Playing Dead: PET (2016) Review

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A man runs into a girl from his past that he used to have a crush on. At first she thinks he’s harmless, but he soon grows to become really obsessive. Eventually he kidnaps her and locks in her a cage beneath the pet shelter he works at. However, the man soon begins to realize that the woman may be harboring a secret that can help her escape.

Pet is the definition of psychological thriller. Throughout the film it’s a constant a mind game between the two characters. The film starts out as a stalker film, but eventually it switches gears and become a COMPLETELY different movie entirely. For the most part, the movie takes place in one location, and it uses its one location very well. This is due to the fact that you are so focused on the two characters and the growing tension that you almost forget that this girl in a cage for much of the movie and that they’re both in this Saw-like room in a basement. While the major twist is revealed fairly soon into the movie, it’s still shocking but it keeps you gripped throughout the film to see what happens next. It also throughout the film that we gradually get more and more information and background of these characters. Initially one will think that there is no development whatsoever, but there’s plenty of filler in the middle. The film has elements of Hard Candy and Silence of the Lambs; both extremely well-done psychological films, and this film lives up to both of them (although it won’t be as acclaimed or remembered as those two). Some moments seem to drag a little bit, but right before you are about to tune out, something screwed up happens. The writing by Jeremy Slater is solid, and Carles Torrens provides great directions to keep us engaged and wrapped up with these two characters and their setting.

Dominic Monaghan makes a great comeback since his performance on the show Lost and shares great on-screen teamwork with Ksenia Solo who play off of each other extremely well. Both actors do an amazing job of presenting the different layers to these characters and the change in personas as the film progresses. Jennette McCurdy turns in a fine enough performance in the short time she’s in it. She’s the logical best friend to Ksenia Solo’s character who basically tries to get her to see reason. McCurdy provides some sassy and often dark moments really well, and it’s a shame she’s not in it as much.

Pet is probably the best psychological film I’ve seen in a while and I highly recommend to everyone loves films like this, or the two films mentioned above, and seeing two very solid performers playing off each other in very intense ways.

–Cody Landman

3.5

Positively Possessed: INCARNATE (2016) Review

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After losing his wife and child in a car accident, a man with abilities to enter the minds of possessed victims faces his biggest challenge yet when a young boy fall victim to a demon.

Going into Incarnate, I went in with really no expectations. I figured it was just going to be another possession movie that I’d seen numerous times. It is this, but it is also self-aware (a character refers to The Exorcist) and tries to set itself apart from other films in the possession genre. It’s not a great film by any means, but considering the string of recycled garbage of possession films we’ve gotten, it’s one of the more entertaining ones I’ve seen in a while. This is due to the fact that it jumps into the story right way. Right in the opening sequence is when the kid gets possessed and we get enough insight of him and his mother to form a strong enough picture. From there, we are introduced to our lead and what he can do, and then bam he’s assigned to this kid. We don’t get the gradual creepy possessed-kid crap that every other movie like it has. This demon knows what it wants to do and it’s not playing scary games to creep or gross others out.

To back track a little, our main character’s abilities and his theories are pretty neat and a cool insert to the story. Think of it like Inception, and the possessed victim is trapped in their dream-world, and the demon is holding them back from “waking up”. His job is to go in and “wake up” the possessed victim. It throws all the religious junk out the window and throws in science instead (Tom Cruise would be proud). So that’s the gist of it, and I thought it was pretty cool. There isn’t much scariness or really scares for that matter here. Only one jump scare that I recall, everything else is more thrilling enough to keep you interested. However I will say that at point a kinda-sorta plot twist was revealed and I thought that was how the movie was going to end (and I would have been pissed cause that was awful), but it never happened. The writer does have fun though playing with the audience (at least with me), in psyching them out for how it is going to end. Think of it like the movie 1408 and it’s psych-out endings. The final ending I was satisfied with because of how it played out. Some may not agree, but oh well.

Aaron Eckhart does very well with the lead role, he’s not exactly top-notch in it, but he doesn’t treat this like it’s a mere paycheck film. Carice van Houten and David Mazouz do well enough with their mother and son roles, but nothing admirable. Apart form Eckhart, I loved his two assistants played by Keir O’Donnell and Emily Jackson. I seriously wanted more scene with these three characters. The chemistry the three had together was fun and very sibling-like. And the assistants as characters were very down-to-earth and caring about each other, Eckhart’s character and the people they help. The weakest link here is Catalina Moreno who works for the Vatican and convinces Eckhart’s character to help the boy. She provides a very bland performance and not much else. Though it doesn’t help that she had no real character development or character arch herself.

Incarnate isn’t a great film, but it is a short and to the point possession horror film that doesn’t really seek to scare, but definitely to entertain by bringing something a little different to table and being self-aware. The cast provides fine enough performances and likable characters, and overall it’s a decent way to spend an hour and a half.

–Cody Landman

2.5

Slasher Studios Teams Up With LA Horror To Bring You IRRATIONAL FEAR

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Everyone has something they are afraid of that they know cannot possibly hurt them. With our third horror feature we ask..what if these fears could kill them? Slasher Studios is teaming up with LA Horror to bring you a slasher style feature that is unlike anything Slasher Studios has ever done before. Titled IRRATIONAL FEAR, the film centers around six therapy patients are 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?

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Irrational Fear will slash up Kickstarter on December 15th where YOU can be a part of the horror experience and earn some killer rewards. Look for more updates on the film soon and make sure to like the official Irrational Fear Facebook page as well as follow the film on Twitter!

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Entertaining “Evil”: OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016) Review

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About a month ago I watched Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) in theaters. This is the prequel to “Ouija (2014)” – a movie that I’ve also seen in theaters and reviewed. I didn’t hate that movie as much as most people did, but upon a second viewing I noticed that it hasn’t held up so well. My current rating for Ouija is a 6.5 out of 10.

When a sequel was announced I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t have much faith until Mike Flanagan was announced to write and direct. The trailer unveiled that we’d get an origin story – which is a better idea. I was holding my breath for the reviews and they turned out to be fantastic. The movie sits on a Rotten Tomatoes Score of 82% Certified Fresh whereas Ouija could only muster up 7% Rotten. As a result I absolutely loved the prequel! The story was more compelling this time around. I actually cared for the characters and they didn’t feel one-dimensional.

The acting performances were outstanding. Annalise Basso was nothing short of amazing in this movie! Elizabeth Reaser pulls off a great performance and deserves more recognition for her non-Twilight roles. I also liked Henry Thomas (who played Elliot Taylor in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) in this movie. Doug Jones was genuinely terrifying as Ghoul Marcus. Young actress Lulu Wilson stole the entire movie. She’s the perfect combination of cute and creepy. Mike Flanagan did an excellent job in the writing/directing department. I loved the ‘’cigarette burn’’ aspect and the overall 1960s retro vibe throughout the movie. There were a few jump scares, but it’s worth mentioning that 90% of this movie purely relied on creating suspense that produced an effective result. Other aspects that I loved were the soundtrack, hair, make-up and costume design.

I can only name two things that I didn’t like. The CGI wasn’t fitting with the time era of the 1960s and that bothered me in some parts. The third act felt rushed and should’ve been longer. There is a brief scene after the credits that ties into the first movie. Ouija: Origin of Evil is an eerie and well crafted throwback horror movie that offers both style and substance. Highly recommended!

–Ferdi Akkulak

Almost Gone: Final Cast & Crew Signed DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS Posters

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We have an extra special treat for you slasher fans just in time for slasher season. We have just FOUR (two of each) special edition Dismembering Christmas posters left. These posters have been signed by the entire cast of Dismembering Christmas and once these are gone, they are gone for good. Both posters are 11×17 in size and $15 each or purchase both posters for $25 & receive a limited edition still & signed Dismembering Christmas card FREE.


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Slasher Studios Black Friday Sale: All DVDs Just $10

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We wanted to give thanks to you slasher fans out there for an amazingly slasherific year! For a limited time only, all Slasher Studios dvds are just $10 (regularly $15) and if you purchase all four dvds, you will save an additional $5 and receive two Slasher Studios posters absolutely free! This is a killer deal that won’t last long so support some indie horror and pick up yours today. International slasher fans..we ship worldwide and all dvds are region free!


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DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS DVD/T-Shirt Bundle Packs Now $10 Off

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For a limited time only, you can receive an exclusive Dismembering Christmas t-shirt and DVD combo pack for just $25. Bundle pack includes the size t-shirt of your choice, DVD, as well as an 11×17 poster that is suitable for framing. This bundle back is ONLY available until Christmas day so make sure to order yours today!

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Slasher Studios Podcast: The Ultimate Halloween Party

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So it’s a few days into November but that never stopped anyone from having a late Halloween party, right? On a special episode of Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl will be digging into the top 15 movie characters they would invite to their Halloween party. It’s going to be killer and you’re invited!

To listen to an archive:
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: The Ultimate Halloween Party

A Second Breath: DON’T BREATHE (2016) Review

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On Sunday night I watched “Don’t Breathe (2016)” in theaters with my sister for the first time. I’ve been anticipating the release of this movie ever since the first poster was unveiled. The trailer that followed shortly after made me even more excited. The thing that thrilled me most about this project was the second collaboration between director Fede Alvarez and actress Jane Levy – who first worked together on the highly successful reboot of “Evil Dead (2013)”. Sam Raimi once again served as a co-producer for Alvarez’ sophomore project.

I adore the four lead actors and I’ve seen each of them in at least one other movie before: Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows). The movie received overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its release and I was very happy to see that. This was definitely a movie that screamed to be watched on the big screen. As a result, I absolutely loved this movie! I would honestly go as far and say that Don’t Breathe is a slight improvement over Evil Dead in terms of creativity. I was delighted to see Fede and Jane step on original ground this time around. The acting performances are impressive and feel realistic considering the circumstances.

Jane Levy delivered another top notch performance and I hope to see her in more (horror) movies in the near future. Dylan Minnette was also genuinely amazing in this. Daniel Zovatto has a small role, but he’s an interesting actor with potential. Stephen Lang was downright terrifying in his role of The Blind Man. He nailed it! The tension throughout this movie is phenomenal. No cheap jump scares to be found here. The twist near the end was shocking. I wouldn’t say that it gave the movie more power, but it totally came out of nowhere. Fede Alvarez has truly outdone himself! It’s rare for me to feel sympathy for characters that are supposed to be unlikable, but Levy and Minnette’s characters did the trick. The ending gives the audience closure, but leaves room for a sequel. Don’t Breathe is a brutal, kick-ass, original and scary thrill ride. The best movie of the year. Go see it!

–Ferdi Akkulak

DON’T GO TO THE REUNION Blu-Rays Now Shipping, Only 20 Remain

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Do you own our first slasher feature? Here’s your LAST chance to own it in HD. Our Don’t Go to the Reunion blurays are now shipping and they are going fast! We started with a limited, hand numbered run of just 200 blurays and now we are down to a mere 20. This is the first time Don’t Go to the Reunion has ever been released in HD and we have a bunch of brand new extras packed on this special edition.

Three options to purchase:
Blu-Ray standalone, with 11×17 limited edition Dismembering Christmas poster, or with poster & Dismembering Christmas DVD. Region free & shipping worldwide, order your limited edition, hand numbered bluray today.

Brand new special features include:
* All three Slasher Studios short films (Teddy, Popularity Killer, and Blood Brothers) in HD for the very first time.
* Filmmakers commentary
* Exclusive cast & crew interviews on the making of Don’t Go to the Reunion
* Don’t Go to the Reunion Video Review
* Don’t Go to the Reunion promo video
* Don’t Go to the Reunion trailer
* Don’t Go to the Reunion teaser trailer
* Dismembering Christmas trailer
* Theatrical World Premiere Interview With Director Steve Goltz & Writer Kevin Sommerfield
* Slasher Studios Horror Podcast audio feature (A Look Back at Don’t Go to the Reunion)
and MUCH MORE!


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