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?
We’ve all gone through the joys of moving into a new home, apartment, or building of some sort at one point in our lives, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of films out there that somehow revolve around the concept in a fairly terrifying manner. This is where the recently released independent horror flick 2 Bedroom 1 Bath comes into play. Written and directed by Stanley Yung (#1 Serial Killer, Sting of the Black Scorpion), published by Al Bravo Films and Chemical Mind Studios, not to mention backed by a surprisingly strong cast of known actors, the film heralded in many reviews as having plenty of heart for the style incorporates both psychological horror and the paranormal into one running theme of moving into a new home. But does this new independent haunted house entry boast anything worth checking out, or does it fall flat on its face in execution?
Writer/director Luke Hyams (Dubplate Drama, Bitchcraft) decided to try his hand at the horror genre recently with the film The Beast of Xmoor. Shot in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a budget of one million Euros, the film has gone on to earn a wide mix of appreciation and hatred across the board upon its release in October of 2014. With a prominent cast and the production crew of The Fyzz Facility Film Two behind the project, it was only a matter of time before this sleek-looking offering made its way to DVD and the digital streaming market. But does this independent feature earn the scorn many have given it, or is there a fantastic flick hidden under all the negativity that others seem to have been able to discover?
With a Krampus film due out just in time for the holidays, it comes as no surprise that there is an alternative hitting store shelves to play off the anticipating of said release. Enter Viva Films and ITN Distribution with the movie Krampus: The Christmas Devil, a low-budget mythical slasher crime drama originally created in 2013, but only now received a full-fledged direct-to-dvd release. It also suffers from a marketing tactic The Asylum have perfected, hoping to play off consumer ignorance with the aforementioned big budget set to hit theaters. But will those looking for a cheap late night thrill, or those (such as myself) who thought the future flick wasn’t a theatrical, but rather a home bound release, find this an entertaining venture, or is it far from even a last resort flick?
Circle is a recently release film written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Micione. Both are not new to their roles, having worked together on the television series The Vault, which ran from 2011 to 2014. This effort has picked up for distribution through Votiv Films, and is currently trending on Netflix instant at the time of writing this review. However, does a movie discussed as a take on population control or even the status quo stand as something well worth watching, or is it nothing but more overly pretentious independent science fiction fodder?