Thursday, February 25, 2016


Poster for TRAILER PARK OF TERROR (2008) - image source: Summit Entertainment. Fair Use asserted,

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" (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.