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Like, Share, Die: FRIEND REQUEST (2017) Review

As I pulled up to the theater, I was welcomed by a giant, red poster reading “evil is trending”. Solely from that, I assumed I was in for a good time during the new film by Simon Verhoeven (no relation to Paul).

As soon as I was greeted with seemingly hundreds of photos on our protagonist’s Facebook account, my assumption was verified. Boasting a very enthusiastic “Thumbs up!” instead of the world-renowned ‘like’ button, we spend upwards of three minutes staring at a girl’s Facebook account and intercutting with footage of her jogging. I was hooked from the first frame.

Laura Woodson (Alycia Debnam Carey) is a young, hip college student living with her friends in an apartment in the city. She soon receives a friend request (don’t worry, we get our fill of characters saying those two words throughout the film to remind you that you indeed ARE watching a film called “Friend Request”) from a classmate named Marina Mills (Liesl Ahlers). A quiet artist who miraculously has the skills of a Studio Ghibli animator, Marina spends most of her time alone with no friends, and for very good reason.

Soon after Laura politely accepts Marina’s request, she finds herself stalked and followed by the obsessive student. As Marina’s obsession gets out of control, Laura begins to back off. Following an altercation between the two, Marina then takes her own life and begins to haunt and pick off Laura’s group of friends until they can find a way to end her reign.

There is no shortage of hilarity here. With one character’s fate left entirely up in the air (despite being a moderately large plot-point throughout the film), devolving into a psycho-stalker Lifetime film in the last act, a college student who I mistook for a character’s mom when she appeared on screen, some of the most hilariously expository dialogue I’ve heard in years, and apparently a psychic reference to Hillary Clinton’s “delete your account” tweet, you’ll have as good a time as I had.

There is a rating system used by Dave White from Linoleum Knife. There’s the half star movie which you should never see, and the zero star movie that you should run, not walk, to see on the biggest screen possible. Although not quite earning a zero, due to a nice lead performance and some interesting shots, Friend Request would fall into the latter category.

Get a group of friends together to enjoy the hilarity of the situations alongside you. Don’t be Marina sitting alone in the theater.

–Noah Nicholas Nelson

Halloween Horrors: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 (2017) Review

Picking up where the last film left off, we discover that the thrill-seeking crew have been rescued and were part of a mere ultimate scare. A year later the group is out to explore more of America’s greatest haunted attractions. But they then find that once again they may be stalked by the group known as the Blue Skeleton who stalked them in the last film.

I was a pretty big fan of the original film and it has since become one my must-watch films in October. When the unexpected announcement of the sequel came a mere couple of months ago, I was interested but not expecting much. Thank god my expectations were low. The majority of this movie isn’t even horror, it feels so much more like some kind of fun documentary you’d find on T.V. about different haunted attractions in America, and in that sense it’s pretty fun. Hell, they visited a couple of places in my own state that I hadn’t heard about. Even some of the other ones they visited looked fun. The first film had this aspect sure, but at least it still felt like a movie and had some creepy and horror elements sprinkled throughout. We finally get to the horror in the last 15/20 minutes of the movie, and some of it is a little creepy, but also feels a bit lacking and goes too fast. And then…we are given a stupid, nonsensical ending that makes this feel like such a pointless movie. Hell, not going to a lie I was even a bit confused as to what this purpose was and just left me with a bunch of questions as to how this was all being set-up. The original felt simplistic and left you with no questions about the motivations of the villains or any questions in general that left you aggravated. While the same characters from the first film return, they aren’t as interesting, nor do you care about them, except for maybe the girl, but even she is very one-note the whole time.

As mentioned, this movie works to give you some fun ideas on what to do during the great month of October, but as a horror movie, it doesn’t even feel like that even when the horror does come at the very last minute. Pretty pointless movie in the long run, all the way down to its plot. It should have been left with the creepy ending of the first film.

–Cody Landman

The Buzz Is Gone: LEATHERFACE (2017) Review

Taking place before the events of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Leatherface tells the story of how Leatherface came to be. After being taken from custody of their mother and put into an asylum, the Sawyer brothers, along with two other patients escape, taking a rookie nurse with them. They then embark on a bloody road trip that leads Jed Sawyer to self-discovery of his deadly destiny.

After being shelved for quite a while, Leatherface is finally seeing a release. Unfortunately, this is one movie that should have been shelved forever, or even better, never been made. It’s all fine and good that they dedicated the movie to have roots to the original (I’ll give it credit for doing a much better job at it than Texas Chainsaw 3D), but that’s all it really has going for it. And these roots hardly bare anything necessary or what we needed to know. Comparing this origin Chainsaw film to the origin film of the remake series, the latter film works much better. Leatherface doesn’t feel anything like a Texas Chain Saw Massacre film until the last 10 minutes with it’s slight nods to the original, and even then they’re really short lived. Instead this movie plays out like a very poor version of The Devil’s Rejects. When it comes to the characters in Leatherface, we are given characters that we are expected to root for as they’re being hunted by a revenge-seeking sheriff whose daughter was killed by the Sawyer boys. If they really expect us to root for the Sawyer clan, they’re dead wrong. These are horrible fricken people, and we don’t even get really any sense of them as a family to really given the smallest care about them. The Devil’s Rejects miraculously captured this well, despite the characters being horrible, we still got these of their care for each other to even slightly care about them. We don’t want to feel sorry for the Sawyer clan, we’re supposed to fear them. The sheriff, played by Stephen Dorff, isn’t even likable. The death of his daughter is sad, but we don’t see him showing any real grief to give us that emotional pull, he just become crazed with revenge to where he almost becomes as much of a villain as the Sawyers.

The closest thing we have to a character to root for is the young nurse named Lizzie, played by Vanessa Grasse. Lizzie is a likable character and you do feel sorry for her, but as a final girl there isn’t exactly anything special about her. On top of that, with this being a prequel, you know what’s going to happen so you don’t even see much point in caring. For most of the film we are left to guess which of the male escapees becomes Leatherface, and it’s quite frankly obvious even though they try use the worst and most obvious red-herring ever. In general the script is extremely lazy and only seeks to gross people out with the deaths and gore scenes, and Jed Sawyer’s motivation for becoming Leatherface is so fricken stupid and groan-worthy. Most of these scenes are just plain bad and seem to going out of its way to be gross, and by the end you just become infuriated because this movie just serves no purpose and offers viewers nothing other than to see an innocent character reach their unfairly brutal demise.

Besides the script being lazy, the camerawork comes off as this as well. It felt like they were trying to capture the gritty feel of the original, but it comes off as sloppy. If I had to pick any positives for this movie it’s the occasional nods to the original, and most especially the reconstruction of the Sawyer farm. Along with this, the acting isn’t terrible, it’s actually pretty decent. Stephen Dorff does his Stephen Dorff thing, the actors playing the Sawyer boys do a good job of imitating their adult counterparts in the original as best as they can, Vanessa Grasse, as I mentioned, is really likable and manages to make you care about Lizzie. Nicole Andrews turns in a pretty solid performance as a mental patient Tammy who goes on the road trip. Andrews seems to be trying to channel a more gritty and less playful version of Baby Firefly, and she’s pretty good at it. Finally we have Lili Taylor as Mama Verna Sawyer. Taylor does a decent job here, but she really could have amped the crazy.

Leatherface is a pointless movie in so many ways and never should have been made. Even as a film in general it’s mediocre at best and feels like a B-movie. Poor script, poor direction, and it ultimately leaves you with nothing in the end. Sure it has decent acting, good nods to the original film, and a great set re-creation of the farm, but I cannot recommend this film at all.

–Cody Landman

Slasher Studios Spotlight: Jason Harlow (ANOTHER EVIL NIGHT)

In a brand new segment for Slasher Studios, we will taking a look at various up-and-coming horror filmmakers as they chat about their horror experiences as well as why they love the genre. Today we take a look at Jason Harlow and his upcoming horror film ANOTHER EVIL NIGHT, which is currently slashing up Kickstarter.

History With Horror
“I’ve been watching horror films literally since I could ever remember. I grew up watching the Child’s Play and Scream movies. I’ve always been interested in the classic monsters such as Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Gill-Man, but slasher films are what I’m most interested in.”

Making the Horror Happen
Low-budget films are more interesting than me than the Hollywood stuff, so when I was in middle school, I started researching online to find some of the lesser-known slasher films. Todd Cook’s Screamtime Films label had a few particular titles that I wanted to see, and those were Night of the Clown, The Dummy, Demon Dolls, and lastly – Evil Night, which I managed to get the sequel rights to in the summer of 2015. The film began production in 2016 and is scheduled for release at the end of this year.

Having worked with some of Memphis’ most well-known film filmmakers as well as indie horror folks such as MJ Dixon, Dustin Ferguson, Tyler Hall, and Matt Cloude, I’ve gotten a good amount of experience in my 22 years of life. Tackling this feature with mostly just myself and a rather inexperienced yet very promising film student known as Jacob Gordon, however, has easily been the biggest challenge so far. What we have created is by no means a masterpiece of any sort, but horror fans will hopefully agree that it’s very fun film with lots of great Halloween imagery.

Killing it With Kickstarter
With only a few key scenes left, including one that features rising horror star Tommie Vegas, and us using an edit-as-you-go approach, the film is close to being finished but is looking for additional funds to cover the cost of festival fees as well as the manufacturing of 250 hand-numbered Blu-rays. In exchange for people’s generous donations, we are offering producer and special thanks credits, DVDs Blu-rays, and VHS’s as well as posters signed by Ben Purvis, Tommie Vegas, Jacob Gordon, and myself.

To become an Another Evil Night backer & support indie horror, check out the official film’s Kickstarter and help Harlow make a horrifically fun final film!

The Perfect Family: “MOTHER!” (2017) Review

A young wife works to rebuild her poet husband’s home after a fire. They seem to have a simple but happy enough life. This is disrupted when two strangers show up and set off a chain of events that test the couple, and the wife’s sanity.

I want to start this review by saying that the marketing for Mother is severely misleading. It’s not the horror movie they’re making it out to be. It’s not a Rosemary’s Baby clone, it’s not about a cult or even really so much a home invasion. There may be elements of this but not as much as the trailers give off. What we get is a movie that will still rattle you like crazy. After the film was over I was left shaken and in shock wondering what I just watched. The whole drive home I was thinking about it the whole way home, and even at home I felt like I was in this catatonic state with the after effects of it. Having said all of this I hope I’m not overhyping it, so take these words however you like. What this film is, is one bottle that keeps getting shaken and shaken until finally it just bursts. And as I was watching this movie, I found myself feeling the same way. What’s so crazy about this film is that everything you are feeling as you watch it is represented on screen. The shaken bottle comparison applies to the film itself, but also with Jennifer Lawrence’s character. As the events of the movie progress, we see Lawrence begin to unravel with it, and it’s amazing watching how she shows her character’s change throughout. Everything you’re thinking and feeling, Lawrence is projecting on the screen. And she absolutely nails it. In terms of the story, there’s so much that you can interpret from it and there’s a great amount of symbolism. Everything about it, from the general story, to the cinematography is like a nightmare. It’s like you’re living a nightmare. By the time we get to the final act, the movie just completely goes berserk. Early on you’re thinking “WTF?” but by the end you’re seriously yelling “WTF!?!?!” in your head. It is a pretty bizarre movie and not for everyone. Like I said, this movie is like a nightmare. The craziest things happen in it.

Besides not being a full-on horror movie, the movie is very horrific and not conventional at all. Many will call the movie stupid because there isn’t an extremely clear direction unlike most. This isn’t a flaw at all in my opinion, but modern audiences obviously need direction with their horror, right? This alone with deter many. But what will make people absolutely hate this movie is much of the final act. A lot of horrific stuff happens here including one scene where I knew it was going to go there before it even happened, and it takes it a lot further than I expected. I’m saying this movie will outrage people, make them walk out, demand their money back, and just be furious. But this is also a movie that will stick with you after it’s over for better or worse, and it will definitely make you think about the various interpretations to draw from it. As far as acting, the whole cast is excellent. As I mentioned Jennifer Lawrence is incredible and turns in probably her strongest performance post-Hunger Games. Javier Bardem is does a fine job too with his role and really makes you hate him, but there are times when he screws with your mind and confuses you as much as he does with Lawrence’s character. Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer rock their supporting roles, mostly Pfeiffer. She’s sinister, seductive and enticing, but she also drives you crazy as the unwanted guest. Harris doesn’t get as much to do as Pfeiffer but his presence is still really felt.

Love it or hate it, Mother is movie that will be people talking and will stay with you for a long time. I will say though that if I had any issue with it is that it often feels like its only purpose is to basically crush your soul, but again, there are so many pieces present to put together something to interpret.

–Cody Landman

IRRATIONAL FEAR Slashes Up Post-Production Campaign

Want to be a part of our latest slasher feature, Irrational Fear? Here’s your chance! Every dollar raised through our Indiegogo will go straight into post-production to make this as KILLER as possible. Click on the link below to check out our exclusive trailer and pick up some slasher backer exclusives including cast & crew signed posters, limited edition blu-rays, dvds, killer props, and much more! Become a backer today and score your fearful rewards. Check it out!

About the film:
Irrational Fear is the third horror feature from Slasher Studios & first collaboration with L.A. Horror. IRRATIONAL FEAR centers around six therapy patients brought together at a secluded cabin to confront their strangest fears. Little do they know, these fears will certainly be the death for some of them. Who will make it out alive?


Adolescent Anxiety: IT (2017) Review

In the summer of 1989, a group kids called The Losers Club ban together to face an evil creature who appears in the form of a clown named Pennywise who feasts on his victims by using their fears against them. Apart from the evil clown, the kids also must face the local bullies, problems in their home lives, and growing up.

This adaptation of the Stephen King novel is only the first chapter. This chapter focuses on the Losers Club as children and the next part will focus on them as adults. It is hands down one of the most perfect horror films, and films in general, that I’ve seen in a long time. The film succeeds in so many different ways. The horror is extremely well-done and really pulls you in. The jump scares come off as more startling moments more than anything. But any of the true scary moments rely on the intensity, atmosphere, the actors, and the overall direction. There were many instances in which my heart was pounding like crazy and often shaking from the intensity. Some of these moments are when the kids are in the house where Pennywise resides, the opening scene, and the projector scene. But there were many other scenes as well.

But more than anything, I loved following the story of the Losers Club. These characters are so lovable and ones you have so much fun with. You genuinely feel like you are a part of their group and are feeling what they are feeling. In some ways you could say this is more of a coming of age story with horror thrown in. And this works so tremendously. The ability to connect with the characters couldn’t have been possible without the amazing young cast. I was blown away with how incredible they were. They brought so much heart, fun, and emotion to these characters and they all had incredible chemistry. The characters who play the bullies do a great job as well and do a great job of making you hate them. Bill Skarsgaard just knocks it out of the park as Pennywise. I’ve never been afraid of clowns. Ever. But Skarsgaard totally managed to bring a great amount of terror and unease inside me that I never expected to feel. Apart from the cast, I cannot express enough how much director Andy Muschietti and writers Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman made this film happen. The writers brought in such an engaging, funny, terrifying, and often heartfelt story. And Muschietti knocks it out of the park of bringing so much nostalgia on screen and sucking you into this world and making you become a part of this group. And the nostalgia could go in different ways of classic 70s/80s coming of age films, or just reminding of your own childhood altogether. He also does an amazing job using the incredible and scary set pieces make you feel just as uneasy and on edge as Pennywise does. For a movie that’s over 2 hours long, it moves at such a perfect pace and flows with such ease from funny, touching, to terrifying and it all builds up to a great final act. I fell in love with these characters and was so attached to them that I honestly could have stayed another 2 hours for Part 2 or even stayed another 2 hours to watch the movie again. If I had to pick a flaw I suppose I’d say the CGI was sort of distracting, but nothing I couldn’t get over.

It is such a perfect movie in every way a movie could be. A great story with so many emotions involved, engaging characters, an excellent feel of nostalgia, great pace and build up, amazing cast, wonderfully filmed and under great direction. I tried covering as much as I can about this movie and why it’s so great, but it’s one you have to see yourself.

–Cody Landman

Opening Terror: THE VAULT (2017) Review

Two estranged sisters come together to pull off a bank robbery to help their brother who has run into trouble financially and owes money to some bad guys. The robbery seems to go smoothly until they find that they have come up short. When the assistant manager of the bank reveals there is a hidden vault downstairs where the old bank is located, the group heads down there. Unbeknownst to them, the vault is home to something dark and evil from the bank’s past.

The Vault is honestly one of the more entertaining horror films I’ve seen this year. This comes in the way it chooses to blend a few different genres in one. It goes from a heist film and then turns into a hellish and supernatural film. It certainly wasn’t the film I was expecting, and I mean this in the best way. I was never bored at all during this film, waiting to see how everything would unfold. The heist aspect had good pacing and intensity, but then when the horror comes in it amplifies that. It won’t scare anyone, but it does offer some chilling moments when the creatures of the vault are released. The scenes with these creatures are amongst the most creepy, and this can be thanked to the actors portraying them in the creepy ways they chose to move and attack the characters. I was disappointed however with how little action the final act had, I was expecting a much more intense showdown/encounter with our leads and the creatures. Instead it just seems to feel rushed to wrap things up. The final act still works, but considering the short length of the film, it could have done with an extra ten minutes or so with all of our characters finally down in the vault trying to escape. I’d say the worst thing about the film though is the final shot of the film that is not only groan-worthy but didn’t make any sense at all. Had it ended before that scene with the big reveal of the film (one I didn’t exactly see coming but I feel many will) it would have been a great way to end it.

The characters at hand aren’t exactly the most likable, most especially Francesca Eastwood’s character who just comes off as a cold bitch for most of it, but Eastwood does play the role extremely well despite that. Taryn Manning is the other sister who is ex-military, and while she is more likable than Eastwood’s character, she still isn’t someone you particularly care for (unless you’re like me and because you like the actress you want her to survive). Manning more or less plays the loud, tough ass bitch she plays in most films. Of the siblings, it’s the brother in needs who is the most likable, but also the most underdeveloped. Scott Haze does a great job in this role in what he does get to show. We see how desperate he is to get out of his financial situation but he knows how wrong this whole robbery situation is and doesn’t want harm to come to anyone, and Haze shows this really well. It is another weak aspect that the siblings’ relationship isn’t exactly developed really well, nor do they really spend much time together, apart from the two sisters who just yell at each other the whole time, and the brother is basically the glue between them. On top of that we really don’t know much about the brother’s backstory and the money he owes, and not too terribly much about the dynamic between the siblings. James Franco unfortunately doesn’t get much to do as far as acting, mostly just sit on the ground tied up and spout off his lines with some look of concern. His character is integral to the story, but it sucks for a big name he doesn’t get much to do.

Apart from not getting much of the characters and understanding them, and the eye-rolling ending, The Vault is a fun horror film with some often creepy scenes and some better acting than expected.

That Damned Kid: LITTLE EVIL (2017) Review

A newly married man moves in with his new wife and her son. He’s eager to spend the rest of his life with his new bride and take on the role of the boy’s father. But he comes see that something isn’t right about this kid, and discovers he’s the spawn of Satan.

The latest Netflix release is a comedy horror that plays on the tropes and pokes fun at “evil kid horror” and even has a meta-moment discussing a well-known film of the subgenre. Horror fans that have seen horror films that involve creepy kids will recognize some of the nods to these films. The film is written and directed by Eli Craig who wrote and directed Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (another horror parody) returns with some of the flare he offered in that movie. While this movie doesn’t provide nearly as much fun or laughs as Tucker and Dale, Little Evil is still an entertaining film that is worth checking out. I didn’t particularly find myself full on laughing, but it did make me chuckle a few times, mostly the aforementioned jabs at other evil kids movies.

Adam Scott plays the lead character as the awkward and chipper step-dad. Scott does provide some comical moments during his more uncomfortable moments with the kid and trying to overlook his creepiness. But of anyone it is Bridget Everett who stars as Scott’s best friend Al that provides the most humorous moments. Everett brilliantly nails Al’s bluntness, moments of stupidity, but also sometimes is the one who speaks for the audience. Sally Field surprisingly has a small appearance in this, but I was massively disappointed that she was as underused as she was. It seemed like she was going to be the Mrs. Baylock character from The Omen (hell her character’s name was Mrs. Shaylock), but instead she really doesn’t get much to do with a character that had a lot of potential to be hilarious, and Field would have nailed it. Evangeline Lilly plays Scott’s oblivious wife who plays off the son’s behavior as “just being a kid”. It’s obvious this is used as a jab as well, but at times it seemed like they really milked it her character to where the jokes got old fast. Towards the end of the film it does end up going into some really sappy and heartfelt territory involving father/son themes. It kind of throws of the tone the film had already established, but it’s intentions are well-meaning.

While Little Evil pales compared to Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, it’s still a movie worth checking out if you enjoyed that film and feel like watching an entertaining parody.