DEVIL’S NIGHT (2017) Review! Viral videos and the demonic dead!

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Director: Todd Bishop
Writer: Derek Rethwisch
Starring: Adam Forrest, Elizabeth Peterson, Alex Ho, Kristina Cohen Kruz, Nolan Freeman, Shani Atias, and Kevin Grossman

Devil’s Night is a stylized found-footage horror film from comedy-segment director Todd Bishop (Our Robocop RemakeJimmy Kimmel Live! Series), and screenwriter Derek Rethwisch (My Homework Ate My Dog). What sets this boy-meets-demon film apart from its countless brethren is the variety of camera styles utilized, as well as solid lead performances from Adam Forrest (Fujiyama Ichiban) and Elizabeth Peterson (Avengers Grim, Halloween Hell).

Devil’s Night has a lot to recommend it, especially for those of us who love both obscure documentaries and horror films. The separate styles of presentation Bishop employs in his freshman feature keep the well-trodden material from getting stale, and his cast holds up the script’s serviceable dialogue admirably. If you aren’t exhausted of the found-footage genre, and want to see an indie flick that gets it right, definitely give Devil’s Night a watch.

Check out my full review with ghastly screenshots and details gore-lor at HorrorNews.Net!

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GHOST HOUSE (2017) Review – Thai horrors from the West!

 

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REVIEW:

Directed by Rich Ragsdale
Written by Kevin O’Sullivan and Jason Chase Tyrell
Story by Kevin and Rich Ragsdale
Starring James Landry Hébert, Scout Taylor Compton, Mark Boone Junior, Michael S. New, Russell Geoffrey Banks and Rich Lee Gray.

Ghost House is a Thai-themed horror flick where viewers follow an Ugly-American couple as they turn their foreign vacation into a struggle against an angry spirit. Pretty camera work and good make-up effects are hampered by some spotty acting and unlikeable characters. Music video director and composer Rich Ragsdale (The Curse of El Charro) helms the title, and brings a gorgeous look to an only moderately effective film.

Ultimately, Ghost House isn’t a complete miss, and the setting and makeup will engage lovers of Asian-themed horror films more than the casual viewer. For everyone else, there’s still enough to merit a rental, although it’s less likely to be remembered than its more famous 2000-era Asian-horror cousins.

Check out my full review with more gruesome screenshots and spooky details at HorrorNews.Net!

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The Gracefield Incident (2017) Review! Corn and Aliens and Canadians, Oh My!

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Director: Mathieu Ratthe
Writer: Mathieu Ratthe
Starring: Mathieu Ratthe, Kimberly Laferriere, Victor Andres Turgeon-Trelles, Laurence Dauphinais, Alex C. Nachi, Juliette Gosselin

The Gracefield Incident is a found footage alien flick from writer and freshman feature-length director Mathieu Ratthe, who also stars in the movie. Part Signs (2002) and part The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Gracefield Incident attempts to use indie film-making techniques to create a tense and emotionally resonant sci-fi horror film, and succeeds in half-measures.

Still, The Gracefield Incident is an interesting addition to up-and-coming horror maker Mathieu Ratthe’s resume, and those in search of that rare alien tale that looms closer to horror than science fiction should give the flick a watch. Hopefully Ratthe will continue to hone his directing chops to the level of his writing; when they match up, we’re all in for a real treat.

Check out my full review for more details and spooky screenshots at HorrorNews.Net!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff (2016) Review! The Butcher Bros. Return!

 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff is a unique indie-horror romp through two dimwitted brothers’ attempt to make a believable yet fake snuff film. Their plan requires that their star not be in on the fact it’s all just a movie, which leads to trouble when the captive damsel-in-distress turns into a femme fatale.

All in all, A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff succeeds at being both funny and thoroughly entertaining. It runs a little long, and there are moments where the auteur-style reached for by director Altieri get in the way of some seriousness that breaks up the humor. That said, The Butcher Brothers have crafted something a little bit Reservoir Dogs, a little bit Bloody Pit of Horror, and a little bit Buffalo ’66, all rolled into one—and if that mix doesn’t interest you, then I don’t know what will!

Check out my full review with more details and gory screenshots at HorrorNews.Net!

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) Review! What do Stonehenge, cheap masks, and the 80’s have in common? This movie!

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Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace, John Carpenter (uncredited), Nigel Kneale (uncredited)
Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy, Ralph Strait, Jadeen Barbor, and Brad Schacter

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is known primarily as the black sheep of the Halloween franchise, and for good reason. It’s the only film in the series not to feature serial killer Michael Myers, and one of a handful in the original series that doesn’t have Jamie Lee Curtis gracing the screen (though her voice is in uncredited attendance). Those facts caused Halloween III to be largely maligned throughout its existence, but it stands on its own as a unique and influential freshman horror romp from now-veteran Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace (It 1990, Fright Night Part 2).

Ultimately, if you like the flavor of 80’s flicks like Fright Night, Lamberto Bava’s Demons, or The Fog (1980), then you’ll find Halloween III interesting. Check out my full review with gruesome screenshots at HorrorNews.Net!

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Interview: Andy Edwards (Director of IBIZA UNDEAD!)

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Andy Edwards is the writer/director of the newly released undead comedy horror film Ibiza Undead, and the upcoming The Vampires of Soho film shooting later this year. We caught up with him after Frightfest, and he was kind enough to give us the lowdown on his films and the UK horror scene.

To read the interview, please head over to HorrorNews.Net!

Also, check out my review of the film, also at HorrorNews.Net.

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Kill Switch (2017) Review! Love movies? Love games? Love this movie that feels like a game!

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Director: Tim Smit

Writer: Charlie Kindinger, Omid Nooshin

Starring: Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Tygo Gernandt, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Charity Wakefield, Kasper van Groesen, Mike Libanon

Kill Switch is a video-game inspired expansion/re-imagining of director Tim Smit’s short film from 2009 entitled What’s In The Box? While that short garnered huge interest due to its alluded connection with the legendary Half-Life video game series, Kill Switch claims its own identity by building a world separate from any existing sci-fi franchise. With game-style first person perspective segments and a near-future alternate reality, Kill Switch is an engaging, though somewhat shallow, experience that’s worth the 91-minute runtime.

Despite being chock-full of ancillary characters than don’t have any real function, the slick presentation, solid acting, and moderately engaging plotline make Kill Switch worth a watch. Check out my full review with details and screenshots at HorrorNews.Net!

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SACRILEGE Film Review! Demon kids gonna be demon kids!

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Director: Paul Catalanotto
Writer: Mary Nguyen Catalanotto, Paul Catalanotto, and Mark Twain Williams
Starring: Jenn Foreman, Megan Few, Jordan Salloum, Kim Baptiste, Greg Pearson, and Chad Graham 

Sacrilege is of that particular breed of horror film centered on a possessed object tormenting those unfortunate enough to come into contact with it. The most recent spate of similar films range from 2013’s Oculus to this year’s killer-doll sequel Annabelle: Creation, and there’s something inherently interesting in the idea that the things in our home might be out to get us. That draw aside, Sacrilege’s well-worn tale of a childhood toy (in this case, a music box) harboring a demonic spirit doesn’t appear to have much to recommend it on the surface—however, despite uneven acting and the occasional rookie directing mistakes, there are unique points and a solid plot shining through the direct-to-video veneer.

Check out my full review with more screenshots at HorrorNews.Net!

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CLOWN KILL Review! Who doesn’t love movies that combine clowns and rape? Me. I don’t.

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Director/Writer: Mark J. Howard

Starring: Jessica Cunningham, Roy Basnett, Stephen Greenhalgh, James Thompson, Tim Paley, Jeff Downs, Rachel Dargie

Until I slogged through Clown Kill (also known as Lock In), my least favorite clown-themed film this year had been director Aaron Mirtes’ Clowntergeist. That film, which featured a weak protagonist and overlong, action-less scenes, has easily been usurped by Clown Kill, writer/director Mark J. Howard’s misogynistic attempt at a fun slasher romp that alternates between depictions of inept office management and sexual harassment with the deftness of a blind cow on a tightrope.

Read my full review of this truly awful movie at HorrorNews.Net!

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SUMMER SHARK ATTACK/OZARK SHARKS Review! Fun in the Sun–er, Swamp!

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Ozark Sharks, also known as Summer Shark Attack, is not what you’d expect—it’s actually well written. Script writer and Lifetime Movie Network alumn Marcy Holland (Fatal AcquittalSexting in Suburbia) adds quip-heavy dialogue and sleek character development to the bare-boned story provided by shark-themed SyFy channel movie auteur Greg Mitchell (Zombie Sharks writer). Combined with fine acting, Ozark Sharks wins the game, despite effects that prove even more comic than the dialogue.

This is another surprise pleasure from director Misty Talley, and is worth a watch if you like snark and goofy gore flicks. Check out my full review, and get more details at HorrorNews.Net!

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