To be honest I’d thought Tim Burton had learned not to fuck up a classic When he’d directed “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with his ugly Hispanic Oompa Loompas let alone Depp’s Edward Scissorhand mushroomtop look…
But here again Burton proves that at times he can be a hack though I loved his (Edward Scissorhand’s, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, and Ed Wood).
This Dark Shadows it based on the late sixties early seventies daytime soap opera of the same name Starring Jonathon Frid and Greyson Hall alongside Lara Parker, David Selby, Katherine Leigh Scott, Alexander Isles, Nancy Barret, Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, And David Hennessy among others…
The first hundred or so episodes were about the family of Colin wood and the people surrounding the port but when Johnathan Frid made an appearance on the 112th episode or so as the Vampire Barnabas Collins he was a hit and stayed on…
The origins of the show and its popularity is remembered by Barnabas and his legendary role as the curse put upon himself by Angelique (Parker) a witch whom loved Barnabas to the brink of death and if she couldn’t have him she’d kill his precious Josette and curse him to forever be chained as a Vampire until the day Willy Loomis a lodger within the Collins wood mansion stumbled upon a secret door within the family crypt…
In Tim Burton’s film adaptation Johnny Depp reprises the role as Barnabas as we see a bit of the beginnings of how Angelique in love with Barnabas as well as Jealous bewitched his love Josette over the Cliff on Widows Hill, killed his mother and father than cursed him as a Vampire…
I believe a hundred years later construction workers were working on a dig site in the woods near the Collinswood estates and unearthed the coffin in which Barbara’s had been burried once unleashed the entirety of all contruction workers were drained of their blood as we see Depp act very stiff and weird as he hits pavement in sight of a McDonald’s.
In any case he arrives at the manor in its dire state of poverty where Willy Loomis is the butler or caretaker of the mansion and issues him in. Meanwhile Angelique played by Eva Green has learned of his uncovering and has become a shipping magnet of Angel Bay and owns three forths of Collinsport…
Michelle Pfiefer plays Elizabeth Stoddard Collins and meets Barnabas as he passes himself off as a distant relative as the resemblance of himself and Barnabas Collins is uncanny. Amongst those living in the mansion are David And Roger Collins his father as well as Carolyn Stoddard sister to David, and Dr. Julia Hoffman whom instead of in the show having some way of eventially getting involved in this film she is already a resident.
Now that all have been introduced Barnabas shows Elizabeth one of the secret treasure doors hidden in the mansion which apparently they,be had all along just never knew and with his help the family begins to take back what was once theirs.
Dark Shadows was never once a comedy and yet Burton seems to make a mockery of the tale as the film takes a comedic turn with the sex romping… between Angelique and Barnabas…
Mysteriously a young lady named Victoria Winters has traveled to the estate to become a governess for David whome Barnabas takes an instant liking to as she looks exactly like his precious Josette.
Christopher Lee makes an appearance as a Captain and though I think Dark Shadows is not a comedy I actually thought when Depp hipnotized Lee was priceless, as well as Alice Cooper who performed a song of his… at a party.
Having Caroline as the werewolf instead of having a Quentin Collin’s involved was preposterous and a sham. Though the soundtrack was certainly from the seventies it did not fit well entirely with the storyline plus barnabas would have definitely been more refined and regal in his lovemaking even if it were in the present.
I also feel that making Roger played by Elementary’s Johnny Lee Miller out to be a villain when Roger’s Character was part of what I feel made the show Strong he was not a week character at all kinda had a fondness for Roger even though he was a little stiff I feel I saw an emotional human side on the Show after awhile…
As for Depp’s performance of Barnabas I was please as well as Michelle’s Elizabeth I wasn’t disappointed. I did feel the boy who played David Collins Shined a little in an over all ultimate battle in the end with his speaking to spirits….
It just seemed totally rushed and crammed and to me you can’t really cram the entire Dark Shadows into one film like this and instead of paying homage to the show so rich with background and history… Burton Insults it’s every nature of existence.
There was however one redeeming feature I loved the Wolves howling on the door to the treasure vault this feature of the Manor was incredible. So locations were stimulating but the story line sucked as well as the humor it’s not that there wasn’t humor in dark shadows but it certainly was more regally refined…
I Enjoyed several of the performances but I was not a fan of this Burton Production I’m not even going to call it a horror film for the farce that I believe it to be… I wouldn’t recommend this film for anyone. But the Choice is yours… enjoy!
P.s.: Those who know me my favorite Tv Show of all time was Dark Shadows finally had to post some of my disgust and normally I post films with pictures I didn’t think it deserved the satisfaction
Starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Jonny Lee Miller as
Roger Collins, Bella Heathcote as
Victoria Winters / Josette DuPres, Chloë Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins (as Gully McGrath), Ray Shirley as Mrs. Johnson, Christopher Lee as Clarney, Alice Cooper as Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye as Joshua Collins, Susanna Cappellaro as Naomi Collins, Josephine Butler as David’s Mother, William Hope as
Sheriff, Shane Rimmer as Board Member 1, Michael Shannon as Board Member 2 (as Michael J. Shannon), Harry Taylor as
Henchman, Glen Mexted as Captain Rubberpants, Guy Flanagan as Bearded Hippie, Nigel Whitmey as Hard Hat 1, Philip Bulcock as Hard Hat 2, Sophie Kennedy Clark as Hippie Chick 1, Hannah Murray as
Hippie Chick 2, Victoria Bewick as
Hippie Chick 3, Sean Mahon as Collinsport Cop, Alexia Osborne as Young Victoria, Richard Hollis as Vicky’s Father, Felicity Brangan as Vicky’s Mother, Michael Anthony Brown as Windcliff Doctor, Charlotte Spencer as Coat Check Girl, Gabriel Freilich as Hippie 3, Justin Tracy as Young Barnabus – aged 6, Thomas Grube as Construction Worker 1, Jeff Mash as Construction Worker 2, Raffey Cassidy as Young Angelique, Jonathan Frid as Guest, Kathryn Leigh Scott as Guest, Lara Parker as Guest, David Selby as Guest, Janine Craig as Go Go Dancer 1, Adelle Young as Go Go Dancer 2, Dominika Van Santen as Go Go Dancer 3 (as Dominica Van Santen), Josephine McGrail as Go Go Dancer 4, Victoria Jane Appleton as Collins Canning Worker (uncredited), Lasco Atkins as Cannery Worker (uncredited), Gintare Beinoraviciute as Town Lady (uncredited), Greg Bennett as Chet the Taxidermist (uncredited), Ashley Bernard as Canning Company Employee (uncredited), Kenneth W Caravan as 18th Century Gentleman (uncredited), Duncan Casey as Policeman (uncredited), James Cooper as Dock Worker (uncredited), Edward Coupland as
Fireman (uncredited), Andrew Crayford as
Townsperson (uncredited), Vincent Curson Smith as Young Barnabas – aged 9 (uncredited), Leigh Daniels as Slow Dancer (uncredited), Jel Djelal as Firefighter (uncredited), Marco Flammer as AngelBay Boy (uncredited), Javier Fontana as Fisherman (uncredited), Jake Francis as
Photographer (uncredited), Shonn Gregory as Worker (uncredited), Daniel Harland as
Barnabas Collin’s Carrier Person (uncredited), Lee Nicholas Harris as
Fisherman (uncredited), Keaton Heinrichs as
Angelbay Canning Boy (uncredited), Frank Hellebrand as Henchman (uncredited), Chris Martin Hill as Fireman (uncredited), Tony Hunter as Factory Worker (uncredited), Josh Jefferies as Pizzeria Customer (uncredited), Jorge Leon Martinez as Collinwood Worker (uncredited), David Lyddon as Workman (uncredited), Ian Mann as Dock Worker (uncredited), Oliver Mayo as Firefighter (uncredited), Matthew David McCarthy as
18th Century Gentleman (uncredited), Thomas McDonell as Young Barnabus Collins (uncredited), Ryan McPhail as Construction worker (uncredited), Duncan Meadows as
Mob (uncredited), Dale Mercer as Slow Dancer (uncredited), Alex Moore as
Fire Fighter (uncredited), Stuart Mulcaster as
Townsperson (uncredited), Benjayx Murphy as Builder (uncredited), Marcus Ramtohul as
Record Store Owner (uncredited), Valery Richardson as Townsperson (uncredited), Steve Saunders as Fisherman (uncredited), Ellie Spicer as Girl in Phone Booth (uncredited), Phillip Taggart as Cannary worker (uncredited), Nick Thomas-Webster as Timothy (uncredited), Matt Tyzack as
Townsperson (uncredited), Charlie Woodford as 18th Century Gentleman (uncredited).
If your a chef or cook or in any kind of restaurant and your moving up in ranks you might want to think twice after watching this short film about a secret society of chefs…
The definition of a foodie is one that is so obsessed with food whether it’s eating or the drinking of spirits that it can virtually take over your life and be addicting…
Coming from Cinema Fuel Productions director Christopher G. Moore this is a dark comedy of just that kind of person… slowly rising in ranks of the food industry, totally obsessed with food is a groupie that has been invited to an underground dinner party of the most infamous chef’s and people in the incrowd on the up and up.
What he doesn’t realize is the main course is not what he is ready for…
I think that this was a hilarious short film and for being done on such a low budget can instantly become a classic for any restaurant goer or anyone part of the industry…. I really do believe there are people as into food as the main character Mueller (Kramer) who seems full of himself as well as being a groupie of sorts as to whether there’s as fucked up of a secret society of chefs and the like? I mean there’s The famous French Milt (Algiers) (who seems quite at ease with his knives), and the Wine Dungeon duo (adept at being submissive as well as dominant) and Whose to say… but this short film deserved some mention as there was a bit of a twist and a surprise of who eats whom and kills whom in the end. As to what’s on the menu?
Go ahead look inside your mailbox there might be an invitation…
I would totally recommend this film for horror enthusiests it was comical as all hell definitely worth a watch… be careful what you eat…
Starring Nick Karner as Mueller, David Berberian as John Lando, Alena Koch as
Hannah, Jeff Alguire as French Milt, Tony Hughes as Brandon X, Meredith Sause as
Teddy (as Meredith Leigh Sause), Tracey Coppedge as Beth, Emlee Vassilos as
Darla, Gilly Conklin as Shannon Von Vester, John Jimerson as Greg, Jennifer Evans as
French Milt Groupie #1, Stephanie Minervino as French Milt Groupie #2 (as Stephanie Rinehart).
Well I’ve reviewed a bunch of New films so I decided to take a look at this little cult horror comedy classic by director Glen Coburn distributed in 2014 by Wacked Movies “Bloodsuckers From Outer Space.”
Not only is it weird and I say weird lightly as it’s definitely overly used in the script… hehe The film begins with a local farmer from Texas going about his chores when a sudden gust of wind tears through and suddenly spilling blood, becomes a bloodsucker of sorts…
As was culture to the birth of the 80s there’s even a corny somewhat psychedelic title song. The next morning the town sherrif, his deputy, the local newspaper journalist, Photographer Jeff (Meyer) , and town local Buford (Stanford) all witness the turned Farmer as he’s sucked a victim dry…
Dr. Pace (Webb) and his team of scientists take the bloodsucker back to their lab at Research City, whilst the army sends a Heneral Sanders and his small body of troops to “Take care” of the situation at hand.
Jeff on the other hand is forced to make a desiscion about becoming a farm hand for his Uncle Joe and Aunt Kate or skipping town and loosing his inheritance. On wis way while doing some errands his car breaks down when he runs into free spirited Julie (Ellis) who was on her way from Dallas to nowhere in particular…
Ralph Rhodes (Coburn) who is part of the top secret research team at Research City is Jeff’s brother, after a romp Jeff and Julie head quickly over to his uncle’s place when they realize the place is covered in blood as his Aunt has certainly changed as has his uncle into this airbourne plague from outer space… ultimately it’s up to Jeff, Julie or the Nuke hungry General Sanders (Letts) to figure out how to beat this brainwashed invasion…
To be honest I’m not exactly sure we can all these people Zombies entirely because first this was an Airbourne collective, secondly to me a zombie doesn’t talk, a true zombie groans, or growls and eats everything with flesh… not just blood.
Secondly I think there was a scene where the sex sounds of Julie and Jeff had certainly gone on long enough… The Janitor Norman (Brigham), weirdly enough wore out the use of the word “weird to the point of being annoying but the film was not without its comedy and was enjoyably bad but Corny. I think it’s one of those deliciously bad but meant to be bad and comical films that can be enjoys on the worst of nights.
Now there were moments of slowness and some apparently bad acting by the aunt and uncle characters but I think that’s what was part of what made this film amusing. I certainly recommend this film to all horror film enthusiasts for a good laugh… enjoy!
Starring Robert Bradeen as Uncle Joe, Big John Brigham as Norman, Glen Coburn as
Ralph Rhodes, Franny Coppenbarger as Dead Woman, Christine Crowe as President’s Playmate, David Cunningham as Military guard, Joyce Dixon as Seductive Bloodsucker, Laura Ellis as Julie, Dan Gallion as The Farmer, Rick Garlington as Major Hood, Wayne Greene as B.J. Barton, Christopher Heldman as Sam (as Chris Heldman), Candace Hickey as Blood Sucker, Billie Keller as Aunt Kate, Paul LaRocque as Driver, Dennis Letts as General Sanders, Thom Meyers as Jeff Rhodes (as Thom Meyer), Kris Nicolau-Sharpley as Jeri Jett, Julie Oliver-Touchstone as Screamer (as Julie P. Oliver-Touchstone), Pat Paulsen as U.S. President, Darrell Shelton as Guard, Jim Stafford as
Buford, Richard Wainscott as Richard, Samantha Walker as Pam, John Webb as
Dr. Pace, Jack Wilkinson as Coroner.
Working with Underground Gorellector Films, Fox Trot Productions director Emir Skalonja brings us a short film called “Ave Satanas” for 2017.
Filmed in black and white as two women meet in the woods, Evanora (Shenk) and Mary (Skolanja). Evanora speaks of being defile and asking for vengeance she must do so in blood…
Next we see an abandoned church where a hooded woman confronts these two men for Mary as she condemns them to death a man comes around and cuts one’s tongue out. The other man dies and has his guts pulled out… while black metal plays and our hooded avenger moans as if in ecstasy…
The acting by all was very ritual so I believe that all involved in this short film did an excellent job. This film was meant to be a slow to gorefest homage to Satan. I think it can be considered a period piece as it comes off as possibly an older tale in an ancient time.
I think we have a lot to look forward to with director Emir Skolanja well done Emir. I enjoyed it though I hope we here more of this story in the near future… I will remember that cackle… i certainly recommend this film for the gore enthusiast enjoy!
Starring Krystal Shenk as Evanora, Nicole Skolanja as Mary, Jose Rivera as Man #1, Brian Warden as Man #2.
Now I know that there have been many films that have been constituted as being fan made films so this would certainly be one of them. Brought to us by Mantouk Films and Level 7 films director Sandy Collora once again produces an interesting adaptation of his own version of the Dark Knight.
As the film begins we see a man suit up in what looks like a similar suit to that which the original 1960’s Batman might of worn not your usual lately, blasted up armor with plastic or metal plating uniform but with cape none the less as you here a news billeting about Gotham in the background.
Its raining as the Batman (Bartram) jumps to the ground his cape spreads almost all around him, the rain pinging of his cape like it’s a tarp of sorts but how it got to flow around him in slow motion was very cool…
The Joker (Koenig) escaped Arkham Asylum and goes up against His foe with the help of three Predator Creatures and and Alien as his criminal underlings so it’s certainly interesting how Collora mixes these foes together who’d of thought we’d see such a clash of titanish monsters in Gotham.
I enjoyed this short film extremely in a way it’s odd and impossible that these creatures from other films to have shown up in the D.C. world but it’s also a cool concept and thanks to a recent discovery they did actually clash in the comics when D.C. And Darkhorse got together…
The acting was pretty great too it’s not like he picked some random people to play these villains… I recommend you check this short film if you can I enjoyed it and is one of my favorite fan films now…
Starring Clark Bartram as Batman, Andrew Koenig as The Joker, Kurt Carley as
Predator #1, Jake McKinnon as Alien, Dragon Dronet as Left Predator, Patrick Magee as
Brought to us by Nevermore Productionsand directed by Justin M. Seaman is this long awaited feature called “The Barn.”
Turns out in asense the film is somewhat evolved with Seaman’s version of the Boogeyman but began in a silent horror short film he’d filmed called “All Hollow’s Eve” from 2012.
As with all urban legends the film begins with a legend of three demons, The Boogey Man, Hallowed Jack and Candy Corn Scarecrow born from that of miners of a small town and a barn… Also from variations of the Boogeyman tale…
In Wheary Falls a service is being held at dusk in 1959 marking the return of the annual Harvest Hootnanny… by moonlight two young kids a boy and a girl go out to the barn that’s off limits… but go anyways there’s a set of rules to be followed… The little girl does not come back…
30 years later in Helen’s Valley, 1989 Sam (Mussolini) and Josh (Stout) are best freinds and have been putting on a haunted house forever but Ms. Barnhart has forbid them to do anything this All Hollows Eve… so with a group of freinds and a young girl Michelle (Dripps) that Sam likes to go out to see the last concert of a specific band that a Dr. Rock (Lehman) tv program “The Rock Block” reminiscent of MTV told them about that “Demon Inferno” was coming to a location near them.
Its been a year since Josh’s dad the town preacher (Billock) has died and hasn’t been easy and both with Sam being grounded after their prank their freind Russ, Chris and Nikki… all decide to catch this supposed Rock Concert but end up Running into the legendary demons of said town…
First of All I totally dug this film I think that that this was definitely very like bringing the feel of what the eighties was all about sex, love, the slasher, drugs, partying and Rock’n’roll…
There was certainly blood definitely Splatter and a story line and history this film was dropped in. The acting was great and the characters memorable. And I think the fact that Sam knew all these weird rules of the legend of Halloween and the story behind the three local demons…
I most definitely recommend this film for all but I think what I didn’t like was the price they were farming it out for… I understand that your out there to make money bsck on the film but thirty bucks is a lot for a film even if it’s a special edition with a computer game as the bonus extra… I think 15 would have just been fine… I think the director was scalping people a little to get their copy is all… but it was also a decent film and well done… there’s more but I’m sure you don’t want me to tell all… enjoy!
Starring Mitchell Musolino as Sam, Will Stout as Josh, Lexi Dripps as Michelle, Cortland Woodard as Chris, Nikki Howell as Nikki (as Nikki Darling), Nickolaus Joshua as Russell, Linnea Quigley as Ms. Barnhart, Ari Lehman as Dr. Rock, Ryan Nogy as Shirley Garrett, David Hampton as
George, James Weldon as Mr. Daniels, Justin M. Seaman as Boogeyman, Rik Billock as The Preacher, Elyse Alberts as
Matt’s Older Sister, Hunter Amos as George Haywin (child), Jon Bailey as
Trailer Narrator (voice), James Baker as
Ash Baxtor, Matt Starr Bores as Vinny Michaels, Ted Boyko as Ted Bundy-Vocals (Legendary Hucklebucks), Cheyenne Burnsworth as Arcade Kid #1, Colton Burnsworth as Roller Rink Patron #2, Paula Burnsworth as Roller Rink Patron #1, Rodney Burnsworth as Arcade Kid #2, Dakota Corwin as Hootenanny Guest #9, Tyler Denman as Arcade Kid #3, Stephen Dixon as Hootenanny Guest #7, Linda Emeterio as Old Cat Lady, Anna Fajerski as
Hootenanny Guest #12, Dave Fresch as
Dave Fresch-Guitar (Legendary Hucklebucks), John Garrett as Hootenanny Guest #13, Linda Garrett as Hootenanny Guest #14, Brian Gault as Brian Hucklebuck-Drums (Legendary Hucklebucks), Jedediah Giacchino as Hootenanny Guest #4, Sable Griedel as
80’s Porch Sweeping Girl, Susie Johnson as
Hootenanny Guest #18, Linda Loughman as Hootenanny Guest #21, Jordan Main as
Hootenanny Guest #22, Jeramey Pelzer as
Hootenanny Guest #6, Michael Prutzman as Hootenanny Guest #19, Johnny Relich as
Johnny Devil-Guitar (Legendary Hucklebucks), Mark J. Reyes as Hootenanny Guest #20, Cheryl Seaman as
Hootenanny Guest #8, Tanya R. Seaman as
Roller Rink Concession Worker, Douglas Sikora as Uncle Piddles-Upright Bass (Legendary Hucklebucks), Clay Sismour as
Kitchen Corn Shucker, Nicholas Sprowls as
Terrorized Trick or Treater, Jeremiah Startare as Roller Rink Patron #3, Jacob Stone as Hootenanny Guest #10, Ryan Sullivan as Hootenanny Guest #5, Clarissa Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #17, Jeremy Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #15, Megan Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #16, Ethan Turner as Roller Rink Patron #4, Keith Uram as Iggy Stevens, Christopher Vertosick as Hootenanny guest #2, Jonathan Vertosick as Hootenanny guest #1, Darby Zerbini as
Hootenanny Guest #11.
Brought to us in part from Montauk Films and Level 7 directed by Sandy Collora is a roughly seven minute short film of a religious nature…
Sandy Collora makes a total visual dream aspect of how the devil takes the form of a child (Decker) when coming to take a soul on earth for their hearts are pure and innocent…
Using the representation of a Dom (Nann) and a Sub (Wolf) where the sub was kidnapped by the devil a guardian sent by God protected and guided the sun back to her Dom.
I think this film is somewhat subliminal and spiritual but also is also very beautifully filmed. There was no talking as the film is to like I almost said a virtual dreamlike sequence. I really liked this short film for the landscape and the symbolism used.
i certainly enjoyed this film and look forward to more from this director I think he is very talented in telling stories from visualization and may have been over looked… I totally recommend you view this short film for its spectacular visuals. Enjoy!
Starring Jonathan Decker as Child, Erika Nann as Dom, Dustin Olander as Archangel, Aime Wolf as Sub.
Directed by Matt Jaissle of Videvil Video, I feel I have to defend this film as it’s one of those films you either love or hate, and or hate to love but love anyways because it’s so bad it’s good. Now I bought it a year or so ago had meant to review this by now but since then has been picked up by Massacre Video distribution and rightly so it needs a place to be seen… hehe…
Film begins as two killers in black wielding axes walk silently in and axe the place as well as a body… but mark the place with the sign of Satan…
Father Aaron (Scarbrough) explains in a narrative that he is about to go take the confession of an ex Hollywood actor he hasn’t seen in eight years by the name of Jack (DuBois).
We see Father Aaron drive out to what looks like an abandoned factory, in and walk up some stairs to a trap door in the floor to meet Jack… Jack tells the Father that a cult of Satanists put a curse on him, some years back a dude named Azzagras said he could make his career sky rocket to fame by selling his soul to Satan. A sort of crossroads desiscion he’d agreed to do everything in blood…
It is here we see Jack running… as he runs runs into a knife wielding bum… as this turns into an old school Splatter fest SOV film, yeah it’s fake blood hokey acting but somewhat humorous.
According to Father Aaron there has also been a litany of murdered priests that have happened… in any case a detective Harrison and his partner mysteriously arrive at the abandoned place where Jack has hidden as Father Aaron is caught in the crossfire and sucked into Jack’s situation…
Forced to tie his freind Jack up, Father Aaron watches as an Evil Cop (Ruem) stabs Jack with forks to try to torture him to confess…
This is where it gets weird after shooting the cop an excorcism not sanctioned by the church is about to be performed to fight Satan for Jack’s contract to his soul.
i actually think the worst acting comes from (DuBois) he could certainly have more emphasis in his diction… he speaks as if he’s just saying the words to get this done and over with like a disinterested actor in his role…
In a sense this is a good and evil battle… some of the dead rise to attack these two for attempting to exorcize Satan himself… but I think the best part of the demonic hand that seems to rise from the book they are using as it flaps around with some animation of sorts…
To me it’s humorous as well as a somewhat Zombastic film of the undead like The Ecorcist meets Dawn of the Dead kind of film. I enjoyed it but not as bad as some say it is at least to me but certainly not everyon’s taste.
I’d recommend this film for horror enthusiasts though some of the music reminds me a little of Fulci’s music for Zombie I enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind a sequel if one was ever made lol.
Starring Larry DuBois as Jack, Shawn Scarbrough as Father Aaron, Don Ruem as
Evil Cop / Satan, Chris Heikka as
Cop shot in head, Matt Handley as
Azzagras, High Priest of Satan, Matt Jaissle as
Maniac with axe, William Jaissle as
I think that in this day and age it is hard to find an original form a horror film that is told in poignant subtlety that can almost make you cry as Director Nicholas Pesce does in “The Eyes of My Mother” with Magnet Releasing and Borderline Films.
It’s filmed in black and white which already catches my attention but the story begins as a I believe polish mother (Agostini) is teaching her daughter about the way to preserve the eyes of farm animals as she tells her that it is said the spirit or ones soul is in the eyes…
Shortly after this though a young man stops by the farm while Francisca’s Father is away and violently kills her mother…
When Father comes back he beats the man and drags his body to the woods to be burried but somehow the little girl drags the man into the barn and keeps said man chained up and takes his eyes…
My understanding is that Francisca (Magalhaes) grows up very different with just her father and the kept creature… and is somewhat hidden from the world and when her father dies… Is left alone…
Happenstance brings about a woman stranded with her small child whom she befriends and takes the place of the kept creature of a man… which also had her eyes taken from her…
Francisca raises the child herself until one day the child finds the woman she’s got locked up and begins to question…
I feel the film was a slow burn and is not for everyone’s taste because I can see how it could very well put one to sleep but there I believe is a hidden beauty of the way young Francisca copes with the losses in her life and how she tries to fill it with said loss.
I think this was an interesting film and can see how it can easily reach a cult standing. I think it was well directed, well acted and is one of the better films of 2016.
I enjoyed it and certainly recommend it for others. My favorite part was where the father and daughter were dancing together…
Starring Diana Agostini as Mother, Olivia Bond as Young Francisca, Will Brill as
Charlie, Joey Curtis-Green as Antonio, Flora Diaz as Lucy, Kika Magalhaes as
Francisca, Paul Nazak as Father, Clara Wong as Kimiko.
“Bloom” director Travis Legge of Plastic Age Productions once again arrives in the indie scene with a live action from-a-comic book crime drama “The Reckoning.” Which I didn’t have a problem contributing to as you’ll probably see my name in the special thanks section and let me tell you I think he delivered.
Danielle Doetsch stars as Justine a young woman in love with a young man named Mike (Hoover) whom just wants to provide for his girl as he takes a job as errand boy for his drug dealing cousin.
Justine’s Best freind Stacy (Maloney) warns her about the dangers he may be taking and bringing her into but when Justine brings the subject up to her man Mike assures her it’s only small time smoke and nothing big.
On a reciprocation of deliverying to the wrong neighborhood a more connected Crime Lord named Victor (Jones) sends a message to Mikes Cousin through Mike himself where after sending some of his own dudes to tell Victor and his thugs off, come back in a drive by killing Mike in front of Justine.
Justine then to deal with her grief, one by one goes after the men responsible for the death of her lover…
At first I wasn’t sure the actress (Doetsch) had it in her to portray the kind of violence needed to bring to life this Angel of Vengeance kind of 70s throwback to films like “Thriller” or “Day of the Woman” type of genre. I have to say she kicked some ass.
I do have to bring up one little bit of film work there’s a moment where Justine’s been injured, as she waits for a weapon of choice to warm up she’s given a choice to the path she’s about to go down… and the symbolism and connection of possible pathway to hell is very well done… you’ll know what I mean if you see the film but I loved it. Having seen his first feature “Raymond Did It” and then “Bloom” I have every confidence that Travis Legge will just get better and better in time.
Travis’s only set back is always funding but I believe this film packs a good punch and I was happy to be a part of it in some way.
i recommend this film to definitely see it in the coming months and hope that it is successfully recieved. Enjoy!
Starring Danielle Doetsch as Justine, Shellilynn as Moll, Matthias Kocur as
Funeral Mourner, Ricardo Thurmond as
Ricky, Travis Legge as Homeless Man, Dave Juehring as Pawn Broker, Joseph Mistretta as Eric, Josh Hoover as Mike, Steve Heiden as Goon #1, Brandon K. Jones as Victor, Leah Gayle as Mileen, Allison Didier as
Trish, Kevin Poole as Paco, Becky Bramlett as Waitress, Joey Grimmett as Thug, Ray Fanara as Jay, Dustin Urness as Lewis, Dessi Maloney as Stacy, Brandon Creed as