Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Blood Rush (2015)

bllodDirector: Harris Demel

Writer: Harris Demel, Rob Greenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: Stella Maeve, Evan Taubenfeld, Michael Madsen, Rochelle Robinson, Madeleine E Russick, Ivy Lindsay


Plot: A famous model, trapped inside an upside-down car, reaches a mysterious man on her damaged cell phone. However, roadside assistance is the last thing on the stranger’s mind.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Intense Thriller


Story: Blood Rush starts as Nicole (Maeve) wakes up with blood running from her nose as she comes to the reality that she has been involved in a car crash with her boyfriend Scotty Dee (Taunbefeld), the car is flipped off the road and Nicole finds herself trapped. With the opening credits we get to learn of the celebrity status of the pair with Nicole being a model and Scotty Dee being a musician.

Moving back to the accident site Nicole has to figure out what to do next as her phone is smashed she has to dial random numbers as she looks for help, after a few bad calls she finds herself talking to Casey (Madsen) but now she has to battle the elements as well as local nature.

While talking to Chatting to Casey Nicole learns that he has an alternative view on how she is acting and Casey is out for something as he pushes Nicole into thinking she is living her life wrong but this is only the start of his games.

Blood Rush is film that keeps you on edge from start to finish with a conclusion that will leave you shocked. The film uses the trapped angle very well and not having Nicole pointlessly panic also helps. We get the conversation where Nicole has to face realities of her own life throughout the film. This story will keep you attention with my own slight disappointment being how we get teases of natural hazards that never really follow through.


Actor Review


Stella Maeve: Nicole Diamond is one of America’s top model and part of one of the hottest couples in America. She is involved in a car crash where she finds herself trapped upside down having to battles the elements, nature and find a way out. Her phone can only dial a few numbers leaving her dialling random numbers until Casey offers to help her. She has to face the reality that Scotty isn’t the man she thinks while also having to show the compassion Casey doesn’t believe she can. Stella is brilliant in this role as she is involved in every scene and if it wasn’t for her performance this could turn into something very hard to watch.

Evan Taubenfeld: Scotty Dee is the popstar boyfriend of Nicole, he is injured during the crash but his true colours are exposed by Casey during the conversation between Casey and Nicole. Evan is only a supporting character that we learn about the character without him being involved in the conversation.

Michael Madsen: Casey is the man that gets the call from Nicole as she searches for a way out of her predicament. He starts off friendly before quickly turning on her making her need to face the reality of her life decisions. Michael is the voice on the end of the phone trying to play the games, his voice works for this role where he comes off as someone against Nicole.

Support Cast: Blood Rush has a supporting cast that only has phone calls or slight one off scenes, nothing really is important to the rest of the film.

Director Review: Harris DemelHarris gives us a thriller that keeps us on the edge from start to finish.


Thriller: Blood Rush keeps us on edge as we have to watch whether Nicole will make it out alive.

Settings: Blood Rush keeps us in the wreck with Nicole for the most part for the setting, it shows the peril she is in because of how far away from the road she is making this a brilliant use of setting to create tension.
Special Effects
: Blood Rush has good effects for everything inside the wreck without using anything too heavy.

Suggestion: Blood Rush is a film I do think everyone should be watching. (Watch)


Best Part: Stella’s performance.

Worst Part: Not enough of the natural elements involved.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes


Overall: Thriller that will keep you on edge from start to finish before making your jaw drop with the outcome.



First Press Pass

Today I received the news that I have had my first Press Pass application accepted, to say this makes me feel wow in an understatement as I never really believed I was going to get this opportunity.

What I would like to ask all my readers is, Do you have any advice when it comes to taking part in the interviews, what equipment should I be looking to take and how should I approach any interviews?

Finally I would just to say how proud I am to be given this chance to take the next few steps in chasing my dream.

Rocky Week – Rocky IV (1985)

rocky 4Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen, Tony Burton, Dolph Lundgren


Plot: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.


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Verdict: Toughest Test


Story: Rock IV starts as Rocky (Stallone) is still champion but a new challenge comes to the shores of USA, the Russian’s bring their biggest name Drago (Lundgren) an amateur boxer who has been bred to destroy, he doesn’t say much living his wife Ludmilla (Nielsen) doing all the talking. Apollo (Weathers) decides he wants to face Drago in an exhibition match to see just how good Drago is.

When Drago kills Apollo in the ring the world sees how good Drago really is and now he has set his sights on Rocky. Rocky gives up his title so he can go to Russia for this fight against everyone’s wishes but he wants to prove to the world Drago is beatable.

Rocky IV really has a much small but similar storyline to what we have seen before, it is Rocky going into a fight against someone who is bigger, stronger and a favourite in a fight. We do have the highest level of personal story on this with the death of Apollo in the ring but once you see past this we just see the same training montage, the same fight, the same discussion about whether to fight or not. A standalone film this is ok but in the end we have seen it all before.


Actor Review


Sylvester Stallone: Rocky is the champion of the world when the big Russian turns up wanting to fight him, Apollo jumps in to take on the Russian only to get killed in the ring. Rocky gives up his title to avenge Apollo’s death in Drago’s backyard of Russia. Sylvester gives the performance we have all come to know in this franchise.rocky

Talia Shire: Adrian doesn’t think either men should fight Drago and after Apollo’s death she is completely against Rocky even considering fighting the giant super athlete. Talia again really doesn’t get used as much as she should.

Burt Young: Paulie is the manager of Rocky now following him into every battle even the one in Russia. Burt starts to get a bigger role but gets forgotten in the final third.

Carl Weathers: Apollo sees the Russian Drago comes to America and wants to be the first person to face him in the ring. Against all advice from Rocky he steps in the ring with his cocky nature only for it to be his final fight. Carl gives us a good performance giving his character a final farewell.

Dolph Lundgren: Drago is the Russia super athlete who has come to America to prove himself in the ring, he has been trained with science to be stronger than any fighter we have seen yet. He kills Apollo in the first match leading to him having a fight against Rocky. He is an emotionless fighting machine that does his talking in the ring. Dolph makes for a great opponent for Rocky being bigger and stronger than anyone he has faced before.drago


Support Cast: Rocky IV continues to have the trademark boxing characters being used in the film.

Director Review: Sylvester StalloneSylvester gives us what we want to see in this film and increased emotional level and an underdog beating a strongest enemy.


Sports: Rocky IV has the deadliest boxing match we have seen Rocky in to date and the first one that doesn’t include him.

Music: Rocky IV is filled with classic 80’s montage music.

Settings: Rocky IV takes the action to Russia to show Rocky against a hostile crowd.
: Rocky IV is one for all the fans of the franchise to enjoy but it isn’t the strongest entry in the franchise. (Franchise Fans)


Best Part: Drago is the best opponent for Rocky

Worst Part: Seen it all before now.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $128 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: He Could Have Stopped The Fight. He Could Have Saved His Best Friend’s Life. But Now, The Only Thing He Can’t Do Is Walk Away.

Trivia: When shooting the film, Sylvester Stallone decided that for the shooting of the fight, he and Dolph Lundgren should hit one another for real, so as to increase the intensity of the scene. After doing three takes of Rocky taking shots to ribs, Stallone felt a burning in his chest, but ignored it. Later that night, he had difficulty breathing and was taken to a nearby emergency room. It was discovered that his blood pressure was over 200, and he had to be flown on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, where he remained in intensive care for eight days. What had happened was that Lungren had punched him so hard in the chest, Stallone’s heart had slammed up against his breastbone and began to swell, cutting off the blood supply and restricting the oxygen flow throughout the body.


Overall: Weakest entry to the series to date


The Unbidden Conjures First Trailer

The Unbidden Conjures First Trailer
Quentin Lee’s Female-Driven Asian Horror Film 
To Premiere This Spring
Los Angeles, CA– Margin Films is excited to summon the first trailer for Quentin Lee’s The Unbidden.  A quartet of longtime girlfriends come together in the hopes that a séance will protect them from a dark presence that won’t rest until one of them is destroyed.
Quentin Lee (White Frog, The People I’ve Slept With) directed from a script by Narhee Ahn (Purity).  Tamlyn Tomita (“Teen Wolf”, The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Half-Life), Amy Hill (50 First Dates, “UnREAL”) and Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha, Lethal Weapon 4) star as the group of friends desperate to save one of their own from her dark secret. Michelle Krusiec, Akemi Look, Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Karin Anna Cheung appear as the women’s younger selves, joined by Hayden Szeto and Jason Yee as the men at the heart of the deadly mystery.
“If you’re a fan of the horror, psychological thriller, family melodrama or Asian American film genres, you’re in for a treat, not a trick,” director Quentin Lee expressed of his first horror film.  “Our intention was to create a wildly original independent feature with an all Asian-American cast that aims to not only entertain with shocks and thrills, but bring on the debate about difficult emotional issues. This is a female-driven film that deals with domestic violence and the morality of retribution.”
Mystery novelist Lauren Lee (Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition’s terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Nickson, Sung and Hill). Each of the women has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren feel better. In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren’s demons, a mysterious young man (Szeto) arrives brandishing a gun. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father.