Movies Galore takes a look at director Emir Skolanja’s Black Metal short film “Ave Satanas” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Working with Underground Gorellector Films, Fox Trot Productions director Emir Skalonja brings us a short film called “Ave Satanas” for 2017.

Filmed in black and white as two women meet in the woods, Evanora (Shenk) and Mary (Skolanja).  Evanora speaks of being defile and asking for vengeance she must do so in blood…

Next we see an abandoned church where a hooded woman confronts these two men for Mary as she condemns them to death a man comes around and cuts one’s tongue out.  The other man dies and has his guts pulled out… while black metal plays and our hooded avenger moans as if in ecstasy…

The acting by all was very ritual so I believe that all involved in this short film did an excellent job.  This film was meant to be a slow to gorefest homage to Satan.  I think it can be considered a period piece as it comes off as possibly an older tale in an ancient time.

I think we have a lot to look forward to with director Emir Skolanja well done Emir.  I enjoyed it though I hope we here more of this story in the near future… I will remember that cackle… i certainly recommend this film for the gore enthusiast enjoy!

Starring Krystal Shenk as Evanora, Nicole Skolanja as Mary, Jose Rivera as Man #1, Brian Warden as Man #2.

Movies Galore takes a look at Director Sandy Collora’s Batman/Predator influenced short film “Batman: Dead End” from 2003!

Written by David Strege

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Now I know that there have been many films that have been constituted as being fan made films so this would certainly be one of them.  Brought to us by Mantouk Films and Level 7 films director Sandy Collora once again produces an interesting adaptation of his own version of the Dark Knight.

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As the film begins we see a man suit up in what looks like a similar suit to that which the original 1960’s Batman might of worn not your usual lately, blasted up armor with plastic or metal plating uniform but with cape none the less as you here a news billeting about Gotham in the background.

Its raining as the Batman (Bartram) jumps to the ground his cape spreads almost all around him, the rain pinging of his cape like it’s a tarp of sorts but how it got to flow around him in slow motion was very cool…

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The Joker (Koenig) escaped Arkham Asylum and goes up against His foe with the help of three Predator Creatures and and Alien as his criminal underlings so it’s certainly interesting how Collora mixes these foes together who’d of thought we’d see such a clash of titanish monsters in Gotham.

I enjoyed this short film extremely in a way it’s odd and impossible that these creatures from other films to have shown up in the D.C. world but it’s also a cool concept and thanks to a recent discovery they did actually clash in the comics when D.C. And Darkhorse got together…

The acting was pretty great too it’s not like he picked some random people to play these villains… I recommend you check this short film if you can I enjoyed it and is one of my favorite fan films now…

Starring Clark Bartram as Batman, Andrew Koenig as The Joker, Kurt Carley as
Predator #1, Jake McKinnon as Alien, Dragon Dronet as Left Predator, Patrick Magee as
Predator #3.

Movies Galore takes a look at the long awaited Horror film “The Barn” directed by Justin M. Seaman from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Nevermore Productionsand directed by Justin M. Seaman is this long awaited feature called “The Barn.”

Turns out in asense the film is somewhat evolved with Seaman’s version of the Boogeyman but began in a silent horror short film he’d filmed called “All Hollow’s Eve” from 2012.

As with all urban legends the film begins with a legend of three demons, The Boogey Man, Hallowed Jack and Candy Corn Scarecrow born from that of miners of a small town and a barn… Also from variations of the Boogeyman tale…

In Wheary Falls a service is being held at dusk in 1959 marking the return of the annual Harvest Hootnanny… by moonlight two young kids a boy and a girl go out to the barn that’s off limits… but go anyways there’s a set of rules to be followed… The little girl does not come back…

30 years later in Helen’s Valley, 1989 Sam (Mussolini) and Josh (Stout) are best freinds and have been putting on a haunted house forever but Ms. Barnhart has forbid them to do anything this All Hollows Eve… so with a group of freinds and a young girl Michelle (Dripps) that Sam likes to go out to see the last concert of a specific band that a Dr. Rock (Lehman) tv program “The Rock Block” reminiscent of MTV told them about that “Demon Inferno” was coming to a location near them.

Its been a year since Josh’s dad the town preacher (Billock) has died and hasn’t been easy and both with Sam being grounded after their prank their freind Russ, Chris and Nikki… all decide to catch this supposed Rock Concert but end up Running into the legendary demons of said town…

First of All I totally dug this film I think that that this was definitely very like bringing the feel of what the eighties was all about sex, love, the slasher, drugs, partying and Rock’n’roll…

There was certainly blood definitely Splatter and a story line and history this film was dropped in.  The acting was great and the characters memorable.  And I think the fact that Sam knew all these weird rules of the legend of Halloween and the story behind the three local demons…

I most definitely recommend this film for all but I think what I didn’t like was the price they were farming it out for… I understand that your out there to make money bsck on the film but thirty bucks is a lot for a film even if it’s a special edition with a computer game as the bonus extra… I think 15 would have just been fine… I think the director was scalping people a little to get their copy is all… but it was also a decent film and well done… there’s more but I’m sure you don’t want me to tell all… enjoy!

Starring Mitchell Musolino as Sam, Will Stout as Josh, Lexi Dripps as Michelle, Cortland Woodard as Chris, Nikki Howell as Nikki (as Nikki Darling), Nickolaus Joshua as Russell, Linnea Quigley as Ms. Barnhart, Ari Lehman as Dr. Rock, Ryan Nogy as Shirley Garrett, David Hampton as
George, James Weldon as Mr. Daniels, Justin M. Seaman as Boogeyman, Rik Billock as The Preacher, Elyse Alberts as
Matt’s Older Sister, Hunter Amos as George Haywin (child), Jon Bailey as
Trailer Narrator (voice), James Baker as
Ash Baxtor, Matt Starr Bores as Vinny Michaels, Ted Boyko as Ted Bundy-Vocals (Legendary Hucklebucks), Cheyenne Burnsworth as Arcade Kid #1, Colton Burnsworth as Roller Rink Patron #2, Paula Burnsworth as Roller Rink Patron #1, Rodney Burnsworth as Arcade Kid #2, Dakota Corwin as Hootenanny Guest #9, Tyler Denman as Arcade Kid #3, Stephen Dixon as Hootenanny Guest #7, Linda Emeterio as Old Cat Lady, Anna Fajerski as
Hootenanny Guest #12, Dave Fresch as
Dave Fresch-Guitar (Legendary Hucklebucks), John Garrett as Hootenanny Guest #13, Linda Garrett as Hootenanny Guest #14, Brian Gault as Brian Hucklebuck-Drums (Legendary Hucklebucks), Jedediah Giacchino as Hootenanny Guest #4, Sable Griedel as
80’s Porch Sweeping Girl, Susie Johnson as
Hootenanny Guest #18, Linda Loughman as Hootenanny Guest #21, Jordan Main as
Hootenanny Guest #22, Jeramey Pelzer as
Hootenanny Guest #6, Michael Prutzman as Hootenanny Guest #19, Johnny Relich as
Johnny Devil-Guitar (Legendary Hucklebucks), Mark J. Reyes as Hootenanny Guest #20, Cheryl Seaman as
Hootenanny Guest #8, Tanya R. Seaman as
Roller Rink Concession Worker, Douglas Sikora as Uncle Piddles-Upright Bass (Legendary Hucklebucks), Clay Sismour as
Kitchen Corn Shucker, Nicholas Sprowls as
Terrorized Trick or Treater, Jeremiah Startare as Roller Rink Patron #3, Jacob Stone as Hootenanny Guest #10, Ryan Sullivan as Hootenanny Guest #5, Clarissa Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #17, Jeremy Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #15, Megan Teagarden as Hootenanny Guest #16, Ethan Turner as Roller Rink Patron #4, Keith Uram as Iggy Stevens, Christopher Vertosick as Hootenanny guest #2, Jonathan Vertosick as Hootenanny guest #1, Darby Zerbini as
Hootenanny Guest #11.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Sandy Collora’s short film “Archangel” from 2002!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us in part from Montauk Films and Level 7 directed by Sandy Collora is a roughly seven minute short film of a religious nature…

Sandy Collora makes a total visual dream aspect of how the devil takes the form of a child (Decker) when coming to take a soul on earth for their hearts are pure and innocent…

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Using the representation of a Dom (Nann) and a Sub (Wolf) where the sub was kidnapped by the devil a guardian sent by God protected and guided the sun back to her Dom.

I think this film is somewhat subliminal and spiritual but also is also very beautifully filmed.  There was no talking as the film is to like I almost said a virtual dreamlike sequence.   I really liked this short film for the landscape and the symbolism used.

i certainly enjoyed this film and look forward to more from this director I think he is very talented in telling stories from visualization and may have been over looked… I totally recommend you view this short film for its spectacular visuals. Enjoy!

Starring Jonathan Decker as Child, Erika Nann as Dom, Dustin Olander as Archangel, Aime Wolf as Sub.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Matt Jaissle’s first feature film “Back From Hell” from 1993!

Written by David Strege

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Directed by Matt Jaissle of Videvil Video, I feel I have to defend this film as it’s one of those films you either love or hate, and or hate to love but love anyways because it’s so bad it’s good.  Now I bought it a year or so ago had meant to review this by now but since then has been picked up by Massacre Video distribution and rightly so it needs a place to be seen… hehe…

Film begins as two killers in black wielding axes walk silently in and axe the place as well as a body… but mark the place with the sign of Satan…

Father Aaron (Scarbrough) explains in a narrative that he is about to go take the confession of an ex Hollywood actor he hasn’t seen in eight years by the name of Jack (DuBois).

We see Father Aaron drive out to what looks like an abandoned factory, in and walk up some stairs to a trap door in the floor to meet Jack… Jack tells the Father that a cult of Satanists put a curse on him, some years back a dude named Azzagras said he could make his career sky rocket to fame by selling his soul to Satan.  A sort of crossroads desiscion he’d agreed to do everything in blood…

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It is here we see Jack running… as he runs runs into a knife wielding bum… as this turns into an old school Splatter fest SOV film, yeah it’s fake blood hokey acting but somewhat humorous.

According to Father Aaron there has also been a litany of murdered priests that have happened… in any case a detective Harrison and his partner mysteriously arrive at the abandoned place where Jack has hidden as Father Aaron is caught in the crossfire and sucked into Jack’s situation…

Forced to tie his freind Jack up, Father Aaron watches as an Evil Cop (Ruem) stabs Jack with forks to try to torture him to confess…

This is where it gets weird after shooting the cop an excorcism not sanctioned by the church is about to be performed to fight Satan for Jack’s contract to his soul.

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i actually think the worst acting comes from (DuBois) he could certainly have more emphasis in his diction… he speaks as if he’s just saying the words to get this done and over with like a disinterested actor in his role…

In a sense this is a good and evil battle… some of the dead rise to attack these two for attempting to exorcize Satan himself… but I think the best part of the demonic hand that seems to rise from the book they are using as it flaps around with some animation of sorts…

To me it’s humorous as well as a somewhat Zombastic film of the undead like The Ecorcist meets Dawn of the Dead kind of film.  I enjoyed it but not as bad as some say it is at least to me but certainly not everyon’s taste.

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I’d recommend this film for horror enthusiasts though some of the music reminds me a little of Fulci’s music for Zombie I enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind a sequel if one was ever made lol.

Starring Larry DuBois as Jack, Shawn Scarbrough as Father Aaron, Don Ruem as
Evil Cop / Satan, Chris Heikka as
Cop shot in head, Matt Handley as
Azzagras, High Priest of Satan, Matt Jaissle as
Maniac with axe, William Jaissle as
Bearded Zombie.

Movies Galore takes a look at the director Nicholas Pesce’s feature film “The Eyes Of My Mother” from 2016!

Written by David Strege

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I think that in this day and age it is hard to find an original form a horror film that is told in poignant subtlety that can almost make you cry as Director Nicholas Pesce does in “The Eyes of My Mother” with Magnet Releasing and Borderline Films.

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It’s filmed in black and white which already catches my attention but the story begins as a I believe polish mother (Agostini) is teaching her daughter about the way to preserve the eyes of farm animals as she tells her that it is said the spirit or ones soul is in the eyes…

Shortly after this though a young man stops by the farm while Francisca’s Father is away and violently kills her mother…

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When Father comes back he beats the man  and drags his body to the woods to be burried but somehow the little girl drags the man into the barn and keeps said man chained up and takes his eyes…

My understanding is that Francisca (Magalhaes) grows up very different with just her father and the kept creature… and is somewhat hidden from the world and when her father dies… Is left alone…

Happenstance brings about a woman stranded with her small child whom she befriends and takes the place of the kept creature of a man… which also had her eyes taken from her…

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Francisca raises the child herself until one day the child finds the woman she’s got locked up and begins to question…

I feel the film was a slow burn and is not for everyone’s taste because I can see how it could very well put one to sleep but there I believe is a hidden beauty of the way young Francisca copes with the losses in her life and how she tries to fill it with said loss.

I think this was an interesting film and can see how it can easily reach a cult standing. I think it was well directed, well acted and is one of the better films of 2016.

I enjoyed it and certainly recommend it for others. My favorite part was where the father and daughter were dancing together…

Starring Diana Agostini as Mother, Olivia Bond as Young Francisca, Will Brill as
Charlie, Joey Curtis-Green as Antonio, Flora Diaz as Lucy, Kika Magalhaes as
Francisca, Paul Nazak as Father, Clara Wong as Kimiko.

Movies Galore takes a look at director Travis Legge’s newest revenge feature “The Reckoning” based on his illustrated Comic Book of the same name from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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“Bloom” director Travis Legge of Plastic Age Productions once again arrives in the indie scene with a live action from-a-comic book crime drama “The Reckoning.”  Which I didn’t have a problem contributing to as you’ll probably see my name in the special thanks section and let me tell you I think he delivered.

Danielle Doetsch stars as Justine a young woman in love with a young man named Mike (Hoover) whom just wants to provide for his girl as he takes a job as errand boy for his drug dealing cousin.

Justine’s Best freind Stacy (Maloney) warns her about the dangers he may be taking and bringing her into but when Justine brings the subject up to her man Mike assures her it’s only small time smoke and nothing big.

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On a reciprocation of deliverying to the wrong neighborhood a more connected Crime Lord named Victor (Jones) sends a message to Mikes Cousin through Mike himself where after sending some of his own dudes to tell Victor and his thugs off, come back in a drive by killing Mike in front of Justine.

Justine then to deal with her grief, one by one goes after the men responsible for the death of her lover…

At first I wasn’t sure the actress (Doetsch) had it in her to portray the kind of violence needed to bring to life this Angel of Vengeance kind of 70s throwback to films like “Thriller” or “Day of the Woman” type of genre.  I have to say she kicked some ass.

I do have to bring up one little bit of film work there’s a moment where Justine’s been injured, as she waits for a weapon of choice to warm up she’s given a choice to the path she’s about to go down… and the symbolism and connection of possible pathway to hell is very well done… you’ll know what I mean if you see the film but I loved it.  Having seen his first feature “Raymond Did It” and then “Bloom” I have every confidence that Travis Legge will just get better and better in time.

Travis’s only set back is always funding but I believe this film packs a good punch and I was happy to be a part of it in some way.

i recommend this film to definitely see it in the coming months and hope that it is successfully recieved. Enjoy!

Starring Danielle Doetsch as Justine, Shellilynn as Moll, Matthias Kocur as
Funeral Mourner, Ricardo Thurmond as
Ricky, Travis Legge as Homeless Man, Dave Juehring as Pawn Broker, Joseph Mistretta as Eric, Josh Hoover as Mike, Steve Heiden as Goon #1, Brandon K. Jones as Victor, Leah Gayle as Mileen, Allison Didier as
Trish, Kevin Poole as Paco, Becky Bramlett as Waitress, Joey Grimmett as Thug, Ray Fanara as Jay, Dustin Urness as Lewis, Dessi Maloney as Stacy, Brandon Creed as
Douchebag.