Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 movie poster | ©2017 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date (theatrical and on demand): September 22, 2017  The original THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, released three years ago, was a modest but solid found-footage horror movie. Its premise was that five friends – Bobby Roe (who directed and co-wrote the script), Zack Andrews (also a writer on the film), Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson – set off during Halloween season to find and document extreme haunted house events. Since this is a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INNER DEMONS

INNER DEMONS movie poster | ©2014 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, Kate Whitney, Brian Flaherty, Colleen McGrann, Christopher Parker, Ashley Sutton, Susan Ateh, Richard Wilkinson Writer: Glenn Gers Director: Seth Grossman Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: October 3, 2014 While INNER DEMONS isn’t particularly innovative, it is at least a lot more coherent and thought-out than many in the found-footage horror genre. The acting is good, the progression works, and while the premise has been done before – is the main character addicted, psychotic or actually possessed? – it is handled here with verisimilitude. The premise is that a reality TV show called “Step […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING

THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING | © 2014 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Carla Pifko, Julie McNiven Writer: David Jung, story by David Jung & Tedi Sarafian Director: David Jung Distributor: Anchor Bay Release Date: August 22, 2014, theatrical/ August 26, 2014, VOD and iTunes THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING plays mix and match with its initial found footage set-up. Director/writer David Jung, working from a story he crafted with Tedi Sarafian, makes the switching back and forth fairly seamless and unobtrusive, though people who don’t like found footage probably won’t find this to their taste. The protagonist, Michael King (Shane Johnson), is followed by a […]Read On »

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Movie/DVD Review: EVIDENCE

EVIDENCE movie poster | ©2013 Image

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Torrey DeVitto, Caitlin Stasey, Harry Lennix, Svetlana Metkina, Dale Dickey, Nolan Gerard Funk, Albert Kuo, Barak Hardley Writer: John Swetnam Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi Distributor: RLJ/Image Entertainment Release Date: theatrical, July 19, 2013; home video, August 20, 2013 Whether their preferred fare is SAW, DOWNTON ABBEY or documentaries on the genetic engineering of wheat, one thing that unites virtually all viewers is intolerance of glitchy video. This sets up an immediate challenge within EVIDENCE, which is not just a found footage thriller, but a found damaged footage thriller. This turns out to be […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: EUROPA REPORT director Sebastian Cordero on is new sci-fi film

EUROPA REPORT | ©2013 Magnet Releasing

One thing you can be sure of when watching a video, VHS or Hi-8 that someone has salvaged is that those people we’re watching on any given media have met a dark end. This has increasingly become the same old “found footage” story that masks an excuse for shoddy filmmaking and amateurish acting, with everyone from teens to astronauts getting into the usually (and unfortunately) profitable act. That makes the findings of EUROPA REPORT the genre equivalent of discovering extra-terrestrial life. Rarely has a format’s tired bones been jolted with a bravura display of technical savvy, excellent performances (including DISTRICT 9‘s Sharito […]Read On »

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