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Widow's Point

Reviewed by Mike Macabre

Widow’s Point, Gregory Lamberson’s highly-anticipated, award-winning adaptation of the book of the same name, has premiered on DVD and Digital in the USA and Canada via 101 Films. Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It, Nightbreed) leads the cast of the film, alongside KateLynn E. Newberry (Homecoming Revenge). Sounds good, right? Let’s check it out.

Synopsis

Widow’s Point follows a writer who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse to help promote his next book, where he is targeted by Supernatural forces.
 
The film had a successful festival run, including Shawna Shea Film Festival, where it won awards for ‘Beast Feature’ and ‘Best Actor’ for Craig Sheffer, Crimson Scream Horror festival, where Craig also picked up ‘Best Actor’ award; LUSCA Caribbean International Fantastic and Twin Tiers International, where the film picked up the ‘Audience Award’.


Review

After watching the first 15 minutes of Widow’s Point I was genuinely wondering if it was the same award-winning film that had garnered so much positive feedback. The storyline was intriguing enough but the acting at that point had been mediocre at best. I even questioned if it was a comedy following John Renna’s “Start squawking or I’ll paste ya” line! But, I was pleased to see that it did start to improve dramatically once we began to follow Thomas Livingston (Sheffer).

As part of a publicity stunt, Thomas arranges to be locked inside a supposed haunted lighthouse over a weekend. He’s equipped with a coolbox full of refreshments and a camera that is constantly streaming to his team outside. With a dark, disturbing history, the lighthouse is the ideal setting for a horror novel. However, soon after he is locked inside, strange things start to happen resulting in loss of contact from his team, and Thomas being pushed to the brink of insanity!

It’s clear why Sheffer has received so much praise. His performance is absolutely outstanding. His transition from mellow, light-hearted author to deranged, frenzied mad man is a joy to watch. As the movie progresses, Sheffer’s portrayal of insanity intensifies right up until the dramatic conclusion of the story.

The Storyline

Director, Lamberson has done a terrific job in creating a suspense-filled atmosphere, assisted by a creepy soundtrack and effective use of shadows/ lighting. However, you will be disappointed if you love a good old jump scare. While there are creepy moments, they tend to be too obvious, allowing more than enough time to prepare for them. Now, when I say more than enough time, I don’t just mean time to hide behind a pillow. I mean enough time to look for a pillow, and if there isn’t one nearby, you can get one from the next seat along and still find yourself waiting for the ghostly hand to grab the unfortunate victim.

Lamberson also adapted the screenplay from the bestselling novel by Richard and Billy Chizmar. In doing so, he has created an eerie, captivating storyline. However, one thing I found disappointing was the CGI-oriented ending. For me, it detracted massively from the story and, whilst it was a satisfying conclusion, could have been pulled off a little bit cleaner.

Overall

Widow’s Point is definitely one to watch if you like ghostly goings on, haunted buildings and descents into madness. Think Amityville Horror with a nautical twist. If that sounds good, check it out!

Widow’s Point is available on DVD and Digital via 101 Films.

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Reviewed by Richard

Here’s a quick feature on a great, up-and-coming horror writer named Kara Rochelle!

Here’s a bit about this dark lady, and her upcoming novel Wicked Grin, in her own words:

“I’m a 21-year-old college student in Southern Illinois, US, attending Shawnee Community College. I have a lifelong love of horror, whether it be books, movies, or music. Wicked Grin is my response to Twilight, sort of in revenge for how it “pussified” my favorite monster, the vampire. Besides that, the inspiration behind it is a combination of a book by Gregory Lamberson called Johnny Gruesome, the cult classic movie The Lost Boys, and the vampire-themed rock album Back In Blood by my favorite band The 69 Eyes. If I had to sum up Wicked Grin in a few words: Sex, blood, and rock n’ roll.”

Well for us she ticks all the right boxes for a great horror writer. I can also confirm that Wicked Grin looks awesome! I was fortunate enough to read the first half of the novel a while ago and to be honest I wish I didn’t. When I finished I NEEDED more. I had to know how it ended. I had to know the fates of the characters. I just needed MORE! And could I have it? No, because it hadn’t been written yet!

Take it from me readers – This is one of the best vampire novels I’ve read since I started working at Erebus Horror – Maybe even EVER! I don’t know yet. But what I do know is that when this book is published, I’m going to urge every single vampire-lover I know to go out and buy it. It will be the wisest investment you’ve made in a long time.

Keep an eye on Kara’s progress by visiting her blog here