Ascent to Hell (2014) – Trailer – Trailer Video

_T55P4ilGOk.jpgTrailer: Ascent to Hell (2014)
Kate, an ambitious commercial real estate agent, has her sights set on a big contract, with a wealthy investment manager. The deal is lucrative, but it is suddenly on the rocks as Kate and Mr. Browning, and the rest of the people involved in the deal must survive a mysterious […]

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Coulrophobia – UK, 2014

‘All the Fear of the Fair’

Coulrophobia is a 2014 British horror feature film directed by Warren Speed (Zombie Women of Satan) who also stars. The movie  also headlines Pete Bennett, Daniella D’Ville, Roxy Bordeaux, Leela Thompson, Ana Udroiu, Makenna Guyler, Chris Harrison, and Steve Haze.

Plot:

An on-the-run twisted family of circus performers live in the remote Scottish highlands, miles away from civilisation. When a team of female Roller Derby players go camping just a bit too close to them all hell breaks loose…

Reviews:

” …the bizarre costumes and characters ameliorating what would otherwise have been tedious brutality. The victims are a roller derby team but, despite some skating shots topping and tailing the main story, that’s completely irrelevant, sadly negating the ‘Circus freaks vs roller girls’ high concept tag-line. British horror regular Bennett steals the show as a crazed jester.” MJ Simpson, British Horror Revival

…Coulrophobia almost seems like a film Rob Zombie might have made before he lost his way and started churning out trash like 31. Comparisons to House of 1000 Corpses are inevitable, and I absolutely mean that as a compliment. This is one of the most entertaining killer clown films in quite some time.” David Gelmini, Dread Central

” …this British indie film is for those who have a sense of humour and won’t take it too seriously. Those wanting to see gore will get enough to fill their roller skates here. Nudity level is reasonable with plenty of bosoms to make a nun blush.” Peter Hopkins, Horrorscreams Videovault

” …the switch here is that the clowns aren’t the killers, with one exception. It’s the victims that are dressed as clowns before being subjected to abuse. Thankfully, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s a messed up, over the top nightmare and it knows it. The cast, most of whom have only this film to their name, know it too and have fun with the material.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Released on DVD on November 13, 2017 via LunaRock Distribution.

Trivia:

Shot June/July 2014, the film was temporarily retitled All Clowns Must Die during post-production.

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Halloween: The Babysitter Murders – short film, USA, 2014

‘He came home’

Halloween: The Babysitter Murders is a 2014 American short fan made horror film co-produced, written and directed by Jack Norman (Knock Knock; Friday the 13th: The Curse of Jason). The movie stars Christy Faulkner, Jessica Bloom, Paul Arnone, Amanda Collins and Jack Norman as Michael Myers.

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Afraid – USA, 2014

‘What could I find out about you?’

Afraid is a 2014 American found footage horror feature film directed by Jason Goldberg (creator of Punk’d)  from a screenplay by co-producer Nick Kreiss. The movie stars Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead; Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), George Byrne and Luke Baybak (American Horror Story).

George (George Byrne) takes his girlfriend Alanna (Alanna Masterson) to a weekend retreat at cabin in the mountains. However, their romance getaway morphs into terror, when they realise their every move is being watched by the owner of the cabin they are staying at…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“The idea of an entire house being under surveillance was seen in Hangman, and the drama is so underplayed that it’s ineffective. Afraid may be of interest to fans of The Walking Dead, as it features future series regular Alanna Masterson. Otherwise, you may be better off simply watching your neighbors.” Mike Long, DVD Sleuth

” …the cinematography is dreadful. The entire film is a bit blurry and distant, I know they were going for a look as if it was filmed from the security videos, but in the end, it just looks bad. Afraid is painfully slow. There are a few attempts at jump scares, but even they fall flat.” Horror Fuel

” …this invasion of privacy film has no suspense whatsoever, the boring conversations we sit through with the couple as they lay about the house doing nothing lead up to absolutely nothing in the end, the “big reveal” was not so much a surprise as a “oh come on, really?”, it actually made me angry.” Ken Kastenhuber, McBastard’s Mausoleum

Release:

Afraid was released on digital and DVD by Well Go Entertainment on October 2, 2018.

Trivia:

The original title was Interference

Image credits:  McBastard’s Mausoleum

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) – Trailer and Poster – Trailer Video

ziRIF0kWOJs.jpgThe new horror movie from Blumhouse Productions, The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014), looks really good. A serial killer creating mayhem in a small town spares one girl to be his messenger. This serial killer is so feared that many of the townsfolk believe him to be a ghost or a demon . The trailer reveals that […]

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Haunting at Foster Cabin aka Demon Legacy – USA, 2014

‘See evil. Hear evil. Speak evil.’

Haunting at Foster Cabin – aka Demon Legacy – is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Rand Vossler and Bob Gill from a screenplay by the former and Tracy Morse. The Parallel 49 Production stars AnnaMaria Demara, Michelle Nunes, Kate Siegel, Kati Sharp and John Savage.

California: In a remote mountain lodge, five sorority sisters accidentally unleash an unholy entity, and must battle evil and each other to stop it from devouring mankind…

Reviews:

“It is unfortunate that there is so much to praise for the most part of Demon Legacy in replicating what made a multitude of 80’s low budget horror films cult gems. However, it manages to mess it up in the final act where a true sacrifice to the film is made in trying to add something fresh where ultimately it ends up feeling stale.” BloodGuts UK Horror

“Under the circumstances, benefit of the doubt suggests Demon Legacy did everything conceivable to make lemonade out of blizzards, brushfires, and expired contracts. Yet while that satisfies as an explanation for the film’s schizophrenic delivery, it doesn’t salvage the mediocre entertainment value.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Demon Legacy isn’t as entirely bad as elements of this review might suggest, but nor is it nearly as good as it could have been […] It’s goreless, lazy and predictable, packed with clichés, annoying characters and rubbish CGI horror. It may wish it was, but Demon Legacy is not Evil Dead-ish at all. This is merely Evil Dead for the Ugg boot generation.” Joel Harley, Horror Talk

“From the demonic smoke, to the comedic jerking of those possessed to the utterly bizarre cameo from John Savage as ‘The Codger’, at times it was hard to distinguish this movie from a straight-laced horror to unintentional parody. The shoddy special effects that were used did little to help my state of open-mouthed bemusement…” Dave Wain, The Schlock Pit

“Yes, some money has been put behind the film and it looks slicker than other, similar offerings, but the appalling weakness of everything else means the money spent was wasted. Sex sells, gore sells and the two combined should have meant a sure-fire hit. Instead, Demon Legacy is a work as empty and soulless as the zombie-demon-things in it.” Stuart O’Conner, Screen Jabber

Choice dialogue:

Sharon: “Considering you were hiding out in a secluded cabin I was expecting it to be a little more, you know, Evil Dead-ish.

Cast and characters:

  • AnnaMaria Demara … Michelle
  • Michelle Nunes … Dana
  • Kate Siegel … Jack
  • Kati Sharp … Sharon
  • John Savage … The Codger – Empire of the Sharks; The Orphan Killer; They Nest; The Killing Kind; et al
  • Grant Alan Ouzts … Randy
  • Jamie Strange … Kelly
  • Eileen Dietz … Grace
  • Cortney Palm … Demon Dana
  • Nancy McCrumb … Demon Jack
  • Angelina Lyubomirova … Veronica
  • Matthew Currie Holmes … Wesley
  • Marley Brantley … Young Michelle

Buy DVD: Amazon.co.uk

Trivia:

Initial filming began in 2008, however the production was plagued by problems and had to be shut down twice. The movie was eventually only completed in 2014 after a crowdfunding campaign to complete special effects.

The original title was See How They Run

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You are Not Alone (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Natalie is a college graduate visiting her hometown over the 4th of July. The night she arrives, she is stalked by a sociopathic killer.

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Never Open the Door (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Three happy couples enjoy the holidays in a cozy secluded cabin in the woods when they are suddenly interrupted by an unprecedented event that will forever change their lives.

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Horsehead – France, 2014

‘Unlock the ‘

Horsehead – original title: Fievre – is a 2014 French arthouse horror film directed by Romain Basset from a screenplay co-written with Karim Chériguène. The movie stars Catriona MacColl (City of the Living Dead; The Beyond), Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Murray Head, Gala Besson, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Joe Sheridan and Philippe Nahon.

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Since her childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurrent nightmares whose meaning escapes her. This peculiarity has led her to study the psychophysiology of dreams to try and understand the origin of her nightmares.

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Following the death of her grandmother she hardly knew, Jessica reluctantly returns to the family home. She doesn’t get along with her mother very well and is not looking forward to seeing her again. Upon her arrival, Jessica discovers that her late grandmother is lying in the adjoining room to her own during the wake.

After a rough first night made restless by a strange nightmare in which she meets her dead grandmother, Jessica suddenly becomes ill. Stuck in bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to use her lethargic state to try out lucid dreaming. In order to do so, Jessica breathes a little bit of ether whenever she needs to sink deeper into the other world to try and take control of her nightmares.

Jessica then begins to wander in a nightmarish world inhabited by twisted versions of her family members. She gradually improves her skills as a lucid dreamer and investigates to solve the mystery that gnaws her and haunts the family home…

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Reviews:

“It’s a beautifully crafted film that takes all the weirdness and presents it in a way that will make your skin crawl. The cinematography is some of the most artistic that I’ve seen in a while. The one thing that was a little hard to follow was the story. I pretty much got the gist of it but barely being able to understand the story won’t help other people watching it.” David Cantu, Cinema Deviant

“By the film’s ending, the audience is left with as many—if not more—questions than answers. Still, the final act of Horsehead is stunningly intense, and filled with unforgettable, terrifying sequences. From massive amniotic sacs to dollhouse-like rooms, Basset utilizes strangeness to leave viewers questioning what everything means.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher

Horsehead aims to be poetic and is visually striking (even if moments remind us a little too much of other films (Suspiria, Inferno, A Company of Wolves). Although its dream symbolism may be too literal, Horsehead has many of the arthouse sensibilities that shone through in recent, fascinating horror films such as Berberian Sound Studio and Amer. The score by Benjamin Shielden is also very effective.” David Paul Hellings, Haddonfield Horror

“A visual feast for the yes, with lush cinematography and stylistic lighting accompanied by a harsh electronic score that got right under my skin, a great marriage of gorgeous and unsettling imagery and unnerving sound. Candy for the eyes aside if you are looking for a cohesive story that goes from point A to point B with a clear resolution and/or revelation you might be slightly disappointed…” McBastard’s Mausoleum

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“The film sets itself up as a mystery and does deliver a solution if you’re paying attention, though the mysterious final shot leaves things open enough to provoke at least a couple of different theories about what’s transpired. It’s most effective if you treat the dreams as equally significant and real as anything in the rest of the film for it to make any sense, however, instead of a study of a woman’s psyche being pulverized by her nightmares, which would be a far more depressing story.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

“Where Basset does an excellent job is in maintaining a dark, creepy atmosphere throughout the dream sequences, and nicely working unsettling elements into the scenes when Jessica is awake. The characters are constructed in ways that make it hard to tell who is on the level, adding even more mystery to the puzzling plot. Unfortunately, some of the scenes, particularly the waking scenes, are quite boring and the pacing could have been sped up.” Kenna Rae, 28 Days Later Analysis

“Although the imagery is colorful, artistic and somewhat hallucinative, I found it to be too sharp, studio-lit, slickly edited and staged to feel surreal, and as a result, it felt more like a modern Argento or Hammer horror flick about cults and fevered-followers a la Rosemary’s Baby rather than a nightmare. The ending is ambiguous and weak.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running time:

96 minutes

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House of Ravens – Italy, 2014

‘Darkness lives here’

House of Ravens – original title: P.O.E. Pieces of Eldritch (P.O.E. 3) – is a 2014 Italian horror anthology feature film based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe. The movie stars Gabriele Arena, Luca Magri, Ettore Nicoletti and Venantino Venantini.

Segments:

  • Thou Art the Man – directed by Francesco Campanini
  • Morella – directed by Ricky Caruso
  • The Cask of Amontillado – directed by Domiziano Cristopharo
  • King Pest – directed by Alessandro Redaelli
  • Shadow – directed by Edo Tagliavini
  • Never Bet the Devil Your Head – directed by Mirko Virgil

House of Ravens will be available on DVD from Wild Eye Releasing on December 11, 2018.

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