Christmas with the Dead – USA, 2012

‘The Christmas spirit never dies’

Christmas with the Dead is a 2012 American  comedy horror feature film directed by T.L. Lankford [as Terrill Lee Lankford] from a screenplay by Keith Lansdale, based on a story by Joe R. Lansdale. The movie stars Damian Maffei, Brad Maule and Chet Williamson.

Plot:

In his quest to fulfil a promise made to his wife, Calvin sets out to right his wrongs and make it the best Christmas ever for his family. If only it weren’t June and the majority of the population, including his wife and daughter, hadn’t been turned into flesh-eating snappers by a mysterious atmospheric phenomenon, he’d be in pretty good shape.

Driven by guilt in a race against the apocalyptic clock, Calving teams up with G.M., a wily ex-garbage man turned undead slayer, as together they attempt to deck the halls during the most magical time of the year. It’s Christmas in June. And snappers be damned… The lights and decorations are going up.

Reviews:

“…clever, and quite funny, tongue-in-cheek humor abounds herein, from the snappy, knee-slapping dialog…the caustic, albeit laughable interaction of the characters…even to the zombies themselves, who shamble, jerk, spark and ‘pop’ about, as if they were uncontrollably plagued by perpetual body Tourette’s Syndrome…” Kevin Moye, Cinema Head Cheese

“Hilarious, scrappy, and even creepy!” Chris Alexander, Fangoria

” …comes to life with some snappy dialogue and a crafty sense of humor. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as legendary scribe Joe R. Lansdale wrote the short story of the same name. Adapted for the (small) screen by his own spawn Keith Landsale, we finally have a shot-on-video, amateur acted, low-renter that is actually well-written, through no fault of its own.” Thomas T. Sueyres, Video Junkie

Cast and characters:

  • Damian Maffei … Calvin – Haunt; The Strangers: Prey at Night; The House That Cried Blood short; Night of the Pumpkin short; Nikos the Impaler
  • Brad Maule … G.M.
  • Chet Williamson … Reverend Mac
  • Clyde Williams … Driver
  • Madeline Brassell … Tina
  • Marsail Carlo … Snapper
  • Katie Chambers … Snapper bride
  • Adam Coats … Ray
  • Jennifer Daniel … Snapper
  • David Evett … Snapper
  • Kristen Hall … Gate snapper
  • Sheri Hambrick … Nana zombie
  • James Harris … Santa snapper
  • Jaime Hedrick … Snapper
  • Christopher Shea Howard … Man with shotgun

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Catskill Park – 2012

‘Visitors welcome’

Catskill Park is a 2012 American science fiction horror found footage feature film written and directed by Vlad Yudin. The movie stars Lauren Francesca, Wen Yann Shih and Katelyn Pearce.

Plot:

Halloween, 2011: A camping trip turns into a living nightmare when a blizzard traps four friends in 36 inches of sudden snow… with shrieking alien sounds outside of their tents. A race for life ensues as they are hunted by horrific monsters, discovering a larger alien conspiracy with every terrifying stride…

Reviews:

Catskill Park has some genuinely creepy sequences that make use of both the dark woods and sound effects. Even if we don’t see anything, we know they’re there […] When we do see the aliens and their ship, the effects by visual effects supervisor/producer Wayne Harry Johnson Jr. (Ahockalypse) and his team are excellent.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Cast and characters:

  • Lauren Francesca … Sam
  • Wen Yann Shih … Karen
  • Katelyn Pearce … Girl – Clinton Road; Gravedigger
  • Alexander Cendese … Ex
  • Brittney Lee Hamilton … TBC
  • Gregory Lay … Tommy
  • Rajesh Nahar … Dr. Charles
  • Gio Perez … Mike
  • Conan Marchi … Ranger
  • Derek Solomon … Town Resident
  • Tom Dunn … Local Man #1
  • Tim Schumacher … Jimmy
  • Melissa Haley Smith … Monica
  • Joseph R. Duguay … Town Resident
  • Katie Wilbur … Town Resident

Release:

Catskill Park was released on VOD and Digital HD via Freestyle Digital Media on November 27, 2018.

Image credits: Voices from the Balcony

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Gila! – USA, 2012

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Gila! is a 2012 science fiction horror feature film directed by Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall; Sorceress; Transylvania Twist;  Piranhaconda; et al) from a screenplay by William Dever, Steve Mitchell, Jim Nielsen and Paul Sinor. It is a remake of The Giant Gila Monster (1959) and a pastiche of ’50s monster movies in general.

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The movie stars Bruce Munson, Adrienne Atkins, Brian Patrick McCulley and Brian Gross. Terence Knox and Kelli Maroney have cameo roles.

Plot:

A young couple are parked in a bleak, rural locale when a giant gila monster attacks the car, sending them running for their lives. Chase Winstead (Gross) , a young mechanic and hot rod racer and his girl Lisa (Voges), meet up with Chase’s former nemesis, Waco Bob (Janzen) and his sidekick Carla (De Rosa).

Prompted by calls from Mayor Wheeler (Pauwels), the local Sheriff (Knox) enlists the help of Chase, locates the crashed car in the ravine and finds evidence of the giant lizard. They attempt to destroy the creature, but that only makes it more vicious…

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Reviews:

“Looking more cheaply made than your average Syfy channel movie, Gila! is undemanding and fairly entertaining with an amusing CGI creature (designed by Killer Klowns from Outer Space’s Charles Chiodo) and a cast imitating the cheesy earnestness of small town characters in fifties and sixties monster movies (with nods to old-school sexism, the Communist threat, and polio).” Eric Cotenas, DVD Beaver

“First off, it’s set in the 50s and is a remake of the 1959 The Giant Gila Monster. So that’s cool, a throw-back to the old style, but they only got it half right. Sometimes the extras are dressed in modern clothes and it always seems like a high school set that someone who didn’t even live during the 50s designed. It’s part homage, part spoof, a mix of silly and serious that could have been much more solidified.” Olie Coen, DVD Talk

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“The monster attack scenes are fun, especially when they involve two drunk Irishmen driving away from the giant lizard in reverse. But they’re spread thin. There are endless scenes involving the characters figuring out what the monster is, making you say, ‘get on with it, already!’ There’s also entirely too much driving around and inane dialogue.” Horror News

” …Wynorski pulled off a very rare feat in making a pic of this ilk entertaining. And to his credit, he’s got a clear, albeit basic vision that he brings to life relatively well. He certainly siphons some memorable performances from a series of relative unknowns, and he keeps a certain degree of synergy coursing through the cast. That’s respectable. Matt Molgaard, Horrorfreak News

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“The effects work here is sub Syfy quality which is likely why the creature is glimpsed for mere moments. When the film is titled Gila! that’s gonna be an issue now don’t you think? Set in the 1950 the low-budget of this one didn’t exactly make it easy to capture the vintage aesthetic – they give it a good try but the styles sorta come and go from scene to scene.” Ken Kastenhuber, McBastard’s Mausoleum

 

“There are some historical anachronisms that pop up occasionally, but Gila! is a low-budget monster movie playing 1950s dress-up, and it doesn’t aspire to be much more than that. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, then it probably won’t be.” Christian Bates-Hardy, Rock! Shock! Pop!

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“The soundtrack is all rock n’ roll music, lots of muscle cars are used that are fun to look at, and again those two female leads make for an entertaining yarn that just about doesn’t outstay it’s welcome […] Gila! does nothing at all original and has really bad special effects but it is feel good and a great B-Movie, the acting is decent also which is a big plus in my book!” Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie

Cast and characters:

  • Bruce Munson … Johnny Langostina
  • Adrienne Atkins … Betty
  • Brian Patrick McCulley … Don
  • Brian Gross … Chase Winstead – 2001 ManiacsBuffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Chase Adams … Pike
  • Madeline Voges … Lisa
  • Bone Ramsay … Dave
  • Vinnie Van Dolsen … Rick
  • Jesse Janzen … Waco Bob
  • Christina De Rosa … Carla
  • Dave Haney … Joe (as David Haney
  • Tom Sparx … Bill
  • Callie-Nycole Burk … Elsa
  • Robert Hay Smith … Lars
  • Micheal Price … Clete
  • Terence Knox … Sheriff Parker
  • Kelli Maroney … Wilma – Hell’s Kitty;Transylvania Twist; Not of This Earth (1988); Chopping Mall; Night of the Comet
  • Jenna Ruiz … Missy Winstead
    Ellen Kingston … Dorothy Winstead
  • Julie McCullough … Vera
  • Gerard Pauwels … Mayor Wheeler
  • James Wolford Hardin … Karl Swenson
  • Judy Joseph Crippin … Maybelle Swenson
  •  Steve Anderson … Injured Driver
  • Jeff Bodart … Ambulance Driver

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Puragtory – Belgium, 2012

‘Everybody has a dark secret’

Purgatory is a 2012 Belgian psychological thriller feature film directed by Reginald Van Severen from a screenplay by producer Johan Vandewoestijne [as James Desert] (Laundry Man; Maniac Nurses; Rabid GranniesLucker the Necrophagous). The movie stars Jorka Decroubelex, Rudy Dermaux, Marc Lensly, Hugo Vanden Bremt, Ruth Verhelst and Richard Smolenaers.

After being locked up in an institution for several years for a personality disorder and murder, Kristen Birger (Ruth Verhelst) is released on parole. By means of therapy the medical staff of St. Carrol’s Psychiatric Institution instruct her to return to her former apartment where she committed the crime seven years earlier.

The moment she arrives at her flat, past and present seem to take her on a rollercoaster ride of fear. On top of that, a mysterious man and religious fanatic, living in the room next to hers, has a hidden agenda…

SGL Entertainment has released Purgatory on Amazon Prime prior to releases on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Filming locations:

Kortrijk, Belgium

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