Sunday, March 18, 2018

Threads Opens the Eyes of Viewers to the Horrors of Nuclear War: A Film Review

Tagline: "The Closest You Ever Want to Come to Nuclear War is...Threads!"

Director: Mick Jackson.

Writer: Barry Hines.

Cast: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May and Nicholas Lane.

The original Threads debuted on BBC 2, in 1984. At that time, it was the most popular cable movie to date. In its debut, the film drew over 7 million viewers. The film, from BBC exec' and director Mick Jackson, covered a nuclear exchange between western nations and Russia. The results are truly terrifying. This re-release, through Severn Films, hosts a number of extras, including interviews with the crew. The story itself is a dire look at surviving a nuclear strike. It might be best to succumb to the initial blast. The visuals and the storytelling come across as authentic, thanks to several scientists and consultants. The tone, of the film, is light initially; but, it darkens after the strike. A difficult watch, Threads is for those looking for an informative look at nuclear war.

The new release of Threads (January 31st) hosts several extras. Director of photography Andrew Dunn gives his take on filming this title. He relates some of his experiences working with director Jackson. He also mentions actress Karen Meagher's dedication to the material. Meanwhile, Jackson sits down with Severin Film's exec' David Gregory and writer Kier-La Janisse. They discuss the events leading up to the film's development, at the BBC. This trio also discuss other films, in this genre, including The Day After (1983). It is an interesting chat on the harms of nuclear war. There is also an interview with Meagher and production designer Christopher Robilliard. There is a lot of new material here, for film collectors. The 2K transfer also highlights the film's audio and visuals as much as possible.

The story in Threads focuses on the town of Sheffield. Here, the locals go about their jobs and lives, while tension increases in the Middle East. Military personnel are killed overseas. And, during the '80s, Germany was still split in two. Here, even more conflict breaks out. Small nuclear exchanges take place, which broaden to the United Kingdom. An initial blast targets a nearby NATO base. Then, a nuclear strike hits Sheffield, directly. The results are grim. Bodies burn in the rubble. A family struggles to find shelter. Looters slaughter a couple of survivors. Everyone heads to the hospital, where there is no support. The government turns on the civilians. In the final moments of Sheffield, it is a very horrifying look at life in the rubble, after a nuclear war.

This film fan is no expert on nuclear war. However, all of the events onscreen come across as authentic. What would a nuclear war look like? Filmmakers Barry Hines and Jackson capture this nightmare and put it to film. The initial blast kills millions, while the irradiated fallout kills millions more. Bodies are everywhere. This film definitely offers a tip, for surviving a nuclear exchange. Get out of town! Cities will be targeted first. You might have a chance out in the country. But, even if you survive the initial blast, your chances of surviving a nuclear winter are slim. So, you should pack your supplies now and not rush the supermarket last minute. Overall, the film offers a number of difficult scenarios, which would happen after a nuclear exchange. And, Threads offers an informative look at life after the bomb.

Finally, Threads offers a very unsettling change in tone. Through the first half of the film everything is light and inviting. Two families are preparing for the birth of their daughter or granddaughter. Once the first bomb goes off, the tone shifts from light to dark and the film never really recovers its earlier, lighter tone. After the halfway mark, this is a serious look at survival. This change in tone will shock some. Personally, this viewer had to turn the film off, at least once, after Threads changed its tone. There are only so many burning bodies one can handle, in an evening. Others may find this material too catastrophic to finish. So, this film may be only for those of a more stalwart nature. The dark tone will wear you down over time.

Threads was re-released by Severin Films, in late January of this year. Severin Films also released Threads on Blu-ray for the first time. The original film was shot on 35 mm, so the original reels are grainy and washed out - compared to modern films. The 2K transfer draws as much out of the film as possible. Still, it is difficult not to notice the initial, lower film quality. Some of the washed out visuals help the storytelling. This is an apocalypse, after all. Still, this viewer mostly enjoyed this release. It really is a realistic look at what could happen if countries turned on each other, in a modern war. And, no one wins in a nuclear war.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10.

More details on the film reviewed here, at Severin Films: Threads at Severin Films with Release Details (DVD Version)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Wildling Brings Out Anna's Animal Nature in this Stunning Trailer and Poster

Tagline: "Discover Your True Nature."

A trailer and poster have been released this week, for IFC Midnight's Wildling. Directed by Fritz Böhm, this film is a coming-of-age werewolf film, in which Anna (Bel Powley) discovers her animal nature. This title, produced by Maven Pictures, recently had several showings at the SXSW Film Festival. Here, the film has already received several positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it "terrifying." The fur flies this April, when the Wildling releases in several U.S. theatres and on Digital platforms. The trailer and poster can both be found here.

Wildling's story begins with Anna. She is imprisoned, by her father, in a small room. Her father makes her fear a horrifying legend. This legend has long claws and sharp teeth. When Anna is freed from her father's oversight, she is let loose on the world. And soon, Anna discovers that the legend of the Wildling lives within.

The trailer, for the Wildling, is a good one. Though, it reveals the film's central mystery and Anna's underlining identity. As well, Wildling hosts a competent cast: Liv Tyler, Brad Dourif and Mike Faist. Dourif plays Anna's father, while Tyler adopts Anna, later in the film. More of the film's story and complex relationships can be seen in the trailer, below.

Release Date: April 13th, 2018 (U.S., Digital, Limited Theatrical).

Director: Fritz Böhm.

Writers: Fritz Böhm, Florian Eder.

Cast: Liv Tyler, Bel Powley, Brad Dourif, James Le Gros and Mike Faist.

The trailer for Wildling:

Source: Wildling at the Daily Dead

A Wildling Review at the Hollywood Reporter

The young female turning into an adult woman as a werewolf has been storied before, in the Canadian horror film Ginger Snaps (2000):

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The Ranger Bloodies the Great Outdoors in this First Trailer

Tagline: "Every Year, Millions Visit Our National Parks, Not Everyone Gets to Leave!"

Quiet Earth has debuted the trailer for The Ranger. This indie horror title recently had its World Premiere, at the SXSW Film Festival, in Austin. The film is a collaboration between Hood River Entertainment and Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix. Within The Ranger, several punks head out into the hills. They are looking to drug the day and night away, until a sociopathic park ranger turns up. The Ranger stars: Chloe Levine (The Defenders), Amanda Grace Benitez (All Cheerleaders Die), Bubba Weiler and Grant Lahu. The film's official trailer and poster are hosted here.

The official synopsis mentions a tussle with the local cops. Now, these punks are fleeing the city, while taking the drug Echo. In an old family hideout, a local park ranger has an axe to grind with the hallucinating punks. But, one of the hoods knows something about this ranger's past.

The Ranger has had three showings in March, at SXSW. Though, it is unclear when the film will have a wider release. Finally, this first film, from director Jenn Wexler, will be on lots of film fans must-see lists. Wexler has a history in the horror genre as a producer(Psychopaths, Like Me). She is currently producing Depraved, a reimagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. More on The Ranger as the film continues its film festival run.

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Jenn Wexler.

Writers: Giaco Furino and Jenn Wexler.

Cast: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm and Larry Fessenden.

The official trailer for Wexler's The Ranger:

A homepage for the film: The Ranger Official Website

Source: The Ranger at Quiet Earth

More punks on the hit list, in Green Room (2015):

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Phantom in Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum Turns the Tables on a Film Crew (out March 28th!)

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is an upcoming horror release. From Well Go USA, this Korean shot feature visits one of the most haunted locations, in the world. In the asylum, a film crew steams their haunted experience. They also get to see the real life nightmare of Gonjiam. Well Go USA will release this feature, in North America, on March 28th. The film was directed by Beom-sik Jeong (Horror Stories). And, it stars: Seung-Wook Lee, Ye-Won Mun, Ji-Hyun Park and Ha-Joon Wi. The trailer, for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum, is hosted here.

The synopsis reveals more of the story. This film crew has set up some of the scares. But, not everything is as it seems. There is a supernatural presence, still within the asylum. Now disturbed, it looks for new victims.

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum was shot for 1.5 million dollars. So, the quality of this title is sure to be high. As well, the news network CNN called Gonjiam: "one of the freakiest places on the planet." Known as one of Korea's most haunted spots, horror film fans can see more of the asylum below. More on Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum will come this way soon.

Release Date: March 28th, 2018 (U.S., Digital).

Director: Beom-sik Jeong.

Writers: Beom-sik Jeong, Sang-min Park.

Cast: Seung-Wook Lee, Ye-Won Mun, Ji-Hyun Park and Sung-Hoon Park.

A trailer for Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum:

Source: Gonjiam at the UHM

One of director Beom-sik Jeong's previous efforts was Horror Stories (2013), which was released by Artsploitation Films:

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

But Deliver Us From Evil Targets Atlanta on March 20th: Release Details

Tagline: “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned!”

But Deliver Us from Evil is a horror thriller, from Joshua Coates. The film takes place in Atlanta. Here, a succubus is stalking and killing religious leaders, throughout the city. But Deliver Us from Evil has an eclectic cast, including: Eric Roberts (The Expendables), Grant Harvey (Thumper), Alice Rose and many others. This title is slated for a March release, on Digital platforms. Thriller fans can find the film's official trailer here, along with a couple of stills.

The story, from Coates, talks of Lilith (Rose) and her casting out from Eden. Now, Lilith wants revenge on God. She targets religious leaders, in the city of Atlanta. Authorities search for her. But, this is not your ordinary killer.

This 20/20 Visions Entertainment production will be released on March 20th. But Deliver Us from Evil will be available on most, major Digital platforms. This release will be followed by another, on DVD. The DVD release will be announced soon. For now, film fans can find the latest on this theological thriller below.

Release Date: March 20th, 2018 (Digital).

Director/writer: Joshua Coates.

Cast: Eric Roberts, Pooch Hall, Grant Harvey, Alice Rose, Isaac Keys and Cynthia Rodriguez.

The official trailer for But Deliver Us from Evil:

But Deliver Us from Evil at Indican Pictures: But Deliver Us from Evil Details at Indican

Also recently released from Indican Pictures, 7 Witches (2017):

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Trailer for Eddie Alcazar's Perfect Offers Implants But Distorts Reality

A trailer for Eddie Alcazar's Perfect was released earlier this week. The film is a sci-fi thriller, in which a young man is seduced by advertisements and surgical implants. Perfect recently had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, in Austin, Texas (March 11th). The films stars: Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, 2011), Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road), Martin Sensmeier, Tao Okamoto and Maurice Compte. This is a Brainfeeder Films production. And, the visually stunning trailer is hosted below.

As well, a movie poster has been released for Perfect. It shows the main character, Vessel 13 (Garrett Wareing), distorted in colour and shape. The strange look likely represents the main character's distorted view of himself. After his implants are installed, his reality is also altered.

This is Alcazar's first feature film. Perfect is sure to show in other film festivals this year, before showing through a wider release. As well, Steven Soderbergh has produced this title. He recently completed another psychological thriller, titled Unsane. Fans of science fiction are encouraged to take a look at Alcazar's latest, with the Perfect trailer found below

Release Date: TBA.

Director: Eddie Alcazar.

Writers: Eddie Alcazar and Ted Kupper.

Cast: Abbie Cornish, Courtney Eaton, Martin Sensmeier

The full length trailer for Perfect:

*the music was developed by The Flying Lotus, who also stars in the film.

Source: Perfect at Quiet Earth

Another hallucinogenic sci-fi thriller (Enter the Void, 2009):

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Garlic & Gunpowder Takes Down a Convoy of Cash Under A Darkening Sky: Out March 16th!

Garlic & Gunpowder is the latest film from director Harrison Smith (Death House, 2018). The film involves a falling comet and a last minute heist. Garlic & Gunpowder has an excellent cast, including: James Duvall (Spreading Darkness, 2017), Martin Kove, Felissa Rose, Vivica A. Fox and many more. This title is slated for a Digital release this March, followed by another on DVD. The film's official artwork is hosted here, with several stills and a trailer below.

The film offers a strange cast of characters. A mob boss assigns two wise guys to take down a convoy. Meanwhile, a Chinese mafia leader, a clown and others are also set to loot the convoy. Time is running out, though. A comet is coming to strike the planet, causing another catastrophe.

Global Digital Releasing is handling the film's Digital launch. On March 16th, Garlic & Gunpowder will be available on several Digital platforms: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, Xbox and Google Play. This home entertainment release will be followed by another on DVD, with the film set to go worldwide. Fans of action thrillers or of comedies can find more on Garlic & Gunpowder right here.

Release Date: March 16th, 2018 (Digital).

Director: Harrison Smith.

Writers: Steven Chase and Zachary Sasim.

Cast: Michael Madsen, Vivica A. Fox, Martin Kove, Felissa Rose, James Duvall and Steven Chase.

The trailer for Garlic & Gunpowder is here:

Garlic & Gunpowder on Twitter: Garlic & Gunpowder on Twitter

On Facebook: Garlic & Gunpowder on Facebook

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Friday, March 09, 2018

The Hurricane Heist Brings 600 MPH Winds and a Treasury Hold-up to Theatres Today

The Hurricane Heist is an action thriller. From The Fast and The Furious (2001) director Rob Cohen, the film takes place during a Category 5 hurricane strike. The winds push at 600 mph, while a team of hackers take down a $600 million dollar haul. The Hurricane Heist is playing in theatres, throughout the United States and in Canada, today (March 9th). The film was shot in Bulgaria. And, the film stars: Maggie Grace ("Lost"), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Randy Couture and many others. The official trailer, for The Hurricane Heist, is available here.

For more on the story, several robbers target a U.S. mint facility. Using the hurricane as cover, they infiltrate the location and take off with the cash. But, the escape will not be easy as deadly winds hit the coast.

The official trailer shows some of those winds. They barrel down on anything and everyone in their path. Cars are flipped, while big rigs struggle to stay on the ground. The Hurricane Heist looks like an exciting action adventure, from some of the best filmmakers in the business. More details on The Hurricane Heist are below.

Release Date: March 9th, 2018 (U.S., Canada, Theatrical).

Director: Rob Cohen.

Writers: Carlos Davis and Jeff Dixon.

Cast: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten, Ralph Ineson, Randy Couture, Melissa Bolona and Jamie Andrew Cutler.

The official trailer for The Hurricane Heist:

An official website for The Hurricane Heist: The Hurricane Heist Homepage

Source: The Hurricane Heist at D Films

Another tale of terror near the ocean (Deepwater Horizon, 2016, DVD):

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