“Annabelle: Creation” Avoid the Doll

Review by Brent Lorentson

 

Following the success of The Conjuring, it’s no surprise that sequels would follow, but I have to admit seeing an Annabelle film as one of them is a bit unexpected. While The Conjuring was based on true events (as true as one may or may not wish to believe in the paranormal) Annabelle’s mostly a work of fiction. I’ll admit I’m a bit of the fan of The Warrens and have read plenty about their investigations and I certainly feel their life is ripe for the Hollywood treatment along with the hundreds of case files they developed over the years. Read more

“Split” A Tight Coiled Chiller

 

Very disturbing and frightening at times, the film Split puts director M. Night Shyamalan back in movie theaters. Coming off the sinister shocker The Visit, which earned over $98 million in 2015, he’s chosen a good weekend for his new horror thriller with its only competition xXx sequel and The Founder. The trailer should drive all the thrill seekers and especially mature pre-teens to 20’s horror fans into seats this weekend, making it the top box-office winner. But except for a few of Shyamalan’s movies, it has his signature weak “how did that just happen” finale. Read more

“Shin Godzilla” Gojira is Back

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Get ready for the powerful lizard returning to attack Tokyo in Shin Godzilla or as he’s loving called by the monster’s fans, Gojira. It’s been awhile since the huge prehistoric dinosaur, a cross between a Stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus, has starred in a movie. The last one to my knowledge, that was Japanese made like this one, served up Godzilla vs Biollante where the huge reptile fought against a mutated rose bush. Read more

“ClownTown” Experience the Terror

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Just in time for starting off the Halloween season the horror film ClownTown comes to DVD and VOD. While the movie states that it has a base in fact, that’s questionable and I’ll believe it when they find real facts in The Blair Witch Project. The recent release of Clown that featured its review on our website a month ago and a real sicko it is, goes steps above ClownTown for the horror factor, but not by much. The guts and gore are about equal, but the clown faces don’t out do the scare factor of Kent McCoy’s distorted look in Clown. That said, if you love the horror genre, then put on your polka dot pajamas, slap on a red nose, wear huge shoes and grab a copy of ClownTown at your local video outlet or store. But don’t watch it alone, only if you dare. Read more

“The Other Side of the Door”, a Creepy Thriller

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Horrific, eerie, ghastly, grotesque, creepy, evil all the things that make a good horror film and The Other Side of the Door fits the mold. Nicely directed by Johannes Roberts who has several horror flicks under his belt, the film frightens with unique characters and a story that’s based on the mysticism of India. If you want to be entertained on a dark rainy night curled up with a loved one or popcorn and drinks for “friends” night, try this bloody tale on for size. Read more

“Emelie”, the Sinister Sitter

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Cunning and sinister the film Emelie comes to home video on DVD and Blu-ray. The film increases the level of emotion, fear, and chills as the haunting plot moves from one unconscionable scene to another. Totally beyond the scope of anything so despicable, the acting, cinematography and direction bring it all together as a very scary situation that’s a family’s worst nightmare. That said, I am bothered by the way they chose to end the film, but that’s something horror fans can deal with on their own. Read more

Hangman, a Seriously Disturbing Movie

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Very disturbing, unsettling and terrifying, the movie Hangman has come to home video on Blu-ray and DVD. The actors play out their roles as we see them on video tape much like films The Blair Witch Project and the hidden cams in Paranormal Activity. This one however brings with it a good measure of believability and possibility surrounding a mass murderer. The film claims to be based on a true story. Read more

Bone Tomahawk, Hatchets of Horror

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Now here’s a gem for those who like a thriller filled with good acting and a wild storyline. Now on Blu-ray/DVD it’s called Bone Tomahawk a dark western horror flick that will make your day if you like the genre. It may be a little long, but it sure has a big payoff with action throughout and a twisted ending. It’s not your usual horse opera and that’s a good thing. This review comes with a warning: There’s a very ghastly scene in the finale that looks so real it may make you squirm and turn your tummy.  Read more

No Escape, a Gripping Tale of Madness in the Streets

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Relentlessly exciting the movie No Escape, now on Blu-ray and DVD, puts its audience into a nonstop survival film as a family runs for their life. Just as violent and all-consuming as the tsunami film The Impossible, the only difference comes with humans killing humans instead of nature. The momentum builds so quickly that you’ll find yourself glued to the electrifying film till the credits roll. Even in your home theater you will become so shocked at times by the brutal extremists no matter how big the screen. Get your goodies ready, take potty breaks before you press play and let the ride begin.

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Amnesiac, a Twisted Tale of the Macabre

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Disturbing, terrifying and creepy the film Amnesiac takes you into the unknown much like an episode from The Twilight Zone. Now on home video the movie takes you into a mystery that has some cool twists. Even though the movie lags while attempting to keep you in the dark, the eeriness and strange pace of Director Mia Barron’s film is just what the doctor ordered for a darkened room with you a friend and your DVD player. Read more

Nocturna, Fear and Loathing

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Timing for this horror flick is just right with the Halloween season upon us. Nocturna the direct to DVD/Blu-ray thriller tries hard to scare up a cauldron of ghastly treats, but fails miserably in the acting and direction departments. While it does have a decent storyline however, the film is not played out compelling enough to make it frightful. The make-up artists do have a field day here, but nothing more. Read more

Town that Dreaded Sundown, the phantom returns

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Worn out and not very scary, the sequel to the classic horror flick The Town that Dreaded Sundown tries to piggyback off the original, but comes up lame. The original 1976 release, as campy as it is, follows the crimes that actually happened in 1946 in the City of Texarkana and gives an aura of fear. Making a remake of the original film would have been better as the fear factor would still radiate from the real serial crimes that was never solved. Read more

“Into the Storm” the Terror of Tornadoes

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Reminiscent of the 2011 tornadoes in America that wreaked havoc causing loss of life in many states the film Into the Storm puts the feel of the catastrophic events in your lap. The terrifying depiction of super tornadoes in the movie gets so realistic that I felt myself gasping for air during the height of the storm. Speakers blaring and high definition visuals put the viewer into the action creating an experience that has never been duplicated on the screen. The feeling is like taking a rollercoaster ride and when you have reached the top of the highest point for one instant you are hanging out over the drop. Immediately you plunge toward the ground with the G-forces and wind impacting your body, it’s much like that. Read more

“Banshee Chapter” Truth Embeded in Horror

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Films that take a true incident or event in history and turn it into a feature are fairly common today and can be very effective as entertainment. That’s what we have here with Banshee Chapter, a low budget movie that delves into a horrible revelation that the American Government has practiced mind control with a drug on humans.  While the event is frightening to know it actually happened, this film takes the premise to an extreme level that turns into a low level of credibility.  Now on DVD, the movie intended to terrify does little more than exaggerate the information becoming intimidating at best.   Read more