Sunday, October 23, 2011


     Two of my friends and me have been working on a project called Caller Of Black. The project is a music project with one foot in the industrial music pool. Well long story short I finished the first song tonight (I engineered, mixed, programmed, played guitar, among other hats). My friend Sarah kind enough to sing and my friend Chris, who I've played music with off and on for the past almost 15 years ( I think it's been that long) played bass and keyboards.

     To listen to the song just follow the link below, and let me know what you think!

     That's right...FREE!

     That's one song with the name Ghost from Caller Of Black free!

Caller Of Black

Saturday, October 22, 2011


THE DEAD (2010)
Directed by Howard J. and Jonathan Ford

Rob Freeman - Lt. Brian Murphy
Prince David Oseia - Sgt. Daniel Dembele
David Dontoh - The Chief

     When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

     I was watching AMC at the start of the week, as they're showing horror movies till the end of the month, and AMC starts out by showing Romero's Survival Of The Dead. As I was watching it I just couldn't let go of the feeling that Romero has completely lost his touch. The movie had no suspense or terror to it, or any part that makes you want to jump. Not to mention his sly commentary on society. So needless to say after watching it, yes, I watched the whole movie, I felt somewhat cheated. It was if Romero just stopped trying on this one. Though I will admit I watched it to get ready to watch The Dead.

     Now this is a zombie movie in vein of classic Romero. The zombies shuffle, and look lost when not close to their one food source. The one time they truly move quickly is when they are mere inches from live humans, and damn it if I didn't jump at least twice in this movie because I wasn't expecting a zombie attack. Yet it's due to not expecting an attack which makes you lower your guard, and you let yourself relax is when the zombies attack. In recent years zombies have became fast and can hang from ceiling piping, yet it's the slow moving ones that don't scream or yell, the type that sneaks up on you, that I will always like the best due to it brings to mind the classic boogey man almost.

     Now the acting does have to be talked about. It seems like most of the time I start the acting part of the reviews like that, I guess I have to find some other way to start from now on. Anyway, I have to mention that another difference in this movie than with other zombie movies is that during half the run time there isn't any talking what so ever. Most of the acting is shown by facial expressions and the fatigue shown in the actor's  eyes, as well as the body language of both the principle actors. Rob Freeman, who we spend most of the time with, plays Lt. Brian Murphy who is more of a classic hero. He doesn't say much and lets his actions speak for him. And this is shown very well when Murphy is faced with a fellow soldier that left him after Murphy gets a vehicle. So much is said about his character during this brief scene. As well as toward the end of the movie when he is asked to kill a mother after she hands him her baby for safe keeping. He doesn't want kill her, and even pleads to her not to go through with it. Prince David Oseia is does well as Sgt. Daniel Dembele, a African soldier who deserts his post to find his son. The sad part about this character is that he is his own worst enemy. Even though he tries to be stoic, his emotions get in his way and cause him to take to many chances that puts him and Murphy in more danger than they already are. Oseia, even though he's only been acting professionally for over a year does an amazing job.

      The look of the movie is just a thing of beauty. Part of this I think is due to the use of 35mm film instead of digital cameras, which adds a certain amount of grain to the film that gives it a almost dirty look in places. But yet in other places the film is just amazing, specially when it shows the main protagonist in silhouette. The pacing in the film is steady for the most part, though it does slow down and almost drags in parts, though it does pick back up after a short time. For a film genre that is filled with sub-par zombie movies that are more laughable and harder to watch than the latest attempts at mass released  horror in theaters, this is a treat of a movie that harkens back to the 80's ideal of film making that is a joy to watch. And as a plus there is no CG blood and all the effects are practical. Complete old school which is something that is needed badly at the moment.

     Murphy's revenge on a soldier that left him for dead.

     Perhaps nature has put in motion the ultimate solution to it's problem.

     The directors used actual amputees in the movie to add believability to scenes.


Monday, October 17, 2011


Directed by Hiroyuki Tanaka

Jouji Nakata - Alucard
Yoshiko Sakakibara - Sir Integral Fairbroook Wingates Hellsing
Fumiko Orikasa - Seras Victoria

      The mission of Hellsing, that was founded by Abraham Van Helsing, is to protect Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil. Yet as the scale and frequency of incidents involving the undead escalate in England and all around the world, Sir Integra discovers that the remnants of a Nazi occult group called Millennium that wants to bring back into power the Third Reich by creating a battalion of vampires.

      As those that have been reading this blog know by now, I've talked about having a backlog of movies and films to watch. It ranges from sci-fi to martial arts to horror to anime. So needless to say, I won't be hurting for movies to review here. But somethings get put on the backburner sometimes, such as when a director contacts me about reviewing their film. Or when a newer movie is opening up, I tend to review those first just to try to stay somewhat current. So Hellsing: Ultimate OVA V is one of the ones that I've been sitting on for about a year now and I decided to go ahead and watch it.

     As this is the fifth volume of the series, those that don't really know what is going on will be completely lost as there is no rehash of what has gone on before. Yet the best way to put this volume for the first half of it is the quiet before the storm. Sir Hellsing is talking to the British military leaders about the invasion that is about to happen, to their dismay at that, and not quite getting through to them that England is in the greatest danger it has ever been in. This is after her servant, Alucard, has found out that the Millennium group has already put their own members into power in the military. All the while having to deal with veiled threats by the Vatican secret special forces, Section XIII Iscariot, to take care business or they'll take care of it for them.

     Back when anime was first really starting to become a big deal in the U.S. there was a movie called Fist Of The North Star that came out and had the moniker of the worlds first "splatter toon". I am happy to say that Hellsing: Ultimate carries on this proud moniker with ease considering that half of London is either blown to hell or is being eaten. The animation is smooth and more detailed than most other anime. The story will be confusing to anyone that hasn't watched the previous OVAs (Original Video Animation) or hasn't read the manga. But for the ones that have will love it considering that nothing is censored or considered to over the edge. Even the weird dream sequences Alucard has is left in due to his boredom while aboard a carrion ship that used to be naval battleship that he's modified to more his liking. Hellsing: Ultimate can almost be considered art with the look and feel throughout its short runtime, yet there is plenty that is happening to keep everyone enthralled.

     This one is hard to narrow down due to the last half is almost all bloodshed.

     Such as decapitation by wire,

     And by blade.

     You are all newborn, baby vampires, and I am in the business of destroying such vampires.

     The first four Hellsing: Ultimate OVAs were released in the States by the now defunct Geneon Entertainment.

      Hellsing: Ultimate is based directly on the Hellsing Manga.

Friday, October 14, 2011


Directed by Joe Cornish

John Boyega - Moses
Jodie Whittaker - Sam
Nick Frost - Ron

     A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.

     This is another one of the festival films that I mentioned about in a earlier post. The cool thing about these films is that they don't play by anybodies rules and do what they want and make no apologies for it. Sure most of the films won't ever see wide national release, but that's fine by me if the directors make the movie they want to make and don't have to compromise on the finished product. I applaud their convictions and their will to make their vision their way whether it be for good or bad.

     Well here's something that I wasn't expecting. I was expecting the film to be good, just not as good as it was. The reason for this is that at the start of the film you come to loathe the central teenager characters through and through, though you do start to like their characters slowly toward the end of the film, especially the character of Moses. But make no mistake, the kids are not heroes. Now there is social commentary about how lower class youth is being treated and how gangs have formed up to help protect themselves from other gangs, though this usually leads to the oldest or the toughest of the gang leading and in turn getting them in trouble due to that the other members want to look cool or just want acceptance. So they'll follow and imitate the others with no regard for the consequences. Remember this as it will come into effect later. What's also funny is that all the gang members, excluding Moses, all come from stable homes though lower class, which just drives in the whole point of them following who they consider to be the cool kid and following his lead and just looking for acceptance.

     John Boyega, who portrays Moses, at first is completely unlikable in any form, yet it's when he starts to let his tough exterior down some you find out that he actually cares about his friends, but yet you still know that he's not a decent person, and he does things just for the thrill of it whether it be mugging someone or killing animals (or assumed animals). Now I talked about consequences earlier and this comes into effect with Moses toward the end of the film, as you find out that having killed the first alien he in turn brought down all the trouble that happens to everyone through odd run-ins or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet Boyega does show that Moses is suffering for what he did as his friends are getting killed around him and he realizes that only he can really stop what is happening.  Jodie Whittaker, who plays Sam, in the movie is about the one sympathetic character out of the whole cast as she was always at the wrong place throughout most of the film from when she is first mugged by Moses and his friends to actually understanding why Moses is the way he is after seeing how he was raised. Sam though is always the voice of reason through most of the film, yet doesn't shy from having some revenge on her muggers when they come to her for help. Whittaker does a decent job as she doesn't play the role of the usual lady in distress, instead adds a aire of dignity to her character through all that she faces.

     This movie won't win any awards plain and simple. What it does do really well is give us a "B" movie that is fun even with a lack of true likable characters. The creature effects for the aliens is really quite genius in its simplicity. What even impressed me more was that most of the aliens are all practical effects with a man in a suit as the alien through most of the film which in turn gives the aliens true weight and space in the movie. I've always liked in camera effects more than digital effects and Attack The Block is a good example of why that is. As for the look of the film, Director Joe Cornish was more than up for the challenge to make a smaller movie and make it seem larger thanks to the different camera angles used and had a good grasp on what should be shown when fights occur after the first half of the movie was done. The one fault the movie does have to me is that the script seems just a tad uneven as the first part of the film just seems to go everywhere, yet when the film gets centered inside the apartment complex, everything just seems to click and starts moving quicker. So if you don't mind most of the characters being complete assholes and bangers the film is actually fun and really funny in parts which helps to lighten the mood that is being built up. And for those that were looking for Nick Frost being a major part of the story? Well he is in it, but he's basically used for comic relief and isn't in the film that much, thankfully he's funny in those scenes.

     The four course meal that is Hi-Hatz's  face.

     Maybe there was a party at the zoo and a monkey fucked a fish.....

     Members of the gang compare the film's aliens to various fantastical creatures, all British in origin, namely: Dobby the house-elf from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels, Gollum from the Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolken, and Gremlins, who were blamed for electronic malfunctions on fighter planes in WW II which two movies were based on in the 1980's.

     In the scene where the meteorite breaks open, a female alien cocoon is revealed director Joe Cornish expressed interest in having it for a back yard center piece.

     Joe Cornish also is a screenwriter for the movie The Adventures of Tintin and is working on the script for Antman.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


     I just have to  mention two really cool things.

     First is the site for the A&E's adaptation for Stephen King's Bag Of Bones mini-series starring Pierce Brosnan. As a lot of my friends know I love Stephen King's fictional works, so much so that I'm trying to collect all of his books in first print hardcover edition. Don't think I'll actually get them all, but it's a nice goal. And if anyone wants to sell a copy of Stephen King's The Colorado Kid for somewhat cheap, just get in touch with me! But anyway the site site is kinda creepy and has the right amount of mystery to it to make you want to know what's going on. Let's just hope they keep the connection to the dark series in there! The link is below for the site!

Bag Of Bones

     And the last one is there's a new Sam short out that is just perfect for the outcast in all of us that wanted a friend when we were younger but no one could be bothered. Love it! The video is below!

Monday, October 10, 2011


DEUS IRAE (2010)
Directed by Pedro Christiani

Gaston Ricaud - Father Marcos
Bernarda Pages - Carmen
Ana Pauls - Nina

     A fragile border separates our world from the realm of darkness, where nightmarish creatures await in the shadows. Only one thing is standing in their way: a secret order of priests, who devote their souls to protect this border. They are the 'Deus Irae'.

      One of the only drawbacks of doing this blog is that I usually have a backlog of films to watch. Now this isn't really a bad thing, it's just that I have to pick and choose which films and movies to review. I try to do reviews of recent films or movies that are on the festival circuit first just to stay current whenever possible. Deus Irae is one that I've been siting on for a while and couldn't get to until now. So now, there's no more waiting. On to the review.

     I will admit the acting for the most part in this short film is was about average for the most part. No one really stood out as being better than the rest. Though Gaston Ricuad, who plays Father Marcos, seems to  not really want to be there in some parts of the story as the film plays out. As in most short films, not a lot of information is giving about the characters so their actions have to do most of the telling. And in Deus Irae their actions speak quite loud as innocents are killed and executed. What's even more interesting is that they act more like psychopaths than religious made people. Even though Deus Irea are priests, they have more in common with the medieval Knight Templars than modern priests.

     The one thing that really stuck out about the short is the atmosphere. It is literally dripping with it. If more pure horror movies had this type of atmosphere it would help them out tremendously. From porcelain dolls heads that follow the characters, to dripping splattered on ceilings half bodies, this short didn't jip on the effects one bit and that made it it's saving grace. For a short film it was well put together and shot very professionally which hides the fact Deus Irae is a independent production and well worth a watch, despite throwing the viewers in the center of a storm with no explanation. I would love to see a full length production made of the short as it has so much potential. Any fan of the horror films will find something to like in the short.

     The poor possessed girls decapitation. 

     The child was a trap. But not for us.

     Director  Pedro Christiani made Deus Irae hoping to be able to make it into a full length feature.

     The short was made on a budget of about $20,000.

Friday, October 7, 2011


THE WOMAN (2011)
Directed by Lucky McKee

Pollyanna McIntosh - The Woman
Angela Bettis - Belle Cleek
Sean Bridgers - Chris Cleek

     When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.

     When I first found out that The Woman was playing the festival circuits I was quite happy to hear about it. One of the reasons why is because Jack Ketchum is a great storyteller that doesn't pull any punches when it comes to his work. Another reason I got excited about The Woman was because it was directed by Lucky McKee. After watching May (which I love by the way) I think he is one of the fringe directors that is worth watching no matter what. Yet The Woman was supposed to be highly controversial, which just piqued my wanting to watch it even more. So how was the movie?

       As for the acting everyone did an amazingly good job through and through,  but two stood out from the rest. The first one was Sean Bridgers as Chris Cleek, the patriarch of the Cleek family. Even though when he is first introduced he seems almost normal except for he seemed lazy. It's only throughout the film that we see just how messed up the character is. From basically doing nothing around his home to help out except for making everyone else do everything, to hitting his wife or any female that disagrees with him, Chris Cleek is everything I despise in abusive men and husbands. I can easily go into what his religious views are (NAR and the Dominionism anyone) but I'll reframe. Lauren Ashley Carter, who plays Peggy Cleek, though is the viewers way into the family and the one moral compass in the whole film. Peggy you can tell is trapped in a world she doesn't want and is afraid of, but doesn't know what to do except to stay quiet unless something really bothers her. Throughout the whole film she acts afraid of her secret of being pregnant coming out as well. Now this alone isn't that bad, but with her family life and the hints of who the actual father could be just makes her the one lone sympathetic character in the film.

     As for Lucky McKee's directing and how he put the film together has to be talked about as well. The look is mostly clean, but yet at the same time seems somewhat distorted as if almost every scene is somewhat slightly out of focus which actually adds to the feel of the film. The music used in the film is one of the things that got me though. I read online how some people found the musical choices poor as it didn't fit the scene or the emotion that was happening in it. To me though, it felt like after hearing it there was no other choice. Yes, you wouldn't expect a happy sounding song to play during a violent scene, but by doing this, it just made the scene more jarring and much more hard hitting. I applaud who ever was in charge of gathering the music for the soundtrack.

     The actual feel of the film is just incredible. Now I'm going to go ahead and say that the first part of the film moves a little bit slow. Not Audition slow though, as the pace does pick up about halfway through. And that is one of the things that is so brilliant about The Woman. It starts out where everything seems mostly normal for a family with just a few cracks showing through the shine. You are introduced to the whole family and their demeanor in turn. It is only after we're firmly implanted into the family mindset that the film picks up its pace and never slows down and the viewer is stuck just like Peggy Cleek is in the film, watching all the happy pieces fall away and we're left with the true horror of the family. And what is even worse is you can't look away as all the dirt and filth is exposed quickly. I'm not going to ruin the true shocks in the film as they are not hinted at in anyway in the film which just makes each scene more brilliant and harder hitting. But the true genius of this film is that it makes you feel something at the end. Whether it's disgust, filthy, or just a feeling of being hit over the head with a sledge hammer, The Woman makes you feel something. As for me, I felt like I was ran over by a truck after watching it and I want to thank Lucky McKee for it, as only two other films made me feel that way (The River's Edge and Se7en were the films). He made a film that shows true horror. To bad most people won't watch it. 

     Chris Cleek's more than deserving slow painful evisceration.

     Says the man with nine fingers.

     Chris Cleek repeatedly uses the word "anophthalmia" in reference to one of his daughters. Unilateral anophthalmia is the congenital absence of one eye, and bilateral anophthalmia is the congenital absence of both eyes.

     The Woman is a sequel to the 2009 movie Offspring, also written by Jack Ketchum.

      The Woman has won multiple international movie awards. And well deserved in my eyes.

     Writer Jack Ketchum has a role in the movie Header based off of Edward Lee's book of the same name. Edward Lee also has a role in the same movie.

     Stay after the credits to watch  what happens to the youngest daughter. It just made the film have much more of an impact.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Directed by Skip Shea

Aurora Grabill - Miss
Alexander Lewis - Peter Martell

    Peter Martell is a highly educated well-to-do young man with a lot of free time on his hands. He spends this time watching snuff films. One day he makes the bold decision to cross the line from observer to participant, aspiring to bring a philosophical element to his own kind of snuff films.

     Skip Shea sent me an email last week about a short he has out that called Microcinema. I have to say that I do like getting emails from directors about their work, short or long. I just hope that more directors get in touch with me about their work as I love seeing new films.

      I would have to say for the most part the short works reasonable well. The acting is decent from both actors that are in it as well. Alexander Lewis does a good job as someone that has watched to many torture porn movies and that has gone to his head. So he does what anyone with a serious mental health issue would do and that's to become a murderer himself and record it for prosperity.  As for Aurora Grabill, for the time she was on screen she did a good job. I really liked the last line she mentioned in the short as well. The audio was nicely done as was the sound effects toward the end.

     Yet if there is one thing that I think was overdone, it would be the rape scene. Now don't get me wrong, I think it was a nice twist to the short, and before the hate mail comes pouring in watch the short to know why I said what I did. I just think that it went on just a tad to long. Part of the reason why this scene works well though is because of the sound design which I mentioned before. For a short, this movie tries to be something different which I applaud Shea for trying, specially the twist at the end. Yet  there is something missing from it, and to me it would be a true ending. But for a short, it ends at a good point and leaves you wanting to see what happens after the victim is dragged away and that is something that not a lot new directors know how to do. Also I would love to know more about "Miss" as she was more interesting to me than Peter was.

     No one dies in this one, but Peter wishes he was dead though!

     I'm giving them the gift of release from the suffering that is life.

     Skip Shea has a uncredited role as a mental patient in Shutter Island.

     Shea has directed five short films, and has a sixth one coming out soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Well I got back from watching Cirque De Soileil 's Dralion in Tallahassee last night (really good by the way) and I found a press release for this movie coming out shortly called Blood Fare waiting for me in my inbox. So I watched the trailer for it and it seems like it would be a fun cheesy type of movie. So here's the press release for it.

     Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging Completes Digital Coloring Of Female Action Filmmaker J.A. Steel’s “Blood Fare”
     SALT LAKE CITY, UT. – On September 27, 2011, J.A. Steel, the award winning female writer and director, announces the completion of the digital coloring of her fourth feature film “Blood Fare.” The up-and-coming colorist, Jeff Pantaleo, completed the digital coloring on the newly developed Scratch workflow at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI).

     “Blood Fare” is a Civil War ghost story with a modern twist, by J.A. Steel and Co-Producer Christian K. Koch. It is the tale of Corporal Henry Trout (S. Edward Meek - “Wild Stallion”), who in 1861 fought valiantly in a forgotten skirmish after the first battle of Bull Run. 150 years later, he will come face to face with his descendants as the battle for blood continues on a haunted battlefield. Tyler (Brandi Lynn Anderson from the upcoming Syfy original series “ZEROS”) and her brother Chad (Adrian West), Henry's fifth generation grandchildren, will challenge the very legend of Charon the Ferryman, as the lines between the living and the dead become blurred.

     Gil Gerard, internationally recognized for his lead role as Captain William ‘Buck’ Rogers in the science fiction movie and television series “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, plays the character of Professor Meade, mentor to the protagonist Tyler, in “Blood Fare”. Gerard was recently seen in the Syfy original movie “Ghost Town”. International action star, Kim Sonderholm, most recently seen in the newly released “Little Big Boy,” appears alongside Gerard as Professor Malick.

     In addition to Gerard and Sonderholm, several other amazingly talented actresses and actors have joined the “Blood Fare” cast, including Michelle Wolff (“NCIS”, “Chicago Hope”, “ER”, and “Providence”), Savannah Ostler (“Vengeance”), Bridget McManus (“Wanted”), Scott Beringer (“Ocean’s Eleven” and “21”), Brenden Whitney, Alison Trouse, Thomas J. Post, Antonio Lexerot and April Knight. Marcus Intheam, Salt Lake City star radio DJ of “Marcus in the Morning” on Z-ROCK 94.9 and “The Real L Word Live Lounge” host Natalie M. Garcia add live broadcast talent.

     Chris Hanson, one of the most recognized special makeup effects artists of Hollywood, joined the crew of “Blood Fare” as Special Makeup Effects Supervisor. Hedemonstrated his unique creativity in “Hellboy”, “Underworld”, “Men in Black”, “Men in Black 2”, “The Green Mile”, “The X-Files”, “The Faculty”, “Spawn” and many other productions.

     Steel rounds out her crew with Director of Photography Michael B. Call (“127 Hours”), Co-Producer Christian M. Koch, who has worked with Steel on her first 3 films, and Executive Producer Jessica M. Bair.
“Blood Fare” is a green, sustainable film production, and Eco/Sustainable Production Executive Micheline Birkhead was on set to ensure the project meets green certification requirements.

     Steel is a director, producer, actor, videographer, editor, fight choreographer and stunt person, in addition to writer and composer ... and even a distributor ... a unique woman in Hollywood. “Blood Fare” is Steel's fourth feature film. Her action horror shocker “Denizen”, her action supernatural thriller “Salvation”, and her action feature “The Third Society” reflect in many ways Steel's real life hobbies of Muay Thai kickboxing, cave diving, motorcycle riding, firearms and edged weapons. All three movies are available on
Steel lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, preferring the peace of the mountains for her screen writing.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Directed by Thomas Nicol and Becky Griesheimer

     Night falls, shadows creep out, and the time has come for little Timmy to go to bed. But can he brave the ominous gaze of his closet door?

      When I reviewed Thomas Nicol's The Window Into Time last week, I mentioned that Nicol had a short film he directed with Becky Griesheimer that will be at Fantastic Fest this year. Well, he sent me a link to it so where I can watch and review it as well. So without anymore waiting, here's the review for it.

     There's something completely fun about this short that is just magical. Part of the reason for this is that it brings back memories of childhood and it's fears. I mean who wasn't afraid of having your closet open when trying to go to sleep at night ( I was), and how you kept thinking that something was in there once your room lights were turned off and it was almost pitch black. The smallest sound would send a chill down your spine and your mind would go into overdrive imaging imaginary monsters of the worst possible kind.  The other reason why this short is so fun is the simplicity of the idea and its execution.

       The sound design for the short is nicely done with just enough loudness to make it seem peaceful until the first of the door creaks to the rocking chair's slight tottering. The animation is fluid and fun to watch as only stop motion claymation can be. The story is well put together and to the point with no time wasted as well. I fell in love with everything about the short and the meanness to it that happens at the end as it is a shock and I wasn't expecting it all, which just pushed the short over to my loving it. Thank you Griesheimer and Nicol for creating something magical.

     I'm not going to tell, as it will ruin the fun of the short.

     Nope, nothing here as there isn't one line of dialogue spoken.

     Bedtime For Timmy won Best Animated Comedy at Dragon-Con this year.

     The short is also playing at Fantastic Fest this year.