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 [...]
If you’ve ever wanted a movie with the abrasive punk rock attitude of Green Room, or the quirky comedy of films like Napoleon Dynamite, you need to look no further than Dinner in America. Simon as a character is in-your-face, abrasive and offensive, and just everything that’s cool about punk rock. Patty is everything sweet and nice but gets bullied for not being the smartest person. She doesn’t even get bullied at school – she’s a 20-year-old who gets picked on by high schoolers because they’re on the same bus route. She totally seems like a character that could fit in that Napoleon Dynamite world, but she’s totally her own person.
Sometimes watching a film, it’s easy to forget just how much craft goes into creating it. With the super unique gorefest Frank and Zed, though, it’s also easy to appreciate the effort that writer/director Jesse Blanchard – and the whole team, really – put into this nutty puppet spectacle that took seven years to make. Two reanimated corpses – the titular Frank and Zed but known more commonly as Frankenstein and Zombie – have lived a peaceful life for the past 200 years in a castle by a nearby village. In that village, 200 years ago, they were attacked by a monster, and to save the people, the King made a pact with a demon to protect them. In exchange, when the royal bloodline ended, the villagers would have to fulfill an ancient prophecy called The Orgy of Blood. Nudging this into action are two power-hungry villagers who trick the others into attacking the castle where Frank and Zed live.
I just love films that can find a balance between moody horror and powerful family drama, and My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To is just the latest to do this so well as it takes a look at vampirism as a disease and how it affects a family. Thomas (Owen Campbell) is the afflicted member who survives on blood. He gets this blood because of his brother Dwight (Patrick Fugit) and sister Jessie (Ingrid Sophie Schram), who spend their existence taking care of Thomas and killing homeless people or prostitutes to keep Thomas going, and they quite literally take it day by day. It is not much of an existence, but it is theirs.
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.
I love animation in general, but I haven’t watched a ton of R-rated animated films, so I was happy to watch To Your Last Death. It's a 2-D hand-drawn animated film whose style compares closest to TV’s Archer, and is a great mix of horror, action and animation. Miriam DeKalb (Dani Lennon) and her siblings are invited by their powerful father, Cyrus DeKalb (Ray Wise) to his office building and learn that he has ulterior motives. As Miriam recovers from the night in the hospital, she’s visited by a powerful entity called the Gamemaster (Morena Baccarin), who offers her the chance to jump in time 24 hours earlier and do things over in order to save her brothers and sister. This is all the while members of the Gamemaster’s species gamble on the evening's outcome.
Directed by: Adam Leader, Richard Oakes. Starring: Neal Ward, Nadia Lamin, Frank Jakeman. Runtime: 1h 29 min. Released: October 2, 2020. Minor spoilers follow in this review. Christmas is a time for family and friends, where everyone can come together and rejoice in the Christmas spirit. The Henderson family learn the hard way that they [...]
Adam Bird (James D’Arcy) is still getting used to a technologically advanced world. Humans can’t go out normally in the day because the sun is too toxic, but he does go out while wearing a Hazmat suit. He feels like the only human in the world that still lives a regular life, doing his job in the day and interacting with clones – necessary workers because they have augmented pigmentation that protects them from the sun. To make matters worse, Adam learns that he’s dying, so he tries to figure out a way to ensure that his family will be taken care of when he’s gone.
Some things don’t always go according to plan. That’s a statement filmmaker Al Bailey seems like he’d be familiar with, as his new documentary DTF really wanders from its original premise. The set-up is following his air pilot friend “Christian” as he flies around the world, hooking up with women on Tinder, and we see this in the first part of the film as “Christian’s” dates are documented.
Directed by: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, Reid Miller. Runtime: 1h 30 min. Released: This film premiered at TIFF as a part of the Gala Presentations on Sept. 14, 2020. This review contains minor spoilers. Good Joe Bell is a moving story of a father, Joe Bell (Mark Wahlberg), taking a walk from [...]