Sunday, February 18, 2018

Film Review "Inoperable"


Every time I hear one of my scream queens has a new film coming out, it’s almost a given that I want to check it out unless it looks very bad. When I first heard about Inoperable, I was interested in film immediately when I heard Danielle Harris was going to be involved because she is my top 3 scream queens of all time.

The film is about a woman (Danielle Harris) who wakes up to find out that she’s in an empty hospital as a hurricane approaches. She manages to find out that she stuck in a time loop as a strange force is trapping her in the same moment. Can she find a way out of the hospital before she is tapped there forever? The film also stars Jeff Denton and Katie Keene.

Going into “Inoperable”, I was hoping that this would be decent because Danielle Harris usually is one of those actresses that keeps you invested in whatever she’s in. Never did it would be as good as it was.

One of the things that this film does right is the direction. Director Christopher Lawrence Chapman does a very good job making sure that this had an intense feel. From the way that he approaches this film to how he approaches the action scenes, everything’s done in a way that it keeps the film moving along. If the action didn’t feel intense, then this would’ve felt flat and redundant. Thankfully, it was not the case as the scenes came off as intense and it kept me interested in the story. The other thing that Chapman does very well is to make sure the performances match the intense pace. He makes sure the performances work with the film’s tone. He does a great job making sure that his cast matches the intensity in their performances as in the screenplay. It helped enhance the film’s story as the scenes on screen come off as suspenseful.

The screenplay written by Chapman and Jeff Miller does a very good job making sure that the screenplay has an intense feel. Whether it’s the way they go for a “Groundhog Day” approach with the film’s story to how they set up the main character every time she wakes up in the hospital, everything is done to give you a frightening “Memento” type of feel. That’s the charm of this film as it kept me interested with the main character. The other thing the screenplay does well is some action scenes that have a punch to it. This is the type of film where you need scenes that keep you frightened and on edge. This screenplay has that. By having that, you get hooked into the film’s story as hoping for a good payoff. It does that very well as it had that expected result which fits the film’s story very well.

This was an entertaining film, as I was into the film’s “Groundhog Day” and the scenes had an edge that makes this worth watching especially if you’re a fan of Danielle Harris. With its intense pace and its good performances, “Inoperable” is one film that makes you afraid to go to the hospital.

Review Rating: Four Stars

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: "Red Eye"


Man, 2018 starts off with a bang. First “Victor Crowley” was released on blu-ray and that film was great. Now there’s another film that recently was released that which didn’t have the level of fanfare as “Victor Crowley” but definitely deserves your attention. I’m talking about the shocking film “Red Eye”. This was a film that I was looking forward to since watching the first trailer for it as it left me wanting to see this for better or worse.

The film is about a director (Scott King) who is obsessed with the legend of Red Eye. He and some of his friends (Destinie Orndoff, Heather Dorff and Hayden Wilberger) go to the woods to film a documentary based of the red eye legend. They’re there to find out if the myth is true or just something made up. But filming takes an unexpected turn when there are stalked by a mad man. Is this the real legend stalking them or a copycat killer out to end their film? “Red Eye” also co-stars Jessica Cameron.

Once in a while, I’ll come across an indie horror film where it has a killer trailer then not hear about it again for a while because it takes a while for these films to get distribution. When it comes time to see it, you’re left disappointed or something is good but it was missing something. This wasn’t the case with this film. “Red Eye” is a very gory and shocking film that leaves you horrified.

First time director Tristan Clay does a very good job making sure directing is very good something that isn’t seen from many first time directors. From the dark look of the film to the way that he approaches filming the death scenes, everything works so well that it generates a horrific reaction as this is very gory and looks very professional from both a filming and special effects perspective for a first time film. The gore effects here are great. It helped makes sure the film disturbing considering the short running time. Another thing he does very well is making sure that the performances are very good. Whether it’s the way that he gets his cast to be interested in the material to making sure that there’s chemistry on onscreen, it made the performances very good where it shouldn’t been for a first time film.

The film also has some strong lead female performances from Destine Orndoff (who’s also co-wrote the film’s screenplay) and Heather Dorff. Each of the actresses both handled the dramatic aspects of the film very well as the dialogue was very serious and sometime disturbing. They both managed to make their characters stand out from the male characters with the way that they approached their characters. It added something to this film as it makes the first part of the film worth watching and not like other typical slashers when you’re waiting for the action to takes place.

The screenplay written by Clay and Orndoff was surprising different from what I expecting. Going into this, I thought that this was going to be a straight up slasher but I was surprised that there was a level of depth in the characters that I don’t see in many of these film. They did a great job making sure that you had backstory to these characters and accomplish it in a short time span. It made the characters interesting and gave the film its serious and disturbing tone as. The other thing that makes their screenplay very good is was the way they thought out the death scenes. They came off as very bloody and horrific. It’s hard to do that with most slashers as the deaths come off as cartoony but these had a shocking feel to them when you see them onscreen. It made those scenes a little cringe worthy to watch. When that happens, then you know that it worked effectively like in this film.

This was a great and disturbing film from start to finish as gorehounds will like this film. “Red Eye” which is a more serious, disturbing and gory film that shocks you. “Red Eye” is an intense and gory film that will make you question your passion as it earns The Horror Chamber’s Seal of Approval.

Official Stills for the Upcoming Horror Film "The Strangers: Prey of Night"


Avirion Pictures recently released stills for their upcoming film "The Strangers: Prey at Night. The film is the sequel to the 2008 film "The Strangers" and stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman.

"The Strangers: Prey At Night" hits theaters on March 9th.

Plot Synopsis:

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS, starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman.






Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pinhead is Back with Official Stills from " Hellrasier: Judgement"


Lionsgate Home Entertainment recently released stills for their upcoming release of "Hellrasier Judgement". The film stars Randy Wayne, Heather Langenkamp, Paul T. Taylor and Rheagan Wallace.

Special features of the DVD and Blu-Ray includes deleted scenes and gag reel.

"Hellrasier: Judgement hits retail on February 13th.

Press Release:

Experience a terrifying new chapter in the legendary Hellraiser series when Hellraiser: Judgment arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand February 13 from Lionsgate. The tenth film in the classic horror series tells the story of three detectives as they struggle to solve a horrifying murder, but instead find themselves thrust into the depths of Pinhead’s hellacious landscape. Including horror icon Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), and written and directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Hansel & Gretel), the Hellraiser: Judgment Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
The dreaded Pinhead returns in the next terrifying chapter of the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment.







Synapse Films Brings "Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary" to Blu-Ray


Synapse Films recently released information for their upcoming release of the horror documentary "Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary". The film focused on the story to bring Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" to the big screen.

Special features on the Blu-Ray includes Audio Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White, Podcast Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White, Edited / Alternate Scenes, Video Interview with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White, “PET TALES – From the Cutting Room Floor” Featurette, PET SEMATARY Location Photo Compilation, Documentary Poster Art Concepts, Rare On-Set Video Footage from Rhonda Carter, Documentary Sizzle Reel, Promotional Trailer and Reversible Art Design by Alexandros Pyromallis.

"Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Semetary" hits retail on March 13th.

Press Release:

In 1989, director Mary Lambert collaborated with King of Horror Stephen King to bring his best-selling book PET SEMATARY to the screen. UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY brings the shocking true story behind the film to genre fans this March. Hitting home video for the first time ever, aficionados of this undead classic can dive behind the scenes in HD glory, with a graverobber’s bounty of putrid bonus features on the film’s Blu-ray release!

It's true that sometimes dead is better, but for two New England filmmakers, the story of Stephen King's PET SEMATARY was far too alluring to leave buried. That's why John Campopiano and Justin White spent nearly five years seeking to uncover the story - from book, to film, to cult status - amounting to the most comprehensive look at the horror classic ever produced. UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY is both an in-depth independent documentary and celebration of King's classic tale of terror, told through the voices of cast and crew from the 1989 hit film, as well as locals in Maine - the place where it all started.

In addition to first time ever interviews, this documentary tours the many iconic locations used in the film. The documentary includes never-before-seen photographs and home video from the set. As well, this film explores the impact PET SEMATARY has had on horror fans and scholars of Stephen King's work. The documentary features interviews with director Mary Lambert, along with the cast: Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Andrew Hubatsek, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl twins, Michael Lombard and MANY MORE!

Takashi Miike's Cult Classic "Ichi The Killer" to Slash on Blu-Ray


Well GO USA recently send us over information for their upcoming blu-ray release of Takashi Miike's cult classic "Ichi The Killer". The film stars Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun and SABU..

Special features includes Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike & Manga Artist/Writer Hideo Yamamoto and a still gallery.

"Ichi the Killer" hits retail on March 20th.

Press Release:

Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition debuting on Blu-ray™ March 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on Hideo Yamamoto’s manga series of the same name, the controversial and graphic tale of feuding yakuza gangs is seen primarily through the actions of a scarred and psychologically damaged man, who is manipulated into killing rival faction members. Digitally remastered in 4k and approved by director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), ICHI THE KILLER stars Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun and SABU. Bonus content includes Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike & Manga Artist/Writer Hideo Yamamoto and a still gallery.

ICHI THE KILLER will also be on big screens in select cities across the country. Visit http://wellgousa.com/theatrical/ichi-the-killer for the nearest theater and ticket information.

Synopsis:
Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition approved by Miike himself. This visceral, bloody, and often hilarious film follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ohmori).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: Stirring


I may not crowdfund a lot but there are some filmmakers where I would be glad to contribute to no matter what the project. This was no exception with “Stirring” as I was one of the contributors to the film’s Kickstarter. I made it no secret that I’m affiliated with Fright Meter Films sister company Fright Meter Awards but there was another reason why gladly contributed here. I was excited over the fact that both Helene Udy from “My Bloody Valentine” and “Nightflyers” and Brinke Stevens from “Sorority Babes at the Slimebowl-O-Rama”, “Nightmare Sisters”and most recently “Trophy Heads” were in this as I loved their films and it’s also still nice to see them acting.

The film is about a sorority sister who lives the same sorority house where her older sister was murdered right before Christmas by another sorority sister who then took her own life years ago. She and her fellow sisters plan a party to celebrate Christmas. But a night of fun takes a deadly turn when a killer dressed as Mrs. Claus is starts killing them them. Now, they must find of this psychopath before they all end up dead.

Going to into “Stirring”, I was excited for this more than “Party Night” because of the 80’s horror stars that were involved. Thankfully by the end of the film, I liked this film a lot as this was a bloody and disturbing film from start to finish.

One of the reasons that I had a good time with this film was Troy Escamilla’s direction. He does a very good job making sure your feeling horrified or off balanced. Whether it was the way that makes the death scenes have a very gory feel to it to making sure the scenes move along, everything is done in a way that you’re having a fun time watching it. The other thing that I liked about the directing was the fact the acting was very good. I liked how Escamilla does a very good job making sure the cast had chemistry with each other. It was important because the death scenes in the film are spaced out. When that happens, you need the acting to keep you interested in the film. Escamilla does that, as he makes sure the performances are directed in a way that you’re invested in these characters

Escamilla’s screenplay is what made this film work me. One of the things that I liked about this was the fact that it takes risks. This film is way bloody and more disturbing than his first feature. From the death scenes to the opening of the film, everything is scripted in a way that gives a very uneasy feel to it. This film felt like “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “Black Christmas” combined into one film. It made this for an interesting and shocking film. The other thing that makes this screenplay good was the way the death scenes were created. It was done in a way that it grabs your attention and had a bloody tone to it. When a slasher film like this does that, you know you’re having a good time. This was definitely the case with me as time was flying along and I was enjoying every minute of it.

This is surely going to be one of those Christmas films that will be in my holiday rotation of Christmas horror films. With its intense gore and very good direction from Troy Escamilla, “Stirring” is one holiday horror film that will end up on Christmas viewing list.

No release plans are announced for this film as of this time.

Review Rating: Four Stars