Movies Galore takes a look at director Brandon Scullion’s feature film “Live In Fear” now Known as “Consumption” for 2016!

Written by David Strege

I do not understand why distributers have to change film titles but this 2016 film directed by Brandon Scullion being his debut Feature with Monster666 Productions.

Having originally been called Living in Fear

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The film begins as four freind’s apparently go on a road trip, vacation at Seths family condo in the mountains.

All of them have secrets from each other but Seth’s is actually the worst of them all…

We begin in the car as Seth tells a ghost story of the blood splattered bride which appears to be similar in the telling of Ressurection Mary… in any case he also tells Eric his mom had died of natural causes.

As they arrive Seth sees a vision of his mother and two strange people mama and papa white show up to let the group in but once learning one was an atheist say they could have made it better on themselves…

Plus it seems the caretaker is warning them off as well… hmmm…

I enjoyed this film it is a slow burn of horror and it had a little humor as well.  With things that go wrong, a haunting, and demonic church and sacrificial demonic possession to boot what could possibly be wrong?

I think and feel the strongest character was Mama White but I also think the woman playing Seths Mom was eerily humorous as well. The volume wasn’t up and down so that was a good thing.  I think I also liked the story line.  The couples had real situations going on with real troubles that often are shied around by film makers.

I think it’ss a great little indie film and I hope horror fans find they like it as I did and hope to see more films directed by Brandon Scullion.

Starring Sarah Greyson as Becca, Arielle Brachfeld as Mallory, David Lautman as Seth, Chris Dorman as Eric, Myles Cranford as Ferry, Geoffrey Gould as Patrick, Maria Olsen as Sue, Danielle d’Ambra as Believer 1, Charlene Geisler as Young Mallory, Nancy Wolfe as Patricia ‘Mama’ White.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Brad Twigg’s “Fiendish Fables” from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Well before Brad Twigg brings us Killer Campout which is his current in development project with Fuzzy Monkey Films he brings us one of two anthologies in 2016 one of which is called Fiendish Fables…

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First off I love the rolling credits as it shows us the book in creepy detail… but we start out as Nicole and Robert show up to their grandfather’s house after his apparent passing as they plan to sell off the proceeds… as they mosey their way to the basement Robert comes across this old book of tales they’re grandfather used to read to them from that bordered on abuse… so Robert begins to read from it under protest from Nicole…

In A Walk In The Woods we see what appears to be a man with a bloodied face being dragged from feet and neck into some woods by a vin lIke substance.  Two thugs start accosting an Asian looking girl when she bites them and runs… they chase after as she flees they catch up… just as one of the thugs unzip a dead looking hand tears off his penis and who knows what else… tasty…

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In The Binding Bride a man is having an affair with another woman we see him leave then loose his head… Meanwhile a Detective Connor Grace is having marital issues as he looks into the homicide of said man and three other victims totally drain of blood with severed heads as Connor goes to the scene of another homicide and then consoles the widow Amy Boyd its obvious the widow isnt that grief stricken.

After Mrs. Boyd, Amy calls  back saying shes afraid to be alone his partner doesn’t pick up having an affair of his own… after Connor’s partner Tom realizes his partner hadn’t returned he went looking for him at the Boyd’s Residence… Amy invites him in… shall I mention spider?…

In Black Satin Sheets a student has just been transfered to an occult class Gothic Literature 101 by Professor L. Kedrick.

Grace Sterling is a little uneasy as to why the professor had written highly of her as a recommendation for this college class at this particular College.  Jacob Keller a returning student with interests in paranormal psychology seems to also take an interest in Ms. Sterling.

We see a black figure lighting candles and chanting Latin words with a low gutteral growl…

Turns out the Professor is not all he appears to be as it seems he’s after a sacrifice to do his masters bidding and Satan doesn’t share power… or does he…

And in the wraparound story Grandpa is alive but not by the way you might tend to believe…

I felt like this was a fun attempt at story telling.  I could tell the story line was worked on more in this anthology than in Ghoulish Tales but I enjoyed bits in that anthology too.  I think that having a few different actors and a few seasoned indie actors like George Stover and Frederick Cowie was perfect for the atmosphere. I also felt that the actor and Actress who played Robert and Nicole were decent as well seemed to work well together at first his character was non-memorable but as each read their tale it got interesting…

At first I thought there was an audio problem where actors voices were up and down in spots. But as this was mixed in 2.0 I realized I was playing in a 5.1 surround.  It won’t fully play in that setting.

I think altogether this was a serious attempt at a memorable few tales and could be built upon for a possible 2?

My only problem is the actor Patrick Opitz.  He is supposed to be posing a serious role. More hardened than I feeling his acting can be.  Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed his roles and I think he can play a cheating man just fine just couldn’t fully picture him as a detective quite fully… but I did enjoy some other parts including where blood was supposed to be spilt and it looked like someone just threw a bucket of liquid, that was hilarious as all heck.

I recommend for other horror fans and I do believe it is an improvement and Brad a Twiggs directing I feel is improving.  It takes time to make a cult favorite I believe he’s well on his way to a certain status… part of the corniness of low budget film making is the draw in the watching of it… what do you think?

Starring James Balsamo as Owen, Nadia White as Thomas Davison’s Girlfreind, Jenny Jannetty as Jesse, George Stover as Henry, Luba Hansen as Amy Boyd, Mackie Lou Vigal as Abby, Alex Nuemeier  as Jacob Keller (as Alexander Nuemeier), Chris O’Brocki as Robert, Lindsay Lockhart as Grace Sterling, James L. Edwards as Unknown, Richie Acevedo as Medical Examiner, Rick Jermain as Thug 1, Frederick Cowie as Luscious Kedrick, David Philip Carollo as Adam, Rosanna Nelson as Police Officer 3, Jesse L. Green as Thug 2, Alfred Guy as Campus Police Officer, Patrick Opitz as Connor Grace, Vanessa Rae Bent as Sarah, Daniel Johnson as Ron Boyd /Minion, Erica Jones as Elizabeth, Johnny Youngblood as Police Officer 1, Philip Oberholzer as Joe, Dakota Lynn as Nicole, Delyla Berlin as Ron Boyd’s Mistress, Mathew L. Furman as Thomas Davison, Darrell Wetzel as Police Officer 2 (as Darrell Wetzell), Ivy Carollo as Danielle.

Movies Galore takes a look at Italian director Bruno Bozzetto’s animation “Il signor Rossi cerca la felicit” aka “Mr. Rossi Looks For Happiness” from 1976!

Written By David Strege

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Aka: Il Signor Rossi Cera la Felicita, Herr Rossi Sucht das Glucht, and The Adventures of Mr. Rossi.

Directed by Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetti

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in 1976 I remember this short feature film extremely well. It also appears Mr. Rossi was a twelve episode at least tv show but I remembered this being one of the animated films my mother threw me in front of and it has some sentimental value.

That being said Mr. Rossi is a really hard worker for his beady-eyed rich boss who for even a second late harps on Rossi unfortunately he also lives right next to his expensive apartment in the same unit above the fish factory he works at in a one room house.  I always felt how could you live so close to such a demanding person.

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Now his boss has a dog named Gastone but as I knew the animation in an English version it was actually Harold. This dog barks at him during the night keeping him awake.

One day an older lady Fairy Security on a broomstick named Track flies in what she thinks to be a rescue and gives Mr. Rossi a magic whistle that when immediately blown send himself and Harold back to the stone age when dinosaurs roamed.

It’s in this time period I remember a sequence of lighting with volcanos in a sunset I found weirdly comforting first time I saw it… pretty soon Harold and Rossi are chased by a dinosaur when he blows the whistle again sending himself Harold and the dinosaur to another time… whether it’s insulting a parrot so much he sends cannibals after them or running into Robin Hood, Helping out Snow White with her chores as Harold gets gets kissed by a prince to the colloseum in rome… to outer space…  I mean I suppose it doesn’t help that at least one character from each time period looked like his crocean boss…

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To learn that Mr. Rossi has been around since 1960 in seven shorts before this and in 1974 at least an eleven episode series and two other feature films after this feature… I hadn’t realized exactly how much of this short little man was made…

To be honest originally Mr. Rossi had started out as an almost Pink Panther-like character as he was more silent and visual comic.

In a sense now that I’m grown I realize how childish and corny this animation is but it has almost a cult like following and I’m rather surprised it hasn’t gotten a remaster of some sort.  I enjoyed rewatch in it and recommend for all ages…

In the end he does eventually find happiness in his own time period as he sends his boss through time but the incredibly quirky cannibals that sing…

Starring Carlo Romano as Signor Rossi (voice), Grazia Pivetti as Fata Sicura (voice), Gianfranco Mauri as Gastone (voice)/or Harold in the English versions, Frederick W. Bauschulte as Signor Rossi (voice) (uncredited), Franz-Otto Kruger as Puss in Boots (voice) (uncredited), Norbert Langer as Robin Hood (voice)(uncredited), Arnold Marquis as Boss (voice)(uncredited), Edgar Ott as Gastone (voice)(uncredited), Heinz Petruo as Narrator, Opening Credits Sequence (voice) (uncredited), Rolf Schult as Narrator (voice) (uncredited), Joachim Tennstedt as Pinocchio (voice)(uncredited).

Movies Galore takes a look at Dread Central’s “Monster Land” anthology that features a short film by Wisconsin’s own director Dick Grunert from 2016!

Written by David Strege
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Dread Central’s first film was Zombie World that they presented Monster Land from 2016 and Ruthless Pictures is a collection of eight short films wrapped around a man who escaped the madness to a Theatre to watch movies after hours…
Directed by Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Josh LaCasse, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Peter McCoubrey (as McCoubrey Brothers), Corey Norman, and John Skipp. But one of these shorts called House Call was written by a Wisconsin director Dick Grunert of The Trap….
This anthology begins in a computer generated world of monsters as it pans down to a theater with people running getting killed and Street people declaring the end of the world as a man with a bat runs into a theatre where dead people lay about he laughs maniacly grabs some popcorn and proceeds to a Theatre where you see and hear one of those old refreshment drive in commercials as he sits the screen counts down…
In the first segment three sets of couples go down to a lake to skinny dip not knowing that somethings in the water with them…
The second segment Grey Matter a man wakes up covered in blood with a hole in the back of his head.  Hes aquired a freind that he takes to the office with him as he is kind of the laughing stock of the office in love with a pretty girl whose flirted with him once. I actually think this is one of the strongest tales in this collection it’s comical as well…
In the third segment Curiosity Kills an always smiley mother feeds a boy who looks like Elroy whose father brings home a suitcase with a toxic sign.  This is mostly filmed with gestures, sounds and hand movements more visual.  In any case the boy does what his father tells him not too and experiments with his pet rat that then turns on the entire family…
In the fourth segment Hag a husband and wife are having sleeping issues as well as couples therapy at least I’m assuming they were married.  Scott would wake up to his wife sleepwalking and muttering but he’d swear there was someone else in the room… he said her issues were eating him up alive…
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The fifth segment is a storyboard animation of two men with guns running from a monster one gets eaten… the other man picks up his phone calls a man calls himself The Monster Man to come over to kill said monster… an old man with a walker shows up… only thing is the other man doesn’t know anything about monsters…
In the sixth segment an older man is sitting at home drinking listening to an old record looking at memories of a settlement in a divorce.  The door bell rings it’s a young man injured.  The man answering the doors a dentist, the young man forces himself in to make him pull out his teeth… under the impression he’s Turning into a vampire…
In the seventh segment Happy Memories with puppetry and stop animation it would appear like a Chinese dragon and a jelly fish with ghidorah  and octopus is a story of a life and rebirth as life forms feed on the fish it becomes old and two monsters become one as pieces of heart and a nose in a lab where it seems time is running thin as a human is formed from the madness within… all to be driven back to its original form.
In the last segment Stay At Home Dad a man for money puts himself through an experiment where it gives him female hormones and a pair of milktified breasts. What we don’t realize is his child will eventually have to eat him…
I thought five segments of this anthology were pretty the cool the other three were just plain weird.  I also enjoyed the fact that house call is written by a Wisconsin director which may make me biased but I don’t care… I think the strongest story was Grey Matter the fact he was talking to a thing that looked like a slug raisen that lived inside that bloody hole was disgustingly funny… all in all the wraparound story also went well kinda added a serious tone to the tales…
I enjoyed the anthology even if others didn’t it was better than Dread Central’s previously presented film that’s for sure… just the right amount of cheese…

Starring Steve Barton as Corpse, Jon Condit as Usher, Kay Marie Delancey, Eileen Dietz as Hag, Megan Duffy as Marie Somers, Sarah French as the Screaming Victim, Cody Goodfellow as Head Cultist, David Hahn as Runner/Corpse, Daniel Sheldon Hentschke, Ted Hentschke as Corpse, Josh Lacasse, Cricket Lee as Corpse, Mike Mendez as Cultist, Debbie Moore as Runner/Corpse, Jeremy Poster as Runner/Corpse, Noel Jason Scott as Theatre Ghoul, Christopher R. Spencer as Runner/Ghoul, Drew Wicks as Scott Somers.

Movies Galore takes a look at the “Ghostbuster’s” Legacy in the movies!

Written by David Strege

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In truth Ghostbusters began before 1984 as far back as Saturday Night Live as Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script for their freind John Belushi and originally titled Ghostmashers… Where waving magic wands they’d travel around through space and time… after Belushi’s death director  Ivan Reitman informed the two the original script was out of the budget they rewrote what became the story of three men thrust from their jobs, ridiculed for their science along with the community bent on silencing the hero worship… who eventually Hire a fourth member to go up against a demi-god and it’s doomsday Stay Puft Marshmellow Man lin 1984.

Now I remember the fondness I have of the comedy of Bill Murray as he plays a stubborn Peter Venkman, along with Raymind Stantz played by Dan Akroyd, Egon Spengler played by Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson playing Winston Zeddemore the ghostbusters first recruit as they take down a ghost in a library that turns into a ghost we now know as Slimer.  I also can not forget to mention their quirky sarcastic receptionist Janine Melnitz played by Annie Potts.

Of course this leads to roles played by Aliens Sygourney Weaver as Dana and Honey I Shrunk The Kids Rick Moranis as Louis Tully.  Dana calls on the ghostbusters as her apartment is haunted by Zuul a servant of the demi-god Gozer the Gozarian a shapeshifting sumarion entity of destruction.

My opinion of the film is it held humor and intrigue and at the time Slimer was my favorite ghost and started my interest in Gargoyles. Though it wasn’t until I saw the Cartoon that I changed my mind on how well I liked slimer in the film as in 1986 came the Real Ghostbusters tv series.  The way I saw Slimer as more of a helper and a freind in the episodes I wanted to see more of this so when he didn’t show up in 2 I was disapointed.  But I enjoy it for the classic it is the humour and the effects of the time we’re fantastic and the comrade admirable.

In all honesty how can I forget the title song sung by Ray Parker Jr. Which is the song that it became well known for!

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Also directed by Ivan Reitman in 1989 this sequel is 5 years later, the ghostbusters have disbanded due to a lawyer suing them for damages and belief that their paranormal legacy is a sham.  Egon is working in a lab for Columbia university, Ray is working in a book store with Winston and Peter Venkman runs his own psychic television show while their old friend Dana a cellist has married and divorced a violinist when he got accepted into the London Orchestra Symphony and has a son, Oscar from this marriage to bring up but is no longer a musician as she has come to restore pain’t inge for a living.  Her newest restoration is the fictional very elusuve and menacing 16th century Carpathian from Muldavia, Vigo at the Manhattan Museum of Art.

Long story short her assistant Dr. Janosz Poha falls under the spell of Vigo, and after Oscar almost gets run over in the street as the carriage runs ramped who ya gonna call?

I actually found the second film to be more compelling than the first as I kind of loved the demonicly possessed painting come alive as the Ghostbusters once again take down ectoplasm in the streets of New York in Lady Liberty.  Though I loved the effects in the first this sequel I believe was more daring as it involved a child and when Oscar stood out on that ledge I feared for its life…

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Now this third film installment was supposed to originally be a ghostbusters three.  While they were preparing for a script I believe Harold Ramis known as Egon passed away tragically and with that Bill Murray did not and could not sign on board to a three as he felt that the original ghostbusters died with him.  Now Ernie Hudson and Dan Akroyd were all still on board mind you.  When the public and the franchises fans learned that Columbia pictures still wanted to go ahead and make a film using a female cast there was such an uproar of nerd rage.  Even I was enraged a little in the beginning but it doesn’t all stem from this film.  It stems for me from all the unoriginal it hollywood has been unable to produce lately in the wake of this evolution of remakes of fan classics.  I have every right to be upset as any other film lover.  One thing I have to say about the new adaptation of the title song by Missy Elliot and Fallout Boy I’m not a fan but I could deal with it as shortly as they used it.  As for the run dmc title song for Ghostbusters 2? I don’t remember there being much upset as there was over this track…

This being said, for 2016 this film is directed by Paul Feig starring Erin Gilbert played by Kristen Wiig of Tin Man Miniseries, Abby Yates played by Melissa McCarthy of (Tammy, The Heat and Spy), two authors who at one point in time wrote a book together on the existence of ghost where we fully begin our story years later while Erin Gilbert has become a professor at Manhatten University until the book surfaced and she was laughed out of a job…

Joined by nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann played by the wity Kate McKinnon and by subway worker Patty Tolan played by Leslie Jones of recent insurance Commercials. As they battle a demon named Rowen played by Neil Casey and Of course Chris Hemsworth playing Kevin all muscle not much in brains receptionist.

I don’t want to say much as it just came out but it wasn’t as bad as the nerd rage made it out to be.  If you look past the feelings of out right hate you can really get a sense of that these ladies really had fun with their roles.  As far as the special effects on the spirits I was looking for more of a thirteen ghosts atmosphere as far as spirits so they weren’t really that spooky or terrifying.  Almost cartoony this made it more of a slapstick atmosphere and corniness that slightly surprised me.  Now there was a moment where I felt Kristen Wiig character was a tad stiff in acting but I believe even she started having fun with the role and just went with the flow.

This is by no means a perfectly flawless film.  But it rather surprised me by being an almost solidly honest reboot.  I do recommend you see it open minded with out hate and I believe you can look past the fact the studios originally were in this for the money.  I think if it wasn’t for the actresses involved it wouldn’t be as enjoyable but the chemistry was there strongly…

See it or hate it I enjoyed it beyond the rage…

Enjoy!