Posts by MOVIES GALORE OF MILWAUKEE

I'm 32 years old I love Independent Horror films the most have aspergers Syndrome... from silent films to current in development features I just want to share my opinions and views and see what others think about my opinions whether they do not like them or not I am always open to discussion but these are my opinions despite the who ha of fellow film authorities like Milwaukee Movie Talk Stephen Milek has accused me of. Down to earth and readily informed and bursting with flavor!

Movies Galore takes a look at director Chris Wykes’ short film “Corpse: A Killer’s Revenge” From 2016!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by F and F Productions which is Matt Freck’s Company and if you remember the short film Turn Heel from about that time I am assuming that because the film that I am about to describe was the second film on the Turn Heel release which I had picked up and bought the Turn Heel UK release and I had turned around and reviewed the film not too long after that even though the director had shared my review of the film for no particular reason at all he unfriended me this Freck so in my experience he isn’t exactly fan-friendly of course this was when I was first starting out and writing my reviews so unfriending me along the way wasn’t exactly very business like  especially since I supported and buying his film,to me if a director unfriends me and maybe that’s a little harsh, but that reflects who he is as a filmmaker His films just won’t be worth my time or my money and that’s a lot for me to say especially since I try to help everyone that I can in the Independent field, but at least I’m still friends with Jason Impey who was the other director behind that short film. This being said The film that I am about to describe is called Corpse: A Killer’s Revenge directed by Chris Wykes, and I am not fully sure exactly the year that this was filmed but I am going to assume that it was 2016 the same year as the short film that came along with. By the way here’s my review on Turn Heel for those who haven’t read it.

https://vampirelestat6969.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/turn-heel/   enjoy!

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I like the beginning of this credit scene where much of the film does look like it was shot on VHS but the camera is going through some Woods there’s just something retro about the sequence as the credits roll. In the first scene we have some funky music as we are led to meet three young men who are about to go off on a camping trip Adam, James, and Drake.  So as the men are driving along they are talking about each others Dramatics in between the drive to where they were going will you see a young woman skipping along with some flowers as she is attacked buy a figure with some kind of a weapon that looks like a overgrown caveman with a Howard Stern wig this young woman screams and we see disfigure start to slash at her with whatever weapon that he or she has in his hand.

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Well the friends  arrive at the start of the wood where they are to begin the trick to where they are to camp for the night and we hear the same funky music that is starting to sound like it came from the Oregon Trail you know that old PC game we used to play on a Mac. As the film filmed on I realized that the Killer that is going around killing people in the woods while these three campers set up camp he is not wearing a caveman outfit but he is wearing a gas mask and a vest.   He also seems to have an assortment of homemade weapons two different types of axes, a machete, a knife There are also some really cool effects if you can look past all the duct taped weapons and tinfoil… I believe one of my favorite scenes was where the killer took off a guy’s head and the blood was just squirting up in the air from his neck.

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I feel like this film was trying to be a serious slasher flick but the death scenes were just too comical and the weapons weren’t exactly entirely real looking but as far as Gore and splatter it definitely had that over the top B-movie atmosphere.   If you wanted to look at it as good cheesy fun I guess you can do that and if this sounds like a film that you could definitely watch then once again this was on the UK Turn Heel release as a bonus extra film. I guess I found this film entertaining… and weird…

Starring Dan Grainger as Adam, Matt Biggs as James, Chris Wykes as Drake, Jonathon S. Wood as Ray Cameron, Sam Ashby as Tree Erotic Girl, Jon Perkins as Tree Erotic Boy, Lauri McGrath as Flower Girl, Button as Dork, Matt Grainger as Violent Shit.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Wayne Pombert’s short film “Vessel” from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by WPII Productions In association with Forget Ellis Team  Phoenix Productions and September Sons Films is a film directed by Wayne Pombert II That I had seen at the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Festival in it’s first year and I am sorry that I am just getting to it now but I have been so backlogged with writing up older films as well as newer films that I am back logging for I have films that I have picked up that I have had for several years and I for the most part and a one-man band so getting to review all of these films on time isn’t always something that I can accomplish but better late than never.

The film begins with  a few images of a patient with a blindfold and what looks like some kind of a relationship between Sandra and her lover before it seems that she has ended up in a mental institute.  What I saw that at first was her lover is actually an entirely separate entity that has entered into her spirit and has been plaguing her for sometime.

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from what I gather Her mental state is up for evaluation with her doctor so as she is being Told about her treatment and how it is going while we realize that her actual body is elsewhere while I believe that she is dreaming about what is to come or what has happened.   The way that this spell misspelled is kind of grind-house and experimental which is very in, the only fault that I can see or suggest is that the way that it is projected that Sandra is speaking to her demon who goes by the name of Edmond is that things that he says and things that she says back are repeated I almost wonder how it would have looked if or sounded like there was more of an echo instead of a repeat of things said.

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That being said I think that actress Anastasia Edwards and actor Guy Mayfield portrayed  their performances really well, for what you thought was a dream ended up a reality for you could definitely see where the director was going with this that she was trying to fight her demon for her sanity.  I’ve always somewhat enjoyed films that don’t leave you satisfied and leave me wanting more and that’s what the film did. I was entertained and I love that I was able to watch it again to see it up close when you’re watching like maybe 10 short films in a block set it’s hard to remember all that goes on in every single film.

If this sounds like a film that you would definitely enjoy then I suggest that you seek it out if you can from the director I’m sure he wouldn’t mind sharing because that’s exactly what every director wants.  No matter how much you do not like reviews of films weather you get a good review or a bad review there will always be a response. I for one would like to see more from this particular Story down the road, I mean I wouldn’t mind.

Here is the trailer:

Starring Anastasia Edwards as Sandra, Guy Mayfield as Edmund (as Guy W J Mayfield), Keith Kelly as Dr. Thompson, Frank S. Weber as Male Nurse 2, Tiffany Jasinski as Nurse 1, Catherine Dickson as Lead Nurse, Larry Biela as Male Nurse 1.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Mikeal Burgin’s newest Short film “Low Self Esteem” From 2018!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Okapi Pictures In association with Bradley Cerny and 33, Directed by Mikeal Burgin (My Friend Max, I’m A Gun) Has the newest  short film called Low Self Esteem where we have an actress from Wisconsin that has starred in A local directors B movie called This Book Is Cursed directed by Michael Butt from More-On Productions at least the last time that I had seen her but in this  short film she plays the main character Ellie.

I don’t want to say too much but she plays a woman who wakes up next to a man that I believe that she has a relationship with but she neither realizes what she has done nor the fact that the man that she has slept with has not left his previous relationship… there is something a little off…

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I think that this film showcases the acting talents that Radloff  has to give and offer into that dramatic world of the psychotic there is a little madness in her, I love it. I really believe that this actress has a lot more potential and I’m glad that Mikeal was able to work with her in this way.   I thought the acting was on key, the film flowed really nicely and for being a close up film shot in one room in one location this is a perfect example that you really don’t need a whole lot to shoot a film and one that can be or lead into something else entirely.

I enjoyed the film it was entertaining and it was nice to see Amy again.   If this sounds like a film that she would like to see then I suggest that you keep a lookout for it in film festivals and seek the film out for yourself.   I hear that there is going to be a sequel and I am intrigued.

Starring Amy Radloff as Ellie, Wade Thalberg as Man, Rebekah DeWild as Woman.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Heidi Moore’s feature film “Dolly Deadly” from 2016!

written by David Strege

Brought To Us by Wretched Productions director  Heidi Moore In association with Dreams For Dead Cats Productions and distributed by Chad Armstrong’s Legless Corpse Films in 2016 and was a smash underground Indie hit from what I understand.  

And having now watched director Heidi Moore’s  earlier films I can now proceed forward and watch Dolly Deadly because whenever I review a filmmaker’s film I normally tend to like to watch their career from the very beginning that I can so I can watch the progress…

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the film begins in a Trailer Park trailer where are young baby a boy is sitting on a bed filled with dolls watching his mother Tina Lyn (Nelson) get dressed and try to beautify herself.   Tina is a chain smoker and the trailer is filthy, there are all kinds of hornets infesting the windows And she decides to from what I understand change her hair color with some kind of new hair product the only thing is it starts to burn and goes right through her head to her brain and explodes… this was definitely the unique beginning… I’m really digging me special effects of this blow up…

Now I have actually watched Cassandra Sechler’s films as well so I’m sure that I will see her influence in the film as well since she kind of wrote this with Miss Moore.

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Little Benji (Justin Moore, I believe Heidi’s Son) which was the child’s name has now grown up and has been living with his Grandma Mitzie (West-Carroll) and Benji seems to live in his own little world as we see a segment where he is dancing in front of his mother’s dolls which are now his,  I love how we get to see what he could be imagining where he is tap dancing on a stage for his animated dolls…

Benji’s grandmother  Mitzie has a live-in boyfriend who all day long  just watches TV and drinks beer on her dime, they are both sick and tired although he could care less but sick and tired of watching him play with dolls when he should be doing boy things like playing baseball or hanging out with friends instead of dolls which is kind of a girly thing…  now while he has an imagination with these play things he still imagines that he sees his mother from time to time so there are flights of imagination that we are witness to like there’s a moment where it seems like he comes home from work and I’ll leave it to Beaver kind of attitude with a Pleasantville like experience. It also doesn’t help that the neighborhood kids make fun of him.

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Having to deal with the backlash of his grandmother and live-in boyfriend making fun of him every time he tries to have a little bit of fun Benji ends up at escaping from reality and starting to believe in his fantasy world of where he has created a world dolls that almost have a life of Their Own and he gets advice to Kill Them All… now there are some characters from the trailer park that we are introduced to like the man who claims to have been abducted by aliens wearing a tin foil hat on his head who talks about revenge being sweet  and another character Call The Rock Bottom who believes himself to a been one of the greatest comedians around that used to open up for a place down in Mexico.. so there are definitely some strange characters about…

So when the neighborhood kids take them into the woods and dress him up like the dolls that he plays with as a joke and all of the verbal abuse that led up to this Benji’s little mind kind of just snapped  and one by one he began to kill off the people that treated him like shit…

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I really enjoyed this film there were definitely a lot of color schemes that were throughout the film that were avant-garde and very fengshui definitely a New Age film a lot of Reds and greens and yellows and Blues for probably being on a very low budget this actually really looked like a really cool art project in a topsy-turvy kind of way.

I mean there would really wasn’t any real Bad acting involved I think that there are a lot of trailer park families that can relate to this kind of a environment.   but can our kid really grow up from knowing that his mother has died when he was very young and not grow up fucked up? I mean one does not blame the child for going into his own little world but you really feel bad for Benji because even though he played with dolls he  wasn’t really causing any real trouble until it all boiled together like a hard boiled egg I mean you can only treat someone bad for so long until they fight back. I thought the set design was awesome. I thought the soundtrack to the film was very unique and I think it was due to the personality of Justin Moore that made Benji all the more lovable because he really didn’t seem like he was that bad of a child.  

if this sounds like something that you would definitely watch Then I would seek the film out if I were you for a film about being different and revenge and about how one can turn into a killer  but how you can treat one another I would certainly recommend this feature for it is a unique independent little animal of its own making. I was entertained.

Here is the trailer:

Starring Justin Moore as Benji, Kimberly West-Carroll as Grandma Mitzi, Jay Sosnicki as Donald, Dana Nelson as Tina Lyn, Lawrence Moore as Kenny, Christopher Calvano as Homeless guy, Margaret Elysia Garcia as Client 1, Cassandra Sechler as Client 2, Paloma Couoh as Crystal, Donny Gonzalez as Rock Bottom, Joel Minden as News Anchor 1, Heidi Moore as Laundromat Girl, Gora Chand Saha as Tv Guy, Christopher Shafer as Dolly Krueger, Ryann Elizabeth Wright as Bunny Blogger.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ryan Meade’s anthology “The ABC Soup of Deaths Rejects 3” from 2015! Warning Spoilers!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by No budget films director Ryan Meade  who brought us three short films in an underground DVD called Creature Features as well as You Don’t Rent Here Anymore and the Evil Dead documentary Invaluable comes in and thology with six directors dealing with the 26 letters of the alphabet that may or may not have been rejected by the ABCs of death anthology which according to Ryan this project was a revenge project The ABC’s Soup of Death Rejects 3 from the area of Detroit, Michigan.  There was a contest that ABCS OF DEATH creators had put on the Ryan Meade had been involved in, Ryan along with several other film makers were accused of cheating to get votes as Meade was winning naturally so because of creator jealousy they took Meade’s votes away and so he lost to unfair circumstances.  So this project was contrived of the honest film makers that were booted unfairly.

In the beginning of this Anthology we have a couple of mock trailers one for a Grindhouse film called Drop Dead Red where it looks like a young girl is kind of going up against a drug lord of some sort it looks hilarious followed by a trailer for a movie called Bad Milk where I believe Ryan meat goes and drinks from milk that might be expired?  and then kind of a pun to hobo with a shotgun by showing a poster for hobo with a hard-on…

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In “Soup Can Scenes” directed by Ryan Meade We have what looks like a house that is decorated with Halloween decorations for Halloween and a man who has opened up a can of ABC soup to sit down and see what he can spell with his letters while he is sitting in front of the blank television screen so while he is spelling these letters  each letter he begins with starts a short film… Starring Mike Willerick.

In “Aneurysm” directed by Ryan Meade A man is jerking off to a porno that turns into a murder the slices and  dice’s to the erection of his mind…

In “BiCuriousness” directed by Ryan Meade Filmed in black and white a woman comes home with her groceries to the sounds  of what sounds like her husband cheating on her… But does not realize that it was someone of the opposite sex and involves a little bit of murder…

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In “C4” directed by Raoul Duke Jr.Probably about the shortest film I’ve ever seen and a thought that has probably crossed a few high schoolers Minds about what it would look like if your school exploded…

In “Dick” directed by Erik Zijlstra This segment is a little strange but it shows a man in female clothes smoking a cigarette probably after he has cut off his member and buried it to become what he is now… I’d like to say the only thing that I like about this segment is the blues music behind it.. was definitely different

In “Earthquake” directed by Tom Sullivan this segment is a stop motion animation filmed about dinosaurs where Three Dinosaurs one of them looking like he is one of the king of the Tyrant lizards battle  Denise a volcano that is about to erupt… so far besides Aneurysm this is the second best film on this anthology I think it is very unique it is very good even the little arms move it reminds me of watching Productions that Rankin bass would put together so thank you Mr. Meade  for allowing this little short film up absurdity to show up on this…

In “Fucked” directed by Rob Bedard probably the second shortest on this  anthology of segments here we have a man who has obviously killed a woman as we watch the rape of a necromantic…

In “Gas” directed by Ryan Meade A couple of guys are playing a game of fake out where they create moves like holding up their claws like Bears or snakes and what they have to do is stare each other down and create different moves and hold these positions if they do the same move at the same time they lose… but one guy is a sore loser decides to get up at like one of his pockets of air…

In “Hemorage” directed by Ryan Meade I’m not exactly sure what the backstory for the segment is but a woman is released in a mental ward by one of the guards who goes off on a lunch break and she literally walks into a house and kicks the shit out of a man looking for another man… this was definitely  Grindhouse Style in a Quentin Tarantino kind of way I liked it was definitely some over-the-top acting and it really looks like she was throwing the guy around which I believe was Meade like a rag doll…

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In “Internet” directed by Erik Zijlstra In this segment it looks like a man has walked up a road travel weary for there is dirt on his pants and he walks to an abandoned property. Looking inside the place looks dingy but he walks in anyways and walks up a flight of stairs.   on the landing at what looks like an attic or a loft there is a table set up with two chairs, on the table on a plate is a masquerade mask it says ‘Wear Me’ the man finds out that you should never try to meet anyone from the internet especially if he’s on the menu… I like the colors in the segment and the fact that it was a little bit of Gore involved…

In “Jugulate” directed by Rob and Sebrina BedardPretty much a snuff segment we have a man stabbing a woman in her stomach, cutting her tits over and over and  over until she is dead… I don’t really think that there was a Point to the segment other than the fact that the woman was naked and she had a decent sized chest that the man was cutting into…

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In “Kids” directed by Ryan Meade This segment is about a classic where are young child believes that there is a monster under her bed and a tired father has gone over this with his children before probably and one more time goes into a room to prove to his kid that the monster is not there only this time there is… as the film begins with a young daughter banging on her parents door just say that there is something underneath her bed…

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In “Legends” directed by Rob/Sebrina Bedard, and Ryan Meade A couple of standing in the bathroom and whoever he is he challenges her to say Bloody Mary 3 times in the dark in the mirror…  When nothing happens she thinks nothing of it takes a shower we get a little bit of a new shower scene and when she gets out she looks in the mirror Bloody Mary again and then that’s when it happens… the segment was slightly predictable but the mask was kind of cool…

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In “Mailbox” directed by Matt Smith and Ryan Meade This segment is an animation where I think a man has hitchhiked with another man and there’s telling him all about how he is getting married How He Loves his woman and how she has these really huge tits so I think the other man gets annoyed and tells him to tell it to the world grows down the window so the man sticks his head out Shouts to the air that he loves his woman and they’re just so happens to be a mailbox he can smack his love into…  I have to chuckle at this one a little bit for I have to say seeing the guys had get lopped off in the mailbox and his headless body still circling in the Wind it’s kind of hysterical and poetic…

In “Nagging” directed by Rob and Sebrina Bedard A man is sitting at a table listening to all of the excuses or things that his lady is complaining about and I know what he goes through because my own woman does the same thing and it is irritating so the man takes what looks like bags of milk and drains them in the sink and when his woman asks what he is doing it shows her exactly what it is for…  since this film is directed by Rob Bedard a little bit I feel like this short segment is related to the f segment in this anthology I feel like this scene happens before that scene and that they are related in some way shape or form. I can relate to the stressful feelings at some point I just could never do what he did hehe

In “Overdose” directed by Ryan Meade It’s about a man who starts out with a bag of pills and takes a couple probably to make himself poop, Not realizing that he had not replaced any of the rolls of toilet paper in his bathrooms,  by the time he finds the last roll in the home ends up dying from his own bowel movement…

In “Prostitutes” directed by Ryan Meade This segment is taken a pun  and the ladies of the night where a man thinks he’s pick up a Russian prostitute to have sex with  or be sexed one of the two only she turns around and does what I think some women who have gotten into the trade probably want to do right back to the men who treat them the way they do…

In “Queef” directed by Ryan Meade This segment is another one of the shortest on this anthology and it is about a woman who is talking on the phone while she is going down the stairs while carrying a wheeled luggage…  I think the segment can go out to all the people who talk on phones while they’re driving cars or walking across the streets or pick up the phone while they’re riding a public bus number one people don’t want to hear your conversations when you have your conversations you have them in private not in public the only times that you should actually use your phone is in case of emergencies at that you are dying in my mind or if you need stuff at the store you call your significant other or just to pick up and say that you were coming home or going to work these are the extent a phone conversation I think that people should have,  but never on trains never on bicycles never in cars while driving never on staircases never in public bathrooms You know what I mean…

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In “Rape” directed by Ryan Meade This segment is a Revenge film where are young woman lays  in wait for a guy that has raped her, She takes out a bat and a gym bag and follows him into his home and hit him over the head only to tie him up and mutilate him.   I rather like this from because any man who thinks that they can get away with rape is seriously fucked in their head So anytime I see a female getting back at her attacker in different ways kind of like an I Spit on Your Grave kind of deal I have to cheer from the sidelines…

In “Sin” directed by Erik Zijlstra It looks like in this second we have a nun walking through what looks like a prison compound… This one was weird we have a demon looking creature that seems to beckon this woman who is a nun and she walks to a certain room in the prison and she gets up on a table pulls up her shift and starts to masturbate as it looks like this demon is enjoying her orgasm… the only thing he’s speaking in English and it’s subtitled in German I’m actually kind of digging it…

In “Turds” directed by Raoul Duke Jr.All right this had to be the shortest segment all it really has is a man having this being filmed in black and white sitting on the toilet And you hear him take a bowel movement…

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In “Uck” directed by Erik Zijlstra This segment was strange but it was filmed in black and white and we see a woman wake up in her  underwear as she goes about her daily routines she is in a one-room Shack as she goes about and decorates the room we see a corpse laying on her bed with a birthday hat on at first I think that it was a lover that she was masturbating over but when she whispered in the corpses ears that it was her father….  damn.

In “Virus” directed by Rob Bedard In this segment a man calls into work he is definitely sick there are tissues all around him and there is snot hanging from his nose… The film shows the stages of degradation that this man goes through in three days… Kind of gross…

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In “WhiteGirlzBtripn” directed by Beth Norwowski So in this segment we see a man call some kind of a service and then we see him pack a gym bag full of duct tape and tools with power in black and white and then the doorbell rings.   Two hookers show up and while they are in the bathroom they both told each other that one was going to distract while the other grabbed the good stuff, so when the good looking Broad was dancing for the man the other girl thought that the tools and all that jazz in the gym bag was a rape kit so one thing led to another and one of them got killed…

In “XXX” directed by Erik Zijlstra This segment was another animation it was subtitled and in another language but I could understand the subtitles.   I believe the woman that was portrayed in this animation was describing the first time that she had seen a penis at the first time that she was raped while we heard noises of a female enjoying  getting fucked we see a man in what looks like a doctor’s room or some kind of a hospital room and then the female mentions that the penis was too big for her… this was kind of an abstract animation definitely weird…

In “Yellow” directed by Ryan Meade I think I understand the segment we have a young man who is playing a driving game what’s funny is the driving game is a really old one but in any case there is a  knock at the door and the young woman was there as she kicked the door in, she wrapped a rope around the young man and dragged him to the bathroom and started to suffocate him inside the toilet asking him what his  favorite color was the reason why I say that I got this film is that many men make the mistake of never asking their females opinion they often only care about what they have to say in a conversation… I thought the ending of the film  was kind of comical…

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In “Zombie” directed by Ryan Meade In this last segment we have a man in present day Israel sitting on the toilet taking a crap while a zombie is rising up out of his yard right outside the window of his bathroom… It just so happens to be the dead body of Jesus Christ come back from two thousand years of being cursed by the Descendants of this man sitting on the toilet so what Day begin is the Grindhouse battle of the ages… How about that a zombie Christ with Kung Fu moves doesn’t that  beat all. Even though I am religious and I do believe in God I actually believe that this was the best segment out of the whole lot it was quite hilarious and I can definitely tell that the style of Quentin Tarantino is definitely influenced in Meade’s work.

Ultimately I have to say that this was a very fun anthology,   though the acting wasn’t entirely great in places many of the films were entertaining at least to a certain extent and there were at least 4 to 5 segments that were definitely some pretty great SOV moments so I would definitely recommend if you haven’t at least watched this yet and if this sounds like something that you would watch I would check it out.  It is definitely worth a one-time watch if anything else.

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Movies Galore takes a look at director Lawrie Brewster’s feature “Lord of Tears” from 2013!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Dark Dunes Entertainment in association with Hex Media Productions Director Lawrie Brewster went about and created A creature called the Owlman in his 2013 arthouse feature Lord of Tears from the UK.

since I have already visited The Unkindness of Ravens feature which I helped back on its Kickstarter which was a phenomenal film and definitely very visual I decided to go back and visit his first  feature so I can move forward and properly review the black gloves and when it comes out his fourth feature Automata for 2019. see what what Lawrie has done is a phenomenal marketing campaign for each of his films when he was doing the kickstarter for The Unkindness of Ravens he funded both Lord of Tears and Unkindness into having these really nice 3-disc sets with really cool art involving having a Blu-ray a DVD and a soundtrack to each of these releases to the point where at least the first two films are out of print on these 3 disc sets.

 now all of this being said I will try to describe Lord of Tears to the best of my ability and I hope that you enjoy my review of the film.

The film begins with the reading of a will left to James Finley by his dearly departed mother who is left him her  ancestral home of which when he was very young he remembers that his mother went mad and what he remembers is that she rescued him from drowning. In a series of imagery while the reading of the will takes place we see a woman that is supposed to represent his mother standing at the edge of somewhere gazing out in the distance as well as  seeing James at the graveside of his mother and the way that images present the way that her death took place is by hanging as we see a rope and we hear what sounds like the crack of the neck breaking…

In a letter given to James after the reading of the will is Mother warns him about not going to the house call Baldurrock and excuse me if I misspelled the name of the house but this is what it sounded like,  where when he was a child he thought that there was a monster that lurked on the property that had elongated arms and large eyes…

That night James had dreams of that same creature a staircase in which he was running up out of breath on and  seeing papers strewn about along with someone in Shadow swinging an axe…

So after reminiscing from his childhood with his friend Alan, James decided to return to the estate that was once his childhood home to face his demons.   when he arrives my God what a home when it comes to locations this is a very beautiful location I love how Vines look on older mansions and the inside of this place holds many twists and turns as well as a beautiful ornate staircase which if I say nicely enough this location was used throughout at least the first three films from hex media.

James arrival to his ancestral home reminds me a lot like Jonathan Parker’s  arrival to Castle Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel. A mysterious woman who sat reading a book on the outside of the grounds showed him that there was a key under the mat.   after doing a walk-through of the home the only thing strange is that there was a chair leaning up against one of the doors which I am assuming leads to the basement, as he continues to walk through he hears a noise a picture has crashed upstairs in the bedroom that he has chosen to sleep in and behind this picture hangs a key….

The key opens up a locked trunk in one of the rooms  where he finds an old book that tells the history of the house.  The book mentions murder, mythology something buried in the cellar and while he is reading he hears a knock on the door it is the woman from before she has brought over a dinner that she has prepared.  she calls herself Eve or Eevee and when asked she explains that she comes from the south in a small town that has no room for a personality like hers that is she is studying French and lives right next door in the converted stable house as she dreams of traveling to Paris.  The extended this encounter with this woman is that he tells her that his mother has died and he has come here to figure out why this home has made such an impact on his life and he feels like being here could impact his future so she says that she will help in whatever way that she can.

After another night of dreams and images we seem to give a face to the ax wielder like he was Alan his friend from back home he awoke to find a tub nearby filling with water which somewhat reminded him of his experience when he was a child,  he goes out for a morning walk and see his first real vision of this Owlman in the shadows of the trees just about when Eevee shows up to interrupt his thoughts… we are entertained with How fanciful of a dancer that actress Alexandra Hulme gracefully presents a somewhat dance routine as she appears to bring a little happiness into James life and enjoyment which appears to be distracting him just a little enough to deal with the historical meanings behind the creature that has manifested in his life since a very young age.  Can James find out the secrets of Balderrock before he falls in love with the woman that seems to appear to him. will he have enough strength to face down the demon that has resurfaced in the manifestation of the Owlman before his soul is damned for eternity. is it possible his friend Alan is going through turmoil of his own with his father’s sickness?

I thought that this was a very beautiful and very thought-provoking film mixed with very abstract imagery that is almost dreamlike in quality.   this is a spiritual and haunting tale of sadness mixed with Madness as a man goes through the Labyrinth of his mind and deals with the Forgotten memory, a memory that was so horrible that his  family made him leave to keep him from knowing the darkness that had infested the mind of his mother and the memory of his father. I thought the acting was brilliant, loved it the soundtrack I’m in love with the Serene surroundings of this mansion that was used.  

it was just an  awe-inspiring masterpiece that I believe paved the way for him as a filmmaker for there is a Madness in his vision and a beauty in the writing that Sarah Daly has created for this film for there is a very old soul seen in the breath of this very well shot independent film.   If this sounds like a film that you would definitely check out then I suggest that you seek the film out on your own and watch it yourself. I know it seems like a lot of praise for a film but the Praises well deserved the storytelling was intense, the imagery is Unforgettable and I can’t entirely say that about a lot of films entirely I have not been disappointed yet with this film maker let’s just say that.  having seen the 2nd and the 3rd films directed by Lawrie Brewster all written by screenwriter Sarah Daly… there are bits and pieces of each film in one another even though that they are different animals so to speak. I was very entertained by this film and sincerely recommend that if you have not seen this feature go see it.

Here is the trailer:

Starring David Schofield as Owl Man, Alexandra Hulme as Eve Turner (as Lexy Hulme), Euan Douglas as James Findlay, Jamie Scott Gordon as Allen Milton (as Jamie Gordon), Alan Ireby as Solicitor, Neil Cooper as Michael Milton, Nancy Joy Page as Flora May Findlay, Graham Robertson as Henry Findlay, Jock Ferguson as Taxi Driver.

Movies Galore takes a look at Director Mike Tristano’s “The Flesh Merchant” from 1993″

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Merchant Productions along with David Sterling Productions is a feature that came out in 1993 in and around the same time that David Sterling produced is  anthology called Things from the same year With a director by the name of Mike Tristano. Now I’m pretty sure that it’s quite possible that this film ended up on Vista Street Entertainment but I’m not entirely sure about that, that being said it also eventually ended up under the label Sub Rosa Cinema which I am not entirely sure that Ron Bonk was running Sub Rosa Cinema at this point in time but that is his label now.   privately David Sterling began to farm out many of the shot on video films that he produced in several different packs and many of his films ended up on Pendulum Pictures 50 packs but enough of Sterling I shall try to describe the movie the best that I can. Evidently Joe Haggerty had a hand in producing behind this phone as well.

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So the film begins with a couple of ladies waking up in a campsite and they decide to go take a dip in the river nearby. While the women were skinny dipping topless a couple of guys we’re being peeping Toms and when the ladies got back to their campsite they realize that their stuff has been gone through that’s when one of the men and stepped out and said he was there to claim his merchandise…  after being told that they were the merchandise the other man grabbed the other lady while the one with the mouth escaped and ran through the woods what was chased down and brought back tied and gagged as they were carried off to a white van.

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Fast forward to a restaurant looking like dive call Bourbon Square it looks like it could be a jazz speakeasy the sleazy kind a young woman Darleen Paxton (Romero) is talking to her sister Jennifer who happens to be a waitress but place while they’re African-American cop friend Mac Williamson (Tucker) goes outside the two talk about how jennifer had been talking to a producer who wanted to make her a star and her sister was working her about believing too much of what people were offering.  While the cop was outside he noticed a white van pulling up and speaking into what looks like the owner of the joint.

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It is about this point that the two guys who had kidnapped the two females in the beginning had drag their merchandise into a holding room in the parking garage of one Mr. Jack Valentino who seems to be running this sex trade operation Until we realize that he answers to someone else by the name of Delombre (Stroud) where he is on a tight schedule to come up with 16 women for a buyer called the Sheik on the market.

The two Goons who had kidnapped the women in the beginning have already scoped out two more women being Jennifer and her roommate.

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Coming back from playing in the anthology Things Neil Delama certainly does play the sleaze well as a man who runs a white slave trade operation as Valentino. You know I am also digging Joe Estevez ‘s character as Captain Jameson As the two detectives Darleen and Mac uncover that her sister and her sister’s roommate were kidnapped by two men with a laundry cart,  and when the bodies of the two young girls who had been violently killed which there was a little bit of a violent scene when you saw the two of them get killed, but according to the doctor who is on the scene the two incidents are connected so each time they go back to their captain and because it’s police procedure when anyone who has anything to do personally with a crime you put someone else on the detail it seems that they are Getting the cold shoulder about getting Justice for her sister. Meanwhile inside the room where Jennifer and Karen her roommate were being held they are branded,  fed and kept listening to Valentino’s voice over and over to obey after having witnessed the previous females getting killed and put on display they are shuffled off to be taught how to pleasure others and themselves by a Miss Kitty Genoveve (Bauer) who walks them down the hallway of rooms that are within the hotel in which there are females and embracing and making love to each other, in another room holds a female being whipped on her stomach being taught and trained to be the perfect love slave.

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Having found out that the Bourbon Square is the place where all of these pick up and disappearances have happened Jennifer’s sister Darleen  and detective Mac Williamson Steak-Out the place and fairly soon the slick portly looking man that Karen felt was creepy came along and picked up Darleen.  now Detective Williamson could not help Darleen being taken inside the same White van that he had seen once before but thankfully Darleen attached a tracking device to the van.  Will Detective Williamson be able to get there in time to save his partner. Will Darlene be able to save her sister from being sold even further into the slave market?

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I could tell that this film was fairly independent but that being said I don’t think that this was a bad film at all to watch. the acting was fairly decent and there was definitely an erotic  sexploitation aspect to the film. It really didn’t drag like some of these shot on video films 10 to do from time to time. I think it helped to have some seasoned actors involved in being the captors.   now I don’t know whether this film played at any drive-in atmosphere but for being in the 90s I think this was a decent send up to the 70s since there were a lot of films that were similar and from what I understand there are still situations exactly like this that are still going on in the world today.  Human trafficking is a real thing so I think if you wanted a good film to look into to check out that shows a kind of brutality but all you really need is some key players to stronghold a situation like this. I thought that this was a solid film with solid acting. if this film sounds like something that you would definitely watch then I suggest that you seek the film out and watch it for yourself.   I was entertained and I’m glad that some of these shot on video films from the 90s that look like they could have been from the 70s are starting to see the light of day on formats such as Blu-ray + or dvd.

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Starring Neil Delama as Jack Valentino, Joe Estevez as Captain Jameson, Don Stroud as
Delambre, James Tucker as Mac Williamson (as Adam Tucker), Margo Romero as Darleen Paxton (as Margaret Romero), C. Courtney Joyner as Chick, Owen Rutledge as Slim (as Trey Garris), Michelle Bauer as Kitty Genovese, Elizabeth Chambers as Jennifer Paxton, Twila Wolfe as Karen, Sean Morrow as
Wayne (as Sean Terrance Morrow), Cathleen Hoadley as Shari, Gigi Doray as
Shannon, Joseph Haggerty as Dr. Gregson, Mark Williams as Pimp, Jay Woelfel as Carl the Bartender, Nance Little as Cheryl, Leslie Ann Tristano as Valentino’s Secretary, Maura Collins as Julie, Carol Zarlengo as Veronica, Rene Creamer as
Sandra, Mickey Harrison as Old Lady, Anthony Picciotto as Patron, Adam Rifkin as Man In Bondage Room, Nina Pedregon as Girl In Bondage Room, Rick Masters as
Porn Director, Pady Basch as Girl In Porn Room, Dave Parker as Cameraman (as David Parker), Eric Struble as Crime Scene Photographer, Myles O’Reilly as Delambre’s Driver, Craig Muckler as Cop #1, Johnnie J. Young as Cop #2 (as Johnnie Young), Todd Fellows as Forensics Cop, Linda Roberts.

Movies Galore takes a look at Richard Marr-Griffen’s “Raving Maniacs” from Brain Damage Films of 2005!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Conniption Films and associated with Scorpion Film Releasing director Richard Griffin is a film from 2005 that was originally  distributed by Brain Damage Films re-released under pendulum pictures a subsidiary company with Mill Creek entertainment first on a hundred film set then broken down into four 50  pack sets with Raving Maniacs being on the Catacomb of Creepshows box set. there were a lot of independent filmmakers that were able to get their work out on the sets that I speak of Todd Sheets,  John Johnson, Jeff Leroy and some of the many earlier efforts produced by David Sterling. I admit to first being introduced to many of these directors and filmmakers through these sets alone and had I not been introduced to the sets on my own I probably would not have been able to follow along with some of these directors later campaigns for I believe that I have contributed to the last five Productions that Richard Griffin has put out.This being said I will describe Raving Maniacs the best that I can and if I have something to say are there negative or positive I will. I always bear in mind that many of these films are lower-budget and the question is always whether the film held enough attention for me to watch the film all the way through.   

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The beginning of this film starts out very mysterious where are young man is gone to make a drug deal with a man who claims that he has a new drug that is roaming the streets HDD otherwise known as Los huevos Del Diablo meaning “the eggs of the devil.” This glowing substance supposedly came from a small Mexican fishing Village by the name of Invoca Evidently the village was very religious and one day the sky darkens and thousands of these glowing pills rain from the heavens and the people consumed at them like communion wafers and disappeared leaving behind many of these glowing substances.

Meanwhile Tuesday and her boyfriend JT along with their friend Katie and her brother Jake are getting ready to go to the biggest Rave in Providence Rhode Island at a place called The Strand Hosted by Tuesday’s ex-boyfriend The Dorfner for an event called From Dusk Till Dawn:  Rave to the Grave.

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Before the Rave is to begin we are introduced to some of the characters running the party where we have Edward and Lauren as well as Keith and Benny and of course there is the man that is running the whole show behind the scenes since Dorfner is the face of this party being Davis Callahan who is given Dorfner 24 hours to find this new glowing drugand who is behind selling this HDD that is out on the street because it’s the party favors that he hired him for.

I’m kind of really digging this Benny character he reminds me of an army officer that was been too long with his Platoon as he is reliving his last moments with his dead army Buddies the way he says it so seriously and talks about the Dachsun sunset being What happiness is it’s kind of priceless.  Not to mention the Tokyo porn video game that it sounds like Keith has got a hard-on for as it seems like this kid is a little bit of a nerd and a little bit of a slacker.

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In any case the group on the way to the rave once they got there realize that there hitchhiker passenger had left them a few gifts from heaven or so-called party favors of the so-called Los huevos Del Diablo.  Another thing that I am also digging from this film is Dorfner’s welcome introduction to the party I can very much imagine being down at the Milwaukee rave and someone with a fun attitude exactly like this guy’s sending off the party that is about to go down.

So the next few scenes in the film are  of the dancing and the partying itself and as the night goes on and the pills are passed Jake starts to trip balls and ends up having an incestual relationship,  Tuesday’s boyfriend starts to get jealous of her ex, Edward Kellogg a kind of uptight supervisor who thinks he’s in competition with Dorfner ends up relaxing his uptight self and that’s about when the power goes outand when the partygoers start acting weird and showing signs of  rotting flesh on the outside of their bodies Can the few people that did not partake of these glowing substances figure out what is happening before it is too late…

I like that this was not your typical zombie film as they were a little bit in between flesh eating zombies and cannibals I also like that there was a little bit of Madness what these creatures did there was definitely a lot of blood and definitely some suggestive moments of flesh eating Along with some offbeat in comedy which was rather weird but then again Griffin’s films are always weird.  

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I think I also enjoyed that this film didn’t exactly end on a  happy note there are too many films that try to make it seem like everyone will make it out okay and instead the film ends in a half.thought.   I know that this feature isn’t exactly when it Richard Griffin’s favorites that he had made but I can definitely see how he can take a feature and bring it into that dark place and keep a sense of humor Wiley takes us through the Labyrinth at the end of his own Maze of his own making.   I like that there is a dreamlike quality too many of his features. I thought the acting was definitely decent as well as the effects I was definitely entertained. If this film sounds like something that you would definitely watch I suggest that you check it out like I said it was on that Pendulum Pictures 50 pack as well as it was on Brain Damage Films so it is relatively easy to find.

Here is the trailer:

 

Starring Patrick Cohen as Jessie Dorfner, Emily Morettini as Tuesday, Andrew Vellenoweth as JT Laurel, Christine Peltier as Katie, Ryan Patrick Kenny as Jacob, Jennifer Zigler as Lauren, V. Orion Delwaterman as Edward, Edwin Cottle asThe Dealer, Patrick Pitu as Keith, William DeCoff as Benny, Salvatore Marchese as
First Dealer, Caleb Emerson as Davis Callahan, Ricky Spriano as Doorman, Topher Matthews as Army Helmet Raver, Eric Vidal as Big Haired Raver, Scott Foley as Go Go Boy, Milo Nera as Sleazy Raver, Izzy Kunkle as Cannibal Lesbian 1, Alexandra Johnson as Cannibal Lesbian 2, Hanna Wolf as Angel of Death Raver, Aurora Grabill as Hallway Raver Ghoul, DJ Venom as Club DJ (as DJ Venom), Alan Campbell as Bathroom Ghoul 1, Joshua James Baker as Bathroom Ghoul 2, Jeffrey T. Euangelista as Bathroom Ghoul 3 (as Jeffrey T Euangelista), Gary Perez as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Danielle Richards as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Lauren Rhodes as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Sharon Farrar as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Carol Royal as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Half Head as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Reno Marino as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Sara Herman as
Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Jeannie Divozzi as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Aryk Olson as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Jeremy Boudreau as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Nick Lordi as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Josh Lawton as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Meg Maxwell as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Chris Beaudette as
Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Ian Matthew Harrington as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Adam Wascholl as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Jason McCormick as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Jessica Donofrio as
Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Lisa Nelson as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Kenneth Radzimon as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Kristen Snelling as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Jon Dunn as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Melissa Stanziale as Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Joseph Turchetta as
Featured Ghouls and Ravers, Scott Ennis as Club Raver (uncredited).

Movies Galore takes a look at director James Balsamo’s anthology “Hack Job” From 2011!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Acid Bath Productions director James Balsamo I haven’t gone back and reviewed some of his earlier films since I started with Bite School which was in fact his fourth film but his first film it’s called Hack Job from 2011 and it is kind of an anthology film but it starts off kind of weird.

We have an actress speaking a poem and shortly after that we have supposedly a French director speaking in subtitles about his newest masterpiece while James BalsamoPlays a TV host by the name of James Argento  while some guy with a knife ends up beating up the French director whilel it looks like he pulls out a chainsaw and slices through his face. now the face looks slightly fake and starts to speak as the credits roll in…

So as the film begins truthfully we see that this French director has ended up in hell and we are introduced to Beelzebub who has said to call himself Bub (Youngren) as he is apparently the producer of the stories… Next to him as a character called Hunchy the Hunchback and a topless female victim hanging in the background…

So Bub says that he has made a script and he’s going to give them to two idiots and those two idiots just so happened to be Michael Shershenovich  and James Balsamo. Now the film goes to present-day Germany in a strip club where it looks like an older man is waving a gun talking about wishing that he was between a pair of tits….

So the first story in this anthology is called Tomb of the SS, Allen after getting drunk gets wrapped in toilet paper like a mummy by his mother and I believe his brother  or friend Steve as a joke. For some reason both Allen and a Professor Heart are on their way to Mumbai, I don’t know why Allen’s father has died but apparently there is a dig site in Mumbai where there has been discovered a tomb of some sort and there is a young lady An archaeologist by the name of Mindy Winters.  Meanwhile Soldier has crash-landed from the sound of his language he sounds Russian but looks like he is wearing an Israeli uniform.

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While Allen is visiting with Mindy he is attacked by a mummy and after having been attacked and realizing that it is strange that Professor Heart is alive and his father is dead something strange is going on. As it turns out his father’s warning about Professor heart wasn’t wrong as Mindy, Allen and another digger  were waylaid by the same Marauders that had apparently made his father Allen’s, meet with untimely death and not only were they just Marauders they were Nazis to boot. The professor forces Alan to go into the tomb only they run into the curse set upon the place to protect its treasure can Allen get out alive and save his precious Mindy from the toilet paper wrapped Undead…

In Earth is on the Menu, We have a restaurant run by a sleazy owner Duke, some employees that just can’t keep from  having sex in the back, Betty who was late for work who has to wait on a group of young men wear the leader Slick of the gnarly looking group seems to have the hots for her. Betty bumps into Butch Knocking something into the owner Duke and she’s fired.  Slick and his Goons go after Butch and try to scare him into not hanging around Betty but Betty jumps in and threaten Slick with a knife which helps Butch get away for the time being. meanwhile back at the restaurant a meteorite looking substance lands in a bathroom toilet somewhere near Duke and that’s when these green looking tentacles seemed to take over his body.   Butch on the other hand is going to the same Battle of the Bands That Slick and his goons are going to but beforehand he gets to spend time with Betty. the possessed Duke runs into a patron of the restaurant and the green tentacles end up taking over this large man’s body and shortly after this Patron who has been overtaken by this creature runs into a couple that is in a car the female giving the guy a blowjob and the creature seems to come out of the patron into the guy’s body and through the guy’s penis to the girls body and the guy gets out of the car and stumbles around in a daze.

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Later at the Battle of the Bands which is being held in a strip club a creature that looks like a large sandwich starts attacking the audience.   this part is hilarious because you can definitely see the strings working on these creatures tentacles but suddenly and alien creature who seems to be there to destroy the creature doesn’t seem to care about the human beings that he  Hurts in the process, ends up getting eaten anyways but there is a hilarious moment where before he gets swallowed he wipes his ass like he had forgotten to the last time he was in the bathroom. Betty is just about to get eaten when Butch gets up from being knocked over and somehow the sound of distortion seems to destroy the creature…

In between all of this is where Lynn Lowry shows up as  a talent agent, Or she is talking to another writer by the name of Giorgio she knows that he is a terrible  writer but evidently he is hot looking and she fantasizes about him well ridiculing James and Michael which is when the to show up and show her the script of Hack Job. Now her character Raves about the script and after James and Michael leave she thinks she knows exactly who she can show the script to  which I believe is the one and only Lloyd Kaufman. Now Lloyd Kaufman does not like the title of the script and instead shows us a fake trailer with a movie starring Toxie and Sergeant Kabukiman called Tromaville PD Spew.

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In The Mark, It starts out showing one of those  Street Preachers trying to gather change in front of a train terminal  who ends up trying to see Jesus a different way through the eye of a syringe needle. Which we then see him  get killed by his own Bible. next we are introduced to a TV evangelist selling his message Claiming that he was going to make a miracle happen by turning Johnny Walker a boy who had Polio since the day he was born and make him walk instead he does not and the priest just shoots him… We are then introduced to Mark who was dumped by his girlfriend who seems to have met someone else and got weirded out because of his obsession with astral projection and yet appears to be doing it with all kinds of guys…

The next morning after the rejection Mark wakes up with a priest collar in his hand and to a news report that a priest have been killed.  So Mark goes to the only person that he can talk to which is his sister. Lloyd Kaufman also returns as a rabbi in this story, The legendary and beautiful Debbie Rochon Shows up as an astral angel.  As it turns out the TV evangelist Theodore Halo is running the local drug ring pushing a drug called Crystal Christ and Mark is marked by the Beast for some unknown reason will he be able to find out what that Mark is before he is used for his divinely  evil purpose. And what do you know the infamous Fright Rags known for their cool memorabilia horror shirts gets a TV spot as a commercial in this film. Ultimately this mark that Mark has been given leads him to fight against the forces of evil will he be able to beat the Altar Boys and the evangelist drug lord and be able to meditate the message from the Japanese Jesus Christ…

You know for some reason I enjoy James Balsamo’s films but I suppose being his first effort out there in the film world from fan to director this wasn’t a bad first feature the special effects sucked balls but the cameos were awesome there was definitely a lot of nudity but I think that just adds to the atmosphere I will have to say that my favorite story in this anthology was Earth is on the Menu for it was a truly awesome paper mache monster on strings even though you could tell it was fake it was hilarious as hell,   on a side note though I understand the wraparound where James was given a script by the devil to help sell his script into the world and understand that there needed to be a few names to get his film out there but there was definitely a lot going on. I do understand that there was a metaphor in the third story about how selling Christianity like it was crystal meth maybe from a Catholic School point of view where people can get the wrong idea of Christ I can understand he was trying to portray a sort of anti-religious idea So I got what was trying to be portrayed at least.   Because the film was all over the place I don’t think this would be a film that everyone would like but I enjoyed the film for what it was. I do think that it was different that Balsamo shaved his goatee for that last story that almost didn’t look like a wig to me. If this sounds like a film that you would definitely watch and I suggest that you try to find the film on your own to watch. There was a lot of bad acting throughout the film but one of my favorite cameos in here was Lynn Lowery’s she played her part with over-the-top acting the way that I think that she was meant to and though I think that Debbie Rochon’s  character was a little disjointed I liked her character to even though it was short. I have to admit that you can’t miss Lloyd Kaufman in his cameos as well he definitely enjoys helping out independent filmmakers from time to time and he must have really enjoyed James Balsamo for he definitely had a lot of screen time. This anthology had a lot to take in and process but you can’t take films like this seriously you just have to enjoy the ride. I was entertained at but I suggest that you watch this film in stages to be entertained. I enjoyed it and will continue to watch Acid Bath Productions.

Here is the trailer:

Starring James Balsamo as James Argento / Allen / Butch / Mark, Michael Shershenovich asMike Fulci / The Russian / Pete, Dave Brockie as Duke / Defendor, Lynn Lowry as Talent Agent, Debbie Rochon as Astral Angel, Lloyd Kaufman as Rabbi Lloyd / Himself, Haroon Ahmad as Raja, Michael Balsamo as Steve / Johnny Walker, Christine Brulotte as Victim #1 Battle of the Banxs, Veronika Brussmannova as Betty, Keith J. Crocker as Himself, Dan E. Danger as Danny Danger / Mummy / Ronnie, Melissa Davanzo as Cowgirl / Domanatrix / shower girl, Fatt Dave as Fluffer, Dominae Drakonis as Monster Victim, Sparky Drakonis as Himself, Thomas Kyle Fiorillo as Altar Boy Leader, Sasha Gaulin as Ring Girl #3, Sasha ‘Fire Gypsy’ Gaulin as Round Three Girl, Brittany Guagneur as Archaeologist, Jarrell Jones as Darnell, Danny Karron as Pretentious Director / Harvy, Jon Keller as Lester, Michael Martinez as Giorgio, Michael Matteo as Ben, Keith Matturro as Himself, Kerri McConnell as Mindy / Donna / Angel, Chainsaw Mike as Slick, Cathy Nardone as Round two girl, Michael Perillo as Demon / Dave, Nicole Romanelli as Big Mouth Whore, Matt Routzahn as Rumble, Steven Schooley as Subway Junkie, Bob Socci as Gunther / Hunchy the Hunchback, Lucas Steffens as Disemboweled Donut Lover, Jeremy Sunderland as Raa the Pharaoh, James Terriaca as Jedediah, Angela Thompson as Machete Mama, Daniel Underhill as Hanz, Jennifer Valdes as Battle of the bands crowd victim, Robert Youngren as Professor Heart / Bub.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Derek Braasch’s film “Murder For Pleasure” from 2015!

Written by David Strege

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Brought To Us by Cheevies Film Productions director Derek Braasch  is his second feature But I believe is his first lengthy film Murder For Pleasure into the horror genre from 2015.

The film begins with a young lady leaving a bar and as she’s putting her key in her car it appears to look like she is strangled to death… We are then introduced to Victor played by Nick Bender as his character is telling us about the nightmare that he keeps having about his  family’s murder and how it was his birthday and his family was at a restaurant where he was given a couple of gifts and shortly after a group of bikers sat down and began making trouble for his family as his father stabbed one of the guys with a fork and Victor washed his mother die in front of him…

I like that it is a little foggy instead of just the normal black and white Even though I like the use of black and white sometimes it can be overused and this fogginess gives it kind of a dreamlike quality.  But the character Victor is relating all of this history with a therapist of some kind as he begins to tell of what happened after his parents death with that in mind he tells about the times that he was bullied on the playground,  and the begins to tell about his earlier times spent with women that he went out with where it seems that he describes that he woke up and she was gone when the film portrays that he while giving it to her doggie style he took a bag and suffocated her to death…

You know I’m starting to really like this film because even though it’s partly a narrative you get to see the action behind the narrative And sometimes the describing of the actions while the actions are happening in the moment can sometimes bring to light more of a response because the narrative is stating all of this so matter-of-factly that you almost believe that the actions are just a natural way that the man behind the narrative meaning Victor behaves.

We see that the character of Victor has a girlfriend from a diner and when she asks him to meet her parents,  the father doesn’t give him a very good response so we see him as he’s driving his car away as the father is getting into the shower and it looks like he kills the father and drags his body off to  somewhere… And it looks like he hammers his member you know the one down there… And the things that we are seeing are supposedly dreams that this Victor is having that he is retelling For as the film goes on Victor’s mind starts getting religious as it seems that he starts killing because he thinks that the victims are sinners.   one of the female victims that it seems that he dreams that he killed had left her child in the car while she went and suck the guy’s dick off…

M I’ll let you know what’s up as I know it if the interviews are for go I’ll let you knoweanwhile Victor’s girlfriend Max is worried and concerned that her father hasn’t shown up for work.   when Max wants to take things a little bit more seriously Victor ends up telling her no to an invite two coming in for a little bit inside her apartment. so Victor ends up going to a bar and getting hit on by another guy named Curtis and get ready for full frontal nudity as Victor kidnaps the man after he gets drunk and take  him home to what looks like a homemade snuff film.

I can’t even count how many victims were involved in the dreams that he was in I would have to say that this is the first time I’ve seen multiple snuff like material where it is just pure rage killing just because he could.

I also have to say that is one fucked-up  ending and when he found out that it was a close relation that had orchestrated The Killing of his parents that had to suck… and then to make me think that it was all still a dream come on man that was unnecessary hehe.  In the end I think I enjoyed seeing the many different ways that Victor could kill each victim and some of them work almost Justified I mean the one went after his girlfriend Max. I thought the acting was brilliant maybe not at first because It seemed like the actor was just getting into his role but as the film played out he really took the role and owned it I kid you not I could actually see him as this killer who was avenging sins and acted upon his family or those that were sinning in his eyes.  

I should probably not like I felt like this but I enjoyed it for it’s perspective even though it had an Overkill you just have to enjoy the ride. I mean there were parts that you could definitely tell we’re fake but for the most part there were some pretty grotesque scenes in fact there was not just one penis mutilated there were several penis mutilations I think one of the more grosser scenes was where this one chick had an eye dangling from her eye socket which okay that looked slightly thick but when it’s zoomed in to her half cut off foot that was unnerving.   if this sounds like a film that you would seek out and watch then I would definitely say try to find the film for yourself and watch it. I enjoyed the film for what it was it’s not going to be for everyone but it definitely was a mind trip.

Here is the Trailer:

Starring Nick Bender as Victor, Andrea Iazzetto as Maxi, Brian Broscoe as Dr. Jason Lee, Becky Crawford as Victor’s Mom, Lukas Matusny as Victor’s Dad, Matthew Bender as Officer Danielson, Jack Treadway as Bully 1, Jeff Harrigan as
Bully 2, Jimmy Shay as Bully 3, Dagoberto Zolio Soto as Rude Patron, A. Monnie Aleahmad as Necro Guy, Steven Shaffer as
Curtis, Joanne Dubach as Nicole, Tina Kalavity as Maxi’s Mom, Bill H. Bailey as
Main Trucker (as Bill Bailey), Jessica Beans as First Victim, Quin Biedakiewicz as Boy in Back Seat, Tim Biedakiewicz as
Motel Pimp, Julie Braasch as Elderly Woman, Steve Broumas as Main Rocker, Kelly Carevic as Lollipop Girl, Cristal Cepeda as Main Goth Rocker, Sharon Dalla Costa as Nurse, Monique Dauzvardis as Estelle, Shannon Edwards as Bar Patron, Jacob Frederick as Young Victor, Artemio Gonzalez as Cook, Charlotte Graham as Nikki, Lindsay Graham as
Young Maxi, Andrea Iazzetto as Maxi, Breugelmans Kristel as Slit Throat Victim (as DeAnna Frost), Darius Leaks as Bartender, Garrett LeGrand as Liquor Store Patron, Richard Michael as Bruce, Mike Miller as Victor’s Spirit, Jessica Morrison as Chrysti, Levi Pack as Rude Patron’s Friend, Travis Pardue as Pitchfork Victim, Chris Pasco Jr. as Gutted Victim, Anthony Michael Pellizzeri as
Masturbating Monkey, Tony Pepper as
Derek’s Friend, Tommy Philbin as Wrestler, Mark Sartain as Foster Care Worker, Ashley Sokolowski as Kelly, Dave Sylvester as Derek, Roger O. Trier as Horny Truck Driver (as Roger Trier), Anthony Ugalde as Bob Merchant, Phaedra Wells as Trucker’s Wife.