Monday, 30 April 2012

Evil Dead Trap (1988)

I first came across ‘Evil Dead Trap’ back in 2010 while I was researching Sam Raimi’s soon to be remade seminal classic ‘The Evil Dead’. This was in preparation for the writing of The Evil Dead (1981): Video Nasties, Misspent Youth and the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror. Some of you who have yet to see this Japanese production may have crossed paths with it too when conducting searches for the celebrated American franchise as it comes up on nearly all of them on IMDB. Digging in deeper, I became quite intrigued with this Asian homage to the Western horror sub-genre of the slasher done in the Italian giallo style, as this was not something I had seen before in Japanese cinema and being the nostalgic sucker I am for all things hack n’ slash I knew I had to check it out. That first viewing two years ago was a disappointing let down and watching it again just very recently only reaffirms my opinion.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Assassins (2011) - A Short Film by Michael Bonomo

The soon to be produced independent feature 'Assassins' started life as director Michael Bonomo’s eighth short film and is his sixth to be released. It has been met with critical acclaim since doing the rounds on the festival circuit last year.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Mother’s Day (2010)

Lloyd Kaufman’s 1980 Troma production of his brother Charles’ original ‘Mother’s Day’ was not scary in the slightest. This rape and revenge film was a hilariously crazy over the top cheesfest with wacky characterization and a in your face social sub-text that has garnered a strong cult following within the horror/exploitation community for those very reasons. Finally getting a US Blu-ray/DVD release this year on the 8th May after several delays Brett Ratner’s 2010 production of Darren Lynn Bousman’s pseudo-remake takes basic elements from its source material for nodding references in homage minus the rape. It is a complete reimagining with entirely different plot and characters turning the premise into a brutally intense home invasion thriller.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Gutterballs (2008)

In my preparation for writing this review of ‘Gutterballs’ the only thing that was more painful than actually having to watch the film again was the research I did in reading through the abundance of positive reviews it has undeservedly received from other genre sites.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Familiar (2012)

‘Familiar’ is a Canadian short film from independent production company Fatal Pictures produced by Zach Green and written and directed by upcoming filmmaker Richard Powell. Clocking in at around about 21-minutes (without the end credits) it tells the dark disturbing story of John Dodd (Robert Nolan) a normal average hard working middle-aged man who is seemingly desperately unhappy with life with his wife Charlotte (Astrida Auza) and their daughter in their suburban home. When he starts to develop psychopathic thoughts towards his family, it becomes apparent that this way of thinking may not actually be from his own mind but rather something inside of him - another being controlling John and manipulating him into violently destructive behaviour.