Here are some re-posted reviews of some new releases this weekend: The bonkers experimental sci-fi film FRIED BARRY, a Kung Fu story with a lot of heart in THE PAPER TIGERS, and an interestingly bizarre anthology from Chino Moya called UNDERGODS.
Slaxx is a new horror film about a pair of killer jeans that attacks a Canadian clothing store on the night before a big sale. Reading that synopsis, you’ve likely already decided if that’s the kind-of film for you – and if it is, it’s a real treat as it blends great gore FX, comedy and commentary on the retail industry into a compact 77-minute runtime. I was able to chat with director and co-writer Elza Kephart about her film, where we get into the concept of it, gore, VFX, jeans puppetry and much more.
Here's a film I've been looking forward to watching since I came across it at last year's Nightstream Film Festival in October, and last week the trailer for Boys from County Hell was released. The film, premiering on Shudder as a Shudder Exclusive in the U.S. and Canada on April 22, is set in Ireland. Strange [...]
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 [...]
For this episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by writer and director Nora Unkel, as well as actress Alix Wilton Regan, who stars in A Nightmare Wakes as Mary Shelley. The film is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as told through Mary Shelley’s life as she creates her masterpiece. The film also stars [...]