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Movie Review: A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS

A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS movie poster | ©2022 No Sleep Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Mandy Rubio, Andrew Fisher, Ali Alkhafaji, Lauren Lox, Keekee Suki, Mike Dell Writer: Isaac Rodriguez Director: Isaac Rodriguez Distributor: No Sleep Films Release Date: June 17, 2022 A TOWN FULL OF GHOSTS is a relatively decent found-footage horror movie. Director/writer Isaac Rodriguez, who also serves as cinematographer, makes good use of the J. Lorrain Ghost Town location in Austin, Texas. The film is economical and also brief, clocking in at just sixty-seven minutes, including end credits. On the one hand, suspense doesn’t get much time to build. On the other hand, this allows the characters t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BLACK PHONE

THE BLACK PHONE poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone, Ethan Hawke, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, Miguel Cazares Mora Writers: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, based on the short story by Joe Hill Director: Scott Derrickson Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 24, 2022 THE BLACK PHONE is an adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story. Directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, THE BLACK PHONE alternates its primary point of view between thirteen-year-old Finney (Mason Thames) and his little sister Gwen (Madeleine McGraw). It’s 1978, and Finney and Gwen live with their […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ABANDONED

ABANDONED movie poster | ©2022 Vertical Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Shannon Writers: Erik Patterson & Jessica Scott Director: Spencer Squire Distributor: Vertical Entertainment Release Date: June 17, 2022 ABANDONED is a very particular kind of haunted house story. It begins outside an isolated home at night. The porch light is on. We hear a bloodcurdling scream, a crying baby, a young woman pleading, then gunshots. Forty years later, we see the same house in daylight, at the end of a tree-lined dirt road. We still hear a baby crying. This turns out to be little Liam, son of Sarah (Emma Roberts) […]Read On »

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MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM: Creator Eliot Laurence talks Season 3 – Interview

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM Season 3 Key Art | ©2022 Freeform

MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM launches its third and final season on Freeform on Tuesday, June 21, with more episodes airing on the network on subsequent Tuesdays. In MOTHERLAND, created by Eliot Laurence, we are in an alternate future, where witches (both women and men, though male witches are rarer) are a distinct race at the forefront of every country’s magic-using military. Our main characters Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson), Abigail Bellweather (Ashley Nicole Williams), and Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton) bonded as cadets at the witch military academy Fort Salem, and have evolved into a powerful fighting unit. However, Season 2 saw the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SCARE ZONE

SCARE ZONE poster | ©2022 Terror Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Arian Ash, Chris Burns, Neil Brown Jr., Simon Needham, Michele Feren, Jordan Woods-Robinson Writer: Jon Binkowski Director: Jon Binkowski Distributor: Terror Films Release Date: May 27, 2022 (Terror Films Channel); June 3¸ 2022 (wide VOD and digital); original theatrical release June 10, 2010 SCARE ZONE is a solid (though not exemplary) example of the horror subgenre set at Halloween fright attractions. Originally released in 2010, SCARE ZONE is now being distributed on VOD and digital by Terror Films, which also hosts the movie on its own channel. SCARE ZONE has the advantage, like 2006’s DARK RIDE, […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa on the spiritual side of the series – Exclusive Interview – Part 5

LUCIFER Co-executive producer Mike Costa | photo courtesy Mike Costa

It is said that God works in mysterious ways. This is certainly true in Season 5 of LUCIFER, now streaming all six seasons on Netflix, when we finally meet Him (played by Dennis Haysbert) when he visits Earth. This is ostensibly to break up a fight between his twin sons Lucifer and Michael – both played by Tom Ellis – and their sibling Amenadiel (DB Woodside). However, as the season unfolds and the story continues into LUCIFER’s sixth and final season, we question whether we’re meant to take events at face value, or whether it was God’s intention the whole […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RIGHTEOUS

THE RIGHTEOUS movie poster | ©2022 Arrow Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Henry Czerny, Mimi Kuzyk, Mark O’Brien, Mayko Nguyen, Kate Corbett, Nigel Bennett Writer: Mark O’Brien Director: Mark O’Brien Distributor: Arrow Films Release Date: June 10, 2022 THE RIGHTEOUS deals with religion and has tinges of the possibly supernatural. Mostly, though, it is a Gothic thriller in which guilt and belief about the nature of repentance and punishment loom large. Henry Czerny plays Frederic Mason, who we meet as he is praying earnestly to God to make it clear to him what his penance should be for sins we do not yet know. From the way Frederic […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION poster | ©2022 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamadou Athie, Isabella Sermon, Campbell Scott, BD Wong Writers: Emily Carmichael & Colin Trevorrow, story by Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow, based on characters created by Michael Crichton Director: Colin Trevorrow Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: June 10, 2022 JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION claims to round out the JURASSIC WORLD trilogy, which is a sequel to the JURASSIC PARK trilogy. All of these are based on Michael Crichton’s novel about the attempt to make a drive-through zoo filled with living dinosaurs, cloned from prehistoric DNA. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: WATCHER

WATCHER Theatrical Poster | ©2022 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman, Madalina Anea Writer: Chloe Okuno, based on the screenplay by Zack Ford Director: Chloe Okuno Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: June 3, 2022 WATCHER is a thriller that is set and shot in Bucharest, Romania. Director/writer Chloe Okuno, adapting a screenplay by Zack Ford, makes the most of everything about the city, knowing most of her audience will find it as new and mysterious as does the protagonist. This is Julia (Maika Monroe). As a New Yorker, she’s a stranger in a strange land here, unfamiliar with the country and trying […]Read On »

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THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: Creators and cast talk Season 1 of the new Showtime sequel series to the 1976 David Bowie film – Interview

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH - Season 1 - Key Art | ©2022 Showtime/Tayo Kuku

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is a sequel series, now in its first season Sunday nights on Showtime, to the 1976 feature film starring David Bowie. Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial who comes to our planet to acquire water for his own parched world, only to become trapped here. The film and series are both adapted from the novel by Walter Tevis. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH series was adapted for television by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Newton, now played by Bill Nighy, is still around, albeit in hiding. The focus here is on planetary […]Read On »

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