Movie Review – Found (2014)

Found
Directed by Scott Schirmer
Courtesy of XLRator Media
Release Date: September 23, 2014

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I just finished one of the best movies I’ve seen in 2014 thus far. FOUND has won several awards at film festivals across the country, and I can understand why. This brutal horror flick has some excellent gore, plenty of tension, and an ending that will haunt you long after the credits roll!

If you are not familiar with FOUND, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of XLRator Media:

Marty is the ideal fifth grader. He gets good grades, listens to his teachers, and doesn’t start trouble in class. But a darkness is beginning to fall over Marty’s life. The kids at school won’t stop picking on him, his parents just don’t seem to understand him, and now Marty must grapple with a terrible secret that threatens to destroy life as he knows it — his big brother is a serial killer! Brotherly love is put to the ultimate test in this emotional coming-of-age story that descends into full-blown horror.

When I first heard about FOUND, a lot of hype was circling the film. The fact that it had won so many awards was enough to make me take interest, but that can also be a bad thing; historically, films that win major awards are too artsy for me. Thankfully, this film lives up to its hype and exceeds it. This movie is a definite must-have for horror fans.

FOUND is shot well and looks great from a production standpoint. Granted, it is a lower budget film, but you can barely tell. The production team did a great job with the money they had, and they didn’t skimp where it counted.

The acting is really good, and I’m very impressed with the lead cast. Gavin Brown portrays the main character, Marty, and he does a stellar job. IMDB lists this role as his first, but I would have guessed he was a veteran actor. Likewise, Ethan Philbeck does an excellent job as the older brother, Steve. Both show versatility and range as actors, and I would wager they should look forward to long careers in Hollywood.

The special effects are eye-poppingly realistic, and I love them. There’s plenty of carnage to go around in this flick, and it is very well done. There’s no CG here as far as I can tell. The blood spurts and the entrails shimmer. You can’t ask for much more. I have to give a nod to the special effects team for their work because this film wouldn’t have been nearly as good without it.

FOUND is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend every horror fan check it out as soon as possible. With an epic storyline and some high caliber effects, this is a movie that people will be talking about for a long time. The disc touts some cool special features, too, including two full-version movies that are shown within the film itself. The film hits shelves next week, so make a note.

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Movie Review – The Dead 2 (2014)

The Dead 2
Directed by Howard J. Ford & Jonathan Ford
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: September 16, 2014

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Back in 2012, I reviewed a movie titled THE DEAD, which had gotten critical acclaim around the world. In my review, I mentioned the ending of that movie and how it was a bit confusing; I also wondered if a sequel was in the works. Happily, there was. THE DEAD 2 arrives on store shelves today, and it is a phenomenal followup to the original film.

If you are not familiar with THE DEAD 2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit, The Dead, The Ford Brothers take their chilling vision of the zombie apocalypse to a different country and a whole new level: As the infectious epidemic spreads through India, an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson of Casino Royale) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now, one man must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead and into a nightmare city seething with flesh-eating madness. The Dead 2 puts the Ford Brothers unique apocalyptic vision on a far bigger canvas in terms of breathtaking scope, thrilling action , death-defying stunts, emotional resonance and spine-tingling fight.

The Ford Brothers are truly to be commended for what they’ve created with this franchise. These two films are as important to the zombie world as George Romero and Danny Boyle. Full of scares and intensity, both of these films are definite must-sees for any fan of the genre.

Just like its predecessor, THE DEAD 2 is shot well and looks great onscreen. Part of what makes the cinematography so effective is the backdrop against which the film is set: India. Bleak landscapes and poor cities within the country help create a true sense of fear inside of the film. This atmospheric tension is carried throughout the whole picture and is a big chunk of what makes the film so good.

The acting is once again great as well. I particularly like Joseph Millson in the lead role. I am only slightly familiar with his work, however his performance in this film is enough to make me want to see more.

The special effects in THE DEAD 2 are excellent. The filmmakers once again focus on making the zombies scary by their actions, not just what they look like. Many films use zombie-gore as the primary way to scare the audience; the Ford brothers, on the other hand, make the zombies terrifying by what they do as well as how they look. You have to watch the film to see what I mean.

THE DEAD 2 is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Fans of THE WALKING DEAD will definitely want to check this film out, as it is a nice diversion while waiting for season five to start next month. THE DEAD 2 is in stores today in a variety of formats.

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Guest Post: Author Kameron Hurley on Gender Roles in Fantasy

Author Kameron Hurley is in the middle of a blog tour to promote her recent fantasy release, THE MIRROR EMPIRE. If you are not familiar with this book, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Angry Robot Books:

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On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.

In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.

Sounds epic, right? I have read it and I can testify that it is, indeed (I will post my review of the book in the next few days). One of the more interesting points about the book is how gender roles are reversed in some cases. Whereas many fantasy epics have a stereotypical male protagonist who is bloodthirsty and daring, Hurley gives us an interesting look at what a world would be like if some of the men were the ones staying behind while their wives were off doing battle. Hurley was kind enough to write up a short piece about her views on this subject, which you can read below. Afterwards, hop over to Amazon and snatch up your copy of this excellent fantasy thriller.
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Anavha’s Lament: Gender Expectations for Male Characters in Epic Fantasy

Of all the responses to my new epic fantasy novel, The Mirror Empire – with its multiple genders, the biologically sex-changing character, the sentient walking trees, the flesh-eating plants, the satellite magic, the parallel worlds, the blood magic – I admit the reactions that amuse me the most are the reactions to Anavha.

Anavha is the husband of a genocidal general in a country dominated by a brutal Empress. He is controlled by his wife much the same way as a general husband would control his wife in a pseudo- medieval patriarchal fantasy novel. He has been raised from birth to believe that his sole purpose is to give his wife pleasure, and children, and obey her totally.

If Anavha was a woman, I suspect few people would have made a peep about him. But, being a man in the position he is in, in the society he’s in, has shocked some people. Those with no experience of abusive relationships, of structural oppression, have gone so far as to think “a man would never put up with that!” But I’d counter that as a woman, as a human being, I’d certainly hope *I’d* never put up with that either. But the truth is that the way our society is structured, with men making 30% more than women, and domestic and sexual violence against women left largely unpoliced and even encouraged through joking, harassment, and an inability of our legal system to take these threats seriously, that no matter how much I’d like to think I wouldn’t put up with abusive behavior, the truth is that I have. I got stuck in an abusive loop, cut off from family and friends, thinking it was all normal until I woke up one day and realized I’d rather be dead than be the person I’d become.

It’s this insider view of abuse, and how the abused react to such abuse, that perhaps makes Anavha’s chapters rather harrowing for folks. I know what I’m talking about. I know how society wears us down. I know what it is to be angry, and realize I’m not allowed to be angry without being monstrous, and breaking down into tears instead, because that’s all that society allows me without repercussion. It’s the expected response.

I know what it is to be coerced into sex, to feel that I financially have no way out, to feel that I’m stuck alone in a corner by myself and there is no one to help me but the one person who insists that they love me; the very person who abuses and cages me.

By comparison with his female counterparts in other fantasy novels, Anavha’s journey is not so bad. He is, indeed, coerced into sex, most properly called rape. He is, indeed, sexually assaulted by a family member. He does, indeed, engage in self-harm. And he loves the woman who abuses him, completely and totally. But he is not brutally raped, mutilated, and murdered, his body strewn across the pages of the novel to titillate and propel the stories of others. His story is his, as every other character’s story in the book is theirs: male, female, other, between..

I paid particular attention to my other male characters in The Mirror Empire as well, working hard to create people instead of stereotypes – the same why I created my female characters, and everyone along the spectrum. I wanted Ahkio, brother to his kingdom’s dying ruler, to be a pretty fair representation of his culture overall: nonviolent, traditional, deeply religious. He identifies as male-passive, one of the five genders used by his people, but passive doesn’t mean he rolls over and lets things happen to him. Passive, in this culture’s sense, has to do with what, perhaps, we’d call conservative. Just as we attach certain types of behaviors to genders in our culture (men like sports, women like makeup, men are more prone to violence, women are more likely to cry), they attach gendered behaviors as well. So if you’re a conservative sort of person who likes tradition and constancy, you’re likely going to identify as male or female passive. I wanted him to get his way through diplomacy and relationships – the primary way that this nonviolent culture has gotten everything done for the last 500 years. It’s what they’ve built their whole society on. While I’ve gotten some folks balking at the fact that he freely goes to bed with several people and is intensely concerned about personal and sexual relationships, few seem to remember he’s 19 years old, and his entire society is built on family ties and relations, sexual and otherwise. These are important things he needs to pay attention to in order to survive.

On the flipside, we have Roh, who identifies as male assertive – he likes to buck tradition, has no time for worrying over his fate, and wants nothing more than to escape his society’s tight restrictions and go off and learn how to become, of all things, an assassin. Who needs an assassin in a pacifist society? He is selfish and self-serving – very negative traits which are also associated with the “assertive” gender identity.

None of these male characters are abusive, alpha male bullies. Not one. That’s not the behavior their society encourages as the sort of behavior that will get them ahead. One of the things I wanted to explore in the book was not just gender but expected behavior by gender and how those behaviors change based on what we deem socially acceptable.

In our own society, my mother can remember a time in television when men weren’t allowed to cry. The only emotions men were allowed to show were anger and maybe happiness. Grief could only be expressed as anger. Weakness, vulnerability, aren’t allowed. Anger is all.

There’s a popular story told about a baboon society in which all the big alpha male monkeys died off after gorging first on bad food. When they were dead, it left the older female monkeys and young males in charge, but most importantly, it reduced the amount of power disparity between those at the top and those and the bottom. What the researchers found was that when the abusers were gone, those who remained completely changed their behavior. With the massive power discrepancy gone, and with those who remained rewarding different types of behaviors, the behavior of the young males and females who grew up in the society was no longer bullying and abusive.

Behavior shifts in society, even and especially shifts to behaviors we believe to be gendered, is not only possible, but absolutely documented across a variety of cultures over a very long time. History is not static. Things have not always been the way we think they were.

In building new and different societies in The Mirror Empire, I knew I needed to step away from the idea that not only is much of what we consider “feminine” behavior constructed, but “masculine” behaviors are constructed too. After all, it wasn’t that long ago when women were considered the oversexed, sex-hungry and uncontrollable ones and men the colder, less interested ones in the bedroom. I’d argue actual behavior didn’t change at all, merely our perception of how much certain behaviors were tied to gender identity, the same way we decided that pink was for boys and blue was for girls and then changed our minds again.

There’s no reason our fantastic stories can’t interrogate the ways that we, as human beings, organize ourselves into societies. It should, in truth, interrogate our belief in the normal – whether that’s our geography, our technology, or our societies.

What I continue to find fascinating is that people will buy the satellite magic and genocide and blood mages in The Mirror Empire without a hitch, but the idea that a man would put up with an abusive relationship, or that a society could produce a man who valued personal relationships over war and violence, was absolutely inconceivable to some.

It turns out that my knowledge of what is possible, what has actually happened, and the men who do actually live that way in real life, means I don’t have the same sort of dissonance. No, what worries me far more is that we create so many stories that write these men out. That pretend they don’t exist. That can’t create worlds where men aren’t always dominating, on top, aren’t always winning, aren’t always superheroes. Where men aren’t always the brutish thugs of the story, and the primary driving force behind the narrative.

The reality is that we need more diverse male characters as much as we need more diverse female characters, and all the types of infinitely gendered people in between. We need them to help us tell better, truer stories of the world. To give us more examples. To help us push the boundaries not only of our imagination, but of our empathy.

If we cannot imagine a world, a behavior, we can’t combat it, and, in the case of men like Ahkio, if we cannot imagine men like him, societies like his, how could we possibly build anything like them?

If we cannot imagine a better world, how can we build it?

About Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy, comprising the books God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture. She has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Hurley has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, the Locus Award, BFS Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Year’s Best SF, EscapePod, The Lowest Heaven, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women.

Book Review – Snow Globe by Aaron Gudmunson

Snow Globe
by Aaron Gudmunson
Release Date: March 7, 2014
Publisher: Angelic Knight Press

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Don’t let the innocent title of this book fool you: it’s not a cheery Christmas tale. Not by any means. It’s quite the opposite, in fact…a dark trip into stone-cold horror. Author Aaron Gudmunson offers up some serious scares with SNOW GLOBE, a recent publication from Angelic Knight Press. And while it is not perfect, this book is a heck of a read and one I suggest you check out.

If you are not familiar with SNOW GLOBE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Angelic Knight Press:

Trapped in a bar by the biggest snowstorm in over a century, Ben Clary will learn sometimes humans are the worst monsters of all.

Ben Clary is an everyday workingman who caps off an afternoon of holiday shopping with a drink at his favorite watering hole. Before long, he is intoxicated, and a brutal winter storm descends, trapping him and his fellow patrons. Being trapped by a storm is bad enough; finding out something terrible lurks outside, in the snow, is far worse.

One by one, unseen assailants pick off the patrons until one of them, a local historian claims, the attackers may be the remnants of a clan caught up in an ancient blood feud said to have occurred at the site of the tavern – and that they crave human flesh. Soon Ben learns the cannibal clansmen are the least of his worries. The true monsters are way more terrifying … and closer to home.

I love the cover of this book. It just screams ‘horror’. And it personifies perfectly, in my opinion, the antagonists in the story. Now if I could just get it out of my head when I close my eyes…

SNOW GLOBE is written well and flows at a nice pace for the most part. I don’t agree with how the history of the blood feud is presented to the reader in the form of an 18 page story-within-a-story early on, however I understand the need to do so. Building backstory is obviously very important, lest the reader be completely lost…but doing it this way took me completely out of the main story. It took me a while to get back into it once the history was over.

The story is told through a first-person perspective, which grants the reader deeper immersion into the plot. I particularly like how the main character, Ben, describes situations and people. One example: “A heavyset man in a black cowboy hat and rhinestone-studded boots stood outside. He resembled a low-rent version of Hank Williams Jr., who, in my opinion, was already pretty low-rent.” This slightly humorous description paints a vivd picture in my mind, and I can see the character as clear as day.

And speaking of the cast, the characters in SNOW GLOBE are well written and fleshed out nicely. They are damaged and believable, a varied group of sordid and noble folks. I like the diversity as well, from the prickish college frat-boy to the down-home, Southern band members. Gudmunson does a nice job of mixing up stereotypes and delivering interesting people in which the reader can invest.

SNOW GLOBE is a win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. It is a horror-filled tale that will leave you chilled on several levels. But it’s also a nice look at how monsters aren’t always on the other side of the door. The book is available now in a variety of formats.

MSB

TV Show Review – The Curse of Oak Island, season 1

The Curse of Oak Island, season 1
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: September 9, 2014

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I am not usually a fan of reality TV. Despite what we are told, much of what happens on some of these reality shows is scripted and therefore NOT real life. As a result, there’s no appeal for me. So when I tell you I have found a reality TV show worth watching, you should definitely perk up and listen. THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND is an amazing viewing experience that you will watch over and over. I’ve watched it once, and I’m already itching to replay it again. Filled with suspense and intensity, this is one show I hope to see more seasons of soon.

If you are not familiar with THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND from HISTORY® introduces viewers to a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia where two obsessed brothers are attempting to solve a 200-year-old mystery. Rick and Marty Lagina own most of Oak Island and are determined to find the treasure alleged to be buried there — despite the fact that the island is rumored to be cursed. Legend says seven people must die before the treasure is revealed, and so far, six have lost their lives in the pursuit. Rick and Marty explore an abandoned shaft, a cove, and even drain a swamp to find the booty, and what they find is enough to make them believe the rumors may be true. Undeterred, even after a visit from a woman who lost her father and brother in a tragic accident on Oak Island years earlier, the brothers press on and make one of the biggest discoveries ever.

THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND will bring out childhood fantasies in even the staunchest of adults. If you’re like me, you used to imagine treasure hunts and buried loot as a kid, and those dreams filled you with a sense of awe and wonder. This show captures those feelings and fills each episode with them.

The show is shot well, in typical documentary style. But there’s no dry narration or flat text-book style reading here. Instead, we are given a front-row seat to the excavation of this centuries-old mystery. We get to see firsthand the team’s successes and failures as they seek to unravel the clues that will hopefully lead them to a resolution.

And that is what draws you in. The team talks quite a bit about how obsession for this knowledge has ruined more than one life; we viewers get to feel a bit of that as the season progresses. Their quest becomes our quest, and we yearn for some kind of answer. THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND is so immersive that you will find yourself contemplating a plane ride up to the see the place for yourself.

THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND is a huge win for me, and I cannot wait for season 2. If you love a good mystery, then this show is definitely for you. It hits store shelves today, so check it out for sure.

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Movie Review – Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014)

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
Directed by Kaare Andrews
Courtesy of RLJ Entertainment & Image Entertainment
Release Date: September 2, 2014

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For me, flesh-eating viruses and similar organisms are some of the scariest things on the planet. They can bring a slow, painful death that is as gruesome as it is horrific. So, when I heard another CABIN FEVER movie was in the works, I knew I had to see it. What better subject matter for a horror flick than something of that nature? And when you consider it’s an actual possibility that could happen in real life, that ups the scare factor exponentially. I’m happy to report this latest installment, CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, is a worthy addition to the franchise and definitely worth checking out.

If you are not familiar with CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of RLJ Entertainment:

A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed. In the aftermath of a massacre, the only people left alive are a handful of secretive medical personnel and “Patient Zero” (Sean Astin), the lone person who’s been exposed to the disease and shows no symptoms. Can they find a way to survive and escape, or will the virus consume them all in a bloodbath of chaos and carnage?

Before I continue with this review, I have to state up front that this movie contains some gruesome and truly grisly images. If you have never seen a CABIN FEVER movie and cannot stomach gore very well, I would steer clear of this trilogy. Of course, what would you expect from a movie about a flesh-eating virus?

CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO is shot well and looks great onscreen. I understand this film didn’t have a very big budget, but director Kaare Andrews does a great job with the money he had at hand. Much like Andrews’ previous film ALTITUDE, this picture relies on suspense and intensity just as much as it does on special effects to scare you.

And speaking of scares, CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO has several. These are not the typical slasher-chasing-victims frights, but more of the horrific-discovery shocks. And it works well for this genre. Combined with some insane gore effects, the tension in this movie is enough to give you a heart attack.

As a fan of good gore, I have to commend the special effects team on what they were able to accomplish here. They put to film some truly disturbing images that I will have a hard time getting out of my head. For example, there’s a sex scene that will make you cringe. I will not divulge details so as to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say you might reconsider getting too kinky in bed after watching this film.

My sole complaint about the film is that it has a couple of “Huh?” scenes that made me scratch my head. For instance, after Penny discovers her skin boiling up, she decides to let her boyfriend make her feel better by having sex. If she was truly in as much pain as she led on, then sex would be the last thing on her mind.

I was also told CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO is a prequel to the other CABIN FEVER films. I suppose this could fit, however it’s not explained very well if it is. This is a minor comment, but one I feel worth mentioning.

But, even so, you have to take CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO for what it is: a fun, schlocky, gory excursion into biological terror. I recommend giving this film a look (if you can stomach it), and be sure to watch through the credits for some interesting backstory on the events that you see unfold during the movie; they actually answered a couple of questions for me. This film is available now.

MSB

Movie Review – Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum (2014)

Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum
Directed by Thomas L. Phillips
Courtesy of Midnight Releasing
Release Date: August 26, 2014

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Every once in a while, I’ll run across a low-budget film that blows me away. These flicks are few and far between, but they usually contain a solid plot, good acting, and enjoyable special effects. It’s been a while since I’ve run across one of these gems, but I’m happy to report I found one today. SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM is the latest addition to this small list. It is a dark horror-comedy that is sure to become a cult classic. And while its budget was minimal (IMDB estimates it was $200,000), the quality of the film is not.

If you are not familiar with SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Midnight Releasing:

It should have been just a normal day of sex, fun, alcohol, hormones and debauchery for Tabitha and Mimi, two over privileged twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party. As the alcohol begins to wear off and the body count rises, all hell breaks loose and there is no going back!

This film sucked me in from the beginning and did not let go. It clocks in around 82 minutes in length, but that time flies by. The credits were rolling before I realized it.

SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM is shot well and looks good overall. The sound quality is a bit lacking here and there (some of the dialogue is hard to hear at points), but that is the ONLY negative I have about the film. The production team did an excellent job with the money they had available.

The acting is very good, with Sasha Ramos and Erin Cline portraying the main characters. I really enjoyed the performances given by each, however I have to admit two other actors stole the stage: Joe Coffey, who portrays Dutch, and Catherine Trail, who plays the Bible-thumping mom, Thelma. These two give outstanding showings with their roles and do an amazing job of bringing their characters to life.

The special effects in SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM are good as well. There’s no major gore to speak of, but there are some nice doses of bloodshed that look pretty realistic.

The story, however, is the real winner here. What starts off as a simple, small party turns into a nightmarish evening of chaos and terror. I will not go into detail about what happens, but I will say I didn’t expect the events to play out like they do.

SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM is a definite win for me, and I highly recommend you check it out. Remember, though: it’s a low-budget film, so don’t expect Oscar-winning performances or such. There’s a lot of heart and soul in this film, however, so you should find it an enjoyable experience nonetheless. The film is available now.

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Check out the upcoming film WEREWOLF RISING

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good werewolf flick, but this one looks like it might fit the bill. WEREWOLF RISING is an upcoming release from RLJ Entertainment, and I have to say that I’m pretty stoked about seeing it. If you’re not familiar with this film, here is the plot synopsis:

Desperate for a break from big city life, Emma heads to her family’s cabin deep in the Arkansas hills. As she settles in for some much-needed R&R, she learns that something unspeakable lurks in the surrounding darkness. As the full moon rises, a bloodthirsty werewolf emerges from the shadows, slaughtering everyone in its path and revealing a sinister underworld Emma never knew existed. Thrown into a fight for her life, and her very soul, Emma will need to escape these big bad woods before it’s too late.

Check out the film’s official trailer here:

I’m a pretty big fan of Bill Oberst Jr. If you have not seen his work, you definitely need to check it out. I had the privilege of seeing CIRCUS OF THE DEAD at Texas Frightmare this year, and it was excellent. As such, I have high expectations of his films.

WEREWOLF RISING releases October 14, 2014, but I will try to have a review for you prior to that.

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