'The Heretics' is low budget production company, Black Fawn Films, pinnacle project. Right from the word go, the audience is drawn in by the jarring opening sequence and thus begins the feeling of unrelenting dread. The story of a young woman ritualized by satanists, who is kidnapped by a surviving member to finish the summoning of a powerful demon. Black Fawn has always had a knack for producing very polished films and this is no exception, but aside from the impressive aesthetic, the scripting and editing really bring this story home. With a methodical pacing that keeps you invested and a narrative that familiarizes audiences with unease, this part body-horror, part possession story is condensed in a way to make the dueling genres blend seamlessly. With stand out performances from the trio of leads, and a bevy of twists and turns, Black Fawn finds a way to produce their best film to date. 'The Heretics' is a tenaciously twisted horror delight.
4.35/5 EPIC BRO!
'Mercy Christmas' is a special breed of holiday carol, filled with hilarious hijinks and compete badassery. Poor Michael Briskett is lured to a house filled with a family psycho cannibals, looking to eat him for dinner. This movie is completely off the walls bonkers and nails the horror comedy motif with absolute precision. From a witty script filled with quippy dialogue, to a unique narrative that blends a true sense of familial pride with some gore and a whole bunch of holiday spirit. This movie is tons of fun and most importantly it has sympathetic, genuine and funny characters for you to both root for and against. 'Mercy Christmas' is a must have stocking stuffer!! 3.95/5 Pretty Cool a Bro
'Six Pack Sam' is a grind-house inspired cult cinema film, that is absolute insanity. Following a mad psychologist testing an experimental behavioral control drug on a sociopathic rapist, while an escaped victim of said rapist hunts for the truth behind the death of her father. It almost feels like there are a bunch of movies patch worked together. The narrative is confusing as all hell, and skips around like it's playing jump rope, but there is no denying how entertaining it is. Filled with out of place, almost cartoonish violence and some weird subplots, 'Six Pack' is an interesting amalgam of several genres, but spends too much time bouncing around in an effort to avoid stagnancy. A lack of focus hurts the story, but the performances, particularly that of Ford Austin, who plays Sergio, keep you engaged. Austin earns his Best actor Dreamer award by carrying a bulk of this film on his shoulders. While 'Six Pack Sam' has its faults, it's worth the watch for the thrill ride that it is, and the performances that make it that way.
3.5/5 Pretty Cool Bro #movies#film#cinema#theater#movienight#moviereview#filmfestival#festival#filmreview#grindhouse#horror#action#broknowsmovies#broknowsbdfff
'Velocipastor' is probably exactly what you think is, based off the marketing materials. One thing that may catch you off guard is just how well made this film truly is. This is the story of a young pastor who goes on a journey of self discovery, when he is given the honor of becoming the next dragon warrior. He must fight off a dangerous group of Jesuit ninjas trying to get people back to church with an insane drug selling scheme. Reinvigorating the classic grind-house feel, this is one wild ride compete with pre-med law school hookers, Pimps, karate dinosaurs and exorcisms. While 'Velocipastor' may have benefited from a shorter run time just to keep the action and comedy coming rapid fire, in the vein of a 'Kung Fury', the aesthetic and comedic timing are near perfect. The performances are incredible and the direction is top notch. It's pretty much impossible to walk out of the theater and not feel an overwhelming satisfaction thanks to pure entertainment.
'Blessed are the Children' is your typical slasher film. Akin to 'The Strangers' and other home invasion thrillers, there isn't much here in the way of originality. Following a young woman recently escaped from an abusive relationship, after she gets an abortion it appears a group of religious zealots are stalking her and her roommates. Some of the weird subplots and motivational details are pretty nonsensical, and the dialogue is a little stale, but even with its myriad of issues, this film remains an effective slasher Horror with some really solid practical effects and an intense final act. If you can fight your way through the first half of 'Blessed are the Children' you'll be rewarded with some palpable tension and some solid twists and turns that go till the final frame.
3/5 Not Bad Bro
'The Darkest' is a visceral film in its unique use of light and sound to convey its message. The story of a young couple hiking in the woods dealing with a stalker, they must work together in the dark to avoid peril. Conceptually speaking, the sound design and lighting are absolutely brilliant. Even with a monotonous narrative and absolutely wooden performances, it's impossible not to stay invested. The film manages to conjure up a few tense moments, and the jump scares work well within the context and conceit, but its difficult to ignore some of the blatant scripting issues and the ho hum performances. Even with those concerns, 'The Darkest' will remain relevant and serve as a divisive think piece, thanks to its impeccable production work.
'Mickey Reece's Alien' is a strangely cinematic and mesmerizing pseudo biopic that presents Elvis like we've never seen him before. It's nearly impossible to properly summarize the plot, but this film spans multiple genres and has made sure it's not beholden to anyone or anything, in particular. It's a film noir, black comedy, straight biopic, science fiction, mockumentary and cantankerous drama all rolled into one complex and creative narrative. While there is virtually no true plot, some of the characters are underdeveloped and Reece takes a whole lot of liberties, this plays like a fever dream version of Elvis's life. Brilliantly directed, the entrancing visual style produced by Reece lends itself to the abstract narrative. 'Mickey Reece's Alien' isn't born of gratuitous pretension and instead, is a bold and stylistic depiction that brings an air of originality to otherwise saturated story.
4/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Dominika' is a surprise film in multiple ways. Telling the story of a man whose life is turned upside down when a baby is left on his doorstep. Come to find that the baby ages every time he gets angry. While there are moments that are patently unsavory, regarding the strange sexual tension early on in the film, there is also a tremendous amount of heart. Proving to be a sort of Oedipal manifestation come to life, the film pushes the narrative of maturation and inner healing from repressed turmoil. As the film progresses, the audiences matures with the characters and it sort of becomes a shared experience. While the premise isn't necessarily breaking new ground, the execution is relatively unique. 'Dominika' is a surprisingly poignant and uplifting tale that exudes a peculiar warmth.
3.85/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Bonehill Road' is another brand of WTF. Buffalo Dreams never fails to disappoint with their late night screenings and this is no exception. The story of a mother and her daughter, who flee to escape domestic violence and end up getting stranded and having to face evil from all directions. Certainly a slow build, it's important to note that horror fans will need to grit their teeth through the first two-thirds of this film. With a sound design and visual scope that struggle during the lead in, 'Bonehill' takes a hard, and we mean hard, left turn in its final third. Going from 0-60 in no time, when the narrative shifts to a balls to the wall pace, the film flourishes. Fortified by impressive practical effects and some really solid performances, 'BoneHill Road' is one wild ride, worth a watch for genre fans, but it sure ain't for the squeamish.
3.65/5 Pretty Cool Bro
'Hablar Con Los Muertes' is a strange film that seems to be struggling from identity crisis. Following a young man as he deals with issues surrounding his ability to speak with the dead, he must battle a dark spirit to set trapped souls free. From the jump, this film has some script problems. The opening sequence seems completely irrelevant, save for providing a some early comedy, but doesn't really set the tone for the rest of the story. The narrative is a jumbled mess, and the editing is a struggle, with a series of awkward silences during conversational dialogue. The acting, aside from the male lead, leaves a little to be desired. The story feels like a jigsaw of other, more impressive films and the climax plays a little silly. With few redeeming qualities, 'Hablar Con Los Muertes' is a miss by any definition, but somehow still manages its own quirky form entertainment.
2.5/5 Do Better Bro
'The Harrowing' is an ambitious film that aims high and so nearly succeeds, but feels like it's missing something. The story of a police officer who goes undercover at a psychiatric hospital to uncover the mystery behind the death of his Best friend. The aesthetics of this film are brilliant and vibrant. Choosing an over saturated palette was a wise choice by director Jon Keeyes. The performances are particularly notable, especially that of lead actor Matthew Tompkins, who keeps the train from derailing on a number of occasions. Their is a distinct ambiguity attached to the narrative that creates an enigmatic tone, but at over two hours, the films run time poses major problems to pacing. Overall, The Harrowing is a very polished film, visually, but struggles to maintain quality of narrative thru a lumbering 125 minutes.
3/5 Not Bad Bro
'Buckout Road' is the story that blends the myriad of urban myths that surround the Famous haunted street in Westchester, NY. Following a group of teenagers who are battling evil via their dreams. What sets this film apart, aside from the big name performers like Danny Glover, Evan Ross and Colm Feore, is the ability to create a cohesive amalgam of multiple tall tales that flow seamlessly through one narrative. The dream sequences are also impressive in their ability to blend different genres and visual styles while never feeling too rough. With some impressive performances and a solid script, first time director - Matthew Curie Holmes, delivers a satisfying horror thriller that is all but guaranteed to appeal to main stream audiences and straight genre fans, alike.
3.8/5 Pretty Cool Bro #movies#film#cinema#theater#broknowsmovies#horrormovies#horror#terror#scary#urbanmyth#myth#talltales#movienight#moviereviews#filmreview#filmfestival#festival
The gang from last years riot comedy, 'Massacre on Aisle 12' return for a new horror/comedy in '6:66 PM'. Written by Chad Ridgely, this film doesn't quite pack the punch that Massacre did, but there is no denying the chemistry and comedic timing amongst this raucous cast. The story follows a crew shooting a new reality show on spec, as they traverse a haunted house where a serial killer with a predilection for circus clown little people, haunts. While this might start a little slow and take some time to gain its footing and find its voice, it becomes apparent that Ridgley's comedic presence starts to kick the script into overdrive in the final third. Maybe not as bold as last year, the crew behind '6:66 PM' have still managed to put together a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with plenty of full belly laughs.
3.45/5 Not Bad Bro
'Countrycide' is a survivalist tale that mixes some body horror with a suspense thriller in the vein of The Most Dangerous Game. A young couple, traveling to a wedding, stop to camp out for the night and are stalked by wolves and something more deadly. While the sound design and dialogue leave much to be desired, the pacing and visual cues help supplement any potential issues. The final third of the film separates itself and provides blistering entertainment and visceral violence that will leave genre fans with a big smile on their faces. 'Countrycide' starts slow, but builds to an impressive climax. Solid performances anchor a film whose script struggles at moments, but is ultimately a fun thriller.
3.2/5 Not Bad Bro #movies#film#theater#cinema#horror#horrormovies#movienight#moviereview#festival#filmfestival#scary#terror#thriller#blood#amostdangerousgame#broknowsbdfff#broknows#broknowsmovies
'Pieced Together' is a special documentary, brimming with charm. Telling the story of a woman whose love for her mother led her down a path that inevitably began a movement invoking the best of communal spirit. Director Julianne Donofrio approaches her subjects with great care and admiration, which leads to narrative whose heart is as expansive as the now nationwide quilt trails have become. With a focus on Donna Sue Groves, the community organizer who developed the original quilt trail, 'Pieced Together' showcases the best of Americana, and presents selflessness and pride front and center. Donna Sue is the best of us, and this documentary is an amazing tribute to a beautiful soul whose paradoxically sunny disposition in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity is inspiring beyond description. This is a wonderful story and a brilliant film that will leave you with tears of joyous pride and warmth streaming down your face.
4.65/5 EPIC BRO
'Shortwave' is an amalgamation of several different genres. It has elements of sci-fi, horror, drama, and human interest all methodically weaved into one intricate and cerebral narrative that will scare the living crap out of you, while evoking a visceral emotional connection. Dealing in Lovecraftian metaphors and a scientific authenticity that only adds to the depth, this is an incredibly tense and thrilling story that will leave you in a cold sweat. Expertly crafted, director Ryan Gregory Phillips channels his inner James Wan to dial up the frights, with a unique vision that leaves you hanging on every frame. The film carries some 3rd act continuity concerns, but the remarkable visuals and distinct story helps keep things in perspective. Simply put, 'Shortwave' is an emotionally charged, electric experience that will stay with you.
'Diverge' is a sci-fi drama revolving around time travel, the single messiest sub genre there is. There are a lot of heavy thematics at play here, but none are explored to a degree that leads to any true pay off. The bulk of the story drags its feet, leading to a lot of dull moments that offer little reprieve. The story is mired with plot holes and continuity concerns that measure from minor mishaps to full blown disorientation. The performances offer some relief, but the boorish narrative casts a dark shadow over the film. The climax doesn't provide any alleviation, and instead raises more questions then answers. The visuals are conceptually sound but lose luster as the film moves forward. This is an intrepid attempt, but it's many pitfalls appear to keep this film from achieving its goals.
2.25/5 Do Better Bro
'Midnight Delight' is an anthology conversation piece--revolving around strange encounters between various groups of people while at a smoking lounge. Comprised of 9 vignettes, the result is surprisingly exhilarating. Each encounter had its own unique perspective, and the arbitrary conversations are all organic, and flow as such. The characters all feel very real for the most part, and it's this unique authenticity that makes this play out like a humorous documentary. The performances don't really feel like performances at all, and the direction lacks flare, but bolsters a surreal look into conversations between strangers, who happen to be baked out of their minds. This feels like a much better, more surreal Gary Marshall film, all about pot, and the amusing encounters of real life strangers.
3.85/5 Pretty Cool Bro