There’s something Rotten in Aaron Carters “Dead Kansas” 2013 Apocalyptic thriller Movies Galore says…

Written by David Strege

So it’s not often Movies Galore gets requests to do reviews but I’m happy to supply an opinion if I can.

Dead Kansas it turns out was originally a five part web series but the director turned it into a feature film and well here’s my thoughts…

Glenn and his daughter Emma have just killed what they call a Rotten somewhere in Kansas, meanwhile Jebediah and his Posse Zeke and are rounding up and restless as Emma and Sally are the only females in camp…

In Act 2, Emma comes up out of her shelter and ends up having a scuffle with a rotten. I think I like the idea that they are being called a Rotten instead of a zombie and everytime a rotten is around you know because it’s in black and white then it goes back to color.  meanwhile Jebediah thinks that Glenn left them and the rest of the camp to the rotten by locking them out.

Emma is then seen driving a pickup into town to get her father to a hospital.  a band of misfits that seem to be part of a carnival in fact I believe the little guy in the top hat is or was in American Horror Story:Freakshow as Meep and Infantata. As well as Irwin Keyes who plays the Giant whose played in many recurring roles including a role on The Jeffersons whom is now deceased as of July 8th 2015 R.I.P.

After Jebediah in the end of act 2 continues to fuel his mistrust of Glenn being behind the bad things happening in Act 3 we see Emma continue on her journey to find Dr. Emerson to help her pa. Played by a different actress this time Emma is walking along side a young African American named Skinny as they talk about their different experiences him saying it hit the women first as they both got attacked by the Rottens.

Now Jebediah and his goons are still after Emma and Glenn and have found out her location thinking Glenn was among them but not before the good doctor was about to tell Emma a key ingredient to a cure was with his trusty servant Rusty played by the same actor who played Zeke in the first act.

After the kidnapping of Emma, Rusty, Skinny, and Dr. Emerson awaken feeling like they were that close to a cure while back in camp Emma is caged in her underwear to the watchful eye of Jebediah.

Rusty kind of reminds me of Kernel Sanders a bit and skinner reminds me of the faun in The Chronicles of Narnia but with hatchet and pitchfork in hand they hatch a plan with a man from the camp as he lets out the So called Rottens as a decoy as Rusty and Skinner Resue Emma From the cage…

Act 5 begins with a dream of Emma’s Father meeting her down the road cured and well…  And apparently this is a recap on a little about how Jebediah and Glenn were before the Rottens took over…

Ultimately I think this was supposed to be a longer series and take off more than it did but sadly it just became a feature film but there is some great indie actors we see as well as some seasoned actors that we saw in bigger and greater parts either way earlier or later like Squeak as Meek in American Horror Story: Freakshow.

If you’re in for a tale with freaks and Rottens your in for some definite comedy as well with some of the characters being a bit corny along with Jebediahs obsession with Glenn and his family before and after the infestation.

Bon appetite!

Starring Irwin Keyes as Giant, Ben Woolf as Squeak, Juliette Danielle as Rebecca, Erin Miracle as Emma, Alexandria Lightford as Emma, Aaron Guerrero as
Glenn, Michael Camp as Jebediah, Kevin C. Beardsley as Zeke and Rusty, Joe McQueen as Skinny, Anthony Della Catena as Leo, Adam Ledezma as Adam, Juan Martinez as
Ramone, Jose Blackman Jr. as Tiger, Darryl Dick as Doctor Emerson, Jorge Barba as Posse, Theo Boyle as Posse, Argel Cota
Posse as Marc Easter as Posse, David Senescu as Posse, Michael Senescu as Posse, Jay Olsen as Freak, Keisuke Akizawa as Freak, Jacob Lightford as Freak, Joshua Lightford as Freak, Juan Alcazar as Posse, Cal Alexander as Posse, Ed Callahan as
Pool Player, Aaron K. Carter as Bar Patron, Romeo De Lan as Leo (as Anthony Della Catena), Norman Hayes as Posse, Laurence Jonathan as Posse, Kwas as Bartender, Madison Mendez as Young Emma, Paul Menegay as Posse, Steve Mittleider as Posse, Chris Morris as Posse, Renee Mullins as Bar Patron, Diego Navarro as Posse, Melissa Nazarian as Bar Patron, Brittany Pastor as Dart Thrower, Denise Johns Rayl as Busty Bar Patron, Benjamin-Jack Smith as Posse (as Ben Smith), Jose Torres-Estrella as Posse, Amanda Valles
as Bar Patron, Bryan Matthew Ward as Posse, Laura E. White as Bar Patron.

Now Movies Galore takes a small trip back to Brazil for Joel Caetanos 2013 film “Encosto” aka “Black Magic Spell”

Written by David Strege

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So what led me to this director? None other than the Brazilian anthology As Fabulas Negras aka The Black Fables for his segment “Blood Bond.” Which won three awards in 70 festivals and twenty countries.

Produced by his own company RZP Films along with working with Rodrigo Aragio on Effects Caetano plays a man apparently infatuated with witchcraft and the dark arts.

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After performing some kind of ritual this man wide eyed gets startled as if someone is watching him. The man runs outside all the while paranoid looking behind him as if something is following him.

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No matter where he goes though he isn’t safe… What kind of evil did he conjure up?

for 7 minutes this entertained me though I wish there might of been some talking I don’t think now that it’s needed. It was very quick and to the point and to make the man into the demony shadowish type creature was pretty cool. Great job to the special effects and how demonic you looked Joel way to go!

i recommend for all horror fans to check this out was a pleasure.

Starring Joel Caetano.

Movies Galore now goes Local and takes a look at local film director Michael Viers “Love You Still” from 2013

Written by David Strege

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To be honest I’m still fairly new to the short film scene but from what I’ve seen of it all I’m loving every minute of it.

Last year or summer Milwaukee Movie Talks Chris House and Stephen Milek invited me along to two of the local festivals.

It was at Ross Bigleys annual Short Film Festival that I first met this young inspiring director briefly… But it was later at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams festival that I saw his film From The Darkness Theatre and as well as having him as a host during the program with his visual presence among other things…

After From the Darkness Theater he aspired to direct this short film in 2013 with Milwaukee Film and Collaborative Cinema.

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A fisherman is out in a great expanse of water he is sad pulls into what looks like an island coast after not catching anything.

As he walks pulls in we notice the name Alice on his boat as he walks to his apparent present home he begins to remember a life in another time and a woman he used to love…

i think I enjoyed the simplicity of this film for this speaks of another loss one that time never seems to fail to remind some of us. The loss of time. Some time we can get so busy with moving up with our careers the we forget the simple acts of our loved ones that tend to be ignored or forgotten over time.

you could see this man was heartbroken by the time that was lost.

i recommend you see this film if you haven’t. I’ll let the next viewer decide whether they like it or not. Enjoy!

Starring Amanda J. Hull as Alice, Simon Jon Provan as Young John, Rick Richter
John.

Movies Galore takes a look at “A Dubious Night” director Nelson Tony Oliveras 2014 his second short film”Loss”

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Milwaukee director Nelson Oliveras with T.O. Media Films from 2014 this is his second film as Once an Afternoon was his first .

Everyone has had to deal with the loss of somebody close but nothing compares to the loss of owns own child and the greif that comes afterwards.  How do we deal with it.  How can we move on. How can we forgive…

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We see Tom sitting on a river bank deeply thinking… As the film starts.  Tom keeps having flashbacks of what we don’t know but we slowly learn that his wife Sally was either texting or talking on the phone, son Gabriel in the car, son in a coma then told that son died due to too much brain trauma.

All of this was being told to a pschiatrist as to how things were going at home.  Ultimately I think this has two morals one that you don’t text and drive and two no matter how you try to help someone sometimes the bad ends up happening reguardless the advice being given.

As Far as the acting goes I’m not a director but if I was any kind of a husband? When my wife was sitting there rocking away I’d of been a bit more conscious of how she’s feeling but then again death makes people do funny things. Also as to the journey of grief a father goes through even as far as falling off the wagon into drugs…

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Did I enjoy this film? It was kind of sad it was relatively a decent look at the pain of loosing… Loosing someone so precious and innocent. I think this is a prime example of what one could go through…

I will let the viewer decide though enjoy!

Starring William Cairns as Tom, Ricardo de Herrera as Psychiatrist, Daniel Hass as Josh, Elizabeth Havican as Sally.

Movies Galore take a look at “Loss” and “A Dubious Night” director Nelson Oliveras’ first film “Once an Afternoon” from 2013.”

Written by David Strege

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I first met Tony at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival for his A Dubious Night Short Film. Turns out he knows my Aunt and so did the writer Mark.

Being as this was his first film Nelson Oliveras a local Milwaukee film maker teamed his T.O. Media with Psycho Boots Productions as well as 2 Much Movement Studios to film this 2013 film.

But I wouldn’t be doing him justice if I didn’t review his previous efforts as well.

As the film begins we see two men one driving one riding all dressed in black.

The older man and younger are talking back and forth about a job we find out the older mans name is Bill, younger man Ryan they arrive at a destination.

They are Associates for an apparent mob. What these two men do not know is the woman named Ellie they are about to meet is not what they expect not what they can handle…

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Again this wasn’t what I originally expected the outcome of the film. The film starts out with a convoluted conversation between a hit man and his underling protege. Then turns out to have more mystery. I personally want to see more of this is the future.

I will also remember the eyes of the one lead goon I know he wasn’t wearing any glowing contacts or anything of this nature but they were very distinct.

Well done!

I’ll leave it up to the viewer to decide whether they enjoy this roughly about 11 minute short. Enjoy!

Starring Allison Chicorel as Ellie, Daniel Hass as Ryan, Matthew Nichols as Bill Jayden Erdem as Toby, Jezse Galan as Under Boss, Luis Matos as Goon.

Movies Galore Stops in at “Papa Primo’s Apocalyptic Pizza”

Written By David Strege

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You know this is why I started enjoying short films you never know what your going to expect but I have a tasty little treat for you from Cygnafilms Bill Robertson from 2016.

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So basically the title says what in the film but I’ll give ya a synopsis.

Papa Primo is preparing a pizza when he gets a phone order and drops his dough… in walks a stammering hooded figure while a skinny young man looking like Melvin the Mop Boy, runs by outside away from some undead zombies only looking for dinner.

You can see the comedy start to be portrayed half way in and as its a short film I could see it as being a snippet to a larger film based around characters dealing with or around the pizza parlor.

I also like the Italian music flair of music behind the film.  Gives it an old fashioned sense of clarity than if you put punk music or rock.  So ultimately I liked it in the end and want to see more.

I’ll leave that up to you the viewer and hope that others enjoy it too enjoy!

Hello is this pick up or delivery…

Starring Andrew Confair as Papa Primo, Kevin Lepka as Dennis The Delivery Boy, Scott Geiter as The Doomed Figure, Richard Lawson as The Bearded Zombie, Chris Beacon as the Bald Zombie, Nathan Maldonado as the Security Guard, Zina Michelle Martin as the Blonde.

Movies Galore Takes a look at Ian Kane’s new Dreamflight Entertainment Short film ‘The Visitor’ 2016

Written By David Strege

Bright to us by Ian Kane of Dreamflight Entertainment that brought us Shades of Rememberance is this delightfully creepy short film from 2016.

We begin in a dark parking lot as a young woman Hanna is arriving home.  As she comes in the door of what appears to her apartment we hear her speaking to a freind of some recent disappearances and that she will be careful…

She doesn’t know that something has been waiting for her in the the dark…

Seeing as how it’s two actors involved with this film shows that you don’t need alot of people to film a movie.  I enjoyed how in the dark you you could see the camera pan like it was an automatic pan not shaky hand pan as well as the dream-like view you have of the supposed entity’S vision. In reality it does make you think twice about going to bed…

I’ll leave it up to the viewer to decide though on weather you enjoy this film it’s not up to me to tell you to like a film or dislike enjoy!

Starring Sara Hedgren as Hanna, Ian Kane as The Entity.