Scream Park was initially shot back in 2012, but it wasn’t until early January of 2013 that it started making its rounds. The film was put together on an estimated forty thousand dollar budget and filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as Conneaut Lake Park. What once was kind of an obscure modern Horror flick has become readily available thanks to distribution from the quickly growing Wild Eye Releasing at a decent a price. But does this love letter to the eighties slasher end up an enthralling experience, or is it nothing but poorly executed rehashings of everything we’ve seen many times over?
Back in 2003, Dean Koontz published a book titled Odd Thomas. It is the first in a growing line of novels about the character with the same name and his ability to understand and help the dead. Ten years after its publication, Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) adapted it into a screenplay, as well as helmed directorial duties for this venture. It didn’t take long for the film’s late February release to earn a mixture of moderate praise and scathing negativity from viewers and critics alike. But is this representation of the first entry into the series a worthy one to fans and newcomers alike, or is it a major flop that singles one or both groups out?
With the sudden surge of storage bidding and the life it weaves thanks to “reality” programs like Storage Wars and the less popular Storage Hunters, it was only a matter of time before a film about storage units became the premise of a major motion or independent Horror flick, the latter more probable than the first. Well, whether directly related to the recent success or not, that’s what writer and director Patrick Hasson (Waiting) presents with Blood Shed. The entire production was given an estimated two million dollars (US) to be shot in Los Angeles, California, and took on a cast mixed with relatively known and unknown members. But does the story of a homeless man struggling to learn more about his family amid a bunch of squatters and murderous spirit stand as a suitable late night flick, or does this film completely miss the mark?
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy may have had a wide release in 2004, but over the years has become more of an underground sensation than it’s theatrical release anticipated. Between the satirical look of the early days of news reporting and the generally humorous and stereotypical characteristics of its cast, the overall presentation struck a chord with audiences and left a noticeable mark in pop-culture for years to come. When it was announced this movie would get a sequel many years later, fans immediately rejoiced at the thoughts of the furthering adventures of Ron Burgundy in what was simply titled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But was this instalment in the series the follow-up fans had wanted for a good nine years, or was it a major flop that just came far too late?
One of the biggest films to drop in 2013 was the cosmic survival piece Gravity. It was written Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) and Jonas Cuaron, who also collaborated with George Clooney (From Dusk Till Dawn, Oceans Eleven) on the script. Alfonso also took over directorial duties for this endeavour. Gravity went on to win one hundred and four awards (according to IMDB.com) and seven more at the 2013 Oscars including Best Picture. But what makes this movie such a success, or is it really a sleeper in disguise?