Movie Review: BLOOD CONSCIOUS

BLOOD CONSCIOUS movie poster | ©2021 Dark Sky Films

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Oghenero Gbaje, DeShawn White, Lenny Thomas, Lori Hammel, Nick Damici Writer: Timothy Covell Director: Timothy Covell Distributor: Dark Sky Films Release Date: August 20, 2021 In BLOOD CONSCIOUS, director/writer Timothy Covell puts forth a puzzle beloved of the TWILIGHT ZONE. Is there really a demonic infestation, or is it just mistrust and paranoia? How can the difference between these be determined? The set-up is promising and Covell gives us a number of scenarios in which we try to figure out what’s happening. However, he commits a grievous narrative sin only twenty minutes into the running time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: COLD IN JULY

COLD IN JULY movie poster | ©2014 IFC Films

Rating: Unrated Stars: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw Writers: Nick Damici & Jim Mickle, based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: May 23, 2014 Adapted from a novel by Joe R. Lansdale, one can see the elements that should make COLD IN JULY a sharp thriller. It’s got a great cast, headed up by Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson, an intriguing premise and, in Jim Mickle, a director who wants to make sure that the scenes look interesting. So what’s the problem? Without having […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAKE LAND

STAKE LAND movie poster | ©2011 IFC

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris, Sean Nelson, Michael Cerveris Writers: Nick Damici and Jim Mickle Director: Jim Mickle Distributor: IFC Films Release Date: April 22, 2011 STAKE LAND works on some basic levels – one can reasonably go into this post-apocalyptic horror movie expecting action and blood and be rewarded with plenty of both. An added bonus is some really gorgeous cinematography by Ryan Samul, which makes us feel like we really are somewhere bleak and abandoned, yet weirdly beautiful. In STAKE LAND, adolescent Martin (Connor Paolo) sees his family slaughtered by vampires, but he […]Read On »

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