Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Deadly Famous (2014)

deadlyDirector: Jim Lane, Eric Troop

Starring: Jackie Moore, Eric Roberts, Tiffany Adams, Stephanie Jones, Brett R Miller, Daniel O’Meara

 

Plot: People go missing every day and most of them won’t be missed. At least that’s what Alan, a narcissist with an inflated opinion of himself, who thinks the world is full of stupid people or ants as he calls them, believes. The world is full of dark stories about sinister figures who live off the hopes and dreams of people trying to survive. So what happens when you have a reclusive, former famous narcissist, whose side hobby is murdering young women, who’s new roommate is the perfect California blonde? Let’s just say his hobby becomes a full time occupation and the puppet master becomes the one pulling the strings.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chilling Thriller

 

Story: Deadly Famous starts as we follow a mysterious stalker following a woman before brutally killing her in L.A. we move to meet Pamela (Moore) a young actress who moves in with seasoned actor Alan Miller (O’Meara) who takes his methods to the next levels. Alan is trying to get his script made while he watches Pamela given a chance of major studio film.

We get to see the dark and murderous side of Alan who does continue to show Pamela the darker side of Hollywood and where it can drive a once famous actor to commit the worst crimes.

Deadly Famous brings us a disturbing thriller which follows just how twisted a falling actor can go. This has moments real shock as we see how the actor goes with a kill of chance to the most twisted ideas to come. I would have liked to follow Pamela a lot more than we did as it could have been used to drive Alan’s motives more.  Overall the story is very twisted with most of the horror off camera.

 

Actor Review

 

Daniel O’Meara: Alan Miller is an actor who was famous in his younger years but as time has gone by he has faded from the limelight. He spends his days filming each part of his day as he goes on a killing spree while he wants to get his script made. Daniel is very creepy in the leading role.

Jackie Moore: Pamela is fresh to Hollywood; she moves in with Alan as she starts her career while making her roommate jealous of her new success. Jackie is good but I would have liked to see more from the character.

Eric Roberts: Eric Roberts plays a version of himself as he is a friend of Alan, he likes the wild party side of the lifestyle as we see him all coked up and drunk throughout. Eric gets to have fun in this role without being involved too much.

Support Cast: Deadly Famous has a supporting cast which mostly are the victim of Alan’s.

Director Review: Jim Lane, Eric TroopThe pair give us a chilling thriller.

 

Horror: Deadly Famous fits in the disturbing side of horror throughout.

Settings: Deadly Famous keeps the settings in and around of LA which shows the darker side of the world.
Special Effects
: Deadly Famous has good special effects even though most of the effects are off camera.

Suggestion: Deadly Famous is one for all the horror fans to try because once it gets going we are not let down. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The Kills.

Worst Part: Slightly slow paced at the start.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Disturbingly chilling thriller that is filled with shocking kills

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Summer of Fear (1978)

summerDirector: Wes Craven

Writer: Glenn M Benest, Max A Keller (Screenplay) Lois Duncan (Novel)

Starring: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Jeff McCracken, Jeff East, Carol Lawrence

 

Plot: A teenage girl’s life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Thriller

 

Story: Summer of Fear starts when the Bryant family Peter (East), Leslie (Lawrence), Tom (Slate) and Rachel (Blair) taking in Julia (Purcell) a cousin whose family is killed in a car crash. Rachel tries to be open to helping her cousin feel welcome but for unknown reason Rachel’s horse has taken a dislike to become a danger towards Julia as we start to see things becoming difficult for Rachel.

Rachel becomes obsessed that Julia is trying to take over her life, with first the horse being moved away and then when her boyfriend starts having a fling with her while she is coincidentally sick at the same time. Rachel believes Julia is using witchcraft to make things go her way and must uncover the truth before it is too late.

Summer of Fear brings us into the world where a perfect little world slow gets bought down by a new member to the family, we have seen this before with the likes of Step-Father. It all unfolds slowly and just doesn’t pull you in as much as it should do. You don’t really believe most of what is going on and you really don’t see any of the powers until the final act which only really disappoints.

 

Actor Review

 

Linda Blair: Rachel has the perfect life, boyfriend and champion horse, everything changes when her cousin Julia comes to stay though. Rachel loses her perfect life along with her beloved horse as she becomes the victim of the witchcraft being performed by Julia. Linda disappoints in this role and never really comes off as believable.

Lee Purcell: Julia is the cousin of Rachel whose family got killed in a car crash, she moves in the Bryant family where she starts taking over Rachel’s life with her witchcraft. Lee comes off well without really doing too much until the end.

Jeremy Slate: Tom is the brother of Rachel who takes an attraction to his cousin which soon turns into protection as he becomes mesmerized by her spell. Jeremy gives us a solid but basic supporting performance.

Jeff McCracken: Mike is Rachel’s boyfriend to start with as well as the horse trainer, when Julia ends up coming into the lives he takes a shine to her getting caught under her spell. Jeff also only gives a basic supporting performance with nothing memorable happening.

Support Cast: Summer of Fear has a basic supporting cast that really doesn’t do enough to help the final story.

Director Review: Wes CravenWes shows he was going onto bigger things but this isn’t one of his highlights.

 

Horror: Summer of Fear has basic use of horror but not enough for the direction of this film.

Thriller: Summer of Fear tries to keep us guessing to where the film will go but never drags us in enough.

Settings: Summer of Fear uses basic settings with only the driving location being the main highlight.
Special Effects
: Summer of Fear uses very basic effects when we finally see them in the final act.

Suggestion: Summer of Fear is one to watch to complete the Craven collection but otherwise it is one that is avoidable. (Craven Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Horse scene looks great.

Worst Part: Too slow.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open to one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Step-father

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Tagline: Tonight, the world premiere of a chilling story of witchcraft, demons and the supernatural!

 

Overall: Slow thriller that forgets to use the horror side of the story

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Fantasy Film Casting 3 – The Usual Suspects

Fantasy Casting

Over 20 years have passed since this classic came out in 1995 and there is no doubt it is one of the best crime thrillers ever made, with the ending that shocked everyone. For this selection I am playing the fantasy casting card where I will pick all seven leading roles from stars of today. The idea is that I am the producer given this script to select the stars that would suit the roles. One rule is I can’t consider any of the original cast members even if certain roles could still be filled by the original cast. This is a hard choice because the original cast all give fantastic performances.

Film: The Usual Suspectsusual

New Stars: Matthew Fox, Mark Wahlberg, Colin Farrell, Ben Foster, Mark Ruffalo, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Daniel Bruhl

Replacing: Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey, Pete Postlethwaite and Chazz Palminterioriginal

Why I have picked this stars

Stephen Baldwin – Matthew Fox – McManus – McManus always made me feel like he came off slightly on edge but also well-spoken. After seeing Bone Tomahawk mixing in the Alex Cross performance I can see Matthew Fox being the perfect choice for this role.msmanus

Gabriel Byrne – Mark Wahlberg – Keaton – Keaton is the character I always see as the leader of the five-man team, I have chosen Wahlberg because we know he can be an important scene stealer with a large cast after The Departed. He has the range to play out all the emotions need through the film that this character needs.keaton

Benicio Del Toro – Colin Farrell – Fenster – Fenster is the lady’s man of the group and with his accent he stands out from the rest of the crew, Colin with his Irish accent and different dress style could make him stand out in this role. True Detective season 2 showed he can pull off the serious roles and his crime roles he has experience in this style of films.fenster

Kevin Pollak – Ben Foster – Hockney – Hockney is the loose cannon of the group and who better to play the modern day loose cannon than Ben Foster who has a reputation of play some of the strangest and crazy normal look people.hockney

Kevin Spacey – Mark Ruffalo – Verbal – Verbal is the most important character in the film, he is our story teller who never looks like he could be part of the crew. I see Mark being someone who can tell the story on the same level as Spacey keeping the nervous tone in the character.verbal

Chazz Palminteri – Chiwetel Ejiofor – Dave Kujan – Dave is the detective trying to get to the bottom of what really happened, I see Chiwetel as the right guy for this as we have seen him be back up to bigger named stars as detectives so he would be ready to become the lead one and his ability with his reaction in the final scene would work very well.dave

Pete Postlethwaite – Daniel Bruhl – Kobayashi – Kobayashi really is the smooth man from overseas that is the connection between the infamous Keyser Soze. We can have Daniel keep his accent for this role to make this his own character.kobayshi

How will this change the film: I personally wouldn’t change the film too much, the only changes would be to make Hockney slightly crazier, Kobayashi even more mysterious and Dave slightly calmer.

I will give the same disclaimer that I don’t want to see his remade this is just for fun as The usual Suspects in one of my favourite films.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

FIRST LOOK – She Sings to the Stars

FIRST LOOK
Deadwood
’s Larry Cedar in the film you’ll be raving about by year’s end,still
“..You may find the images and the vision coming back to mind well after you’ve finished watching. Watch on the biggest screen you can get at: in this movie, the size of the night sky matters.”
Sam Waterston, Actor (The Newsroom)

Deadwood’s Larry Cedar “is amazing” (actor Sam Waterston) in Jennifer Corcoran’s She Sings to the Stars, premiering March 19 at New York’s Queens World Film Festival.
Without water, a Native American grandmother continues to inhabit the desert, both ancient and alien. Her half-Hispanic grandson rushes to ‘make it big’. A faded magician finds himself lost at her doorstep.
Written and directed by Jennifer Corcoran and produced by Circeo Films, and starring Larry Cedar, Fannie Loretto, Larry Cedar and Jesus Mayorga, She Sings to the Stars was named Best Film at the Toronto Independent Film Festival and won Best Actor and Audience Award at the Vermont Film Festival.
Expected wide release late 2016.

PREMIERING IN NEW YORK MARCH 19 AT QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL. TICKET LINK HERE.

Synopsis
Mabel is a Native American grandmother who lives alone, tending her drought-ravaged corn in the desert Southwest. Her half-Hispanic grandson, Third, dreams of making it big in LA, but his plans change dramatically when he comes to his grandmother’s house to collect traditional dolls he hopes to sell for a high price. Lyle is a down-at-the-heel magician from LA traveling with a white rabbit, the promise of a gig and a life-long dream to be able to magically disappear. When his radiator boils over, he is stranded outside Mabel’s house. Both men must yield to the timeless rhythm of Mabel and the expansive desert to discover a capacity greater than imagined.