BARE BONES: FOLLOW (2015)

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FOLLOW (2015)

Offbeat and unsettling little flick has Quinn (Noah Segan) waking up a few days before Christmas and finding a gun in his hand, his girlfriend (Olivia Grace Applegate) dead and not remembering a thing. Quinn panics and as he tries to remember what happened, keeps the body hidden and doesn’t call authorities. Adding fuel to the fire, his cute co-worker with a crush, Viv (Haley Lu Richardson) comes to the house looking for him when he doesn’t show up for work…and finds the corpse. Now Quinn’s life starts to really spin out of control with a dead girl upstairs and and a live witness held captive in the cellar.

Written and directed by Owen Egerton, this is an interesting and twisted little movie. Quinn starts to slowly lose his mind and make increasingly bad decisions upon finding the death obsessed Thana (Applegate) actually dead after some unsettling foreplay with a gun the night before. We are along for the ride as he unravels, as the fact that he can’t remember what happened starts to panic him. Did he kill her? Things start to snowball when Viv discovers the body and gets locked up in the basement by the unglued Quinn, who is starting to talk to the dead Thana to get some answers. Egerton delivers an unsettling downward spiral and mixes a little warped humor in with the delirium. The good performances from Segan, Richardson and Applegate also help make the eccentric story work, too. Not everything always clicks but at under 80 minutes it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome and is a disturbing and sometimes weirdly amusing flick.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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BARE BONES: THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA

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THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA (2016)

Ho-hum horror is based on a real and gruesome murder from 1912 where eight people, including six children, were found slain, apparently with an axe. No one was ever convicted of the crime. This routine flick has a group of teens, who fancy themselves paranormal experts, sneaking into the Iowa house to perform a seance…great idea! Supernatural hi-jinxs ensue.

Film is directed by Tony E. Valenzuela from a script and story by he, Owen Egerton and Kevin Abrams. Between the three of them they can’t conjure up anything we haven’t seen before as we are treated to extremely familiar dark figures, ghostly phantoms, character possessions and bloodshed as the spirits of this house turned morbid museum take over the minds and bodies of those who enter. The cast of young actors try their best (including Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka and Robert Adamson), but nothing can save them from the fact that this is tiresomely repetitive of the last umpteen haunted house movies we’ve seen. Valenzuela has a decent visual style, I’ll give him that, but can’t generate any suspense or scares. Also stars John Gries in a small part as the house/museum caretaker.

-MonsterZero NJ

2 star rating

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