Shot in the Dark – On UK digital platforms 3 October 2022
Take a Shot In The Dark with Keene McRae’s bold, impressive, and evocative directorial debut. After premiering at Grimmfest, this chilling and captivating atmospheric horror is now set to thrill audiences with its UK release on digital this October, courtesy of Reel 2 Reel Films.
Set in the late 1990s and taking place over 48 hours, this thrilling feature is inspired by true events. Once a successful writer—now small-town pariah— William Langston (Kristoffer McMillan – It Comes, Saudade) must fight for his life to avoid becoming the final victim of a sadistic serial killer.
As he battles to survive, William is forced to confront his demons, and as he grapples with a past mistake that has impacted the rest of his life, he must finally face his greatest fears. If he doesn’t kill the past, the past will kill him…
With ‘startling cinematography’ (Moving Pictures Film Club), this taut, visceral, and thought-provoking thriller promises to get under your skin.
Filled with unrelenting dread, give this haunting, tightly paced horror a Shot In The Dark for a bone-chilling, enthralling terror ride.
Writer: Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney (Screenplay)
Plot: In a future where the government records dreams and taxes them, a dream auditor gets caught up in the dreams of an ageing eccentric.
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Strawberry Mansion starts as we dive into the world where dreams are taxed, auditor Preble (Audley) is assigned to look into eccentric older woman Bella’s (Fuller) dreams. As Preble sees the massive collection of dreams that Bella has captured over the years, he sees his work is going to take long.
Preble dives into the dreams where he sees the dreams of a younger Bella (Glowicki), as he starts to understand how she operated in her dreams. Once inside Bella’s dreams, he discovers something much more disturbing going on with the dream business.
Verdict on Strawberry Mansion
Preble is a dream auditor; he travels around to make sure people are paying the tax on their dreams. He gets to travel into the recorded dreams to see which parts need to be taxed. Preble’s latest job is one of the biggest he ever undertook, needing to go through decades of dreams from an elderly woman. What he finds in the dreams takes him on an adventure he never imagined, one where he must test his own reality.
Bella is the lady being audited; she has kept her dreams in an outdated system. She is seen as eccentric but the reason for this is discovered in her dreams, with her younger self. Her dreams are odd and imaginative, as she guides Preble through them.
The supporting characters have their own plans for the dreams. They interfere with Preble’s work or characters met within the dreams.
Kentucker Audley is brilliant in the leading role, he brings the calm side to his character that gets thrown into the unknown through the dreams. The performance shows the uncertainty he is going through and the changes he goes through along the way.
In the supporting cast, Penny Fuller and Grace Glowicki do a great job as the two versions of Bella. They bring the same charm to the character on the journeys.
The story follows a dream auditor that travels into the dreams of his latest client, only to discover an amazing world of dreams that he finds himself getting caught up within.
This is a fascinating story, first because of the idea that dreams are taxed. Secondly, seeing how dreams are recorded and placed into a world where people can audit them. Finally, the idea is that you can experience other people’s dreams and how they can change your outlook on life.
Seeing the world created in this story shows pure imagination and takes us to a place we could only dream of. This is a story you can see so much more than you thought and one you want to see more from.
Strawberry Mansion is a fantasy adventure that takes us into the dreams of people. The dreams can go in any direction, opening the door to the endless possibilities which the effects build upon. In the effects, we get creations only dreams could make possible, with the style of shooting the movie only adding to this part of the film.
Bulldog Film Distribution presents Strawberry Mansion in select cinemas and on-demand on 16 September
Final Thoughts – Strawberry Mansion is an amazing journey into the fantasy land of dreams.
India Sweets and Spices will be in UK Cinemas from 21st October
Lightbulb Film Distribution is thrilled to share the new poster and trailer for comedy India Sweets and Spices, from the producers of Crazy Rich Asians. The film hits UK cinemas from 21st October.
Directed and written by Geeta Malik (Troublemaker, Shameless), the film stars Sophia Ali (Uncharted), Rish Shah (Ms. Marvel), Adil Hussain (Life of Pi), Manisha Koirala (Bombay) and Deepti Gupta (Little Fires Everywhere)
When Alia (Sophia Ali) returns home from university, she challenges her parents’ elitist lifestyle; expensive jewellery, lavish dinner parties and gossiping aunties. But when she invites the son of a local shopkeeper to her mother’s upcoming soiree, family secrets begin to surface…
Questions Going in Season Two of The Walking Dead World Beyond
The Walking Dead World Beyond Season One is complete and it brought along a few twists and turns along the way. There are a few questions that we are going to want answered going into Season Two. These are the questions.
What is so important about Hope?
In season one it is revealed that Hope is an asset that the other community want. She has been separated in an attempt to get her to make the journey but how is her skill set going to be used?
Will the youngster ever learn to work together?
For most of this season, the friends have found themselves pushing themselves apart. They argue and never know how to work together in a life-and-death situation. If they are going to survive, they must start working together more and trusting each other.
Can the group forgive Huck?
Huck turned out to be on an inside job trying to get Hope to go to the new community. She betrays the group with her actions, even if she refuses to hurt any of the group to get the mission done. With her still breathing and Hope wants to make sure everyone stays safe, when they cross paths, can they forgive each other?
Will the group return to the university?
Iris, Felix, Elton and Percy are left to figure out what to do next. Hope wants them to return to the university for safety. Will the group follow her wishes or are they going to plan to try and rescue her from the Civil Republic?
What is Elizabeth’s bigger plan?
Season one does plenty to hide any and all plans of Elizabeth. Outside of the opening episode, we learn very little about what she wants with the community and Hope. The season finale offers a few answers but we need to see more of the big bad that has been presented to us.
Why isn’t Will in the Civil Republic?
It was made clear that Will was in the Civil Republic, what caused him to leave? And what does he know that the rest don’t? Will looks like he will become a big part of explaining everything that has happened going forward.
There are plenty of questions that are left open for the next season and going into the new season, let’s see which ones of them will be answered.
The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour – Movie Review
Director: Matt Hargreaves
Plot: Tubular Bells, one of the iconic musical works of the 20th century, and the highest-selling instrumental album of all time is approaching its 50th anniversary. To mark this, an epic new stage production has been commissioned that re-invents the album with an incredible cinematic score, live musicians and performers.
Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict on The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour
The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour is a live concert experience. As the famous orchestrator brings together their biggest musical works for a spectacle performance. This includes the iconic tubular bells, which made them stand out from the rest for decades.
The most famous musical work is performed with ‘The Exorcist’ theme. Getting a standing ovation upon the first chimes. We have seen other famous live performances from famous composers throughout the years, with this being one that will appeal to that audience.
The music and dance performances compliment what we are hearing and seeing, making this a beautiful hour-and-a-half performance to experience.
Tubular Bells will be in UK Cinemas for one night only on 22nd September
Final Thoughts –The Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Tour is a beautiful performance to experience.
Plot: A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she appears.
Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Orphan starts as Kate (Farmiga) and John (Sarsgaard) lose their third child at childbirth. The couple has two other children Daniel (Bennett) and Max (Engineer), but they still long to include a third child. Despite Kate having daily struggles with loss, they decide to adopt a third child.
The couple adopts Esther (Fuhrman) a Russian orphan with a traditional look. Although not everything goes as smoothly with the transition. Esther starts showing dark motives around the children and pushing herself between the parents. But the true horrors of Esther are waiting for the parents to deal with.
Verdict on Orphan
Orphan is a horror mystery that sees a family open their doors to an orphan. They learn the orphan has a darker side after a string of incidents happen around her. But as a broken family they must deal with problems they are facing that cause tension between the family.
In what is a very interesting twist on a horror story, that we have seen in previous other films like the Omen. This shows the evil in a child that gets welcomed into a family. Most importantly this shows how a family have been torn about by previous problems that will haunt them for years.
Esther is easily one of the best villains in a horror movie, one that can come off so innocent in one look and twisted in the next. Despite the young age of the actress playing her Isabelle Fuhrman, it is one of the most terrifying performances. Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Jimmy Bennett and Aryana Engineer are all fantastic too, with the correct cast of a deaf actress in Engineer for the deaf character.
Orphan will always be remembered for the reveal as it is one that you will never see coming and one you will never forget.
Where to Watch: Orphan is available to stream on Sky in the UK.
Final Thoughts – Orphan is a terrifying horror with one of the best modern villains in horror.