MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS NOAH SEGAN IS AN UNSUNG HERO OF HORROR!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS NOAH SEGAN IS AN UNSUNG HERO OF HORROR!

Noah Segan may not be the first name that comes that comes to mind when thinking of Halloween, much like Vincent Price, Bela Lugosi, George Romeo, John Carpenter and Barbara Crampton, to name a few, but you’ll probably watch at least one, if not more, of his movie roles during the spooky season. A fixture in recent horrors like Tales of Halloween, Some Kind of Hate, Deadgirl and Starry Eyes, he’s definitely a familiar face in contemporary fright flicks. The versatile actor is also a regular performer for director Rian Johnson with a cameo in The Last Jedi and roles in BrickLooper and the upcoming Knives Out. So, hit the couch, open a brew and check out 10 reasons Noah Segan is an unsung hero of horror!

Noah Segan as Krauss, trying to run from Some Kind of Hate, a film he also produced.

Segan as a gang member about to meet retribution for past deeds in Tales of Halloween.

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-MonsterZero NJ

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HORROR YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: THE FURIES (2019)

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THE FURIES (2019)

The Furies is a derivative, but intense horror flick that is basically Battle Royale meets…well, pick any slasher. After having an argument with her friend Maddie (Ebony Vagulans), Kayla (Airlie Dodds) and Maddie are kidnapped. Kayla wakes up in a box in the middle of some remote woods and soon finds some very disturbing facts. First of all, she’s not the only woman abducted and deposited here, second, they are also being hunted by a group of armed, masked killers. Now the meek Kayla must learn to fight for her life, as she searches for Maddie, all the while trying to survive her relentless pursuers.

Tony D’Aquino writes and directs this Australian mash-up of flicks we’ve seen before, but does so well. The film can be intense at times and the attack/fight sequences can be quite brutal and vicious. There is a lot of very well rendered gore, as body parts and blood on both sides are spilled quite frequently. There are some clever additions to the ideas D’Aquino has borrowed, such as each girl…or “beauty”…has a corresponding killer…or “beast”. When a beauty is killed, her corresponding beast’s head explodes, literally. This sets up an interesting angle as beasts must protect their corresponding beauties to survive and beauties must protect their beasts to protect them from the other killers. This sets beast against beast and beauty against beauty at times. It changes the game up a bit. We don’t know much about who or what has set this game of horrors up. We see brief glimpses of a surgical procedure as devices are attached to the participants eyes, so whoever’s watching can see it from a POV perspective. We also get a dark glimpse of some sort of control room. It is only in the last scenes where we get some of the answers to our questions, though the movie looses some momentum when the film switches gears for the reveals…and we’ve seen that all before as well. The killers are effective, although they are simply large men in grotesque masks with sharp objects and they never speak. Are they kidnapped maniacs, or something? Who knows? The girls are alright, but with all the running and carnage, we don’t get to learn too much about them before they are killer fodder. The small cast are all fine with Airlie Dodds making a decent final girl as Kayla, with Linda Ngo as Rose being the only other girl getting any significant screen time. The real star here is Larry Van Duynhoven, whose prosthetic make-up and gore are a sight to behold, even to the most jaded horror fan.

Overall, this flick is far from original, but it an entertaining mash-up of recycled ideas with a few fun twists thrown in. Tony D’Aquino keeps things moving at a fast and furious pace, with the blood spattering quite frequently and thus little time for us to ask too many questions till it’s over. Sure we’ve seen it all before, from masked killers to folks hunted for sport and entertainment, but the gore effects are worth watching it for alone and there are some brutal and intense fight sequences to keep us munching our popcorn for the economical 82 minutes it lasts. Blood-soaked flick is available on Shudder.

-MonsterZero NJ

 

Rated 3 (out of 4) axes.

 

 

 

 

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BARE BONES: THE TRICK OR TREAT PICTURE SHOW (2019)

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THE TRICK OR TREAT PICTURE SHOW (2019)

Nostalgia heavy anthology, presents a couple of stories surrounded by faux trailers and some old style ads and PSAs.

On one level this flick written and directed by Anthony Ashmore is commendable for it’s trying to be an authentic nostalgia piece. It’s filmed in 35mm and then transferred to VHS for an 80s video age flavor. It has the look of the old school movies it emulates, with scratches, faded color and sound that hisses, pops and clicks. Unfortunately, the drawback is not enough effort put in the actual writing with ho-hum stories that don’t really go anywhere and a couple of weak trailers that don’t seem to have much purpose other than be filler, something this little flick has a lot of. Overall, the sum of the parts are greater than the whole as the nostalgia element is done so well, while the stories themselves are kinda dull, even at only an 84 minute run time. At least it’s heart is in the right place. Check it out on Amazon Prime, as a heartfelt curiosity, though don’t expect much of an actual horror movie.

 

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES OCT 11-13

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Complete estimates are in for the weekend box office

(Remember, clicking the highlighted links brings you to the reviews here at The Movie Madhouse!)

1. “Joker” $55 Million

2. “The Addams Family” $30.3 Million

3. “Gemini Man” $20.5 Million

4. “Abominable” $6.1 Million

5. “Downton Abbey” $4.9 Million

6. “Hustlers” $3.85 Million

7. “Judy” $3.25 Million

8. “It: Chapter Two” $3.2 Million

9. “Jexi” $3.1 Million

10. “Ad Astra” $1.9 Million

 

source: Box Office Mojo

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2019!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HORROR FLICKS THAT ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE ON HALLOWEEN 2019!

During the spooky season it might be fun to watch flicks that actually take place on All Hallow’s Eve… so here is a revised list of some horror flicks that actually occur on, or near, our favorite Holiday! 🎃

(To get to the reviews of the titles below that were covered here at the Movie Madhouse, just type the title in the search engine to find the corresponding critique!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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BARE BONES: SILENT HOUSE (2011)

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SILENT HOUSE aka LA CASA MUDA (2011)

Allegedly based on a true story, film tells the tale of Laura (Florencia Colucci) and her father (Gustavo Alonso) who are going to work on a rundown, isolated house so it can be sold. As they prepare to stay the night, strange noises give the Laura the feeling they are not alone. When she finds her father murdered, a night of terror begins for the isolated and alone woman.

Horror from Uruguay is a creepy and spooky thriller that is also interesting due to it being filmed as if it were one continuous scene. Flick is tensely directed by Gustavo Hernández, who knows how to use his locations well, from a script by Oscar Estévez. There is enough atmosphere and chills to make this an enjoyable horror film, but there are lapses in logic and the end reveal wasn’t that much of a surprise. Still, thanks to the talent behind the camera, it is an entertaining enough chiller for a Saturday night on the couch with the lights out. Much better than the english language remake starring “Avenger” Elizabeth Olsen. Also stars Abel Tripaldi as the house’s owner, Nestor.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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HALLOWEEN HOTTIES: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2019!

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HALLOWEEN HOTTIES: ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2019!

This newest installment of Halloween Hotties features a new final girl on the block, who appeared in her first horror flick in 2019 and made an impression in her debut! With the release of Brian Childs’ indie financed Hell of a Night, we were introduced to this fresh face in the role of the film’s heroine, Blake! Blake gets into double trouble when getting away from it all on her own, as the farmhouse she rents is haunted and she is being stalked by a far more earthbound threat. The actress portraying her displayed some solid final girl qualifications, so without further ado…MonsterZero NJ’s Halloween Hotties rookie of the year 2019 is…

RACHAEL HEVRIN!

RACHAEL HEVRIN as BLAKE in HELL OF A NIGHT!

Sharing some big sister love with younger sibling Shaine (Grace Powell).

Place looks peaceful enough…but they always do!

A quiet moment before the vaycay turns cray cray…

Poor Blake cant even have a peaceful shower without things going bump in the night.

Blake is a good girl who makes the mistake of trusting some bad people.

Isolated and alone, girl-next-door Blake is having a Hell of a Night!

Blake has had enough…

…and decides to heat things up for foes both supernatural and corporeal!

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Actress and model Rachael Hevrin has a very natural girl-next-door appeal that really made Blake a very likable character to carry this small cast horror flick. She handles double trouble from both human and spiritual opponents and shows that even in her damsel in distress moments, she doesn’t need a hero to rescue her. Like all classic final girls, she has a wholesome quality, yet is resilient and quite the fighter. Currently, the Texas native seems to be keeping busy with modeling, short films and commercial work, though with her down-to-earth good looks and endearing screen presence, we hope to see more of her in our favorite genre soon!

-MonsterZero NJ

And don’t forget to check out our previous Halloween Hotties!

Head over to the Halloween Hotties listings! to read them all!)

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES OCT 4-6

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Complete estimates are in for the weekend box office

(Remember, clicking the highlighted links brings you to the reviews here at The Movie Madhouse!)

1. “Joker” $93.5 Million

2. “Abominable” $12 Million

3. “Downton Abbey” $8 Million

4. “Hustlers” $6.3 Million

5. “It: Chapter Two” $5.35 Million

6. “Ad Astra” $4.5 Million

7. “Judy” $4.4 Million

8. “Rambo: Last Blood” $3.5 Million

9. “War” $1.6 Million

10. “Good Boys” $0.9 Million

 

source: Box Office Mojo

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HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE, GREAT DONALD PLEASENCE!

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Donald Henry Pleasence 1919-2019

Legendary actor Donald Pleasence would have been 100 years old today had he graced us for so long and not passed away in 1995. He legacy, however, will live forever!… and of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween 🎃without him!

 

-MonsterZero NJ

Sources: internet

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BARE BONES: 3 FROM HELL (2019)

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3 FROM HELL (2019)

Unnecessary sequel finds that Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis (Bill Moseley) and Captain Spaulding (the late Sid Haig) survived their shoot-out with police at the climax of The Devil’s Rejects and have been on death row for ten years. Spaulding is executed by lethal injection, but Otis escapes with the help of half-brother Winslow (Richard Brake) and plans to spring baby. Once that’s accomplished with plenty of bloodshed, the three head to Mexico. That’s kinda it.

Flick is written and directed by Rob Zombie and is a chore to sit through. There is barely what could be called a story and the mess of a script seems to be making it all up as it goes along. Fans of these characters will note that they don’t even seem like the same fiends that graced House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects and their intensity is lacking. Otis seems a bit too laid back and Zombie’s wife is way overdoing it as the demented Baby. She’s more silly than scary. Only Brake’s Winslow seems to exude a little legitimate menace and he is never really given a chance to be fully unleashed. Even their carnage and depravity feels like it’s been dialed down a few notches. Are these killers slowing down?

Zombie seemed to have peaked with the interesting and spooky Lords of Salem and is continuing his filmmaking downward spiral that began with the uninspired 31 and now includes this undercooked, rambling mess. You know something is wrong when even the violence in a Rob Zombie flick has a very ho-hum, been-there-done-that feeling. At least we got to see Sid Haig one more time. Also stars Poncho (31) Moler, Zombie regular Jeff Daniel Phillips and horror legend Dee Wallace.

-MonsterZero NJ

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