Bad Candy – Release News

Kaleidoscope Entertainment presents Bad Candy on digital and DVD 4 October

As the Autumn sun fades, the dark clouds of a pitch-black Halloween night begin to settle over the small American town of New Salem. The annual Fright Fest show is underway on the local radio station, on which two full-on shock-jocks begin to retell local legends of terror from yesteryear, bringing them to life before your bloodshot eyes. In this small town, it’s a grisly end for most, but will a few good souls survive to see another dawn?

Superhost (2021) Movie Review ‘Social Media Version of Creep

Superhost – Social Media Version of Creep

 

Director: Brandon Christensen

Writer: Brandon Christensen (Screenplay)

Starring: Barbara Crampton, Gracie Gillam, Sara Canning, Osric Chau

Plot: With their follower count dwindling, travel vloggers Teddy and Claire pivot to creating viral content around their most recent “superhost,” Rebecca, who wants more from the duo than a great review.


Tagline – Don’t forget to like and survive

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Superhost starts as vlogging couple Claire (Canning) and Teddy (Chau) look to go on their latest travel vlog as a remote Superhost house that is notoriously difficult to get into, with host Rebecca (Gillam).

As the couple look to record their latest episode, they start to see the strange side of Rebecca, leaving them feeling uneasy around her, before she shows her true colours.

Thoughts on Superhost

ThoughtsSuperhost follow a couple of travel vloggers that are looking to give their opinion on the latest property, only to learn the owner isn’t everything they are expecting, showing a darker side to them. This is a film that could easily get compared to Creep, with the way the owner of the home isn’t as stable as first thought, this is where Gracie Gillam steals the whole film, with the fact you just never know what she will do next. When it comes to the couple, it is nice seeing one looking outside of the social media work, while the other one is obsessed with maintaining their fame. Where the film does fall shorter, does come from that repetitive nature of seeing how Claire and Teddy look to record the same thing over and over, which I guess is pointing out just how much behind the scenes work can go behind social media celebrity status.

Final Thoughts Superhost is a creepy horror that is carried by the excellent performance from Gracie Gillam.

From the Vine (2019) Movie Review

Director: Sean Cisterna

Writer: Willem Wennekers (Screenplay) Kenneth Canio Cancellara (Novel)

Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati, Marco Leonardi, Wendy Crewson, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo, Franco Lo Presti

Plot: A downtrodden man experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass.


Tagline – The grape never falls far from the vine.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: From the Vine starts when successful businessman Marco (Pantoliano) has an ethical crisis, he decides to pack his bags and head back to his hometown in Italy, in an attempt to find his moral compass again.

Here Marco reflects on his life, where he was overly strict with his daughter Laura (Brancati) and distant from his wife Marina (Crewson), making the drastic decision to reopen his family’s vineyard, despite the struggles he might face, with the locals not believing he knows what he is doing.

Thoughts on From the Vine

ThoughtsFrom the Vine is a drama showing how one man gives us his successful life in Canada to return home to Italy, starting by just wanting to find himself, but soon deciding to reopen his family’s vineyard, finding a fresh happiness in his later years of life. This is the type of mid-life crisis movies we have been seeing for years, with the idea that sometimes risking everything to find something new, will give you a new meaning to life. This will have the life affirming moments in life, rebuilding the relationship between family and sending the feel-good message to a small town community. The performances are excellent with Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati and Wendy Crewson bringing the American cast to life, while Marco Leonardi, Tony Nardi, Tony Nappo bringing the Italian cast to life. The Italian backdrop is beautiful to see, being the complete opposite to watch has been experienced in the busy North American areas the family comes from.

From The Vine will be available in UK Cinemas from 10th September & Home Entertainment from 13th November

Final Thoughts From the Vine is an enjoyable life-crisis movie about finding a new place in life.

The Retaliators (2021) Movie Review

The Retaliators – Violent Delight

Director: Samuel Gonzalez Jr, Bridget Smith

Writer: Darren Geare, Jeff Allen Geare (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, Joseph Gatt, Ketie Kelly, Abbey Hafer, Jacoby Shaddix, Robert Knepper

Plot: An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter’s brutal murder.


Tagline – Sometimes Its Better To Keep Evil Alive

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Retaliators starts when Pastor John Bishop (Lombardi) reluctantly lets his daughter Sarah (Kelly) attend a party, but that night will see her brutally murdered after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bishop distraught by the events of that night wants answers, with Detective Jeb Sawyer (Menchaca) leading the investigation.

The investigation will lead them to a criminal organisation run by Otto (Knepper), which is only the beginning of the big nightmare about to be unleashed on everyone searching for answers.

Thoughts on The Retaliators

Characters & Performances – Pastor John Bishop is a mild-mannered man raising his two daughters, the whole town will support him, with his speeches motivating the whole town. When his eldest daughter is murdered, he turns to the bottle, before being put in a place he would never imagine. Michael Lombardi is impressive in the leading role, showing the full range of emotion needed to get through the film. Jed is the detective leading the investigation into the murder, he is cold about his approach, taking John under his wing to offer him a chance to overcome the pain. Ram Kady is the cold-hearted killer that uses his size to get jobs done and will do anything to keep his name clean. We do meet plenty of different characters with Quinn Brady the serial rapist played by Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix getting his first acting role. Each character will add something to the film, even if one set of characters does feel more like they could have had a bigger impact on everything going on, with the performances shining through.

StoryThe story here follows a grieving father who wants answers for his daughter murder, where a detective will offer him an entry point to the underworld of the local city. This is a film that does have a large number of things going on, so much so that at times certain chapters will feel out of place, because once we get into the main focus of what happened to create the opening sequences, we have such a treat waiting for us. The idea of what is going on does bring us a twisted concept, one that we could have seen plenty more from, instead of one side of the film, which didn’t fit the overall tone of this violent moments.

ThemesThe Retaliators is an ultra-violent action horror, that just doesn’t hold back on the brutal fighting, despite having exceptional special effects, including one moment that will make you turn away in disgust. The film does have a crime side, which takes us into the horror side of the film and it is something we haven’t or if we have very rarely seen before.

Final Thoughts The Retaliators is a relentlessly violent horror that shines through the final act.

Angie: Lost Girls (2020) Movie Review ‘Chilling Message’

Angie: Lost Girls – Chilling Message

 

Director: Julia Verdin

Writer: Janet Odogwu, Julia Verdin (Screenplay)

Starring: Jane Widdop, Anthony Montgomery, Lindsey Da Sylveira, Olivia D’Abo, Randall Batinkoff, Dyland Sprayberry, Marty Dew Cherie Jiminez

Plot: After escaping from a sex trafficking ring, one teenage girl struggles to reconnect with herself and her family. To rescue her helpless friends, she must confront her own fears and help lead the police to her traffickers – at all costs.

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Angie: Lost Girls starts when Angie Morgan (Widdop) a high school musician whose has always had the reputation of being a good girl, suddenly goes missing after her latest show. Angie is dragged into an underworld of sex trafficking, while her parents Hayley (d’Abo) and Dan (Batinkoff) desperately search for her.

After Angie finds her way out of this world, she struggles to connect to her old life, her family, constantly looking over her shoulder in fear of her captors finding her.

Thoughts on Angie: Lost Girls

Characters & Performances – Angie is the 16-year-old high school student that finds herself with a new boyfriend, saying everything to make her feel special, only to learn he has been preparing her to take into the sex trafficking world. Forced to perform with threats, she is left feeling helpless, terrified, and alone. She gets put through the horrors of the world before escaping, living in even more fear than before, fearing they will come back to find her. Jane Widdop gives us an incredible performance, one that starts with the enjoyment of life, before showing us the shattered life she is going through. Hayley and Dan are the overly busy parents that don’t seem to know everything Angie is doing, before doing everything they can to get her back and help her with her recovery, while feeling just as helpless. Chase is the detective who is trying to take the ring down before they have more victims, he is doing everything he can, despite being left in the middle of knowing he can’t push Angie for more information. We have the leading members of the ring, Ida and Deacon who will use every trick in the book to make the young girls and women believe that they have no choice by to stay with them. The performances from the supporting cast are all great, with each performer bringing their characters to life.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that is kidnapped into the sex trafficking world, where she is forced into countless encounters, having threats to keep here there, before her escape, where we see the fear she continues to live in. This story is putting a firm message about the dangers in everyday life and how the sex traffickers can find their victims, offering them promises that will lure them away from their life. The story has a chilling way to show how easily the victims can be manipulated to remain in the horrors of the world. This is going to be one of the hardest watches of the year, with every sequence Angie is going through, will leave you feeling broken, just like the character.

ThemesAngie: Lost Girls is a drama that is showing how the sex traffickers operate in the world, it will show the environments they work in, show how secure they will make their world. This will give us moments of suspense as we see how the girls will try to escape this world, showing the dangers involved that they will be facing.

Angie: Lost Girls will be released on UK Digital Download and On Demand from 13th September.

Final Thoughts Angie: Lost Girls is a disturbing movie that will leave a haunting impression.