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?
As promised, Tom Six returns with The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), the third and supposed last entry into the series that has become a cult sensation. Where the first was a meager introduction into a mad German scientist’s twisted experiment through the use of three unwilling volunteers, the series itself has spawned into something greater, attempting to achieve the goal of out doing the previous with each incarnation. Even the follow-up added more bodies to the creation in a far darker, largely bizarre tale that threw the first out the film’s score of consistent reality. Upon the announcement of one more romp through this heinous world, questions were posed regarding whether this would directly follow the second and stay in continuity, or if it would further distance itself from the past two with a higher victim count for the sake of a longer being of the film’s name sake. For 2015, Six Entertainment Company teams up with IFC Midnight once more for what is geared to be the most over-the-top and brutal entry yet. But does it surpass its predecessors, or is it just a climactic cash grab that doesn’t need to exist?
Chainsaw Killer is a new shot on video Horror/Slasher flick from SRS Cinema. It was written and directed by Mark Polonia, Feeders, Splatter Farm, Snow Sharks) who presents an old-school analog romp through the regions of New York and Pennsylvania to tell the tale of a tape collector that stops at nothing to obtain a VHS that only one copy has been released of due to a factory recall. Shot through 2014 and finally released on DVD a year later, this feature length film is now available for the masses craving another taste of this always growing subculture of independent film making. But does the movie issued by the production company behind releases like Horno and Evil Dead Inbred Rednecks stand as a testament to the glory days of limited straight-to-VHS releases, or is it basically a waste of eighty minutes?
Back in 2013, writer and producer L. Gustavo Cooper started working on his first full-length film Copiii: The 1st Appearance. Prior to it, his work included two short films titled Velvet Road and
M is for Music. This time around, Gustav was joined by Jon Bosworth and Coe Douglas to put the finishing touches on the story. Finally, Image Films and RLJ Entertainment picked up the flick, which eventually went under the name The Devil Incarnate. But, is this worth checking out, or is it an unimpressive boring train-wreck?