Editor’s note: This is a repost of a review from August 29, 2020 that originally appeared as a review for the Fantasia Film Festival. Directed by: Bryan Bertino. Starring: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley. Runtime: 1h 35 min. Released: This film had its International Premiere at Fantasia Film Festival on August 28, 2020. [...]
In the latest social media satire, the Shudder Original, Shook, it features fitting use of the title. After a social media influencer, Genelle (played by real-life influencer Genelle Seldon) is murdered in the opening scene by a serial killer, our main character Mia (Daisye Tutor), in reaction to the news says, deadpan to her livestream, “I’m shook.” She then monologues that this is a time for selfless acts, so she’s going to babysit Chico, a dog owned by her sister Nicole (Emily Goss), instead of going to a livestream with her friends. These bits of satire are solid, and some are funny – especially the opening scene when Mia and Genelle are being photographed on the red carpet for their followers, only for it to be revealed they’re on a makeshift red carpet against a plain building in an empty parking lot.
On this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I talked with Jeremy Gardner (pictured in the featured image), the co-director, writer and star of After Midnight (a new Shudder Exclusive). We discuss stories in bartending and the “bar mat shot,” getting Brea Grant for the film and auditions, growing as a filmmaker since his first film The Battery, collaborating with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the film’s original title, karaoke and the perfect mix-tape song, framing shots, as well as creature design and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Todd Masters.
Directed by: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella. Starring: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski. Runtime: 1h 23 min. Mild spoilers follow. After a decade-long storybook romance for Hank (Jeremy Gardner) and Abby (Brea Grant) in small-town Florida, Abby disappears in the middle of the night leaving a cryptic note saying she’s going away for awhile. Hank [...]
The film’s very much in the “slow-burn” thriller vein like many of A24’s films – Robert Eggers’ The Witch or Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes At Night are direct comps – but, even despite the simplistic story, there seems to be always something happening. Graham’s direction makes this forest feel alive throughout the film, and its immersive cinematography and sound design really sets the tone. One of the film’s most horrifying sounds is made by Adam in the form of what looks like a “deer whistle” but the sound is made by a “death whistle.” If there’s one thing you don’t want to hear in the middle of the night, it’s this sound.
Directed by: Andy Collier, Toor Mian. Starring: Barbara Crampton, Sophie Stevens, Ludovic Hughes. Runtime: 1h 27 min. Mild spoilers follow. Following the death of his mother, Isaac (Ludovic Hughes) and his pregnant wife, Emma (Sophie Stevens) return to his hometown on a remote Norwegian Island to claim his inheritance, his family home. Once there, the [...]
Directed by: Nora Unkel. Starring: Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Phillippe Bowgen. Runtime: 1h 30 min. In Nora Unkel’s debut feature, she takes on one of horror’s most famous stories in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Blending the content and themes of the narrative from the novel itself and combining it with factual aspects of Mary [...]
Directed by: Kimo Stamboel. Starring: Ario Bayu, Hannah Al Rashid, Miller Khan. Runtime: 1h 39 min. A remake of the little seen Indonesian 1981 film of the same name, The Queen of Black Magic, director Kimo Stamboel updates the setting of the story to an orphanage. Three men – Hanif (Ario Bayu), Anton (Tanta Gintig) [...]
For this episode of The Filmcraziest Show I was joined by some of the team behind the new horror/comedy Paintball Massacre, including producer/actor Joe Hallett (who plays Aiden Jones in the film), actress Natasha Killip (who plays Lauren Bryce in the film), writer Chris Regan, and actor Nicholas Vince (who plays Somerset the Barman in [...]