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The Redeeming

Synopsis

The synopsis for The Redeeming states; ‘A disturbed single mother confronts a mysterious stranger and the echoes of her past to protect her home.’

Vague, ominous and yearning for more. The movie centres around Joyce (Tracey Ann Wood) who lives alone in a secluded country house. From the outset we’re given a glimpse into the woman’s tentative psyche, which is only exacerbated with the introduction of John (Ryan Wichert) The young man has apparently injured his arm and seeks refuge in her home. Joyce obliges and not only lets the man in, but tends to his wounds as well. As the movie progresses it becomes apparent that not all is as it seems. The pair, despite apparently not knowing each other, seem to share a dark bond.

The Redeeming

Review

As far as psychological thrillers go, director Brian Barnes does a great job of building suspense and keeping us on our toes. Personally, I thought from the outset that it was going to be a straightforward, cliche-ridden plot, but as the movie progressed I realised how wrong I was. The movie keeps you guessing throughout, with both characters portraying a secretive, almost sinister side at times. Think Misery with a paranormal twist and you’ll be close to the plot.

The Redeeming

The Redeeming was made with a considerably low budget, yet Barnes managed to overcome this through great casting and good cinematography. The only thing lacking for me was the intensity. There seemed to be a slight reluctance from both parties to be physically assertive when the time came. Whether this was down to the low budget and the subsequent “don’t damage my house” rule, or just an oversight in general, it was the only negative I could really find. However, with a convincing portrayal of diminishing mental health, a decent rapport between the pair, and a satisfying ending, the movie more than makes up for this.

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Tony Todd in new Candyman Trailer!

Tony Todd in new Candyman Trailer! So, Universal have recently dropped a new teaser trailer of the highly anticipated Candyman.

So far the releases have predominantly featured main stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Teyonah Parris with very little mentioned of original Candyman Tony Todd.

However this latest trailer concludes with the dulcet tones of our favourite hook-handed killer! Check it out!

I don’t know about you, but hearing Todd’s haunting voice again sent shivers down my spine. Fans of the original movie were overjoyed after hearing Todd will feature in the “spiritual sequel”. Now, with the release of this new trailer, anticipation will be even higher with many of us counting down the days until its release!

Synopsis

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. Fans of the original movie may remember the name Anthony McCoy. This is because Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is playing the (now grown-up) baby that was kidnapped and used as bait by Candyman in the original film.

The movie is set to be released on 25th September this year.

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Graveyard Billy Synopsis

Graveyard Billy is a cat with an extra special gift: he can see and communicate with the dead. When the unthinkable happens and Brighton’s “Graveyard Killer” murders Graveyard Billy’s owner, Piper, the small black cat is left alone in the world. Living feral in Woodvale Cemetery with nowhere to go, Graveyard Billy isn’t alone for long. The spirit of a recently deceased girl –Kelly Minter – attaches herself to the cat and makes a deal with him: If he helps her get back home to see her family one last time, she’ll help him find the spirit of Piper – and maybe even discover the creature responsible for her death.

The odd couple embark on their mission, relying on one another to get by: Graveyard Billy, the living cat, planted firmly in reality; Kelly Minter, the human ghost, stuck in that in-between place of life and death, both searching the South Coast of England for the answers they seek in life with the help of the inhabitants of the secret world of the dead. But the “Graveyard Killer” is still at large, and while he lurks no one, living or dead, is safe… ALL proceeds from Graveyard Billy will go to cat rescue charities on the South Coast of the U.K Between Brighton and Worthing

Sounds like a great book for the horror/cat lovers out there. Especially when you consider all proceeds going to cat charities! There’s even a trailer to tempt you…

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The Psychics movie review

The Psychics movie review

One of the great things about Horror is the amount of sub-genres. Slasher, Monster, Paranormal; there really is something for everyone. One sub-genre that tends to divide opinion is ‘Found Footage’. While some favour the rustic, authentic perception that this style can create, others view it as a cheap, easy cop-out. Personally, I don’t mind it and I think it’s a great resource for any new filmmaker faced with budgetary constraints. Providing there’s a decent story and good acting, I’m more than happy to accommodate the shaky camera, questionable audio and inconsistent lighting that tends to come with found footage movies. Thankfully, The Psychics presented hardly any of these issues.

Synopsis

The synopsis for The Psychics states; A woman making a documentary about psychics searches for answers surrounding the disappearance of her sister. Not a lot to go off, but sounds intriguing enough. Cited as ‘the third Norwegian found footage film ever made’ the movie stars Kirsti Lovas in the lead role with support from Oddrun Valestrand and Frank Thomas Holen Andersen. As you may have guessed by now the movie is subtitled. So, yes, you’ll be reading a fair bit (unless you speak Norwegian of course!) Yet, this doesn’t take away from it being quite an intriguing film.

The Psychics movie review

Lovas’ convincing portrayal of main character Camilla was one of the movie’s biggest strengths. This, coupled with the intriguing storyline and effective cinematography throughout the majority of the movie gives it a thumbs up from me. The shaky camera during the first part was a bit off-putting, but I was pleased to see this improve greatly as the story progressed. Writer/Director Tomas Sem Løkke-Sørensen has done a great job in merging crime/mystery with a supernatural twist. He has created a gripping storyline that increases in pace as the movie progresses before reaching a satisfying climax.

The Psychics movie review

In Summary, the movie is pretty good considering the total lack of budget. With a great cast, interesting storyline and a nice mockumentary approach, The Psychics is great showcase of Løkke-Sørensen’s filmmaking abilities. The movie has had a successful festival run and is now available to purchase on DVD and rent from Amazon

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Earlier this month we reported that Ron Jeremy had joined the cast of Ole Splitfoot. Yet, after the news of him being charged with rape and sexual assault, the Ole Splitfoot team have released the following statement;

Amidst Competition from a Multi-Million Dollar Property from Netflix and Emerging Allegations against Attached Actor Ron Jeremy, The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior Nuns of the Great White North Producers Speak on Status on Film

June 23rd, 2020 – As the headline dropped earlier today, the production team at The True Tale of Ole Splitfoot vs. The Lesbian Warrior Nuns of The Great White North was shocked and saddened to hear about the sexual assault charges levied against Ron Jeremy.

“We in no way condone any actions that involve illegal misconduct, including assault of any type, and we sincerely hope that all parties involved find a resolution to these circumstances,“ offered the film’s producers in an official statement delivered today.

“Prior to even hearing about the news we had decided to delay the November shooting schedule on the film due to budget concerns and funding issues brought about by the emergence of competitive properties such as Netflix’s Warrior Nun. It was inevitable that comparisons between the two pieces were going to cause confusion and thus negatively impact our ability to fund the feature. The decision to revisit our schedule and the project in general was communicated to the cast and crew prior to us releasing our intentions publicly on social media yesterday, the 22nd. I’m sure, however, that today’s news would have also resulted in a similar conversation. Our priority is to ensure that our cast and crew are not only comfortable, but that we are providing them with an environment that fosters mutual respect, professionalism and, above all, safety.”

It’s safe to say that the production has been plagued with one issue after another. With Jeremy already removed from the IMDB page, hopefully the team will be able to find a replacement and commence production of the movie later next year.