Crazy Bitches (2014) – Film Sips

“Crazy Bitches”

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A group of friends head out to a secluded ranch for a getaway for Alice’s birthday.  As they settle in for a weekend of fun, one by one, the ladies start to disappear.   Continue reading

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.

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

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

Camp Massacre (2014) – Film

“Camp Massacre”

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Ten “weight challenged” men are contestants on a competitive weight-loss reality TV show, called “By the Pound,” where the winner will receive $1 million.    When the contestants start disappearing, the men begin to suspect foul play.   Continue reading

Apokalips X (2014) – Film

“Apokalips X”

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In a dystopian future, ravaged by chemical warfare, the ruminants of humanity formed clans or gangs, lead by the Big Brothers, for protection.  These gangs battled through the years, and now have an agreement of peace so they might survive.  As the younger generation struggles under the weight of this agreement, one of the Big Brothers has decided that he will conquer and rule over them all. Continue reading

Bleeding Hearts (2015) – Film

“Bleeding Hearts”

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In  Mansionville, live 5 sisters, who the townsfolk love for the contributions they have made to the community: the Van Houtens, a doctor, a lawyer, a pharmacist, an engineer, and a foot model.  Each year, the Van Houten sisters take their annual month long vacation.  Mysteriously, at the same time, several men from Mansionville happen to leave as well.  A film maker has come to do a documentary about these disappearances.   Continue reading