Killing Ground Written Review

Title Killing Ground
Year 2016
Distributor IFC Midnight
Availability Streaming: Amazon $6.99 | Google Play $6.99 – DVD & Bluray Released 11/07
Director Damien Power
Actors Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane, Stephen Hunter
Review Who knew that a camping trip could go so wrong, right, lol, maybe several umpteen times! Killing Ground is an Australian movie that gives us yet another reason to not go camping, ever.

A couple goes camping to some deserted woods. Everything seems to go fine, until two things happen: they realize they have a flat tire, and they find some random baby alone and dehydrated. What happens next only gets worse.

This film is a little confusing, since it moves between the past and the present, many, many times. It’s also a bit -or very- slow at times. It still manages to be scary; especially if you’re a girl and/or if seeing babies in danger makes you cringe. The ending was somewhat disappointing and it failed to tie some loose ends.

The acting in this movie was solid all around, especially by Harriet Dyer (Sam). The actors manage to pull you into the story, but there are a few plot holes that, in turn, pull you out. The kills were not as effective as they could’ve been, but they’re OK and look realistic. The film succeeds in making you feel how isolated the characters are, and the danger they are in as a result.

Killing Ground deserves a watch. It’s far from being a great movie, but it accomplishes its purpose.

 

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Circus Kane Written Review – Releasing On VOD Tomorrow

Title Circus Kane
Year 2017
Distributor DeInstitutionalized
Availability VOD Everywhere
Director Christopher Ray
Actors Jonathan Lipnicki, Tim Abell, Nicole Arianna Fox
Review Welcome to Circus Kane, where you get in, but you most probably won’t get out.

A good description for this movie would be “Willy Wonka meets some freaky clowns” in a non-horror sense or more to the tune of “House On Haunted Hill” and “Rob Zombie’s 31” where you must stay in a some sort of house and last the night to earn money. To this flick Balthazar Kane (Tim Abell) sends a group of people a golden invitation to his “circus.” These people are all somehow related to horror and social media. They are told that whoever survives is going to win $250,000.00; they meet at a certain place and they’re taken to Kane’s property under masked guard and drugged along the way. That’s when the fun begins.

This movie showed a lot of promise at first. The music was appealing and an old times feel at the beginning was effective. The acting was good, if not very credible at some points. The clown’s makeup was good, and the Phantom found it scary. One of the clowns was reminiscent of the one in AHS- Freakshow. Some of the special effects and props were great (a severed head and its subsequent manhandling, for example). The Phantom also thinks the makers of this movie are Batman fans; there were Batman references scattered throughout the movie. There’s also a nice twist at the end with a callback to the beginning of the movie.

Unfortunately, the film also has negative aspects. One of the group members was fake and overacted. Many of the practical effects were ineffective; someone should’ve told the filmmakers what blood looks like and how it works in general. In scenes where you can see buckets of blood, it clearly looks like red watered-down syrup. There’s a scene when someone dies by barbed wire; it looked incredibly stupid. None of the deaths made us jump, so they all failed, not that they didn’t try. They just didn’t work. And Kane’s old-age burned look was just a mask not done very well with makeup to hide the fact.

All in all, it’s a fun movie, and it’s worth watching. If you’re afraid of clowns, you might find it more scary, but not that much. In concluding…it was pleasing seeing Richard Mull (Night Court) acting the part of a creepy dude! Give it a viewing it won’t waste your time.

 

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The Ice Cream Truck Written Review – Released Yesterday

Title The Ice Cream Truck
Year 2017
Distributor Uncork’d Entertainment
Availability VOD Everywhere
Director Megan Freels Johnston
Actors Deanna Russo, Emil Johnsen, Jeff Daniel Phillips
Review Who knew an ice cream truck could be creepy. We are all too familiar with that jingle, right? You hear it and you know the ice cream truck is near. But this time, it could mean death.

The Ice Cream Truck is the story of Mary, a woman who moves back to the suburbs after a time of being away. She’s the first one to get to the house she and her husband bought; he’s in Seattle with their kids while they finish school. She’s there to get the first part of their furniture and start shaping up the house, but she’s all alone, and she might not be ready for it. The neighbors are nosy, she encounters temptation, and there’s an ice cream truck whose driver is more than he appears to be.

This is a fun movie in general. The acting is very good, awkward at times and realistic. Deanna Russo plays a good Mary; a woman who is happy, but who at the same time is a little bored with her life. The neighbors are perfect as unflinching prying housewives. Emil Johnsen is a very creepy ice cream truck driver in a really cool, old school ice cream truck that is waxed and shined to the tee (we got a good 40s-60s vibe). The sound and music were fitting and unnerving, at certain times there is this freakish tempo effect (a la Michael Myers) when the driver appears, and the use of the truck music is very effective. Jeff Daniel Phillips (Lords Of Salem) plays a delivery driver and was incredibly sinister.

On the downside, the kills were few and far between. There’s blood, but the kills are not graphic. There are actually some kills which either are not believable, or they were poorly executed (especially the first one). And one blender scene made no sense going into the head, which could’ve been accomplished much more effectively as those milkshake blenders operate at low RPM’s. But there are a few aftermath scenes that worked and the stab to the hand is gruesome.

We think you should give The Ice Cream Truck a go. It’s not perfect, but it’s fun and eerily menacing with a great touch of old era music; “Shoot The Sherbert To Me Herbert” by Tommy Dorsey from 1939. It possibly deserves a warranted re-watch as the ending could be contemplated several ways.

 

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WTF! Written Review – Released Today

Title Wtf!
Year 2017
Distributor Midnight Releasing
Availability Cable VOD | Amazon Stream | iTunes | Google Play | Vimeo | Vudu
Director Peter Herro
Actors Callie Ott, Andrea Hunt, Perez Hilton
Review First and foremost, I’ll say this: Wtf! is the perfect title for this movie.

The story? We know the basics all too well: group of friends goes to a house in the middle of nowhere for Spring Break, and there’s a killer on the loose. Boring? Not for a second. It’s the story of Rachel and her friends. She went through the death of someone close to her, and takes a trip with said friends to help her relax. However, said trip will take an unexpected turn with some gory flashbacks of a previous experience.

Wtf! is a refreshing take on the group-of-kids-get-murdered setting. The opening credits montage is worth every second. From the opening scene we know we’re in for a ride, and the film doesn’t disappoint. Most of the actors help give this movie a realistic feel. The sound is fair, if not always perfect. The effects are good, and the kills look very real, plus, we get a castration which is always cringe worthy. There is a particularly cool fire-to-the-face scene to the pompous and arrogant “beauty queen.” The best part is the ending, which is surprising– and that’s high praise for a slasher these days.

Unfortunately, the lead actress is the weakest of the ensemble. At times she is good, but others she simply acts badly. However, no bad acting tops the blonde woman who talks to her at the beginning of the movie; that actress is terrible. Thankfully, you just suffer her a few seconds. The biggest negative for me, however, is that Perez Hilton doesn’t get killed, but then again he is only in it for maybe 60 seconds of screen time.

The HORROR On The Go team definitely recommends WTF! It’s fun, fast, and a nice slashery surprise.

 

 

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