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We Are What We Are (2013) Review

We Are What We AreReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

We Are What We Are (2013)
Directed by: Jim Mickle
Written by: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle, Jorge Michel Grau (original screenplay)
Cast: Bill Sage (Frank Parker), Ambyr Childers (Iris Parker), Julia Garner (Rose Parker), Wyatt Russell (Deputy Anders), Michael Parks (Doc Barrow), Kelly McGillis (Marge)

I chose “We are what we are” without knowing it was a remake, and maybe that’s best. Just a random selection from sometimes hit and sometimes miss Netflix recommendations. I just knew that it was about a family of cannibals by reading the synopsis that appears when I hovered the cursor over it. Instead of being horrified throughout, I got that feeling you get when you are an outside spectator to an awkward family conversation. Because first and foremost this is a film is about family. It’s almost a story about a family adjusting after a tragic loss. The sole, broken parent being taken care of by the children that have to grow up way too fast, and a coming of age drama about the oldest daughter grasping at the straws of being normal, knowing that it just isn’t going to be possible.

The opening scene begins with the rain that foreshadows significant things to come. The first being the mother of the family dying unexpectedly. She leaves behind her husband Frank Parker, two daughters Iris and Rose, and a young son Rory. Things have been pretty calm for the Parkers up to this point. They haven’t associated much with townspeople, and only have one well-meaning neighbor next door to worry about hiding their business from.

Things change when Frank’s wife has to have an autopsy, and the town physician, Doc Barrow notices she suffered from a peculiar disorder. Doc Barrow has tragedy of his own he’s dealing with. His daughter, and a few other people in town have disappeared, and her whereabouts, as well as the others are still unknown. While the Parkers go about laying the mother to rest, Doc Barrow begins to suspect that something is amiss. The rain also causes some unusual flooding that unearths human remains that washed from the wrong direction to be from the cemetery.

Apartment 1303 (2012) Review

Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

Apartment 1303 is the American remake of a Japanese Horror film of the same name and tells the story of two sisters moving into an apartment inhabited by a vengeful spirit.

Like a bunch of remakes, this one is devoid of thrills, chills, suspense or substance and falls flat like the supposed unfortunate victims that fall from the apartment in this film.

The great set up is all there but the film soon descends into poor form showcasing clichés we have seen time and time again, presenting paper-thin characters that muster up little sympathy and has a script that I was hoping would be a good creepy time but winds up being lacklustre and painfully dull.

For me, Director Michael Taverna – who also wrote the screenplay here – wasn’t effective enough in crafting the required scares and doesn’t seem to have an understanding of horror – or at least just an understanding of the Grudge Lady-kind of horror – and it’s because of this that the film becomes a rather joyless trudge through an unsatisfying mystery that doesn’t quite hit the mark.

The cast really give it their best and if a line or two sounds unintentionally amusing, like whenever one character sits by herself in the haunted apartment and talks out loud her every emotion, it’s because of the script that needs a good polish.

I will add that any horror music buffs will want to check out the score by Davy and Yoan Bernagoult here as it’s eerie and sets the mood wonderfully.

Alternate poster for 'Afflicted' released

An alternate poster for the film much buzzed about film Afflicted has been created by Matt Ryan Tobin. Check out a larger version below the official movie details.

About Afflicted
Written, Directed by, and Starring Derek Lee and Clif Prowse

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Winner: Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.

“…Undeniably Impressive…”
- Mike Periera, Bloody Disgusting

“...Guaranteed to have you gasping and jumping out of your seat.”
- Michael Gingold, Fangoria

“Afflicted is a great example of what can happen when high-tech, high concept, and old-fashioned scary storytelling are combined into one little ass-kicker of a horror film.”
-- Scott Weinberg, FearNet.com

“…the best shot found footage movie I’ve ever seen…”
-- Alan Cerny, Ain’t It Cool News

“This one’s something special…”
-- Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

“…an exhilarating, chilling experience…”
-- Alex Billington, Firstshowing.net

PLASTIC : True Story Heist Movie – UK release May 2nd (2014)

May 2nd 2014 sees the release of PLASTIC. Based on a true events PLASTIC tells the story of a ring of university students led by Sam (Ed Speelers) who become credit card thieves in order to supplement their income.

Events soon spiral out of control as they accidentally rob a notorious gangster Marcel (Thomas Kretschmann). Now owing a bigger debt then ever, the students decide to target big spenders who frequent Miami on spending sprees. Marcel decides to set his henchman Tariq (Mem Ferda) off in pursuit, to Miami, in order to force them to pay ten times the amount they stole, with interest.

In order to clear this huge debt, the students Fordy (Will Poulter), Yatesey (Alfie Allen), Rafa (Sebastian De Souza and Frankie (Emma Rigby) led by Sam (Ed Speleers), plan a daring jewellery heist which makes matters a whole lot worse.

Cast: Ed Speelers (Downton Abbey)
Will Poulter (We’re the Millers)
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Sebastian De Souza (The Borgias)
Emma Rigby (The Physician)

With Mem Ferda (Pusher, Breakdown)
Thomas Kretschmann (Resident Evil)
Graham McTavish (Pandemic)

How ‘Psycho’ Changed Horror Films

Psycho Changed Horror Films

It’s odd to think that Alfred Hitchcock actually pulled off the first ever post-modern deconstructionist horror film, long before the Scream movies came out. Thankfully, you can still catch Hitchcock's Psycho on digital TV today. As with a lot of Hitchcock films, Psycho has many examples of his trademark black humour, but Scream can’t ever come close to how scary Psycho at the time of its release and still is today.

Fans of the film allegedly wrote letters to Hitchcock, saying how they were too afraid to take showers when alone in the house. That was just the tip of the iceberg – aside from making showering the scariest domestic practice ever, Psycho revolutionized the horror genre, without being a genre-abiding film itself. Get yourself digital TV by Virgin Media so you can immerse yourself in some classic horror like Psycho any time you want. In the meantime, here are a few ways Psycho changed horror forever.

Psycho brought horror into your neighborhood

Previously, most horror films featured fantastical monsters – monsters that made people fear the dark, but ultimately, were quite fanciful, even camp in some cases. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Werewolf, green men from outer space; these were all fantastical creatures that were creepy, but ultimately, they couldn’t hold a candle to the terrifying prospect of your schmucky neighbor being a psychopathic.

The genius of the film is that the ‘monster’ is Norman Bates' rage. It’s all in his head. The film creates the illusion that the ‘monster’ is Bates' mother, hiding in the room, shrieking at him all the time. There is no creature, no Godzilla, no vampire. It’s just a man, his upbringing and his deadly hangups.

Psycho threw out audience expectations

There’s nothing more gleeful than watching Psycho with someone who’s never seen it. Unfortunately, that is no substitute for watching it when it came out in the Fifties. Audiences had no idea what was about to hit them, with Hitchcock masterfully building up one character, along with the hopes and expectations of the audience, only to have them completely shredded to bits.

The first 45 minutes is an insidious build up that has you sitting at the edge of your seat. After which it hurtles so fast in the opposite direction that your poor brain probably won’t be able to handle it, even today.

Today’s horror films will never live up to Psycho

The She Beast (1966) Review

She BeastReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

She Beast (1966)
Written and Directed by: Michael Reeves
Cast: Barbara Steele (Veronica), John Karlsen (Count von Helsing), Ian Ogilvy (Philip) Mel Welles (Landislav Groper)Richard Watson (Comrade Police Lieutenant)

This week I’m going really old school with a British Italian horror classic, “The She Beast”. There’s the strong possibility that I have seen this movie in the past maybe on a local channel from back in the day, but I don’t recall it if I did. I should have though, because, it’s definitely an important film in the history of horror. It won’t change your life if you watch it now, but I bet it inspired some horror filmmakers early on, whose work we enjoy today.

“The She Beast” tells the story of the evil witch Vardella, who is terrorizing villagers in 18th century Transylvania. Finally, the townspeople have had enough, and they go medieval on her, drowning her in the lake with an elaborate dunking chair. Before she dies, she vows vengeance on all the descendants of her torturers, and promises that she will live again. Fast forward 200 years, and attractive couple Philip and Veronica are in Transylvania on their honeymoon. After, being peeped on by the pervy innkeeper, they leave, and are involved in a car accident that sends the car into the very same lake that Vardella was drowned in. Vardella possesses the body of Veronica, and she goes on a killing spree in an unholy attempt to avenge her execution. The only hope for Philip to save Veronica is to team up with Count von Helsing, a descendant of another guy that rid Transylvania of another unholy terror. Barbara Steele is radiantly beautiful, but don”t expect a seductive sexy witch. Vardella brought her looks with the possession package, and fell out of the ugly tree, hitting every branch on the way down.

The Sleeper (2012) Review

The SleeperReviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

“The Sleeper” (2012)
Directed By: Justin Russell
Written By: Justin Russell

Starring: Brittany Belland (Amy), E. Ray Goodwin (Det. Drake), Jason Ray Crabtree (The Sleeper), Elizabeth Lane (June), Jenna Fournier (Laura), Riana Ballo (Stacy), Jessica Cameron (Cindy), Tiffany Arnold (Rebecca), Ali Ferda (Ava), Kendra Stevenson (First Sister), Beverly Kristy (Miss Joy), Paul Moon (Bobby), Eric Sarich (Derek), Aaron Russell (Matt Matheson), John Bloom (Dr. Briggs)

I am an avid fan of slasher films as that is one of the first sub genres of horror I got in to when I was younger. Sadly half the time more modern ones do not do a thing for me. I had never heard of “The Sleeper” until I was looking through posts about best slasher films of the 21st century and decided to give this one a try when I saw it was an early 1980s throwback. I am glad I did! I liked it more than I would have expected. Even the opening credits were very 1980s with the subtle and eerie music. Even when it was released, a special VHS/DVD combo edition was released, which is always nostalgic.

The movie takes place in 1981 with the ladies of the Alpha Gamma Theta sorority getting together. All of the pledges are there but are plagued by disturbing phone calls and soon the killer kills his way through each of the pledges. The plot is rather basic and a stereotypical 80s slasher movie. The opening credits and some of it has a very 80s vibe though it has that 21st century polished look. I saw some others complain if they are going to do a throwback movie they should do it right down to the 16 mm film strip. I guess some just can’t be pleased.

The acting is sub par for the most part. There was a good bit of over acting and overreacting but not so much it ruins the movie. Thinking back, are most of the slashers from the late 70s and 80s Emmy nominated for best acting? I think not.

Actor Mem Ferda to cameo in thriller feature 'Breakdown'

Mem FerdaActor Mem Ferda has been tapped to cameo in the upcoming action thriller Breakdown. Check out the official details below.

British and Turkish actor Mem Ferda is set to co-star in the new action thriller Breakdown. The movie also centrally stars Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier). Fairbrass plays a professional contract killer. Alfie (Fairbrass) is traumatized by visions of his violent past as he tries to defend his family from murderous employers. Currently, Breakdown is being shot on location in and in the surrounding areas of London and Essex.

Breakdown is written and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Jonnie Malachi. Also, the cast includes James Cosmo (“Game of Thrones”), Emmett Scanlan (The Fall), Mem Ferda (Pusher), Olivia Grant (Mr. Nice), and Tamer Hassan (The Business). Luke Fairbrass is producing this feature through production house Screen 360.

Actor Mem Ferda plays the role of Hakan Abaci. Hakan is a self made, confident Turkish gang boss. Though, it is only a cameo part in the movie, this role really packs a punch and it will, without doubt, leave viewers shocked. Mem commented on his role in Breakdown: “I'm thrilled to be a part of this highly charged and strong no nonsense thriller. Jonnie has written a real winner here.”

The Beast of Bray Road (2005) Review

The Beast of Bray RoadReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

The Beast of Bray Road (2005)
Directed by: Leigh Scott
Written by: Leigh Scott
Cast: Jeff Denton (Phil Jenkins), Thomas Downey (Quinn McKenzie), Sarah Lieving (Kelly), Noel Thurman (Pamela Fitske)

One of the many great things about being a horror fan boy and reviewing movies is finding these great little gems that go in your back pocket to pull out for those moments when you want to make a stellar, but obscure recommendation. A suggestion that will almost surely merit a response kind of like “That movie was awesome! I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of it before.” I have two genre films that are my go to recommendations. An amazing zombie comedy flick called “Hide and Creep” that’s up on YouTube in its entirety, and this very solid werewolf flick.

“The Beast of Bray Road” is steeped in some actual folklore surrounding an allegedly real creature that roams the backwoods of Wisconsin, particularly around a small community called Elkhorn. The sightings of the creature really became prolific in the late 1980’s and early 90’s, and were investigated by a local reporter. The reporter was understandably skeptical at first, but then become an advocate of the existence of the beast, even writing a book about it. Was it to cash in, or an attempt convince the rest of the world. We may never know, and I kind of hope we don’t.

Folklore is the great granddad of the filmed horror that we love so much, and “Beast of Bray Road” is lovingly crafted and seasoned with a little sensationalism to bring the folklore to life.
The framework of the plot for the film has some tropes that are used really well here. The local sheriff investigates a rash of locals being murdered, and can’t come to any logical conclusion on just who or what might be committing the murders. An expert crypto zoologist comes in from out of town, and the unlikely pair set about to discover that whatever it is is also part human as well.

Cult Horror throwback feature 'HONEYSPIDER' in post production

Honey Spiderby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

HONEYSPIDER is an upcoming horror feature film from indie filmmakers Josh Hasty and Kenny Caperton. The film takes place in 1989 on Halloween day and follows college student Jackie Blue (Mariah Brown) as she slowly unravels, all while a mysterious stranger watches over her.

Check out a kick ass exclusive movie poster for the fake movie that plays within HONEYSPIDER called "Sleepover Slaughterhouse Part III" under the details!

HONEYSPIDER is a cult throwback that pays homage to the classics, but also introduces original ideas to the genre. The film is written and produced by Kenny Caperton (owner of the infamous Myers House NC) and directed by Josh Hasty ('A Mannequin in Static') of Black House Capital. The film stars Frank Aard ('April Fool's Day' remake), Joan Schuermeyer ('Zombieland' and RZ's 'Halloween 2'), Rachel Jeffreys, Samantha Mills ('Bombshell Bloodbath') and newcomer Mariah Brown.

The film is currently in post-production and is scheduled to hit the festival circuit in search of distribution this Fall. For more information, check out the film's official website at
www.honeyspidermovie.com and visit the film's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/honeyspidermovie.

HONEYSPIDER Plot Synopsis:
It’s Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year. The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead. All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night!


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