot in this strange case. Doctor Vera who helped her give birth, provides evidence: the document of her baby’s death with several photographs of the incident. Choosing not to give up, she begins to be considered insane by some people in the hospital, including her own husband. Moreover, she feels to be followed by a spirit…

Official Trailer Released For Medieval Horror "The Cleansing"

The official trailer has been released for upcoming medieval horror "The Cleansing". The film is directed by Antony Smith from a screenplay by co-producer David Shillitoe. It stars Luke Bailey, Simon Pengelly, Rhys Meredith and Rebecca Acock. 

Set in a small isolated village in 14th century Wales, Alice is a sixteen year old girl who is accused of being a witch and causing the plague that has ravaged the village, taking the lives of many, including Alice's own father. When it is revealed that Alice has been hiding her mother's infection, she is forced to watch The Cleanser, an ominous masked figure, brutally dispatch her mother. The town preacher and de-facto leader Tom has eyes for Alice, and subjects her to five torturous trials after she spurns his advances. Escaping the night before her execution, with the help of her mother's friend Mary, she flees into the forest and discovers the secluded hut of a mysterious healer, with his own troubled past and demons to face. He nurses her back to health, and teaches her how to exact revenge upon those that persecuted her.

STRANGER THINGS Meets Scooby Doo In DEBUNKERS.INC - Available September

STRANGER THINGS meets Scooby Doo in DEBUNKERS.INC / Available September on Demand

Stranger Things meets Scooby Doo in director Matt Thompson's family-friendly high school murder mystery, DEBUNKERS, INC. released September 3 from Prolific Pictures.

The Debunkers are a band of amateur detectives, who will do anything to become heroes (and make a buck while they’re at it). The hero’s code names are Link, Snake and Dr. Mario— named after their favorite video game characters.

Link, the CEO and leader, is more interested in the look of the business, rather than doing business. Doc, the CIO (Chief Investigative Officer) is Link’s honorable, trustworthy friend who is happy to bring along a new friend, Sheik (the intern, a Canadian foreign exchange girl), to join the group… and then there’s Snake (the Vice President of Clandestine Maneuvers, and Secretary), the mysterious wild-card who thinks he’s really a ninja and life is a series of video-game levels. Together these are the Debunkers, the self-proclaimed “premiere Mystery Debunking business in the state of California.”

These boys are willing to fake it till they make it, and so far they’ve solved only a handful of petty mysteries, but they’re about to get the assignment of a lifetime. During their first day of senior year of high school, two desperate girls, Heather and Joyce, call upon their help to solve the mystery of the murder of their friend, Nina Galanosa. The Debunkers, eager as ever to prove themselves, quickly agree, but soon begin to deal with expectations of reality.

Josh Pinkowski, Izzy Pollak, Blake Kevin Dwyer, Nicole Dubois, Eilise Guilfoyle, Cayla Green, Tennyson Shanahan, Matthew Law, Suzana Norberg, Joe Paulson and Ryan Andrews star in a Matt Thompson film.

. will be released on Sep 3 on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes and GooglePlay.

 Tattoo Horror "Perfect Skin" Bleeds Ink This September

West Hollywood, CA: Tattoo Horror Perfect Skin Bleeds Ink this September 10th on DVD through Indican Pictures

Perfect Skin is a horror thriller from director Kevin Chicken and writer Dusan Tolmac. Recently released on Digital formats, this title involves a psychopathic tattoo artist, who targets a beautiful, young Polish woman for his next work-of-art. Kidnapping her, Bob hopes to utilize her flesh, to create a macabre and permanent creation. This title stars Richard Brake (3 from Hell), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Looking Glass) and Jo Woodcock. Indican Pictures will release Perfect Skin, on DVD, this September 10th!
Perfect Skin’s story is set in London. Here, a mysterious tattoo artist (Brake)  turns his attention to a woman, whose unblemished skin could be the perfect canvas. However, Katia (Kostrzewa) likes the skin she is in and how it is; she rejects his offer. The two characters collide in Bob’s tattoo parlour, with Katia’s life set to be turned on its head, in this exciting tale of creativity corrupted by madness.

Perfect Skin has recently debuted on Digital formats, this past August 6th. Now, the film is set to show on DVD, through Indican, in early September. Film fans can get their copies on September 10th, with Perfect Skin set to shock audiences with one of this year’s most disturbing film releases!

SEEDS In Theaters And On Demand This September

Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment present SEEDS, in theaters September 13 and on VOD/DVD September 24.
Starring Trevor Long, star of Netflix drama Ozark, nominated for 9 Emmy Awards, director Owen Long’s SEEDS is a gothic horror about a man haunted by his dark past while pursuing some self-care on the New England coast.
After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.
Andrea Chen, Garr Long, and Kevin Breznahan star opposite Trevor Long in an Owen Long film Seeds, written by Steven Weisman, out this September from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork'd Entertainment.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

My Review Of "Reborn"

"Reborn" is a paranormal horror released by Jinga Films. The film is directed by Julian Richards and stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Michael Pare (Streets Of Fire), Chaz Bono (American Horror Story), Rae Dawn Chong (Commando), Monte Markham (We Are Still Here) and introducing talented newcomer Kayleigh Gilbert. It is described as a nostalgic celebration to classic horror.

Reborn is a contemporary Frankenstein story about a stillborn baby girl brought back to life by an electrical storm before being abducted from hospital by a morgue attendant. On her sixteenth birthday, empowered with the gift to manipulate electricity, she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her. 

The film really does have a classic horror feel, the almost supernatural fantasy-inspired atmosphere surrounding such a paranormal tale is instantly intriguing. And there is very clear references to Stephen King's stuff, the tragic nature of Tess' origin story and ongoing troubled existence is reminiscent of both Carrie and Charlie oozes from this character. The whole telekinesis aspect aside, "Reborn" really does play like a video rental from the past.

The characters are rich and engaging. I would have loved a bit more time spent on exploring the dynamic between the story's two main characters, but if more kills supplants stronger story arc then I'm cool with it. "Reborn" does have some flaws, for one it moves too fast for any real connection to develop between audience and character. The second I will get to in a moment. The cast is great. There are recognizable genre actors attached to this one and they all deliver. Especially newcomer Gilbert. Her and Crampton's time on screen is a sweet spot for this movie.

The special effects in "Reborn" are mixed, both in technique and quality. Usually a paranormal film has some leeway when using CGI. And for the most part this film has some shinning moments, blending CGI effects to enhance more practical stunts. However some moments come off cheaper than what this film deserves. That being said, there is some quality kills in "Reborn", and one really awesome jump scare, brutal kill that got me- got me good! Definitely check it out. (4/5)

My Review Of "Velocipastor"

"Velocipastor" is a fun, indie horror comedy written and directed by Brendan Steere. The film stars Gregory James Cohan, Alyssa Kempinski, Claire Hsu, Daniel Steere, Yang Jiechang, Jesse Turits, Fernando Pacheco de Castro, and Aurelio Voltaire. "Velocipastor" is truly destined for cult comedy classic status, blending supernatural whimsy with a tongue-in-cheek at spiritual conviction. 

After a devastating family tragedy, a priest travels to China to find deeper spirituality, but instead is endowed with an ancient ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first, he is horrified by his newfound superpower, but a local prostitute convinces him to use his newfound gift to fight evil – and ninjas.

I fully expected to go into this movie finding it too ridiculous to review seriously. And yeah, in a way I was right. "Velocipastor" is ridiculous, it can't be taken seriously but I enjoyed every minute of it. It becomes clear very early that this movie means to be over-the-top. Much like classic horror comedies in the past, "Full Moon High", and "Pandemonium", this film knows it is absurd comedy and total cheese. 

Brendan Steere understands perfectly well the type of film he is making, and he was smart enough to gather a cast and crew who were in on the joke too. Some of the acting obviously falls short and it is a tightrope walk getting this story from scene one to the end without total collapse. Still, somehow, everything holds together with fun, entertaining craziness. And genuine laughs.

The effects are a blend of cheap CGI and low tech practical effects that fit inbetween gaming graphics and Adult Swim stuff. It would have been cool if more focus on creating a darker raptor had been taken, but still, it is a movie about a young priest turning into a dinosaur so the puppet/costume seems fitting. I have to add that "Velocipastor" has a cool soundtrack. And the whole music video montage in the center was entertaining as heck!

Overall this isn't gonna be everyone's take on "Velocipastor". And I get it, a lot of people can only get into spoof horror if it has a big budget to sell the jokes. I enjoyed this film. It is silly, over-the-top, and entertaining. It doesn't take itself serious but everyone involved were serious about creating this tongue-in-cheek bit of satire. (3/5)

Filming The Great Getaway: My Interview With Writer, Director And Star Of "The Refuge"- Keith Sutliff

KS Pictures released action thrill-ride, "The Refuge", follows a getaway driver who finds himself in harm's way when he gets caught up in a job involving casino heist. The film comes from acclaimed filmmaker Keith Sutliff, who wrote, directed and starred as the film's lead. "The Refuge" released theatrically this past June. 

A Los Angeles resident since 2012, Keith Sutliff is originally from Tampa FL. After starting production company, KS Pictures LLC, he has gone on to produce, write, and direct multiple short films before making his first feature film in 2016- "The Mason Brothers". Now Sutliff has returned with his most recent action thriller, here is what he had to say about his filmmaking process and inspiration.

ASOUTHERNLIFEWhere did the inspiration come from for "The Refuge"?
KEITH SUTLIFF: I always wanted to create a driver film for years. A getaway driver film to be specific. There has been so many great getaway driver films over the years. This has been a type of film I have always loved growing up. Also I wanted to create the sensation that the audience is in the backseat with this getaway driver doing jobs around town at night. A lot of the film is shot from the back seat. Like the old Back To The Future or Transformers ride at Universal Studios. You are in the back seat of this car driving around town (Los Angeles). The video game Grand Theft Auto is kinda like this too as the main character is doing all these jobs around town in a car. I wanted that video game type story line.

ASOUTHERNLIFE: Was this a passion project?
KEITH SUTLIFF: For sure! All my films are. Touching base more from above. I have always loved driver films growing up and Grand Theft Auto the video game.

ASOUTHERNLIFE: As the film's director what was the hardest part of filming?
KEITH SUTLIFF: Balancing all the jobs. Directing while acting in the film as the lead, managing the project as a whole from a producers stand point even while on set, filming at night around Los Angeles at many locations.

ASOUTHERNLIFE: Did you go into the creative process with complete understanding you would play the story's lead?
KEITH SUTLIFF: Yes for sure. I always wanted to play the role of a getaway driver since moving to Los Angeles about 7 years ago. I didn't believe anyone would give me that opportunity to act in such a role so I made my own role and film of it.

ASOUTHERNLIFEDid knowing you were going to be the film's lead make it easier or harder both in writing the script and directing?
KEITH SUTLIFF: And which do you enjoy more, the acting or the directing? I think it made it easier. Because I knew what I wanted for the character when writing it and also what shots I wanted to show the story on screen as a director. I enjoy them both a lot. But I think I like directing a lot because the director is the overall vision of the film and how it will be displayed on screen.

ASOUTHERNLIFE: What can fans expect with "The Refuge"?
KEITH SUTLIFF: They can expect a cerebral type thriller film centered around a getaway driver at night in Los Angeles. A film that is centered and told through actions on screen carried out by music with not a ton of dialogue in scenes. Kinda like 2001 A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick or some of the older classical films from the early 1900s. The film shows a lot of the behind the scenes of this getaway driver preparing for jobs. It is not a car chase action movie and was not supposed to be. It really focuses on the music and actions on screen as mentioned before.

ASOUTHERNLIFEWhat other projects do you have in works, both starring and directing?
KEITH SUTLIFF: Yes I have a few. Suitcase City is my next feature I am working on and plan to do. It is a Action/Crime/Sci-Fi film based in the future around this martial arts tournament and gang leader of this city. I don't want to spoil more. People will have to check it out when it comes out in the future!


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