Gross Movie Reviews #488

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Gross Movie Reviews #488

 

Commando Squad (DVD) – A Fred Olen Ray action flick from 1987 that has more names in it than it does action. An undercover cop Clint (Brian Thompson) is in Mexico trying to put a stop to a cocaine growing and processing plant run by an ex-cop (William Smith) who is trying to recruit Clint once he is captured. Of course William Smith’s partner in crime is played by Sid Haig wants Clint dead and stop wasting time. But Clint’s old partner Kat played by Kathy Shower has been sent in for the rescue as she sidekicks her way through the whole drug cartel! I am a huge Brian Thompson fan, William Smith was fun, and Sid Haig was the best part of the film but there wasn’t anything there plot wise. The film just drags for a very long time so I can only give it 2 stars if that?

 

The Devil’s Bride (DVD) – A late 60s flick starring Christopher Lee as this Duke who swore to look out for this young man named Simon. Even if Simon does not want help the Duke swore to help and protect him. During a surprise visit the Duke finds Simon wrapped up with Satanists and they are having a party as they are about to have their circle of 13. The British movie is craziness of The Duke vs. Black Magic that features blood, sacrifices, strange images, possible orgies, The Devil, and even The Angel of Death! And Christopher Lee is just a plain bad ass in this taking it all on in order to save Simon. Fun Satanist shit that I give 3 stars.

 

3 From Hell (Theater) – Rob Zombie’s latest picks up from the end of “The Devil’s Rejects” where the three have taken on 20 bullets a piece in their bodies and somehow survived. After a quick court process all three are convicted but questions are raised on what exactly they did and how much? They become legendary figures in the media and ten years pass by. During that time Captain Spaulding is executed for his crimes so cue ‘we need a new character’ Richard Brake comes in as Otis’ half-brother. When Baby is denied parole and Otis escapes prison the brothers come up with a plan to break Baby out. Once out the three head for Mexico for safety but once again they must fight for their lives against Luchador assassins. This all sounds great in theory but in my opinion without getting too much into it just because if you like it? Good for you I am glad but personally I just feel Rob Zombie should have left this one alone and moved on to a different project. The film isn’t bad or anything I just feel he should have left the “Devil’s Rejects” ending alone as I give the movie 1 ½ stars.

 

Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (Shudder/DVD) – So it is now ten years since the original horrific events of the hotel went down. It is October 2018 and the hotel is scheduled for demolition but some super rich dude (Russell Wynn) steps in last second and buys the hotel. He wants the hotel to host his haunting interactive show called ‘Insomnia’ which people loved in New York. So why move the show in the sticks? Well he would like everyone to believe no matter where this new haunting attraction is at people will find it and pay to get in. But we have seen the other two movies and know something is up immediately but you won’t quite know why until closer to the end of the film. With this event happening in the hotel a new host for ‘Morning Mysteries’ is there to document everything but just like any normal person she is very leery of going in the hotel. Again strange things begin to happen until it leads up to opening night and its then you learn why Wynn bought the hotel in the first place. Great wrap up story as I give the movie 3 stars.

Little Monsters (On Demand) – Another amazing horror film comes from Australia, big surprise there… The film begins innocently enough about a man who has relationship and job trouble. When he and his girlfriend break up after nine years this sends David to live with his older sister and five year old kid. Of course Uncle David tries to be the cool Uncle but is very unsure what it is like to act like in front of kids. After David meets the kid’s teacher Miss Caroline, David immediately falls in love so he volunteers for a field trip a farm with the class. Believing this will help him get closer to Miss Caroline. Meanwhile, a U.S. military top secret facility is host to Project: Regeneration is right next to Pleasant Valley Farm where the kids’ field trip is at. Project: Regeneration has broken containment and unbeknownst to David and the kids, Teddy McGiggles turns into a real asshole when the zombie apocalypse happens! Miss Caroline’s goal is to keep the kids safe at all costs in this hilarious and light-hearted zombie flick. This is an absolutely lovable rewatchable zombie film that will most likely make my top ten list of 2019 as I give it 4 stars.

 

The 7th Victim (DVD) – An early 40s flick that tackles satanic cults where a young woman named Mary leaves school to go looking for her sister Jacqueline. She arrives in New York to look for her sister only to find Jacqueline’s husband and a lot of stories about her. Mary reports her missing to the police but a private investigator takes a personal interest in the case. When they believe they have tracked her down the private dick gets stabbed to death. As Mary unravels the mystery it becomes clear the satanic cult Jacqueline got mixed up with wants her dead but Jacqueline has other plans. The movie is a little slow but a very interesting take on satanic cults at the time that plays out more like a drama than a horror film. Even though I am giving this only 2 stars I do highly recommend giving this film at least one watch to see something cinematically different for the early 40s.

Candy Corn (On Demand) – An all-star cast heads up this Halloween fright flick about a young man Jacob who is a little different from everyone else. A small group of people have hazed Jacob every year on Halloween and this was going to be no different as Jacob now worked for the Freakshow that has rolled into town. The four head to the Freakshow and meet Jacob out back and the hazing goes too far as they kill Jacob. This upsets the barker of the Freakshow Dr. Death and he performs a ritual that brings Jacob’s body back with a horrific mask on. Undead Jacob tracks down each person in the group and brutally murders them for revenge. This flick has some great gore shots but overall the movie seems disjointed and doesn’t exactly commit to the Jacob storyline as you wanting to know more about the Dr. Death character. Right or wrong the filmmaker may have left out some important scenes concerning this character. Enjoyed Courtney Gains and P.J. Soles characters but like most horror films Tony Todd’s character seemed wasted as he is so much more… Don’t get me wrong a good Halloween film to check out but not a great one as I give it 2 ½ stars.

 

Annabelle: Creation (DVD) – So just in case you needed to know how Annabelle came to be I have two words for “Pet Sematary”. Yes indeed sometime in the late 30s or early 40s a little girl gets destroyed by a truck and after the parents were praying to whoever would listen… Presto, changeo, killer ghost child is back ready to fuck people up! A dozen years pass by until a group of orphan girls are offered to live at the home. Of course one of them doesn’t listen and open the room where Annabelle was hanging out at and now she lurks around for scares. I wasn’t expecting much but enjoyed the jump scares and the creepiness it kept from “The Conjuring” films as I give it 2 ½ stars.

 

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Synapse Films to release Pet Sematary documentary

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UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 20, 2017) – On the eve of the 28th Anniversary of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, which was released in theaters on April 21, 1989, Terror Films is excited to announce their partnership with Synapse Films. Synapse is set to handle the physical release of the documentary; it will be released later this year.

Don May Jr., one of the partners of the American DVD and Blu-ray label, specializes in cult horror, science fiction and exploitation films. He had this to say about teaming up with Terror Films: “I first saw a rough cut of UNEARTHED & UNTOLD over a year ago and was very excited about it. It’s a great documentary, with a lot of great stories and information. I’m thrilled to be able to release a Blu-ray and DVD. Hopefully, this partnership with Terror Films will lead to future releases between our two companies.”

Filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White left no stone unturned. The film features interviews with director Mary Lambert and the entire cast: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl Twins and many more. It also features never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine, interviews with key crew and the townspeople.  Synapse plans to add even more special bonus features for the physical release.

UNEARTHED AND UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY was originally released by Terror Films on January 13th , 2017. It is available on platforms such as: iTunes (with bonus features including a fan appreciation sizzle reel and a personal interview with the documentary filmmakers):

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/unearthed-untold-the-path-to-pet-sematary/id1179685501

And at Amazon Instant:

https://www.amazon.com/Unearthed-Untold-Path-Pet-Sematary/dp/B01NAK2V46

As well, the film is available on: Google Play/You Tube, Sony PSN, X-Box, Vudu, Vimeo On Demand, I Bleed Indie and 3 Roku channels, (Free Flix Tonight, 24 Hour Movie Channel and Free Grindhouse Flix Tonight). It is coming soon to Steam, and Tubi TV.  The film is also available in multiple countries on iTunes and Amazon International. It will be coming soon to iFlix. So, you can unearth this award winning, critically acclaimed documentary today and find out why sometimes – dead isn’t better!

The Official Trailer Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnP7swXKQXo

The Unearthed & Untold Official Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/UnearthedandUntold

The Terror Films’ Website:

http://www.terrorfilms.net/film/unearthed-untold-path-pet-sematary

The Synapse Films’ Website: http://synapse-films.com

“UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY”

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TERROR FILMS Presents

 

UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: THE PATH TO PET SEMATARY”

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Premieres the Official Trailer, Poster & Special Promotion

In September of 2015, TERROR FILMS announced that it had acquired, “UNEARTHED & UNTOLD: The Path To Pet Sematary” – the documentary chronicling the origins of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel, “PET SEMATARY” and its journey from script to screen.

For eager fans that have long awaited the release of the documentary, which took filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White nearly 5 years to complete, the wait is finally over.

 

Thursday April 21st, 2016, in celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the original film’s theatrical release, Terror Films premieres the Documentary’s Official Trailer, Poster and a SPECIAL ONE TIME LIMITED EDITION Promotion. The details of what’s included in the promotion are featured in the flyer seen here with complete details provided on the Terror Films Store Link below.

The Documentary promotional release will begin on April 27th and continue for 27 Days, ending on May 18th and will be the only time this Limited Edition Offer will be available, prior to the documentary’s official release currently set for October 2016.

During this limited time frame fans will be able to order the Limited Edition Combo Pack, which will include a dual Region Free DVD / Blu-Ray copy of the Documentary featuring interviews with Director Mary Lambert and the entire cast; including Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl Twins and many more. The film also features never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine, interviews with key crew, the town’s people and packed full of bonus features, including a fan appreciation sizzle reel, a personal interview with the documentary filmmakers and much, much more.

The film, which was discovered by Terror Film’s exec Jim Klock at the Rhode Island Flickers’ Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival in 2014 is an important release for the company and they are not taking it lightly. Terror Films exec, Joe Dain who negot iated t he deal with the filmmakers stated, “We not only understand the relevance of our Company’s association with this iconic film via this incredible documentary; more importantly we understand the obligation we have to the fans to make this release as special as possible.”

Filmmakers Campopiano and White stated: “When we first set out for Maine nearly six years ago we thought, at most, we would take some photographs of the filming locations from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and post them to social media. But upon that very first visit we knew that we had stumbled upon something special — stories, people, and places that had been barely documented for the extensive, global horror fan community. We knew within that first year that we needed to go back to Maine and continue to dig, not just to satisfy our own curiosities but also to try and bring an in-depth making of story about Pet Sematary to others who also share a deep appreciation for the film.  Terror Films has stepped up and showcased a similar love for Pet Sematary but, more importantly, the belief that the stories, people, and places we’ve documented have significance and ought to be shared with anyone who has an interest in Pet Sematary, Stephen King, the horror genre, or film in general.”

 

To learn more about this Special Limited Edition Promotion and to purchase the Documentary Combo Pack during the 27 day time frame, please visit the official Terror Films’ Shopify Store Link below and be sure to read all of the details before making your purchase.

The promotion will not go live until 12am PST on Thursday April 21st.

http://shop.terrorfilms.net/

To learn more about Terror Films and to stay up to date with the Documentary’s official release, please visit:

Official Trailer Link:                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnP7swXKQXo

Official Facebook Page:       https://www.facebook.com/UnearthedandUntold

Terror Films Facebook Page:          https://www.facebook.com/TerrorFilmsLLC