A former vigilante who has embraced his peaceful nature comes to the aid of a young mother in trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord.
Described as a cross between Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting on Halloween night. In the film, Wren and her little brother Albert secretly head off to a party. The night turns to sh*t when Albert goes missing and it becomes a race to find him before ol’ mom finds out.
Ever since Kickstarter, uh, kickstarted the “crowd funding” of various projects, it seemed like a no-brainer that indie filmmakers would be a perfect fit for the service. Rather than running around in the “old-school” way, trying to secure funding from investors, you now just post your project on Kickstarter for would-be investors to send money your way. One such project is Do You Like My Basement?, written and directed by Roger Sewhcomar, whose previous work up to this point includes a couple of shorts and a documentary.
Do You Like My Basement? centers around an aspiring filmmaker named Stanley Farmer, who from a young age has taken a liking to having a camcorder and filming people. Stanley’s goal is to create the ultimate reality horror film. In order to do so, he “rents” out an apartment and hosts interviews for actors in the apartment’s basement, which would double as the film’s set. Needless to say, Stanley has an “unorthodox” way of conducting the interviews, as well as showing a penchant for more than just filmmaking.
Shot almost entirely from the view of either Stanley’s handheld or cameras placed around the apartment, Do You Like My Basement? maintains a documentary-style shooting that gives the film a unique first-person feel. There’s no exaggerated nausea-inducing shakycam moments (which is a relief), and oftentimes the composition of shots through holes in plastic sheets or from the eye level of a cutting board as Stanley stuffs a chicken are pretty fun to see. The handheld shots also lead to some pretty creepy moments, particularly when Stanley is “moving around” or asking some of his unusual interview questions.
Speaking of Stanley, we never entirely see his face (as it’s always behind the camera), and are instead treated to only his voice, which when coupled with his British accent, makes it feel as if we’re being treated to a documentary by the BBC (albeit a sinister one). This again also helps with the creep factor in Stanley’s interviews, whose calm demeanor when asking the increasingly disturbing questions during interviews is unsettling. Great job by Charlie Floyd for that. As for the rest of the actors, they do a fairly good job, though some performances (such as Jessica Green’s unconvincing turn as one of the interviewees) are weaker than others.
Unfortunately, the film suffers in the writing department, which becomes very apparent as the film progresses. Apart from some rather big plotholes (such as what happened to the owners of the apartment?), the film doesn’t give anyone really to root for, since the actors auditioning for the film are for the most part unlikeable or are just plain stupid. Even Stanley isn’t given much of a background or anything really to endear him to the viewer, leaving you feeling lost in that respect. As well, we also get some clichéd movie moments that are seemingly pulled out of nowhere (where’d that red button come from?). The ending of the film feels slapped together and reminiscent of something of a Saw trap that is neither impressive nor executed particularly well, mixed in with a Bond-esque villain laugh from behind the a security camera. The “ha-ha” epilogues of the actors played at the end of the film only seem to make the ending worse, like someone covering up an embarrassing moment with a bad joke.
Do You Like My Basement? started out with promise, but ultimately started tripping itself up before crashing at the end. Some great performances by much of the cast are almost in the film being bogged down by its writing, which unfortunately happens a lot when indie filmmakers take on more than just directing. As it stands, this basement looked nice, but when it came to construction, needed a better contractor.
Set at an East Coast asylum for the criminally insane in 1964, the upcoming season revolves around Jessica Lange’s new character — a nun — and her boss at the institution, played by James Cromwell.
Episode 1 – “Welcome to Briarcliff” (Airs October 17, 10:00 pm e/p) – Welcome to Briarcliff Manor, a notorious insane asylum home to the deranged serial killer, Bloody Face. Lurking in the shadows of this “sanctuary of healing” are terrifying evils that blur the boundaries between reality and insanity.
As Britain is battered by a storm, one last plane takes off. Shortly after, the handful of passengers start disappearing one by one; those that remain frantically try to discover who – or what – is behind it before they share the same fate.
Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” (based on the 1984 short) young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.
From Tim Burton comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.
Limited Theaters October 5: When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
So who is part of the madness, you ask? Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with YouTube sensations Radio Silence.
Looper is centered on a group of killers who send bodies of their victims back in time.
Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more – to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.
The pic is described as a thriller in the vein of “Psycho,” aimed at a contemporary young audience.
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
Several months after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival.
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.
Story based on a haunted box purchased on Ebay that brings bad fortune to its possessors. Eventually being passed from one person to the next and causing all sorts of torment.
The film is in the vein of The Exorcist or The Shining, based on real events that transpired after a family wound up in possession of a haunted box, setting off a harrowing struggle to rid themselves of the box’s evil curse. The real-life box gained notoriety in 2004 when it sold on eBay after causing inexplicable bad fortune to its owners which were attributed to a dibbuk – a malevolent spirit of Jewish folklore trapped in the haunted box.
Official: Based on a true story, ‘The Possession’ is the terrifying story of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…
In the comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Mr. McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
Heather and her friends have some devilish fun on the social website, ConnectMeNet. However, their amusement has come at the expense of a lonely and medicated half-wit, Jerry Tobin. After goading him into humiliating himself on camera in various cruel acts of depravity, they post the clips online for the world to see in a video titled “Revenge on a Creeper”. This ruins Jerry’s meager life and he disappears without a trace… Fast forward a year, and the tables are now turned when Jerry reemerges, off the antipsychotic medication that clouded his thoughts and kept his demons at bay. Now the girls are forced into a nightmarish fight for their lives!
Total Recall, in theaters August 3, is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick.
In theaters September 7: Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding.
Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding.
Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind…
Fortnite is quite a far leap away from Epic Games previous powerhouse Gears Of War. But that isn’t a bad thing. Fortnite is taking on a totally different look and feel from Gears, and though I’m not necessarily excited about the game I do have quite a bit of interest in it. I’m always excited to see what a game company can do with a game when they reach outside the norm.
Fortnite is going to be a co-op sandbox type game where you spend your days gathering supplies, scavenging, and building your fortifications to fight off demons at night. The best part? It’s running on the brand spanking new Unreal 4 Engine that was crafted by Epic Games, so expect some amazing looking graphics and all around magic. The only downside for you console jocks, PC only. Screens past the break.
Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls “red lights,” the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver. Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller from award-winning writer and director Rodrigo Cortes (Buried).
The 3-D creature feature is about a mutated creature runs amok in an oil prospecting ship.
The film actually even dates back to 1985 where a worker goes missing at an underwater oil base. It flashes to present day where the protagonist is the daughter of the missing worker, and now working as a marine equipment manager on an old oil prospecting ship called Eclipse. After 3 weeks of preparation the new recruit sinks to the bottom of the sea when the equipment fails. Evidence suggests that it was not an accident and points at one of the crew as a saboteur. Crew members begin to turn up dead – one by one – their bodies viciously mutilated. To make matters worse, the ship is isolated in a typhoon. It is soon revealed that they’re all about to become food for a transparent underwater creature.
The story revolves around the president’s quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as part of the conflict behind the Civil War.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.
I’ve got some good news and some bad news, which would you like first? The good is a two-parter, if that affects your decision at all. Oh, you want the good? Well okay then. For starters, you’re a beautiful person. Also, remember those Resident Evil 6 bundles Amazon outed earlier this week? Those were confirmed today, but that’s where the bad news comes in, as all those delicious extras they offer are digital. It’s disappointing, but not all that surprising. Is anyone still interested in either bundle, or is the digital-only extras a deal breaker?