Monday, August 22, 2016

I Have Moved



More accurately, the author has moved . . . .

This blog is now inactive. If you enjoyed my posts about indie horror and science fiction movies, you can find more of the same on two other sites:

LOUD GREEN BIRD, where I have teamed up with Jonny Numb and Kim McDonald to write about movies and books;

and FRISCO KID AT THE MOVIES, my personal film blog on Tumblr.

Thanks for reading my posts here. I hope to see you at the above online locations in the near future!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dark and Brutal: A Pre-Release Review of Horror Indie Film THE CHAIR

Production still from THE CHAIR
Sullivan (Timothy Muskatell) at the mercy of Warden (Bill Oberst Jr.) in THE CHAIR
Back on July 31, 2014, Peter Simeti completed a successful pre-production crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for the indie horror feature THE CHAIR. Just over a week ago, the filmmakers finished post-production and sent out access to an online screener to those whose contributions rated that perk. As a result, I was able to view the final product. With Simeti's permission, I'm happy to provide this spoiler-free, pre-release review of the film.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Join the Red Headed Horror Revolution: Watch TAILYPO (2015)

Red Headed Revolution logo - producer of TAILYPO
Red Headed Revolution logo - image source: cameronmccasland.com


The Red Headed Revolution has its headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. Cameron McCasland is its leader. But he's not working for political change -- he's making movies.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Indie Horror: WE ARE STILL HERE (2015)



It's kind of a filmmaking tradition not to let the writer on the set -- unless the writer is someone like Paddy Chayefsky, that is. In the case of WE ARE STILL HERE, the writer was not only on the set, but behind the camera as well. Don't worry though: things turned out fine -- or good enough, at least.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Indie Horror Shorts: Two from Producer-Director Nathan Suher

Indie producer-director Nathan Suher takes horror-fusion cinema in new directions in two new shorts. Both are currently on the festival circuit. The first reconsiders the relationship between horror and the psychological thriller. The second reimagines the approach of a 1980s cult classic to horror comedy. It also makes a significant contribution to the Christmas horror subgenre while being outrageously funny at the same time.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GRANDPA'S PSYCHO (2015): A Swing and a Miss

Theatrical Poster for GRANDPA'S PSYCHO (2015) - Fair Use asserted

As a film project, "Grandpa's Psycho" (2015) had a promising beginning. It started with a clever concept. Indie writer-director Danny LeGare came up with a psychological horror- thriller story idea with a surprise ending. He devised a plot twist designed to throw the audience for a loop at the end. The question is, does this story deliver on its promise? How does it play on the screen?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

ANGER OF THE DEAD (2015): Uwe Boll Produces Franceso Picone's First Horror Feature

Theatrical poster for ANGER OF THE DEAD (2015)
Theatrical poster for ANGER OF THE DEAD (2015) - image source: October Coast


Italian B-movie horror stages a questionable comeback, aided by the controversial and prolific, Vancouver-based, German horror-thriller filmmaker Uwe Boll, as Italian writer-director Francesco Picone releases his first feature-length film, "Anger of the Dead" (2015).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

STOMPING GROUND (2014): Bigfoot's Alpha Male Boot Camp

DVD cover for "Stomping Ground" (2014)
DVD cover for "Stomping Ground" (2014) - image source: Simply Legendary Publicity


Indie film "Stomping Ground" (2014) is less of a Bigfoot horror flick and more of a thriller in which an urban yuppie dweeb learns how to man up when his girlfriend is about to be stolen away by an ex-boyfriend. Boojum (the name of the local Bigfoot) is his de facto tutor. If only Boojum could also teach this loser how to choose more wisely when he picks a girlfriend . . . .

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

NIGHTMARE CODE (2014): A Techno-Horror Story Told from the POV of an AI

Promotional still from "Nightmare Code" (2014)
Brett (Andrew J. West) and Nora (Mei Melançon) as seen by R.O.P.E.R., the A.I. in "Nightmare Code" (2014) - image source: October Coast


What if a security A.I. could not only detect people's intentions and predict their near-term actions, but could also learn how to modify them to suit its needs? How would the personality of the programmer who created the A.I. impact its future actions? Would anyone be able to control a such a human-A.I. hybrid? These are questions that have been addressed in films like the Johnny Depp vehicle "Transcendence" (2014). In the same year, however, an indie film took on the same subject. Read on to find out how the creators of "Nightmare Code" (2014) envisioned a story that involves the same questions and brought it to cinematic life on the screen.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008) - DVD Review

Poster for TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008) - image source: Summit Entertainment. Fair Use asserted, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27218796












Good horror times can be had if you're a fan of "The Last Knock" podcast. Hosts Billy Crash and Jonny Numb -- a pair of smart horror critics -- often reference genre flicks about which listeners might not have heard. They usually have a good reason for mentioning a film, even if it's just to warn you away from a dud. More often, they'll point you towards a hidden treasure. That's the case with "Trailer Park of Terror" (2008).

As Billy and Jonny noted when they briefly mentioned "Trailer Park of Terror" in their "Hodgepodge of Horror VII" podcast (January 31, 2016), the film's title is deceptive. It makes the flick sound like it's cheap, stupid, and poorly-made. In fact, it's only the first. It was made for about $2 million, but it's nevertheless clever and well-crafted.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE (2014) Shows Promise

Still from SHOCKWAVE DARKSIDE
Still from "Shockwave Darkside" (2014) - image source: Alien Bee


The premise of "Shockwave Darkside" (2014, NR, 87 min., distributed by Uncork'd Entertainment) is compelling. In a dystopian future involving a depleted and wasted Earth, a war between those who believe in religion and those who do not results in the banishment of believers to the Moon. The war is really over water, which has grown scarce on Earth. When the Unlights (which is what the Banished call the unbelievers) run out of water on Earth, they go after the supplies of the Banished, who have learned how to harvest ice buried deep below the Moon's surface.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LIVE-EVIL (2015): Dead on Arrival

Theatrical poster for LIVE-EVIL (2015)
Theatrical poster for LIVE-EVIL (2015) - image source: Clint Morris


Described in a press release as "'Ghostbusters' meets 'Dawn of the Dead' as seen through Rod Serling's 'Twilight Zone'", LIVE-EVIL (2015) is a rather ambitious indie horror-comedy film. But does it measure up to the icons that it strives to emulate?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

STOMPING GROUND Bigfoot Horror Film Now on DVD & VOD


BRINKvision has just informed TFK about the March 8th DVD and Video-On-Demand release of STOMPING GROUND (2014), an independent Bigfoot horror feature by writer/director Dan Riesser. Mike De Trana produced through Anvil Entertainment.


STOMPING GROUND is the story of Ben and Annie, a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie's small North Carolina hometown. At the local bar they run into Paul, a charming old friend of Annie's, and Ben learns something he never knew about his girlfriend: She believes in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to "hunt" for the creature when they were kids. Before Ben knows it, he's off on an impromptu Squatchin' trip deep in the Carolina backwoods. Amidst the Squatch calls, campfire stories and beers, Ben quickly realizes that Paul may have an ulterior motive in bringing Annie to the woods. And something else out here seems to be after her as well. Everyone but Ben thinks its Bigfoot. But it can't be, can it? After all, Bigfoot isn't real.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CUBE (1997): a Canadian SciFi - Horror Cult Classic

Theatrical Poster for CUBE (1997)
Theatrical Poster for CUBE (1997), by Cineplex Odeon Films, Fair Use asserted.


The annual online celebration of Canadian cinema is again at hand. Accepting the challenge posed by the O Canada Blogathon, Texas's Frisco Kid delves into "Cube" (1997), the Canadian science-fiction and horror cult-classic film. It is a paragon of everything (just about) that can go right in the making of a first feature film. As we will see, Canada itself had a hand in making this film possible.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection 2015 - Book Review

Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015 by M.J. Wesolowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Onyx Neon Shorts Presents: Horror Collection - 2015 offers thirteen solid horror stories, many of them written by authors of a literary bent. The collection appears to be the first in an annual series of collected, short horror stories, published by Onyx Neon Shorts, a branch of independent publisher Onyx Neon Press.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

SILENT RETREAT (2016) - #Thriller / #Horror #IndieFilm Review

Theatrical Poster for SILENT RETREAT
Theatrical Poster for SILENT RETREAT - image source: Midnight Releasing

The slasher film meets the modern corporate world as young media professionals start losing their tongues to a mysterious, unknown assailant while on retreat at a lodge in San Bernardino County. Who is doing this and why? The answer lies in the dark past of their retreat's location.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

OTHER HALVES (2015): A Killer App Takes the Screen



OTHER HALVES (2015), the first indie feature from filmmakers Matthew Price and Kelly Morr, shows what happens when technology is able to learn too much about its users. Although it has plentiful horror and sci-fi elements, it succeeds best as a social satire of the twenty-something generation (in general) and those who work in the world of tech startups (in particular). It also provides a refreshing view of all of this from the female perspective, using an almost all-female cast to tell its story.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Techno Horror Film OTHER HALVES In Theaters Jan 8



Our friends at OTHER HALVES, the indie horror about a killer dating app, have told us that the film will be playing on the big screen starting on January 8th (Friday of this week). After a successful circuit of horror festivals, including Other Worlds Austin, ZedFest, and Another Hole in the Head, Other Halves will now be terrifying general audiences. The theatrical run begins in Grand Rapids, home town of director Matthew T. Price.

For showtimes and tickets, visit the film's website.



Saturday, January 2, 2016

SCREEN (2013): Big Horror on a Small Budget - an #ArchiveDay post

Nicole Alonso in SCREEN
Nicole Alonso in SCREEN


Editor's note: TFK posted this review on a now-defunct legacy blog in March, 2014. It has been revised, updated, and edited for reposting here.

What kind of horror feature can be made with a Canon 5D Mark 2 camera, a zoom H4N portable audio recorder, and an iPhone? If the filmmaker is David Paul Baker (David Wilde), the answer is SCREEN (NR, 2013) -- a good and scary indie flick, indeed.