Review: It Cuts Deep (2020)

Review: It Cuts Deep (2020)

Commitment can be a scary thing, and that’s especially how Sam (Charles Gould) feels about the matter. While visiting his childhood home over Christmas vacation with his girlfriend Ashley (Quinn Jackson), Ashley starts bringing up the idea of getting married and having children. Which, again, terrifies Sam. Added into the mix is Sam’s childhood friend Nolan (John Anderson), who he hasn’t seen in 10 years after the death of Nolan’s sister.

The Filmcraziest Show – John Hsu for “Detention”

The Filmcraziest Show – John Hsu for “Detention”

On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show (note, that when this was recorded I still referred to it as Filmcraziest Interviews), I chatted with John Hsu, the director and co-writer of the Taiwanese horror film based on a video game of the same name, Detention. (My review of the film out of Fantasia can be [...]

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Hall (2020)

Blood in the Snow Film Festival Review: Hall (2020)

Directed by: Francesco Giannini. Starring: Carolina Bartczak, Yumiko Shaku, Mark Gibson. Runtime: 1h 25 min. Minor spoilers follow. The most compelling aspect of the new pandemic film Hall, directed by Francesco Giannini, is the character development of its two core characters, Val (Carolina Bartczak) and Naomi (Yumiko Shaku), who are both victims of abusive relationships. [...]

Blood in the Snow Review: Bloodthirsty (2020)

Blood in the Snow Review: Bloodthirsty (2020)

Directed by: Amelia Moses. Starring: Lauren Beatty, Greg Bryk, Katharine King So. Runtime: 1h 24 min. Minor spoilers follow. In Amelia Moses’ second feature, Bloodthirsty follows a singer-songwriter, Grey (Lauren Beatty), who visits a secluded mansion along with her girlfriend Charlie (Katharine King So), in order to collaborate on her second album with an eccentric [...]

The Filmcraziest Show – Interview with Adam Stovall and MacLeod Andrews, “A Ghost Waits”

The Filmcraziest Show – Interview with Adam Stovall and MacLeod Andrews, “A Ghost Waits”

Now, I’ve called my podcast Filmcraziest Interviews in the past but this is the first version of my podcast with the new name The Filmcraziest Show, which will officially be its new name soon, though there will still be old episodes still to be posted where I still refer to it as Filmcraziest Interviews. Anyway, on this episode I am joined by writer and director Adam Stovall, as well as actor and co-writer MacLeod Andrews, to discuss their new film A Ghost Waits.

Review: Creepshow Animated Special (2020)

Review: Creepshow Animated Special (2020)

I am a huge horror fan but I actually haven’t seen the feature films Creepshow or Creepshow 2, and evidently I have not watched Shudder’s revival of the character. Suffice to say, I’m no expert on the Cryptkeeper’s tales, though I was a big fan of that Tales from the Cryptkeeper animated series that ran on Teletoon in the 1990’s. With this special being the Creepshow Animated Special, I felt like it was right up my alley.

The special features two stories, the first segment is called “Survivor Type,” based on a short story by Stephen King and directed and adapted by Greg Nicotero is a segment about a man stranded on a deserted island adamant to survive. The second segment is “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on a short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, about a girl named Blake (Joey King) who live tweets a very unique circus.

Popcorn Frights Reviews – A Ghost Waits (2020)

Popcorn Frights Reviews – A Ghost Waits (2020)

Directed by: Adam Stovall. Starring: MacLeod Andrews, Natalie Walker, Sydney Vollmer. Runtime: 1h 20 min. Released: This film is currently playing as a part of Popcorn Frights' Wicked Weekend. In the unconventional love story A Ghost Waits, Jack (MacLeod Andrews) is a handyman tasked with fixing up a house before the new tenants can move [...]

Austin Film Festival Review: Murder Bury Win (2020)

Austin Film Festival Review: Murder Bury Win (2020)

Chris (Mikelen Walker), Adam (Erich Lane) and Barrett (Henry Alexander Kelly) are aspiring entrepreneurs trying to sell the latest indie board game hit, the titular Murder Bury Win, where the premise is to kill someone and get away with murder.

After their fundraising campaign on a site called Game Changer isn’t successful, they’re invited by a mysterious caller (Craig Cackowski) to his cabin in the middle of nowhere. He wants to publish their game, with the understanding that he is the sole owner and he will just give them cold hard cash.

A freak accident occurs here, and the trio have to use everything they’ve learned from their game to dispose of the body so they can keep their dreams of board game fame alive.

I love these kinds of films that start with innocent games that then become a little too real. Think recent hits like Game Night, Ready or Not, or even Jumanji. The charm of this film definitely comes from its screenplay (written by Michael Lovan, who also directs, with a story by credit to John Hart), as the film itself was partially funded by Kickstarter, which really helps make the film’s commentary on the struggles of indie creators feel more authentic.