Carl and his creative team are offering some amazing prizes, perhaps, the best being the opportunity to get yourself decapitated in the film. There are plenty of other prizes, as well, including custom artwork inspired by the film, signed copies of the film on DVD or blu-ray and even the chance to score an executive producer credit on the picture.
Wolf Creek 2 begins with Mick Taylor dispensing his own unique brand of justice and then happening upon a pair of German backpackers that need to be taught a lesson. The film goes in a completely unexpected direction from there, so I will simply leave the synopsis at that.
In Wolf Creek 2, John Jarratt reminds us why he was and always will be the perfect choice to play Mick Taylor. He brings the kind of flare to the role that makes fans of the emerging franchise develop an inexplicable fondness for him. He plays the part with the same nasty zeal that made viewers develop a love/hate relationship with him in the first film. Mick Taylor is poised to become the type of villain that viewers cheer for, much in the same way that we would root for the charismatically evil Freddy Krueger. Read the rest of this entry »
Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales is a series of vignettes that are introduced by Holland himself. There are nine tales in all; every one however, is bad. It pains me to be critical of a project that the legendary Tom Holland was involved with but there is just no excuse for how bad this film is.
One segment finds a man talking to his GPS, which is seemingly possessed by the spirit of his late wife, another finds a woman wanting to kill her lover, and other vignettes explore additional relationship woes, twisted magicians, the apocalypse and more. None of the segments struck a chord with me; some were less terrible than others but they were all bad. Read the rest of this entry »
Patrick: Evil Awakens finds a lovely young nurse named Kathy (Sharni Vinson) discovering that one of her patients – Patrick – is seemingly communicating with her in spite of being in a coma. Kathy is intrigued at first but soon becomes frightened when Patrick’s inclinations begin to turn violent.
The decision to remake the 1970s horror film Patrick was an interesting one. It isn’t a particularly well-known title, so rebooting it allowed writer Justin King and director Mark Hartley the opportunity to make the film their own without the level of fan scrutiny that comes with remaking a more high profile title. The pair did a reasonable job in their efforts. Patrick (2014) doesn’t stand out as a terribly memorable title but it isn’t really a bad film either. It is entertaining enough to engage the viewer for ninety minutes. But, it doesn’t really break a lot of new ground or do a lot that we haven’t seen in some capacity before. Read the rest of this entry »
Cheap Thrills catches up with Craig (Pat Healy) on what is shaping up to be the worst day of his life: he is served with an eviction notice and then on the day he plans to ask his boss for a raise, loses his job. Things continue to look down until he runs in to an old friend (Ethan Embry) at a bar and the pair meet up with an eccentric, wealthy stranger and his wife (played by David Koechner and Sara Paxton). The pair offer Craig and his friend a chance at some easy money. As we all know: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
The casting of Cheap Thrills is pitch perfect. Pat Healy was the perfect choice to play the ‘down on his luck’ lead character; Ethan Embry is brilliant as the old friend; and David Koechner and Sara Paxton are amazing as the eccentric millionaire and his equally eccentric wife. The ensemble cast works tremendously well together; they all turn in inspired performances. The comedic chemistry is spot on. While all of these talented actors worked together extremely well, what pulls it all together is the prowess of first time director E.L. Katz. Katz set the perfect tone for this black comedy with horror overtones. I was profoundly impressed with what he was able to do without a feature or even a short film under his belt. Prior to this, Katz has worked on the production end but makes the transition to directing beautifully.
In Chastity Bites, aspiring investigative journalist, Leah (Allison Scagliotti) believes something is amiss when Liz, the facilitator of the Virginity Action Group (VAG) at her high school begins exhibiting strange behavior. Leah begins to suspect that Liz is an ancient demon that maintains her youthful appearance by bathing in virgin blood. Determined to get to the bottom of the story, Leah attempts to infiltrate the Chastity Club and expose its leader for the blood-lusting sadist she is.
This is a great example of why one must not make snap judgments about a film. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Chastity Bites when I first sat down to watch it. The film takes a moment to find its footing. The first ten minutes meander a bit. I was unsure if the performances were going to be reasonable because some of the acting at the get go was a little questionable. But after somewhat of a shaky start, the film stands on solid ground and gets better and better as it unfolds.