Final Girls Berlin Film Festival: The shorts pt 3

June 17 LogoAs we finish our coverage of the shorts films shown on the Berlin Final Girls Festival, (Running from June 9th to 11th), we will talk now about the block called “Escape”, you can see the previous covered blocks here and here

Minor disclaimer: Please note that there were some blocks and titles shown on the festival that we could not cover due time restrictions, and in no way means that the titles not mentioned are bad or should be skipped, and while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.

As mentioned before, this block was called “Escape” and some of the shorts included were:

Emergency Stop (dir. Diane Jessie Miller, Ireland, 2016)

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A woman driving on a lonely country road, apparently finds a victim of a violent attack. A prudent person would try to call the police for help, but what can you do when there is no signal?

…Simple, to the point and twisted, can’t ask for more!

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Final Girls Berlin Film Festival: The shorts pt 2

June 17 LogoContinuing our coverage of the shorts films shown on the Berlin Final Girls Festival, (which is running from June 9th to 11th), we will talk now about two more blocks, you can see the previous covered blocks here.

Again a minor disclaimer: Please note that there were some blocks and titles that we could not cover due time restrictions, and in no way it means that the shorts not mentioned are bad or anything like that, they could be very good, so take a chance and seek them out. Also, while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.

From the block “Sweet Revenge”

Rites of Vengeance (dir. Izzy Lee, US, 2017)

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The house of the Lord can’t keep a bad man safe from someone determined to right the wrongs.
I am sure that there could be some controversy and division in the audiences due the main theme, but I would focus more on the way the story is delivered, there is no almost dialogue, and in this case, there is no need for it.

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Final Girls Berlin Film Festival: The shorts pt 1

June 17 Logo The “Final Girls Berlin Film Fest” is currently running its second year from June 9th-11th with the main focus of presenting films and shorts written, directed and/or produced by women.

We have been honored with the chance to do remote coverage of some of the features and shorts playing there, and while I will try to bring your attention to the short films and do them justice with the synopsis, I will keep it spoiler-free.

The shorts are being presented in several curated blocks: “Mommy Issues”,”Phantasmagoria”, “Is it dead?” “Body Horror”, “Dying Of Laughter”, “All In The Family” and “Escape”, please note that there were some blocks and titles that I couldn’t cover due time, and in no way means that they are bad or anything like that, so if you get the chance to see them, check them out.

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Now on Itunes: “Seoul Station” the prequel to “Train To Busan”

SEOUL STATION miniStarting today, Yeon Sang-ho’s film “Seoul Station” is available in Itunes, and if you were a fan of last year’s “Train To Busan”, this will be a fine addition to your collection.

In a evening like any other, we see an old man walking aimlessly on the streets of Seoul. In his neck there are signs of a bite made maybe by a large animal, and several blood stains on his clothes. Some people on the street try to approach the old man to see if he needs medical attention, but soon they walk away due a horrible stench that makes them realize he is a homeless person, what they might not guess however, is that this same man in a couple of hours will change everybody’s life forever.

Somewhere near them, we met Hye-sun, a young runaway that is about to break up with her slacker boyfriend Ki-woong after finding out that he is offering her for sexual services in the Internet. After a heated discussion, the couple part ways and Hye-sun finds herself with no home to go back to, therefore she goes seeking shelter in a nearby subway station. In a bizarre twist of fate, the online ad has been noted by Suk-gyu, the girl’s father. Seeing this as a chance to bring her daughter home, Suk-gyu decides to hit the streets of Seoul and look for Hye-sun, without knowing that a zombie apocalypse has just begun.

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“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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