I love the feeling of going into a film knowing as little as possible. For The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, I didn’t know what to expect other than its tragic end. Director and writer David Midell throws us right into the situation. Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. (Frankie Faison) turns over in his sleep and accidentally triggers his LifeAid pendant, which he wears because of a heart condition. Responding to this, three police officers show up to his apartment around 5:20 a.m. on November 19, 2011, for a welfare check, eventually leading to Kenneth’s tragic death.
In Craig David Wallace’s Motherly, Kate (Lora Burke) and her daughter Beth (Tessa Kozma) live in an isolated farmhouse in the woods. The atmosphere is quickly eerie; like doors being left open when Kate swears she’s closed them… Then, Kate slowly thinks something sinister is happening, and her motherly instincts are put to the test when people from her past invade her home. For Motherly, I was able to ask the film’s director and co-writer Craig David Wallace some questions via e-mail in time for the film’s screening tonight on the Super Channel (at 9 p.m.) as part of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival.
For this interview, I was able to speak with director, writer and actor Steven Grayhm for his new film "The Secret of the Sinchanee." In it, he plays an industrial tow truck driver who returns to his childhood home after his father's death, only to learn a presence is haunting the home and the sacred ground it's built on.
For this Filmcraziest.com review, Arpit Nayak takes a look at the Sony Liv web-series "Tabbar," a story about family where one decision puts an ordinary family into a very dangerous situation. Arpit calls it an "exquisite dark thriller, both gripping and engaging." Available in countries like India, UAE, Canada and more.
I was able to catch the film as part of the Fantasia Film Festival in August. Recently, for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the film's director, writer, editor, cinematographer and more Perry Blackshear, as I was also joined on the podcast by a friend and guest co-host, Arpit Nayak. You can find When I Consume You playing as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 18 for an in-person screening and you can find that info right here.
Here's my very last batch of coverage for this year's slate of Welcome to Blumhouse films for the film The Manor. In the film, Barbara Hershey plays a woman named Judith who suffers a stroke and moves into a historic nursing home where she becomes convinced a supernatural force is killing the residents there. The film's now currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. I was able to have two conversations for this film (both of which are audio only).
Madres is a story about a Mexican-American couple who move to a migrant farming community in 1970s California as they’re expecting their first child. There, strange symptoms and terrifying visions begin to threaten their new family. Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, it's part of four Welcome to Blumhouse horror/thrillers on this year's slate. I was able to have two conversations for the film, where I was able to speak with Ariana Guerra who plays the lead role of Diana in the film, and I was also able to speak with the film's director Ryan Zaragoza. The conversation with Ariana is audio only and the conversation with Ryan is a video. Find those conversations below...
Featured image: Adriana Barraza as Lupita in Bingo Hell. (Courtesy of Amazon.) Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero. Written by Shane McKenzie, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Perry Blackshear. Starring Adriana Barraza, Richard Brake, L. Scott Caldwell. Released October 1, 2021. Runtime 1h 25 min. When a film seems to have a slime budget that rivals the blood budget [...]
At this past Fantasia Film Festival at the end of August, I was able to watch Kelsey Egan's Glasshouse, a unique sci-fi drama thriller about a family isolated in a glasshouse in the middle of the woods, sheltered away from a toxin outside that erases memory. When a stranger comes across their property, the eldest daughter Bee (Jessica Alexander) let's him in, which goes against their rules and rituals, and threatens their family unit. You can find my review of the film here. I was also able to speak with Kelsey about her film, which she co-wrote with Emma Lungiswa De Wet. You can find my conversation with Kelsey directly below as we spoke for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show.