July 23, 2017

Screener Review: Killing Ground (2017)

"No more camping for us. Ever."

Thanks to the lovely folks over at the company that handles promotion for IFC, we were able to get our hands on an early screener of Killing Ground.

Although we had to sit on the review until near release date (the Comic Con news pushed it past then), we've had a week to digest the movie, and sort our thoughts out on the matter... and we've come to the conclusion that even though it's overly-familiar and not a perfect film, Killing Ground is one hell of a wicked backwoods flick that is bound to stick with you well after it's over.

Because it sure did us.

Ian and Sam decide to spend a romantic New Years Eve camping at a remote lake at the end of a long, winding, desolate road... because they've obviously never seen a Horror movie before. They're puzzled by the empty tent they find when they arrive, and at the fact that their car has a flat tire, but hell, let's stay here anyway, because nothing bad happens to people when they camp in Australia.

Margaret and Rob are also camping, but with their teen daughter and infant baby in tow. They break out the guitar, smoke with their daughter, and decide to go on a hike. Another family that clearly has watched very few, if any, Horror movies.

The there's German and Chook; the skeevy, whiskey tango creepers who spend their time trying to pick up girls in bars, and looking for victims to rape and murder, because they obviously have seen some Horror movies, and they know how shit works.

The real fun begins when the three storylines intertwine, in a clever way, which spells disaster for every single one of them... well, most of them anyway.

Killing Ground is a movie that has been done before. The whole "A group of people head into the woods for a relaxing weekend, only to be terrorized by murderous locals" plot has been done to death, but here it's not only done very well, but dare we say in a clever way to boot.

The way that the timelines for each group of characters unfold may be obvious to most people form the beginning, but damn it if it didn't ratchet up the tension a few notches, and made the way everything played out far more engaging than it might have been. Of course with the film boasting a strong script and great performances to begin with, it probably would have worked either way.

Aaron Pedersen first caught our attention back in 2014 in the criminally underseen Mystery Road (review HERE.) He chewed up the screen in that excellent flick playing a quiet, tough guy who saves the day... which made his turn here as the scumbag who uses people's lives for twisted sport so compelling. The quiet menace that the guy can convey is insane, and he was a truly terrifying bad guy. If for no other reason, this movie is worth seeing to watch him work. The rest of the cast worked it out too, but he was the standout.

Of course Killing Ground is also wroth seeing because it's an effective, intense thriller that will most likely leave you shook. The target practice scene and the shot of the baby running through the woods... sweet Jesus.

If you travel to a remote location, find an abandoned tent, and then notice that one of your car tires is flat, can you please just get the hell out of there? Walk if you have to, but just leave?

And when a skeevy dude with a rifle slung over his shoulder shows up and asks you to take a hike into the woods with him, can you just tell him no?

Come on, people. Survival is little more than common sense!

Can someone please tell us what happened to the baby? Is it still out there in the woods with Scraps? Nippy? Whatever the fuck the dog's name was?

Killing Ground is heavy on disturbing set pieces, but it's not quite a gorefest. Still, there are people being shot, and some convincing rock violence to be had.

Nope, and they even kept the rape scenes off-screen, which was a good move.

Yet another intense and brutal thriller from Australia, Killing Ground takes a familiar plot and does it great justice.It's not perfect (the last bit of the movie didn't feel as strong as what came before), but it's a hell of a nerve-jangling ride, and one well worth taking.


Killing Ground is available on VOD now.


Harriet Dyer and Tiarnie Coupland; two of Australia's finest.

July 22, 2017

#SDCC: Scream Factory Announces 10 New Titles Headed to Blu-ray

In the midst of their 5th year anniversary, Scream Factory took to the stage at the SDCC to announce a slew of new titles that they're bringing to Blu-ray soon.

Here's the thing about this announcement though: It's a bit underwhelming.

Misery, Drag Me To Hell, The Strangers, and Silent Night, Deadly Night are all great titles, but they're already on Blu-ray, so unless each of them get stellar new transfers and come with some crazy Bonus Features, it's just a double dip. No thanks. Of course if you don't already have these titles on Blu-ray, then they are well-worth adding to your collection.

And are we crazy for not caring about Darkman II & III, Eye of the Cat, and Attack of the Puppet People

Cyborg we can get behind though. American Gothic too.

We love us some Scream Factory, but with all of the great Horror & Genre titles out there that desperately deserve the Blu-ray treatment, is this the best that they can do?


We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here's the line-up that will be coming soon to you in Nov and early 2018:

  • SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (Collector's Edition) (1984) – Ho Ho Horror! The anti-holiday slasher cult classic favorite is being prepped for release before Christmas.
  • MISERY (Collector’s Edition) (1990) – Hide the sledgehammers! Stephen King and Rob Reiner’s iconic classic receives the deluxe treatment it rightfully deserves.
  • DRAG ME TO HELL (Collector’s Edition) (2009) – We go more in-depth into Sam Raimi’s wildly-entertaining and wicked soul-cursing hit film.
  • THE STRANGERS (Collector’s Edition) (2008) – One of the scariest film ever in the “home invasion” subgenre gets an upgrade ahead of its planned 2018 sequel.
  • CYBORG (Collector’s Edition) (1989) Martial arts legend Jean-Claude Van Damme battles evil in this late 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller.
  • AMERICAN GOTHIC (1988) – Often-requested quasi slasher film starring Rod Steiger and Yvonne DeCarlo. From the Director of The Legend of Hell House.
  • DARKMAN II (1995) & DARKMAN III (1996) – First time on Blu-ray! Both star Arnold Vosloo. Jeff Fahey appears in III. Official street dates for both are 11/7/17. Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date.
  • EYE OF THE CAT (1969) – From the Screenwriter of Psycho and stars Eleanor Parker. First time on a home entertainment format! 
  • ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE (1958) – From Bert I. Gordon. First time on Blu-ray! Official street date is 11/14/17.

#SDCC Trailer: Stranger Things Season 2

"It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived."

Dragon's Lair; a gigantic, Lovecraftian monster; the Fall, Halloween feel; that final Eleven revea; and Thriller playing over everything... this trailer rocks, and Season 2 of Stranger Things looks to be even better than the first one.

Get hype.

Stranger Things Season 2 hits Netflix on October 27th.

#SDCC: Some Carla Gugino Casting News!

So not only is Netflix making a series out of Shirley Jackson's classic novel, The Haunting of Hill House, but it's being directed my Mike Flanagan, the guy who gave us the awesome Hush (review HERE). The best part of the whole thing though is that it's going to star maybe the sexiest woman of all-time, Carla Gugino

The series is set to run 10 episodes, and it will star Carla Gugino.

Carla Gugino.

Sure, we're harping on one aspect of this news, but guess what? Carla Gugino is one of our all-time favorite Horror Hotties (and Hotties in general), so you just shush.

This is good news, folks. For us and for Netflix

July 21, 2017

UPDATED: Our Top 31 (or so) Upcoming Movies of 2017!

*This is an on-going post which is updated every Tuesday & Friday, to keep up with releases and release date changes.

We're always, ALWAYS, searching for newest and best Horror & Genre movies & TV shows to watch, which is why we work so hard to keep our Blu-ray & DVD, Theatrical, VOD, and TV release dates pages up to date.

One thing that we've never done though, until now, is kept a running list of the movies coming soon to a big or small screen near you that we want to see the most, and there are always a lot of those. With that in mind, below you'll find the Top 30-ish Upcoming Horror & Genre Projects that have us chomping at the bit like rabid fiends.

  • The movies listed below all have release dates that are set. As you know, some of them can, and will, change.
  • You'll only find new projects that will be Theatrical, VOD, and TV releases on this list. Nothing that's coming soon on disc (unless it’s some sort of Special Edition.)
  • We will include a few upcoming TV shows of the highest interest on the list, but keep them limited so as to focus more on movies.
  • You can click the pics to be taken to each movie's IMDB page, for release date info, etc...The release dates can also be found in the file names.
  • This list will be mainly comprised of upcoming Horror projects, but the occasional Superhero, Sci-Fi, or Action flick might break through. It's all relative to our interests.
  • We will add and remove titles from this list as needed, which will be pretty often.
  • Mark your calendars!

7/21- We’ve added The Snowman, Jigsaw, and The Poughkeepsie Tapes to the list.

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