With the release of their latest hit fast approaching, Uncork’d Entertainment have released the following Behind the Scenes footage of The Dinner Party!
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A budding playwright and his wife attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites, who have promised to bankroll the writer’s latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple.
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 Starting out as withdrawn and painfully submissive, Hart’s character gradually evolves into an assertive, vengeful, survivor.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.
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 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!
Worship Me. The spine-chilling, gut-wrenching debut demon horror novel from Craig Stewart!
Something is listening to the prayers of St. Paul’s United Church, but it’s not the god they asked for; it’s something much, much older.
A quiet Sunday service turns into a living hell when this ancient entity descends upon the house of worship and claims the congregation for its own. The terrified churchgoers must now prove their loyalty to their new god by giving it one of their children or in two days time it will return and destroy them all.
As fear rips the congregation apart, it becomes clear that if they’re to survive this untold horror, the faithful must become the faithless and enter into a battle against God itself. But as time runs out, they discover that true monsters come not from heaven or hell… …they come from within.
Pretty deep, right? That’s the synopsis of ‘Worship Me’, the debut novel of Craig Stewart, and WHAT a debut it is!
The book delves deep into human morality and portrays traits and attitudes which I think are synonymous with the current climate we’re living in. Quarantine, lockdown and fear has brought out the worst in some people, showing human nature for what it potentially can be. Given that ‘Worship Me’ was released prior to the pandemic, Stewart has knowingly portrayed these traits in his characters which in itself is an applaudable feat.
As I’m sure you’ve worked out from the above synopsis, the book centres around demonology, with The Behemoth as the demonic antagonist. Whilst the congregation are faced with an agonising choice, it’s not long before they start to turn on each other. As the story progressed I just started to read faster and faster; desperate to know how it all panned out.
The book itself is written in a way that totally immerses the reader making you feel like you’re actually part of the congregation. It’s detailed, with well-written characters and a great storyline. Blood and gore flow profusely through the pages, with Stewart not afraid to describe the splatterfest in great detail.
The only aspect of the book I wasn’t fond of was the beginning. It took a while to get going, but once it did there was no stopping. This isn’t necessarily a criticism – after all, the best rollercoasters in the world start with a slow, tension-building ascent before you’re plunged into an abyss of fear, excitement and shock. ‘Worship Me’ does just that.