Archive for October, 2013

Haunted Pictures,

Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Dejan Loyola, Graham Wardle, Hiro Kanagawa

Maiko is a student living in Japan and trying to deal with her mother’s sudden suicide. She takes a few friends and enters into the “Suicide Forest” which is a well known place for people wishing to end their life, where he mother ended hers. Based on a photo in a mysterious box, and knowledge of the legend of the place, the friends head in to find out what they can. It’s a very spooky place that is very hard to find your way out, once you’re in it. The group runs across more than a few surprises and double-crosses in this scary for Halloween premier movie on the Sci-Fi channel. Danger and destruction are all around in this evil place.

This is a pretty scary, although quite simple movie. With the Japanese locations, some Japanese actors, and the whole ambiance familiar in Japanese horror movies, this one reminds us a lot of those kinds of movies. But it’s a TV movie, after all, and though it’s really creepy, it’s not that visually stunning, although that forest is a place I’d rather not be, thank you very much! Most Sci-Fi channel horror films are campy and have a lot of humor. This one doesn’t! It’s in your face scary from start to finish. A very good outing for a TV movie, I suspect next year it will be around on DVD, but for this year, you either have to catch it on Sci-Fi, or watch it online as it’s all over the place. Just search for the movie, and you’re sure to find it. It was a chiller for a cool fall evening at home!

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Focus Features, Depth of Field,

Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Lily Tomlin, Nat Wolff, Sonya Walger, Tina Benko, Brian d’Arcy James

Portia (Tina Fey) is an admissions officer at Princeton, and up against one of the other ladies for a promotion. Her frenzy to find new talent sends her to an unorthodox school run by John Pressman (Paul Rudd). John introduces her to a young man at the school who she thinks could be her son. He wants badly to go to Princeton, but his grades are awful, even though he is somewhat of a genius and self taught. Portia risks her future to pull any strings she can to get him into Princeton at whatever the cost while sparks begin to fly between Portia and John.

This is a relatively funny film. It’s typical Tina Fey material, not too over the top, not hysterically funny, but constantly clever. She plays her usual helpful self trying to do what’s right without ruffling too many feathers, but making what seem to be all the wrong choices. This is a warm film, pleasantly entertaining, and though not Ha-Ha funny from beginning to end, very cleverly done and quite interesting. Not a big film, but a nice little film, and well worth watching if you’re in the mood for a light comedy without the usual gross out stuff most modern comedies throw at us. I thought they did a nice job with an intelligent premise and turned it into a sweet little movie.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday October 29, 2013

  • Bounty Killer
  • Byzantinum
  • Monsters University
  • R.I.P.D.

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WANGO Films, Soundscape Media,

Devon Bostick, Christopher Lloyd, Martha MacIsaac, Brandon Jay McLaren, Brittany Allen, April Mullen, Tim Doiron, Kevin McDonald, Ellen Dubin, Kyle Schmid

A bunch of teenagers set off a gigantic curse when Casper Galloway (Devon Bostick) is watching his Grandfather’s (Christopher Lloyd) store and they accidentally break an urn containing an evil spirit. Now everyone they come in contact with is killing themselves and turning into a Zemon (half Zombie half Demon) in this comedy horror show.

This film is 99% comedy and 1% horror, so many people are going to hate this. But it’s supposed to be a joke, not taken seriously. This is a comedy themed around zombies and curses. If you watch it as a comedy, you can see the really decent sense of humor this has. Like Police Squad or the Naked Gun Movies, this can’t be taken realistically in the least, as it’s absurd over the top comedy, but I really enjoyed this. I laughed out loud a number of times when they hit with something I totally did not expect. As they try to figure out, not only a way to end the curse, but how to keep from making eye contact with anyone is hysterical. This is a really funny film with all the nuance of a feature length gag reel. It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in quite a while!

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Reno Productions, Safehouse Pictures, Cinergy Pictures,

Alexandra Chando, Patrick Breen, Charlie Hewson, Betsy Aidem, Richard Bekins, Nina Lisandrello

A stranger, Nick (Patrick Breen) knocks at the door of a lonely house filled with a dark family with a past violent secret. He asks to stay the night due to car problems, but it appears he has his own sinister plans. This dysfunctional family is hiding their past, but the more Nick digs, the more he finds out what he doesn’t want to know.

This is not the creepiest of all horror films, and it’s definitely low budget. But it is an interesting concept that develops. We don’t really know a lot about Nick’s intentions. He appears to be a nice Christian man, wishing the best on everyone, but he’s a little too nice and a little too good. Then we learn that he didn’t arrive by accident. There are many layers to this story, and it sucks you in pretty fast. This is the most screwed up family since the gang from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and there is a good reason why the whole town avoids them at all costs. For a low budget film, it’s relatively decently done, and a fun experience to watch it. I’ve seen a lot worse from the discount bin, and this one is available for streaming. It’s not pure horror, but it’s suspenseful enough to keep it rolling. I can recommend this one for a cold October evening.

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