June 25, 2017

Short Film Saturday: NightmARes (2016)

It's got to be hard making short films, as no matter how great they may be, as they kind of disappear into the nether after their initial Festival Circuit runs are finished, if they are even lucky enough to get one.

That's why we've decided to showcase some of the many great Horror Shorts that are out there floating around the Interwebs: some are scary, some are fun, and every now and then, we even find one that's a work of art.

The bottom line is that plenty of time and effort went into making them, so they at least deserve to be seen, don't they?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6251432/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_2
"Put on a headset and step inside a frighteningly immersive environment, where all is not as it seems."

Short and sweet.


I'm not sure if the whole VR headset thing has really caught on or not yet, or it it ever will, but I've got to say that it's a pretty cool toy to play with. It's also got a lot of potential as a tool to use for Horror flicks and video games.

This short film is pretty clever, and aside from the lame, predictable final shot, it was fun to watch. Of course, the fact that Victoria Morrison is gorgeous to look at made it all the more compelling.

Not bad.

June 24, 2017

Short Film Saturday: Curve (2017)

It's got to be hard making short films, as no matter how great they may be, as they kind of disappear into the nether after their initial Festival Circuit runs are finished, if they are even lucky enough to get one.

That's why we've decided to showcase some of the many great Horror Shorts that are out there floating around the Interwebs: some are scary, some are fun, and every now and then, we even find one that's a work of art.

The bottom line is that plenty of time and effort went into making them, so they at least deserve to be seen, don't they?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975312/
"Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death."

Hold on tight for this one.



As someone who is not a big fan of heights, this short film puckered my b-hole.

Where is this girl, how did she get there, and what in the hell is going on? I have no answer to any of these questions, but I can say that this short film gave me the most intense 10 minutes that I've experienced in quite some time.

There's no dialogue spoken, and it's so simplistic in its set-up (and minimalistic in its execution), that I'm still not sure how it's so effective, but director Tim Egan has crafted himself a brilliant little piece of Horror art here. Props go to Laura Jane Turner too, who was great as the poor girl trapped on the edge of the abyss.

I have to say though, that I'd really like to know more about what was going on in this one. A sequel maybe? Please?

June 20, 2017

Kong: Skull Island is Available Now on Digital HD!

http://amzn.to/2rB1Nht
"When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man."

Kong: Skull Island may not have done Wonder Woman numbers at the Box Office, but as far as big monster movies go, it was a hell of a flick.

We'll be grabbing this one when it hits Blu-ray next month, but if you prefer your entertainment on the digital front, then it's available for you to own right now.

*Get on the Brie Larson hype train now, because once she suits up to play Captain Marvel, she's going to be the biggest actress in Hollywood. Bet.

http://amzn.to/2rB1Nht


Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for 6/20

In a world where streaming movies in HD is growing in popularity, it gets harder and harder to justify spending hard earned money on physical media. The fact is though that when done right, nothing makes a movie look or sound better on Blu-ray, so we bring you The Digital dread Report to help you figure out what's worth buying, and what you're better off streaming.

  • This week belongs to Arrow Video's The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, which is a Must Own release for fans of Gialli, Dario Argento films, and Horror in general. 
  • Life definitely looks like our kind of Space Horror flick, and it's got an excellent cast, so we may take the 1080p plunge with this one.
  • Prevenge (read our review HERE) was a solid flick, and definitely one worth checking out.
  • Don't Knock Twice (read our review HERE) was decent enough, but not good enough to grab on Blu-ray for us.
  • The Lawnmower Man is one we never liked, but Scream Factory is giving it the Collector's Edition treatment for some reason. It's nothing like the Stephen King short story that it's "based on." Blah. 
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot!

Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

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VOD Review: Raw (2017)

"Shocking, but not as much as you'd think."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4954522/
When Raw made its run of the festival circuit last year, there were reports of audience members passing out, throwing up, and fleeing from theaters in a panic. Those reports, coupled with the movie's subject matter, naturally had us expecting a disgusting gore-fest that would leave us retching.

Unfortunately, Raw never quite gets to that level, and that's fine, but it certainly could have used a bit more of a nasty punch. It's still a great film, and it's definitely disturbing, but it left us a bit underwhelmed in that respect.
Justine is a 16-year-old from a strictly vegetarian family who is about to go away to veterinarian school; French veterinarian school, which means that there's going to be lots of sex, parting, and hazing of the weirdest kind. Her older, rebellious sister, Alexia is already a student there, but that doesn't mean that the hazing will be any easier for Justine, and in fact, it might even be harder.

COLLEGE: THE BEST TIME OF A YOUNG GIRLS LIFE.
After being forced to eat a rabbit kidney, Justine becomes ill, her skin breaks out in a nasty rash, and she begins developing a taste for flesh. At the same time, her sexuality is starting to blossom, so whomever she becomes intimate with is in danger of getting a chunk bitten out of them.

YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR THE BITERS.
Is Justine becoming a cannibal? Does she just need to get laid? Are veterinarian schools in France really like this? Far be it from us to spoil anything for you here, but as far as that last question goes, we sure hope so, because it looks like a salaciously good time. Minus the blood, of course.

IT AIN'T EASY BEING A TEENAGE CANNIBAL.
Raw is an odd movie, and a disturbing one. It's an allegory for burgeoning sexuality, and making your own way in the world. It's also about how vegetarians can turn into cannibals if they so much as get one taste of meat. Alright, that last one is pure fantasy, but one that the movie uses as its main template, and it's a terrifying one.

This is a gorgeous film, and one that I dare call artistic. Director Julia Ducournau has quite a visual eye, as well as a knack for telling a compelling story, and one that certainly goes to some dark places to say what it needs to say.

Garance Marillier owned the role of Justine. She started off convincingly as a shy, awkward girl who was out of her social depth, and transitioned into a predatory sex kitten with ease. The scene where she's dancing and making out with the mirror gave us chills.

SHE SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO VEGETABLES.
I understand why women get bikini waxes, but after seeing this movie, I'll never understand why they would want to.

SWEET JESUS, NOOOOOO....
Oh yes, this movie has its share of gore and disturbing scenes, chief amongst them, that damn bikini waxing scene...

FRANCE IS WEIRD.
This movie isn't shy about the sexuality either, although it's not as overtly explicit as we expected it to be.

GOUTE L'ARC-EN-CIEL.
Raw is a stylish, visceral, disturbing, thought-provoking movie, although for a cannibal movie that uses teen sexuality to show us how tough it is growing up in this day and age, it didn't really push the envelope to that place where so many other French Horror flicks have gone in recent years.

It's still one to watch though, if you've got the stomach for it.

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Raw is available now on VOD

http://amzn.to/2rsaMBB

Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf are in this.