Blumhouse Films has easily become one of the most well-respected names in horror as of late. Their catalogue of theatrical releases and straight to DVD/VOD offerings are always met with grand anticipation, and for good reason. Aside some bland offerings as of late, the company has released some of the most exciting films and franchises for all walks of horror fandom. Their latest effort, The Darkness, was greeted with plenty of excitement as well. However, the theatrical run saw plenty of mild reviews much like their recent films Unfriended, The Gallows, and especially Ouija. But was the movie as bad as many make it out to be, and does the blu-ray version offer anything worth giving it a second chance with the detractors?
The Meat Puppet initially came about back in 2012 according to the year stamped on it over at the Internet Movie Database, though didn’t get an official release until late July of 2015. The film is the product of brothers Billy Pepitone (Stuck in the Middle, Gravedigger) and Joseph Pepitone (Stuck in the Middle, The Jersey Devil), based on a story pitched by Keith Collins (Grave Digger, Non Compos Mentis ), and edited by director Joe Valenti (Echelon 8, Lying Beside You) for production through his company Valenti Vision Films. Additional support later came from Silver Phoenix Entertainment and Beach Point Productions before being picked up for distribution through TomCat Films and Girls and Corpses, both versions making the rounds and earning further praise for the indie flick. But is this creation one well worth sinking your teeth into, or is it best left buried out in the backyard?
Hush has become one of those films to come out of nowhere and quickly garner a lot of praise from movie lovers of all walks of life. The film was written by director Mike Flanagan and lead actress Kate Siegel for Intrepid Pictures. The product was eventually released through Blumhouse Productions, and found its way to Netflix, where most of the attention and praise has been generated. And, really, the concept of a deaf woman being hunted in her own home is one worthy of it, leaving lots of potential a top psychological thriller in 2016. But does Hush actually live up to those expectations, or is all its success stemming from the critical hype?
Farm is another zombie horror/drama flick in a day and age where zombie themed films are in an over-abundance. This one comes to us from writer/director Paul Farrell (his debut writing effort) and director Hank Bausch known for his work on Broken and Disposable, working under the production company name Uncharted Cinema. Initially released in October of 2011, this obscure independent entry has found its way on-line through Amazon’s digital library and others to probably come, but more recently the ten-movie compilation set from Echo Bridge Entertainment called Fear the Dead, which is where I happened to find it. Being one of the very few to peak my interest, I buckled in to see what this entry had in store. What was presented, however, was simply astonishing, and not exactly in the best of ways.
XLrator Media is a movie publishing house that has stepped up and proven themselves to rarely release a really bad film. Sure, sometimes you get one that just isn’t too good, but overall their releases have been of a certain quality. This is the main reason why I decided to splurge and pick up one of the latest titles they put out there, Wrecker (also known as Juggernaut). Well, that and the claims of it having the same producer as American Mary, another fine film they picked up for release in 2013. With it being compared to films such as Duel and Maximum Overdrive, it’s hard to imagine writer/director Micheal Bafaro (11:11, The Barber) really doing anything wrong with the script. But what was sold on this disc was something quite familiar…
According to the legend, Robert is a haunted doll that was given the the son of the Otto family by a fired servant angry over the termination. The servant was fired by Mrs. Otto for supposedly seeing her practice black magic in the back yard. In the time immediately following the giving of the doll, strange things ranging from footsteps and laughter to attacking people at the worst began to happen. In the years, the doll has made its way to the East Martello Museum in Key West, and into the hearts of many paranormal fans and writers. With The Boy having recently come out, and Annabelle being another recent contribution to the possessed doll world, it was only a matter of time before this very doll got a direct film of its on. Enter writer/director Andrew Jones (The Last House on Cemetery Lane, The Amityville Asylum) and North Bank Entertainment to bring the 2015 film Robert the Doll to life. But is it something that rivals the two most recent major motion pictures from Hollywood, or is this nothing but a boring Child’s Play knock-off?