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Asylum Blackout (2011)


May 8, 2012 - 7:34pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alexandre Courtes, Anna Skellern, asylum, Asylum Blackout, Asylum Uprising, Dave Legeno, Eric Godon, insane asylum, Joseph Kennedy, Kenny Doughty, Richard Brake, Rupert Evans, S. Craig Zahler, The Incident, The Incident at Sans Asylum, Vertigo Entertainment, Wy Productions

5.33333
Your rating: None Average: 5.3 (6 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Alexandre Courtes
Cast: 
Dave Legeno, Rupert Evans, Anna Skellern, Richard Brake, Kenny Doughty, Eric Godon, Joseph Kennedy


Alexandre Courtes makes his debut with Asylum Blackout, a film that went under the title The Incident during its festival run, but was renamed (a couple times) after it was picked up by IFC. The flick is a surprisingly decent debut, but unfortunately tries to be smarter than it actually is by delivering an unnecessarily ambiguous ending. However, for the most part, it wasn't a bad watch.

The story focuses on a group of friends/band mates that work in the kitchen at a local asylum when they're not off trying to put together a record. During one particular night the power goes out due to a heavy thunderstorm, causing the inmates to get a little rowdy, which eventually evolves into a full on riot.  While most of the staff are dead or missing, the remaining band mates must attempt to survive through the night, as they await aid from the police.

At the Devil's Door (2014)


August 26, 2014 - 4:49pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: antichrist, Ashley Rickards, Ava Acres, Candlewood Entertainment, Catalina Sandino Moreno, devil, Home, Naya Rivera, Nicholas McCarthy, Sonny Mallhi, the devil, Varient, Wyatt Russell, XYZ Films

6
Your rating: None Average: 6 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Nicholas McCarthy
Cast: 
Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres


The Pact writer/director Nicholas McCarthy is back with At the Devil's Door (previously titled Home) and once again doesn't disappoint, offering that great atmosphere and creepiness we saw in The Pact in this latest effort. Unfortunately the similarities between the two also kind of hurt it in certain aspects, but not enough to warrant a negative review, as it's still better in many ways than a majority of the indie horror we get lately.

ATM (2012)


March 4, 2012 - 8:20pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Alice Eve, ATM, Brian Geraghty, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Chris Sparling, David Brooks, Gold Circle Films, IFC Midnight, Josh Peck, killer, suspense, The Safran Company, thriller

5.25
Your rating: None Average: 5.3 (12 votes)

Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
David Brooks
Cast: 
Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck, Alice Eve


It's hard to properly write and execute a good film when it's centered around only a few characters in one location and ATM is no different, in fact, it's pretty much what you'd expect it to be -- from the idiotic characters making many illogical decisions, to the killer having little-to-no motive for everything that transpired. As interesting as it managed to be, you'd have to really ignore all the holes in the script to enjoy this.

The "story" focuses on a few co-workers as they head home during the holidays, but make a quick stop at a nearby ATM first, so one of'em can get some cash and grab a bite to eat. Naturally it takes three people to withdraw from an ATM, so they all crowd around the machine and as they're about to leave they spot a large creeper in a coat standing in the distance between them and the parked car. Their fears of being robbed turn for the worst when they witness the mystery man violently murder a passerby, who was simply walking his dog. Now the trio are tripped within the confines of the ATM, while the coated man on the outside tries to flush them out.

Atomica (2017)


March 14, 2017 - 12:12pm | Ryan Tutolo

5
Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Rating #: 
5/10
Director: 
Dagen Merrill
Cast: 
Dominic Monaghan, Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel


Personal and character driven are not really the words you would normally use to describe a movie put out by Syfy Films. But that’s the kind of film that is really at the heart of Atomica. Sure, it sounds like some superhero that got her power by being pushed into a vat of radioactive seaweed but the movie is way more insightful. It’s the future!! Sarah Habel plays a nuclear engineering technician tasked with investigating why one of the largest nuclear power sources in the world has lost communications with the company that owns it. Upon arriving she discovers not everything is as it seems when she comes across deranged janitor/operator Robinson (played excellently by Dominic Monaghan, who most will recognize even without his hobbit gear attached).

Attack the Block (2011)


September 25, 2011 - 8:54pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: action, Alex Esmail, alien invasion, aliens, Attack the Block, Big Talk Productions, comedic, creature, creature feature, Daisuke Hosaka, Franz Drameh, gangs, invasion, Jodie Whittaker, Joe Cornish, John Boyega, Jumayn Hunter, Leeon Jones, Luke Treadaway, monsters, Nick Frost, sci-fi, scifi, Simon Howard, teens

7.44444
Your rating: None Average: 7.4 (9 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Joe Cornish
Cast: 
Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, Nick Frost


Attack the Block is the successful film debut of director Joe Cornish, who primarily helmed UK television comedies until his premiere with this flick. It definitely helps that he's also friends with executive producer Edgar Wright, whom fans may remember as the co-writer/director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but I digress.

Attack the Block is a triumphant blend of teen-driven adventure comedies and old school monster flicks, as we follow a group of young inner city hoodlums while they "tool up" and take on what seems to be an alien invasion. After killing a small creature that fell from the sky, the kids find themselves having to protect their block and fend off against a small army of vicious beasts, and teaming up with some of the unlikeliest of allies along the way.

Ava's Possessions (2015)


March 4, 2016 - 3:50pm | FrighT MasteR

5
Your rating: None Average: 5 (3 votes)

Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Jordan Galland
Cast: 
Louisa Krause, Wass Stevens, Whitney Able, John Ventimiglia, Jemima Kirke, Dan Fogler



Ava's Possessions is the latest film to tackle the demonic possession sub-genre, but in its own unique way. While most movies focus on before and during a character's possession, this flick actually takes place after the fact and how it effects the person's life and the people around them. It's a pretty interesting concept that--for the most part--makes for a decent watch, but a simple script, pacing issues and a somewhat rushed third act deter it from being as good as it could've been.

Babysitter Wanted (2008)


March 22, 2010 - 7:30pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: babysitter, Babysitter Wanted, Bill Moseley, Brett Claywell, Bruce Thomas, Cristie Schoen, Douglas Rowe, DVD, evil kid, Jeff Markey, Jillian Schmitz, Jonas Barnes, Kai Caster, Kristen Dalton, low budget, Matt Dallas, Miriam Gonzalez, Monty Bane, Nana Visitor, Sarah Thompson, Scott Spiegel, underrated

5.57143
Your rating: None Average: 5.6 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Jonas Barnes
Cast: 
Sarah Thompson, Matt Dallas, Kristen Dalton, Bruce Thomas, Bill Moseley, Nana Visitor, Kai Caster, Monty Bane, Jillian Schmitz, Jeff Markey, Scott Spiegel, Brett Claywell, Cristie Schoen, Miriam Gonzalez, Douglas Rowe


At first glance of the cover art one would quickly dismiss the flick as just another unoriginal cheesy low-budget straight-to-DVD slasher -- how far from the truth that statement really is. Newcomer Jonas Barnes mashes together a couple sub-genres and brings forth an interesting little overlooked low-budget effort. Babysitter Wanted is a perfect example of how despite small production values, if you have the talent, a good script, and some decent actors, that you can deliver an above-average feature.

Backcountry (2014)


March 20, 2015 - 2:06am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Adam MacDonald, Backcountry, backwoods, camping, Eric Balfour, Fella Films, Fund Téléfilm Canada, Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym, Nicholas Campbell, Northern Ontario Heritage, survival, the woods, thriller, thrillerAdam MacDonald

5.28571
Your rating: None Average: 5.3 (7 votes)

Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Adam Macdonald
Cast: 
Jeff Roop, Eric Balfour, Missy Peregrym


Backcountry comes to us from first time director Adam Macdonald, whose unfamiliarity behind the camera definitely shows in several scenes (at times it seemed like the wobbly camera was going to bump into the actors), but that's the least of the film's problem. Actually, thinking it was even a horror flick to begin with was my problem. Despite what the premise and poster would lead you to believe, this is essentially just a wilderness drama about a young couple's boring camping trip in the woods for the first hour, then in the last 30 a bear suddenly drops in and decides to make things a little more difficult than needs to be for the couple.

Backwoods (1987)


July 29, 2009 - 7:32am | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: 80's, backwoods, camping, Dean Crow, survival horror, woods

4
Your rating: None Average: 4 (2 votes)

Rating #: 
4/10
Director: 
Dean Crow
Cast: 
Christine Noonan, Jack O'Hara, Brad Armacost, Dick Kreusser, Leslie Denise

Bad Meat (2011)


February 15, 2013 - 7:31pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Bad Meat, blood, cannibals, Capitol Films, cheesy, comedic, Dave Franco, Elizabeth Harnois, gore, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Lulu Jarmen, Mark Pellegrino, Paul Gerstenberger, POS, POS movie, Rob Schmidt, splatter, Tahj Mowry

3.61538
Your rating: None Average: 3.6 (13 votes)

Rating #: 
2/10
Director: 
Lulu Jarmen
Cast: 
Elizabeth Harnois, Dave Franco, Mark Pellegrino, Tahj Mowry, Jessica Parker Kennedy


Bad Meat was originally announced back in 2007 with Wrong Turn director Rob Schmidt at the helm, where he promised this would be the "scariest and goriest movie of his career." Going off that quote and the plot of a group of teens fending against their crazed cannibalistic camp instructors, I had somewhat high hopes. Unfortunately, the studio that was funding the project went bankrupt 2/3 of the way into shooting, so production froze and remained that way for years. It wasn't until the young leads started to make a name for themselves on television that it was picked up and "finished" in hopes of capitalizing on these young stars.

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