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.

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.

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 “Bleeding Hearts (2015) – Film”

Inbred (2011) – Film

“Inbred”

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A group of troubled youth and their care workers go to a small village for a weekend of community service work.  After an incident with a group of locals ends with one of the care workers being injured, the group heads to town for help, but find horror instead. Continue reading “Inbred (2011) – Film”

Torturous (2012) – Short Film

“Torturous”

A short film featured at the 2013 Oshkosh Horror Film Festival.

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An employment counselor finds himself a victim of mistaken identity and does his best to convince the unhappy professional torturer who has him tied to a chair that it’s not too late to change professions and let him go.  Continue reading “Torturous (2012) – Short Film”