Cheap Thrills catches up with Craig (Pat Healy) on what is shaping up to be the worst day of his life: he is served with an eviction notice and then on the day he plans to ask his boss for a raise, loses his job. Things continue to look down until he runs in to an old friend (Ethan Embry) at a bar and the pair meet up with an eccentric, wealthy stranger and his wife (played by David Koechner and Sara Paxton). The pair offer Craig and his friend a chance at some easy money. As we all know: if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.
The casting of Cheap Thrills is pitch perfect. Pat Healy was the perfect choice to play the ‘down on his luck’ lead character; Ethan Embry is brilliant as the old friend; and David Koechner and Sara Paxton are amazing as the eccentric millionaire and his equally eccentric wife. The ensemble cast works tremendously well together; they all turn in inspired performances. The comedic chemistry is spot on. While all of these talented actors worked together extremely well, what pulls it all together is the prowess of first time director E.L. Katz. Katz set the perfect tone for this black comedy with horror overtones. I was profoundly impressed with what he was able to do without a feature or even a short film under his belt. Prior to this, Katz has worked on the production end but makes the transition to directing beautifully.
Aspiring investigative journalist, Leah (Allison Scagliotti) believes something is amiss when Liz, the facilitator of the Virginity Action Group (VAG) at her high school begins exhibiting strange behavior. Leah begins to suspect that Liz is an ancient demon that maintains her youthful appearance by bathing in virgin blood. Determined to get to the bottom of the story, Leah attempts to infiltrate the Chastity Club and expose its leader for the blood-lusting sadist she is.
This is a great example of why one must not make snap judgments about a film. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Chastity Bites when I first sat down to watch it. The film takes a moment to find its footing. The first ten minutes meander a bit. I was unsure if the performances were going to be reasonable because some of the acting at the get go was a little questionable. But after somewhat of a shaky start, the film stands on solid ground and gets better and better as it unfolds.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is the gold standard in A Nightmare on Elm Street. This documentary film is a wealth of information on the Nightmare series. Each film is explored thoroughly and granted its own chapter in the film. The doc explores everything a fan could ask for: It covers the series’ origins, the homoerotic overtones of Nightmare II, the revival of the franchise with New Nightmare, and everything in-between.
Robert Englund’s love for the character and the franchise – even the less than well received entries – is highly evident. Englund loves the franchise; he loves the character; and unlike a lot of actors that get known for a certain role, he is more than happy to open up and talk about it as is franchise creator and director Wes Craven.
Never Sleep Again also allows each director that was interviewed to weigh in on whether or not they fNever Sleep Again answers questions about the Nightmare franchise that you didn’t even know you had. This doc offers insight in to the most minute details of each film and lets the audience in on what the director of each of the films was thinking and where they were trying to take the film. elt that their entry was successful and what they liked or disliked about it. We also get a lot of insight in to the experience of the actors who played Freddy’s victims and we also learn a lot about how each actor that was interviewed felt about their time on set and the finished product.
A Viking king named Eirick (Dominic Purcell) is pitted against Thor in this fantasy film. Thor is on a mission to collect Odin’s Horn before The Blood Eclipse, which only occurs every 800 years. Eirick takes it upon himself to stop Thor. Eirick travels through a world of CGI to attempt to thwart Thor from completing his quest, since Eirick know of the rabble-rousing Thor would surely be up to if he got ahold of Odin’s Horn.
Vikingdom isn’t proper horror but it falls under the ‘genre film’ category, thus why I am reviewing it. The film contains horror elements and a hefty helping of violence.
The best thing about the film is the battle scenes but even the battle scenes are not great. They are riddled with CGI and not very well choreographed.
With his newer work failing to make the same connection with audiences that his masterpieces of the twentieth century did, there is an entire generation of horror fans who may not be as intimately familiar with Dario Argento as previous generations. To remedy that, we’ve compiled a guide to five Argento films every horror fan should see. This isn’t solely a list of the mastermind’s best work. In fact, this guide contains one of the director’s most maligned pieces. But to get a good understanding of Argento’s aesthetic, one must take the bad with the good. These career spanning selections will give any viewer unfamiliar with the works of Dario Argento a crash course in the work of the prolific filmmaker.
Italian horror is noticeably different than typical American made horror films but it’s the forward thinking nature of older Italian horror films and gialli that helped inspire the American slasher films of the early eighties. Argento was and still is a big inspiration for writers and directors working in the horror genre, today.
Originally featured in Fangoria #324
Originally featured in Rue Morgue Issue #136.
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