HALLOWEEN HORROR ANTHOLOGY “TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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HALLOWEEN HORROR ANTHOLOGY “TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE” GETS A POSTER AND TRAILER!

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“Do You Dare Watch Them All?”
 
From the official synopsis…

“Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired horror anthology TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE featuring genre staples James Duval (Go, The Doom Generation) and Vernon Wells (The Road Warrior, Weird Science). The film, which plays off of the popular theme of kids seeking danger and biting off more than they can chew, was written by Gordon Bressack, James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward.

TALES FROM THE OTHER SIDE will be released on digital and DVD in June.

Three kids want to have the most legendary Halloween night ever. Their trick-or-treat adventure brings them to the home of the local town legend “Scary Mary”. Is she as terrible as the legends say? One thing is for certain, she knows just the right tales to give these three kids the scare of their life. Sharing six unique stories that lead the children down a mysterious path to the unexpected.

Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, Jamaal Burden, Scotty Baker, Jacob Cooney, Lucas Heyne, Kern Saxton, and Frank Merle direct the segments which are written by likes of James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward, and the late Gordon Bressack.

Ros Gentle, Michael Broderick, Rafael Delgado Jr., Chelsea Vale, Anna Harr, Hunter Johnson, and Andreas Rodriguez join Duval and Wells on the cast list.”

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Uncork’d Entertainment

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HORROR YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: IT WATCHES (2016)

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IT WATCHES (2016)

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Flick is the latest full length feature from Dave Parker who directed the criminally underrated The Hills Run Red and the Sweet Tooth segment from last year’s Tales Of Halloween. The film tells the tale of Andre (Ivan Djurovic who also co-wrote) who has been in a car accident recently and suffered a concussion that has resulted in short term memory loss. He is asked to take over house sitting duties from a friend and soon after entering the odd house, begins to experience strange things. Andre can’t decide if there is something going on, or is it the paranoia his doctors warned him might occur. But unknown to Andre, there are cameras hidden all over the house and someone is watching his every move…but why?

Parker and his star and co-writer craft an interesting tale of a man unsure of if what he is experiencing is real or the result of a suffered head drama. Realistically you might think one would not ask a man in Andre’s condition to house sit, though things do work out to make sense, when all is said and done. There is some tension as Andre starts to get spooked, his girlfriend just up and disappears and a creepy neighbor shows up to add to the young man’s paranoia. Parker builds some nice atmosphere here in this unsettling house and keeps us curious along with our leading man as he begins to investigate his temporary dwelling. He also lets the audience know someone is indeed in the house with Andre, but keeps his lead character unsuspecting so we are on edge as Andre searches the house with this mysterious watcher lurking in the shadows. Writer and director provide an interesting reveal in our last act that, also comes with some disturbing imagery. It might not have been hard to guess where this flick was heading, but it still worked well enough.

For the most part this is a one man show and Ivan Djurovic is fine in the part of Andre. He could have used a bit more range, but is adequate enough to serve the story. His performance is a bit by-the-numbers, but the added plot caveat of having head trauma does help the actor out a bit, as Andre’s uneven tone is not totally out of place. There is also Rick Irwin as his friend Robert who hands the housesitting gig over to him, Sanny van Heteren as girlfriend Rachel and James Duval as the mysterious and odd neighbor that shows up and spooks Andre. My only complaint about this neighbor character is that the big reveal leads one to question why he was behaving so strangely in the first place.

I liked this small flick. It’s not as good as The Hills Run Redbut it is chilling at times and entertaining and Parker shows he is a director that the horror genre needs to see more of. The film has it’s flaws and the acting may not be as solid as it could have been, but it works well enough even if the final moments take us somewhere not totally unexpected. A worthwhile chiller for a night on the couch.

-MonsterZero NJ

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REVIEW: ALYCE KILLS (2011)

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ALYCE KILLS (2011)

Alyce Kills is an interesting and sometimes very gruesome and disturbing tale of downward spiral caused by the refusal to take responsibility for one’s own actions. Alyce (Jade Dornfeld) is a pretty young woman with a mundane job and her own issues. One night she gets together with her best friend Carroll (Tamara Feldman) and a night of partying gets a bit out of control as Carroll finds her boyfriend (James Duval) is unfaithful and convinces Alyce to do drugs with her after a night of drinking. The evening winds up on the roof of Alyce’s building where some poorly judged playfulness leaves Carroll on the pavement barely clinging on to life. Alyce hides from her involvement and soon her growing guilt leads her to seek solace with Carroll’s drug dealer Rex (a very effective Eddie Rouse) who finds more physical ways for pretty Alyce to pay for her increasing drug habit. But drugs don’t stop her pain or the haunting visions of her friend and now Alyce decides to remove herself of guilt by placing it on others and then punishing them for what she sees as their part in Carroll’s accident. From her cheating boyfriend, to Rex, to Carroll herself, Alyce has a disturbing and gruesome plan to remove the guilty parties and thus her own guilt and savagely starts to carry it out.

Writer/director Jay Lee tells his story of guilt and gory murder with an approach that is both straightforward and yet stylish. The film did remind me a bit of American Mary in that it has a down on her luck heroine who turns to some very gruesome activities after an emotionally traumatic event. The difference being Mary was a victim and took full responsibility for her actions whereas Alyce puts her responsibility on others and then bloodily dispatches them to ‘avenge’ an accident that was basically her fault. The film gets increasingly disturbing as we watch Alyce’s descend into homicidal madness and she calmly dispatches her victims and then uses common kitchen implements such as a garbage disposal and blender to try to get rid of the bodies. Even more disturbing then the gore and body parts littering her kitchen is the almost Martha Stewart-like demeanor Alyce sports while working diligently at her task.

Leading lady Jade Dornfeld does good work at portraying a young woman who already has some emotional quirks and is unhappy with her life now slowly sent over the edge by not facing the consequences of her actions. She never goes over the top, which would have been less disturbing in this case, and her slow detachment from her emotional responsibility does come off well. Another performance that stood out for me was Eddie Rouse as drug dealer and streetwise philosopher Rex. Rouse creates a vibrantly realistic portrayal of a street hood who justifies and revels in his place and purpose in society. A very strong and layered portrayal of what could have been a cliche’ supporting character.

The film is not perfect. It has a very methodical pace for a 90 minute flick which works both for and against it. Despite some top notch gore FX, we wonder if maybe Lee spends a bit too much time on Alyce’s blood soaked activities, as a large portion of the last act is the dismemberment of one of her victim’s body right down to scrapping the meat off of their bones. It’s a bit much. Maybe we could have had less of that and one more emotionally disturbing scene like that of Alyce at Carroll’s funeral. That was more effective then seeing body parts and made one’s skin crawl over her inappropriate behavior at such an event. Also, it didn’t seem quite right that the police accepted Alyce’s alibi so easily. It didn’t sound solid to me and the officer questioning it seemed skeptical, but then the police involvement in the story just gets dropped.

Still, even with it’s flaws, I found Alyce an interesting and disturbing watch and there was some nice acting from some of it’s principals. Jay Lee seems to be a filmmaker with potential and in an age of endless remakes and sequels, it’s nice to see a filmmaker create something original and in his own style. Not for everyone, but worth a look for those who like something a little offbeat with their horror.

-MonsterZeroNJ

 

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