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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Altar Written Review

Title Altar
Year 2016
Distributor Distribber
Availability Amazon Stream $3.99 | Google Play $3.99 | iTunes $9.99
Director Matthew Sconce
Actors Stefanie Estes, Tim Parrish, Jesse Parr
Review Two newlyweds begin their honeymoon by filming their hotel and not paying attention to the warnings a creepy dude gives them to stay inside for the night. Of course they go out (at night, with the ground full of snow), and get butchered. Sounds interesting? Yeah… not really.

Altar looked interesting at the beginning, but I’m afraid it doesn’t deliver. The story of the newlyweds is senseless and dumb. Who would go out on their wedding night, “hiking”, when it’s freezing cold? Well. obviously they would, especially since “the Ripper” as he calls himself just knocked on their door to specifically say the hike was cancelled, and not to go out. Sigh.

After this, we meet the typical group of friends that goes on the typical camping trip. If only they had stuck to the murderous guy in the woods… but no, they had to go with a place surrounded by blue lights that looked like Christmas lights to me. They also introduced the character of a kid who has Asperger’s (the one that handles the camera), that I found rather insulting. But I digress. They took the perfectly ok camping trip story and gave it a supernatural/slashery combination of elements that neither works as a slasher nor as a supernatural flick. The characters are uninteresting and annoying at times.

The acting is, for the most part, decent. However, it’s far from good. The movie is full of “yeah, like that would happen” moments, and it’s boring with the same ole melancholy that all found footage films have become. There are some decent “got ya” scenes with the cameraman not knowing who (or what) is behind them but you have seen this all before. The ending has a slight twist which I didn’t see coming which is a positive for Altar. All in all, found footage fanatics may enjoy this, but for us here at HORROR On The Go it’s a ho-hum-dul-drum.

 

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Lady Phantom
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