Amityville: The Awakening FILM REVIEW

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING Director: Franck Khalfoun Screenplay by Franck Khalfoun Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison, Kurtwood Smith Rated PG-13 for strong horror violence and for language Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes **1/2 out of ***** Photo: Dimension Films Belle, played by Bella Thorne, checks on her comatose brother, James, played by Cameron Monaghan, in the latest entry in the long-running AMITYVILLE franchise, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING. Time has not been kind to the nearly forty year old AMITYVILLE franchise. Over the decades the brand has been diluted by numerous sequels, more than twenty films carry that m

Screamfest 2017 - The Shorts

Rating Scale: ***** = Outstanding ****1/2 = Excellent **** = Very Good ***1/2 = Above Average *** = Good **1/2 = Mediocre ** = Fair *1/2 = Poor * = Bad 1/2* = Abysmal AVULSION Director: Steve Boyle Starring: Erica Field, Cameron Hurry Running Time: 10 minutes **** Boy meets girl. Boy does terrible things but that's not all. At the outset it looks like Steve Boyle's horror short will be delivering exactly what a viewer may be expecting. It's just a short about a seemingly normal guy with a penchant for malicious violence towards women. While on the surface you'd be right but as it unfolds you begin to see what lies just beneath all the insanity and violence. Providing

Screamfest 2017 presents the Golden Skully Award Winners

2017 SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED “TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID” & “THE LAPACE’S DEMON” Among Top Winners Marianne Maddalena Honored with Career Achievement Award Photo: Ernie Trinidad HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2017 – America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers and actors Thursday during the fest’s closing night. Screamfest, which ran from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror film enthusiasts and general audiences. Tigers Are Not Afraid / Photo: Videocine As voted on by a

Screamfest 2017: The Laplace's Demon FILM REVIEW

THE LAPLACE'S DEMON Director: Giordano Giulivi Screenplay: Giordano Giulivi and Duccio Giulivi Story by Giordano Giulivi, Duccio Giulivi, Silvano Bertolin and Ferdinando D'Urbano Starring: Silvano Bertolin, Ferdinando D'Urbano, Duccio Giulivi, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Simone Moscato, Walter Smorti, Simone Valeri, Alessandro Zonfrilli UNRATED In Italian with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Astrolab Pictures Eight people find themselves embroiled in a mystery when then are trapped in an isolated mansion on an uninhabited island in THE LAPLACE'S DEMON. Going into this film I knew next to nothing about it. Other than reading the brief synopsis about the

Screamfest 2017: Tragedy Girls FILM REVIEW

TRAGEDY GIRLS Director: Tyler MacIntyre Screenplay: Tyler MacIntyre and Chris Lee Hill Based on an original screenplay by Justin Olson Starring: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Jack Quaid, Timothy V. Murphy, Craig Robinson, Josh Hutcherson, Kevin Durand Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Gunpowder & Sky BFFs Mykala and Sadie take their blog, TRAGEDY GIRLS, to the next level in the new horror-comedy of the same name. In the social media age it is very easy to equate one's popularity by the number of likes, re-tweets, shares and follows received on their blogs, website, profile

Screamfest 2017: To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story FILM REVIEW

TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY Director: Derek Dennis Herbert Featuring: Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Cassandra Peterson, Adam Green, Mike Aloisi, John Carl Buechler, Sean S. Cunningham Unrated Running Time: 1 hour 48 minutes **** out of ***** Photo: Masterfully Macabre Entertainment Iconic stuntman/actor Kane Hodder reflects upon his career in the documentary TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY. When a certain scene requires action which could be potentially harmful to the principal actor or actress often times a stunt person is called upon to perform the action. The actor being stunt-doubled would perform the scene up until the moment the stunt begins and that

Screamfest 2017: Dead Ant FILM REVIEW

DEAD ANT Director: Ron Carlson Screenplay by Ron Carlson Story by Hank Braxton, Ron Carlson, Dan Sinclair Starring: Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Jake Busey, Ryhs Coiro, Leisha Hailey, Cameron Richardson, Danny Woodburn, Michael Horse, Sydney Sweeney, Joi Liaye UNRATED Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes *** out of ***** Photo: August Heart Entertainment Members of the glam-metal band "Sonic-Grave" soon discover their attempt at a comeback has run into a roadblock of epic proportions. Back in the 1950s giant insects on a rampage were a huge draw at movie theatres. Primarily in response to the dangers of the atomic age these endearing B-movies provided great escapist fare which thrilled audiences and

Screamfest 2017: Leatherface (2017) FILM REVIEW

LEATHERFACE (2017) Directors: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood Starring: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, Vanessa Grasse, Finn Jones, Nicole Andrews Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and some sexuality/nudity Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes *1/2 out of ***** Photo: Lionsgate Texas Ranger Hal Hartman, played by Stephen Dorff, finds himself on the wrong end of the chainsaw in LEATHERFACE. It's been over forty years since the late, great Tobe Hooper's iconic masterpiece of a horror film terrified audiences the world over. In his unflinching account of a family of cannibals in Texas, he introduced the world to Leat

Screamfest 2017: Vidar the Vampire FILM REVIEW

VIDAR THE VAMPIRE Directors: Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland Screenplay by Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland Starring: Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Henrik Rafaelsen UNRATED **** out of ***** In VIDAR THE VAMPIRE, Vidar (Thomas Aske Berg) finds out the hard way that life as a vampire ain't all it's cracked up to be. Party all night. Sleep all day. Just knowing that may be enough for someone to want to live out their days as a vampire. Immortality. Irresistible to both men and woman. The ability to transform. Incredible strength. Seriously, who wouldn't want to be a vampire? Bram Stoker's literary classic Dracula has been the inspiration for cou

Blade Runner 2049 FILM REVIEW

BLADE RUNNER 2049 Director: Denis Villeneuve Screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. Story by Hampton Fancher. Based on characters from the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language Running Time: 2 hours 43 minutes ****1/2 out of ***** Photo: Warner Bros. Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve brings us BLADE RUNNER 2049 the long anticipated follow up to the 1982 science fiction masterpiece. 1982. 35 years ago. Nearly two generations removed. For many film fans and critics 1982 was the finest year for genre films. This i

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