247 Degrees F – 2011

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Directed by Levan Bakhia, and Beqa Jguburia this independent intense thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat how would u like to be in enclosed space for long hours of heat would you last long? I don’t think I would… starring Scout Taylor-Compton as Jenna, Christina Ulloa as Renee, Travis Van Winkle as Ian, Michael Copon as Michael, Tyler Mane as Wade, Rene Etore as Beau, Tornike Gogrichiani as Jamie, Jeremy Inabnit as the Man in Woods, Igor Lukin as Wade’s Double, Ibrahim Idowu as the Club Security 1, Michael Zaalishvili as the Club Security 2, Michael Andrew as the Policeman 1, Beso Natsvlishvili as the Policeman 2, George Dugashvili as the EMT 1, Mamuka Mazavrishvili II as the EMT 2, Vaja Kokrashvili as the EMT 3 (as Vazha Qoqrashvili), Four friends travel to a lakeside cabin for a carefree weekend, the fun turns into a nightmare when 3 of them end up locked in a hot sauna. Every minute counts and every degree matters as they fight for their lives in the heat up to 247°F. The only difference that I know of difference is that this actually happened…

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The true event that the movie is based on happened in Georgia, where this film is made and filmmakers are from. 4 friends were in the sauna, one left for the toilet, locking his friends in – exactly as it is shown in the movie. He never came back, and when he woke up he didn’t remember that he left them in the sauna, and started to search for them elsewhere. Fortunately no one died since they managed to turn the heater off, but they had to spend over 10 hours in the decreasing heat, until they were found.

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I for one will often pick up films that say based on true events just because often they tend to be better even if independent… I thoroughly recommend this film even though it started to drag, for others painstakingly you watch the 3 go mad and grit your teeth… whatever you do don’t go for the bathroom during this one!

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House Of The Wolfman – 2009

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By David Strege

Written, produced and directed by Eben McGarr when I heard this film was coming out I was looking forward to it especially since the great grandson of Lon Chaney Jr and Son of Lon Chaney the original Wolfman was going to be in it extremely excited starring Dustin Fitzsimons as Reed Chapel, Jeremie Loncka as Conrad Sullivan, Sara Raftery as Mary Chapel, Cheryl Rodes as Elmira Cray, Jim Thalman as Archibald Whitlock, John McGarr as Barlow, Michael R. Thomas as Dracula, Billy Bussey as The Wolf Man, Craig Dabbs as The Monster, Beano as Peter, Rod Spencer As Leopold, Ron Chaney as Bela Reinhardt, Freddy John James as Footman #2 (as Fredrick James), Christopher M. Jimenez as Footman #1 (as Chris Jimenez), Saba Moor-Doucette As Vadoma, Anne Marie Selby As Singer (singing voice).

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Good evening… I am Dr. Bela Reinhardt… I am your host… You are the first to arrive this is Barlow he will take your things…

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Kinda done in the style of the old dark house 5 strangers are invited to a castle under the pretense that one may inherit it. Little do they know what dangers await at the House of the Wolfman.

With creaking floor boards an already rich hunter from the wilds of africa, a kid fascinated with books, a snobby college man, creepy butler, and rooms being watched by phantoms there is ultimately a tie to Frankenstein and a battle between the monster and Dracula that have some pretty awesome effects for an indie horror film paying tribute to the universal films of the 30s and 40s.

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Along the way this group of stragglers strangers unearth the dangerous plot of Dr Reinhardts plan the dominate the world with his creation of the undead… with his mother giving warnings of doom…

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The beautiful Emira Cray already making an entrance ads a bit of sexiness to the descending madness portrayed excellent British accent I must say love a women who can speak so eloquently and still be so coy…

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Ultimately this was worth the effort and I was sorry to hear the actor who played the Dracula in the film passed away during the filming process so in a way I’m glad I have seen his portrayal of the continually revamped king of the undead his stage theatrical presence was felt and I’m sure in certain circles he will be sorely missed.  Filmed in black and white this is an excellent independent horror film to open yourself to maybe a bit of the acting is cardboardish and corny but I think it couldn’t have been acted better with probably the budget they were on… I think it’s worth it…

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Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum – 2012

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Written, directed, and Produced by Thomas L. Phillips winner of the best film New York international Film Festival 2012, winner of the best horror/thriller feature films bare bones film festival 2013, also winner of the best horror comedy from the Chicago horror film festival 2012 this film is full of surprises and comical performances for that which comes from and indie film. Starring Sasha Ramos, John c. Lucas, Erin Nicole Cline, Emily Rogers, Joe Coffey, , Chris Greene, Anthony Rutowicz, Catherine Trail, and Julie Piechovski it starts out with a 52 year old man having an affair with a women not getting into his sex moves or comical talk and then tells him to get out calling him pathetic.

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While leaving the old man throws the used condom in her face classic!  After kicking him out the best friend of hers stops by while she’s working out you see her doing some sexy moves to some music, we find out woman has a sister and then they chit chat about what happened and a party later you can tell the friend I’d like a really stuck up chick.  So the friend tells her friend she’s invite this guy with her current man that seems really hot to the party the sister to Mimi the woman smacked by the condom happens to be going out with the son of an overly enthusiastic praise Jesus bible thumper on her way to calling out the church bingo.  So the two sisters the son and the other two young men start having a good time.

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Later in the pool all of a sudden the old man pulls a gun on Mimi and her friends makes her say what she said in front of all then shoots himself now they gave a naked Deadman in the pool little do they know the hot wife is sitting in the car they tie her up and later runs hits her head on the corner of a counter, we find out mimis sisters a lesbian and there’s a killer amongst them as well.

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I feel this was a well played well acted enough stay at home movie that it deserves a spot to be more noticed than it is between the preachy wife the frustrations of the women struggle to get the sisters boyfriend with a noticeable boner and drag him from the still naked Deadman in the pool just funny all around… some decent song choices too not your normal elavator music… what do you think?

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Nocturna – 2014

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Directed by Buz Alexander starring Estella Warren as Belinda Moldero, Massimo Dobrovic as Carlo, Johnathon Schaech as Brisbane, Billy Blair as Mauricio Moldero, Mariana Paola Vicente as Lydia Sonata, the film is done quite well, however, I think they need to work on their sound setup a bit. It seems like they just use one sound source in the entire room they’re filming instead of having it near the various actors for their dialogue.  The film is about two new Orleans detectives as they become embroiled in a centuries-long feud between two secretive factions of vampires while investigating a runaway child’s case. The child has a mark marking her as the property of the vampire faction she belongs to. Torn between their everyday lives and the dangerous lure of immortality, the detectives must race to destroy the evil Moldero clan. As they take the marked child to the faction she belongs to on Christmas eve they have a run in with the moldero clan they are offered protection by the opposite vampire clan to find out where the rival clan sleeps, hunt and destroy since the marked girl is in danger of being turned immortal being a blood child to be sucked off of for vampire survival.  As the plot thickens Brisbane tells the detectives Wingage a man in a wheelchair shot himself after giving the detectives information to find the hive of the Molderos.  Through out the film wolves seem to be the on the prowl to guard over the detectives. One partner wants out so he visits a strip club to clear his head… while apparently drugged he has vivid dreams of both clans along with the little girl being taken away along with vision involving Brisbane.  Now the main detectives wife was supposedly killed by the creatures… they find the hive on the property of a Deadman found in the trunk of the car given to find the Molderos by the other clan. 

Inside they find them sleeping in darkness along with the children being kept as blood banks leaving the beautiful Belinda Moldero the beautiful Estella Warren from Planet of the Apes 2005 to burn.  Out for revenge the Molderos are angry… Brisbane tells them burning their queen is the ultimate mistake which could start open war.  The faction helping is ready to be rid of the now useless duo but now the lead detective is turning into what his wife was killed by.

In order to save Kristina and the woman Brisbane made Harry Ganet played by Mike Doyle must become the monster he so despised in order to stop the ultimate battle between an age old battle.

As far as the make up its pretty cool the effects of the vampires when they use mind control is great but I find myself wishing more of the vampires from the clans were used than just those that were in power was looking for more action than a political vampire film not what I expected.  It’s also very slow in parts but the character of Brisbane was well likable especially when The he warns Harry that the Molderos will hunt Lydia and use her to get to him. Altogether I liked it but it almost lost me along the way…


Frankensteins Hungry Dead – 2013

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Directed by Richard Griffen this tale of Frankenstein starts out with a group of high-schoolers on a class trip to a wax museum. images-25Watch as each become the latest victims of the evil doctor Charles Frank, played by Michael Thurber who is attempting to create the perfect human being from the reanimated parts of previous unlucky patrons – reanimating an army of undead mistakes and experiments as the teens try to survive the night.

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 Now I found this film to be a little funny especially since his assistant was blown up accept for his head name of Fritz played by Sean Carufel great commentating between the two main characters and I believe Fritz was the original name of the helper of Victor Frankenstein from the early Universal film Starring Boris Karloff… the other thing was after the credits the heads of the two lovers fighting back and forth as heads cute lol.

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The other more apparent subject you might also want to be aware of is two of the victims/students are openly gay and there is a love scene between the male couple if this is not your cup of tea at least you are now aware…

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Not the worst film, not the best but I feel it has a cheeseness about it that might also be up many horror fans alley. Cheers everyone

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Jaws – 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival

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by David Strege

Directed by Stephen Spielberg written by Peter Benchley it was a surprise to be honored to see Jaws on the silvers screen with my new friend Chris which was also his first time which is something to hold dear and cherish.

When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief played by All That Jazz Roy Scheider, a marine scientist played by Mr. Hollands Opus and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kinds Richard Dreyfuss and grizzled fisherman played by Robert Shaw set out to stop it from reeking havoc on a town run by a mayor set on keeping the beaches open since the town runs on tourists.

Though I own it there’s nothing like seeing it among what would appear to be people who’ve never seen the film behind me there were shrieks when Bens head appeared unfortunately there was a man who seemed to laugh maniac through the whole film slightly disturbing but other than this was a unique experience alone… you shout Barracuda they think Shark!

The Green Inferno -2015

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Directed by Eli Roth this cannibalistic film is raunchy by nature no pun intended the fact I found about the film is it was Co produced by none other than Paranormal Activities Jason Bloom sounds great?

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So it starts out with a group of student activists traveling to the Amazon to save the rain forest and soon discovering that they are not alone, and that no good deed goes unpunished. You have Your classic rich UN officials Daughter Justine whose daddy I remember played in an early 90s TV show called The Sentinal, anyways we see her slightly crush on the Student activist leader Alejandro who once they get to the amazons we find out his true colors and ultimately becomes the most hated character in the style of Cannibal Ferox and Cannibal Holocaust I found myself disappointed in the gore factor and nudity I expected more of Mr. Roth though the ripping apart of the fat friend who incited Miss Richy, to the group to begin with was graphic the and the digging of the eyes out with bones was gruesome and the ripping apart of the first body but I still feel the level of the gore could have been hightened.

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On a lighter note I found the film’s comedy more amusing than anything else like one girls over exaggerated crap in a corner, the tarantula crawling on the penis of the comic relief character of the group but the camera could have shown it in its own grotesque way instead of panning away and you hearing his screams instead.  To me when the women could have been more violently stripped and tortured longer to have that lasting effect instead you see almost no total nudity I’m sorry maybe I’m a male but if I were to make a movie such as this I would totally want to be the one looking away going ewe but I didn’t and I have before.

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Sitting back thinking about it I feel it could have been better and gored muchmore but I enjoyed it more or less.  Is it everyone’s cup of tea? Maybe not but I’m kinda on the fence on this one I guess I’ve seen worse much better?

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