“A Dark Song”.. A clash of secrets, faith and demons.. available on VOD April 28th.

A Dark SongHow far would you go to get the chance to talk again to a loved one that passed away? That is the question that Sophia, a grieving mother that can’t move on from the loss of her son will have to answer, and thru a black magic ritual taken from the book of Abramelin, with the help of a very cynical occultist, she starts a journey that will test not only her faith, but also her mental and physical endurance.

In “A Dark Song”, the debut film from Liam Gavin, we get a very interesting drama with a touch of horror, skillfully carried by the performances of Catherine Walker (Bitter Sweet, Critical) and Steve Oran (Sightseers) as Sophia and Solomon, who develop a complicated teacher and student relationship, enclosing themselves in a country house for months in order to preform the ritual. As the story unfolds we see the tension rising when it becomes clear that one of them is keeping a secret that can destroy the whole process and put their lives (and souls) and risk.

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A review of “House On Willow Street” … Now on VOD

will xBelieving they have the perfect plan for the crime that will solve all their problems, Hazel and a group of criminals decide to kidnap a millionaire’s daughter with the intentions of collecting a big ransom. At first it seems that the hit was a success when they manage to take the girl from her house, however, the crooks note that there is something off with her, and that the whole thing was a little bit too easy…

Feeling that they are running out of time, Hazel and her accomplices try to intimidate Katherine, their victim, in order to create a video for the ransom, but the girl clearly is not afraid of her captors, instead she tells them that they made a fatal mistake by kidnapping her. At first the criminals think the girl is bluffing, but when their calls for the ransom get no answer, they start to suspect that something is amiss and when they go to the girl’s house to investigate, they realize that they are in fact the victims of something way more evil than them.

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Review of “Reel Nightmare”: Available on Dvd and VOD on February 7th.

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Trying to help a friend to complete his thesis in a very shot time, a group of film students go to a Victorian mansion to make a horror film. The house, known for the murder of three women accused of witchcraft a long time ago, at first seems like the perfect location for the film, however in the middle of production, a book known as The Necronomicon is found and accidentally used to invoke the witches from the dead, whom are looking to inflict their revenge on the living.

“Reel Nightmare” (Also known as “Reel Nightmare; Book Of Witchcraft”) brings some interesting points to the table and even has some winks to the H. P. Lovecraft lore (some more subtle than others), it also presents some debates about what the women accused of witchcraft might have been and some reflexion on their counterpart in present day, taking it even to some issues in the movie industry itself. While I thought that those conversations were interesting to a point, I felt it dragged the story a little bit and didn’t get to what I supposed was the actual plot, the return of the witches and their revenge.

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“Go North” review: On VOD and theaters on January 13th..

go north miniAfter a mysterious illness wipes out the world’s adult population, a group of young people tries to keep their community civilized by erasing what they consider the mistakes of the previous society with their new rules. A young man named Josh, seeing that the group in charge of the order is also the one who tends to commit abuses against the weakest of their people, feels the need to explore the grounds that are beyond what is considered “safe” to the north of his community, convinced that there may be something better than the place where he lives.

After his only friend gets expelled from the community for breaking the rules, Josh decides to take a chance and run away, joined by Jessie, the leader’s younger sister. This escape is  considered by the group in charge as a risk to the community’s  stability and decide to chase the couple and bring them back by any means necessary.

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Available on October 14th: “Jack Goes Home”. Here is our review without spoilers!.

JGH redJack Thurlowe, a popular magazine editor living in Los Angeles, has to come back to his hometown to help her mother to heal after a car crash where also his father died. Soon after his arrival, his childhood friend Shanda tries to help Jack coping with his loss, since he is in an emotional block, even when he does not want to admit it, partly because he was very close to his dad, and also because he is very soon to be a father himself.

Just after a few hours of staying together we can see that the relationship between Jack and his mother, Teresa, has always been tense, and that the recent loss has left her with damages beyond the physical type, making Jack’s temperament and a repressed resentment from her to clash and create  a series of conflicts that become increasingly aggressive. The real problems however, start when in the middle of nightmares and hallucinations, Jack seems to be receiving messages from his deceased father, giving him hints that they might be secrets in his family that Jack never imagined, and that could make him question not only his apparently perfect life, but also his sanity.

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Our review of “Luna De Miel” (“Honey Moon”), now available on DVD at the U.K.

luna-de-miel-posterRecently we had the chance to see “Luna De Miel” (A.K.A. “Honeymoon”) Courtesy of Jinga, now available on DVD at the U.K. This is a Mexican suspense film directed by Diego Cohen that brings a tale of obsession, abductions and more. Even if the premise of the film sounds a little bit too familiar, it manages to make some people cringe not only due the violence shown on the screen, but because this kind of things can be happening every day in front of us, unnoticed.

Not to be mistaken with the film directed by Leigh Janiak, “Honey Moon” let us see how after a long and careful planning, Jorge, a deranged doctor obsessed with his beautiful neighbor Isabel, decides to kidnap her and try to force her to accept him as her husband since for some reason he is 100 percent convinced that he is a way better suitor for her than his actual husband. As you might imagine, Isabel is not happy with her new life as a captive, but every time she tries (in vain) to escape her captor, she ends up being punished (Because… Love) in ways increasingly cruel, but even when the fortune seems to smile at the not-so good doctor, we can see that Isabel’s anger and desperation are slowly turning her into a very dangerous guest.

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Our review of “The Devil’s Dolls”: On VOD and Theaters on September 16th

dd_key_webAfter finally stopping a serial killer thru a manhunt that lasted for three years, a Mississippi detective finds him self dealing with a strange series of murders committed by people that never showed signs of aggression nor any relation between them. After exhausting all logical explanations, Matt and his partner Darcy will have to seek help from an expert in black magic and consider the possibility that the murders are the result of a curse coming the murderer they just killed thru some antique dolls, and that if they are not destroyed by dawn, more people, the detective’s daughter among them, will die.

“The Devil’s Dolls” (Also know as “Worry Dolls”, which in my opinion, is a tittle that makes more sense after seeing the movie) might seem a typical film about possessions, but luckily its something more interesting than that. At the beginning it looks like an slasher film (I don’t know if it was an homage or if I’m just associating everything with “Hostel” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) but quickly turns into a detective film effectively set in the horror genre, and although it might not have a big budget, it never gave me the impression that it fell short to the story it was aiming to tell.

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“Antibirth”: A really F-d up trip… On VOD September 2nd

antibirth_GRIPS_COL_FA2_210mmHI think is safe to say that most of us have all had that awkward moment when we wake up after a night of partying with alcohol and other toxic substances without any recollection of the last 8-10 hours or even how we got to wherever place we woke up, but very few of us end up with long-term consequences or a 9-months-installments contract. In this film that is doing its runs in Fantasia Film Fest called ” Antibirth ” we meet Lou, a girl that really likes to party hard, never met a drug she didn’t like, and sees her life change dramatically overnight when she discovers that she might be carrying an unexpected passenger in her womb.

Before you get scared and decide to skip this movie just because you believe it will be a (more) bizarre version of “Juno” or that the film will be pushing a “Pro Choice VS Pro Life” message, I will point out that “Antibirth” is way more than that (Actually, is none of that… but I think you know what I mean). The film is actually a weird ass trippy suspense flick, where Lou (portrayed by Natasha Lyonne, of “American Pie” and TV’s “Night Visions” fame ) will not be debating about who the father of the child might be (We will leave that for some Bridget Jones lady), but instead will be wondering how in the hell she got pregnant when she had not done the horizontal mambo in months… .

Like with any other problem worth reflecting upon, Lou spends her days trying to get to the bottom of… liquor bottles, and indulging in any substance she can get to clear her thoughts (Riiiiight), still, with the help of a clearly disturbed strange woman, she uncovers a mess of secrets and conspiracies that will make the line between myth and reality become increasingly blurred. As days go by and the lump on her abdomen keeps growing in a scary accelerated rate, Luo finds herself without knowing who can she trust, or if she will be able to get out of this unlikely motherhood she had stumbled upon alive.

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“I Am Not A Serial Killer”: A thriller worth the watch (and later read).

killer 2On August 26th IFC Midnight Films will release on  VOD and select theaters  “I am Not A Serial Killer”, an interesting thriller that was making quite a buzz on its festivals screenings such as “Fantasia 2016″, and that is based on the first novel from a saga written by Dan Wells… But what is all that jazz about?

I think most of us can agree that being a teenager was not that easy, and if to that mess you add having a fascination with corpses and serial killers, even when you say is just due scientific curiosity, like in the case of John Wayne Cleaver, things can be even more complicated (let alone that you almost have the name of a serial killer, and that your family business is a funeral home). Hence for some time, John has been following a set of self imposed rules that might allow him to pass unnoticed or a least as a “normal” teenager in his community, even when his therapist is just two steps away of declaring him a sociopath and that his family is sure that sooner that later he will end up in a padded room or behind bars.

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“Let’s Be Evil”: a review without spoilers.

LBE poster miniFinding herself flooded with medical bills due to her mother’s illness, Jenny accepts a job in a prestigious research company where security and discretion are their top priorities. After passing thru several checkpoints and identity verification, the young woman finds  a set of glasses with augmented reality features, and once she wears them she meet the two other persons that will be working with as chaperones for an advanced study experiment.

As they arrive to what it seems to be a simple underground storage facility, Jenny, Tiggs and Darby are welcomed by an advanced artificial intelligence called Arial, and after noticing that without the glasses they would literately be in the dark, the young adults discover that the candidates selected for the experimental program are actually very young kids that thru the special glasses are learning about several difficult subjects and that can even communicate between them without speaking.

After getting used to the isolation, the lack of natural light and the extreme silence from the children, Jenny notice a strange behavior in one of the kids, like if she was trying for some reason to distance herself from the other candidates. After several isolated incidents, Jenny starts to have some hallucinations that could be due fatigue and the strange working environment, or maybe they could be happening because someone has decided to do some changes in the experiment and that the adults are no longer necessary.

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