Movies Galore takes a look at director Jonathan Straiton’s “Night Of Something Strange” from 2016

Written by David Strege

img_3371Brought to us by WLP Films director Johnathan Straiton Of the film “She Kills” with SRC and distributed by Hurricane Bridge Entertainment come this totally fucked up, wacked out film called “The Night of Something Strange” which I find interesting that Ron Bonk of Sub Rosa Cinema has a writing credit behind as well not the only one but still…

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A janitor played by (Johnson) decides to have sex with the body of a Jane Doe in a hospital morgue contracts an STD and brings it home to his trailer park wifey which then he proceeds to rape her giving her the STD which by then both are party to becoming the living dead only sexually charged…

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Carrie and a group of freinds are planning a trip to a lake when on their way they stop by a rest stop where the so called Janitor had bloodied the bathroom contaminating it… which then Carrie contracted the STD and so on and so forth…

Dirk (Harrison) an army drop out and localbad boy is dating the a girl from school Pam is crunched from afar by Carrie’s Bestie Christine (Kasek) and also on his way in his sweet ride to the lake with his girl… the rest stop also had this weird creepy lady at the counter that also contracted this STD…

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Not only do they all stop at the same out of the way hotel but these viral carriers have followed them and they are in for a night of more than strange happening…

On the other hand there is another twist where one of the characters is part of a cannibalistic family… will anyone be able to survive this weird sex crazed apocalypse… I think I’ll remember the cashier for years to come said an odd creepy line…

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There is certainly a lovecraftian take in the conception of this film as to the nature in which the brains of these living dead creatures happens to be in the place where sex organs lay.

I think and feel if you just watch the film and enjoy it it is absolutely a fun film it jumps all over the place in a twist I won’t mention but is definitely worth the watch and the own.  There are some creature effects that certainly are outlandishly creepy as well as mysteriously laughable but isn’t that the point? If your down for some sick, sexually charged reanimation of the dead kind of movie this is totally your film! Bully in a beefcake really? Yeah right haha. Check it out I recommend it, not going to be everyones flavor but I enjoyed it.

Starring Trey Harrison as Dirk, Rebecca C. Kasek as Christine, Wayne W. Johnson as
Cornelius, Michael Merchant as Freddy, Toni Ann Gambale as Carrie, Nicola Fiore as Pam, John Walsh as Jason, Janet Mayson as Betty, Tarrence Taylor as Brooklyn, Kera O’Bryon as Sue, Wes Reid as Eugene, Billy Garberina as Woody, Al Lawler as Sunny, Kirk LaSalle as The Mailman, David Meadows as Officer, Brinke Stevens as
Teacher, Alexis Katherine as Samara, Brett Janeski as Meatball, Jennie Russo as
Female Corpse.

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Movies Galore takes a look at director Adam Krause’s Viral Clown Short film “Gags” for 2016!

Written by David Strege

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On August 1st, 2016 a viral sensation of a 6 foot tall creepy clown carrying black balloons was sighted. Which went international in the news and brought about fear in the town of Green Bay.

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Later it was found out that it was all about the promotion of a short film directed by Adam Krause of Script 4 Films productions.

Even though Gags is not real it still makes you wonder about the fear that it instilled but also probably went further than director Adam Krause had intended.

The film begins with a transcript that the footage you are about to see was archived footage about three missing persons that are or were related to a police investigation into the sighting of nicknamed Greenbay Clown “Gags.

Jon, Sara and Ashley go off in search of this so called Sensation but they don’t expect to be followed home… or the events that followed… but something’s happening to Jon and it’s not funny…

i think for found footage this was a well rounded short film definitely has that aura of creepiness about it.  And though the phenomenon involved in the promotion of the film scared quite a bit of people in Green Bay… wasn’t that the fucking point I mean it certainly attracted interest.

I do also think the actor and actresses did play their parts well.  And I look forward to what Mr. Krause can produce in the future. Also on March 31st, 2017 you’ll be able to get a chance to see it if you grab yourself a ticket to go see this phenomenon at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams film festival I enjoyed it and I hope the horror fiend in you will too.   I hear it’s also planning to become a full feature too so check this out if you can for sure! Enjoy!

Starring Cory Allen Estreen as Jon, Taylor Huff as Sara, Ashley Magnin as Ashley, Eric Heuvelman as Gags.

Movies Gal take a look at Brian Barsuglia’s short film “Champaign Dreams” from 2007!

Written by David Strege

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Since BLB MEDIA and SoCal Productions is coming out with another film on VOD and DVD I thought I’d go back before Aaron’s House and Zombie Farm by Director Brian Barsuglia as you can find “Champaign Dreams” on the special edition Directors Cut of “Dementia: An Experiment In Terror.”

A man we later find out is named Bobby walks to a hotel room with a weapon inside a newspaper to an unknown victim.  Sean is a mentally challenged young man with a disability and walks in at the wrong moment, meeting an unexpected Killer.  He lives with a freind Sandy and just got a medal from special Olymics…

Unfortunately for Sean who doesn’t know any better he has his last meal…

I think this film is about regret even though a job had to be done in order to retrieve an amount of money from an employer… I also think that this film portrays how a man with a disability can be gullible as I myself have aspbergers syndrome can relate especially the moment Sean has a bottle of Champagne in his hand and he figures out how to open it before…

The film suggests it could go either way i certainly enjoyed this short.  Hope you all have a chance to see it certainly not a bad little film.

I don’t let my having a disability inhibit time from writing the films I like to share about so I hope this doesn’t take away from whom I am to you…

In fact here it is found a link on YouTube

Starring Steve Braden as Victim, Javier Morga as Sean, Simone Palmer as Sandy, Che Zon as Bobby.

Movies Galore takes a look at Michael J. Prosser’s “The Dividing Hour” from 2003 as it makes the claim was on Roger and Ebert’s top ten favorite indie film list!

Written By David Strege

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Working under the production company Play Ground Films distributed with Indie Films in 2003 is Director Mike Prosser’s “The Dividing Hour.” It was also supposedly on Roger and Eberts top ten Indie Film list supposedly…

A man is dreaming of a boat rowing with a skull talking about almost cutting himself with the water…

With horrible sound To the film making it somewhat muffled, a group of four freinds Josh, Zach, William and Dean are on their way to Seattle to meet up with a girl named Sherryl. Of course there is always that annoying freind and stoner… being Dean… Seems at the rest stop back aways one of them had a taste for a golden arm… which made him fall asleep and turnover their car…

Along the road a dude in a truck named Al picked the boys up and took em to a house up the road to have them use the phone. The house itself looks unfinished… but apparently once they get up to the house a young woman in a dated dress greets them by the name of Dawn.  Phone is out dated and dead so for the short time they are stuck.

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We learn that Josh and Zachary lost their sister and parents in a car crash… And strange things begin to happen… first food appears where it wasn’t in a fridge, a figure was in the woods then wasn’t and a man sits and stares an open stare…

Meanwhile Josh has a dream in the woods that his bother may be dying and is chased by an imaginary enemy. Asthe film goes on Dean reminds me a little of The Fonz but more of a douche than class.

Josh ends up going off to find a telephone and runs into Al again a happy go lucky trucker in the right place, right time.

I mean Dean is probably the most Rememberably as he’s high talking about the karma of Looney Tunes… but the film is so so terribly slow…

 I’m not so sure it was entirely my cup of tea the first time I watched this a year ago but there were some defining moments and is starting to slightly grow on me just the oddness of it all. All I know is I watched it with my fiancé and she didn’t like it lol.

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I’m not sure whether to recommend this film at all but it’s the place I think you go before heaven or hell in “The Dividing Hour.”

There is a slight twist, a rape and some violence, as to why they go where they go I guess you’ll just have to watch it for yourself… as when they finally get to the creature it’s certainly lovecraftian with a bit of animation enjoy!

Starring Greg James as Dean, The Gimp as
Monster, Brad Goodman as Peter, Jillian Hodges as Dawn, Jay Horenstein as Al, Garrett Pool as Face in the water, Brian Prosser as Zach, Michael J. Prosser as Josh, Max Yoakum as Lewis.

Movies Galore takes a look at Chicago director Ricardo Islas’ feature “The Zombie Farm” from 2009!

Written by David Strege

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 Working with Maxim Entertainment and Paradigm Pictures Ricardo Islas returns to the horror field once again with “The Zombie Farm” a Latino Zombie Film this is actually the first film of his I came across and is not to be confused with Brian Barsuglia’s Zombie Farm either.

So it looks like a man comes home drunk and beats his wife Ana (Munoz), which then is when several women tell their stories of abuse to camera woman Pilar Franco (Catano) whose supposed to do a Latino cultured theme of video like with dancing or something…

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While at home she watches an advertising for a funky looking infomercial on a local healer guru scam artist Roque (Montesinos) as it appears the strange is about to get stranger…

As well the woman from the beginning comes to Roque for help he can not give so instead goes to see a macumba whom giver her a potion in a drink that kills her husband and brings him back as an undead Ghoul.

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Meanwhile Roque seams to get under Pilars skin and calls off helping create an infomercial for his Scam.  Things get even more twisted when Ana is haunted by her dead husband when she knows she saw him die when she came for Roques help again they went on the run.

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Pillar on the other hand realized what trouble they were in and came to help as they found out unwillingly that the woman of Macumba was running a farm of controlled Zombies…

I actually thought that this was a unique story, I also felt the dialogue between Pillar and Roque was quite humorous and entertaining even though I thought it a little odd from con man/ to charm.  I think the voodoo Macomba lady was certainly a different character for the fact that woman’s roles don’t always take the form of evil as a psychotic leader.

I think and feel that this film comes in second so far under Ricardo’s To Kill A Killer if that’s too much to tell about it oh well. It’s not that it scared or terrified I feel it was more work towards a dialogue that can be likeable I mean Roque isn’t or wasn’t exactly masculine in muscles if you know what I mean?

I certainly recommend seeing at least a once time around you have to be an idiot if you don’t enjoy something from this feature. Enjoy!

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Starring Adriana Cataño as Pilar Franco, Nadia Rowinsky as Mana Luna, Khotan Fernandez as Antonio (as Khotan), Monika Munoz as Ana Maria, Roberto Montesinos as Roque, Eduardo Ibarrola as Senor Augustin, Mariana Da Silva as Sonia (as Mariana Rivieri), Nair Kuzmik as Ligia, Eric Le as Asian Zombie, Eugene Kwarteng as Zombie for Mama Luna, Robbie Bush as TV Executive, Karla Garcia as Reporter, Kenneth ‘Cumbo’ Taylor as Man with Tarzan Hat, Mark Buford as Bus Driver, Gloria Breaux as Dona Angela, Carl Cox as
Grandson, Rubens Mesa as Forencic Scientist, Ricardo Islas as Senior, Rosa Isela Frausto as Abused woman 3, Yvonne Nieves as Abused woman 2, Radica Radovic as Abused woman 1.

Movies Galore takes a look at Chicago director Ricardo Islas feature “Lockout” from 2006!

Written by David Strege

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Not to be confused with Chicago director Ricardo Islas returned to us in 2006 working with Alpha Studios to horror distributed through SGL Entertainment with a film titled “Lockout.”

So the film begins as a man is driving along a rural highway out to a deserted place where he thought he was working…

The man is talking to someone on the way and as he pulls up he calls out to a Mr. O’Neal, no answer… resumes his way through the home to the basement… an arm falls down we see the man scream into the rolling credits…

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Still weirder Dan follows the same woman who scared Chris into the home of a blind man which ends up a homicide, taking call girl to a spooky level… not only that but Dan picks up a hitchhiker whom turns into a bloodied body after passing a certain point in the road… leaving dan in a state of shock.

I think that if this film didn’t seem like it was filmed at times seems like it’s certainly not widescreen so your watching it in a box-like shape making it look like the film is stretched which could turn one off, I believe it definitely has an eerie vibe though… I also believe that the change to a few Asian actresses was a nice touch bringing diversity into the mix.

Will Dan and his family be able to handle the fear and the strange woman who invades their home while Dan is still wrapped up in his own vision of things… how can one help his family if he is so very scared himself… I definitely recommend to see this feature as I think it has its own twists used with suggestive horror, almost Gaillo. Enjoy!

Dan (Desautels) is in the office of The Boss (Carmona) where he is told that he is fired as it seems they have no use for him as he doesn’t speak Spanish And can’t relocate even though he’s been with the company for years… there is a moment captured where Dan looks into the face of a homeless man as I think it’s not whom he wants to become.

Chris (Dulay) Dan’s Wife’s sister is a dominatrix by trade almost sick of being the fetish of fat businessmen’s dreams. So Dan suggests that the family moves to rural Wisconsin.  Obviously a big move on everyone it is unsettling…

They arrive at what looks like the house from the beginning of the film in early afternoon. Dan checks the home and in the basement notices a leak.  Meanwhile Chris has brought some drug paraphernalia out along with her vibrator as she oddly masturbates to her parents making love.

Strange things are beginning to happen like Chris gets a client that is already being tortured by another…

While dan is engrossed with the leak in the basement… Dan’s Wife ignores Chris’s desperate call for help. Someone seems to be following Chris. I think what’s weird is the town seems somewhat desolate of people…

Starring Kris Desautels as Dan, Cyn Dulay as Chris, Claire Lanay as Rowena (as Claire Davenport), Jenny Sanchez as The Killer Woman, Max Da’Silva as The Blind Man, Salomón Carmona as The Boss, Spirit Phipps as The Hitchhiker, Bryan Turner as
Plumber, Chris Margetis as Detective 1, Bato Prostran as Detective 2, Franco Reins as The Doctor, Pat Germano as Rowena’s Client, Ruby Gonzalez as Pharmacist 1, Nancy Gonzalez as Nurse, Antonio Zúñiga as Pharmacist 2, Ivan Rodriguez as Upset Driver, Lori Ann Gerdisch as Mrs. Bennett, Veronica Balingit as Dan’s Mother, Julia Marcos as The Secretary, Ruth Terefe as
Woman in Coffee Shop, Jennifer Volium as
Dan’s Real Wife, Matt Vitiritti as Little Dan, Conan Simmons as Homeless Man, Marina Muzychenko as Dan’s Real Sister in Law, Penny Zurbrigg as Mom in Parking Lot, Giuliana Islas as Little Girl in Parking Lot (as Giuliana Ayala), Kashiram Patel as
Deli’s Owner.

Movies Galore takes a look at Scifi/Horror anthology “Hobo With A Trash Can” by Directors Mark Charles Adams, Tonja Atomic, Lloyd Emmons, Steven Grainger, Christopher Kahler, Kyle Leonard, Claire ‘Fluff’ Lewellyn, and Vincent Marshall from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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So now My Galoreans I’m finally getting to some of the films I’ve been wanting to review some since forever but last year I’d come across this little micro budget and in the back of my mind thought I was going to pick up a copy then but lo and behold a couple of weeks ago finally bought a copy.

“Hobo With A Trashcan” from Bloody Brit Productions is just as goofy as the title suggests but as it’s an Anthology which is normally a collection of short films drawing normally from a theme or title story, director Christopher Kahler plays the main character Hobo of the main film where all these other films are connected with in a city in the segment  “Welcome To Retroville.”

So the film starts out with this animation not that unlike you would see in front of an arcade game people dancing to trippy out of this world weird music before it zeros in on a hobo pushing a shopping cart.

In “Welcome To Retroville” directed by Claire “Fluff” Llewellen a typical homeless man is searching through trashcans and scrounging for food but each item he comes across is connected in some way shape or form to the stories about to unfold…

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The the segment “Frying Saucer” directed by Christopher Kahler the hobo is hit in the head with a frying pan and goes into what looks like an epileptic seizure but has a vision of a stay at home wife of a business man whom seems to have created a frying pan that works wonders made from you guessed it, outerspace…

In the segment “Grab Bag” directed by Steven Grainger, the hobo has another episode while some cops put a bag over his head as they’ve arrested him under suspicion of murder while in this vision a small midget man goes around feeding an unknown master that lives inside a grocery bag…

In the Segment “Condomdemned” directed by Lloyd Emmons and Kyle Leonard, the hobo picks up a dirty condom and has a vision of a kid in need of money who goes to a guy who gives him a camera to watch him go on a date with a girl named Crystal and film the whole thing only Crystal is dying to see him… and that he is just a patsy…

In the segment “The Apple That Bit Back” directed by Mark Charles Adams the hobo finds an apple in the cell he’s being kept in as he takes a bite has another vision… a couple of room mates with british accents are watching an action film and talking about fruit when apple decides to go on a killing spree…

In the segment “The Hungry Ghost” directed by Tonjia Atomic after touching some thrown away Chinese food the hobo has another vision of young man in a hoodie as he interrupts a crap game of poker that’s going on in a Chinese restaurant only heads will roll not dice…

And in the final segment “Dr. Hanger” directed by Vincent Marshall a girl goes in to have a back door abortion…

Now as I understand it each of these directors were pretty much given a buck to come up with an item then film around the item and fit it to the main storyline. I feel like the three strongest tales were “Grab Bag” , “The Apple That Bit Back” and ” The Hungry Ghost” there was absolutely some comedy portrayed in “The Apple That Bit Back” that is corny enough and weird enough it fits. My only problem with the anthology was a spot where the hobo (Chris) was in daylight when he supposedly had the vision when he was sleeping in the kept room he was in so was he dreaming he had a vision? I wasn’t sure but ithink they all just had fun putting this together on an almost no budget.

I think that filming together with other directors is also a way of therapy as the short film is hard to sometimes sell as a whole they are better equipped with ending up in an anthology such as this.  To me you cant go in expecting a million bucks just enjoy this for what it is a fun twisted way of looking for truth.  I certainly Recommend this film at least once in your life… and see if you can see aliens… enjoy!

Starring Marc Arturi as Elliot Goodfellow (segment “Frying Saucer”), Tonjia Atomic as Sad Ghost (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), Don Ayers as Sandwich Eating Guy (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), James Baack as Men in Black 1 (segment “Frying Saucer”), Yuri Barcenas as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Jay Blyth as
Jay (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Tina Boivin as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Christina ‘Million’ Brown as Mad Ghost (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), Troy Burnett as Dr. Hanger (segment “Dr. Hanger”), Ron Clark as Punk Man (segment “Grab Bag”), Anthony Cooney as Men in Black 2 (segment “Frying Saucer”), Amber Rose Cowles as Emmy Andrews (segment “Dr. Hanger”), Ed Critchley as Eddy (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Michael Crowley as Smug Ghost (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), Joe DeBartolo as
Chief Bullock (segment “Frying Saucer”)(segment “Welcome to Retroville”), Kathryn DeChicio as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Catherine Dennis as
Rosie Cheeks (segment “Frying Saucer”), William Hawk Edwards as Diner patron (segment “Frying Saucer”), Jordan Emmons as “kid walking by” (segment “CondomDemned”), Michael Fritz as
Lefty (segment “Grab Bag”), Steve Galayda as Businessman (segment “Frying Saucer”), Adam Gibson as Black Anton (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Sandy Gulliver As Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), John Helfrich as
Ray (segment “Dr. Hanger”), Greg Johnson as Carlo (segment “Frying Saucer”), Christopher Kahler as Bo (segment “Welcome to Retroville”), Frank Kam as
Detective Harry Bent (segment “Welcome to Retroville”), Michael Katzenberger as
Bill (segment “Frying Saucer”), Keith Kelly as Diner patron (segment “Frying Saucer”), Brian Kinkade as Brian / Ted (segment “CondomDemned”), Lillian Lamour as Martha Glock (segment “Welcome to Retroville”)(segment “Frying Saucer”), Richmond Law as Head Ghost (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), Josh Leonard as “J” Josh (segment “CondomDemned”), Claire ‘Fluff’ Llewellyn as Mindy Goodfellow (segment “Frying Saucer”)(segment “Welcome to Retroville”), June Llewellyn as Mum (segment “Frying Saucer”), Shauna Marshall as Campaign Manager (segment “Dr. Hanger”), Kari Mayo as Miss Greiner (segment “Frying Saucer”), Janet Mayson as Norma (segment “Frying Saucer”), DC McAuliffe as Home Chef (segment “Frying Saucer”), Michael McCune as Businessman (segment “Frying Saucer”), John McDonnell as Fried food consumer (segment “Frying Saucer”), Crystal McElroy as Crystal (segment “CondomDemned”), Sarah L. Morgan as
Emergency services #2 (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Thom Oswald as
Al (segment “Frying Saucer”), Edwin Park as Waiter (segment “The Hungry Ghost”), Donovan J. ‘Chocobunny’ Poole as Black Man (segment “Grab Bag”), Steven Powell as Emergency services #1 (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Andy Rich as Officer Bobby Penn (segment “Welcome to Retroville”), Alexandra Roach as Diner patron (segment “Frying Saucer”), Mike Rocha as Evil Little Man (segment “Grab Bag”), Schätze as Stray alley dog (segment “Welcome To Retroville”), Cassandra Sechler as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Rob Sepulveda as Businessman (segment “Frying Saucer”), Phil Stephenson as Dr. Marks (segment “The Apple That Bit Back”), Joyce Swolley as
Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Kelli Tidmore as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”), Vivian Tolar as Little Girl (segment “Grab Bag”), Hannah Walker as
Diner patron (segment “Frying Saucer”), Beth Zurkowski as Housewife (segment “Frying Saucer”).