Tag Archive | "horror"

Scream Factory To Release Cult Classic ‘HELL NIGHT’ On Blu-ray In January 2018!

Scream Factory To Release Cult Classic ‘HELL NIGHT’ On Blu-ray In January 2018!

Coming in January 2018!

One dark night 12 years ago, madman Raymond Garth butchered his wife and children in their mansion before killing himself. Legend has it that one child survived the slaughter and remains hidden in the house as a deformed monster. Years later on pledge night, a group of new fraternity and sorority pledges must spend an evening in this creepy mansion on the anniversary of the killings. But what starts off as a night of innocent pranks and rowdiness soon turns deadly…

On January 2, 2018, SCREAM FACTORY™ Home Entertainment is proud to present the cult horror classic HELL NIGHT on Blu-ray for the first time. Directed by Tom DeSimone (Reform School Girls) and produced by Irwin Yablans (Halloween) and Bruce Cohn Curtis (Dreamscape), the film stars Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Peter Barton (Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter), Vincent Van Patten (Rock ‘N’ Roll High School), Kevin Brophy (The Seduction), Jenny Neumann (Mistress of the Apes), Suki Goodwin (Voyagers) and Jimmy Sturtevant (The Competition).

This definitive collector’s edition release contains nearly 4 hours of extras including brand-new interviews with Linda Blair, principal cast and crew members, rare stills, a look at the original filming location and much more! A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, the HELL NIGHT Collector’s Edition also includes a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art.

“We are beyond thrilled that we are finally able to bring this highly-requested and much-loved thrill ride back into circulation so that older and newer generations of fans can appreciate its special place in horror film history,” says Jeff Nelson, Senior Marketing Director of Scream Factory, “It’s a fantastic movie with a beautiful look and unique energy that definitely deserves to be reevaluated.”

“I recently saw HELL NIGHT and I found myself jumping at long forgotten scares, admiring the beautiful Mac Ahlberg cinematography and the wonderfully natural chemistry between the actors led by Linda’s committed performance,” says Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, “I immediately wanted to share this in the best possible way with the fans and attract new audiences. Thank you Shout Factory for making it possible!”

Bonus Content:

BLU-RAY DISC
• NEW 4K Scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print
• NEW interviews with actors Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann
• Audio Commentary with Linda Blair, Tom DeSimone, Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis
• Original Theatrical Trailer & TV spots

Blu-ray Disc Exclusives:
• NEW interview with Director Tom DeSimone
• NEW interview with Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis
• NEW interview with Writer Randolph Feldman
• NEW – Anatomy of the Death Scenes with Tom DeSimone, Randolph Feldman, Make-up artist Pam Peitzman, Art Director Steven G. Legler and Special Effects artist John Eggett
• NEW – On Location at the Kimberly Crest House with Tom DeSimone
• NEW – Gothic Design in Hell Night with Steven G. Legler
• Original Radio spot
• Photo Gallery featuring rare, never-before-seen stills

DVD DISC
• NEW 4K Scan of the film taken from the best surviving archival print
• NEW interviews with actors Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Suki Goodwin, Kevin Brophy and Jenny Neumann
• Audio Commentary with Linda Blair, Tom DeSimone, Irwin Yablans and Bruce Cohn Curtis
• Original Theatrical Trailer & TV spots

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2018 with specific release dates, extras and key art. Meanwhile, fans are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory main website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments Off on Scream Factory To Release Cult Classic ‘HELL NIGHT’ On Blu-ray In January 2018!

Classic Horror Series ‘Dark Shadows’ Gets A Subscription Streaming Service

Classic Horror Series ‘Dark Shadows’ Gets A Subscription Streaming Service

MPI Media Group, premier independent producer and distributor of films, TV series and specialized programming, today announced a major new avenue for the company: a subscription streaming service of one of its crown jewels – DARK SHADOWS. The gothic TV series, which MPI has distributed for decades on VHS and DVD, will be available for the first time in its entirety for unlimited streaming, beginning October 31, 2017.

The new streaming service will give fans access to the entire original series at www.darkshadows.tv, as well as exclusive bonus content and behind-the-scenes archival footage. Subscribers also will get a first look at the DARK SHADOWS feature-length documentary due out in 2018.

Fans can have streaming access to the series at a subscription price of $7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year. The company is offering a free 14-day trial. Customers signing on before November 22, 2017, will be entered in a contest to win a free lifetime subscription to the complete series at www.darkshadows.tv.

The remarkable DARK SHADOWS has rarely been out of the public consciousness over the last 50 years. Creator Dan Curtis’ one-of-a-kind series was a first for daytime television when it debuted on ABC in 1966. What began as a soap opera with an eerie edge grew into a gothic horror and supernatural drama. In the years before VCRs, DVDs and DVRs, fans in growing numbers tuned in every afternoon to catch the ongoing saga at Collinwood, an immense, gloomy mansion situated high above the rocky Maine shore. With the introduction of Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid), a vampire released after more than a century chained inside a coffin, the series had a bona fide hero who would remain its tormented heart and soul until the show’s end in 1971.

MPI is home to the largest Dark Shadows library in the world. The company has been catering to fans for years, releasing various collections of episodes on VHS and DVD, supplemented by new interviews and bonus material, as well as the deluxe “coffin box” containing all 1,225 episodes on 131 discs. MPI has also been instrumental in organizing conventions where fans can meet the stars.

The streaming service, available through the Vimeo subsidiary VHX, will also will offer curated playlists of select episodes grouped by theme – e.g., episodes set in 1897 or 1795, the “parallel time” arc, werewolves! – to give viewers a different way to experience the series. Additional bonus content will be added regularly.

MPI Media Group President and Co-founder Malik Ali said, “Like vampire Barnabas Collins himself, DARK SHADOWS can never die, and this exciting new digital service puts the entire series at the fingertips of fans old and new.”

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

All the Right Snuff: A Review of “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”

All the Right Snuff: A Review of “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”

The year is 2007. The brothers Dowdle (John and Drew) just finished shooting a controversial mockumentary on a faux serial killer out of Poughkeepsie, NY. The film is originally picked up and shelved by MGM. Bootleg copies of the notorious film begin making their way across the convention scene and throughout the internet. John and Drew move on with their lives; making various films in and out of the genre including the American remake for the incredible “REC”, “Quarantine”. Almost out of nowhere, in 2014 the film officially hits on demand services, however, a proper home media release is still long out of reach. Aside from rumors among the horror community, no announcement was made. Flash forward to the summer of 2017. Scream Factory, the horror media giant, announces that they will finally be giving the controversial film a proper bluray release. The hype has been built. I’ve heard so many things from people who have watched it in a variety of ways. Some state the film is disturbing in all ways possible. Some state the film was well made but ultimately fell flat. Honestly, it’s been a long time coming and I’m truly looking forward to how it all plays out.

Shot mockumentary style, think the ID channel, “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” revolves around a set of 800 videotapes found by the police. Throughout the film we are shown the various shocking clips, grotesque even. Each more sickening than the last. The tapes are interspersed throughout what could be mistaken for an episode of “Snapped”. If it wasn’t for the tapes being so horrific, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking this was a Sunday evening show your mom stumbled upon. We meet various towns folk, police officers, and others who worked on the case; each affected by the “The Water Street Butcher” in their own way. Was the psychopath eventually caught and put away, or is he still roaming the streets right this moment?

Alright so let’s start with the good. The video tapes shown throughout the documentary are nothing short of disturbing. No doubt, even the most devout horror fan will most likely leave this film feeling unsettled. The performance by Ben Messmer who plays Ed, our killer, is truly sickening. There’s a moment early in the film where he approaches a little girl playing in her yard. Even as he simply speaks to her you are screaming at the television for this child to run. It’s moments like that that make the “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” worth a watch. It’s going to affect each viewer in a different way. I also need to bring up the performance of Stacy Chbosky. Chbosky plays one of the primary victims, Cheryl Dempsey. Without giving too much away, Cheryl is kidnapped by Ed and forced to perform multiple devious acts. The way Stacy Chbosky plays this role is masterful. One second I’m fearing for her life and another I want to run from her. You’ll better understand what I mean by that statement when you watch the movie.

Now since we started with the good…there is definitely some bad. Besides the two mentioned, and even them at points, the characters throughout the 86 minute mockumentary are, for lack of a better term, dumb. Like, the parents from “Pet Sematary” dumb (GET THAT KID OUT OF THE ROAD!). About halfway through the film, a victim is handed a large knife by our killer. He then instructs his victim to kill another person who is tied up. Why not just stab the killer?! He’s standing right next to you! Another moment takes place between two 12 year old girl scouts and Ed. The scouts are going door to door selling cookies. Ed asks them to come inside for one reason or another. Of course, they do! This was set during the early 90’s. Wasn’t this the height of Stranger Danger? I understand, they are children, but they are 12 years old. They should understand the right and wrong of the situation.

All of that being said, I believe the “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” was worth the wait. It’s an unsettling movie that is definitely better watched alone rather than at parties. Along with the main feature, the bluray includes recent interviews with the Dowdle brothers and one of the main stars, as previously mentioned, Stacy Chbosky. If you were interested in seeing the “Poughkeepsie Tapes” I believe you will not be disappointed. However, I also believe it was impossible for the film to live up to the hype it built. It’s not perfect, but it is disturbing. Turn off your brain for an hour and twenty, and you’ll be able to enjoy, “The Poughkeepsie Tapes”.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!, Pick of The Week, ReviewsComments (0)

Francesca Eastwood, Natalia Leite & Leah McKendrick On Bringing ‘M.F.A.’ To Life!

Francesca Eastwood, Natalia Leite & Leah McKendrick On Bringing ‘M.F.A.’ To Life!

When director Natalia Leite (“Bare”), writer/actress Leah McKendrick (“Bad Moms”) and leading lady Francesca Eastwood joined forces to bring the ‘M.F.A.’ to the masses, they had no idea of the incredible bond they would form during the process. The hauntingly powerful film, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in “perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet” (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, “Final Girl,” “Outlaws” and “Angels”), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with the trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation culminating in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born – retribution is the inspiration she needs. Directed by Natalia Leite from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick. McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (“Westworld,” “Knight of Cups”).

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught with the inspiring women responsible for the success of this powerful film  — Natalia Leite, Leah McKendrick and Francesca Eastwood. In the interview, they discuss their passion for the film, the challenges they faced in bringing it from script to screen and the lessons learned along the way.

It’s great to have you all here today. Tell us about what sparked the initial idea for this film and what made it a story you all wanted to tell.

Leah McKendrick: It started from me feeling very frustrated by the things I was seeing in the media. There were stories on constant repeat about girls being assaulted on and off college campuses who the system had failed. I was feeling frustrated, hurt and angry, so I started writing this script. Eventually, I got it to a place where it wasn’t so dark because it had been very dark originally. I tried to infuse some humor and levity into it along the way. It wasn’t long before I was on the hunt for the perfect director. I knew in my mind that I needed someone who loved it and had a connection to it. To be honest, that’s not that hard to find as most women have experienced something and would feel a connection to a story like this, so that wasn’t even the hard part. For me, the hardest part was finding a director who understands it and knew what to do with it. I’m not a writer that wants to direct. I’m a writer that loves directors and I want a director to make it their own. That’s the most important thing to me; that it’s someone who is going to share your baby. Natalia was that person! I had seen her work and I had felt that she had a very intimate connection in film. I also felt that she could be the perfect addition and the perfect person to helm the ship. That’s when she came onboard.

Natalia Leite: The script came my way and Leah reached out to me. I read it and really loved the script. Honestly, I just felt that I had to make this movie. I was really drawn to the concept and thought the writing was really strong. We had some conversations where I told her what I would do. I felt that we were a really good match and the film would be a good way to talk about a social issue that I care a lot about in a way that is so accessible to people and can be entertaining while still opening up a bigger conversation.

What went into finding the right mix of actors to bring these characters to life on screen?

Natalia Leite: In terms of casting, we had to cast very fast because we had access to Chapman University and we had to try to shoot it before school started. We hit the ground running as soon as I signed onboard. Francesca Eastwood’s work came my way through our casting director, Arlie Day. Arlie sent over some materials and I loved Fran’s work, so we met for lunch and talked about what I was going to do with the film tonally and what she would bring to it. We wanted to make sure we were on the same page and that we were gelling together. It was perfect! Once we found her, no one else could have fit the role! Peter Vack is someone who I’m friends with and Leah had also thought of him for that part, so he came on. A lot it came from reaching out to people we had some connection to and thought could be good for the part. Clifton [Collins] came onboard somewhat last minute but was fantastic in the role!

Leah McKendrick, Natalia Leite and Francesca Eastwood.

You all came together to make this film and you all saw it from different angles given your role in the production. What was the biggest challenge you faced on the project?

Francesca Eastwood: I think the biggest challenge for me was the subject matter and the timing. While it wasn’t something I had initially thought of when I read the script but my mom said to me, “Wow. You really go through a lot physically in this film.” It was a very physically demanding role in terms of running around, long shoot days and shooting every day relatively quickly. That was a challenge but it’s also part of why this project is so awesome! The challenges were all good things! It was just as emotionally challenging as it was physically challenging. It was an extremely rewarding project to be a part of.

Natalia Leite: For me, it was a lot about tone. Like Francesca said, it’s a very sensitive subject matter and a controversial film. Finding the right balance between making it feel very realistic, yet not having it be a sad story all the way through was a challenge. It came down to making good informed decisions on how we would talk about this issue while still having moments of being entertaining and thrilling.

Leah McKendrick: I think the hardest thing for me was getting over the idea of the script being your baby. It’s just one thing and it’s going to change. A lot of things may end up on the cutting room floor and you have to get over the initial vision you had when it was just you and no one else involved!

Natalia Leite: Yeah, that was a difficult thing for me as well.

Francesca Eastwood: Yeah, as an actor reading it, that was hard for me too.

Leah McKendrick: I think, as an actor, when you pick up a script and are reading it, you become attached to the vision you have in your head. Maybe that comes from being an actor; becoming very attached to the journey that the characters go on. If one character gets cut out or whatever, your vision starts to feel incomplete. I think the strongest writer is the writer who can get over that. My mentor, Shintaro Shimosawa, who is also a producer on this film, is a writer. He is so un-precious about his work. He is always all about the best idea. I think while you can think you just want the best idea, I think you can be emotionally stunted by the fact that you’ve only been seeing what you have in your head and can be cutting yourself off from greater possibilities. Sometimes you’re just not seeing straight and you just want what is in your head. Getting over that and realizing that what can be created is better than what was in your head or on the script is definitely a lesson I’ve learned. It took me two years to write my script. There are points where it is just you alone in the coffee shop with your vision and you have to fight for it. Every step of the way you are fighting for that vision, so as it gets dismantled it can be heartbreaking. With that said, I’m very proud of our film and how it changed because of Nat and Franny, the producers, performers and creators on the film. I’m really proud of the end product!

It’s cool to see you all working together in this capacity and creating such an awesome film as the end product. What did you bring out in each other creatively?

Leah McKendrick: Building off of what I just said, I would say that Nat forces me to see my work in a completely different way. An example is that, as a writer, I use a lot of my real-life experiences. The scene where Fran’s character, Noel, is being peer-critiqued was different initially. In the original script, it was a conversation she was having with her professor and her professor is saying, “This isn’t good enough.” Nat came in and said, “I went to art school and a big part of art school is being critiqued by not only your professor but your peers.” I thought, “Oh my god! I love that!” I would’ve never thought of that because it wasn’t something that occurred in my real life. I went to school for acting and there is also peer-critique but, in my mind, I was remembering these moments where professors would pull me aside and say, “This isn’t good enough.” So, to answer your question, I think that Nat brings this whole world of experience to my work. I love the sense of judgement that it brings to Noelle’s early life in the film. She feels so naked initially. I really love that Nat is always forcing me to come up with the weirder, more unique, intimate and vulnerable version. Another great example is with the pool. Initially, after she went through her trauma, she ran and got in the shower because that is where I go when I feel very alone and very vulnerable and I need to feel more in touch with myself. Nat said, “I want her to do something weirder, more unique and more off because she is feeling off.” So, we had her walk into the swimming pool. That’s some of my favorite footage in the film. I think that another director might have just taken my script and made it the way it’s written, where I think Nat has challenged me to get a little weirder. With Franny, I think you are right in that we just trusted her and you ran with it but I love that! When I watch the film, sometimes she looks like a little girl to me, especially the scenes with my own character, Skye. I feel like we look like little girls and that is something we bring out in each other but, at the same time, there are times where we are vicious to each other, crying, upset and angry. I feel, as an actress, I’m able to both love and hate her at times in the film. In real love, I have the most love for you! I think we played it really well from both sides and it’s something that comes across really well. I think that is why people say to me so often that we work well together in the movie because it’s so sad, loving and all of these things. I think that is because we have that chemistry in real life?

Natalia Leite: I would add to what Leah said about pushing her to a certain place, I feel that you also did the same for me. I have a tendency to linger in these moments and I’m sure from an outsider’s point of view, I seem like a pretentious artist to sit in this scene for so long! [laughs] Leah would be like, “No, no. We’ve got to move. We’ve got to get to the point. We don’t just need to sit here. We get that she’s in pain.” I think that gave it more of a commercial appeal and made it a little more hard-hitting and faster, which was really good. It was such an amazing collaboration between the three of us because we are all strong women with strong ideas and all felt very invested in this story and film. There were times where we had to hash it out. I might think something should be one way in a scene but someone else felt it should go another. We would have to figure it out. For me, as a director, I’m also like, “OK, if you feel really strongly about it being this way that I didn’t really envision, convince me.” I’m always open to hearing someone else’s opinion about something, especially when it’s not my writing and ultimately Fran is the one who is living the character. It was a really awesome collaboration in that way.

You are inspiring females. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey as artists?

Natalia Leite: Thank you for calling us inspiring females! [laughs] I love that! Thank you! I almost dropped the phone. [laughs] This film had a small, small budget and we really had to be a team and work together to make it happen. We had to really trust each other. Starting out, we didn’t even know each other when she sent me the script. Since making the film, we have all become friends, which is awesome! I think the lesson is that we all need to do it together!

Francesca Eastwood: I would say the most important lesson is to take risks, to do the things you believe in and also the things that you’re afraid of. If you believe in it and your heart’s in the right place, it’s a pretty good feeling getting to share that.

Leah McKendrick: If somebody would look at my career, I would hope it would inspire more women to take things into their own hands. No matter if they want to be directors, writers or actors, they shouldn’t be afraid to create their own work. You don’t need to wait for the industry to give you permission. As many leaps forward as we are making as female filmmakers, there is still so much work to do. I think you’re in trouble if you’re waiting for permission. For a long time, I felt so frustrated by the industry while trying to get work as an actress. That’s when I started making my own work. I’m glad that I did because not only can I make my own roles but I can make work that I believe in and speaks to the sort of issues in the world I feel need to be spoken on. I hope more women will do that!

That’s an awesome way to look at things! Thank you all for your time today! We can’t wait to see what you all have in store for us in the years to come and wish you continued success!

Dark Sky Films’ will release the haunting thriller,’M.F.A.’, in theaters, VOD and HD Digital October 13, 2017.

Posted in Blog, Featured Stories, Interviews, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

Forgiveness Is A Virtue: A Review of Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song”

Forgiveness Is A Virtue: A Review of Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song”

Occult horror has made an excellent comeback in recent years. From the 70’s homage “The House of the Devil” to the gruesome tale of self-destruction that is “Starry Eyes”, occult horror is taking over independent filmmaking in a big bad way. Independent distributors such as IFC Midnight and Scream Factory have been assisting in this resurgence in occult films and I couldn’t be more excited. So when “A Dark Song”, the directorial debut of Liam Gavin, landed in my lap I found myself extremely intrigued. Would we have another hit on our hands or can we just chuck this to the back of the shelf to never be seen again? Let’s see!

When her seven year old son, Jack, is murdered by a group of teen cultists, Sophia (Catherine Walker) hires occultist Joseph Solomon (Steve Oram) to summon the grieving mother’s Guardian Angel. The two go through a series of dark and sadistic rituals that pushes each of them to their physical and psychological limits. Sophia and Joseph make a disturbing descent into the most depraved corners of dark magic. A descent that needs to be seen to be believed.

What I was expecting when I put this film on was a sadistic story dealing in black magic that saw every character reach a grisly demise. That wasn’t what I got. What I got was a powerful tale about how far a woman will go for her son; a tale about the beauty of life and what is truly important. I don’t want to go much further plot wise because this film is an experience, go watch it now!

Let’s talk cast! There are only two main characters in the entire film, Sophia and Joseph and in order for a movie like this to work you need these two actors to be perfect. Catherine Walker and Steve Oram do not disappoint. You truly feel the heartache experienced by Walker. You want her to reach her goals, which I can’t expose here. Oram, however, is horrifying and dirty in the greatest way possible. He plays Joseph in such a way where you’re second guessing his motives with every twist and turn. In a film that could’ve fallen flat, these two truly pulled it together.

Since it’s distributed by IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, you know it’s gonna be packed with extra content. Included are lengthy interviews with the director, actors, and DP. There’s also multiple deleted scenes. Honestly, this is one of those films where I would’ve loved a commentary track; a bit disappointed in that regard. It’s a great disc regardless.

As I’ve stated in multiple reviews already, IFC Midnight has been hitting it out of the park! From “The Devil’s Candy” to “68 Kill”, I just can’t get enough. Well add this to the list now! Just know, you’ve never seen a film like this before. It’s not what you’re going to be expecting. Go in with an open mind and leave with a changed heart.

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!, Pick of The Week, ReviewsComments (0)

Family Is Forever: A Review of Scream Factory’s ‘Jackals’ On Blu-ray!

Family Is Forever: A Review of Scream Factory’s ‘Jackals’ On Blu-ray!

The “home-invasion” sub-genre has become a mainstay in horror since the beginning. From the early days of When a Stranger Calls or Straw Dogs, to modern day classics like The Strangers or You’re Next, the concept of a person (or people) breaking into the place that you call home is an idea that will always be terrifying. If done right, of course. Too often are these films carbon copies of one another. So much so that I eventually found myself becoming bored with the genre. That being said, if there are more gems out there like Scream Factory’s Jackals then I will happily seek them out. So what happens when you BRING the threat to your home? Let’s find out as we delve into this latest Scream Factory Films  release.

As Justin Powell (Ben Sullivan) and an unnamed friend are traveling down an open road they are stopped and held at gunpoint. Justin is hauled into a van by two men in ski masks and dragged to a secluded cabin in the words. As it turns out, the men that perform this “kidnapping” just so happen to be Justin’s father, Andrew (Johnathon Schaech), and a cult deprogrammer by the name of Jimmy Levine (Stephen Dorff). When they arrive at the cabin the rest of the boy’s family is their waiting to assist in freeing him from the brainwashing he’s undergone at the hands of a vicious cult. Of course these plans take a nosedive when the cult, known as the Jackals, arrive at the cabin. Insanity ensues as they will stop at nothing to retrieve Justin, and leave no witnesses behind.

I enjoyed this flick from the very beginning. It’s a unique take on a genre that’s been oversaturated in the past few years. The characters are instantly relatable as they go into “fight mode”, preparing weapons to defend one another, before eventually succumbing to “flight mode”.  Now, let’s start by talking cast. The small but engaging group of actors that came together to make this film really made it worth watching. Along with veterans Dorff, Schaech, and Deborah Kara Unger, you have new comers Nick Roux, Chelsea Ricketts, and, my personal standout, Ben Sullivan. Not too often do actors have the ability to perform devious acts and then make you feel bad for them. Sullivan has this ability. I was honestly having Devil’s Rejects flashbacks (IE the Firefly family torture scene). Stephen Dorff is always a stand out, even in less than stellar films (*cough* Alone in the Dark *cough*). Also, I’m a huge That Thing You Do! fan so seeing “Jimmy” pop up as a fatherly badass was a definite bonus.

The writing here, for the most part, is spectacular and, as cliché as it may sound, I was on the edge of my seat every moment. The tension built by Kevin Greutert’s directing is nerve racking and he had a fantastic script to work with. All of that being said, I do feel the ending left a lot to be desired. I couldn’t help but feel that the Greutert and writer, Jared Rivet, both had no clue how to end this film. A movie that felt really unique eventually went with the typical modern-day horror movie ending. I’m not going to give it away but you’ll know what I’m talking about once you see it; which you should see it! The ending was disappointing but it did not ruin the hour and twenty minutes I had spent engaged in this family’s story. You read that right, this film is a brisk 80 minutes not including credits; the perfect runtime for a film of this stature. Don’t worry, this runtime is welcome as there are very few breaks in tension and you’ll be searching for moments to breathe throughout.

These few breaks in tension though make for a fun thrill ride through terror. I can definitely recommend checking this film out when you have a chance. It’s a unique take on a classic home-invasion tale. I personally hope that the filmmakers follow up with a sequel of some sorts as I would love to learn more about the “Jackals” themselves. While I was a bit disappointed with the ending that doesn’t negate the fact that I had a hell of a good time with the film as a whole.

Jackals made it’s Blu-ray debut on October 3rd, 2017 from Scream Factory!

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!, Pick of The Week, ReviewsComments (0)

Scream Factory To Release ‘Misery’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On November 28th!

Scream Factory To Release ‘Misery’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On November 28th!

Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive.  On November 28, 2017, Scream Factory proudly presents the iconic thriller Misery in its definitive home video release. The 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray comes complete with a new 4K restoration from the original film elements and hours of bonus features, including new interviews with director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride) and special effects artist Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).

Novelist Paul Sheldon doesn’t remember the blinding blizzard that sent his car spinning off the road. He doesn’t remember being nursed back from unconsciousness. But he will never forget Annie Wilkes.

James Caan and Academy Award® winner* Kathy Bates star in the bone-shattering thriller Misery, adapted from the novel by Stephen King. As Paul (Caan) recuperates from his injuries in the secluded cabin of his benefactor Annie (Bates), he begins to discover that beneath the seemingly kind and naive exterior of his self-described “number one fan” lurks a mind that is cunning, unhinged, and bent on keeping her favorite writer as her personal prisoner for the rest of his “cock-a-doodie” life … and Sheldon must engage his savior-turned-captor in a battle of wills that will push them both to the brink.

Adapted by two-time Oscar®-winning** screenwriter William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner, Miseryis considered by critics and fans (number ones and others) to be among the greatest horror-thrillers of all time. Revisit this classic tonight with your friends … after all, Misery loves company.

*1990: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Misery

**1969: Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; 1976, Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced, All The President’s Men

Special Features:

  • NEW4K Restoration From The Original Film Elements
  • NEWInterview With Director Rob Reiner
  • NEWInterview With Special Makeup Effects Artist Greg Nicotero
  • Audio Commentary With Rob Reiner
  • Audio Commentary With Screenwriter William Goldman
  • MiseryLoves Company” Featurette
  • “Marc Shaiman’s Musical MiseryTour” Featurette
  • “Diagnosing Annie Wilkes” Featurette
  • “Advice For The Stalked” Featurette
  • “Profile Of A Stalker” Featurette
  • “Celebrity Stalkers” Featurette
  • “Anti-Stalking Laws” Featurette
  • Trailers

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

Dark Sky Films To Release ‘M.F.A.’ Starring Francesca Eastwood on October 13th

Dark Sky Films To Release ‘M.F.A.’ Starring Francesca Eastwood on October 13th

Dark Sky Films has unveiled the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in “perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet” (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, Final Girl, Outlaws and Angels), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born – retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

M.F.A. was directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Knight of Cups).

The film received glowing reviews upon its world premiere at SXSW. Variety‘s Andrew Barker said, “An unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male-gaze-dominated) rape-revenge thriller genre … Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style.” Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting called it “intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing.” “Spectacular, risky and wonderfully realized by Natalia Leite,” said We Live Entertainment’s Nick Casaletto.

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

Dark Sky Films To Release High-Octane Thriller ‘M.F.A.’ On October 13th!

Dark Sky Films To Release High-Octane Thriller ‘M.F.A.’ On October 13th!

Dark Sky Films has announced the release date of M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A. will be released on October 13th.

M.F.A., which was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW festival, tells a gripping story of a young woman forced to take action to protect herself in “perhaps the bravest, rawest rape-revenge thriller yet” (No Film School). Noelle (Francesca Eastwood, Final Girl, Outlaws and Angels), an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born – retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

M.F.A. was directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) from a debut screenplay by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). McKendrick also co-stars in the film along with Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Knight of Cups).

The film received glowing reviews upon its world premiere at SXSW. Variety’s Andrew Barker said, “An unapologetically feminist, female-centric take on the oft-problematic (and oft-male-gaze-dominated) rape-revenge thriller genre … Leite directs with a bracing, assertive style.” Brad Miska of Bloody-Disgusting called it “intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing.” “Spectacular, risky and wonderfully realized by Natalia Leite,” said We Live Entertainment’s Nick Casaletto.

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)

Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

Scream Factory To Unleash “The Poughkeepsie Tapes” On October 10th!

From the filmmakers that brought you Quarantine and As Above, So Below comes a descent into the twisted crimes of a serial killer! Long sought-after by horror enthusiasts after its original 2007 theatrical release was infinitely delayed, this highly anticipated documentary-style thriller has never before been officially released on home entertainment formats. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut October 10th, 2017 from Scream Factory, The Poughkeepsie Tapes also includes new interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky, as well as the original theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Throughout the 1990s, a serial killer terrorized upstate New York. After a decade-long crime spree conducted largely under the radar of law enforcement, the killer left behind the most disturbing collection of evidence homicide detectives had even seen – hundreds of homemade videotapes that chronicled the stalking, abduction, murder and disposal of his victims.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes examines these horrific tapes at length: what they reveal about the killer, why they were made and how FBI profilers have used them to better understand violent, psychopathic behavior. The Poughkeepsie Tapes combines interviews surrounding the devastating impact of the “Water Street Butcher,” with shocking footage from the tapes themselves.

Special Features:

  • NEW interviews with writer/director John Erick Dowdle, writer/producer Drew Dowdle and actress Stacy Chbosky
  • Theatrical Trailer

 

Posted in Blog, Movies, TV and More!Comments (0)