Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scare-A-Con: New England 2018 Preview: "420 Massacre" Review


This week on my Scare-A-Con New England preview, yours truly will be sharing my thoughts on one of the films that will be playing at the film program at the convention. Sometimes watching an interview may get me interested in watching a film. This was the case with “4/20 Massacre” after listening to the director and a couple of members of the cast talk about the film on a recent “Wicked Horror Show” episode, I decided to check this one out.

The film is about a group of women who go on a camping trip on the weekend of 4/20 for a fun weekend. But things take a terrifying turn when they stumble onto an illegal marijuana operation. Soon, they are stalked by someone who is sadistic and hell bent on protecting the operation at all costs. Can the women find a way out of the woods before they all go up in smoke? The film stars Jamie Bernadette (I Spit on Your Grave), Stacy Danger (The Neon Demon) and Jim Storm (Dark Shadows).

Usually any horror film that deals with marijuana in the plot or subplot comes off as stupid. Look at some of the Evil Bong films or the Friday the 13th remake for examples of how the marijuana plot or subplot goes off the rails. The only time that it doesn’t do that is “The Cabin in the Woods” even though the main character is a stoner and everything worked perfectly in that film. When I finished viewing 4/20 Massacre, I was surprised at the end of the film that this was very good considering this felt like a serious film especially towards the end than most stoner horror films.

One of the things that makes this film good was the way writer/director Dylan Reynolds directs this. I liked how he makes sure the dialogue scenes are interesting to watch. Whether it’s the way that the scenes were shot to how he gets the performances that he needs to make this work, everything works very well as I was interested in everything that was going on in the story. The other thing that Reynolds does well to make sure that he has an effects team to make the gore effects very good. There were a couple of death scene that standout whether in a creative way or an emotional way. It was the effects of it that generated a reaction that is needed for those scenes to work.

The cast in the film was very good as they had chemistry with each other and worked well with their characters. It made the film entertaining as this has some very good performances from Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Reynolds and Stacy Danger. They did a good job making sure their characters were interesting while interacting with each other and other cast members. It helped with making this film an entertaining one.

Dylan Reynolds’ screenplay was very good. I liked how the female characters in the film weren’t the stereotypical kinds that you would see in other slasher films as they come off as strong female characters. It made the film work well as they were different and I didn’t have to worry about annoying or clich├ęd characters appearing that would usually slow down a film like this. I wished more slashers had these kind of strong and non-stereotypical female characters as the genre and especially slasher films should appeal to everyone. Also, I thought the death scenes had a certain intense or emotional feel to them. This helped kept my interest with the story. It’s something that is needed for you to be invested in the material of this or any slasher film.

This is one of the better stoner horror films to come out in a while as it has strong characters and creative death scenes. “4/20 Massacre” is slasher film that you can get high too.

“4/20 Massacre” will be screening on July 16th at 5pm at Scare-A-Con New England which will take place in Framingham, MA at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center.

If you can’t make it to Framingham, MA, the film is currently available on DVD and VOD.

Review Rating: Four Stars

Terror is Unleashed with Stills from the Supernatural Chiller "The Nursery"


Uncork'd Entertainment recently released stills for their upcoming release of "The Nursery". The film stars Emmaline Friederichs, Madeline Conway, Carly Rae and James Sauer.

"The Nursery" hits VOD on June 5th and DVD on August 7th.

For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie  

Press Release:

A babysitter is stalked by a frightening ominous presence in The Nursery, creaking its doors open this June from Uncork’d Entertainment.

From filmmakers Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro comes the story of a young woman whose run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror!

When Ranae, a college student babysits for a family with a tragic history, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry, evil spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march towards its ultimate prey.

Emmaline Friederichs, Madeline Conway, and Carly Rae James Sauer star in the spookfest of the Summer The Nursery, available on VOD June 5th and on DVD August 7th from Uncork’d Entertainment.




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Be Prepared to Enter "The Endless" on DVD & Blu-Ray


Well Go USA recently send us over information for their upcoming release of "The Endless". The film stars directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson along with Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant, La La Land), Emily Montague (Fright Night), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Tate Ellington (Straight Outta Compton) and James Jordan (Wind River).

Press Release:

With a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, THE ENDLESS is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending supernatural thriller about two brothers who revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to the cult’s otherworldly beliefs all along. Benson and Moorhead also star in the film as the brothers, along with Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant, La La Land), Emily Montague (Fright Night), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Tate Ellington (Straight Outta Compton) and James Jordan (Wind River). THE ENDLESS debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD June 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Synopsis:
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic Spring, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they’re forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.

THE ENDLESS has a runtime of approximately 112 minutes and is not rated.

Sci-Fi Thriller "Astro" Lands on DVD in June


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment recently send us infromation for their upcoming DVD release of "Astro". The film stars Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Hunt to Kill), Dominique Swain (Alpha Dog), Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage) and Michael Pare (The Shelter).

No special features were announced at this time.

"Astro" hits retail on June 5th.

Press Release:

This June, be careful what you search for.

From director Asif Akbar comes the "compelling"* new sci-fi thriller Astro, starring Gary Daniels (The Expendables, Hunt to Kill), Dominique Swain (Alpha Dog), Marshal Hilton (Primal Rage) and Michael Pare (The Shelter), arriving on DVD June 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A billionaire's private space exploration program returns to Earth with an abducted extraterrestrial from a newly discovered alien planet in a unique new film that "kickstarts an original sci-fi franchise"*.

Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Max Wasa, Omi Vaidya, Luke G. Crosby, Orson Chaplin, Gianni Capaldi, Spice Williams-Crosby, Courtney Akbar, Christopher Showerman ("Supergirl") and Randy Wayne (Hellraiser : Judgment) also star.

From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Astro on DVD June 5.

Get Wired into the Digital Age with 2047: Virtual Revolution"


Lidderdalei Productions recently released stills for their upcoming release "2047: Virtual Revolution". The film stars Jane Badler (V)and Mike Dupod (Arrow).

"2047: Virtual Revolution" hits VOD on June 12tth.

Press Release:

The highly acclaimed sci-fi noir thriller 2047 : Virtual Revolution, starring sci-fi icon Jane Badler ("V") and Mike Dupod ("Arrow"), premieres on VOD June 12 from Lidderdalei Productions.

The year is 2047. Most of the world's population live inside corporate-controlled virtual worlds and drift further out of touch with reality. Nash, a private investigator/ mercenary is hired to track down a group of hackers who are disrupting and terrorizing the virtual space in a bid to free human beings from their online prisons.

Guy-Roger Duvert’s stunning sci-fi thriller, the recipient of over 40 awards, including Best Film at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and Best Feature at Dragon Con, makes its long-awaited premiere on VOD June 12.





Thursday, May 17, 2018

Scare A Con New England 2018 Preview: Get Exposed with Official Stills for the Upcoming Monster Film "Exposure"


Sunrunner Films recently send the horror chamber stills and film screening information for the upcoming monster film "Exposure". The film will be having its premiere at Scare-A-Con: New England. It stars Carmen Anello, Owen Lawless (Hell Town), Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies) and Bruce Smith.

The screening will take place on June 16th at 7PM. at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.

For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official Facebook page at:https://www.facebook.com/exposurethefilm/.

Plot Synopsis:

EXPOSURE is a throw-back horror movie in the vein of your favorite retro classics. Featuring practical effects-based creature designs and Lynn Lowry!





Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Site Update 5/16/2018

The chamber keeper is here to give a quick update on the site going forward. There has been many things happening in the horror chamber in the last few months which is making this more fun as I’m trying more this more accessible and fun.

First, I’ve recently started writing for another site. You will be seeing me writing reviews for The Dorkening as part of the Wicked Horror Show section of their website. You will still see these reviews here but it’ll be a week or two after it’s posted on their site. Speaking of The Dorkening, they have three podcasts that stream live on Facebook and Youtube. The Dorkening on Sundays, Wicked Horror Show on Tuesdays which you horror fans should check out as they interview various actors and directors from some of the upcoming indie horror films. They do a great job every week. They also have The Ultimate Video Game Show which airs on Thursdays for you gamers. For more information on The Dorkening, you can goto: https://www.thedorkening.com/

Second, I’m very happy with the way our new Instagram page is going. It’s been almost six months since I started it, and I’m happy that people support this page and I want to say thank you. At this rate it’ll overtake my personal Instagram in number of followers by the end of the year. It’s only going to get better which leads me to the third thing. Yours truly will be going to Scare A Con: New England this year taking place in Framingham,MA and there will be coverage here.

Every Thursday on the site, you’ll get something related to the upcoming convention or films playing there. This Thursday, I’ll have news on a certain film that will have its premiere there. I’ll also have some film reviews of other films playing, maybe some news on the convention and will have a preview of this convention on June 7th.

It won't stop there, on Fridays on the horror chamber’s Instagram page, I will be posting a pic from a past Scare-A-Con that I attended. It can be me meeting some, a panel pic and other something crazy things that I liked during my time there. Then on June 15th, I will be heading down to Framingham even though it doesn't start until the 16th. I will be posting pics of my time there on the horror chamber’s Instagram page which you can follow @thehorrorchamber.

That’s it for now. I may have a couple of other things down the line but I don’t talk about it yet. Stay tuned.