Counter Parts Team Review
Patrick Rea’s short film Counter Parts is already making noise winning “Best Short” at its very first screening. Counter Parts is reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode and is executed flawlessly. The story revolves around two sisters with a bond, and an even deeper resentment.
Patrick Rea is no stranger to the genre either with many short films to his credit and the Lionsgate released Nailbiter. Counter Parts is well-crafted and does better in 10 minutes than most films [...]
They Live Team Review
John Carpenter has pretty much always been regarded as one the greatest directors in the horror community. While I have seem some of his films that I think were overrated, there is no denying that a lot of his filmography really is outstanding.
The master of horror’s 1988 sci-fi action flick, They Live, utilizes the formula of that period perfectly. There’s a bunch of cheesy, yet great, one-liners, awesome 80’s action, creepy looking non-humans, and even Roddy Piper’s mullet! [...]
You're Next Team Review
Just like any other sub-genre of horror, the home invasion school of film seems to have its ups and downs, its great entries and its terrible ones. After months of waiting, I finally got my hands on a copy of Adam Wingard’s You’re Next, and when I tell you that this film belongs on the great side of the spectrum, it is a huge understatement.
If you take Home Alone and The Strangers and mix them together, You’re Next [...]
13/13/13 Team Review
A few years back, I sat down and watched The Asylum’s release of 11/11/11, thinking I was watching Darren Lynn Bousman’s 11-11-11… yeah, I know, how silly of me to confuse the two! Well, apparently, this studio that releases awful, low budget knockoffs has been releasing these ‘doomed date’ movies (12/12/12 and so on) every year since then. Thankfully, last year’s installment, 13/13/13, is leaps and bounds better than 2011’s [and most likely 2012’s, too] failure. [...]
Villanelle Team Review
After watching “Villanelle,” it is clear to me that director Rick Laprade (and his team of writers) is not only a faithful student of filmmaking, but also a highly imaginative individual. He seems to have taken great care of his work in every way, shape, and form to delivery a product that only he could have created.
While it is obvious to viewers that this film was not made with a large studio budget, that doesn’t seem to have hindered [...]
Provoked Team Review
My previous experiences with low-budget, independent horror films have never really gone that great. With poor acting, shoddy effects, and shaky camera work, indie flicks usually leave me wishing I hadn’t even wasted my time pressing play. Now, there are a few occasions where I do come across a hidden gem in the pile of manure that’s out there and lucky for me, Jordan Pacheco’s “Provoked” certainly leans more towards the gem side of the spectrum.
The acting kind of [...]
The Slumber Party Massacre Team Review
For you to fully understand how I feel about this movie, I have to take you on a little journey. A journey to a time of when the best part of the weekend was gathering with a group of friends, loading up on pizza and Mountain Dew, and hitting the local video store. This was an every weekend thing for me when I was growing up. We would always rent 2 or 3 movies and just soak them in all [...]
Jack O Slasher Team Review
Jennifer Valdes is a true student of indy film making and her film, “Jack O Slasher,” is a prime example. This film is reminiscent of early shot-on-video horror films like “Sledge Hammer” or much of the Troma library. Writing, directing, and editing a film all by yourself can be a daunting task even for the most experienced director. However, by keeping the runtime at barely over an hour, she allows for the pace to be relentless and keeps the campiness [...]