Circus Kane (2017)

Director: Christopher Ray

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward (Screenplay) Sean Sellars (Story)

Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Tim Abbel, Victoria Konefal, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Sinjin Rosa, Nicole Arianna Fox, Bill Voorhees, Scott Thomas Reynolds, Mike Jerome Putnam, Rigo Obezo, Jonathan Nation

 

Plot: A reclusive circus master invites a group of social media stars to his house of haunts. Anyone who can make it out before being scared into submission will earn $250,000 – but the stars soon learn they are not only competing for money, but also fighting for their lives.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Twisted Gore Delight

 

Story: Circus Kane starts as Roxy, Greg, Billy (Lawrence), Scott (Lipnicki) Eddie, Carrie (Fox), Tracey (Konefal) and Jake receive a mysterious invitation from Balthazar Kane (Abbel) to take part in a night of terror for a chance to win $250,000, with the contestants all having connection to promote Kane’s big return through their social media audience.

As the contestants continue with the game they learn that this is the deadliest haunted house they have come up against and now they must fight to survive the haunted house.

 

Thoughts on Circus Kane

 

Characters – Scott claims to be fearless, he is selected because of this but the house will test his lack of fear. Balthazar Kane is the circus magician that wants to bring his house of horror back but this time he will push the limits of fear, through the film we discover his motivation for the game. Tracy is one of the contestants who is involved game, she is telling the story which we learn about in the opening present day scene. The contestants are a mixture of the ones you would expect to be picked off during this style of horror too, but this works for the direction the film goes.

PerformanceJonathan Lipnicki made a name for himself Jerry Maguire as a child actor but now he is trying to make a name for himself as an adult, while circling indie films he does show that he can lead horror films with this good performance, Tim Abbel as the menacing Balthazar Kane is great once we see the true nature of his character, Victoria Konefal is good as the trademark ‘final girl’ through the movie, the cast does all does do well with film.

StoryThe story is follow a group of contestants entering a house a horror to win a prize but the game turns out deadly. The story is filled with a magician pulling the tricks with riddles as the group ust work together to solve the situation. It you could imagine Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meeting Saw that is just how twisted the story feels.

HorrorThe horror comes from the gore created through the house of horrors, most of it comes off great but there are moments you can tell it is just a bucket of blood being thrown.

SettingsThe house is isolated away from the world and even after one of the characters calls for help they learn they are 2 hours away from any sort of rescue. The location does help because it does show us the time limit the characters would have to escape.

Special EffectsMostly practical effects going on here and sure this is great throughout showing us you don’t need to be doing CGI gore, there is though one trap that does seem to rely on the CGI to become effective.

Scene of the Movie – Razor’s Edge.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The characters are selected for their social media followings but we don’t see them using it through the film, which did seem like the point, to make it feel like a live interaction experience.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightfully twisted horror that is gore filled and by the end you will want to return through the film to pick out little clues you might have missed first time around.

 

Overall: Gore filled horror treat.

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Opinion Battles Results Which Animated Movie Should Never be A Live Action Movie

Opinion Battles Results

Which Animated Movie Should Never be A Live Action Movie

This round we have had an excellent selection of Animated movies we don’t want to see live action versions of but just which one was the most popular?

3rd

Choice – The Lion King

Players – S.G. Liput

Points – 3

2nd

Choice – Aladdin

Players – Tom, Movie Rob

Points – 6

1st

Choice – Spirited Away

Players – Table 9 Mutant

Points – 12

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at favourite Musical Movies

send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Closing Date – Saturday 6th August 2017

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, J – Film & Nuance, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, Kira – Film and Tv 101, Allie – Often Off Topic, Ben – Views From The Sofa, Mike – screenkickermovies.com, Carl Wonders – Listening to Film) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?

 

Double Feature Weekend – Shock Treatment (1981)

Director: Jim Sharman

Writer: Jim Sharman, Richard O’Brien (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Harper, Cliff De Young, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Charles Gray, Ruby Wax, Nell Campbell, Rik Mayall

 

Plot: Janet and Brad become contestants on a game show… but wind up as captives instead.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Way Before It’s Time

 

Story: Shock Treatment starts as Brad (de Young) and Janet (Harper) are part of a marriage television show where Brad gets taken away for treatment through Dr Cosmo (O’Brien) and Dr Nation (Quinn).

With each day becoming a new day on the show Janet leaves Brad in the hands of the doctors while she considers her options.

When Brad finds, himself becoming the face of a fast food franchise Janet learns that they have become trapped in this twisted world with no escape as her star power continues to grow.

 

Thoughts on Shock Treatment

 

Characters/PerformanceReturning us to Janet and Brad is an interesting idea but they both seem very different people, Janet gets drawn to the idea of becoming a big star leaving people behind to do this, Brad spends most of the film tied up which doesn’t give him a lot of time to do anything. The Doctors are good without being anything special which is what could be said for the rest of the characters too.

Performance wise, Jessica Harper is great in the leading role but it would be fair to say none of the other stars really stand out on the level she reaches through this film.

StoryThe story is in places complicated, but it does poke fun at reality television which for the time was something unknown, watching it now and seeing how people look at success we do get to see a huge difference in what people think. On the other hand, this is so far away from the Rocky Picture Show we don’t need to use the same characters.

Comedy/MusicalThis doesn’t reach that many levels of comedy but I do think the musical numbers are an improvement from the Rocky Horror.

SettingsThe whole film is set inside a studio showing us just how Janet rose and fell from celebrity status which feels like the television show we are watching.

Special EffectsWe don’t have many special effects here once again but when needed they are good.

Final ThoughtsThis does take the characters in a direction you wouldn’t expect and has fun poking fun at television shows but otherwise it isn’t anything special.

 

Overall: Strange sequel with little connection.

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Double Feature Weekend – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Director: Jim Sharman

Writer: Jim Sharman, Richard O’Brien (Screenplay) Richard O’Brien (Original Musical)

Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams

 

Plot: A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Cult Classic

 

Story: The Rocky Horror Picture Show starts as Brad Majors (Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Sarandon) get engaged as they were heading home they get trapped in a storm. Seeking refuge the couple find themselves in a mysterious castle full and strange and colourful characters hosted by Dr Frank-N-Furter (Curry).

Tonight, is a special night for the Doctor as he is about to bring his Creation to life in full Frankenstein style. The longer Brad and Janet spend in the castle the stranger the night becomes but one they will never forget.

 

Thoughts on The Rocky Horror Picture Show

 

Characters/PerformanceDr Frank-N-Furter is bar far one of the most iconic characters in musical and film, leading the transsexual movement in the main stream, he is another version of Dr Frankenstein but one with extreme sexual motivations. Brad is the newly engaged man who feels out of place in the party but grows to respect the choice. Janet is Brad’s new fiancé who enjoys the sexually driven party more than Brad. The rest of the characters all add to the style of the film.

Performance wise, Tim Curry does steal the show with his eccentric performance that you can see he fully commits to, Sarandon and Bostwick are great as the new engaged couple put in the awkward situation with the rest of the cast all giving us the performance we need to see.

StoryThe story is easy to follow like you would imagine with musical and with the narration does make certain things easy. The idea of staying at a strange castle where you could end up involved in a mad party hosted by a crazy scientist. This is a unique story that does have moments from the Frankenstein story involved.

Comedy/MusicalThe comedy is used to make this story come off fun with the musical numbers throughout.

SettingsThe castle makes for a wonderful setting full of the gothic style and the scientific laboratory used to make the creation.

Special EffectsThe special effects are few are far between but all come off when they are needed.

Final ThoughtsI knew this was a cult movie for years but never got around to see it, I found this exactly what I was expecting, unique, crazy and a stand-alone special event.

 

Overall: This is a true cult classic film.

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Upcoming Release – Circus Kane premiering on VOD 9/8.

Let the games begin with Circus Kane premiering on VOD this September from Uncork’d Entertainment!


From Uncork’d Entertainment and DeInstitutionalized comes the it horror movie of fall, Circus Kane premiering on VOD 9/8.

The notorious and disgraced circus master, Balthazar Kane, invites an unsuspecting group of social media stars to the revival of his CIRCUS KANE by promising $250,000 to any of them who can make it through the night. Kane’s true plan quickly proves to be far more sinister as the contestants realize more than money is on the line. The group must fight for their lives to escape Kane’s demented house of horrors.

Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire) and Mark Christopher Lawrence (Cooties) head up the cast of Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray’s fantastic frighthouse Circus Kane, on VOD this September.

James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward scripted, based on a story by Sean Sellars. Gerald Webb, Christopher Ray and James Cullen Bressack produce.

Studio: Uncork’d Entertainment
Director: Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray
Cast : Jonathan Lipnicki, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Nicole Fox, Jonathan Nation, Mike Jerome Putnam, Scott Thomas Reynolds, Bill Voorhees