Dark Moon Rising – USA, 2015

‘Pray for the sunrise’

Dark Moon Rising is a 2015 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Justin Price (Alien: Reign of ManThe 13th FridayThe ElfForsaken). The Pikchure Zero Entertainment production stars Anastasia Antonia, Eric Roberts, Khu and Billy Blanks.

Plot:

A group of shape-shifting werewolves appear in a small town in search of a mysterious girl who is re-born once every 2000 years. In order to save their kind from the brink of extinction, they must capture her before she becomes a fully-fledged Lycan and reclaim her place as the Alpha species.

Unknown to them, however, lurks yet another of her kind secretly living in the same small town. If they can capture both, then they would have the power to control a new species of werewolves and enslave the human race…

Reviews:

“There was way too much background noise and music that made the lines/dialog hard to hear. The acting is atrocious, the screenplay is a disaster zone, editing is terrible, werewolves were a dreadful mess, shots did not transition well, terrible music, horrendous CGI, and cheesy everything.” Florita A., Hell Horror

“It maintains a steady hold on those watching but can definitely loosen the grip a little to pave way for some quippy one-liners and covers all the bases of a werewolf franchise in the making. A good, solid story with quintessential special effects that add finishing touches to an otherwise pretty good movie. ” The Movie Sleuth

” …fatally, for all its everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, Dark Moon Rising forgoes that vital quality that made all those classic werewolf films before it so memorable; namely, the human heart that beats beneath the bloody pelt of the beast. Not quite beware the moon, but Dark Moon Rising nonetheless stops just short of being something to truly howl about.” Benjamin Poole, The Movie Waffler

“Many of the character interactions are nonsense. Most of the time, it feels like the characters are reading from different scripts as more than half of the things they say to each other don’t seem related. The actors also have a bad habit of mumbling their lines, making the dialogue hard to hear. Complicating this problem is poor sound editing. Many times, the dialogue is drowned out by music or background noises.” Rachel Willis, Screen Relish

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” …it features rather odd jumps in time, leaves out important passages, leaves things half-explained and also changes between its characters’ fantasy and their reality without warning. Oddly enough then, all of this hardly spoils the movie’s enjoyability, as the whole thing is very well structured and paced, features cool set-pieces aplenty, and is carried by interesting (and well-played) characters.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“The film is rife with terrible CGI effects used for everything from fire, to blood, to x-ray vision (don’t ask- I can’t explain it). In fact the film opens with a CGI tanker truck on (CGI) fire followed by a CGI werewolf. The werewolves inexplicably all have super powers. One of them named Gecko (no I’m not kidding) has a poison breath attack…” Che Gilson, UK Horror Scene

Cast and characters:

  • Anastasia Antonia … Dawn [as Stasi Esper]
  • Eric Roberts … Henrick
  • Khu … Kaio
  • Billy Blanks … Sheriff Tom
  • Justin Price … Sin
  • Cameron White … Chace
  • Lisa May … Feighn
  • Matthew Simmons … Gecko
  • Timea Saghy … Danse
  • Jared Allman … James
  • Emily Bedford … Lisa (voice)
  • Deanna Grace Congo … Amy
  • Michele Gourdine … Lisa
  • Sasha Higgins … Dominique
  • Katie Lee Mayo … College Student [as Katie Mayo]

Release:

In the US, released on digital and DVD on August 4, 2015, by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Trivia:

Not to be confused with the 2009 werewolf movie of the same name.

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The Eye of Satan – UK, 1988

The Eye of Satan is a 1988 British supernatural crime-horror feature film directed by David Kent-Watson (Into the Darkness; G.B.H.) from a screenplay by Cliff Twemlow [as Mike Sullivan] (Moonstalker – aka Predator: The Quietus; The Pike project) who also stars. The movie also features Ginette Gray, Max Beesley Snr and Brett Sinclair.

Plot:

In Manchester, Northern England, a hit-man is assigned to protect the daughter of a local gangster after her life is threatened by a rival organisation. When the hit-man is double-crossed by his employers he wreaks a violent supernatural revenge…

Cast and characters:

  • Cliff Twemlow … Kane [as Mike Sullivan]
  • Ginette Gray … Christine Stringer
  • Max Beesley Snr. … Chief Inspector Pete Chase [as Maxton G. Beesley]
  • Brett Sinclair … Sgt. Peters [as Brett Paul]
  • Paul Flanagan … Bronstein [as Paul Hamilton]
  • John Saint Ryan … Camille Muhamed
  • David Roth … Father Galan [as David Rankin]
  • Heather Alexander … Mary Chase
  • Steve Powell … Daniel Hunter
  • Liam Leslie … Steve Stringer
  • Leo Atkin … Ed Stringer
  • Terry Cundall … Mr. Big
  • Stan Finni … The Demonologist
  • Jeremy Philips … Pathologist

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Among the Shadows – USA, 2018

‘Where the werewolves roam’

Among the Shadows is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film featuring werewolves directed by Tiago Mesquita (co-producer of The Monkey’s Paw) from a screenplay by Mark Morgan. The movie stars Lindsay Lohan, Charlotte Beckett, Gianni Capaldi and Dominik Madani.

Plot:

Kristy Wolfe (Charlotte Beckett) is a Brussels private eye descended from werewolves who must go to work when her uncle Harry Goldtsone is murdered in a politically-motivated attack. Patricia Sherman (Lindsay Lohan), the wife of European Federation President Richard Sherman, hires Wolfe to investigate Goldstone’s killing, as he was her husband’s campaign manager.

Wolfe finds bodies falling all over city and must use her innate instincts to unravel the case and stay alive long enough unmask the conspiracy…

Cast and characters:

  • Lindsay Lohan … Patricia Sherman – Scary Movie 5; Side Effects
  • Charlotte Beckett … Kristy Wolfe – Penny Dreadful TV series
  • Gianni Capaldi … Lieutenant McGregor
  • Dominik Madani … Colin Haroosen
  • Reynald Bialès … Frederik
  • Barry Jay Minoff … Matthew
  • Kristoffel Verdonck … Richard Sherman
  • John Flanders … Uncle Harry
  • Peter Organ … Lycan
  • Daniel Hugh Kelly … Bittencourt
  • Jean-Michel Vovk … Max Eddelman
  • Olivier Englebert … Bastien
  • Bond Mgebrishvili … Mason
  • Gaelle Gillis … Nina
  • Sulaiman Rochemont … Louis

Filming locations:

Brussels and AED Studios, Lint, Flanders, Belgium

Working title:

The Shadow Within

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Therapy – France, 2016

‘Sometimes everything comes together for that perfect moment’

Therapy is a 2016 French horror thriller feature film written, directed by and starring Nathan Ambrosioni. The Light House production also stars Thierry Azzopardi, Vanessa Azzopardi and Luna Belan.

Jane and Simon are two young police officers leading a routine investigation following the discovery of hidden video equipment in an abandoned house by a night watchman. At first glance, they don’t seem to contain anything unusual. They show five tourists taking advantage of the seasonal weather to go camping.

As they continue watching, they discover that the group’s fresh-air excursion takes a sudden turn for the worst. Seized with panic, the young campers reluctantly end up in an abandoned building where it quickly becomes obvious that they are not alone, and that they’ve stepped into their own graves. To save them, Jane and Simon will have to act quickly, even if it means risking their own lives in the process…

Cast and characters:

  • Nathan Ambrosioni … Sebastien
  • Thierry Azzopardi … The Watchman
  • Vanessa Azzopardi … Stephanie
  • Luna Belan … Olivia
  • Nathalie Couturier … Jane
  • Julien Croquet … Steven
  • Magali Gouyon … Woman
  • Rémy Jobert … Simon
  • Fabrice Raspati … Richard Spencer
  • Tania Rieu … Sam
  • Sarah Robert … Woman in the Armchair
  • Cédrick Spinassou … Anthony
  • Julie Venturelli … Amanda
  • Shelley Ward … Abigail Parker

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The Awakening – UK, 2011

The Awakening is a 2011 British supernatural horror feature film directed Nick Murphy (The Mist TV series; Dracula TV series) from a screenplay co-written with Stephen Volk (The Guardian; The Kiss; Gothic). The movie stars Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Isaac Hempstead-Wright.

Plot:

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“Cinematographer Eduard Grau maintains a healthy, overcast atmosphere throughout, even when things go indoors, helping give the ghosts, in all their forms, an expectedly welcome place to manifest themselves within.  Everything feels like a nice British chamber Guignol, mildly stodgy and claustrophobic…” Kyle Saubert, Allusions of Grandeur

” … a ghost story with a nice kick and deeply felt emotions. The surface details suggest a banal return to a formulaic haunting, yet The Awakening, while imperfect, captures an intensity of gradually eroding conviction that carries the iffy material all the way to the intriguing head-scratcher of an ending.” Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com

The Awakening unfolds in a purposely calculated manner that matches the supernatural literature of its setting’s post-Victorian era. Some call that boring; I call it a slow ratcheting of suspense, and the lovely, headstrong Hall serves as a terrific guide through the good ol’ ghost story.” Rod Lott, Flick Attack

“I found the final, colossal revelation to be contrived, but there are some nicely creepy moments, and director and co-writer Nick Murphy interestingly dramatises some of the neuroses feeding the appetite for ghostly phenomena…” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Some of the creepiest stuff actually happens outside of the ghost hunting and what you don’t see.  It’s not a scare-fest, but it’s intense and well-written. It’s absolutely stunning to look at in that gloomy, foggy, muted colors way you want your British ghost stories to be.” Horror Honeys

” …the film has a strong and well-written series of themes that run throughout about fear, loneliness and the guilts of the past. Perhaps the least satisfying section of the film is when it feels the need to have to throw in a M. Night Shyamalan-esque conceptual spin…” Richard Scheib, Moria

“The trouble was, there was a very decent ghost story that could have been drawn from this groundwork, it’s just that the filmmakers chose to plump for sensation (loud music courtesy of Daniel Pemberton overemphasising every fright) over a nice, creepy atmosphere.” Graeme Clark, The Spinning Image

“Rarely does a horror film make the back of your neck tingle with the calibre of its performances as well as its jumps and jolts – but The Awakening, a beautifully mounted ghost story in the style of The Turn of the Screw, provides chills of both kinds.” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

” …familiar goings-on featuring the requisite dank shadowy halls and dead children mouthing CGI-stretched Edvard Munch screams. Nick Murphy’s big screen directorial debut has good atmospherics that only go so far to prop up a mystery whose overdue explanation is convoluted and underwhelming.” Dennis Harvey, Variety

Cast and characters:

  • Rebecca Hall … Florence Cathcart
  • Dominic West … Robert Mallory
  • Imelda Staunton … Maud Hill
  • Isaac Hempstead Wright … Tom Hill
  • Shaun Dooley … Malcolm McNair
  • Joseph Mawle … Edward Judd
  • Diana Kent … Harriet Cathcart
  • Richard Durden … Alexander Cathcart
  • John Shrapnel … Reverend Hugh Purslow
  • Cal MacAninch … Freddie Strickland
  • Lucy Cohu … Constance Strickland
  • Anastasia Hille … Dorothy Vandermeer
  • Andrew Havill … George Vandermeer
  • Tilly Vosburgh … Vera Flood
  • Ian Hanmore … Albert Flood
  • Steven Cree … Sergeant Evans
  • Alfie Field … Victor Parry
  • Felix Soper … Julian Dowden
  • Sidney Johnston … John Franklin

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Die in One Day – Italy, 2018

‘They will kill to win’

Die in One Day is a 2018 Italian horror feature film written, produced and directed by Eros D’Antona (Clownery; Haunted). The movie stars Kateryna Korchynska, David White, Mirko D’Antona and Cinzia Susino.

Plot:

After a failed marriage, Richard is in search of his daughter Mindy. He meets Sasha, an aspiring actress who promises to help him. But the hope to get some quick cash by performing in a 24 hours play soon turns out to be a bloody game…

 

Cast and characters:

  • Kateryna Korchynska … Sasha
  • David White … Richard
  • Mirko D’Antona … Vinnie
  • Cinzia Susino … Paige
  • Biagio Sampietro … Director
  • Daniela Ladisi … Debbie
  • Lisa Marie Picciolo … Mindy
  • Dario Grassi … Kurt
  • Vincenzo Intermite … Scarecrow Mask
  • Giuseppe Leo … Player of the Previous Edition

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Fly on the Wall – USA, 2018

‘Always be watching’

Fly on the Wall is a 2018 American horror thriller feature film written, co-produced and directed by Michael R. Morris (The Fugue; Fear House). The RandomInc Films production stars Brian Combs, Bridget Albaugh, Jovita Trujillo, David Danipour and Terence Tierney.

Plot:

A young man uses a bug camera to spy on his ex-girlfriend, then witnesses her abduction…

Cast and characters:

  • Brian Combs … Bradley Hauser
  • Bridget Albaugh … Gwen
  • Jovita Trujillo … Stephanie
  • David Danipour … Peter
  • Terence Tierney … Clarence
  • Rich Sands … Colonel Balsam
  • Patrick Mark Turner … Jake Hauser
  • Abby Relic … Felicia
  • Zaid Abro … Abbas
  • Kyle Eastman … Clay
  • Larry L Andrews … Slavl
  • Mohammed Bardi … Ahmed
  • April Eaton … Charlene
  • John Gura … Cameron
  • Robert Hector … Detective Banuelos
  • Josephine Hies … Porsche
  • Will Leon … Yaro
  • Wayne Ostrander … Resident Driver
  • Karen Pollock … Woman in Car
  • Dave Quast … Wary Resident
  • Carlos Leon … Ericson
  • Shelby Wilson … Naomi

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Hack House – USA, 2017

Hack House is a 2017 American slasher horror thriller feature film directed by Brandon Fisher (who also stars) from a screenplay by Bruce W. Durbin. The Single Malt Pictures production also stars James Howarth, Brittany Joan White and Shaun Michael Chilton.

Plot:

“A government witness is locked inside an experimental halfway house with six violent criminals. With no way out, this safe haven soon becomes a bloody slaughterhouse of violence. In a retro 80’s low budget slasher style, these rejects of society must all band together to survive the night.”

Cast and characters:

  • James Howarth … Bill
  • Brittany Joan White … Jenny
  • Brandon Fisher … Tommy – Alien Inhabitant
  • Shaun Michael Chilton … Michael
  • Dave Michael Beaudrie … Alex
  • Jesse Escochea … Mikey
  • Rob Steiner … Greggor
  • Shantelle Szyper … Amber
  • Lamont Couch … Darryl

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Working title:

Halfway House

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Crucible of the Vampire – UK, 2017

‘An ancient blood curse finds a new beginning’

Crucible of the Vampire is a 2017 British supernatural horror film directed by Iain Ross-McNamee (I Saw Black CloudsThe Singing Bird Will Come) from a screenplay co-written with Darren Lake and John Wolskel (I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle). The movie stars Neil Morrissey, Katie Goldfinch, Brian Croucher, Florence Cady and Larry Rew.

Plot:

An ancient, cursed artefact draws a young, university researcher (Katie Goldfinch) to an old house which holds a dark and terrible secret. The young woman discovers the truth within the grim, foreboding walls of the house, but once in the clutches of its malevolent occupants, will she be able to leave with her life?

Reviews:

“Florence Cady, as Scarlet Scott-Morton, exudes the same kind of dangerous female sexuality that made Linda Hayden’s performances in Blood on Satan’s Claw and Exposé so compelling. Meanwhile Katie Goldfinch embodies that same, strong-willed heroine that you see in films like Suspiria and Rosemary’s Baby – women trying their damnedest to fight against the rising tide of evil…” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

“Taking elements of classics such as The Wicker Man and the spirit of M. R. James, it’s a film that is very easy to like, despite the occasional beats that don’t quite hit. The tone is pitch-perfect, and will certainly appeal to fans of parlour horror stories and moody old dark house flicks.” Martin Unsworth, Starburst

Screenbound Pictures is releasing Crucible of the Vampire in the UK on HD DVD on 4 February 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Neil Morrissey … Robert – I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle
  • Brian Croucher … Ezekiel
  • Aaron Jeffcoate … Tom
  • Charles O’Neill … Jeremiah
  • Katie Goldfinch … Isabelle
  • Babette Barat … Evelyn
  • Larry Rew … Karl
  • Florence Cady … Scarlet
  • Lisa Martin … Lydia
  • Richard Oliver … Taxi Driver
  • Phil Hemming … Professor Edwards
  • John Stirling … Stearne
  • Angela Carter … Veronica
  • Peter Rowlinson … Soldier
  • Jeremy Taylor … Soldier
  • Darren Lake … Hooded Figure
  • Michael Molcher … The Captain
  • Graham Langhorne … Soldier
  • David Rowlinson … Soldier

 

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Blood Cult – USA, 1985

‘The first movie made for the home video market… Might just scare you to death!’

Blood Cult is a 1985 American slasher horror feature film directed by Christopher Lewis from a screenplay by Stuart Rosenthal, with additional dialogue by James Vance.

The movie stars Juli Andelman (The Silent Scream), Charles Ellis, James Vance, Bennie Lee McGowan, Peter Hart, David Stice, Fred Graves and Bob Duffield.

Director Christopher Lewis followed this shot-on-video production with The Ripper (starring Tom Savini) the same year, and then a sequel, the imaginatively-titled Revenge, in 1986.

Plot:

A secret society gather to worship the god “Canis” and offer the occasional human sacrifice, but they are eventually challenged by a bookish heroine…

Reviews:

“Utilizing a nine day shooting schedule, director Christopher Lewis tells a by-the-number stalk and slash tale with requisite nods to Halloween and Psycho, but with some gore thrown in for good measure … he’s a bland if capable director who gets some reasonable mileage out of his slasher scenes, but pads out his running time interminably with scenes of characters sitting around and talking.” Doug Tilley, Daily Grindhouse

“To the film’s credit, there are a few atmospheric scenes, largely because Oklahoma is a naturally atmospheric state. But, for the most part, Blood Cult has a “Grandpa Picked Up a Video Camera And Made A Horror Film” look and feel to it.” Lisa Marie Bowman, HorrorCritic.com

“The opening house sets were great – all lit up perfectly to give off a suburban horror mood … Cheap, but fun. From here onward the acting just takes a dive, and makes room for some of the ugliest people I have ever seen in a horror film. You can only scream so long before we start to realize that your ‘acting’ career starts and ends with Blood Cult.” Josh G, Oh, the Horror!

Blood Cult never really manages to find its groove, frankly because it doesn’t even seem to be trying to. It’s almost as if Lewis and company were more concerned with just getting the damn thing made and out there than actually producing something remotely worth watching.” Trash Film Guru

“For the bad sound, sucky plotline, crappy acting and misogyny, there’s some cheesy recompense: the killer uses the decapitated head of one victim to beat her roommate with; severed fingers are found in a salad, and they had the audacity to call the sorority house where the first murder occurs Chi Omega!” Vegan Voorhees

Filming locations:

Tahlequah and Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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