Hostel (2004) – Film Sips

“Hostel”

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Well, there were a few redeeming qualities in this torture porn flick from Eli Roth.  It has a really good misdirection/bait and switch. The make up and gore are outstanding. (By now you should all know my fondness for well executed gore. Pun intended.)  And the setting was beautiful.  I was expecting very little from the characters… and the plot. I got what I expected.  I guess it was good enough that I’m willing to check out Part 2.

Avengers Grimm (2015) – Film Sips

“Avengers Grimm”

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Oh what wonderful silliness! It is exactly what I expected from The Asylum, and starring Caspar Van Dien. Queen Snow White and princesses, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, along with Red Riding Hood, are the Avengers, who must fight Rumpelstiltskin and the Big Bad Wolf, after they’ve been transported to the modern world, in this “suspend your disbelief and just go with it” flick. It’s not overly memorable, but has some decent make up, gore effects, and in general isn’t too bad for an Asylum movie.  If you decide to check this out, Lou Ferrigno, as Iron John, is the best part.

Hysterical Psycho (2009) – Film Sips

“Hysterical Psycho”

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An indie, low budget, Art House Horror-Comedy. Yep. Worth the watch? Sure. I just wasn’t a fan of the random stylistic jumps. It seemed like Folger was experimenting with direction and photographic styles, in this, his directorial debut, and mashed them all together in one film. Neat, but all over the freaking place. The story rather suffered for this, as in some places the story was over explained, and in others it was overly metaphorical. On the plus side, the cast is very talented, and there is all sorts of great kill scenes with plenty of good effects.

The Seasoning House (2012) – Film Sips

“The Seasoning House” 

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This is an intense, violent, and disturbing film about a deaf-mute girl whose parents, along with the rest of her village, are killed and is taken to work as a housekeeper at a brothel.   Sean Pertwee is the villain, militia leader, Goran, in this.  There are some really great scenes that emphasize the incongruity of the horrors that the girls in the brothel are forced to live, and the modern (well, mid-90’s) world going on not far away.

It is a hard one to watch, and really conveys helplessness, fear and oppression through the choice of color, sound, settings, and language choices in dialogue.

Shark Killer (2015) – Film Sips

“Shark Killer”

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Not really a “shark movie,” but it is an entertaining action flick.  I really enjoyed the beautiful and talented Erica Cerra, as Jasmine, and the comedic arrogance of Derek Theler’s, as Chase.  They had great chemistry.  It really starts picking up toward the end when Chase and Jake (Paul du Toit) begin revealing their back story.   Sadly, Arnold Vosloo’s talents are pretty much wasted in such a minor role.

All in all, a light entertaining action/thriller that happens to have sharks and eye candy.

Turbo Kid (2015) – Film Sips

“Turbo Kid”

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This Canadian/New Zealand indie film was a lot of fun. Featuring the iconic Michael Ironside, doing what he does best.   A movie that was written and filmed to seem as if it were shot in the 80’s and set in post apocalyptic late 1997. What a great concept! For the most part, really well done. Would have been better had they stuck to all practical effects. Though I did enjoy the “sploosh” when The Kid used the glove. Apple is an awesome character. “This is my Gnome Stick!”

This is totally worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of cheesy 80’s flicks.  It’s currently available on Amazon.

Shivers Down Your Spine: A Horror Anthology (2015) – Film

“Shivers Down Your Spine: A Horror Anthology”

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This micro budget, indie, horror anthology from Nebraska is a great example of what is right in the world of indie cinema.  The folks at Dead Lantern took their time, over 4 years, an extremely limited budget and made the absolute most of it.  Utilizing their talented cast, make up, location, and simple effects to create ten short films which successfully draw the audience into their world and keep them captivated through their stylistically diverse film.   Continue reading

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014) – Film

“Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead”

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During the zombie apocalypse, survivors, Barry and Benny, band together in search of Barry’s sister, Brooke, who has been kidnapped, to fight not only against the undead but also against mysterious gas-mask wearing soldiers. Continue reading

The Unwanted (2014) – Film

“The Unwanted”

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A young drifter, Carmilla, is seeking information about the mother she never met.  When she arrives in a rural town, she meets Laura, an awkward waitress, and they develop a relationship, of which Laura’s father disapproves. Continue reading

A Blood Story (2015) – Film

“A Blood Story”

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The story is told from the perspective of former model Madison Sheffield (Mindy Robinson), introducing her as recovering from the loss of her career and death of her husband, who, we quickly learn, was a serial killer and gave her the career ending scars.  Madison quickly embraces the decadence that hosts, Frances (Camden Toy) and Anna (Melanie Robel), offer at the villa during her weekend retreat as she becomes seduced by the power of blood ritual and controlled violence.  She meets the arrogant, unlikable Wade (Tim Hays) and becomes drawn to the quietly mysterious Carter (Mark Hanson).   Continue reading