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?
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?