Thursday, 15 January 2015

Netflix Recommendations: January 2015



Alrighty, was your New Year's Resolution to watch more horror movies? Well if it was then I'm here to help with my recommendations for Canadian Netflix this month. As per usual new additions to this list are bolded and I only speak of films I've already seen.

-Afflicted
Two friends plan the trip of a lifetime in this found footage film, documenting the journey for a website they've created, but after a chance sexual encounter one of the two friends starts to undergo some unexpected and violent changes.

-The Den
One woman's research project exploring the world of random online video chatting turns dark when she witnesses what she believes to be a murder on the titular chat program

-The Sacrament
Based on the Jonestown massacre this film is a modern smaller scale retelling of what dreadful things occurred brought to us by Ti West.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Best of 2014 in Horror

Here (in no particular order) is my list of the best horror films of 2014, or at least the ones I knew were released in 2014 when I saw them:

I will now never purchase an antique.
Oculus

This is one of the few films that has had me leaving the theatre with a feeling of dread. This tale of two siblings' attempt to clear their father's name and destroy what drove him to madness artfully mixes flashbacks and the present. Of course things don't go as planned. It's really hard to explain what makes this film so good to others because the best way I can describe it without spoiling anything is that it's about an evil mirror that kills people. Sounds like a bad 70s B-movie right? Well just trust me when I say it is awesome and you should check it out when you get the chance.

So why weren't there more shirtless scenes in Downton Abbey?
The Guest

I went into this movie expecting an average thriller with a buffed up Matthew Crawley, what I got instead was an amazing dark comedy with a buffed up Dan Stevens and a plethora of genre actors. The actors bring their a-games which isn't hard with such a witty script. And of course what tops off this piece of art is the beautiful cinematography and stand out soundtrack. I can't remember the last time I heard such a great soundtrack.

And here's to more shirtless Daniel Radcliffe scenes in the future.
Horns

I've been a Joe Hill fan ever since I read Locke & Key, so when I found out one of his books was being adapted into a movie I was thrilled (it was filmed in Vancouver!) This movie was like nothing I'd seen before, the closest thing I could compare it to was John Dies at the End. It artfully used the west coast setting to portray a story of love and betrayal with Daniel Radcliffe looking progressively more badass as every minute of the film passes. Although I wasn't a big fan of the third act it was still an awesome film that stuck with me.


ABCs of Death 2

This is a great example of a sequel surpassing it's predecessor. Learning from the shortfalls of the previous film (segments like L and F spring to mind) ABCs 2 managed to improve on pacing, there was never a moment where I was waiting for a segment or the movie to be over, as well as having more memorable and innovative shorts than the previous film. Definitely the anthology film of the year.

Well you never really use your pinkie anyways.

Cheap Thrills

The best of the "What would you do for money" films I saw this year, Cheap Thrills brought some great performances by both some name actors, such as scream queen Sara Paxton, and lesser known actors like Pat Healy as the down on his luck family man lead. It's the well defined characters that make this movie shine, along with some particularly gruesome scenes that show how desperate some people can get.

The Editor

Astron-6 knocks it out of the park with this homage to Italian giallo films. Not only does it manage to be laugh out loud funny, but it also shows how far the group has come as filmmakers. The stylized cinematography was beautiful and the plot managed to continue to raise the stakes even past the climax. While at times, especially the end, you were left scratching your head and wondering "what does it mean" that is what made the film work. I can't wait to see what Astron-6 comes up with next.


Now there were also some films I didn't get a chance to see, but was really excited for and will be finding as soon as I can, so here is a list of them:

The Babadook, Dead Snow 2, Starry Eyes, It Follows, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Housebound and Late Phases.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Halloween Hangover 2014

I've been a terrible horror blogger this Halloween, I think I have a couple good reasons though. Between two horror photoshoots, acting in a short film on Denman Island, Thanksgiving, The Rio Grind Film Festival and going to The Show From the Crypt I've been a bit busy. Need proof? Here are some photos:

 We'll start with photos from my ghastly shoots with BD MacDonald Photography, make-up by Erin Geer.
 

 


Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Netflix Recommendations 2014... Finally.

Yes I should have done this weeks ago, but I've been a bit busy this month between being on set, visiting my family for Thanksgiving and doing multiple horror photoshoots. To make up for it this month's recommendations will be solely horror movies and nothing else since that is what October is for. Without further ado here is what you should be watching on Netflix Canada this month (Bold = new):

-All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
What seems like a traditional slasher flick will surprise you with how some friends choose to start their senior year of high school.

-Nurse
The film follows a sexy psycho as she tries to add a little love to her life. Lots of T & A.

-Resolution
A forced week of sobering up in the middle of nowhere ends badly for a pair of high school friends who've lost touch with each other.

Monday, 29 September 2014

El Gigante Puts Both the Lucha and the Gore into LuchaGore


With the right balance of horror and heartbreak, mostly horror or course, LuchaGore Productions latest film El Gigante (based on Muerte con Carne by Shane McKenzie) shows that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of indie horror.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Dead on Film Festival 2014


So once again The Rio Theatre's Dead on Film Festival, featuring short films where someone has to die, has come to pass. Well one of the people to die was me, in the short film Dangerous Waves! Unfortunately I wasn't able to get there in time to see it since it was the second film to be shown, but I saw it today and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

Monday, 11 August 2014

August Netflix Recommendations 2014

Here are my recommendations for Canadian Netflix this August (Bold = New titles/ones I've just watched):

-Evil Dead 2
One of my favourite fight sequences is in this horror classic. A great blend of comedy and fear.

-The Cabin in the Woods
A great twist on the typical horror formula with plenty of laughs thrown in (and a few extra for the true horror buff)

-Almost Human
Don't trust your friends if they show up out of no where after they seemed to have been abducted by aliens.