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Saturday, April 12, 2014


When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. 

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, and Victoria Thaine

Directed and written by: Sean Byrne

  Remember that girl or boy you wanted to ask to the prom? Maybe you weren't sure what they would say but you asked them anyways. Of course you hoped for a yes, but then that painful no came out of their mouth. How could they say no? Feelings of embarrassment, shame, and especially anger rushed over you! The anger inside you was trying to drive you to seek some revenge, but that never happened.
  Well Lola (Robin McLeavy) is plenty angry, and has no problem seeking revenge when Brent (Xavier Samuel) turns her down for the prom. She proves to be a girl that you never want to say no to. With the help of her father, they kidnap Brent, and take him back to their house to hold their private prom. This prom’s events primarily include torturing Brent. Besides the fact that Lola and father are completely nuts, it doesn't seem to make too much sense torturing him so much. That is when the audience finds out that there is a little more to this story. 
  The little surprise isn't enough to save this movie. While it has some moments of fun watching Lola go mad it gets a little old. Then there is a pointless sub story of one of Brent's friends going to prom. It seems like just a time killer while waiting to see Lola torture Brent yet again. The only good part of the story is how the opening scene, which seems pointless at first, actually has some meaning in the end. Because “The Loved Ones” basically amounts to Lola’s madness, which grows old fast, I give this movie 1.5 pools of blood.


Saturday, January 25, 2014


The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.
Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, and Julia Garner

Directed by: Jim Mickle

Written by: Nick Damici, Jorge Michel Grau, and Jim Mickle

  Some movies go under the radar, and it's probably better that way. Other movies go under the radar, and it's a shame more people didn't take the opportunity to see it. So which category does "We Are What We Are" fall into?  Well that turns out to be an easy question to answer.
  There is plenty to like starting with the creepy feel that is maintained throughout the movie. Part of that feeling is helped by the touch of mystery that lasts during the first half. The other part of that feeling comes from how many of the scenes are shot with consistent darkness, including when the downpour occurs. Throw in a setting in a strange small town, and you get a good creepy movie. 
  It moves at a good pace letting the audience slowly pick up on what is going on. The less the audience knows heading into the movie the better. Once they start to pick up what is happening, there is a chance they can lose some interest. However, the best thing about the movie, which is the ending, will hit the audience just before that happens. This is definitely an unexpected, brutal, and shocking ending. The title "We Are What We Are" seems a little unusual, even hard to say, but really proves to be true. With that said, I give "We Are What We Are" 3 pools of blood, and please don't let it go under your radar.


Friday, January 17, 2014


A young girl has sex with a stranger at a party and contracts, what she thinks is, a sexually-transmitted disease - but is actually something much worse.

Starring: Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Alice Macdonald, and Katie Stegeman

Directed and written by: Eric Englund

  Unfortunately there are a lot of people that can relate to part of this story. You go to a party, have too much fun, and end up sleeping with a stranger. Some people get lucky, and walk away like nothing happened, while others aren't so lucky. That is what happens to Samantha (Najarra Townsend) in "Contracted," but the movie takes it to the extreme.
  She ends getting a symptom here, and there until it gets out of hand. The good thing the movie does is keeping the audience wondering what will come of her disease. For those that like to be grossed out, eventually there might be a moment or two for you. I'm going to try not to ruin it, but only say a poor guy gets "lucky," and "unlucky" at the same time!
  While being grossed out is fun, there are a few problems. There is just something off about what becomes of Samantha, and takes away from what otherwise seems like a real life situation. Yes, they probably wanted to make it as disgusting as possible, but I'm not even sure they know what they turned her into. Then there is the continuing mention of the mysterious guy she slept with, but they never finish off his story. Leaving that a mystery might work for some, but not me. Finally the acting of some of the supporting cast isn't that great. In the end, "Contracted" is a strange story about a strange girl with some nasty moments that I give 2 pools of blood!

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