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Escape: Puzzle of Fear

Anyone who has been to an Escape Room knows just how fun they can be! Usually adopting certain themes, the game requires you to solve a series of puzzles within an allotted time in order to escape from the room. If you manage to decipher the clues before the time runs out – you win. If not – you lose. Sounds like the ideal premise for a horror movie, right? Writer Lizze Gordon would agree!

Synopsis

Omar Gooding (Barbershop) and Nicholas Turturro (BlacKkKlansman) feature in this summer’s most terrifying enigma of frights, Escape : Puzzle of Fear!

Hot-shot Hollywood agent Matthew Blake (Tommy Nash) has a dark past. He thinks that he is on his way to a double date with his oldest friend to a new Escape Room in Los Angeles. When the couples are locked into the Escape Room, Matthew quickly finds himself at the center of a revenge plot meant to right the wrongs of his past, with deadly results.

Escape: Puzzle of Fear

Starring Aubrey Reynolds in a pivotal role, the story plays out as you’d expect it. Unsurprisingly, the Escape Room turns out to be more sinister than initially thought. What follows is a series of trials that gradually uncover Matthew’s sinister past. Now, to be honest, this was predictable from the first flashback scene and I don’t think it was meant to be a jaw-dropping bombshell when the secrets are uncovered. However, that being said, there was a nice twist at the end which was satisfying enough to finish the movie on.

Lizze Gordon is definitely a Writer/Director to keep an eye on and certainly making her mark on the horror industry. We recently reviewed her spellbinding feature Coven and this latest feature shows just how versatile she can be. But, as with any upcoming filmmaker, there are always issues with budget. Escape: Puzzle of Fear would definitely benefit from a financial injection to rectify some of the disappointing effects that are used. For instance, whilst the electric shock scene provided a nostalgic trip to the days of yore, the blue lightning effects tend to detract from productions made in this day and age.

Overall

Overall, the movie was enjoyable with quite a good storyline. Think Saw without the gore, combined with a milder I Spit On Your Grave storyline and you’ll be close. Cinematography was great for the majority and the acting was pretty good as well. Aubrey Reynolds in particular delivered a stand up performance and was certainly well cast for the role.

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Monstrous Review

When you think of monster movies, what comes to mind first? Are you old school, picturing Godzilla or King Kong? Or does your mind conjure up the newer editions to the horror family, as seen in the likes of The Ritual, A Quiet Place or The Monster? Whichever it is, we’ve all seen the low budget, cringe-fest, creature features that spring up from time to time. These deplorable b-movies tend to contain bad CGI, or worse; bad actors in a costume. However, you’ll be pleased to know that Monstrous contains neither of these!

Synopsis

Sylvia (Anna Shields), a lonely 20-something, goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY, an Adirondack town known for its Bigfoot sightings. She sets off with a mysterious, charming young woman, Alex (Rachel Finninger). hellbent on getting to Whitehall for different reasons. Sylvia soon learns that hiding in the woods is an evil more sinister than she could ever imagine. Also starring; Grant Schumacher, Hannah McKechnie, Catharine Daddario, Dylan Grunn and directed by Bruce Wemple.

So let’s start by stating the obvious. Yes, that is Bigfoot on the poster (a very well-designed poster, I’m sure you’ll agree…) However, all is not what it seems. Whilst Bigfoot does play an integral part in the movie, the storyline is a lot more in-depth than your average monster flick. The script is superbly written with mystery and intrigue throughout. All is not what it seems, and if you start watching with anticipation of a monster gore-fest, you’re going to be disappointed. However, go into it with an open mind and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it.

Director Bruce Wemple has done a stand up job in bringing Bigfoot to life with excellent cinematography and terrific casting. There’s great acting from all involved and a truly convincing friendship between Shields and Schumacher. Throw in the mysterious traits of Alex and the subsequent bond developing between her and Sylvia and you’ve got a perfect cast.

Overall, Monstrous is definitely not one to miss! Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

Monstrous premieres On Demand and DVD August 11 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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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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The Dinner Party

Do you know one of the things I love about horror? It’s how versatile it can be. I know there are a lot of copy and paste plots which have been used again and again and again, but every now and then you get something different. Sometimes, there’s that odd gem within a sea of glass that just shines brighter than the rest. The Dinner Party is one such gem.

The story centres around a budding playwright (Mike Mayhall) and his wife (Alli Hart) who attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites. These social aristocrats have promised to bankroll the writer’s latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple. This becomes more and more apparent as the story unravels, with a series of twists and turns along the way.

Alli Hart stars in her first lead role and I think it’s safe to say it certainly won’t be her last. Her performance was absolutely spectacular, there was so much depth to her character. Starting out as withdrawn and painfully submissive, Hart’s character gradually evolves into an assertive, vengeful, survivor. This transition is brilliantly presented; a testament to Hart’s versatile acting and the brilliant cinematography of the team involved.

The supporting cast were a perfect fit for the movie, each bringing their own unique qualities. Bill Sage as Carmine had an unquestionable authority, whilst Sawandi Wilson’s flamboyant portrayal of Sebastian gave the movie that much-needed panache. This, coupled with the sultry performances of Kamille McCuin and Lindsay Anne Williams (Agatha and Sadie respectively) allowed for a well rounded cast. Williams also brought with her an air of spiritualism and mystery which proved to be a vital component as the story progressed.

The Dinner Party

Miles Doleac is clearly a man of many talents, having directed, co-wrote and starred in the film as Vincent, one of the social elite. Another versatile actor, Doleac oozes charm and sophistication which is a stark contrast to some of his previous roles. But there was just one thing I couldn’t get out of my mind – He sounds EXACTLY like Iain Glen (Jorah in Game of Thrones). Genuinely, I thought it was Glen sat there! He even resembles him in a way (Long lost brothers perhaps?) Honestly, watch it and tell me I’m wrong. Despite this moment of confusion (culminating in me walking right up to the screen to make sure…) Doleac’s role was well received and a standout performance.

The Dinner Party

The movie itself was quite compelling. It had an air of mystery from the outset which only grew more intense as the story progressed. Add in some ritualistic cannibalism, a generous helping of blood and gore with a religious undertone throughout and you’ve got a great flick! The supporting cast also played a vital part in elevating this movie to tremendous heights, although the apparent immortality of one did raise eyebrows. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, but I’d imagine if one got stabbed repeatedly in the stomach and neck it would have a more debilitating effect than what was portrayed. Whether this was part of the plot that I missed, or just a stubbornness in the face of death, it didn’t really take much away from what was an extremely enjoyable film.

I hope you’re hungry for more. The Dinner Party is due to be released on June 5th and is available on DVD and Digital from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, Fandango Now, Xbox, Dish Network, Direct TV and through local cable providers. Make sure you bring your appetite!

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