Right from the beginning, 32 Malasaña Street opens the floodgates for audience members to criticize character decisions as a small boy in an apartment complex loses a marble that goes to the door of Apartment 3B. This apartment, we learn, is haunted; as the marble magically goes into the creepy apartment and he follows it as it rolls beside a woman in a rocking chair. This all begs the question: Kid, why not just get a new marble? It’s a creepy tone-setter, regardless, as the film then skips to 1976 as we meet the Olmedo family. They are the unlucky bunch moving into Apartment 3B as they have left their small village to make a better life for themselves in Madrid. Each character feels distinct in their own right, though we learn quickly that each character goes into specific roles – like the eldest daughter Amparo (Begoña Vargas) being the main character, or the youngest son Rafael (Iván Renedo) very much being the most vulnerable character here. As well, they bring their grandfather, Fermín (José Luis de Madariaga), who has trouble breathing, and you better believe he’s utilized for some creepy moments.
On this new episode of Filmcraziest Interviews, I'm joined in a conversation with writer and director Ryan Spindell of the new anthology horror film The Mortuary Collection, which is now streaming on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. (You can find my review of the film here.) Set at Raven’s End Mortuary in Boggy [...]
Directed by: Ryan Spindell. Starring: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer. Runtime: 1h 48 min. Editor's note: This review was originally posted on Sept. 1 for its release at the Fantasia Film Festival. I am reposting this because it has just been released on Shudder in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand. I watched this [...]
For this interview, I chatted over Zoom with filmmaker Damien LeVeck, the director, writer and editor of the new Shudder original film The Cleansing Hour. The film is about a celebrity priest, Father Max (Ryan Guzman) and his producer Drew (Kyle Gallner), who put on a weekly web show that broadcasts exorcisms live over the [...]
Based off his short film of the same name (which was a proof-of-concept for this feature), Damien LeVeck’s The Cleansing Hour is a unique beast in exorcism terror. Father Max (Ryan Guzman) is a celebrity priest who hosts a weekly web show that broadcasts exorcisms live on the Internet. These exorcisms, by the way, are a hoax and just make for good entertainment. Max’s best friend and producer Drew (Kyle Gallner) wants to expand the business but Max doesn’t care about that and is just in it for the views. However, on this week’s episode, retribution is coming as on this episode of The Cleansing Hour, the exorcism is very real and they need to figure out the demon’s name to survive the hour.
Directed by: Josh Ruben. Starring: Josh Ruben, Aya Cash, Chris Redd. Runtime: 1h 43 min. In Josh Ruben’s directorial debut Scare Me, he plays Fred, a has-been-before-he-ever-was ad executive trying to make it as a horror writer. He goes up to a cabin for the weekend to focus on his writing and meets best-selling horror [...]
Alison (Maaike Neuville), boyfriend Michael (Bart Hollanders) and Alison’s mom Sylvia (Annick Christiaens) travel to a shady hospital in Eastern Europe to visit an acclaimed plastic surgeon. Alison wants a breast reduction surgery – a scene talking about this emulates Superbad’s “she has back problems, man” discussion – and Sylvia is getting what seems like every plastic surgery imaginable. The anxious but supportive Michael is just along for the ride. They find more than they bargained for when Michael inadvertently releases Patient Zero in the hospital’s basement as he wanders around with hospital employee Daniel (Benjamin Ramon). Zombie horror ensues.
Directed by: Kurtis David Harder. Starring: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte. Runtime: 1h 27 min. This film is now streaming on Shudder in the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as of Sept. 17. Malik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and Aaron (Ari Cohen) are a same sex-couple who move to a small town from Chicago [...]