‘Club Lingerie’ wraps principal photography

Club Lingerieby Gerald Beanery, MoreHorror.com

The newest feature film from Frolic Pictures, Club Lingerie wrapped Wednesday, dubbing it the 8th motion picture by the bold boutique Hollywood-based production company. What is Club Lingerie? It’s a character driven dark indie screwball comedy grounded by a “who-dun-it?” murder-mystery horror plot, with melodramatic undertones and a bass note of erotic non-relief.

The star of Andy Milligan’s last film, Surgikill (1989) … the “Cult Film Goddess” herself… Bouvier, has spent the last 25 years in hiatus, turning down contract after contract from the biggest studios in Hollywood, until … The Young Sultan of Sensationalism finally convinced her to re-enter the lime light as the star of his newest picture, Club Lingerie, the story of a sophisticated woman who inherits a once ragging night club from her grandfather, only to suffer from the times’ economy, until her brilliant idea of sporting lingerie models turns the business back around… but also into a killer’s canvas for a blood bath.

On set, Bouvier has been an inspiration to all. Actors who spent their whole lives studying all the classic techniques have now sworn to re-evaluate their methods after witnessing the groundbreaking craft she possesses. The camera loves her. The fans want her. The networks are begging Frolic Pictures for the rights to… Club Lingerie, the weirdest, wildest, funniest, freakiest movie ever made, with most of Masters’ usuals, composing an outrageously colorful cast of characters for carefully illustrated camp. Jacqueline Guzman Cereceres also stars, as Hattie, a gorgeous golden bar-keep from South-East Saturn, plus Neptune’s Dawna Lee Heising as Shelby Gator, and the beautiful boy wonder, Richie Lillard, as her luscious lover, Legs Benedict. Jessica Knopf also stars as a princess who came down from her castle to portray Zula (that’s her real description, not her character’s). Domiziano Arcangeli, the Sex Symbol of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow… “The White Stallion of Cinema” has taken the motion picture to another dimension, with his trailblazing portrayal of Desmond, the jealous lover.

Jug Face (2013) Review

Jug faceReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Jug Face (2013)
Written by: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Directed by: Chad Crawford Kinkle
Cast: Lauren Ashley Carter (Ada), Daniel Manche (Jessaby), Larry Fessenden (Sustin), Sean Bridgers (Dawai), Alex Maizus (Emaciated Boy), Sean Young (Loriss), Mathieu Whitman (Bodey)

I gotta say that this movie could be about anything. Let me present a few possible scenarios: A poor, homely, simpleton girl that is abused by those more fortunate than her, and hopefully, she executes a cold and calculating plan of revenge using supernatural means? Nope. Maybe a backwoods girl possessed by something unholy whose only salvation is an exorcism by a righteous crusader? No, but closer than the first option.

“Jug Face” begins with Ada, a young rural girl getting crudely deflowered in the woods by her boyfriend perhaps, unfortunately more like her brother. A few weeks later, she suspects and then confirms that she is pregnant. I can’t even begin to express how this incestuous twist in the story at the very beginning is a powerful catalyst that creates a feeling of disgust, and a really dirty feeling of discomfort that doesn’t let up for the entire duration of the film.

Ada has bigger problems to deal with, and if it’s bigger than being pregnant by your brother, that’s saying a lot. She is part of a sect that lives in the outskirts of a small town. They are autonomous and handle their own business mainly through the guidance of something that lives in a pit out in the woods. It has demanded a human sacrifice from one of the community since it saved everyone from smallpox a few generations ago. The selections of the ones who are sacrificed are made by Dawai, a potter/prophet who goes into a trance and makes jugs in the likeness of the next person to be sacrificed. He looks like an everyman’s Will Ferrell, and doesn’t seem to have much of an opinion about what he does, but just kind of goes with the flow. His latest jug looks like Ada. She sees it, and hides it, upsetting the apple cart it ways that can’t imagined at this point. Things get very complicated when Ada is promised to a local boy in an arranged marriage.

Warm Bodies (2013) Review

Warm BodiesBy Jennica Lynn Johnson

After seeing the trailer for Warm Bodies (2013), I made a mental note to steer clear of it in movie theaters. Zombies-- although they have had their popularity throughout horror history-- have become significantly trendy within the horror community for the past decade with movies such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), Zombieland (2009), and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012). By the time the third season of The Walking Dead aired in 2012, it was clear that the end of the current zombie craze could be upon us. I suspected that Warm Bodies would be the last nail in the coffin of what started out as a delightfully gory ride.

I’m not entirely sure why I expected Warm Bodies to be such a failure. Perhaps I feared that it would be another teen romance movie with just a dash of horror elements. Or maybe I thought the leading lady, Teresa Palmer, looked a little too much like a blonde Kristen Stewart. No matter the reasoning behind my negative expectations, I was wrong. This movie was charming, witty, and had a unique take on the lives (and deaths) of zombies.

Warm Bodies is an unconventional tale of two star-crossed lovers: a young woman, Julie, from the world of the living and a young man, who merely goes by “R”, from the world of the undead. Unlike most zombies, R has maintained some human abilities such as thinking and occasionally communicating at the level of a five year-old child. When Julie first meets R, she fears for her life (because who wouldn’t?). However, when she learns that R can talk, has an impressive vinyl collection, and has no intentions of placing her on the dinner menu, she befriends him and a forbidden romance begins. As their love and compassion for each other increases, so do R’s human qualities and soon R and his zombie clan have hearts that—for the first time in a great while—start beating.

Dead End (2003) Review

Dead End 2003Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Dead End (2003)
Directors: Jean Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Writers: Jean Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Cast: Ray Wise (Frank Harrington), Lin Shaye (Laura Harrington), Mick Cain (Richard Harrington), Alexandra Holden (Marion Harrington), Billy Asher Rosenfeld (Brad Miller), Amber Smith (Lady in White), Steve Valentine (Man in Black)

I’m always amazed at how long a film will stay stagnate on my Netflix list. This one sat on it for I’m thinking around six months or so. What’s even more amazing are the pre conceived notions about the film that I get from the synopsis and the cover art. I’m usually more surprised than anything else, and that can be good or bad. I’m an optimist for the most part, and am almost always glad that I went ahead and took care of business and watched it. With the directors’ names, I was expecting a foreign film and didn’t even read the synopsis close enough to notice two very familiar names that I liked. Veteran actors Ray Wise and Lin Shaye are the lead roles. The Clark and Ellen Griswold of a horror vacation complete with a wood paneled family truckster.

Frank and Laura Harrington are driving to Laura’s mother’s house at Christmas time just like they have for the last twenty years. They have their daughter Laura, her boyfriend Brad, and their son Richard. There’s a little bit of a role reversal from the typical. Usually, the daughter’s boyfriend is the douchebag with a chance to redeem himself and survive, or continue to be a complete tool and die a horrible death. Here it’s the brother Richard, who quite possibly could be a deal breaker for marrying into the family no matter how awesome the daughter may be. Like any family, they have their problems, and they are just trying to remain civil to one another while going the motions of something none of them really want to do, but tradition dictates that they have to suffer through it. The monotony gets broken when Frank takes the back roads instead of the interstate, and nods off almost colliding head on with another car. They pull over to regain their composure, and see a woman clothed in white with a baby. They pick her up and set into motion all the supernatural stuff this film has to offer.

Grabbers (2012) Review

Grabbers Movie MovieReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Grabbers (2012)
Director: Jon Wright
Writer: Kevin Lehane
Cast: Richard Coyle (Garda Ciaran O’Shea), Ruth Bradley (Garda Lisa Nolan), Russell Tovey (Dr. Adam Smith), Lalor Roddy (Paddy Barrett), David Pearse (Brian Maher)

I’m probably revealing my hand too soon, as a matter fact, I know I am. This is one of my favorites that I’ve seen year, and it’s a great little film that incorporates a lot of things that I love about other films into a solid entry on the sincere recommend list of great little gems that need more exposure. I love horror films set in the United Kingdom. That love goes way back to the Hammer and Amicus films, the great gothic scenery. and groovy 1970’s vibes. The new generation of great U.K. horror films has its own subset of categories. You have the “28 Days Later” type that’s full on horror, the “Dog Soldiers” type that is action horror, and the horror comedy that “Shaun of the Dead” paved the way for. The zombie comedy is usually the safest bet. It’s the one that started it all, and can usually find a market. This is the first that I’ve seen that does the creature feature template really well.

“Grabbers” tell the tale of a small island off the coast of Ireland where humble people make an honest and honorable living, and grease the wheels of productivity with a little libation at the pub every now and then. The film opens with fisherman witnessing a glowing meteor crashing into the sea bringing with it something not of this earth. After several townies disappear, the local authorities begin an investigation. The veteran officer, Ciaran O’Shea is a lovable slacker who stays pickled almost all the time. He is aided by a new addition to the force, Lisa Nolan. She is a Dudley Do Right of sorts, who can recite department regs off the cuff, and generally attempts to be a buzz kill wherever she goes.

When a local fisherman catches a baby alien creature in one of his cages, he keeps it in his bathtub until it attacks him and he kills it. He takes it to the local doctor to identify what it is, and it seems to be something no one has ever seen before. One burning question remains on why the fisherman survived the attack when all of his contemporaries weren’t so lucky. Turns out that getting your drink on could save your life. The alien life form is kind of like a space lamprey vampire with a sucker mouth full of teeth and the only two things it needs to thrive is water and fresh blood. It’s not completely indestructible though. The creatures have a really, really low tolerance for alcohol, and feeding on anyone with a high blood alcohol content is worse that eating bad sushi. As you can imagine, Ireland is the worst place to land if you can’t hold your liquor.

Andy Dick joins the cast of Deadly Punkettes/Official Selection at Galactic Film Festival

Deadly Punkettesby Gerald Beanery, MoreHorror.com

Andy Dick, one of the greatest comedians of the 21st century, has joined the cast of Deadly Punkettes, the new brainchild from controversial underground director Jared Masters (who brought us the cinematic horror oddities; Slink and Teachers’ Day).

Deadly Punkettes is Official Selection at the 2014 Galactic Film Festival. It will hold its world premiere at The Frida Cinema, in Santa Ana, California, August 9th 2014. (http://galacticfilmfest.com/) More Details coming soon.

The film follows the rise and fall of a teenage girl-band, with paranormal and horror elements. It stars D'Lannie Brown, Lauren Taler, Danielle Stavin, Skylar Ripp, Lourdes Narro, Dave Knapp and Jillean Tucker. With Layla Zova, Dawna Lee Heising.

The film also features Julia Faye West, , Ashley Whelan, Kyara Pintos, Kelly De Vries, Ella Arro, Kamuela Kim, Rachel Verret, Tammy Vo, Lindsay Lamb, Sunny Vachher, Stevie Ray C., Anthony Ray, Jesse Briandi, Penny Pollak, Billy Hendrickson, Mat Hayes, John Clyde and Mantha Balourdou.

Produced by Julia Faye West, Sunny Vachher, Seth Metoyer, Kamuela Kim, and D’Lannie Brown, with executive producer David Petovar adding to the score, along with original music by D'Lannie Brown, Eva Landon, Sean Gibson, plus Alison Ketley, Becky Skerratt and Deborah Welch of Teela, from the UK.

'City of Lust' coming to DVD and VOD

City of Lust DVD Coverby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Brain Damage Films will be releasing a Neo-Giallo Thriller on July 1st called City of Lust. One of my favorite indie actresses Heather Dorff is in it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out on that merit alone.

The film is Directed by David A. Holcombe and stars Margaret Grace, Jill Oliver, Derek Ryan, Shelley Nixon, and Kyle Greer among others. Check out the full details and trailer below, and watch for the film to release on DVD and VOD on July 1st.

From the Press Release:
On July 1st, Brain Damage Films will release the indie horror-thriller City of Lust (previously titled "Yellow"), an imaginative and intense film styled in homage to Giallo horror films from the 1970's but set in the present. DVD availability is set to include many retailers and websites including Amazon, as well as rental chains including Family Video. VOD availability will include all major and minor cable/satellite operators and internet platforms.

About the Film
City of Lust is a modern day Giallo film produced by Soft Cage Films, a not-for-profit art organization based out of Chicago. World traveler and Writer/Director David A. Holcombe draws heavily from his serious involvement in both the Chicago film community as well as experimental theater.

The film uses many unconventional techniques and offers a claustrophobic atmosphere, sharp compositions, and radiant colors. City of Lust has been described by critics as being "smart, risk taking and edgy".

New cover art and trailer unleashed for 'Truth or Dare'

Truth or Dareby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

While Jessica Cameron's award winning directorial debut Truth or Dare continues to tear up the festival circuit, a second trailer has just released.

Check out the bloody new trailer and key art below the official details, and keep checking back for more exciting details about this gory film once they become available.

From The Press Release:

Jessica Cameron’s directorial debut Truth Or Dare is headed down the final stretch of its festival run picking up steam and some amazing buzz in the process.  As the film gains momentum we wanted to share the new red band trailer and poster art that was just released!

Jessica Cameron’s Vicious Horror Movie Debuts Bloody Trailer & Poster

Director/Scream Queen Jessica Cameron’s award-winning horror film, Truth or Dare has just released a new trailer so feast your blood-soaked eyes on it! The trailer was edited by Smagaslski Video Services (www.smagalskivideo.com)

Cameron’s bloody pic, which she co-wrote and produced with Jonathan Higgins, has won multiple awards as indicated in this new trailer.  Truth or Dare has played all across the United States as well as overseas including Mexico, Belgium and Argentina.

The new trailer for the film can be seen below.

Here is what critics are saying about the film:

“It was a masterpiece painted in gore and the controversial, the beautiful and the simply cringe worthy.  BLOODY FUCKING BRILLIANT.” - CW Beier, Horror Central

“Truth or Dare may cause many to exit before the film comes to a conclusion and that surely will add to the continuing legendary status the film is already beginning to enjoy.” - Oscar Benjamin, Examiner

“Truth or Dare is an indie gem hardcore horror fans should see.” - Christine Caprilozzi, Horror News Network

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th anniversary trailer releases; big screen dates announced

The Texas Chain Saw Massacreby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Arguably one the most influential horror films of all time, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is heading back to theaters to terrify the big screen again.

Dark Sky Films has release a 40th anniversary trailer for the film, which will be in theaters this summer in a fully restored 4k version. Check out all the details below, including the new trailer and initial theater dates and locations.

From The Press Release:
Forty years after the original release,The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is returning to the big screen this summer in a fully restored 4k version. To celebrate the occasion, Dark Sky Films has released a brand new trailer for the 40th Anniversary of the film, which was premiered on EntertainmentWeekly.com.

June 21
New York, Film Society of Lincoln Center

June 27
New York, IFC Center

June 27
Boston, Coolidge Corner

July 4
Richardson, TX, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

July 11
Portland, Hollywood Theatre
Houston, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Kalamazoo, MI, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Winchester, VA, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Washington, DC, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

July 18
Austin, TX, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Slaughter Lane)
Littleton, CO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Winston-Salem, NC, a/perture
Eugene, OR, Bijou Metro
Tulsa, OK, Circle Cinema

Midnight Matinee (1989) Review

Midnight Matinee Poster By Jennica Lynn, MoreHorror.com

Growing up in a small suburban town, the horror fan base was enormous but the festivities geared toward such a crowd were few and far between. The first ever horror film festival in my hometown launched when I was eighteen years old and, although I’ve attended many larger-scale festivals since, this one remains unforgettable. Not only did I get to meet a couple horror icons (there were only two in attendance) and view the works of young horror filmmakers, this festival was history in the making and I was there.

Unfortunately for the townspeople in Midnight Matinee (1989), their first horror film festival also made history… and they only wish that they could forget. But as far as the film itself, it won’t take me long to forget.

Released as a TV movie at the tail-end of the 80s slasher era, Midnight Matinee is set in the small Canadian town of Holsten, British Columbia in which a teenage boy was brutally murdered during a horror film festival at the local movie theater. Two years later, as the townspeople continue their struggle to leave the town’s dreadful past behind; another horror film festival is organized at the same movie theater. Despite the excitement of the local youth, many of the townspeople fear that what happened before will happen again. But, of course, the show must go on.

Midnight Matinee, Richard Martin’s feature film directorial debut, contains a long list of cast members that beg the questions “Who are they?” and “Where are they now?” The film stars Ron White (no, not “they call me Tater Salad” Ron White), whose only real claim to fame is playing the role of Clyde Ledbetter in Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992). Also appearing in the film are Beatrice Boepple (Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Timothy Webber (The X-Files, The Outer Limits), and two actors who are likely best known for their roles in The Stepfather (1987): Gillian Barber and Jeff Schultz.

Most recently, Gillian Barber could be briefly spotted in Season 2 of Bates Motel. As for director Richard Martin, he’s spent the ladder part of his career working on such director-to-video disasters as Air Bud: Golden Receiver (1998).

'Dysmorphia', 'My Name is A', 'Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy' and more coming in 2014

Dysmorphiaby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Controversial filmmaker Shane Ryan has been busy in 2014! I'm looking forward to checking out his short film that will be included on James Cullen Bressack's upcoming anthology Dysmorphia.

Check out all of the many project details coming soon from Ryan in the official release below, which include trailer links and project artwork.

From The Press Release
Wild Eye Releasing will be unleashing Shane Ryan's latest film, My Name is A by anonymous, on September 23, 2014. A tells the inspired-by-true-story of Alyssa Bustamante, who was accused of stabbing, strangling, and slicing the throat of her 9 year old neighbor. Alyssa was just 15 at the time of the murder. Watch Trailer.

Coincidentally Ryan's Amateur Porn Star Killer Trilogy is being re-released for a 3rd time in a limited box set by Cinema Epoch on the same day, with an early release on Amazon in July. Ryan recently posted a trailer teasing the idea of a possible Amateur Porn Star Killer reboot, currently titled Ted Bundy had a Son. Watch Trailer.

2014 is a busy year for Ryan. It also sees the release of Dysmorphia in August (Wild Eye Releasing) a new anthology from James Cullen Bressack (Animal Planet's Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys, 13/13/13) featuring an award-winning short by Ryan. And this Fall will see the release of another anthology from Bressack, Theatre of the Deranged 2, featuring Ryan's fully uncut Japanese film Oni-gokko (Tag) on DVD from Troma Entertainment.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (2014) Film Review

Cabin Fever Patient Zero Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

When Eli Roth set out to return to 70s and 80s horror with the original Cabin Fever, I never thought I'd find myself seeing the appearance of a third entry in the series. Yet here it is: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the latest gruesome installment in the flesh-eating saga.

While Mark and his friends sail off to celebrate his last days as a single chap, a group of scientists in an underground facility keep the disgruntled patient zero, Porter played by Sean Astin, in hopes that his immunity to the virus can help them solve a cure.

The latter story is the stronger effort of the two, so much so that when it cuts away to the partying twenty-something folk, the intrigue of the facility-under-the-ground thriller made me more interested to see what was going on there.

Stranger yet, these two story threads feel like two different films at work here. The idea of the partying kids coming into contact with the virus on this land could've stood alone, as could the underground facility storyline with Porter and his immunity. As a result, when these two stories come together, it doesn't quite gel.

Performances are generally effective and wonderfully hammy from all involved, with Sean Astin being a delightful surprise and he gets the best scenes and lines to work with.

How's the gore? Everything anyone interested in a Cabin Fever could ask for, really. People vomit, hair rips off, skulls are crushed - it all comes thick and fast and extra sloppy. The effects work on display here is exceptionally brutal and sickening. The ideas for gore on display here really is something else.

When it comes to the last act, the story starts to unravel a tad and the silliness is kicked into overdrive but by that time, you're well into the movie and having fun with it.

John Carpenter’s 'Vampires' (1998) Review

VampiresReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Vampires (1998)
Directed by: John Carpenter
Written by: John Steakley (novel), Don Jakoby
Cast: James Woods (Jack Crow), Daniel Baldwin (Anthony Montoya), Sheryl Lee (Katrina), Thomas Ian Griffith (Valek), Maximillian Schell (Cardinal Alba), Tim Guinee (Father Adam Guiteau)

Back in 1998, there were two vampire films in theatres, “Blade” and “John Carpenter’s Vampires”. They were eerily similar. Both had something to do with vampires going through an ancient rite to walk in the daylight, both had an anti-hero vampire hunter whose life had been ruined by bloodsuckers, both had a conspiracy that vampires really do exist, and both even had actor Tim Guinee in the cast. “Vampires” and “Blade” are huge favorites of mine. “Blade” planted the seed for the renaissance of Marvel films we are enjoying today, and well, like many other Carpenter films, “Vampires” enjoyed the patronage of horror and Carpenter fans alike during its theatrical run, but didn’t get the kudos it deserved as one of the most original horror action vampire origin stories ever. With a layered and intricate storyline, and some unique choices in the cast, “Vampires” stands out in Carpenter’s dossier as some of his best work.

For anyone that has not seen this film, I’m not including spoilers. As mentioned before, the plot has a few brilliant twists. It begins with a crack commando unit headed up by Jack Crow, a jaded Van Helsing that travels the countryside exterminating nests of vampires. After being summoned by the local police to do away with a large nest, they make quick work of them with customized vehicles and weapons. These first details can’t be underplayed because it lends to the suspicion early on that these guys are plugged into something much bigger than they are. While enjoying the spoils of their conquest at a hotel fortified with liquor and prostitutes, the whole team except Crow and his right hand man Montoya get massacred by a master vampire with unheard of power that calls Jack by name. They barely escape and they take a hooker with them that was bitten to use the telepathic link from her to the master to find him again.

Someone’s killing pretty models at 'Club Lingerie'

Club Lingerieby Gerald Beanery, MoreHorror.com

On rare occasion, every few hundred thousand movies or so, you may come across a captivating mystery thriller with so much life-changing meaning, such realistic nerve curdling emotion, such awe-struck wonder and curious disbelief, through tears and through laughter, the viewer is transformed into an entirely new being, for the better, and will live on under a new persona for the rest of their life, reflecting on that specific motif of entertainment.

Jared Masters, the surrealist who helmed recent horror melodramas Slink, Teachers’ Day, and Deadly Punkettes, now has his new film, Club Lingerie, also known as Passion Show, halfway in the can.

The motion picture is his most serious, intellectual, genre defying and most challenging project yet. The story is compiled of colorful characters whose mannerisms project into on screen tensions that simmer to a boil and will explode into an aggrandized cinematic trend setter. Executive producer John Van Harlingen wrote the original treatment that Masters raised into a feature length script, with the help of none other than Cult Film Goddess, and the film’s star; Bouvier (Surgikill), the quintessence of opulence and refinement. As heroine, she alone will embody the challenging role of Renae, a powerful symbol of femininity and triumph, who inherits a once famous nightclub from her grandfather, only to struggle keeping its doors open, and lights on. Also staring is the white dove from cinematic heaven, Jacqueline Guzman Cereceres (8 Reels of Sewage), as Hattie, the hot ‘n’ handy helper from a secret place where humans were designed well.

The highly sought-after Dawna Lee Heising has also joining the cast as Shelby Gator, the sensual and strange seductress whose lover allures us in drag and together they manipulate the lingerie models that Renae hired to help boost business. The choice for lace and flesh helps attendance but also attracts an unknown killer. Could it be Frederic, the bodacious business partner portrayed by virtuoso Geo Sargent, the rare breed that can effectively combine classic camp with charisma? Or is it the doorman, Moose, played by Richy B. Jacobs, who isn’t keeping peace? Also gracing the film with his presence is Domiziano Arcangeli (The Ghostmaker, Orgy of the Damned), as Desmond, the jealous boyfriend of Claudette, played by the radiant Sydney Raye Smith. Sometimes great performances arise out of unexpected places, such is the case with newbie actress Jennifo Box, proving some things shipped from Hong Kong can be quality. “The Girl With The Voice” as production designer Mystic Marlow calls her, is perfecting the art of the cool.

Hopscotch (2014) Short Film Review

Hopscotch PosterReviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

The benefits of writing for More Horror is getting the exposure to fantastic stories that I probably would’ve never have the opportunity to see. The slow burning Hopscotch, directed by Kirsten Walsh and written by Christian Nelson, is one of these gems and serves, as a great example of what the cast and crew can deliver.

This story sees Bridget; a lady of the night, being called upon into a lavish mansion for what she believes will be just a regular night. However, little does she know that a twisted nightmare awaits her.

This is a busy short film, with a lot of material to present and sell to the audience to get them hooked in for the ride and it’s one twisted ride that I believe is worth experiencing.

Hopscotch could be defined as a slow burning psychological horror film, as the events simmer away, with only the three wonderful actresses to play off each other as the tension starts to boil away.

Though the approach to psychological horror is admirable, the short film is rather exposition heavy. Were the running time any longer, these scenes might have worked but as a short film, the build up feels rather long and drawn out, consisting of a conversation that could’ve been trimmed in the writing process.

The cast here consists of only three actresses – Amanda Ayres, Christin Easterling and Karen Overstreet and these ladies work wonderfully off of each other, finding that groove within that sells the character and the world they inhabit. Though some lines are delivered a little flatly, they altogether capture their character effectively.


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