The Quiet Room (2018)
Director: Sam Wineman
Main Stars: Jamal Douglas, Barkley Harper, Stephanie Kerbis, Brian McCook, Chris Salvatore, Alaska Thunderfuck, Lisa Wilcox, Kit Williamson
Storyline: Young man is within a psych ward and must battle off a demon that haunts the ward before it kills everyone.
Review (Spoils): Young Michael (Jamal Douglas) is admitted to a psych ward due to the attempt of suicide and when he arrives it has awakened a female demon entity that has decided to kill off anyone who gets in its way of Michael. As Michael gets close to other inmates as friends or even sexual (as a comfort for his pain) the demon follows the path to destroy them.
This short film was suggested to me online to check out as it was released on Crypt TV as a kick off for Pride Month. Yes, the film has some homosexuality hints and visuals too it, but it does not over bear the film story line and leaves a bit to want the demon wants and why. The actual story line itself does have gaps in the findings of why but I believe this is on purpose for the audience to re-watch and try to find their own personal reasoning for the demon. The acting is not bad for short feature that rounds out a little less than 30min. Some of characters could have been rounded out a bit more but then again, it’s a short film and it needs to get the action and to the point. I found the characters outside of the main actor like Barkley Harper and Kit Williamson worked and I had interest in them. Barkley Harper had some great one liners and connection with the Hunter character, and I could listen and stare at her all day to be honest. Kit Williamson was mysterious which lean on the is he creepy or is he sincere role.
The special effects to be honest were decent for a film like this. The monster was done very well, and I enjoyed the demon and felt it was not cheesy and would be something I could see in a large film. I was quite impressed as I was expecting some bad CGI. We have blood, naked female demons, semi naked men, nasty slit wrists, dreams sequences, smoking hot Barkley Harper and some twisted leg breaks and more blood.
Rating: Looking for a quick 30min fix of horror this is not too bad. It has the horror legendary Lisa Wilcox in it and outrageous fun Alaska Thunderfuck. As noted before Barkley Harper needs more air time in horror! Go check it out!
6/10 Beers for a short film !
The Babysitter (2017)
Main Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Emily Alyn Lind, Andrew Bachelor, Doug Haley, Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino
Storyline: A 11-year-old boy has a crush on his babysitter but learns the hard truth about her and her friends.
Review (Spoils): Young Cole (Judah Lewis) is a nerd and has the same babysitter all his life and still wants to have one because well he has a crush on her. One-night Cole’s parents go away yet again and hot young Bee (Samara Weaving) is needed to look after Cole. After he gets settled into bed for the night he stays up to learn that all these years she and her friends have been working out a cult that leads to sacrifices.
The movie plays of stick comedy and lots of blood much like over classic like Dead-Alive, Shawn of the Dead and Zombieland. Much like them this one does not stray far form being a classic. We have a great handful of hot babes like Cole’s mom Leslie Bibb, Bee the sitter Samara Weaving, the blonde cheerleader Bella Thorne and the odd ball goth chick with legs Hana Mae Lee. And for the rest we have shirtless Robbie Amell. Tons of blood flies in this film such as knives to the head, Poker through the head, gunshots wounds, head blown, gas explosion, nasty whatever through the neck, hangings and a car wreck that would make Christine proud. As a added bonus we have a hot kiss between Samara Weaving and Bella Thorne and a under the sheet jerk off from Leslie Bibb. The only thing missing from this film was a thicker plot background and of course some skin.
Rating: After being told by many to check this film out and I kept putting it off as don’t normally like horror with comedy, but I rest my case I liked it. Yes, it could have used some nudity and way more of Leslie Bibb on the screen (my god she was the hottest one) and the Bee character is kind of annoying to be honest. But the cheap story line and the tongue in cheek and fast gore was great enough to keep myself entertain at the horror level. Even though the film plays on the hormones throughout it was not overdone and there was enough one liners in it to keep a chuckle going.
8 / 10 Beers!
Director: Luca Bercovici
Main Stars: Peter Liapis, Lisa Pelikan, Tamara De Treaux, Mariska Hargitay, Peter Risch, Charene Cathleen
Storyline: A young man finds a book of the occult when taking over an old house.
Review (Spoils): This film screams 80s so get ready. We have a young couple that decide to take over an old house and the basement calls to him when he comes across an old book of the occult. He quits school and decides one night when they have a party to start a calling. (instead of playing strip poker sigh..) Before you know it, his girlfriends start to suspect so call, he calls on the darkness to control her and all this little rubber demons come out to help him.
The film has hot 80s ladies, cheap lightning and fog, beers and drugs, some fancy cult robes, rubber demons, a nasty tongue and some minor blood. The film was entertaining for what it was but really the ending kind of came and went.
Rating: I dislike maybe even hate films where everything just magically goes back to normal. For example, April Fools Day (drives me nuts) what was the point of the film then? But we do see Mariska Hargitay when she was young and before she was a star and man, she is cute! Also, Charene Cathleen was not bad either but the movie itself was pretty silly.
The Devil’s Own / The Witches (1966)
Director: Cyril Frankel
Main Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting, Michele Dotrice, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Ingrid Boulting
Storyline: A school teacher moves to a small village to teach and witness’s examples of possible witch craft.
Review (Spoils): English School teacher (Joan Fontaine) was in Africa when she had a nervous breakdown due to being haunted by voodoo. After she was recovered, she was offered a new job as a school teacher in a small country town. When she arrives, she notices the people of the village are very private and even some act very weird. As she witnesses a young bright boy who hangs out with a blond girl who plays with dolls being picked on by the village she gets interested. As she works her way into getting more information on the occult and people start to disappear or die the truth starts to show.
Like much Hammer Films the scenery are amazing in this little Gothic tale of witchcraft. The characters are well done and played for the small strange village. Joan Fontaine does a great job trying to play the sane one (even though her hair was a disaster in the film). Ingrid Boulting did a fantastic job playing the secretive young woman Linda who played with dolls and left the audience guessing if she was evil or not.
The film like mentioned above gave the typical Hammer scenery with is breath taking for horror, we have chants, strange high as a kit dancing, drowning, sheep shit, worms more sheep, little dolls and some stabbings. Nothing over the top for blood and gore except for the mud and sheep poop.
Rating: This movie was way better then I thought it would be. The opening scene seemed a bit cheesy and I was concerned but once the film moved it location to Europe, I was ok. The ending just kind of ends and it could of used some weirdness or a cliff hanger but it was based off a book. Which I did learn that that Joan Fontaine bought the script and sold herself and the tale to Hammer to be done.
The Doll (2016)
Director: Rocky Soraya
Main Stars: Shandy Aulia, Denny Sumargo, Sara Wijayanto, Vitta Mariana Barrazza
Storyline: A young doll maker brings home a old doll which brings with it a curse.
Review (Spoils): Young beautiful Anya (Shandy Aulia) is a doll maker and her husband is a construction worker. When he brings home an old doll that he found at a site where they cut down a tree curse is sent to their home. They start to see the doll moving around, leaving notes and then finally a creepy ghost girl appears. This leads to nothing but lies, jumping ghosts, some bad CGI and tons of blood!
This film was different every 30min. I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing, but it kept me interested. One minute we think we have seen this film but then it changes the plot a bit over and over. One thing I do know is we have lots of charming ladies in it and a creepy burned out doll and a matching ghost girl to go with it. This film is not lacking on the gore and blood as it cuts loose near the end. Lots of red, splatter, hands grinding, claws, throat slashes, hangings and tons of more blood. The CGI is piss poor when it does appear, and it almost ruined the film for me. The fucking bats are horrible, and the blood spit is lame. But Shandy Aulia kept me entertained!
Rating: This movie could have been a lot worse and without the lame cheese CGI could have been better but oh well. There was enough blood to do two films and the storyline kept me watching. Some of scenes were cool such as the possessions, the blood and even the little girl was sweet. This is actually worth checking out!
Director: Paul Spurrier
Main Stars: Suangporn Jaturaphut, Dean Barrett, Shaun Delaney
Storyline: A young girl learns magic from her grandmother and as she is shipped to be a sex worker, she makes all pay.
Review (Spoils): A young girl named Dau (Suangporn Jaturaphut) is taught ways of dark magic from her grandmother back in the swampland. When her grandmother falls ill, she is forced to work in a go-go bar which leads to sex trafficking. As people start to make fun of her and make her life hell, she starts to work out the dark magic for revenge.
This film is a lot of fun think Carrie meets some type of dark ghost like film. The story line was enough that you felt for the girl and wanted to follow the film through. Sure, it hits some touchy topics, but I believe that was the point of the film to make you feel uncomfortable. The film is made up of several girls that work for a mamma that treats the girls like a number for money. As the girl start to stab each other in the back for business and nastiness the occult piece starts to show.
The film gives us young girls discussing topics around sleeping with dirty old men, ghost like makeup, raw meat eating, nasty nice cuts, lots of red blood, flashy lights and some really cool connections when it comes to female relationships. The film is very strong on character building and that alone keeps the film moving.
Rating: This film caught me off guard, it was decent. The story alone was worth it and extra red blood was just a bonus. If you have not checked this out yet go out and do it. It is something fresh and interesting. Well done Suangporn Jaturaphut.
Get Out (2017)
Director: Jordan Peele
Main Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson
Storyline: A young black man goes for a weekend to visit his white girlfriends’ family and it does not turn out to be a normal family reunion.
Review (Spoils): Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) heads to her parents place for the weekend for the first time to introduce him to them. He is nervous as Rose has not told them that he is black. Joking with his friend on the phone on the way up they hit a deer with the car and slowly make their way there. From the beginning Rose’s parents are awkward even her nutty brother. As the weekend goes all the family and friends come as Chris starts to feel uncomfortable around them all but when he starts to talk to the black people of the area the truth starts to unravel.
I personally heard a lot of this film but never really got into the details as I did not want to ruin it for myself. The acting is very well done, and the atmosphere of the film is extreme odd and creepy which really makes the film. The whole chunk of the film is the working of is literally Chris trying to find out what the fuck is going on and why Rose’s group of family are so weird.
When it comes blood and guts the film has not a lot to the focus of the seed of the film starts to reveal. We have a few jump scares first and like I said awkward scenes. In the end we see some nice gun shots, nasty bashes to the head, classic ramming of deer head into someone’s chest and neck and an exposed brain. The blood does flow but not till the end.
Rating: This film was a lot of fun as it was creepy like Children of the Corn with lots of racist undertones. The story has some originality to it which is very hard to find in horror, so it gets huge cheers for that and plus the scarlet Allison Williams is by no means is horrible to look at for the whole film.
Filed under Occult, Slasher