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?
Tremors first hit the silver screen back in 1990. The first entry to the now widely popular franchise about a small town plagued with ancient man-eating worms earned plenty of praise with critics and viewers alike, spawning a few sequels that expanded the lore into the spawn cycle of the creature, as well as a short lived television series that involved a secret government lab in the small town of Perfection, Nevada, as well as a white, infertile version of the graboids. Yes, the commercial success within the films had nearly mirrored that of the series in reality and, roughly ten years after the fourth entry in 2004 titled Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, a direct-to-video entry set in the wild west, a new threat has shown in another continent in the latest chapter, Tremors 5: Bloodlines. But does this different setting and largely new cast pay off as another worth while entry, or is this just a shameless cash grab to keep the franchise relevent?
When it comes to the found footage franchise, a lot of films struggle to try to find some sort of personal identity within the sea of like ideas. Inner Demons is another new entry to it, but instead of trying to find its own voice opts to head in the tried-and-true direction of drug abuse as the smoke screen to its tale. The movie was produced and unleashed by Schorr Pictures back in 2014, and also goes by the name Unutrašnji Demoni. Outside of it’s debut in early October of that year, the production has found its way on the digital marketplace, the most recent being the streaming service known as Netfilx. But, with a large cast of lesser known actors and newcomers, does this independent project stand as something worth taking note of, or is it just one generic modern horror trope after another?
Luis Carvalho, a man known for his work in the sound department as a recordist on Silence, as well as editing the short film Dead Hearts, had recently introduced the world to his writing and directing chops with the horror/thriller, Jonah Lives. The film, produced by LuGar Films, had a meager one hundred thousand dollar budget, and was filmed in Fall River, Massachusetts. The first screening of the film took place in July of 2012, but it wouldn’t be until 2015 that it would finally make its way onto store shelves, courtesy of Wild Eye Releasing. Promising a tale of revenge through “a rude spiritual awakening”, the film has garned a decent amount of praise, most notably for it’s atmosphere, something Fangoria had particularly noted, and happens to be slapped on the back of the DVD case. But is this as good a supernatural vengeance flick, or is it far less than mediocre?