Movies Galore takes a look at director Jeff Leroy’s feature film “Creepies” from 2004!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Amsell Entertainment and Sterling Entertainment and distributed by Maverick Entertainment is a film directed  by Jeff Leroy who appears to be one of the kings of the low budget Cinema in his own right and I believe that this was actually one of his better films even though the CGI was entirely fake-looking that there were rubber spiders and the acting hokey.

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But really, when it comes down to watching films like this you really have to have an imagination of some kind. The film begins as it appears a spider escapes from a laboratory and military personnel are trying to gun down this scientifically Genetically mutated spider.  We have Joe Haggerty showing up as Sargent Benson, I believe even though the film starts out with the military going after this spider, it goes back to the beginning of what happened that the military had to go after this bug.  So, we see two soldiers in a science lab when one of the mutated spiders that was in a jar broke from its habitat, biting one of the soldiers.

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I like the creature effects in this film, like when the soldier that was bitten, there was a wound, and when it opened up a spider crawled out of it and made you feel like this was actually happening.  When some spiders crawl out up a canister and you see the shadow of the bug, hearing the darn thing crawling around it certainly made it feel like there was an invasion of sorts. Spider webbing has covered the entire base, as a small Platoon that is supposed to meet up with Colonel Graves inspect the premises. If you’ll notice that one of the privates by the name of Philips is actor Jed Rowen who played one of the bad guys in director Paul Bunnell’s  feature The Ghastly Love of Johnny X.  That being said  the group of soldiers started to disappear.    We see a soldier bitten, he shoots his arm off and then he gets dragged into a hole. One of his fellow privates here’s the noise she’s the soldier come up through the whole with one arm and he says “Save yourself”.  

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Meanwhile Colonel Graves and his group of men come into the compound and notice all the  webs and the missing canister. The thing I find unique about this scene is that the dead body of Sergeant Benson all wrapped up in web gets dragged across the floor creepily. I love how that was done. On the other hand the missing canister was sent to what looks like a recording studio by mistake.   A girl band called The Barenaked  Barbies is on their way over when the two guys who remind me of the Wayne’s World dudes end up going to check out this canister which the spiders have hatched from and bit one of them.

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So on the one hand the military personnel who created the spider is trying to kill it on the other hand the members of The Barenaked Barbies along with their guy friend Dave and the Stoner record dude Steve to kick some ass and fight some spiders. I actually thought that this was one of the more ambitious spider movies On a low budget I’ve seen with creature effects, I mean yes you had your rubber spiders, but you had four different kinds of spiders.  there were mechanical spiders, rubber spiders, CGI spiders, giant spiders it was a combination of things and that my friends is not what people normally see they say they see the bad acting they see the bad effects and they can’t look past it. Plus it did help to have some very pretty ladies on board.

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I thought the story-line was decent enough, and I thought the acting wasn’t that bad there were some lines that had to do with rock and roll that I thought were unique it was just random but something to just throw out there in the midst of this comical invasion of sorts. and I think Steven the stoner looking recording studio guy the fact that though he was bitten, kept on acting like there was nothing wrong man.  One thing I thought was creative is that when one of the spiders was going up the side of the building you actually saw a CGI made egg sack which was fucking brilliant imagery at least for its time.   on a film like this you have to look past all of the bullshit  to see the hard work that I believe went into the film.   I enjoyed watching this film I think that there are other fans of this film. End it if you like low budgeted horror that is a tad bit comical I think you would enjoy this feature. I certainly recommend it. It won’t be everyone’s film or kind of film but I’d like to put this film in the top section of my favorite spider films because of its ingenuity. Not to mention a possible government cover up. Enjoy!

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Starring Lisa Jay as Michelle, Jeff Ryan as Dave, Phoebe Dollar as Brinke, Calley Edmunds as Linnea, Ron Jeremy as Officer Spudic, Garrett Clancy as Sgt. Clancy, Eric Flenner as Jake, Joe De Angelis as Steve, Corbin Timbrook as Parker, Robert Ambrose as Wilkins, Carl Washington as Pvt. Taylor, Vinnie Bilancio as Pvt. Wilson, Joe Haggerty as Sgt. Benson, Savvy Brown as Ms. Ray (as Savanah Brown), Joe Myles as Pvt. Flyswatter, John Fava as Codispot, Jon Christian as Erkens, Jed Rowen as Pvt. Phillips, Matt Emery as Capa, Jack Sparling as Bud, Mitch Toles as The Paramedic, Paul Hellweg as Col. Hellweg.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Paul Bunnell’s “That Little Monster” from 1994, and his “The Visitant” short film from 1981!

Written by David Strege

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I am surprised that I didn’t look into the previous films that director Paul Bunnell and his Ottermole Moving Picture Company who brought about the futuristic sci-fi musical The Ghastly Love of Johnny X which stars Will Keenan of Tromeo & Juliet fame. Until I’d interviewed Paul and realized within him astounding drive and the will to succeed, even though he has watched other filmmakers stride by, he wanted to do his film or films right by finding the proper distribution.

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Several years back Elite Entertainment had picked up his film That Little Monster which was originally scripted for the 1980s TV series Monsters Which is unfortunate as the producer that Paul had pitched to at the time really loved the idea. Unfortunately his producer connection died unexpectedly and his successors weren’t as interested. But director Paul Bunnell, with his drive to succeed and create what he intended, decided to make the film regardless.  He went out and bought some 16mm Plus-X film
stock and made his film in black-and-white.

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Knowing and being friends with the director Don Coscarelli of the Phantasm film franchise, Paul connected with Reggie Bannister at the time and approached him with a role in That Little Monster and so he made the film.

That Little Monster I would definitely put up there with David  Lynch’s Eraserhead almost as a masterpiece in itself and is very experimental.  The film begins with an interview between a young girl named Jamie played by actress  Melissa Baum who is a foreign exchange student and applies for a babysitting job.   Reggie Bannister plays the character called Twelvetrees who is the butler to the Mr. and Mrs. Willock, of which Jamie is being interviewed as a potential babysitter for their little offspring.   What she doesn’t realize how strange the couple is and how even stranger the baby is.  The child must take a certain kind of formula at a certain kind of time.  

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The parents of the baby are rather weird indeed.  In fact, before the Willock’s  leave for their masquerade ball, the geeky father, played by actor William Mills breaks out in a rockin’ tune like that which you would here being sung in the 50s.

Director Paul Bunnell was and is very fond of Bob Hope the comedian so when Jamie sits down and watches something on the  TV it is a clip from an old Bob Hope comedy.  But there is something you should know at the time; Bob Hope wasn’t accepting any more television roles and  when he contacted Bob Hope Enterprises asking for a cameo, he was told no.  

Paul had something up his sleeve though. Paul had collected an abundance of Bob Hope memorabilia, sand decided to walk into Hope Enterprises to speak with Bob Hope’s daughter and offered to donate a lot of memorabilia for the (still unbuilt) Bob Hope Museum.  They said yes and Paul had Hope and history was made with what would become Bob Hope’s last appearance in a movie. Check out the end credits to see that cameo. And that’s how you make film history you don’t give up.

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At the time director Paul Bunnell had also approached actor Angus Scrimm for a role, but was unavailable, so he suggested Forrest J Ackerman, who did cameos in films such as Evil Spawn, Return of the Living Dead 2, and Dead Alive. Forry agreed to play Edward Van Groan, a fake horror host for the intro claiming “no babies were injured or placed at risk in this picture”, which was great.

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I think this film is a masterpiece because it was very much influenced by Lynch at the time, but the tale of this baby, which was in fact purely monster being coddled by even stranger parents after knowing full well going through babysitters like birth control, was definitely a unique story. In a sense it was almost Lovecraftian because even The Dunwich Horror had birthed a monster and in a sense that creature was merely just a child as well. I liked that the film also has a backstory and that the father has a creepy garden where he buried previous babysitters.

Yes, this film isn’t for everyone, but the imagery is creative. I feel this film gets lost on today’s audiences as they do not have respect for abstract thoughts, which is exactly what That Little Monster is. It’s kind of like a nightmare made reality and I love the madness in it.   I think that if you haven’t seen this film you should find a copy of it and treasure it.   I will keep this film very close in range with my copy of Eraserhead. I definitely recommend this film for those of you who enjoy this type of thing.

Starring Melissa Baum as Jamie, Reggie Bannister as Twelvetrees, Andi Wenning as Mrs. Willcock, William Mills as Mr. Wilcock, Forest J. Ackerman as Edward Van Groan, Wolper Willcock as Baby (Wolper Willcock).

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Also as a bonus feature on Elite Entertainment’s copy of That Little Monster is a short film that was well-received when it came out in 1981, called The Visitant. This film, shot on in legendary super 8mm, involves a father who drove drunk and finds himself  in a state of paranoia as he seems to be caught up in a very surreal world.   He witnesses his daughter standing at a grave, stating that she wishes whatever hell this man is experiencing. He pretty much doesn’t know it’s him, but that she wishes that he ultimately gets punished for eternity for what he’s
done. The only thing is he doesn’t know exactly what he’s done. The world that he finds himself in I believe is purgatory and his soul was caught in between the land of the living and the land of the dead.   I thought the actor who played the father wasn’t bad at all.   This film felt like the tail end of the 1970s, even though it was filmed in the 1980s, but was a very honest and very real and compelling look at the consequences of what could happen if you did drive drunk. At the time I believe that Bunnell was really into The Twilight Zone and this plays like a
Twilight Zone episode.   But it was his own idea and that is what I like.

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Again I loved it. The madness that was portrayed in this film. I loved its weirdness and I’m surprised that not a lot of distributors have been interested in making a deal with this director’s films. I do hope that Paul eventually achieves his dream and that his films will find a proper place on a proper shelf with a proper company.   But I hope that the public does seek these films out, for I do believe they have their place and there is a spark of creativity that is still within this filmmaker to try and make his dreams happen. If you are a fan of short films that sound like this type of genre, then I encourage you to seek these out for your own collection and appreciate them for what they are.   I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know Mr. Bunnell, and I am honored to call him a friend because I have much respect for the films that he has created even though there were moments that it seemed like some of his projects would never see the light.

Starring Ron Linares as Visitant, Susan Rinell as Girl (as Susan Blackstone), Kashi Way as Boy, Dory Forma as Ghoul, Paul Bunnell as Runner (as Paul Mack), Peter Renaday as Narrator (as Pete Reneday), Richard D. White as Supporting Ghoul, Terrance Hines as Supporting Ghoul, Jerry Danielsen as Supporting Ghoul.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ryan Stacy’s debut feature “Midsummer Nightmares” from 2011!

Written by David Strege

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It’s been awhile since I picked up the spell it came in like a 6 Bill pack of films from Concept Media Films so I’m sorry I’m just getting it to it now but this is director Ryan Stacy’s Midsummer nightmares From 2011.

So the film begins with Liz and her group of friends getting ready for a Halloween Bash of some sort obviously some plans in the works. One of their friends Holly  calls and says that she’s getting ready for the party when she gets this Anonymous call From someone who mistakenly thinks this Holly’s number was a sex line. not the end of the conversation he really says I’ll see you soon…

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Next we see a scene with her mother or stepmother I’m not exactly sure where it seems like she is very controlling. She can’t joke or swear on the phone with her friends let alone it seems like even after her father has died is kind of treating her like she should grow up which maybe she should but I’m not entirely sure she should pack up like most of her things that she her mother that is Dean’s of s*** that isn’t useful in her life. Granted when I was a child my mom and dad would always threaten to come in with a green bag throw everything out if I didn’t clean up my room, of course that’s when trash bags were green. In any case when her mom goes off to the store Holly is inherently alone in the house when a man in a mask and a hoodie chases after her and murders her…

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After overhearing her friend Holly see me link get harassed by someone and then getting a strange phone call from her Audrey is concerned about her friend the next day. a new neighbor named Rob, Bob or Robby seems to incessantly appear out of nowhere And try to be friendly.

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Audrey has a fight with her boyfriend Gavin and well Gavin and Reese are over at a friend’s place setting up the party Gavin gets a message to meet her meaning Audrey add to the gazebo.

So it looks like there’s going to be one hell of a Halloween party but there is one person from the past that I believe will be the surprise murderer as people begin to die… I enjoyed this film it had taste and had some decent  acting.   I actually thought that the neighbor Rob and Liz wasn’t too bad there was kind of a back-and-forth conversation the seem like it was more intelligent side of things. I think this is a good party film,  one to bring out to show with a decent group.  As I’ve said before with Concept media films I believe that the music choices behind their films are spot-on for the film it’s not overly heavy screamo type music which would make it so annoying to hear in the background no offense unless it’s a club scene or and some kind of a Gothic bar or a rave it makes no sense to have music that no one will understand what it says in the background. The acting was really decent all around too.

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I think this is a tale of betrayal and how someone can hold on To feelings of Revenge for a long time.   And how New Beginnings of friendships can be helpful.  I think there was a nice twist to the spell that helped it out there was a moment that it had dragged but I rather enjoyed  the film as it is.   I certainly recommend This feature to all you horror fans out there it wasn’t entirely scary as it was entertain and it wasn’t comical as far as easy to enjoy the drama going on.

Starring Jessica Mayes as Holly Peterson, Julie Sherwood as Audrey Small, Kelci C. Magel as Liz Landon, Chad Collard as
Reese Nichols, Garrett Freeders as Gavin Cross, Scott Gillespie as Rob Matthews III, Corey A. Thrush as John (as Corey Thrush), Amanda Collins as Michele, Karen Stacy as Mrs. Peterson, Autumn Richardson as Meredith McCoy, Patricia Garner as Chrissy (as Patricia Gardner), Stacy Freeders as Danielle Waters, Ryan Stacy as Ross, Joe Vollman as St. Lenny, Lisa Davis-Freeders as Tina Cross.

Movies Galore takes a look at director “Sandy Collora’s newest short film “Shallow Water” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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When I was looking for cool campaigns to fund I came across this campaign for a feature that was going to be directed by a very talented short filmmaker and director of a science-fiction film Called “Hunter Prey” That sounded really cool. Now the campaign for the first run was not funded but when he actually funded it to turn in to a short  film he was able to come up with the money to do so and I’m glad that he did.

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Sandy  Collora working with Montauk Films is very much a visual director. The film begins as a woman who looks like she is part of a military group is running through the forest away from something that is chasing her.The woman runs into what looks like an abandoned Shack or hut But the reason why I say visual is because while she was running there were bodies of what appear to be her team being mutilated along the way that is to say eaten and we don’t entirely see what they were eaten by or what type of creature it is, until the very end.

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Now if you were to put the creature from Creature from the Black Lagoon and mix it with Predator I believe that you would have some kind of a idea of what this creature might look like. But when he brings the tale about face and you are seeing the creature that Sandy has created full suit and all there’s almost a royalty involved in the creature. Shot extremely well I enjoyed watching.

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I believe in creating this as a short film This very much brought to life what’s Sandy might have had in store for us if it had been a feature. even the kickstarter rewards for fantastic but that is because I believe he was marketing for a feature film. I’m really glad that I put money into this film to help get it made. And I think if you are a short film lover out there who enjoys horror short films like this which have creatures I should be on a longer feature but can be scrunched to fit a time frame will definitely enjoy this short film. I definitely recommend this film for people to watch and definitely check out actress Lisa Roumain her acting in here was brilliant as she is beautiful and her homage to the scream queen of B movie type was spot on certainly seek this film out if you can.

Starring Lisa Roumain as Diane, Jason Liles as Creature / Elder, Kurt Carley as Creature, Todd Christian Hunter as Creature, Matt Cable as Creature, Dale Pearson as Creature Head, Jacob Roanhaus as Creature, Craig Peterson as Creature Head, Wyatt Stanley as Creature Head, Gabe Cooley as Creature Head, Dave Ploessel as Creature Head, Paul Romanowski as Creature Head.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Michael Viers short film “Shades of Pride” from 2011!

 Written by David Strege

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This short film was directed by Michael Viers a very talented  young man who runs Accidental Concussion Films a production company of his own making.  now I don’t understand weather or not he Helm this project under that production company but I’m going to try to describe with him in my own words.

As many small town folk are many are very proud of the very things that they own whether it’s been passed down from generation to generation end it doesn’t matter how much you know are you don’t know but the film begins  on a farm next to his grandchild a gram father is cleaning his gun by the name of Charlie Moss nicknamed shotgun.

a man in a suit and tie shows up by the name of  Bloom As it seems there’s a problem about him building a deck on his land even though it is his land. end response Charlie and no uncertain words tells the man to get off his land if he does not want to eat lead in front of his grandchild.

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I think this film goes to show the different color of pride and I think the man that played Charlie (Beck) Played his character to a T there is a streak of feelings that one can feel for the things one has worked for in life by the sweat of his back and a man should be able to do with his land or property exactly what he feels he should be able to do with it without anyone having to but in and try to take that away from him.  I think the film was shot really well.  I am unsure about it’s reception but I believe that having met him I believe it probably did have a good reception when he released the film to festivals. I think that if you were short film lover that you would definitely love  this film and should seek it out if you can.

Starring Patrik Beck as Grandpa Moss, Linda Cieslik as Grandma Moss, Guy Holling as Warren Bloom.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Derek Braach’s feature film “The Icing” from 2010!

Written by David Strege

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So this is the first production from  Cheevies A production company out of Illinois I believe Color Run by Derek Braasch which even though they have their own company website where they sell this film on I actually bought this film from Legless Corpse Films which I am sad to say is no more. I considered Chad Armstrong friend and I am sad that he won’t be able to see this review it is a tragedy that knows no words.   That being said This film is about a hitman Named Finn Scott Who is a Hitman and assassinator and I got to say for a small budget they’ve definitely got the action paced in this film.

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Normally I’m used to this like all out drama and a slow pace in low budget action films but surprisingly this is action paced.

We start out with a narration From Fin as he’s just about to enter what looks like a hotel or a dining room of sorts. as he’s bringing a suit in he is accosted by a beautiful lady was trying to get into your evening dress and they have a little bit of a sexual conversation. But then two of the waiters end up throwing on ski masks and try to kill someone within the room. and Finn Scott chases after the 2 men. So we find out Scott is an ex cop also one of the bodyguards protecting Senator Sam Bellows. Scott gets a phone call that sets up a meeting. at this meeting Scott and another man in the Mist have a conversation over a matter of 100 G’s. Scott’s interested and the man tells him when he know something he’ll let him know.

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Ultimately we find out that Scott is a haunted man. Haunted by the love of a woman that left his life.No Scott first bumps into Marilyn  as the woman he’s helped put a necklace on turns out she is Senator Sam bellows  so-called grieving wife.   but since the get-go Scott and Marilyn Seem to have a steamy encounter every time they meet. when he goes to  question her he ends up telling her about the woman that he used to love and when Marilyn  comes back into the room and see Scott with a gun to his head they end up having some steamy erotic sex.  once Scott realized he’s been mooked and playing played as the Patsy he ends up calling in some favors that him and his old partner who ended up being the man in the Mist used to know to go up against the person  behind the original hit as the senator has been killed.

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I thought the acting in here was really good for the low budget film that it is I feel like this has kind of like a mechanic kind of attitude.  As it seems like Scott and the people he knows are like Jacks of all trades in their line of business. Is that I think all the actors did a decent job normally you have at least one or two with it don’t really sound enthused it being on set to act for an independent feature but everyone in this film seem to be very good actors enough so that it doesn’t look like it’s a low-budget feature.  I’ve been into watching a lot of horror films lately and this was a nice reprieve from watching the low-budget horror that I watch. I love watching all     genre of films And I should probably watch more of these more often the thing is some of the stances that come in some action films are hard for me to describe I don’t always know like if there was a boxing or wrestling type of action film what type of moves does might have been. I enjoyed this film and I certainly recommend it to those who enjoy the Hitman type of action films that are out there.

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Starring Tony Marino as Fin Scott, Kelly LaMont as Marilyn Bellows, Jeff Harrigan as Mick Cavanaugh, Anthony Bonaventura as Iceman, Gary Sugarman as Vic, Brian Broscoe as Clyde, Dave Sylvester as Damon Cain, Jim McMahon as
Rogan Carmichael, Katie Cleary as Shelly White, Toni Buena as Miki (as Stoni Buena), Matthew Bender as Heath Phillips, Nick Bender as Sports Announcer, Derek Braasch as Drunk punk, Ed Braasch as Baseball Coach, Julie Braasch as Airline Ticket Attendant, Elizabeth Susan Carter as Joey’s Girl, Ryan Highland as Thug 2, Sienna Macedon as
Officer Morris, David Meyers as Prison Guard, Levi Pack as Eddie LaMans, Darren Parker as Prisoner, Patrick Paul as
Thug 1, Mark Sartain as Joey Saldante, Jim Vernon as Bully.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Michael Hegg and Joe Sherlock’s film “Inbred Redneck Vampires” from 2004!

Written By David Strege

Inbred Redneck VampiresAlright so obviously this is a collaboration of directors ideas distributed from Sub Rosa Cinema originally called Inbred Redneck Bloodsuckers but for marketing purposes went with Vampires instead now run by film distributor Ron Bonk but directed by Michael Hegg and Joe Sherlock from Skullface Astronaut Productions from 2004.

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The film begins in a club scene of sorts or a house I can’t fully tell which at the moment with what seems like a vampire queen of some sort and her blood drinking servant Wendall whom seems to be a better actor than she is an actress in her fake Romanian accent but she is pretty.

Apparently they have to flee the scene as some other darker creature has been spotted. So Wendell the blood servant and his mistress end up hijacking a rednecks vehicle And in so doing turn that redneck Billy Joe Bob into a blood sucker which one seed gone home started turning is inbred family into other bloodsuckers.

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Next we are introduced to the family of Pisser’s, Ma and Pa Pisser, Eva Pisser and Junior Pisser right so Junior so far as dumb, as Ma Pisser has indefinitely  won a  decorating contest which adds rednecks seem to do around here is open up there mail rather late so that she didn’t realize they were coming exactly today. Only thing is the Pisser’s home  is in sad shape and Claude the French designer has arrived in the middle of the trap shooting Festival which Ma Pisser has won  the last 3 cooking contest against the Petersons who live across the way.

Forget about being politically correct or thinking that one person will go one way when they go an entirely different direction but this is about to be a romp of good fun.

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Not only do Billy Joe Bob and his wife go off on a turning spree but the comment area between mistress and servant Are somewhat comical as she the mistress the vampire that started it all treats her servant like shit even though he wants to be part of her ilk. My only problem is that I haven’t exactly caught the name of this mistress while watching the film and even though I’ve read the names of the credits it’s hard to figure out what her name is. What’s interesting is they mix all the different tropes that have to go with what we think a true redneck is you know that stereotypical stupid son of a bitch who only drinks, shoots Coons, and eats beans in with a mix above vampire invasion turning the town into just a bunch of stupid vampire drinkers. Not to mention farting competitions.

I know some of the special effex in here are corny and you can definitely tell they are fake but they seem to make it more comical then because they are fmessing up. I think this film is funny I  think the characters that were made up in here With  redneck vampires that killed themselves stupidly and others that bite the biggest butt in the ass to turn each other insane.

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I don’t care that I didn’t figure out who the main vampire mistress is I enjoyed this film it’s laugh-out-loud wacky it’s not scary And definitely has a sense of humor you kind of have to go in to the film open minded and just enjoy the ride. If you are a fan of horror comedies and redneck humor this is the kind of film that I think you should seek out to watch just for some good laughs and probably a good film to put in for party favor. I certainly enjoy this film it’s one of my favorites lately that I’ve watched. I’d recommend this film  for a night of raunchy humor.  But one thing I’ve noticed with films that have something to do with Joe Sherlock is that he tends not to just go with the normal skinny mini actor actress and accept the people who have more than a little bit of weight on them into his cast.

Starring Dee Alsman as Peterson, Eunice, Emily Andrews as Ariel, Erin  Arbogast as
Luanda, Shannon Barksdale as Ronnie Sue (as Shannon), Sha Boseley as One-Eyed Lurlene, Joe Boyd as Tripe Days Attendee #1, Bill Bradford as Cletus, Austin Brosn as Tripe Festival Boy, Bob Brown as Shower Man, Bobby Brown as
Bar Patron #4, Makayla Brown as Tripe Festival Girl, Trish Brown as Darlene, Amber Carillo as Missy Sue Peterson, Josh Clegg as Burping Guy, Carrie Davis as Ma Poissier, David C. Duncan as Jed Flannigan, Warren E.B.B. As Lendel, Michael Edwards as Earl, Jeff Dylan Graham as Lonnie Bob Joe, Brenda Ann Harris as Bar Patron #1, Michael Hegg as
Pa Poissier (as Mike Hegg), Ron Heikkila as Waldorf, Brittany Hope as Corn Dog Girl, Lindsey A. Hope as Eva Poissier, Lisa Hope as Candy, Rich Hope as Bar Patron #5, Adam Husser as Tripe Days Attendee #4, Candy Jabin as Shower Woman, Stacey Larson as Raven, Rob Merickel as Lil’ Junior, Nate as Tripe Days Attendee #5, Joe Norman as Bar Patron #2, Shelly Norman as Bar Patron #3, Joyce Olds as
Phyllis, Bob Olin as Billy Joe Barney Bob (as Robert J. Olin), Felicia Pandolfi as
Catherine, Michelle L. Rosell as Mandy, Bruce Rydberg as Tripe Days Attendee #3, Tom Shaffer as Father Jones, Scott Shanks as Jean-Claude Les Eaux, Shannon as
Ronnie Sue, Connor Sherlock as CJ, Joe Sherlock as Mayor Gabby Farnsworth, Catherine Sweezey as Toni, Trinity as
Tripe Days Attendee #6, Tammy Voie as
Tulsa, Jon Wilmot as Peterson, Frank, Cynthia Wilson as Babs Flannigan, Dale Wilson as Mr. Wilson, Alan Winston as
Billy Ray Ray.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Keith Parker’s “Bloody Murder” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Not to be confused with the bloody murder film from 2000 directed by Ralph Portillo from hemisphere entertainment this film I surprisingly bought from David Sterling  as I believe he was helping Market the film for a friend and unfortunately he wasn’t having much success with selling it but I decided to give it a try as well.

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Brought To Us by Tornspace Films originally filmed in 2013 and whether or not Sterling had anything to do with the film other than distribution for 2017, I am not unsure at this point but the film is written and directed by Keith Parker which is funny is the writer behind Clown Motel Massacre filmed at the Clown Motel which evidently a posibility someone got the same idea from a director Joseph Kelly also filming his feature at Clown Motel I don’t really want to say anything bad about Clown Motel Massacre Which is directed by Tom Newth cause it could actually be fun, I mean it can’t just be coincidence that says that two directors that are friends with each other that just happened to come up with the same idea well not same idea but clown films filmed same location. But that is an entirely different feeling and  project and I don’t want that to overshadow my review of this film.

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The tagline on the film claims 7 killers but only one murderer, as the film opens up to a man arriving at a house with a knife shoved in the back of his pants.The man not exactly a fit man but he is definitely a bigger man in a grey shirt and jeans walks into a full family house where a mother and two daughters are residing. walking up behind the mother she turns around fight them off a little bit and then he stabs her what I like is the fact that I can see some blood spread out looks like a little bit of CGI not much just a little bit. After this happens the man goes up the stairs after the two little girls and you hear gunshots and then you see the man carrying bodies of the two girls where he’s put the dead body of mother and then the credits roll in.

So looks like some kind of a group has invited 7 people party of some sort with food involved and they all arrive at this house. Once inside the house the group finds boxes with their names on them end placement cards to tell them that they are involved in a game called bloody murder and each of them are linked to one another and no one must leave the house or else else ill fate will happen upon them.

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You know what this kind of feels like, this kind of feels like along the same lines of like the House on Haunted Hill except they didn’t arrive In hearses and they’re certainly not entirely creepy atmosphere.

I got a feeling like some of these actors haven’t acted before and some of these actors are natural actors so it’s like half and half. there is one kill in here that seems to take longer but there is a cool little CGI moment here and there in the film that is ever so slight which I am glad that it’s not used extensively but because this is independent and low budget The Kills are definitely taking longer. Three females, four males,  1 a pastor. The house is more like a condo with a pool attached so it’s bigger than I imagined. The actor who plays Josh Carpenter as the film goes on I’ve noticed he has some kind of an accent it sounds Brooklyn.

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Other than that this film is playing out like a mix between a slasher and like a game of Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie mystery. I guess I enjoyed the film but I wish I understand how the killer once you find out who it is which wasn’t really a surprise for me as I’ve seen many of these bells with these premises, I wish that I had more of a backstory to the killer then just a few images of newspaper clippings this being said there was at least to smartly done kills and I did enjoy the fact that it was more of a mystery selected guest party with a tinge of murder involved. if you enjoy films like this definitely check it out and don’t let the fact that the director might be connected to a film that might have gotten the idea possibly mind ya and filmed same location stop you from viewing the film and I could be wrong at my information but what are the odd’s of coincidences… I will say the acting got better as it went on but I feel like they had a rough start… one fun fact is Lana Riley played by Callie Burk played in Gila previousy… I hate saying something about the director being involved with that Clown Motel Massacre but is what is.

Starring Amber Beaty as Angel Falcone, Grant Niezgodski as Josh Carpenter, Amanda Lynn Meyer as Megan Hatcher, Callie Burk as Lana Riley, Dave Charles as
Robert Bradley, Paul Nicely as Sam Langley, Mark Austin as Pastor Gabriel Crowell, Sonya Collett as Sonya Winston, Rachel Collett as Rachel Winston, Claire Collett as Claire Winston, Keith Parker as
Janso Falcone, Tyler Sexson as
Chris Lister / Matt Stiner, Lisa Kwon as
Sarah Miles, Justin Klemann as Kurt MacReady.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Andrew Jones feature “Wherewolves of the Third Reich”

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by director Andrew Jones from North Bank Entertainment along with Independent Moving Pictures and Ideas Factory  is a film about a Nazi experiment involving the SS and a story of 4 Misfit men who seem Bound for a death camp with their rebelry.

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Told in sections the film begins and what looks like a German bar setting where it looks like two  American men one of them actor Lee Bane who is a returning actor Andrew Jones go to man who has in every performance That I have seen him in brought his A-game.  Bane  plays in here one of the Fearless four a ragtag group of American soldiers being transported to a prison camp of some sort.

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We also have the appearance of a doctor and his wife Ilsa was gotten around to be known as The Bitch of Buchenwald, Ilsa Koch  is also having an affair with one of the leading Nazi enforcers an illicit affair that’s will be brought under control of her Nazi doctor husband Doctor Hammerstein when he uses his werewolf serum to an act to help out his fuhrer.

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I really feel that  actor Lee Bane has stepped up his game in this field he kind of reminds me of a United Kingdom version of Hugh Jackman At least in a sense with the rugged beard. the other actor that I’d like to mention Is actor Darren Swain Who plays “fighting Joe” Kane,  who played one of the Fearless four American soldiers that were on their way to some kind of a Nazi camp I like the show of physical strength between him and his captain before he rebelled As he literally kicked his ass.

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My only 2 vices  for the film is that 1 I wish to werewolves once they turned  would have had more screen time.  For it’s low budget I thought that it looked pretty decent. The Nazis certainly looked like their uniforms were original so I give credit to the person in charge of props.  I think the film moved along Steadily enough.   And 2 I think with Lee Bane’s character Mad Dog it was dangerously coming close to the character that was created in Back to the Future 3 with Mad Dog Tannen.  I think the acting was better in this film then in some of his previous Film’s but I still think that Lee Bane is a strong actor and I have not found much fault in Andrew Jones’s films other than the fact that they tend to be rather slow, also. Bearing that in mind I certainly enjoyed this film I might like to see more from this world if he can include the Fearless four in another adventure possibly I’d like to see them return.  I definitely recommend this though if you have not seen the film if you’re into werewolves they definitely weren’t bad and I loved the transformation part at least you get to see some kind of enactment of a transformation  without CGI.   So if you are a fan Of independent film definitely search this film out.

Starring Annabelle Lanyon as Helga Hammerstein, Gareth Lawrence as
SS Officer Hess, Lee Bane as ‘Mad Dog’ Murphy, Suzie Frances Garton as
Ilsa Koch, Derek Nelson as Billy ‘The Butcher’, Lee Mark Jones as SS Officer Schreck, Patrick O’Donnell as SS Officer Schneider, Jared Morgan as The Bartender, Kwame Augustine as ‘Reckless’ Reggie Brown, Francesco Tribuzio as
SS Officer Becker, David France as Doctor Hammerstein, Darren Swain as
‘Fighting Joe’ Kane, Neville Cann as Doctor Josef Mengele, Dennis Farrin as
Sergeant Peck, Oliver Fritz as Adolf Hitler, Rik Grayson as Wilder, Felicity Boylett as
Camp 7 Inmate #2, Christopher Bennett as Camp 7 Inmate #3, Matt Bloom as
Camp 7 Guard #2, Matthew Reed as Bar Customer #2, Amy Evans as Camp 7 Inmate #4, Joseph Simpson-Bushell as Hyde, Angharad Berrow as Erica Hammerstein (as Angharad Nia Berrow), Tim Larkfield as SS Officer Streicher, Gareth Colwill as Bar Customer #1, Nigel Jones as Camp 7 Guard #1, Matthew Leigh Maggs as Camp 7 Inmate #1 (as Matthew Maggs).

 

Movies Galore takes a look at Swedish film director Andreas R. Ramos’s “Man In the Forest” short film from 2013, director Sara Giercksky’s “Anya” short from 2012, “Behind My Eyes” short from 2013, and”Mimes” short from 2017, director Krister Twizs Forsberg and Erik Hansson’s “The Participants” and “Vladmar” shorts from 2016, director Xander Turian’s short “The Girl in the Snow” from 2016, director Anne Visuri’s “Aren’t They Adoreable” from 2017, director Eleni Kounis and Daoris Imeri’s short “Uninvited” from 2017, and Director Ananya Samanta’s short “Sisterhood” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

So the reason that I am grouping these short films together in this review even though some are directed by different directors is that many of these short films either have or been directed by and involved actress Sara Giercksky As she is an actress and an experimental director of horror shorts from Sweden who also runs a YouTube horror review site with a fellow female called Bitches of Horror soon to have her film that she’s acted in called Skarsgad for 22017 with Bloody Fierce Productions.

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Filmed in 2013 this first short film was directed by Andreas R. Ramos with bloody Fierce Productions which I believe is his production company.

The film begins as a man wakes up in the middle of the forest struggling to get out of a trash bag yelling help.  As the man struggles to walk through the  Forest or Woods or whatever you want to call it he realizes there was a wound on the back of his head but as he does the object  he finds start to give him flashbacks of different times with his girlfriend played by Sara.

Meanwhile there is another man in a surgical mask and a raincoat with weapons that cut roaming around the same Woods.  From what I gather the man and his girlfriend are having a child but the man is providing money for their little beginning family by sources the  are probably less than legal. You are never shown why he is in trouble or why someone ends up taking both of them to the woods but in the end you were made to wonder what kind of food you are actually eating…

I think I’m left in the end thinking I missed part of the story because I think there is more to tell.  From a gore angle this film wasn’t bad.  I don’t think the acting wasn’t entirely too terrible either you could definitely follow some of what was going on the film was even in subtitles with English.  Based on the premise that this film could be built into somewhat of a bigger film it’s possible to  build more up on the tale.  The kidnapping of the couple waking up all tied up was very real.   I think that’s if you are a Gore lover you would definitely enjoy the short and if you are a fan definitely seek this out.  Enjoy!

Starring Jeroen Dunnink as The Butcher, Sarah Giercksky as The Girlfriend, Fredrik Jansson as The Mafia Guy, Junior Valento as The Man.

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I am assuming the Sara Giercksky Is helming under her own production company as a director end in 2012 she directed a black and white short film called Anya.

From what I can understand Anya is about a woman who seems to be paranoid and it appears that she thinks that she has some kind of animal or kept thing as she sleeps under a table and doesn’t answer phone that keeps ringing.  Now there have been many people that have had dogs that have probably played with toys that have run out in the middle of the street and gotten killed.   I’m wondering if this isn’t based on a similar incident.  The short film has a very slow narrative and from what I understand it is about a very simple happiness.  My guess is that this film is somewhat explorative I suppose it was interesting in a sense to see one person not act like a human and I suppose if you’re into this type of felt you should seek it out and watch it.

Starring Alicia Henriksson as Anya.

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Directed by Sara Giercksky Again I am assuming under her own production company  is another short film called Behind My Eyes from 2013.

This short film begins with a young girl naked sitting in a tub as she looks around the room and then she screams but then begins with a narrative shortly after that about someone’s mother whose story begins  as the narrator says she dies. The woman who was apparently the girl’s mother and also the naked woman or girl that we see in the beginning I believe is in loss so she takes what looks like a masquerade mask with musical symbols on it and  wears it  as she watches another girl in a park.

This is actually a short film that I don’t think needs a lot of words and I think it tries to explain some of what a single mother might go through after the loss of a child, a daughter in fact.  this phone doesn’t really explore the  why or the circumstances surrounding the mothers child’s death but sometimes and dealing with loss we tried to mask how its really feels and sometimes we try to recapture  the life we had with that person we lose.  I think that’s what was tried to capture the emotion in the moment. I don’t really think a lot of acting really had to be involved in the snow but what there was it was someone entertaining and I liked it although I think this short film was actually rather sad but you could definitely see the emotion behind it.

If you’re a lover of short films and more of a drama/ horror short film lover  then you might enjoy  this short and if you do definitely seek it out.

Starring Sarah Giercksky as The Girl, Alicia Henriksson as The Woman.

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Directed by Sara Giercksky Again I am assuming under her own production company as well as Popcorn Short Films and Cuprite Productions is another short film called Mimes from 2017.

From what I gather because this Film doesn’t have any English subtitles that I can see we are brought about into a rehearsal before the night of a show or showing of a mime entertainment show. The two mimes I can’t really see what they’re saying to each other but from what I understand they have a strict teacher and this is only going off of what I see but it seems the female mime played by Sara Seems to have a split-second decision while she’s in the dressing room with her fellow male mime,  end horrifyingly as it may seem seems to leave her real self inside of a mirror  while eventually going out on stage and after the performance mimicking an act of killing her partner and then killing herself…

Now I know  I normally try to do these short films with no spoilers but it was kind of hard to on the short films but I like being able to describe The short films that I see and hope that you enjoy reading about  them.   As far as I can tell The acting in here was definitely not bad especially when you’re trying to portray someone was trying to tell you everything by their way of motion with hands or sound effects gimmicks of the stage.

This film didn’t really scare me but what in fact would happen if something like this and actually happened where am I’m had actually killed someone without Having any kind of a weapon.  If you enjoy this kind of town in a short and if you are a short film lover you should definitely check this out. I’ll leave it up to you  on whether you will actually enjoy this film. Enjoy!

Starring Sarah Giercksky as Elsa, Xander Turian as Amadeus, Anne Visuri as
Madmoiselle.

The Participants

Directed by Krister Twizz Forsberg and Erik Hansson of Dark North Productions directed Several short films one being Deltagarna/ The Participants from 2016.

Having the short film have absolutely no English subtitles didn’t exactly help me understand it entirely but this film looks like it was decent.   So I’m going to describe it the best that I can from what I see.  from what I can gather a man is driving quite some distance he stops by the roadside in between but As he is driving it becomes nice and it looks like he’s pulled over by a police officer who looks like he Tasers him I didn’t so doing the man wakes up in a room with other people where there is a table surrounded by candles.

Waking up with about seven other people with no cell phones with the only device that seems to be around is a computer with an automated message as soon as it opens up and it seems like these people are about two-player game unwillingly with their lives.  It appears that they have to spend the night and when morning comes the group of them go out and the viewer sees them followed by a sniper but it would seem that they are being lead by a sadistic killer who’d rather kill them off by chance of who’s more foolish as we see them drink a fluid from some water bottles and shortly after one of their group falls dead bleeding from the mouth.

I think the inspiration for this phone comes from films like that of  James Wan’s Saw Or films like Circle of 9.

From what I could tell there were definitely some ingenuous Props like my favorite in the snow where align of holes where a man would have to stick his hand into see if there was anything in them I think that part was unique but Sara  in this film play Sussie a girl  possibly tied up from a previous game and though this film does not have English subtitles it would seem that one of the masterminds behind this game is actually someone amongst the group.

I think from what I can see of this film it was shot pretty well. I think for a small production they made the props that would hurt and torture them the actors really well. I wish I could understand what they were saying though. if you enjoy short films of this nature definitely this film out. if I could have  understood the actors and actresses but I enjoyed what I could see and would like to see more from this production company.

Starring Magnus Bäckström as Mange, Krister Twizz Forsberg  as krister, Masked Man, Sniper, Sarah Giercksky as Sussie, Christian Hansson as Robert, Policeman, Erik Hansson, Anders Jalmberger, Johan Jalmberger as Johan, sniper, Jasmine Martinez as Rachel, Alma Wolin Mendoza, Anna Petersson as Malin, Kalle Thuleman, Malin Wolin.

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Coming from Dark North Pictures  I would say that this is a feature-length film or at least in between a feature-length film or short film directed by Krister Twizz Forsberg, Erik Hansson, and Johann Jalmberger from 2016.

From what I understand 4 Young Person’s rent a cabin in the woods and wake up like ancient evil. The film begins with what looks like a fisherman is fishing when he gets a phone call and he explains that he won’t be home for a while and he explains back that he was up in some ancient fort and he didn’t see anything but stones But his fishing line starts the bob and some hooded character ends up stabbing him with a soda can.

Now a year later a group of people being kicked out of their current residence rent a place out on a lake in some Woods and like most slasher start out poke fun at the Legend of the chief that was once called the Vladmar That people once honored with blood sacrifices. Vladmar’s people Overthrew him for a newer God. What is interesting is his men impaled him with a steak while drowning him but before doing so Vladmar Vowed to come back with a vengeance and wipe whoever settled upon the land out. The young people promise not to go up to the fort But as always do not listen and guess what the protection that Generations have been given that helped Vladmar  rise for his revenge has run out!

I can outrightly say that I enjoyed this slasher of a short film. I loved it gore I love the fact that it was half black and white half and color.  I love that it was special effects and not CGI. I love the fact  that this came off as more of a Viking Tale or Legend it was definitely unique.   I like this film even better than the participants but maybe that is probably because the participants wasn’t in any kind of English. I definitely recommend that any of you who are horror films with some really nice splatter Gore to seek this film out.

Starring Nicklas Barklund, Magnus Bäckström, Krister Twizz Forsberg, Christian Hansson, Erik Hansson, Johan Jalmberger, Annika Larsson, Ulf Nyzel, Anna Petersson, Kalle Thuleman, Sophia Wilhemsson, Stefan Östberg.

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Xander TurianIs most notably known for being the frontman for a Swedish rock group called our Untold Story but as we see here it would seem that he has directed several horror shorts the first being called The Girl in the Snow pt. 2 from 2016.

Working with bloody Fierce Productions along with Cuprite Productions the spelling begins with Sara Playing the girl in the snow.  We see a girl with red hair and a parka or coat of some sort out in the woods in the snow looks like she’s wandering almost running from something or someone.

It looks like this girl was crying and is scared and then hears a guttural howl… it seems like this film was kind of a teaser for a possible larger film. There really isn’t much to this though I feel like I’m missing a larger part of the story though the film would suggest that it has something to do with the shapeshifter and that intrigues me. I thought the film was shot Well but I think and wish that’s something further what has been filmed because even though you get the emotion of what the girl in the snow was feeling I don’t know maybe it was too short for me.   if you like trying to watch films like this definitely check it out it’s not that it’s a bad film. I just feel like it’s incomplete, like it’s just a snippet of the tale.

Starring Sara Giercksky as Girl in the Snow.

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Produced Popcorn Short Films from Sweden And directed by Anne Visuri Is a short film called aren’t they adorable From 2017.

It would appear that the entire film basically means that we are the rats in the maze.  For as we see in the film we see four subjects a b c and d one male  the other three females and it would seem that they are all in this white room the man is sitting up against the wall minding his own business while one of the females is exercising on an exercise bike while another female wakes up on a bench in the corner while Sara’s character seems to be more playful trying to get the attention Of the man and when she doesn’t she goes to the corner where is the one female Is on the bench end does emotion like she’s raping her.

And when a tray of food is handed down to them from someone that we cannot see who is behind the camera the three females begin to fight over the food, And when the camera pans back up to who is given the food that is why I would say my first statement is that we are the rats and they are the humans.

I thought the smell was actually rather intelligent for being a silent film done in black and white who are the actors and actresses just exit out a character they weren’t really any names or anyone in specific.  It was also a perfect example Of a one location film. I think that if you were shorter lover you should definitely check this out I certainly enjoyed this and I recommend the stuff for others to see it’s definitely unique and reminds me of Life Charlie Chaplin type of a film that Hal Roach would have produced.

Starring Sarah  as C, Jelena Jovanovic as
B, Anna Starrin as A, Jon Watcher as
D.

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Written and directed by Eleni Kounis and Daoris Imeri with Sundbybergs Folkhögskola productions this film was made by students of film from Sweden for 2017.

Again we see actor director Sara Giercksky play in a roll, where Her character seems to arrive home and Ashley is about to put some things away there is a spirit of some kind that seems to appear and disappear in the doorway.  The lights go out but the character continues on with her routines and light some candles. When a shape goes by her when she’s in the bathroom she takes a candelabra and goes to for what The noise was or at least whom it was.

This is another film that I wish had actually been done with English subtitles so that I can understand what entirely what was going on but from what I understand from what I see either she found a roommate or friend within the home by the name of Mia I’m tired of talking I fell asleep together and suddenly in the Darkness a face appeared…  and screams heard…

As in some of the other short films not much acting seems to have to be done in order to act in shorts like this but it does help and Sara’s favor that she is a very pretty young looking sweet Swedish girl and anything that she seems to be involved in.

I do think that this short film even though it was made by students because of the clothes perimeters it was  filmed in and the setting definitely made it appear to be more eccentric.  I like the location that they were using.  I enjoyed the film it definitely had a creepy by to it and I would have liked to have seen more of the story that went behind the haunting and the smell. if you like this kind of short you should definitely check it out I would certainly recommend this is actually one of my favorites that involves Sara.

Starring Sarah Giercksky, Daorsa Imeri, Emma Sandberg.

Sisterhood

I’m not sure the production company but I do know the name of the director Who goes by the name of Ananya Samanta who has directed a short film called Sisterhood from 2017.

For once I’m glad this film was in English.    though I can read subtitles while watching a film I technically prefer English over-reading even though I understand that there are some phenomenal films that are in total subtitles.

After 10 years of their parent’s death  Maria finally Gets frustrated with her sister after having to work to help pay their bills.  The idea of how strong  there is a bond between sisters is that you can have some of the worst arguments and still be able to forgive each other afterwards and this is what the short film I believe portrays.  I don’t really think much acting had to be involved in the short film but I do think that tough times like this should be talked about. I think the actresses in here including Sara play these characters to the best of their abilities bear in mind I think they pulled off what the film was trying to  lead us to believe that is.  I enjoyed Watching the  film and I believe that other short film lovers would probably enjoy this too.   if so definitely seek This film out it’s certainly not a bad film.

Starring Sarah Giercksky as Maria, Irena Tereza Prpic.