The Condo (2017)

Director: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: Bill Dumas, Bill Morroni (Screenplay)

Starring: Baron Jay, Trae Ireland, Michael Joseph, Chris Sapone, Tracy Mcnulty, Viet Wilcots, Aria London, Jackie Moore

 

Plot: Four married friends buy a condo to share as a bachelor pad, a place to bring their mistresses, until the wives and girlfriends bust the cheating spouses.


Tagline – Four married men. Four Mistresses. One Condo. Endless possibilities.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Rom Com

 

Story: The Condo starts as four friends Duke (Jay), Ron (Ireland), Tom (Joseph) and Juan (Sapone) use a mansion that Duke can’t sell as a bachelor pad to escape their wives, girlfriends and partners. While it all seems to be going smoothly for the guys even with their partners getting suspicious of their behaviour.

Duke’s mistresses on the side Sunday (Moore) has problems that Duke wasn’t prepared for and now he finds himself dealing with those problems that could become violent. Can the guys keep everything together and keep their good thing quiet or will they lose the freedom created.

 

Thoughts on The Condo

 

Characters – Duke is the man that is trying to sell the house, he is married and starts using the house for an affair with Sunday. He knows he can trust his friends to help him cover for him while making sure he can keep Sunday from becoming her dangerous alter ego. Ron D is a stand-up comedian who wife is his business manager, he can easily start his own affair on the side and even uses it on his own routine. Tom is the quiet honest married man who has a crush on he hair stylist, when the condo becomes available he goes to break the traditions he seems so keen to keep. Juan is dance instructor who is in a relationship with Robert, but he is seeing women on the side, he is driving his partner crazy with his actions.

PerformancesThe four males leads show their skills at handling the material, Baron Jay with his quick thinking, Trae Ireland shows us his stand-up skills, Michael Joseph shows us the likeable under achiever and Chris Sapone shows us the strong charisma to get the women. The rest of the cast all perform well throughout the film too.

StoryThe story follows of four friends want to use a mansion as a bachelor pad, so they can cheat on their loved ones, as things start to fall apart with their secrets. This shows how people shouldn’t take their partners for granted and that you will always get caught in the end. The story does well to show us the four characters motivation for acting the ways they do, the story does bounce around as we meet at one moment which if you pick up at certain points you might feel lost following.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy follows the characters as they get themselves into trouble with the loved ones, while trying to follow their own romantic ideas.

SettingsThe film mostly is set in the mansion which shows the life the characters want to be living.


Scene of the Movie –
Learning about Sunday and Duke’s reaction.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Once I learnt about Sunday’s character, you wanted to see where things would go.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun comedy showing how men can get themselves into trouble wile trying to chase women.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy.

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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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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Bethany (2017)

bethanyDirector: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward (Screenplay)

Starring: Stefanie Estes, Zack Ward, Tom Green, Shannen Doherty, Anna Harr, Leon Russom

 

Plot: Claire and her husband find themselves moving back into Claire’s childhood home only to have the abusive and traumatic memories of her mother come back to haunt her. As her husband starts to get more work, Claire finds herself mixed up in a fog of past and present with a mysterious figure haunting her memories. What is this small figure that is trying to reach out to her, and what does it want?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Horror

 

Story: Bethany starts when married couple Claire (Estes) and Aaron (Ward) move back into Claire’s childhood home, this brings out all the memories of her disciplined mother Susan (Doherty). The two want to try and start a new life here but the visual nightmares Claire starts to suffering bring back the memories of her invisible friend Bethany.

As the Bethany figure continues to haunt Claire it becomes clear that the spirit is trying to makes Claire hurt herself, but with Aaron never seeing the spirit he is left to watch her own wife dive into madness and even the family friend Dr Brown (Green) can’t see the haunting side of the story.

 

Thoughts on Bethany

 

Characters/PerformanceClaire is a character that has grown up with a tortured youth which is still affecting her to this day, she has had a stillborn and now she is looking to recover with a new life with her husband. Having these elements mixed together leaves us being torn between whether she is being haunted or really just losing her mind, this is a newly found common trend in horror and I like it. Aaron is the husband who wants to move on after their personal tragedy and only knows one way to make this happen, keeping busy. Dr Brown does what you need, finds the answers, while Susan is the strict mother.

Performance wise Stefanie Estes does a good job in the lead role dealing with the mix of emotions she must go through, with Zack Ward doing well as the husband. Tom Green and Shannen Doherty also do well even if they are the bigger names within the film they are only the supporting cast.stars

StoryThe story does borrow from a mix of other horror films, I liked how the well-designed idea of is it real or is it her head works really well in horror, other parts will include spoilers but there is enough in the mixture to make a fresh feel for the most part in this film.

HorrorThere was good moments of horror with a mix of special effects offering gore in place that could turn heads. There are a few suspense moments but once you figure out the story you can feel comfortable with the horror moments.

SettingsAll the horror side of the film takes place inside the home which works for the story going on through the film and is important to the final outcome of the film.

Special EffectsThis film is very hit or miss with the special effects, certain ones look great the others you can see the CGI.genre

Final ThoughtsThis horror plays into all the right boxes for where it wants to go which is all good but you can figure out the ending slightly too early.

 

Overall: This is a good horror that will easily gain fans but like all horrors if this isn’t your style of horror you won’t enjoy.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Restoration (2016)

restorationDirector: Zack Ward

Writer: James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward (Screenplay)

Starring: Emily O’Brien, Adrian Gaeta, Zack Ward, Sarah Ann Schultz, Anna Harr

 

Plot: During home renovations, a young couple release a fiery spirit seeking retribution. To save themselves and set the spirit free, they must uncover the dire truth. But nothing is as simple as it seems…

 

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Scare Filled Horror

 

Story: Restoration starts when Dr Rebecca Jordan (O’Brien) and her husband Todd (Gaeta) move into a new home where the old inhabitant had a large collection of teddy bears. While Rebecca works Todd has to restore the house and deal with the neighbours Harold (Ward) and Francine (Schultz).

Cleaning up the house they find one teddy bear has a diary inside but this only unlocks strange occurrences around the house. When the couple learn there might be a haunting going on inside their house they work together to uncover the truth which neither are ready to learn about.

Restoration is everything I love to watch in a horror movie with the ghost haunting while trying to solve their murder. We get the traditional new family moving into the house which has been waiting to settle down for now. We have the over-friendly neighbours but sadly don’t get enough false leads to what could be happening. This is all good when it comes to horror genre.

 

Actor Review

 

Emily O’Brien: Rebecca Jordan is the doctor in the family and is the reason why they move in the first place. She gets close to her patients but not long after moving into the new house she starts seeing a ghostly girl in her dreams. She must work with her husband to solve this case and put the spirit to rest once and for all. Emily gives us a great leading role where we see her at her strongest and weakest.

Adrian Gaeta: Todd Jordan is the husband of Rebecca who is restoring the house, he gets an up close and personal visit from the spirit haunting the house before working with his wife to solve the mystery. Adrian is good in this role that is a nice reverse in a horror with the stay at home male character.

Zack Ward: Harold is one of the neighbours that is dying of cancer, he is there when Todd gets injured he is very friendly if sometimes talks too much. Zack is good in this supporting role.

Sarah Ann Schultz: Francine is the wife of Harold that is always inviting the Jordan’s over for dinner or coming over to make sure they get breakfast. Sarah is also good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: Restoration has a small supporting cast that only fill in the gaps to the final outcome of the story.

Director Review: Zack WardZack gives us a horror with good scares, a ghost investigation story that does keep us guessing and a final outcome that will leave you in shock.

 

Horror: Restoration does touch on my favourite elements of horror with a ghost haunting to solve their murder which is used to create good scares

Settings: Restoration uses the settings well, but doesn’t keep us in one place too often.
Special Effects
: Restoration only uses effects when needed and all come off well.

Suggestion: Restoration is one for the horror fans to go out and watch. (Horror Fans)

 

Best Part: Good horror elements.

Worst Part: You would have liked a few more potential suspects.

Scariest Scene: Don’t leave you laptop on,

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Strong horror with scare you won’t see coming.

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White Crack Bastard (2013)

wcbDirector: James Cullen Bressack

Writer: Lisa Vachon (Screenplay)

Starring: Rhett Benz, Taja V Simpson, Edmond Chapple, Walter Mendoza, Alexis Dickey, Charley Knapp, Alibe Sledge

 

Plot: A privileged white man uses the ghetto, sex addiction, and crack cocaine to live up to his full potential and have the life he’s always dreamed of

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Crack Filled Redemption

 

Story: White Crack Bastard starts as we meet Luke Anderson (Benz) who describes his love for crack, the effects it has on him and why he continues to take it. Luke hangs out in the ghetto with Gina (Simpson) and Chubbo (Chapple) who help him get his fix however much he finds it difficult to live with them. He also lives a double life as a respected photographer helping aspiring actors.

When Luke gets involved with one of the aspiring actress Heather (Dickey) he has to accept that he is an addict leaving him facing a reality about his future.

White Crack Bastard is a film that does show the side effects of taking drugs in the right way which is great thing to see especially from my own dislike towards the drug filed world. We get to follow one man who doesn’t even need to be stuck in the drug world getting his chance to make it out but it is his choice. We get a mix of character who have different reasons to be inside the drug world who all have different reactions to their drug experiences. This is a good realistic look at how drugs will have a negative effect on people that use them too much.

 

Actor Review

 

Rhett Benz: Luke Anderson is the White Crack Bastard that spends his time smoking crack in the ghetto while struggling to keep his career job going. He comes to the crossroads in his life where he has to deal with an idea of quitting the drugs to continue making money or just stay on his drugs resorting to new lows each time. Rhett gives us a good performance in this leading role.

Taja V Simpson: Gina is one of the people that Luke spends time with when he wants to have a fix, she hosts the drug filled sessions for Luke and Chubbo. Taja is good in this supporting role.

Edmond Chapple: Chubbo is the other person Luke spends his time smoking crack with, he almost seems to push Luke into being the one to spend the money. Edmond is good in the supporting role without being a major part of the main story.

Alexis Dickey: Heather is the aspiring actress who has come to town, turning to Luke for a photoshoot they end up in a relationship where Luke’s drug addiction gets the upper hand over the two. Heather has to try and convince Luke to give up the drugs to become a better person. Alexis good in this role as the only well-meaning character in the film.

Support Cast: White Crack Bastard has a supporting cast that includes a range of different people involved in the drug filled world.

Director Review: James Cullen BressackJames does give us a film that shows the side effects of the drug world.

 

Drama: White Crack Bastard does show us one man’s journey through the drug world as we watch to see if he makes it out the otherwise.

Settings: White Crack Bastard use the Ghetto as the setting which shows us just where Luke ends up.

Suggestion: White Crack Bastard is one to try, it does have a good look at how drugs effect people. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Gritty locations all feel real.

Worst Part: Drug usage is sometimes over used.

 

Believability: Could easily happen to people involved with drugs.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

Overall: Realistic look at how drugs can bring anybody’s life down.

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