Friday, October 11, 2019

Rattlesnake Offers Difficult Moral Choices in this First Trailer (Out Oct. 25th)

Tagline: "Time Waits for No One."

Rattlesnake is an upcoming thriller from production company Campfire. Moving to Netflix's streaming service in late October, the film offers Katrina (Carmen Ejogo) a difficult choice - after her daughter is bitten by a rattler. In order to save her daughter's life, she must sacrifice another. Rattlesnake is one part thriller and one part horror, with Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours) directing. Hilditch also brought 1922 to this same streaming service in 2017. As well, Rattlesnake also stars: Emma Greenwell (Holy Ghost People), Apollonia Pratt and Theo Rossie. The film's first trailer and movie poster are here.

The trailer shows Katrina in a number of challenging situations. On the hunt for an easy victim, Katrina is reminded of how her time is running out. One mysterious characters states "now you owe a life in return" and "you only have until sunset." This is not a lot of time to offer up a life. And, here is one vote for Katrina starting her search on death row, though it would be hard to get past all of that security.

Rattlesnake will show on Netflix this October 25th. As companies pull their films from Netflix e.g. Disney, this streaming company is producing more and more of their own original content, while more and more streaming companies come online (almost on a monthly basis). The online streaming marketplace is becoming ever more competitive, with film fans and viewers offered a wide gamut of choices. Finally, rated Mature, the latest release details on Rattlesnake are available below.

Release Date: October 25, 2019 (Netflix).

Director/writer: Zak Hilditch.

Cast: Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell.

The official trailer for Rattlesnake (via Netlflix):

Rattlesnake at Netflix: Rattlesnake Details at Netflix

Source: Rattlesnake at the UHM

Interestingly, actress Emma Greenwell was involved in another film with religion/spirituality and rattlesnakes - titled Holy Ghost People (2013). This film was reviewed highly on 28DLA, way back in 2014: Holy Ghost People Reviewed on 28DLA:

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Bar-b-q Gone Wrong Horror Comedy Garden Party Massacre Debuts on Amazon Prime this Week

Tagline: “Some People are the Death of the Party.”

Garden Party Massacre is the latest film from director Gregory Blair (Deadly Revisions). Already released on home entertainment formats (DVD, Blu-ray), this title is debuting on Amazon Prime this week. In the film, several friends put together a Bar-b-q. But, there is one uninvited guest and a pickaxe. This title has won a number of awards, at several film festivals. And, the film stars: Andy Gates ("Grimm"), Lise Hart (Deadly Revisions), Nichole Bagby ("On The Rocks"), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance) and Matt Weinglass ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!"). An updated poster and official trailer are hosted here, to celebrate the film's release.

The director has spoken about the film and its movie to Amazon. He says of the launch: "we're excited to finally open the door and widen the audience through VOD...streaming has become the preferred home-viewing option and Amazon Prime is one of the leading platforms, so we thought that was a great place to start." Digital films are always just a button press away. Blair also notices the changing trends in physical media: "but collectors will still want to get the DVD or Bluray, because we all know that physical media is the only way to guarantee you can watch the movie when you want, since streaming catalogues change all the time." Even the purchase of a film online does not guarantee that you will own it in the future. Digital ownership is a fickle thing.

It has been confirmed that Garden Party Massacre is currently showing on Amazon Prime as of October 9th. Indie horror fans can see the film there, or purchase a DVD, or Blu-ray at the distributor's website, found below. Well reviewed, this is one film that film fans will not want to miss!

Release Date: October 9th, 2019 (Amazon Prime).

Director/writer: Gregory Blair.

Cast: Andy Gates, Nichole Bagby, David Leeper, Lise Hart, Matt Weinglass and Dawna Lee Heising.

The official trailer for Garden Party Massacre is here (via Gregory Blair):

The film is available on Blu-ray and DVD at the SGL Movie Store: Garden Party Massacre at SGL

The film's homepage: A Garden Party Massacre Official Website

Available on Amazon now, in several formats (VOD, Amazon Prime, DVD, Blu-ray):

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

A Famous Ghost Story Returns to the Screen with The Turning: First Trailer

Tagline: "Watch the Children with Care."

The Turning is the latest film to find its inspiration from the novella The Turn of the Screw. This film fan has still not read this classic, despite its influences. Now, this latest interpretation will focus on a mysterious estate, in a Maine countryside. Here, a nanny is put in charge of two very special orphans. As well, Italian director Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways) has helmed this feature, with Carey and Chad Hayes adapting the screenplay. The film itself stars: Mackenzie Davis ("Black Mirror"), Finn Wolfhard (It, 2017), Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman, Barbara Marten and Niall Greig Fulton. Now, a trailer and poster are available for this supernatural infused feature.

The Turning has been rated PG-13. Though difficult to create challenging horror with a PG-13 rating, The Turning relies on strange imagery to bring the scares. The PG-13 rating is for: terror, violence, disturbing images and suggestive content. So, blood and gore will be minimized in favour of more ghostly imagery.

Developed by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Vertigo, this title will show in theatres next January. Universal Pictures is handling the theatrical release, which takes place this January 24th (in the U.S.). Distributor Entertainment One will handle the film's Canadian release. All of the details on this modern take of Henry James' earlier work are below.

Release Date: January 24th, 2020 (Theatrical).

Director: Floria Sigismondi.

Writers: Carey W. Hayes (as Carey Hayes), Chad Hayes.

Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince.

The official trailer for The Turning (via Universal Pictures):

Source: The Turning at First Showing

The source material on which the film is made, originally published in 1898:

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Harpoon Digests a Gruesome Lunch in this Movie Clip Titled "Seagull Blood"

Harpoon is an indie title, that has been making the festival rounds. Out today on Blu-ray (U.S.), this film has also been showing through a limited theatrical release, in North America. The film involves a strange love triangle, in which three friends turn against each other on the high seas. Partially shot in Canada and Belize, the film centrally stars: Brett Gelman, Munro Chambers and Emily Tyra. Now, there is some word that the film will show in a few theatres, in the Great White North, with a new clip debuting today. The clip is titled "Seagull Blood" and can be found below.

The new clip shows the three friends, near exhaustion. They have captured their lunch, but begin to eat it raw? Very surreal, these three friends will need to find land soon.

Harpoon is a 775 Media Corp production. Dread and Epic Pictures will continue to show the film in U.S. cities. There are more expected showings in: Boulder and Chicago. Though, Canadian cities have not been confirmed as of yet. Canadian horror film fans will have to check their local listings for the film. For now, indie horror fans can enjoy the madness of Harpoon as Jonah (Chambers), Sasha (Tyra) and Richard (Gray) turn primitive, in the clip below.

Release Date: October 8th, 2019 (VOD, Blu-ray, USA) and October 11th (Limited Theatrical, Canada) and October 15th (VOD, Canada).

Director: Rob Grant.

Writers: Rob Grant, Mike Kovac.

Cast: Brett Gelman, Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra.

A new clip for Harpoon, titled "Seagull Blood" (via Slash Film):

The film at Epic Pictures: Harpoon Release Details at Epic

Source: Harpoon at Rue Morgue

Available at Amazon, in the U.S.:

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Swedish Thriller Documenting the Witch Path Shows on Digital this October 11th

Tagline: ""Where the Truth Lies."

There are several horror film releases set for October. The latest from Terror Films is titled Documenting the Witch Path. Shot in Sweden, this indie feature looks at the curse of Witch Lake, through the eyes of several documentarians. Three filmmakers: Nathaniel P. Erlandsson, Robin Franzén and Carl Sundström head out to the lake. Here, they find the lake closed-off and soon experience strange events. This is a film produced by Cyfuno Ventures and Spying Moth Entertainment, with Terror Films set to show the film this mid-October.

A trailer has just been released for Documenting the Witch Path. The clip shows the filmmakers preparing to head out to the lake. Once there, they find strange markings and totems, with mysterious characters emerging at night.

The official film poster also reveals more from the story. A pentagram can be seen in one corner, while the trees appear as hands. A strange icon hovers in the back as figures drown in the middle of the graphic. All of the imagery suggests a devilish time, in the local Swedish woods.

Terror Films has set October 11th as the film's release date. On this date, Documenting the Witch Path will show on Digital platforms, such as: Google Play, POV Horror, Xbox, Prime Video, Vudu, Tubi TV and Roku. There may be a secondary release, on more platforms, later this year. A short film of fifty-eight minutes, fans of indie horror can find the latest on the film right here, with the latest promotional materials.

Release Date: October 11th, 2019 (Digital platforms).

Director/writer: Carl Sundström.

Cast: Nathaniel P. Erlandsson, Robin Franzén, Carl Sundström.

The official trailer for Documenting the Witch Path (via Terror Films):

*the story also mentions witchcraft from the 17th century, when many innocent men, women and children were drowned - within Witch Lake.

More details on the film, will be posted at Terror Films soon: The Terror Films' Homepage

Terror Films will also show the indie horror title Resonance on Oct. 11th. The film will also show on DVD, later in October (Oct. 29th):

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Saturday, October 05, 2019

Annabelle Comes Home and Teenage Horror: A Film Review

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray of this film was provided by the publicity division of Warner Bros.

Director: Gary Dauberman.

Writers: James Wan and Gary Dauberman.

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife.

Annabelle Comes Home is the third film in the Annabelle series and the seventh film in The Conjuring universe; all three Annabelle films have been written by Gary Dauberman. While this film fan enjoyed Annabelle: Creation (2017), this latest title is very limited in surprises or scares. In the first hour, the scariest incident involves a loud knock at a door. Unfortunately, there is still another fourty-five minutes to go. Even the story is light as a babysitter does her best to look after a young girl, while Mary Ellen's (Madison Iseman) friend unlocks a haunted room. An inanimate doll is now on the loose as the yawntastic action fails to gain steam. Annabelle Comes Home is a great film for young teenagers; everyone else should stay away.

Annabelle Comes Home can best be described as horror-lite. There are few surprises in the film's too long runtime of one hour and fourty-five minutes. In one scene, Mary Ellen's friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) snoops around a room full of cursed objects for ten to fifteen minutes. You would think in a so-called horror movie that something interesting would happen. Well, if you thought this, you would be wrong. The only significant action taking place is the opening of a case, which holds the film's cursed doll. As well, their are no on-screen deaths. The only violent act involves a stabbing, which is quickly forgotten and thrown away in the story. There are no jump scares. And, the only interesting scenes involve an open door, full of shadows and a wedding dress, which is able to appear in mirrors. The lack of genuine conflict and interactions are truly nap-inducing.

The story is also uncomplex. The plot can really be described in a line or two; a babysitter's friend unlocks a cursed room. Haunted items stalk a house and the inhabitants, to little effect. All of the characters are equally simple, outside of Daniela. Daniela wants to contact her father, after an untimely death. This is the McGuffin which is supposed to support the film's next hour and fourty-five minutes (of pure boredom). The plot does not progress much outside of Mary Ellen's wooer, Bob's-got-balls (Michael Cimino); even the jokes are set up for juveniles. Horror and story light, Annabelle Comes Home is truly a punishing film experience.

This film is really only for those in their teenage years. Any other viewer will be sadly disappointed by this latest Annabelle outing. Gorehounds will not find anything here as the film sticks to its PG-13 near bloodless rating. There is not even a swear word spoken between the two babysitters. Veteran horror fans will hardly be able to stay away during this production as the film tries nothing in the way of surprises. Does a suit of Samurai armour scare you? If yes, this might be the film for you. For everyone else, you will have to slog your way through this film's way too long runtime. Really, this film is only for first-time horror film watchers or for families with young children - who want to watch something during the Halloween season. Everyone should avoid this film as Annabelle Comes Home fails to try any new, exciting ground here.

Similar to Gary Dauberman's The Nun (2018), this is very watered down horror, which lacks an interesting story. This viewer is starting to believe that Dauberman has made a pact with the Devil for fame and riches, while promising to bore audiences to death. Very slowly paced and lacking an interesting conflict, Annabelle Comes Home is another generic Hollywood movie, which cannot even offer a scare or two - in 105 minutes! Unbelievably boring, this viewer fell asleep twice during the first screening and could not complete a second, for this review. The film is truly that bad and this film fan wonders if the Annabelle Comes Home Blu-ray is cursed itself.

Overall: 5.5 out of 10.

*there is a significant difference between Dauberman's work on earlier, Restricted material e.g. Annabelle: Creation vs his work on PG-13 fare e.g. Annabelle Comes Home. Dauberman should work on the former and skip the latter. A review of Dauberman's Annabelle: Creation, which is much better than the film here: An Annabelle: Creation Review on 28DLA

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Friday, October 04, 2019

Dark Portals Rain Down on the U.S. in this First Trailer (Out Oct. 25th)

Portals is a sci-fi anthology, from a number of directors. Filmmakers involved in the segments include: Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (The Night Comes for Us), Gregg Hale (Lovely Molly) and Liam O'Donnell. Each director has focused their story on a blackout and around the appearance of a series of strange objects. Very much a thriller, this title will have its World Premiere tonight, in Los Angeles. A wider release will follow later this month.

The trailer shows several black obelisks appearing across the city. Curious, characters interact with the black objects, with some sucked in and trapped. Chaos ensues as it becomes apparent that something malicious is operating these strange mirror-like boxes.

After the World Premiere, Portals will have a wider screening on October 25th. On this second showing date, the film will be available across the United States, in cities like: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Miami, New York and many others. Late in October, the film will also show on Digital platforms, across the U.S., via Screen Media Films. For the latest on Portals, sci-fi and horror fans can find the trailer below, along with screening cities at the link past the break.

Release Date: October 4th, 2019 (World Premiere, Los Angeles) and October 25th, 2019 (Limited Theatrical, Digital).

Directors: Gregg Hale, Liam O'Donnell, Eduardo Sánchez and Timo Tjahjanto.

Writers: Sebastian Bendix, Liam O'Donnell, Timo Tjahjanto and Christopher White.

Cast: Deanna Russo, Neil Hopkins, Michele Weaver, Ptolemy Slocum, Clint Jung and Paul McCarthy-Boyington.

The first trailer for Portals (via Screen Media Films):

*Portals is having its World Premiere at Beyond Fest this Friday, October 4, The film will show at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre. And, the screening is free, with tickets available at the Egyptian Theatre box office - one hour before showtime (2 tix per person max, via Screen Anarchy).

Cities hosting a theatrical screening can be found here: A Portals' Homepage

Source: Portals at Screen Anarchy

Directors Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale worked together on the truly terrifying Lovely Molly (2011):

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

A Deep Hum in a Dark Wood with Resonance this October

Tagline: “Once You Hear the Hum, it’s Already Too Late.”

Resonance is a horror film from the Netherlands. Set in an isolated wood, the characters Max (Max Croes) and Elena (Nastassia Firestone) encounter something strange on a hiking trip. Now, Terror Films has picked up this title for distribution in North America. The launch of the film begins this month, for Siar Sedig's mysterious horror movie. As well, the film's official North American film poster and trailer are hosted here.

Resonance has won over ten awards, across the world. This title has taken the following awards: "Best Score," "Best Feature Film International," "Best Original Idea" and many more. Having played in several film festivals globally, Resonance has been recognized at the Five Continents International Film Festival and others, for its high quality.

Terror Films will release Resonance on Digital platforms, this October 11th. On this date, this thriller will show on: iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Prime Video and Tubi TV. This initial Digital release will be followed by others, leading into 2020. For now, fans of international cinema or of horror can find the latest on Sedig's Resonance below.

Release Date: October 11th, 2019 (Digital, US) and October 29th, 2019 (DVD).

Director/writer: Siar Sedig.

Cast: Max Croes, Nastassia Firestone.

The official trailer for Resonance (via Terror Films):

To learn more about Terror Films visit: More on the film will be posted at Terror Films shortly: The Terror Films' Homepage

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