Saturday, July 23, 2016

Horror on the 4th of July: Reviews of "The Drifter" and "Circus of the Dead"

TOM H.
REVIEWS
“THE DRIFTER”
And

“CIRCUS OF THE DEAD”

The 4th of July has come and gone, I have been extremely busy since then with work and other projects I have been working on. Today, I am finally sitting down to write my review of both films that I screened at the Horror on the 4th of July event that was held in St. Robert, MO at Finest Of Lines Tattoo Shop!

Let me first explain to everyone, the venue was great! It was just the right environment to do this and I am forever in the debt of Ray and Nikki.  A friend of mine Brandon went out of his way as well to make sure that the night was a success! For that thank you all!

Now, on to the movies..  Craig Calamis “The Drifter”, a suspenseful thriller that lived up to the hype that took almost 2 years from the first chance I had to see the teaser. I had a chance to watch about 10 minutes of this film a while back and the wait was well worth it! This was one of those films you read about or see a trailer that you don’t forget that you want to see it, regardless if it was a couple of years later. I never forgot.

I’m a pretty huge fan of these types of film, this film had a good pace to it and there were no dead spots to where boredom could possibly set in. The acting was done very well, so I was sold on that mother fucker being bat shit crazy.  I am excited to see what comes next from Calamis, he is obviously very talented and did a great job putting a really good film together. 


Now, there were two films shown on Horror on the 4th of July. The second film Billy Pon’s “Circus of the Dead” is exactly what I was expecting and more! So, I talked to Billy on the phone before we decided to do this and he had thought I had already received and watched COTD, when he learned that I didn’t watch it yet he told me.. “This film will change your life.”… I laughed because part of me believed this..  So, I watched the film and I think it was definitely not disappointed! This has to be one of my top 5 films over the last 15 years easily!

The cast did great and each of the clowns were picked perfectly and they all fit the part. I loved the way it all played out, you seen it coming after a little bit, I just needed to see how it would be executed. COTD has some serious shock value that will fuck up the casual horror film viewer! If you’re not a big time horror film lover this film will give you some serious nightmare material and make you wish a Circus never comes to your town. 





Thursday, July 7, 2016

"Paranormalice"- A Southern Gothic Anthology! - Review

PARANORMALICE
A SOUTHERN GOTHIC ANTHOLOGY


“Paranormalice” was pure fucking genius and a surprise to a critic that hasn’t been this impressed with a film in quite some time. I have some favorites but this film came out of nowhere with unique vision and some pretty good stories that were told well.

This Anthology is about a Writer that travels to Mosswood, Alabama in to learn more about a story that has peaked his interest. He stops at a motel and begins asking the desk clerk about the story, the desk clerk pretty much tells the Writer that he won’t get far asking the people about anything other than a few particular subjects and they all have nothing to do with what the Writer wanted to know.

The clerk goes on telling 4 tales, and each of these tales has their own unique points about them that make them all really fucking awesome! The writing is done with some serious thought and you can tell it was planned out well and executed in a way that grabbed my attention!  I figure I will give you a brief description of each of the stories told without giving anything away..

1: A guy walks into a bar……
2: New neighbors are fucking awesome….. 
3: Those bitches are too serious!
4: The beauty just may be the beast…

To close, I just want to say this was an amazing job and it has definitely been my pleasure being able to review this film! The writing and acting were all on point and I couldn’t have asked for anything to have been done any differently! – I highly recommend this film!!!



Monday, June 20, 2016

Dark (2015) by Nick Basile - An intense depiction of the human psyche..

Tom H’s Blog of Horror
Reviews
DARK
Directed by Nick Basile
Written by Elias and Nick Basile
Starring Whitney Able, Michael Ecklund, Alexandra Breckenridge and Brendan Sexton

A very disturbed woman struggling with her past is left alone during a black out in Brooklyn, New York in 2003. The story is amazing and it tells gives us some deep character development from the start so we know what she is we’re about to deal with. The mind of a person that has depression among other issues can be dangerous when forced to face circumstances that they can’t control.

This film was well written and well executed and the entire film kept me interested in knowing just how bad this was going to get.. And it gets about as bad as it can be expected! I enjoyed the cast in this film as they did a good job with their roles especially Whitney Able! She was able to put on a believable role in a very difficult situation. It’s hard to understand those that are mentally unstable let alone act like someone that is mentally unstable!

I recommend this film to those who are interested in seeing a really good story unfold. For those whom are confused by this film should really do more to expand your horizons and learn to understand what makes a good story and what makes a good film!




Monday, June 6, 2016

Kalen Artinian's "The Indestructible" (2016)

THE INDESTRUCTIBLE
By Kalen Artinian

This is a short film that was brought to my attention the other day and I am glad that I was given a chance to watch this. This takes me back to my High School days where I was not the bully or necessarily bullied, however I did witness some of the cruel things that happened to other people. Part of that is the reason I chose to work in the field where I could help troubled kids get over passed trauma and abuse.

“The Indestructible” dives right into character development and you learn a lot about the main characters in a relatively short amount of time and Kalen Artinian does a great job of telling the story about a kid that is seemingly lost in his own world while still seeing the fucked up environment he is living in. This story is about as close to reality as it explains the fucked up truth about today’s society especially in the High School setting.

You should really give this film a look and support Kalen as he progresses in his film career!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Sloven" by Marc Cartwright - Cleaning up isn't quite as easy as you think....


MARC CARTWRIGHT’s “SLOVEN” 


Sometimes it takes me a little while to review films and for that I apologize to those who email me about their films.. With that being said, I feel like I missed out on this film!

“Sloven” by Marc Cartwright was 6 minutes of awesome that I felt brought intensity.. His ability to create really good shots during the film made this film even more than just a short film. Cartwright demonstrated that he has great ability and that can be done on any length of film!

Short, sweet and to the point and told enough of a story to get a little attached to the main character Steve (Baker Chase Powell) which also did a fantastic job! Check it out below!



Go to the Strip Club they said.... It will be fun.. they said.. "Peelers" by Steve Schelenz


A NIGHT AT THE STRIP CLUB BECOMES MORE THAN JUST A WET DREAM......

Director Sevé Schelenz
Cast:
Wren Walker
Caz Odin Darko

Madison J. Loos

What starts out as the last hurrah on the closing night of an infamous small-town strip club, quickly turns into a night of bloodshed when a crew of coal miners shows up and with them a deadly contaminant.  Former baseball player and current club owner, Blue Jean Douglas has decided to hand over her bar to a new owner and leave town for good, but her plans are thwarted when she discovers the magnitude of the epidemic that has been unleashed. With victims piling up, Blue Jean must step up to the plate to protect her family, her friends and her bar before it's too late and she loses everything she holds dear.


Tom H. Says: This trailer was filled with what seems to be a good, fun film that will give horror film lovers a chance to enjoy a lot of boobs and blood! I am glad to start getting some films that are not just cheap knock offs of films that have been done a million times. The trailer is well put together and has me intrigued to see what it's going to be about! 





Sunday, April 10, 2016

A review from Hell- Tom H's Blog of Horror talks about David Boorboor's "A Place in Hell"!


Director David Boorboor is giving you
A PLACE IN HELL




This film is about a group of college students tasked out to film a movie for a project, what they don’t know is that they are walking into their own horror film! Time and time again, I have said I wanted someone to come out with a good slasher flick that will help revive that particular sub-genre. “A Place in Hell” took this to another level by adding some old school tricks to some more modern ideas.



The kids find this “remote” location that has creepy elements and the perfect location for their film. The film tells enough story about the characters to get you invested into them, so when they are facing death you either want them dead or root for them to survive.. This film also does a great job taking you back into the life of the Detective character and having a whole different side story going on than what is actually happening with the kids that are shooting the film. The film has a great build up throughout to the final scenes and a great ending that is always welcomed when you finish watching a good film.

David Boorboor took from a real life story about “The Corpse Collector” out of Philly, a man that viciously murdered and sexually assaulted his victims. Boorboor used this and added something extra for the people who do and will enjoy this film!

The cast did a really good job, especially Lewis Smith (The Heavenly Kid, 1985) as the broken down Detective that has been chasing this killer for a long time, even when people thought he had lost his mind.. He really didn’t..  Noree Victoria (Quarantine 2: Terminal, 2011) was also really good with her role as the seemingly more put together of the kids. It was believable and done really good; I was hoping that of all people this character would be put into more situations that proved her strength.


The rest of the cast did a great job as well, I am going to follow them moving forward and check out other projects they may get into (hopefully horror projects) and I wish them success in the future!

Monday, March 14, 2016

The kids are not alright in "Suffer the Little Children" -Review

THE REVIEW OF SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN

A COREY NORMAN FILM!


Corey Norman has done it again! I just finished watching “Suffer the Little Children” a film that was written by his wife Haley Norman. “Suffer the Little Children” is based on a short story written by Stephen King (1972) that is about a third grade teacher named Miss Sidley. 

Miss Sidley started to believe that there was something wrong with one of her students due to a comment he had made in class. What she found out was terrifying! The events that followed not only confirmed her suspicions, they made her go flat out fucking psychotic at least that was what everyone thinks happened……

Anne Bobby known for her part as Lori Winston in the 1990 film “Nightbreed”, played the role of Miss Sidley in this film. She did a phenomenal job in this film and added something really special to this story! The rest of the cast also did a great job and I found nothing to complain about!

Corey Norman just added another great piece of work to his resume as he continues to solidify just how awesome of a filmmaker he really is! Truly one of the best that I have had the chance to speak to and follow!

Haley Norman’s writing is becoming one of my favorites as well! Her obvious talent is being demonstrated in this film as well as the past few films that she has written.  

I am becoming a fan of films that derive from novels because this gives the filmmaker something to go off of as well as adding their own special “something” to it. It’s nice to see them get put into movie form so I get the chance to see what others think the characters should look like and how they perceived the character in the story. This is exactly why I loved this film!

Keep up to date with Corey Norman and Haley Norman because these two are going to do  just keep getting better and better with every film they give us the pleasure of watching!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Support upcoming film "Doll House" by Alan Dillingham!


Doll House Official Press Release





Doll House is a disturbing and gruesome horror/slasher film that will creep you out and leave you in shock.

About this project:
Doll House is a 30 minute horror/slasher film that will be submitted to film festivals, and to act as a proof of a concept of a full length feature film.
Doll House came together when Sheri Collins (Doll Face) came to Alan Dillingham with an idea for a film. He did not find it hard to write a screenplay as he was itching to do another slasher film after doing Cat and Mouse.
Synopsis: A woman seeks a family to call her own after losing hers to a brutal murder, one that will love her and never leave her. While out looking for a new family, she stumbles upon the perfect household having a game night. As she makes her intentions known, the family quickly realizes that she is there to capture their hearts and love them to death.

Tag Line: Time to Play!

What we need:
We need what every good horror/slasher film needs, which is money. We have launched a Kickstarter in the hopes or raising enough to make the short film possible.


You can find a little teaser there that we shot before we secured a DP and Gaffer. Along with some pictures.

You can also find a list of castings and other relevant information such as incentives.

Where will the money go to? 
Our financial needs come down to three parts.

$700, Will go to the Art Dept for basic needs such as props, makeup, and basic effects. Ideally we want $3,500 for the most gruesome effects. We will need lots of custom made special effects so that we do not need to use CGI. Some examples of needs: Carpets, Bed, Door with glass, dual costumes. These will be bought so that we can safely use a mass amount of blood. Headed by the very talented Lincoln Millet

$1,000 Will go to the Camera/Electrical dept to ensure that we have the proper equipment that we need to make this film's vision come to life. Which will be headed up by our DP Mark Hensley.

$600 Will go towards feeding our cast and crew, three meals for the four days of filming.

Extended Goals:
Ideally we are looking to raise at least $8,000 for the best possible short film, for all of it's bloody and gruesome wants.

We want to raise over $20,000 for the full length film
.
About Killatainment Films
Killtainment Films is a Maine based independent film company that has made nine short films, some released while others in post production. Our latest short film "Cat and Mouse" was made possible by a kickstarter campaign.  We have made two full length films that are due out in 2016. With lot's of more films planned in the coming years. Check out our website www.killatainment.com. Like for us on Facebook

For any questions or request for Interviews about the film, feel free to contact
Alan Dillingham adillingham@killatainment.com (Producer/Director/Writer)

Sheri Collins castings@killatainment.com(Lead Actress/Writer)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"Harvest Lake" review! Sometimes nature has it's own way of fucking you!

The strange and bizarre can happen when you are out of y our element.. When four friends travel out into the wilderness for a birthday/vacation they find out that the animals are not the only thing they have to worry about. Scott Schirmer did an amazing job capturing the hallucinogenic whirlwhind of chaos that begins to happen to these unsuspecting people!

I could tell you more about the film in regards to the plot, however I would be giving far too much away.. What I will say is, I am a huge fan of Ellie Church (Mania,2015 and Headless,2015) and Tristan Risk (Mania,2015 and American Mary, 2012) and their performance in previous films. This made this film a must see for me!

The performance of both of these beautiful horror queens made this film so much more awesome to me! Add Dan Nye, Jason Crowe and Kevin Roach to the mix and it was clear to me this was a cast that I would like to see in other films in the future!


“Harvest Lake” went right for the kill from the start and you knew something was fucked up.. You don’t have to wait for a long drawn out story to unfold before you have an idea of what is going on.. Well, a little.. You do know something is happening, you won’t be quite sure about what it is right away and that makes you want to watch more!

The collaboration of Forbidden Films and Mostly Harmless pictures created a really great indie horror film that should become a top ten candidate for my 2016 end of year best films list! Not that my top ten is so exclusive that they will make millions, but for the following I have.. This will be something many people in my circle will love to see and enjoy!


Check out HARVEST LAKE on FACEBOOK and show some support! Also find a way to PURCHASE, not steal this film because the people behind these films are not millionaires and every purchase will help support a NEW film!




HARVEST LAKE Teaser Trailer (2016) - Ellie Church, Tristan Risk from Forbidden Films on Vimeo.