13 Nights of Halloween

This year we want to celebrate the Halloween season with all of you. This October we are going to be doing 13 bonus episodes of what we will be watching this year. Join us as we celebrate the creepy, twisted and gore!

10/15 Carrie 1976

10/16 Poltergeist 1982

10/17 Creepshow 1982

10/18 Night of the creeps 1986

10/19 Hocus-pocus 1993

10/22 Jason X 2001

10/23 30 days of night 2007

10/24 Rec 2007

10/25 Trick-or-treat 2007

10/26 Frontier(s) 2008

10/29 Primal 2010

10/30 The Conjuring 2013

10/31 Halloween 1978 vs Halloween 2007

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Nola Horror Film Fest

This week I was lucky enough to stumble across a co-workers sister’s Facebook post. The 8th annual  Nola Horror Film Fest @the Prytania Theatre

I myself am not a native to Louisiana. To say I was was pleasantly surprised at this discovery, would be an understatement! As I’m here for work I wasn’t able to stay for the full weekend but I was able to attend Horror Short Block one. Which I’m not the the biggest fan of short films. However, these films were cleary curated to hold up to the almost 2 hours of content.

Not to say it was a bore but rather an amuse bouche. Every single film was good in there own right! I’m just going to focus on my top 3. Again this is not to say that any of the films were bad. But two of the films came with a Q&A, which may have created a little basis???

In no particular order

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay to see the opening film The God Inside My Ear. A locally produced and feature film. Honorably mention goes to Dawn of man, Slick, My First time and Work Forced.

 

 

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The Predator

The Predator

Action/Adventure/Horror

WRITER

Shane Black

Fred Dekker

DIRECTOR

Shane Black

 

RELEASE Year

2018

CAST

Boyd Holbrook

Trevante Rhodes

Jacob Tremblay

Keegan-Michael Key
When it was announced that Shane Black was returning to the franchise to direct. I’ll admit I was excited for the film to come. Unfortunately I think this inevitably lead to me know too much about the film in advance. Headline after headline about how bad the film was and extensive reshoot. Normally I don’t get to wrapped up in other peoples opinions before viewing a film.

Maybe I should start my opinion, The Predator  really is a solid entry into the franchise. Despite the mixed reviews that have been circulating. For me it ranks right behind the original.

  • Predator
  • The Predator
  • Predator 2
  • Predators
  • Alien VS Predator
  • AVP: Requiem

The film does seem a little sedated in the tension department. Mostly due to the editing, in some scenes it does feel like it was unfinished. For example Sean Keyes (Busy)  is definitely a relative of the previous character from the 1992 sequel Peter Keyes. Played by his real life father Gary Busy, seems like that worth mentioning on screen. But as we see in the film his character was kind of a throw away. Clearly leading me to believe that there was more to the scenes, I would love to watch a directors cut of this film. Too many hands in the pot.

On the plot! Quinn McKenna (Boyd) and his rag tag team of PTSD stricken vets. Have to defend themselves from the attack of the Predator, or so they think. The film takes a turn  in the second act with the debut of the evolving Predator. The larger that life Predator destroys  the original Predator in a matter of minutes. The plot thickens and the team has to flee and regroup. As the continue to hide from a secret military group that is aware the Predators and have been keeping them a secret since the original film.

Yes, that’s right this film is not a remake or reboot to the franchise. It even took the time to acknowledge a couple of the visits on screen. Not knowing what the original vision of this film. It’s hard to say this is a great action movie. It looks a feels a choppy at best, the banter between Coyle(Michael-Key) and Baxley (Jane) worked well but it still doesn’t flow  well. Again I’ll chalk it up to bad editing. The movie is funny or you can see where it was a good attempt. There was just a huge lack of tension, which would explain why  the jokes can’t land. I would enjoying see them exchange back and forth some more. overall the acting was done well by everyone involved.

Hard fact is, the was just to much bad press circulating around this film for it have ever been a blockbuster.  Take a note from DCU, the MCU  formula doesn’t work for every franchise you’re better off sticking with what worked before. Releasing it to VOD may have played better to actual Predator fans. To generate enough buzz to get a sequel to in made. As the film eludes to at the very end. Which walking back to the parking lot, the thought of why didn’t they just use that in this film!

 

Currently in Theaters

 

Scare: 2 out of 5

Watch or Pass: Pass… wait for the blu ray and lets hope there’s a better cut!

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Slice

A Review of: Slice 2018

Comedy/Crime/Fantasy

WRITER

Austin Vesely

DIRECTOR

Austin Vesely

RELEASE Year

2018

CAST

Zazie Beetz

Hannibal Buress

Joe Keery

Chris Parnell

A24’s newest film Slice may come off as a bit of a greasy genre film. Don’t worry I’ll spare you any more puns! Starting Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Atlanta), Chris Parnell (Archer, Rick and Morty), Paul Scheer (The League, Veep) along with the film debut of Chance Bennett aka Chance the Rapper. Writer and director making his first feature length film debut, music video  director Austin Vesely.

Now enter the world of Slice, where the living and ghost(I’d like to thing zombies) live together in peace. Alongside witches and werewolves just so everyone is included. Slice is a world where  the jokes are delivered quick and furious, and messy gore filled  murders. When a mysterious slayer starts offing the delivery people in this ode to slasher movies. Turning it into a who done it murder mystery mixed with dash of a getaway.

Leaving Dax (Bennett) the prime suspect for the Perfect Pizza Murders, being that his return to Kingfisher coincides with the time of the murders. Kingfisher is a small town, a small town with secrets. Secrets that could lead to more that what anyone thinks. For example the gateway to hell.

Slice is the perfect get together with your friends slasher. Don’t get bogged down in the plot holes. It can be enjoyed just on the surface level with out having to dive in to the “why” of it all. Hilarious from start to finish, Slice is on it’s way to becoming a cult classic. For damn sure for the stoners out there! Check it out with your friends, you’ll be happy you did!

Currently on VOD

Scare: 3 out of 5

Watch or Pass: Watch

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