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Wishmaster

Wishmaster is a movie that has become a cult classic amongst horror fans everywhere. Not only is it violent, gory and rife with horror cameos, but the movie also gave birth to a new horror icon; The Djinn. Andrew Divoff’s spectacular portrayal brought the character to life. As a result, Wishmaster spawned a further three movies, with Divoff reprising his role in the second.

Synopsis

An ancient hidden opal is found by Alexandra, a gemologist. Unknowingly, she releases an evil djinn from within, who wishes to take over the world but is restricted until his owner makes three wishes.

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Did you know?

A Pazuzu statue, a personification of the demonic figure which possessed Linda Blair‘s character in The Exorcist series, also appeared. This can be seen in Beaumont’s collection room and on display during the party scene where it attacks some of the guests. However, it is not formally referenced.

Many crew members, including Director Robert Kurtzman (man killed by piano), had small roles in the film, sometimes appearing in different scenes as different characters.

Many instances of the film pay homage to the series The Twilight Zone (1959). For instance, the character’s name Beaumont (Charles Beaumont was a frequent writer of the show). The Djinn’s line “Going my way?” when he stops Alexandra in the car is a reference to season one, episode sixteen, “The Hitch-Hiker”, where a mysterious man continually plagues a female driver with the line “I believe you’re going, my way”. The scene with the shop assistant wishing for eternal beauty is transformed into a mannequin echoes season one, episode thirty-four, “The After Hours”, where a female shopper is revealed to be one of the store’s mannequins made human.

A veiled reference to the Cthulhu Mythos can be heard in the incantation used to imprison the Djinn; the words “Nib Shuggurath”, a spoonerism of Shub-Niggurath

At the end of the credits, The Djinn’s distinctive voice growls “Careful what you wish for.”

The following horror movie veterans all appeared in Wishmaster

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Candyman Release delayed! Yes, we’re sorry to report that Nia DaCosta’s spiritual sequel is the latest casualty of 2020. Universal Pictures have confirmed that they are no longer releasing Candyman on the 16th October.

This may have been expected, with countless other movies falling to the same fate. But, with only a month to go before the flick hit our screens, the news will still be a huge disappointment to many.

Worse still, Universal Pictures have not confirmed WHEN the new release date will be. All we know is that is will be sometime in 2021! Hopefully we will be able to update you with a new release date soon.

Candyman Release Delayed

Synopsis

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Candyman release delayed, BUT we’ve still got the trailer to tide us over, right?

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Immortal

Immortal features a star-studded cast headlined by Tony Todd (Candyman), Dylan Baker (Trick ‘r Treat) and Robin Bartlett (Shutter Island). There’s also Samm Levine (Inglourious Basterds), Vanessa Lengies (Waiting…), and Agnes Bruckner (The Woods) among many more. The movie is a stunning collection of horror stories each as impactive as the last.

A chilling horror/thriller anthology film told in four chapters, Immortal also boasts career-best performances from a cast that includes Award-winning actor Mario Van Peebles (“Posse”, “New Jack City”), Lindsay Mushett (“Blue Bloods”), and Jason Stuart (The Infiltrators) with a talented ensemble of filmmakers consisting of Tom ColleyJon Dabach, Danny Isaacs and Rob Margolies weaving the exhilarating crosspatch of thrills together.

Synopsis

Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late, Gary and Vanessa, a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues, Ted, a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary, and Warren, a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

Review

Immortal

Chelsea – This first segment is a solid opener with two great performances from Lindsay Mushett and Dylan Baker. Mr Shagis (Baker) witnesses an awkward exchange between his student, Chelsea (Mushett), and the school coach (Michael Shenefelt). After class, Chelsea confides in her teacher who encourages her to report sexual misconduct. However, the story takes a drastic turn when Chelsea is abducted. Waking up in the wilderness, she now has new dilemma – how to escape her captor alive.

Baker’s impressive performance is what makes this segment stand out. With his warm, calm demeanour and the rapport he has with his students, he becomes instantly likeable and convincing as a teacher. There’s also some great effects, outstanding cinematography and a build up of suspense at the conclusion of the story.

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Gary and Vanessa – By now, the theme has been well and truly established. With this second instalment we’re wondering how immortality is going to play a part in this gripping tale. Gary (Brett Edwards) and Vanessa (Bruckner) are a young, married couple expecting their first baby. However, suffering from severe financial difficulty they hatch a morbid plan to try and rectify this issue. With a few hiccups along the way, the scheme is eventually successful. However, in a surprise turn of events, not all was as it seemed from the outset. Greed, betrayal and a good dose of karma play a significant part in the conclusion of this great segment.

This story definitely had the biggest twist, with an ending that could be open to interpretation. Mario Van Peebles makes a brief appearance as Carl, who inadvertently thwarts the couple’s scheme. Well, initially at least. Another good example of brilliant effects, makeup and storyline with a somewhat satisfying ending (depending on your interpretation).

We’re halfway there…

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Ted and Mary – This segment was thoroughly heartbreaking. The first two stories gave us an entertaining view of death, immortality and satisfying endings. Not this one. This story brings us crashing back to the realities of death, sorrow and loneliness. Ted (Todd) and his cancer-ridden wife Mary (Bartlett) have agreed to be interviewed before Mary’s passing. They each give emotional accounts of their lives together. Ted informs interviewer, Alex (Lengies), that he will be euthanising Mary later that evening. But, given the theme of the anthology, not everything goes to plan.

Tony Todd’s performance in this story is absolutely outstanding. The emotion he manages to evoke and the genuine sorrow in his eyes proves once again he is an actor of the highest calibre. Both he, and Robin Bartlett bring an authenticity to their roles which is unparalleled in comparison to the others. The heartbreaking story plays out like a modern day Shakespearean tragedy with credit due to the Writer/Director.

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Warren – The final story in this anthology follows Warren (Levine). It’s his birthday, and Warren seemingly has nothing to do. Reminiscing with his mother on the phone, he steps into the road where he’s hit by a car. His twisted corpse lies in the road with the driver fleeing the scene. However, to Warren’s surprise (but not so much to ours given we know the theme by now…) he’s alive! He heads home with the licence plate of the vehicle under his arm (it fell off during the collision). Does he go about his immortal life happily? Or does he seek revenge? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Levine’s acting skills shine throughout this one. Starting out despondent and apathetic, his character becomes more driven as he comes to terms with being immortal. With great cinematography, nice effects and a satisfying ending, this is another great segment. Admittedly, it would’ve been nice to have had a more hard-hitting finale. But, maybe I’m just being picky now.

Overall

To conclude, Immortal has got to be one of the best anthologies I’ve seen this year. The acting was brilliant throughout and the twists and turns kept us guessing along the way. I would happily sit through another four of these easily.

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Immortal is available for sale or rental on demand now from Stonecutter Distribution.

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Immortal Trailer

There’s less than a month to go before this great anthology flick becomes available on demand. So, why not check out the Immortal trailer from Different Duck Films.

Synopsis

Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late. Gary and Vanessa are a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues. Ted is a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary. Finally, Warren is a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

The horror anthology stars Tony Todd (Candyman), Dylan Baker (Hunters, The Good Wife), Robin Bartlett (Shutter Island, City of Angels), Samm Levine  (Inglourious Basterds, Freaks & Geeks), Agnes Bruckner (The Woods, Murder By Numbers) and Mario Van Peebles (PosseNew Jack City).

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Tales From The Hood 3

Tales from the Hood 3 is another upcoming horror sequel we’ve got our eye on. Fans will remember the 1995 anthology series fondly, with a subsequent sequel being released direct to video in 2018

The third instalment, also looking set for a direct to video release, includes horror legend Tony Todd. The Candyman star appears in the first film clip released by SyFy. The MPAA has rated it R for horror violence, disturbing images, sexual content, and language including racist epithets. It seems to be following in the footsteps of its predecessors on that front!

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