Friday, 27 September 2013

Among Friends (2012)

It is an old saying that you cannot have enough friends. To an extent, this is true as really it should be rephrased to you can never have enough good friends because there is another old saying that rings more truly - that you would be lucky to count one person at your funeral as a true friend. ‘Among Friends’ is scream queen Danielle Harris’ directorial debut that really brings home how truly awful people can be and may help you to question how many of your friends actually are friends. It is scripted by and co-starring the also beautiful and talented as Harris is Alyssa Lobit as the film’s antagonist Bernadette who is a psychologist by profession and hostess of a pseudo-murder mystery party as she has a dark hidden agenda for her group of thirty-something guests. She exposes them as the rotten people they really are bringing their true deep down inside despicable selves to the surface.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Jug Face (2013)

The backwoods locations of South America are all too familiar settings for the horror genre particularly when the slasher sub-genre and its forerunners are concerned. These are with the franchises of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Wrong Turn, Hatchet and such entries as ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ (1977 & 2007), Just Before Dawn (1981), Madman (1982) etc. However, ‘Jug Face’ while taking place in those commonly used surroundings does not belong to this ilk approaching the environment with an absorbing and compelling original take. It is a bleak and creepy tale concerning the cultism rituals of a close-knit hillbilly community that blends successfully realism and surrealism and has a genuine emotional lending to the material.