The Ice Road – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents The Ice Road on Digital Platforms 27th December and Blu-ray & DVD 10th January

Action, and all around, legend Liam Neeson (Taken) joins forces with Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) in this edge of your seat, icey thriller from the prolific action writer of Armageddon and Die Hard With a Vengeance. After a remote diamond mine collapses in far northern Canada, a ‘big-rig’ ice road driver (Neeson) must lead an impossible and deadly rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the trapped miners. Contending with thawing waters and a massive storm, they discover the real threat is one they never saw coming. This isDie Hard… on ice! Also starring Amber Midthunder (LegionThe Ice Roadwas written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher).

Honest Thief – Home Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Honest Thief on Digital Platforms 5th November and Blu-ray and DVD 8th November

Thrills and excitement are up for grabs in Honest Thief which tells the action-packed story of a career bank robber keen to turn himself in for the sake of love, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents. Starring Liam Neeson (Taken), Kate Walsh (Greys Anatomy), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad), Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) and Anthony Ramos (Trolls World Tour). Written and directed by Mark Williams, co-creator and producer of the Netflix series Ozark and director of hit film The Accountant. With director of photography Shelly Johnson (Captain America: The First Avenger) and film editor Michael P. Shawver (Black Panther).

The Mutation (2021) Movie Review ‘Typical Low Budget Creature Feature’

The Mutation – Low Budget Creature Feature

 

Director: Scott Jeffrey

Writer: Scott Jeffrey (Screenplay)

Starring: Amanda-Jade Tyler, Ricardo Freitas, Abi Casson Thompson, Megan Purvis, Derek Nelson, Barbara Dabson, Sarah T Cohen, Andrew Rolfe

Plot: A mutated rat has been let loose in a city.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Mutation starts when a human sized mutated rat escapes its captivity under Dr Linda Rowe (Tyler), leading to it going on a rampage through the city. Zoologist Allen Marsh (Freitas) and his assistant Julie (Thompson) are called in by the police to help figure out what the caused the attacks.

As the attacks continue to grow, Allen must use his knowledge on helping figure out how to stop the monstrous rat before it kills more, while Allen pushes the limits of his involvement in the case by getting close to the widow of the first victim.

Thoughts on The Mutation

ThoughtsThe Mutation is a creature feature styled horror that will get the build around most of the attacks, investigation and back story behind the creature done well, the deeper story around what is happening, is the highlight of the film. Where this film isn’t as strong as it could be, comes from seeing the rat attacks, which show the low budget side of this film, not trying to cover anything up, making the scenes feel more chaotic, than unique. The performances in the film do show the budget levels, while nobody is bad, there isn’t a performance that could make anyone become a bigger name in the horror community. This is a film that does give the low budget idea of horror the idea that we could have an interesting idea that could bring bigger factors for a clever story.

Final Thoughts The Mutation is everything we would expect from a low budget creature feature.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – E – Evil Dead (2013)

Director: Fede Alvarez

Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues (Screenplay)

Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore, Phoenix Connolly

 

Plot: Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.


Tagline – Fear What You Will Become

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Splatterfest

 

Story: Evil Dead starts when five friends Mia (Levy), her brother David (Fernandez), Eric (Pucci), Olivia (Lucas) and Natalie (Blackmore) head to a remote cabin in the woods to help Mia finally shake her drug addiction.

As the weekend goes on, we see how Mia starts to suffer the withdrawal symptoms, which soon become paranoia as an evil force starts to take over her body and mind, before moving onto her friends.

 

Thoughts on Evil Dead

 

Characters – Mia is the one that friends are there to support, she has been a drug addict for the past couple of years and this intervention is her last chance, she has nearly died from overdoses before. She struggles with her withdrawal symptoms before being taken over by the evil around the house. David is the distant brother of Mia’s that has missed previous attempts at an intervention, he will do anything for his sister though no matter the damage it could cause. Eric is the smartest of the group, well he understands the Latin reading from the book to release the problems on the guests. Olivia and Natalie complete our line up and apart from Olivia being the best friend who has seen the failed interventions before, the two are not that different.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are interesting because we have talent in this film. Jane Levy takes the leading role and she has been making an impact in the horror genre of late, the same can be said for Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas, sadly they don’t get much to work with as most of the film is about the quality behind the effects.

StoryThe story here is meant to be a new vision for the Evil Dead idea, a more modern one if you like, so we know the core ingredients involved. We know the book is the key to unleashing the evil and one character will be used to infect the rest. Now what made the original fun was the fact we got elements of humour about what was going on, this one remains serious from start to finish, focusing on blood, gore and shock value over any substance in the story. The biggest insult comes from Mia being the new version of Ash, she is the one character that mostly likely shouldn’t be surviving on the goodness the others have shown before. Looking back on the franchise this does feel out of place because, sure it brings us a new vision for the world, only it doesn’t go anywhere after this story as we return to Ash’s battles.

HorrorThe horror in this film only tries to give us gore and blood shock value over any suspense, this will only scare you if you get disturbed by these parts of the horror genre.

SettingsThe film does keep us in the remote cabin in the woods, which works just how it is meant to for the film which is a reimagining of the Evil Dead film.

Special EffectsThis film is based on just how brutal it wants to make the effects, which shows body slashing, cutting, burning and a re-work of the tree raping. We follow the film go for such extremes just to get their point across, which will make people happy but also disappoint the ones who want a story.


Scene of the Movie –
Chainsaw time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The gore over story.

Final ThoughtsThis is one film that I think could be classed as a fantastic cabin in the woods movie, but it is a poor Evil Dead movie, it didn’t need the branding of this title, when it could have been its own bloodbath movie.

 

Overall: Senseless gore.

Rating

 

 

The Secret of Sinchanee (2021) Movie Review ‘Eerie, Creepy & Unsettling’

The Secret of Sinchanee – Eerie, Creepy and Unsettling

 

Director: Steven Grayhm

Writer: Steven Grayhm (Screenplay)

Starring: Lalia Lockhart Kraner, Steven Grayhm, Rudy Reyes, Tamara Austin, Chris Neville, Mark Oliver

Plot: An industrial tow truck driver suffering from insomnia returns to his childhood home after the untimely death of his father, to discover that a paranormal presence has been living in the house and haunting the sacred land it was built on.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Secret of Sinchanee starts when Will Stark (Grayhm) inherits his late father’s home, the same place he grew up in. he finds the home is filled with an uneasy presence, which seems to be trying to communicate with him. Detectives Carrie Donovan (Austin) and Drew Carter (Boyer) will put their differences aside, as they look to solve a series of murders in the area, looking into the past, which will see how Will was a survivor of a series of similar events.

As Will continues to battle the strange experiences he is going through, Carrie starts to dive into the past, learning about something much stranger than she could ever imagine behind the cases.

Thoughts on The Secret of Sinchanee

Characters & Performances – Will Stark was once a survivor of one of the incidents in the area, now he has returned, he has found himself getting haunted by a presence, making him a prime suspect in a new string of murders. He must learn about what once happened to him, if he is prove whether he was involved in the incidents. Detective Carrie Donovan is one of the leads on the case, along with her partner Drew Carter, the pair have a child together and must put aside their differences to raise her, but this case starts to get closer to them, closer than they could imagine. The performances from the three leads in the film are strong with each one showing moments of uncertainty they are going through, diving deeper into the world they are fighting.

StoryThe story here takes a man back to his childhood home, where an incident happened in his childhood, with his return seeing the same moments coming to the area, making him a prime suspect in the investigation about what happened and what is happening, as the case gets closer than expected for the detectives in charge. This is a story that dives into legend of an area, which will see detectives getting caught up in the middle of a legend, getting more involved in the case than they could ever imagine. It spins how the detectives get involved, firstly having their personal life together being filled with tension that they must put aside for the greater good of their daughter and professional careers, while dragging them into the world, moves the focus onto potential new victims. The idea about the house and the man starting to see things, does come off creepy for the most part, but does seem to fall behind the detective’s bigger picture to this story. The story will have a creepy and unsettling feeling throughout, making the audience surprised by the different direction we go.

ThemesThe Secret of Sinchanee is a horror mystery that doesn’t hold back on the disturbing moments of horror, using the slow building for a shock moment here and there. The mystery is what makes everything shine, seeing where this one goes, using a legend to make the most of the history of the land. The location is key, because of the history that has been built up over the years.

Final Thoughts The Secret of Sinchanee is an unsettling horror mystery that will surprise us around every corner.