Cold Moon Written Review – New Release

Title Cold Moon
Year 2016
Distributor Curmudgeon Films
Availability VOD Everywhere
Director Griff Furst
Actors Josh Stewart, Frank Whaley, Christopher Lloyd
Review Crime, check. Revenge, check. Ghosts that may or may not look like Beetlejuice, check. If you like all of these things, this may just be the movie for you.

Cold moon is a movie adapted from the book Cold Moon over Babylon, written by Michael McDowell, who also wrote Beetlejuice, The Nightmare before Christmas, and other movies. It’s a story that begins with the murder of a 16-year-old girl and unfolds in unexpected ways. It starts in the Larkin’s blueberry farm, from where Margaret (Sarah Catherine Bellamy) leaves one afternoon, never to return. We see her murdered by a masked murderer with a luxury of violence. Her family is worried when she doesn’t return that same afternoon. But when her body is discovered, tied to her bicycle in the bottom of the river, is when the story really starts.

At first it seems like the film may be a slasher, but that quickly changes. It’s an interesting mixture of crime, thriller, drama and supernatural phenomena. It’s not perfect, but it’s interesting enough to keep you engaged. The acting is, for the most part, excellent. We found ourselves wishing the role of Evelyn Larkin had been played by Marlyn Mason (Besetment), because she would have been a much better choice than Candy Clark. Other than that, the cast is solid. There are some familiar faces, like Josh Stewart (The Collector), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Frank Whaley (Vacancy), and Robbie Kay (Once upon a Time). Their performances, as well as those by the less known people, are solid. The only gripe is the struggle the actors had at pulling off a Southern accent, it felt forced by most.

There are also many special effects, many of which were credible. There is also some CGI that is less than perfect, but it doesn’t take you away from the experience. The sound is a shining point, bold and enticing. There’s a decent amount of jump scares and there were good kills, but a few of them were marred by the use of CGI. If there had been more practical effects and make up, it would have been a much better movie.

All in all, we recommend you give Cold Moon a watch. It’s interesting and fun, if not too scary. If snakes scare you, though, you will find it scarier.

 

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2017-09-14: E60 – Besetment

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– Topic: (2017) Besetment horror movie review

BillChete & Lady Phantom rave about a brand new release on DVD, a low budget independent film at that titled Besetment. Starring a nice cast including three 70 year olds that knock it out of the park. Besetment is available right now on VOD and DVD through Amazon for $12.99 and comes with a high recommendation from the staff here at HORROR On The Go. Big props go out to writer/director Brad Douglas for making a damn fine flick with a throwback feel and an incredible soundtrack score throughout. Listen right now to here all the glorious details.

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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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2017-07-29: E56 – Gremlin

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– Topic: (2017) Gremlin horror movie review

BillChete & Lady Phantom reviews and rates Gremlin starring Adam Hampton and Kristy K. Boone. Directed by Ryan Bellhardt. The couple runs over the plot and then shares their spoiler-free positives and negatives on this just released movie on VOD like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

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