Monstrum. I saw it and liked it, so here is my review. That's easier said than done though, as a large part of the story deals with the question of whether or not there is actually a monster in the film, and I feel loath to spoil that part of the story for interested newcomers. So how to best approach this? Let's start by saying Monstrum is very silly, very gory, and as long as you put your brain on "entertainment mode" and don't expect this to be remotely as good as Bong Joon-ho's The Host, you'll have a swell time. There are fights, explosions, and there are even a fart joke or two thrown in. Now I'll give a spoiler-light set-up of what the film is about, and after that I'll give a spoiler warning, to be able to discuss things from the last two thirds without having to chew my tongue all the time. So here's the spoiler-light set-up: in 16th century Korea, a good king sees his popularity and power crumble as disasters hit the land, and rumors spread among the people that their lord … [Read more...] about Imagine 2019 Review: MONSTRUM Presents Silly, Gory Entertainment
It's Cannes time! Yesterday we took a look at a few of the films competing in the Official Competition (as well as attempting to explain the sections). While the festival officially kicks off tonight, we will take a quick tour of the other films playing as part of the Official Selection. The ClimbUn Certain Regard Too Old To Die Young - North Of Hollywood, West Of HellOut of Competition The Gangster, The Cop, The DevilMan of Will director Lee Won-tae. Midnight TommasoSpecial Screening Nina Wu14 Apples, Road to Mandalay, City of Jade) directs this story of girl heading to the big city to become a famous actress.Un Certain Regard Diego MaradonaSenna and Amy are two of the best documentaries in a generation. The latest subject to get his treatment is Argentine footballer Diego Maradona. HBO has already scooped this up for US distrib. Out of Competition BeanpoleTesnota is this drama set in bombed out Leningrad at the end of World War 2. Un Certain Regard … [Read more...] about Cannes 2019 Preview: The Rest of the Official Selection
Dead Teenager Seance, the horror comedy short film from Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini is making the festival rounds, playing in Brussels this week(ish). Yesterday they released the trailer for it, which you will find below. A group of dead teenagers spending their after-lives in Limbo decides to wreak vengeance upon their killer by summoning him to the world of the dead. Bronze Skull winner at Morbio and Best National Short Film winner at Phenomena, DTS is a delightfully dry slahser comedy. Though the story in the short film is self-contained it can be expanded into a feature length story, one which Dante shared with me while we were at Morbido. Indeed DTS does have that potential to be bigger than itself, something glib and funny, but also true to the tropes of the slasher genre. I welcome it. … [Read more...] about DEAD TEENAGER SEANCE: Watch The Trailer For Brazilian Horror Comedy Short Film
Luke Jaden's horror flick Boo! will start its theatrical run in the States this weekend. If it is not playing at a cinema near you will may also find it on VOD and Digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon. We have an exclusive clip to share with you below. In the clip, Jill Marie Jones (Ash vs. Evil Dead) is going to have a little me time in the bathroom. Things turn a little, red. Have a look for yourself. We have included the trailer as well. YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN!!! One night, a struggling family's true test arrives: a strange Halloween game left on their doorstep that, as legend has it, leaves a curse on those who choose not to play. Unfortunately, that's the choice they make - and evil spirits of all kinds are ready to make them pay. BOO! was directed by Luke Jaden and written by Jaden and Diane Michelle. Vertical Entertainment will release BOO! in a multi-city theatrical release with markets including LA and NY among others on April 12. … [Read more...] about Watch This Exclusive Clip From Indie Horror Flick BOO!
A sheer, unalloyed delight, Shazam! brings to life what most of us think of when we think of a comic book movie. It's silly, disposable, and aimed at children of a certain age. To be specific: 14, the age of protagonist Billy Batson. He's a plucky young man who keeps running away from his foster families, ostensibly in search of his birth mother, from whom he was separated at an early age. His latest placement finds him in Philadelphia among a loving, diverse family with five other children in the household. We, the audience, know that Billy Batson has great things in store for him, because the opening sequences set up the premise nicely. Director David F. Sandberg first came to public attention via his clever short film Lights Out (2016), which led to a feature version, written by Eric Heisserer, that expanded the premise nicely. "Good, clever fun that doesn't overstay its welcome," as I wrote in my review. "Lights Out exemplifies what a modest horror movie should be. It introduces … [Read more...] about Review: SHAZAM!, Engaging Adventure Amidst Fleeting Dangers