The 6th Friend (2018)

Director: Letia Clouston

Writer: Letia Clouston, Jamie Bernadette (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan, David Villada, Monique Rosario

 

Plot: Six college best friends throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.


Tagline – how far would you go for your best friend?

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horror Fans Enjoy the Slasher

 

Story: The 6th Friend starts when six college friends Joey (Bernadette), Melissa (Albers), Heather (Swain), Katie (Morris), Sahara (Nolan) and Becca (Rosario) who have reunited after a traumatic experience while high on drugs, the group come back together to help each other move on with their lives, only for them all to be suffering with their own problems.

The night takes a dramatic turn when the past comes back to haunt the women and they must now fight to survive against a masked killer, one they believe to be waiting them since the original traumatic night.

 

Thoughts on The 6th Friend

 

Characters – Joey is one of the six women, she is the least interested in the reunion because has dealt with the night in her own way, never wanting to face the reality of that night she is forced to when a killer comes back for the friends. She takes charge while others panic and her decision seems to be the one the friends lean towards. Melissa is the one that bought the friends back together, she has become a celebrity because of the previous events, it is her family home where the women are spending the weekend, though she is the first to lose control once they face the killer. The remaining four women are Heather, Katie, Sahara and Becca each have their own traits to make them be their own characters even if they do fall into the generic supporting figures.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances our lead is Jamie Bernadette who also co-wrote the screenplay, we see Jamie deliver another strong leading performance fitting in the final girl figure that we have gotten to know in the slasher genre. Chantelle Albers as the arranger of the big reunion is strong too because of the range she must show, playing the figure that is used to the spotlight. The remain women are solid in their roles and show good chemistry for the friendship between the women.

StoryThe story follows six friends that head out for a reunion five years after a traumatic night it soon turns sour when a masked killer from their past arrives and they must fight to survive. This does fit the slasher genre well for a story line, it is the additions which do give this story another edge, because we get to see how after the first event the women have raised to celebrity status, which reflects how the modern world is treating the victims. This is a horror so, imagine we would get twists and this is full of them, even if certain moments of the film you feel you are about to put your finger on what is going on things take a change.

HorrorThe slasher genre is one of the easiest to watch in the horror sub-genre, it has a generic formula which this film does follow, until the final act which needs to be different to make the film stand out.

SettingsThe film is set in a cabin in the woods, with no where to run and with the cars disabled, we get isolation for the characters involved.

Special EffectsThe effects used are strong for the most part, I liked how the killer’s appearance comes off, even if certain injuries are not at the strongest level.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The goodnight process.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good fun slasher, that offers a twist you won’t see coming, even if certain moments can feel like you have seen before.

 

Overall: Slasher film you can enjoy.

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Face of Evil (2016)

Director: Vito Dinatolo

Writer: Vito Dinatolo (Screenplay)

Starring: Scott Baxter, Chad Bishop, Jamie Bernadette, Janet Roth, James Hutchinson, Christopher Thorpe, Charmane Star

 

Plot: A war vet returns home, but a mysterious epidemic breaks out and infects his friends… The nightmare has just begun.


Tagline – What’s your demon?

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Clever Horror Thriller

 

Story: Face of Evil starts when Jay (Baxter) returns from his time in the services, his house is a mess, but his friends are there to welcome him home with a party. It isn’t long before the party takes an unwelcome twist and now Jay must face his infected friends out to kill him.

With his home invaded he must work with his sister Katy (Bernadette) to escape and team up with his former Sarge (Bishop) to fight the infected and learn the truth.

 

Thoughts on Face of Evil

 

Characters – Jay is the returning war vet, life isn’t what he remembers and after a night of partying things take a turn as he must team up with his Sarge to fight infected running riot in the streets. Sarge is the former brother in arms of Jay, he helps him through the infected streets be prepared for being discovered along the way. Katy is the sister of Jay that has helped throw the party, she is one that gets caught up with Jay needing to help her survive.

PerformancesIt would be fair to say Scott Baxter is the star of this movie, he appears in nearly every scene and it is his position through each situation that he gets to show us. Chad Bishop is good once he appears making us want to see what his character does next. While the rest of the performances are good, we don’t get too much time with them to see them standing out.

StoryThe story follows a war veteran that must battle the infected across the home town, it shows how the deeper he gets the bigger the threat. This mostly follows one man who interacts with people along the way, which helps guide him to his final destination and the answers he is looking for. It would be fair to say the story gives hints to the conclusion of the film, which if you pick up on, you will get the end, otherwise this might not hit all the marks for the audience.

HorrorThe horror side of the film is the journey Jay must go through during this night, be it the infected chasing him or learning what is causing the infection to spread.

SettingsThe film is set in one city which shows how Jay and Sarge search for answers while alluding the infected.

Special EffectsThe effects are simple and you can see the budget holding certain parts being held back, most are the infected look and bullet splatter.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The early house scenes can be hard to follow in the darkness.

Final ThoughtsThis is a clever thriller that does take time to get going, it does show us where things are going, but it does deliver on a surprise and important message.

 

Overall: Thriller that keeps you thinking.

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4/20 Massacre (2018)

Director: Dylan Reynolds

Writer: Dylan Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Stacey Danger, Justine Wachsberger, Marissa Pistone, Jim Storm, James Gregory

 

Plot: A group of five women go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend’s birthday over 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana grow operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.


Tagline – Inhale. Exhale. Scream.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slasher Fans Dream

 

Story: 4/20 Massacre starts as we follow our five friends Jess (Bernadette), Aubrey (Parker), Donna (Danger), Rachel (Wachsberger) and Michelle (Pistone) as they head off for a camping trip for Jess’ birthday on the holiday known as 4/20 (the motivation for this holiday will be revealed in the film, don’t worry I was completely lost on it too to start with).

As the weekend unfolds the girls have a drink, drug induced time in the woods nearly a local illegal marijuana operation, which brings them face to with a killer protecting their investment.

 

Thoughts on 4/20 Massacre

 

Characters – When we get into the characters it would be fair to say each one fits into a horror type for the slasher genre. Jess is the cleaner living of the group, the only one that won’t touch drugs and looks after the rest of the group, while celebrating her own birthday. Aubrey fits in the role of the one that is good at heart that has her own feeling for our lead and wants to use this weekend to show their feelings. Donna the stoner of the group spending more time high stating moments of the obvious, like Marty from Cabin in the Woods. Rachel is the womaniser of the group with her latest project along on the trip with Michelle being that project is the newest member of the group just trying not to say anything she shouldn’t around the friends.

PerformancesJamie Bernadette in a leading role again, this up and coming actress is a very busy lady of late with Killing Joan only just appeared on VOD. In this role she once again shows she can handle combat skills and strength to be the lead role, fingers crossed we will see her many more horror films. Diving into the rest of the cast we have good performances from all with Stacey Danger becoming the character you want to see more off.

StoryThe story isn’t the most difficult for anyone to follow, it follows five friends that are going for a camping trip only to find themselves needing to survive against a ruthless killer. There is on part of the story that sticks out, none of the film is set at night which is something that breaks the generic idea of slasher films. You don’t need anything too deep here, it does everything the story needs to do.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film plays hand in hand with the horror as we see the killer calculate his next kills in full action form, the horror is plenty of blood and gore with the kills, that do feel original even if the moments don’t feel like they have the tension being built in them.

SettingsThe film is set in the woods during the day, which breaks the mould for slasher movies which generally take place in the darkness.

Special EffectsThe effects used when it comes to thee kills are good throughout when it comes to the kills which feel unique in their own way.


Scene of the Movie –
Smoking alone.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many disposable characters.

Final ThoughtsThis movie plays into the slasher movies of old, it hits the marks on every level making us enjoy the film, it has great kills and a strong lead.

 

Overall: Enjoyable slasher movie.

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Killing Joan (2018)

Director: Todd Bartoo

Writer: Todd Bartoo (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Teo Celigo, Erik Aude, David Carey Foster, Daniel Gardner

 

Plot: An enforcer for the mob enacts her revenge on those who wronged her.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Death Wish We Wanted in 2018

 

Story: Killing Joan starts as we meet Joan (Bernadette) a ruthless enforcer for the mob that leads her own squad including Miles (Aude) and Henry (Basco) doing the work for Frank (Foster). Joan’s temper leads her to make mistakes which are not respected by the rest of the gang which leads to her betrayed by her own gang.

Left for dead Joan seems to gain a supernatural ability as her quest for revenge goes after the ones near and dear that left her for dead, with her ex-boyfriend Anthony (Celigo) being the only support, Joan aims to clean up the streets on the ones she once worked for.

 

Thoughts on Killing Joan

 

Characters – Joan is an enforcer for the mob, she is strict, has an attitude, but is fair to the people she is collecting from. When she is left for dead, she returns with new gifts that make her a force to be reckoned with on her revenge mission. This is a strong female leading role which we often see a male performer take on. Anthony is the ex-girlfriend of Joan’s he works in a youth housing for the homeless he is opposite to Joan and becoming a problem for the gang she works for. He offers the help she needs after what happens to her which only leads him to become her biggest weakness. Frank runs the gang with Miles, Henry being part of it, there are your typical gangsters which will get what they want at any means.

PerformancesJamie Bernadette is the star of this movie, she gives us the strong ass kicking female lead and runs with it, to become the star o the movie. When you dive into the rest of the performances they are good without being on the same level as Bernadette’s.

StoryThe story is a revenge movie which follows the one character that wants revenge after being betrayed by the mob she is part off. This is a story we know where most of the turns can come and go, but this film does offer us another spin on this again with supernatural elements. While this is an enjoyable watch, it does feel like it is split in two at times, the opening is a crime action film the second half gives us the horror story and opens doors for the story you didn’t see coming.

Action/Crime/Horror The action is the combat sequences you would imagine for this style of movie, but as all the good ones the final one is the stand out, the whole film is centred in the crime world with the horror offering a supernatural twist to the revenge movie.

SettingsThe settings are the normal for a crime movie, we have back allies, abandoned warehouses to make sure no one will see dealings.

Special EffectsThe effects are very impressive for a low budget movie, they have a feel of something we hadn’t seen with the supernatural elements that are given to Joan.


Scene of the Movie –
The new powers.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The gangsters are not the most interesting or original.

Final ThoughtsThis is a revenge movie that you are going to enjoy because of the different direction the movie ends up going in.

 

Overall: With Death Wise coming out this year, the revenge movie is going to be getting attention, this is one you will need to be watching.

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Let’s Be Evil (2016)

Director: Martin Owen

Writer: Elizabeth Morris, Martin Owen, Jonathan Willis (Screenplay)

Starring: Kara Tointon, Jamie Bernadette, Isabelle Allen, Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Landridge

 

Plot: A vision of augmented reality.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mystery Brain Tester

 

Story: Let’s Be Evil starts in a world where education is being blamed for the flaws in the next generation of human intelligence, Jenny (Morris), Tiggs (Tionton) and Darby (Landridge) all get hired for a secret job where they will be watching over candidates and guided by the artificial intelligence (Voiced by Bernadette).

In this facility, the three watch over gifted children who are being educated in a way unlike anything we or the mentors have seen before, this doesn’t give Jenny the interaction she had imagined and soon things take a turn when the candidates take over the facility leaving Jenny, Tiggs and Darby needing to find a way out.

 

Thoughts on Let’s Be Evil

 

Characters/PerformanceJenny is a young woman who has worked to help care for her sick mother, but when this dream job comes up it is a chance to work with gifted children and make enough money to cover her mother’s medical bills. Tiggs is another member of the carers team that has more worldly experience and fights when needed. Darby is the third member that is meant to be the smartest but also the one that would break easiest. Cassandra is one of the candidates not acting like the rest.

Performance wise, Elizabeth does a good job at the everyday woman in this film as well as getting herself a writing credit along the way. Kara and Elliot make for good supporting characters too.

StoryThe story follows three adults picked to look after gifted children in a future where the intelligence levels are crashing. This story does keep us guessing to why the children are kept separate to learn, what are they learning and in the final third of the just how much is reality, this keeps us on our toes which is always great to see in a mystery thriller.

ThrillerThis film does keep us on the edge of our seats from start to finish as we just want to know what is going on and what will happen next.

SettingsThe film is set completely inside the underground facility which gives us the true feeling of an experiment going on as well as helping us understand there is no easy escape.

Special EffectsThe effects are all used to create the artificial intelligence, Arial is all computer style which we see through the effects as well as different parts of the reality.

Final ThoughtsThis is a mystery thriller I do feel should be going to watch, it does test morale ideas even if certain parts do feel long at times, you will always be wanting to know what is happening.

 

Overall: Thriller that is a must watch for the fans of the genre.

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