HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE, GREAT DONALD PLEASENCE!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LATE, GREAT DONALD PLEASENCE!

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Legendary actor Donald Pleasence passed away in 1995. His legacy, however, will live forever!… and of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween 🎃without him!

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-MonsterZero NJ

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BARE BONES: MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM (2022)

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MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM (2022)

Amazon Prime flick is based on a book by Grady Hendrix and is set in 1988. Story has best friends at a strict Catholic School, Abby (Elsie Fisher) and Gretchen (Amiah Miller) going away on a lakeside weekend together and happening upon an abandoned house. Inside Gretchen is attacked and a terrified Abby flees. When Gretchen re-emerges, Abby thinks she was raped, but it soon appears the attack was more demonic in nature. As the possessed Gretchen wreaks havoc at school, Abby is determined to free her from this demonic presence.
 
Streaming horror/comedy is directed by Damon Thomas from a script by Jenna Lamia based on the Hendrix book. Despite its billing as a horror/comedy Thomas seems to want to play it straight, yet the film does feels like it is going to veer into a comedy at any moment…and sometimes does. Some of the stuff, such as the religious weightlifting trio, is outright goofy while some of the horror scenes are not. The noncommittal tone doesn’t help, nor does it that we have seen it all before right down to Gretchen’s ultra-religious parents. There is some commentary on rape and how victims are not believed, as Abby is vilified when initially trying to get her friend help for the perceived physical assault. There is also a lot of fun poked at conservative religion. Thomas does have a colorful visual style, but the film never gets intense enough to be taken seriously or funny enough to satisfy as spoof or comedy. Overall, a forgettable 90+ minutes.
 

-MonsterZero NJ

2 and 1-2 star rating

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JOHN SAXON!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JOHN SAXON!

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John Saxon as Lieutenant Donald Thompson in The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

Photo by New Line – © 1987 New Line Cinema. All rights reserved.

Watching horror flicks during the Halloween 🎃 season, there might be yet another face, aside from Karloff, Lugosi, Lee, Tom Atkins and Robert England, that you might see more than once…and that familiar face is actor and horror icon, the late John Saxon! A movie and TV veteran for over sixty years, Saxon has appeared in a number of horror classics and cult classics, from the 70s to present day, like Argento’s Tenebrae, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Robert Rodriguez vampire flick From Dusk till Dawn. So, in honor of this veteran of horror, here are 10 horror flicks that illustrate why it’s not Halloween 🎃 without John Saxon!

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Carmine “John Saxon” Orrico 1936-2020

A talented and versatile actor that returned to the horror genre time and time again for over six decades! Photo: IMDB

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-MonsterZero NJ

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES SEPT 30-OCT 2

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES SEPT 30-OCT 2

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1. “Smile” $22 Million

2. “Don’t Worry Darling” $7.3 Million

3. “The Woman King” $7 Million

4. “Bros” $4.8 Million

5. “Avatar” $4.7 Million

6. “Ponniyin Selvan” $4 Million

7. “Barbarian” $2.8 Million

8. “Bullet Train” $1.4 Million

9. “DC League of Super-Pets” $1.3 Million

10. “Top Gun: Maverick” $1.2 Million

-MonsterZero NJ

source: Box Office Mojo

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW QUEEN OF HORROR JENNA ORTEGA!

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Jenna Ortega as Wednesday in Tim Burton’s upcoming Netflix series!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW QUEEN OF HORROR JENNA ORTEGA!

New queen of horror Jenna Ortega turns 20 years young today and we here at MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse wish this busy and talented actress a very happy birthday!

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And don’t forget to check out our previous Halloween Hotties profiles…just click on the following link to head over to the Halloween Hotties listings!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JEFFREY COMBS!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S 10 REASONS IT’S NOT HALLOWEEN WITHOUT JEFFREY COMBS!

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Jeffrey Combs in From Beyond

Watching horror flicks during the Halloween 🎃 season, there might be one face, aside from Karloff, Lee, England and Lugosi, that you might see more than once…and that familiar face is actor and horror icon Jeffrey Combs! A horror film veteran for almost forty years, Combs has appeared in a number of horror classics and cult classics, from the early 80s to present day, like Re-animator, From Beyond and the remake of The House on Haunted Hill. So, in honor of this icon of horror, here are 10 horror flicks that illustrate why it’s not Halloween 🎃 without Jeffrey Combs!

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A talented and versatile actor who has worked in the horror genre continually for almost four decades!

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-MonsterZero NJ

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SWEDISH INDIE HORROR “REPORTAGE NOVEMBER” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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SWEDISH INDIE HORROR “REPORTAGE NOVEMBER” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

“Carl Sundström’s REPORTAGE NOVEMBER, starring Signe Elvin-Nowak, Jonas Lundström, and Isabel Camacho will premiere on digital and VOD this October from Terror Films.

A mysterious death of a mother and the disappearance of her child leads a group of freelance journalists to the outback of Sweden. The group of four, led by the famous journalist Linn Söderqvist, will make a reportage about the happening and search for leads missed by the police. Equipped with cameras and supplies to survive in the forest for days, they wander out in the woods to find the truth.

The film, penned by Nathaniel P Erlandsson, was shot in Sweden.

Says director Sundström, “Many years ago when I got my first glance of the second act of Cannibal Holocaust, I felt that faux documentaries was the best ways of touching the audience deep inside. A way to create a genuine feeling through a documentary format and bring the horror out from the screen into the real world. Ever since then I have been an avid found footage fanatic who appreciate the story telling from a POV perspective. To have the slow burn concept where you get to know the characters thoroughly and you are feeling like a part of the story. A style of film where you cannot show more than the characters see. What they know, you know, and what you know, they know.

Reportage November is made for found footage lovers and while writing it we had all aspects and rules of what makes this genre great in mind. A film that focuses on suspense and mystery to bring the viewer to the edge of the seat. We have created a film that is just as much about the slow build-up of the story as the horror. I hope that you enjoy this slow burning thrill that takes place deep in the Swedish outback. “

REPORTAGE NOVEMBER hits digital and VOD worldwide October 14

Carl Sundström’s REPORTAGE NOVEMBER, starring Signe Elvin-Nowak, Jonas Lundström, and Isabel Camacho will premiere on digital and VOD this October from Terror Films.”

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Terror Films

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INDIE HORROR “CROC!” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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INDIE HORROR “CROC!” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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From the official synopsis…

Uncork’d Entertainment will release Paul W.F Franklin’s furiously fun creature feature CROC!

The film, starring Mark Haldor, Sian Altman, and Chrissie Wunna, tells of a group of killer crocodiles that crash a wedding!

Lisa and her family unite at a wedding venue, excited for the big day. However, unknown to the family, a nest of hungry crocodiles has been living in the nearby lake. As the crocodiles crash the wedding in a blood thirsty massacre, the remaining family members must survive the night against these Jurassic beasts.

“CROC! Is another highly entertaining horror film from the Jagged Edge production team.” said Keith Leopard, President Uncork’d Entertainment. “Like Jagged Edge’s recent KINGDOM OF THE DINOSAURS, which we released in September, it’s absolutely super fun!”.

Producers Scott Jeffrey of Jagged Edge Productions negotiated the deal on behalf of the film team with Keith Leopard of Uncork’d Entertainment.

 

CROC! Releases 10/4/22 on DVD and Digital.

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Uncork’d Entertainment

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES SEPT 23-25

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ESTIMATES SEPT 23-25

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1. “Don’t Worry Darling” $19.2 Million

2. “The Woman King” $11.1 Million

3. “Avatar” $10 Million

4. “Barbarian” $4.8 Million

5. “Pearl” $1.9 Million

6. “See How They Run” $1.9 Million

7. “Bullet Train” $1.8 Million

8. “DC League of Super-Pets” $1.8 Million

9. “Top Gun: Maverick” $1.55 Million

10. “Minions: The Rise of Gru” $1 Million

-MonsterZero NJ

source: Box Office Mojo

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BARE BONES: BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022)

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BODIES BODIES BODIES (2022)

Murder mystery/slasher mash-up finds a group of friends partying in a mansion while a hurricane rages outside. They decide to play a game called Bodies Bodies Bodies where everyone draws a piece of paper, one piece selects someone as the killer while the others are potential victims. Lights are turned out and if the killer happens upon a victim, the poke them in the back “killing” them. Someone is playing for real as one of the group turns up dead. Soon fear and paranoia are flaring, fingers are getting pointed and bodies bodies bodies start piling up. Is there a killer among them…will any of them survive?

Film is well directed with a very European/Giallo flavor by Halina Reijn from a witty script by Sarah DeLappe, based on Kristen Roupenian’s story. We have a perfect set-up with a large mansion, a fierce storm to trap everyone inside and a lot of drinking and partying to dull senses and unleash inhibitions. We also have a lot of drama between characters just bubbling beneath the surface waiting to explode. We then are given the simple rules to the game which apparently gets taken far too seriously by someone…but who? The film is very effective at setting up the paranoia and the fear of the survivors and keeping the guilty party a secret even as the numbers start to dwindle, as desperate people do desperate things. It’s very entertaining and it comes to a nicely unpredictable conclusion that ads a twisted and fun dimension to the proceedings. It’s a fun and sometimes bloody flick with a nice visual style and a cool score by Disasterpeace, who did the great score for It Follows. Bloody fun slasher/whodunnit. Cast includes Maria Bakalova, Amandla Stenberg, Myha’la Herrold, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, Pete Davidson and Lee Pace.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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