Altered (2006)

November 14, 2012 - 7:06pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: abduction, Adam Kaufman, alien abduction, aliens, Altered, Brad William Henke, Catherine Mangan, Eduardo Sanchez, James Gammon, Mike Williams, Paul McCarthy Boyington, sci-fi, scifi, underrated

Your rating: None Average: 6.4 (5 votes)

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Eduardo Sanchez
Adam Kaufman, Catherine Mangan, Brad William Henke, Paul McCarthy Boyington, James Gammon, Mike Williams

Ed Sanchez was sitting pretty for a number of years thanks to the huge success of The Blair Witch Project, which I personally didn't like. Of course, after a while he started to get the filmmaking bug again and met up with a fellow to co-write Probed, which we know today as Altered. Apparently Ed and a lot of the crew really dug what they accomplished and expected the studio to like it as much as them, but they apparently hated it and after bad reviews from test screenings the film was destined for the straight-to-DVD release. It's expected when you throw in an audience from the Hostel and Saw crowed into the screening, because this has nothing in common with those films. In fact, it may even range more towards the sci-fi crowed than anything. Regardless, this was pitted as a horror film and that's what people were expecting -- horror. And since a lot of viewers found Blair Witch scary (I found it more humorous than anything) they were expecting a lot from Ed. Attempting to break free from Blair's shadow was risky, but he dared to do it and I felt he did it successfully.

Altitude (2010)

October 11, 2010 - 3:00pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: altitude, DVD, Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Kaare Andrews, plane, suspense

Your rating: None Average: 6.3 (12 votes)

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Kaare Andrews
Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary

Altitude is a film that I've been somewhat interested in given it's fairly creative concept and potential Lovecraftian vibe. Sadly all the movie had was a concept, because the final product would've been better off as a short or a segment in some sort of anthology.

Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story (2015)

June 7, 2015 - 9:48pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alexandra Breckenridge, Alexandra Holden, Always Watching, Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, based on web series, Bellevue Productions, Blair Bomar, Chris Marquette, Cynthia Murell, David Pevsner, Doug Jones, found footage, Graham Clarke, Ian Shorr, Jake McDorman, James Moran, John Zaozirny, Kirill Baru, Marble Hornets, Mary Payne Moran, Michael Bunin, Morgan E. Bastin, Mosaic Media Group, pov, Rick Otto, Shashawnee Hall, Slender Man, Slenderman, The Operator, The Slender Man, Tim Seitter

Your rating: None Average: 8.2 (5 votes)

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James Moran
Alexandra Breckenridge, Doug Jones, Alexandra Holden, Jake McDorman, Chris Marquette, Rick Otto, Cynthia Murell, Michael Bunin, Shashawnee Hall, Blair Bomar, Graham Clarke, David Pevsner, Morgan E. Bastin, Tim Seitter, Mary Payne Moran

With a sea of found footage movies populating the genre right now it was only a matter of time before a film about Slender Man came to fruition. Originally titled The Operator (because they don't have the rights to the Slender Man name) before settling on Always Watching, the pic wouldn't necessarily follow the webseries it's based on, but would be set within that universe. That's a relief for me since I've only caught a handful of episodes, so I don't know much about what goes on in that particular storyline.

The story here starts off with a news crew that's sent out to cover foreclosed homes, where they come across one particular residence that seems a bit odd--it appears that the family mysteriously disappeared without a trace (cue dramatic music). While exploring the home they uncover an old box of tapes in the basement and decide to bring'em back to the studio in hopes of maybe uncovering the circumstances leading to the family's sudden departure.

Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

October 12, 2017 - 12:25am | FrighT MasteR

Your rating: None Average: 5.9 (7 votes)

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Franck Khalfoun
Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, Mckenna Grace, Thomas Mann, Taylor Spreitler, Mckenna Grace, Kurtwood Smith

This project has long been in development for years and actually started out as found footage with the subtitle "The Lost Tapes." That idea was obviously scrapped and after several rewrites, reshoots, and shifting release dates it's finally making its way to us by way of Google Play. Yes, the studio has so little faith in the movie that they're actually dumping it for FREE on the platform. Honestly after having watched the movie I don't really blame them, as this isn't anything we haven't seen already, especially from the Amityville franchise.

Amusement (2009)

November 14, 2012 - 6:57pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Amusement, anthology, Jessica Lucas, John Simpson, Katheryn Winnick, Keir O'Donnell, Laura Breckenridge, Tad Hilgenbrinck

Your rating: None Average: 7.8 (4 votes)

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John Simpson
Keir O'Donnell, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge, Jessica Lucas, Tad Hilgenbrinck

This is actually a movie that I've been looking forward to for quite some time. Originally sporting an early January '08 release, the film was thought to be going to theaters, but was delayed a handful of times before settling on a straight-to-DVD release a year after the initial date. Written by Jake Wade Wall (When a Stranger Calls '06, The Hitcher '07), with Bernerd Ross (Candyman) originally attached as director before getting replaced by John Simpson, the film had surprisingly above-average production values compared to your standard DVD fair.

The story is told as somewhat of an anthology, following three different girls as they're captured by the man, whom was sent to a mental institution as a child due to his twisted sense of humor that the girls didn't find very amusing. He returns several years later to scare the hell out’ve the girls in distinctive ways that only he finds humorous. The first segment involves a girl on a road trip with her boyfriend who's a big fan of convoys with strangers. They end up following the wrong person and find themselves lost and fighting for their lives.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

July 2, 2009 - 5:19am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, an american werewolf in london, blood, gore, John Landis, lycan, werewolf

Your rating: None Average: 8 (64 votes)

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John Landis
David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne

Anguish (1987)

September 6, 2010 - 6:16pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, 80's Slashers, Ángel Jovè, Anguish, audience within audience, blood, Clara Pastor, gore, J.J. Bigas Luna, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Zelda Rubinstein

Your rating: None Average: 6.7 (3 votes)

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J.J. Bigas Luna
Zelda Rubinstein, Michael Lerner, Talia Paul, Ángel Jovè, Clara Pastor

I went in not knowing much about this movie except for the fact that its got a lot of mixed reviews. The story revolves around a weird mother and her son, who is an orderly for an optometrist. He gets fired from the job due to screwing up and was reported by a snobby rich woman. His mother uses a form of hypnosis to get him to go out on a killing spree, starting with the woman who got him fired. Oh, and the son also collects his victim’s eyes after he kills them...

Animal (2014)

June 21, 2014 - 9:17pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Amaury Nolasco, Animal, Brett Simmons, cabin, Catherine Trillo, Chiller Films, creature feature, Elizabeth Gillies, Eve Nolasco, Flower Films, Jeremy Sumpter, Joey Lauren Adams, Keke Palmer, Parker Young, Paul Iacono, Synthetic Cinema International, Thommy Hutso, Thorsten Kaye, vacation

Your rating: None Average: 7.6 (12 votes)

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Brett Simmons
Keke Palmer, Eve Nolasco, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, Jeremy Sumpter

Animal is the latest flick from the line of recent original productions by Chiller Films and normally I don't give their movies much personal attention, but being a fan of creature features and knowing this was also backed by Drew Barrymore's production outfit Flower Films, I figured I'd give it a look and went in expecting at least a decent effort. For the most part that's what I got, but the film's lack of originality is what really hurts it.

The movie basically starts out like countless others before it--with a group of young friends looking to camp/hike at some secluded wooded area. It's not long before this standard group of victims finds themselves being hunted by a mysterious creature. The remaining survivors somehow make it to a cabin, where they also encounter another small group of people. With little time and resources, the ensemble must find a way to either stop or kill the beast that's lurking outside. 

Annabelle (2014)

October 22, 2014 - 9:33pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alfre Woodard, Annabelle, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe, doll, Eric Ladin, Gary Dauberman, haunting, John Leonetti, killer doll, killer dolls, spinoff, The Conjuring, The Safran Company, Tony Amendola, Ward Horton

Your rating: None Average: 6.3 (20 votes)

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John Leonetti
Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, Brian Howe

Feeding off the success of The Conjuring comes Annabelle, the spinoff/prequel that focuses primarily on the creepy doll we knew little about. In this film we revolve around a young married couple named Mia and John, where their seemingly perfect life is shattered one night when some occultists break into their home and attempt to slay the family. They fail, but not before the female cult member expresses her love for a particular doll in Mia's collection. Thus, we have the origins of Annabelle or so it would seem.

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

September 23, 2017 - 6:14pm | FrighT MasteR

Your rating: None Average: 7.5 (2 votes)

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David F. Sandberg
Miranda Otto, Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Anne Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck

While fans might not've liked the first Annabelle spinoff much, it still made just enough money for the studio to warrant a sequel and much like they did with Ouija: Origin of Evil, they opted to go the prequel route. Luckily they also got someone talented to get behind the camera for this installment by the name of David F. Sandberg, who some may remember also brought us the short and feature length films, Lights Out. It seems like that's all it took to make what started out as mediocre spinoff and turn it into another solid addition to The Conjuring universe, because unlike the first movie this was actually good.




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