“Red Christmas” Terror, Bloody Terror

If you are just starting out the horror month, then you may want to make this terror film your first as it has all the elements of a gruesome ghoulish nightmare that you’ll remember beyond the big “H” day. A weird name for a film, Red Christmas certainly wreaks havoc on that holiday. Choosing Christmas for the film setting turns out the best way to get this family together so the goings could get bloody. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s a good choice for your opening season fright party. Read more

“RAT FILM” Fishing for a Solution

There’s many ways of telling a story and one of the best is the documentary where facts are provided and you become the judge of the content. This is the case of Rat Film a fact based film on the rat population in Baltimore, Maryland and the correlation between over population, lack of adequate housing, unemployment and opportunity. In many ways the film reveals the problem of inner-city unbalance and oppression. The film opens Sunday October 15th in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent for a two week run with a national release to follow. Read more

“Pilgrimage” A Trek Into Hell

Here’s one of those movie gems that probably got shuffled out of theaters because a blockbuster film release needed the screens on which it was playing. I’m not sure of its distribution, but if you missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to catch a very good production on Blu-ray or DVD.  The high energy action film takes you back to 1200’s Europe and features a dark time in Ireland. Read more

“Woodpeckers” a Strange Romance

One of the most powerful foreign films this year, Woodpeckers makes its debut in the United States. The prison drama, based on true events, takes a cool twist that leads to a strange romance with a little comedy thrown in for good measure. Direction, cinematography and acting combine to make the flick a must watch for film buffs and art house movie fans. Read more

“The Evil In Us” Horror in the Woods

October the Halloween month isn’t too far off so a number of Horror flicks have surfaced to pique the interest of fans of the genre. The most recent The Evil In Us comes available on DVD today, but unless you are someone who has just entered the arena of movie terror this one will be a big disappointment.  October the Halloween month isn’t too far off so a number of Horror flicks have surfaced to pique the interest of fans of the genre. The most recent The Evil In Us comes available on DVD today, but unless you are someone who has just entered the arena of movie terror this one will be a big disappointment.   Read more

“Ash vs Evil Dead” a Bloody Good Horror Feast

Weird, corny, silly, ridiculous, disgusting and nearly vomit inducing, all the things you will like about Ash vs Evil Dead 2.  It’s the kind of horror and bloody mayhem that when presented with tongue-in-cheek comedy can be very amusing. It’s for those who have become fans of the Starz TV Network program or just need a break from the ordinary.  Although I am a fan of Army of Darkness, it was my first time seeing this spin off off of The Evil Dead Trilogy.  This is the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead and is now on Blu-ray/DVD. Read more

“Brave New Jersey” Courage and Chaos

It’s October 30, 1938 and a classroom is filled with kids in the small town of Lullaby, New Jersey. “Tomorrow is Halloween, do you know what that means?” says Peg (Anna Camp) to her class of youngsters. Class “Candy”! Peg replies “It means for one night you let go of your inhibitions and become someone completely different”. Little did the small town of Lullaby know that their lives would change forever due to an Orson Wells radio broadcast.  It’s courage and chaos in Brave New Jersey. Read more

“Correspondence” an Act of Forbidden Love

A very different kind of love story Correspondence deals with issues, communications and science while it spins a sordid tale of love and lust. Now on DVD the film is nicely directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore, the filmmaker of the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso. The movie takes you into a world of happenstance solving a way of “coming back from the dead”. Read more

“PAST LIFE” the Aftermath of Hell

Intriguing and Compelling the movie Past Life adds another true event story to the long list of films on the Holocaust. This one is based one of the survivors of the never to forget heinous act of genocide during World War II by Nazi Germany. The drama has a different twist that involves a family caught up in the aftermath leading to a confrontation in modern day. The acting is very good and direction commendable giving Past Life a high rating. Read more

“Prisoner X” Tracking a Terrorist Plot

It’s always good to find a gem or at least a hint of one like Prisoner X that has just been released on DVD and VOD. Much like the cat and mouse game films The Ipcress File and Tinker Taylor Soldier, this psychological thriller contains mystery and misperception within its tantalizing script. The movie has very dark overtones like today’s news that deals with terrorism and punctuates the reasons for the interrogation process. While the film has been made with a low budget, you would never know it from the clever use of sets and borrowed current event film footage. Read more

“Aaron’s Blood” a Twist on a Vampire Story

Now here’s a scriptwriter that came up with a pretty cool idea and he ran with it directing his own movie. Aaron’s Blood actually has a plot that I’ve not seen and he handles the subject pretty well. Although you can tell it’s an indie with a small budget, I’m guessing under $500 thousand, it has some very good camera work and the acting’s not half bad. If there isn’t a horror flick available on the big screen, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to check this one out. Read more