04th Oct2013

Grimmfest 2013 Review: ‘My Amityville Horror’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Daniel Lutz, Laura DiDio, Neme Alperstein | Directed by Eric Walter For most people, “The Amityville Horror” was just a movie, but for Daniel Lutz, who lived at the infamous house at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, it was real life. In 1975, when Daniel was 10, his family lived there for […]

03rd Oct2013

Grimmfest 2013 Review: ‘Smiley’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Caitlin Gerard, Melanie Papalia, Shane Dawson, Andrew James Allen, Liza Weil, Keith David, Toby Turner | Written by Ezra Cooperstein, Michael J. Gallagher, Glasgow Phillips | Directed by Michael J. Gallagher Smiley follows Ashley, a young woman freshly arrived at university, who finds herself caught up in the online urban legend of Smiley, a […]

02nd Oct2013

Grimmfest 2013 Review: ‘Home Sweet Home’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Marty Adams, Shaun Benson, Meghan Heffern,  Adam MacDonald | Written and Directed by David Morlet French director David Morlet, here billed under the anglicised David Morley, heads back behind the camera for Home Sweet Home, his first film since his feature debut (which, like this movie, he also wrote and directed), 2009′s superb zombie […]

02nd Oct2013

Grimmfest 2013 Review: ‘Curse of Chucky’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, A. Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Brennan Elliott, Chantal Quesnelle | Written and Directed by Don Mancini It’s been twenty-five years since Charles Lee Ray first possessed a Good Guy doll in a Chicago toy store whilst on the run from the cops and in that time we’ve had a […]

01st Oct2013

‘Don Jon’ Review

by Dan Clark

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson | Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joseph Gordon-Levitt has seemingly been everywhere as of late. He has unquestionably come a very long way since his days as a child star. Recently his career ventured into entirely new territory with the release of Don Jon. […]

30th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Under The Skin’

by Guest

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Jessica Mance, Joe Szula, Lynsey Taylor Mackay | Written by Walter Campbell | Directed by Jonathan Glazer Review by Scott Clark of The People’s Movies Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) and filmed entirely on location across Scotland Under the Skin is a film flaunting incredible cinematography strung together by a predominantly performance-orientated narrative. […]

28th Sep2013

‘Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1′ Review

by Phil Wheat

26 films. Six strict rules: choose from one of six existing titles, make their film no more than three minutes long, spend no more than £666, harnessing no more than six cast, six crew, six lines of dialogue and just six hours of shooting time. The result? Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1 Frightfest has always […]

27th Sep2013

‘Blackfish’ Review

by Dan Clark

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s latest documentary Blackfish is a stunning tale about the systematic corruption of Sea World and how their practices have led to a culture that places profit over both the safety of its employees and the humane treatment of its animals. Using the 2010 death of a Sea World trainer as its focal point, it […]

26th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon’

by Guest

Stars: Shep Gordon,Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas,Tom Arnold, Anne Murray, Sylvester Stallone | Directed by Mike Myers Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse Mike Myers’ directorial debut is proof not only that he’s a skilled director and impressive documenter, but the subject of his film is probably one of the coolest men to ever live. Shep Gordon, […]

25th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Gravity’

by Guest

Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris | Written by Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron | Directed by Alfonso Cuaron Review by Scott Clark of The People’s Movies Only the human race would look at the void hell of space and think ‘we should probably go there’. Time and time again cinema gives us a big long list […]

25th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Man of Tai Chi’

by Guest

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Tiger Chen, Karen Mok, Simon Yam, Iko Uwais | Written by Michael G. Cooney | Directed by Keanu Reeves Review by Scott Clark of The People’s Movies At one point in time many of us owed our teenage years to Keanu Reeves. Not only did the guy become a global star overnight thanks […]

25th Sep2013

‘The Iceman’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Winona Ryder, David Schwimmer, Ray Liotta, Robert Davi, John Ventimiglia, James Franco, McKaley Miller, Stephen Dorff | Written by Ariel Vromen, Morgan Land | Directed by Ariel Vromen “He is such a cold blooded killer, they call him ‘The Iceman’” Directed by Israeli’s Ariel Vromen (Danika, Rx) and starring Michael Shannon (Man of Steel), […]

23rd Sep2013

‘R.I.P.D’ Review

by Ian Loring

Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Robert Knepper, Mike O’Malley, Devin Ratray | Written by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi | Directed by Robert Schwentke The summer box office season may be over but one of the big casualties will be talked about for a while as […]

23rd Sep2013

GrimmFest 2013 Review: ‘Thanatomorphose’

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kayden Rose, Émile Beaudry, Eryka Cantieri, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Simon Laperrière, Pat Lemaire, Karine Picard, David Tousignant | Written and Directed by Éric Falardeau Thanatomorphose: “visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death” Thanatomorphose is, to put it bluntly, a startling and horrifying first feature from writer/director Éric Falardeau. On the surface the film […]

23rd Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Cold Eyes’ (Gam si ja deul)

by Guest

Stars: Hyo-ju Han, Woo-sung Jung, Jun-Ho Lee, Kyung-gu Sol, Simon Yam | Written by Kin-Yee Au, Ui-seok Jo, Nai-Hoi Yau | Directed by Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse One of the most accomplished and stand-out features at Toronto International Film festival this year is the slick, fierce, and ingenious Korean thriller […]

22nd Sep2013

‘Sharknado’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ian Ziering, Jaason Simmons, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, John Heard, Alex Arleo, Neil H. Berkow, Heather Jocelyn Blair | Written by Thunder Levin | Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante When a freak tornado swamps Los Angeles, thousands of man-eating sharks are sucked into the swirling vortex, terrorizing the waterlogged populace and flooding the city with shark-infested […]

22nd Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘The Sacrament’

by Guest

Stars: Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, AJ Bowen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Gene Jones, Kentucker Audley, Shaun Clay, Shawn Parsons, Donna Biscoe | Written and Directed by Ti West Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse New Splat Pack maestro Ti West wowed us back in 2009 with House of the Devil then again last year with Innkeepers. Whilst […]

21st Sep2013

‘Dark Feed’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Evalena Marie, Michael Reed, Dayna Cousins, Victoria Nugent, Jason Beaubien, Rebecca Whitehurst, Michael Scott Allen, Jonathan Thomson, Andrew Rudick, Jonathan Popp | Written and Directed by Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen I think I may have been only one of a handful of people in the film-blogging community who expressed deep love for John Carpenter’s […]

21st Sep2013

‘The Reaper’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland, Douglas Tait, David Beeler, Joel Bryant, Stacey Carino, Richardson Chery, Adam David, Jemal Draco | Written and Directed by Kimberly Seilhamer An albino, a deaf mute, a jock, a fat kid, a sexually-abused girl and a token “Angry Asian” chick all get on a bus… Sounds like the start of […]

21st Sep2013

‘The Last American Virgin’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Lawrence Monoson, Steve Antin, Diane Franklin, Joe Rubbo, Kimmy Robertson, Louisa Moritz | Written and Directed by Boaz Davidson I’ve long been a fan of The Last American Virgin, no doubt due to my obsessions as a teenager with the ingenue that is Diane Franklin. Having enjoyed Better Off Dead (where she played a French […]

20th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘The Green Inferno’

by Guest

Stars: Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sky Ferreira | Written by Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo | Directed by Eli Roth Review by Scott Clark of Cinehouse I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a love/hate relationship with horror. I love its ingenuity and its ability to ponder […]

20th Sep2013

TIFF 2013 Review: ‘Devil’s Knot’

by Guest

Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer | Written by Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson | Directed by Atom Eyogan Review by Scott Clark of The Peoples Movies Back in 1993, 3 boys wandered into the woods of a small Arkansas town and never came out alive, their […]

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