Grave Walkers (2015) Review

gw1Grave Walkers (2015)

Starring: Charlene Amoia, Vladimir Kulich and Tony Todd
Writer: Ari Kirschenbaum
Director: Ari Kirschenbaum

Out NOW on DVD from Matchbox Films

Supernatural forces are locked into a college town police force’s basement jail. The sheriff and his deputies are subjected to psychic attacks, preying on the fears of the loyal officers and only those with the strongest wills can survive.

Grave Walkers begins in black and white on a Halloween night. We see Deputy Hancock (Charlotte Amoia from How I Met Your Mother, NCIS: New Orleans and Adrenaline) having to put an injured stag out of its misery. Hancock gets called to a nearby incident, because of the date it’s suspected to be a college prank, and in those first few minutes we’re subjected to some of the film’s most unsettling scenes.

Hancock comes face to face with a zombie/demon, complete with glowing eyes and malicious intent. In the monochrome lighting, this has the same sinister verismo quality that can be seen in found-footage horror, such as the night scenes in Blair Witch. Hancock has little resource available to her except to cuff the zombie/demon and take the creature back to the local sheriff’s jail.

gw3One of the most innovative ideas in this film is the demon’s malevolent influence on those nearby. Sheriff Pete (Vladimir Kulich from The 13th Warrior, The Equalizer, Vikings and Angel) doesn’t see the creature as a zombie/demon: he sees his hated late father. Deputy Eric (J, Richey Nash from Hitting the Cycle, Staying Alive and Bat $#*! Crazy) doesn’t see the creature as a zombie/demon: he sees the Bear Mountain Killer – the sadist whose reign of terror inspired Eric to join the police force. Others see the zombie/demon as specific menaces from their pasts and, each of them wants to kill this perceived nemesis.

Deputy Hancock, most strong-willed of the group, has to repeatedly threaten violent repercussions to anyone who attempts to take the law into their own hands.

I’ll admit here that this movie didn’t work for me. The film started off scary. There were flashes of colour between the black and white footage, disturbing images that were bloody and diabolical. But, halfway through, the film seemed to become a comedy and the serious themes were transformed into a comical pastiche. Don’t get me wrong: there is something vaguely absurd about the notion of zombies and humour can often work as a counterpoint to horror. This worked to good effect in Shaun of The Dead, Zombieland and Me and My Mates Vs the Zombie Apocalypse.
However, in Grave Walkers, the balance struck me as a little off.

gw2The film begins as a credible horror, and then seems to drift into comedy – as though the horror is no longer working. The black and white footage is atmospheric but the shifts into colour break the suspension of disbelief. When the film does shift fully into colour, similar to the shift Dorothy experiences when she lands at the foot of the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz, it’s another reminder of the artifice of the narrative.

There were some great ideas in Grave Walkers and, if the film had stuck to being either a horror or a comedy, it might have managed its aims far more successfully. The special effects were sophisticated and convincing. The notion of characters becoming undone by the exacerbation of their own private hatreds was ingenious. And, of course, Tony Todd (Candyman, House of Grimm and the Final Destination franchise) is a bankable addition to any horror film. His pot-smoking pastor, who faces a hoard of glowing-green-eyed zombie/demons, was one of the genuine highlights of the latter half of the film.

gw4In truth, I can see that this one would prove entertaining for many. The film was original, innovative and stylish in places. My only issue was, whilst it was stylish in places, sometimes the film seemed to sacrifice substance and story for the sake of style: 5/10.

A Life In Blood – Tales of A Horror Queen by Genoveva Rossi #5 – A Death House Special

A Life In Blood – Tales of A Horror Queen by Genoveva Rossi #5 – A Death House Special

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gendh5Shock and sadness ran threw the horror community in November 2015 when Gunnar Hansen died of pancreatic cancer. Horror fans all over the world mourned the passing of Leatherface, but Hansen was able to leave loyal fans with a parting gift: Death House.

What is Death House? It is an incredibly ambitious horror film written by Gunnar Hansen and director Harrison Smith. This film has been called “The Expendables of Horror” due to it’s spectacular casting choices: Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Sid Haig, Michael Berryman, Tony Todd, Barbara Crampton, Dee Wallace, Tom Savini, Bill Oberst Jr and more. Directed by Harrison Smith.

gendh1I am truly honored to have a cameo among such a talented cast and crew. It was great to spend some time on set with horror icon Kane Hodder. We have both been guests at the same cons a few times, but Death House is our first film together. While on set, Hodder said, “It is truly an honor to be in Death House. This is an amazing film.”

Michael Berryman and I previously worked together on a Sci-Fi thriller called Apocalypse Kiss and it was great to be in a film with him again.

“I was very proud to be a part of this film. Gunner was a good friend and the story is solid with a cast that includes many friends and the best actors in our genre. Harrison is a keen director with an editor’s eye as the scenes are composed. I know that this film will be well received.” -Michael Berryman

gendh3“Harrison Smith is an actor’s director with affection for our genre’s past and a real vision for its future. Gunnar Hansen would be very, very proud of what Harrison has done with DEATH HOUSE, and speaking as a life-long fan of classic horror, so am I.”
-Bill Oberst Jr.

A big thank you to “Scary” Sheri Fairchild and her husband Frank Nicosia. I have worked with both actors on a few film projects in the Buffalo area and Sheri reached out to tell me Death House was looking for more actors.

gendh4I was going through my own spiritual upheaval at the time. I had found my poor mother passed away of a sudden heart attack on Easter Sunday. That huge loss had left me shaken, but not beaten. My mother always said, “My daughter is tough” and lately I have been challenged to continue to prove her words right no matter the obstacle; even losing her so tragically. But God only gives us what he knows we can bear.

So I got in touch with the casting director of Death House and ended up on set in Philadelphia at the beautifully grotesque and haunting Holmesburg Prison. I had the good fortune of being in a scene with screen legends Barbara Crampton and Dee Wallace.

gendh2While on the set of Death House I was able to sit down and talk with producer Rick Finkelstein. He explained, “This film was started by Gunnar Hansen. It has really come together better than we ever imagined. We have the best locations, best cast, horror icons, and an amazing script.”

Even the location was perfect, Holmesburg Prison, which is part of the Philadelphia prison system. It’s history already sounds like a horror movie. For thirty years chemical companies tested on inmates with sometimes horrific results. Also the prison warden and assistant were murdered mere steps from where we conducted our interview.

gendh6Watch for Death House for it’s amazing cast, horrific special effects, and to see Gunnar Hansen’s last blood splattering performance. This film was Leatherface’s baby, it was Gunnar’s dying wish that Death House be finished, and made into a huge success in the genre. Horror fans are sure to enjoy this truly epic film. Finkelstein promises, “When you leave this film you will be questioning your own thought processes and concepts of good and evil.”

gendh7This article is dedicated to the memory of Gunnar Hansen and my mother.

Frankenstein (2015) Review

frankensteindvd1FRANKENSTEIN (2015)

Starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tony Todd and Danny Huston

Written & Directed by Bernard Rose

UK DVD & Blu-Ray Release on Feb 22nd from Signature Entertainment

“A married couple of scientists create a modern day monster”. Via IMDb.

Man tears. Big waterfall man tears. That’s what happened to me after watching Bernard Rose’s modern day interpretation of Mary Shelley’s classic text. I did not see that coming at all. Before I delve into what is so amazing about this piece of work, let’s look at the story, well known as it may be.

Our Monster (Xavier Samuel) is born into the world by scientists Marie (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Victor Frankenstein (Danny Huston). Like a newborn baby, the first sounds are his pulse, his vision is limited and his first sight is Marie, who he comes to see as his mother. In a brief sequence, the scientists attempt to develop his motor skills, test him, and more than anything overwhelmed with the success of their creation. But then the Monster shows signs of disfigurement that they cannot stop from getting progressively worse. So, like a wounded dog, the Monster is set for a merciful extermination. But, showing surprising mental will and physical strength, the Monster escapes, and finds his way out into the world. But the world is not a friendly place, especially not for somebody like him…

frankensteindvd3Bernard Rose will always be one of my favourite directors since terrifying me at a young age with the classic Clive Barker adaptation Candyman, but I have to confess it’s the only film of his that I’ve seen. Upon researching IMDb, I discovered he’s actually been hard at work outside of the horror genre, making a roster of well-received indie films shot on DV with 30 Days Of Night legend Danny Huston. I may need to hunt these films down, because if Frankenstein is any indication, Rose has been firing on all cylinders ever since Virginia Madsen said Candyman five times in the mirror.

Using Shelley’s sacred text as a launchpad, Rose has created a horror film that transcends the genre. The best horror films use terror to analyse humanity, but it’s rare that it’s done as densely as this. The film is dripping with themes and ideas, using the blank canvas of the Monster to expose our deepest, darkest nature. Staying with the Monster, everything we see and feel is from his point of view. How is Monster any different to a person with learning difficulties, or who is physically/mentally disabled, who is suffering from a disease, or who is poor and homeless? He isn’t, and unfortunately, his treatment is no different than how society treats those people.

Rose uses a close handheld cinema verite style, and the ambient sound of the Monsters pulse, to put us right in his shoes when, due to his abandonment and therefore lack of education and understanding, he is subjected to increasing forms of abuse and torment by the ‘civilised’ people of modern society. Monster is only accepted by the young, the unfortunate, and a dog. And even then, tragedy is around every corner. It’s horribly inevitable, and gets worse just as his physical deterioration increases. The camera is unflinching, and it’s sometimes difficult to watch. Just like every good horror should be.

frankensteindvd2Rose’s script is tight and compact, spare and minimalist, every line and detail used for full emotional effect, using an eloquent voiceover from the monster to fill in the gaps. Technical aspects are all very well done for what I’m guessing was a lower than average budget, and the score is subtle and accentuates the brain-searing imagery. For a film running at a brisk 89 mins, it’s truly skilful how many ideas Rose manages to fit in without the film feeling rushed. I’m a big fan of films that don’t outstay their welcome, and would rather watch an hour and a half of thought-provoking work like this than three hours of Cowboys swearing at each other in a bloody cabin. Sue me.

Performances are great. Danny Huston and Carrie-Anne Moss are convincing and believable in the few scenes they are in, while Candyman himself Tony Todd shows up as a blind vagrant who becomes, by Monsters own admission, his ‘protector’. But the star of the show is Xavier Samuel (The Loved Ones). His work here is comparable to performance art. He effortlessly conveys the behaviour of a newborn baby, progressing in age and knowledge, thrust out into the world to fend for himself, without it becoming show-off or over the top. He’s vulnerable, spellbinding, mesmerising, heartbreaking and carries every single moment of the film. The heart and soul of the picture, Samuel is mind-blowing and if there’s any justice in the world he will get some major attention for this.

frankensteindvd4Frankenstein is an exceptional, personal piece of work that shows we need more Bernard Rose. Modern without shoving it down your throat, and emotionally devastating, this is easily the best adaptation of Mary Shelley’s story I’ve seen. It takes the essence of the work, to create a truly haunting, existential parable about what it means to be human.

I haven’t seen a more thought-provoking vision of our inhumanity since Under The Skin, and haven’t cried big man tears like this since The Grey. See it, and spread the word.

9/10

Live Evil (2015) Review

liveevilLive Evil (2015)

Directed by Ari Kirschenbaum

Starring – Vladamir Kulich, Charlene Amoia, Tony Todd, Vincent Ward & J Richey Nash

UK Release TBC

I loved this film. It’s the only way I can think of to start this. It’s a film about Evil, as suggested in the title. It focuses around a prisoner locked in a cell at the Sheriff’s station. We follow an officer, Hancock and the Sheriff while they deal with the odd events that begin happening. The film grabbed me as soon as it started with a nicely styled wide shot. The film is split into chapters but it feels more like two parts, you will see why shortly.

Part I
Don’t adjust your set, like I tried, the film is in black and white. On the last call out of the shift for Hancock, played brilliantly by Charlene Amoia, she arrests a mysterious girl and locks her in a cell at the Police Station. Things start going weird from here. Everyone who is around the girl begins to act unnaturally, if affected the eyes will glow yellow. The tension builds so quickly and is maintained for such a while that by the time there’s silence on screen again, it is well needed. The tension kicks up and down a few times, however the film never feels choppy.

liveevil1The camerawork following the characters through the narrow corridors is smooth and could be from a far higher budget production. The editing is great and keeps the film moving at a steady pace, only allowing breathing space for the viewer during the brief periods of respite the characters have. There is a small sub-plot going on with two people from the Most Wanted List, which to me is leading more to a possible spin off movie, which I would definitely go and see. Granted it is slightly more than a sub-plot but in order to remain spoiler free I can write no more.

The cast is superb, from the Sheriff and staff, the University Dean, and the Most Wanted two. Vladamir Kulich from 13th Warrior and Ironclad, plays Pete the Sheriff, who although is hard as nails, knows his limitations. Charlene Amoia, brilliant, takes the role of the reluctant hero. Killing everything and being the only person who seems unsusceptible to the dangers of what is locked in the cells. The great Tony Todd turns up in the second half of the film as The Pastor who leads the grand finale scene. Vincent Ward from The Walking Dead also has a great turn as one of the officers struggling with the power of what is locked in the cell.

liveevil2Part II
A small glimpse of an explanation begins to come forward, during this scene something happens and jolts the film into colour. It is not only the colour that changes, everything changes. The fight scenes and violence increase and we are introduced to a nice twist. Some tongue in cheek comedy and light heartedness replaces the serious and sombre tone of the first part.

The undead begin arriving and they have a very 80’s feel to them. These aren’t your average, groaning, staggering undead, out hunting for brains, these guys ride Harley Davidsons, and it fits. There are some nice fight scenes with the undead, including one which explains a plot line through a fight without using any dialog. The tension builds steadily for the grand finale and I wasn’t disappointed.

Throughout the film we are treated to some surreal dream-like sequences, more-so in the black and white section, but the circumstances in which they are used occur mostly in the first part. The quick jump to the bright and vivid slo-mo blood clouds break some of the tension, but they soon become more sinister and provide an insight into how the evil affects people. The segments do look spectacular and they add a little extra depth to a character, the evil, who despite being the focal point, isn’t in the film that much.

liveevil3This was a fun ride, from the stylised black and white shots right through to the 80’s undead revival, it didn’t stop. It made me laugh and reminisce and I would watch it again without a second thought. If you get the opportunity, give this a go. You could do a whole lot worse!

8/10

An Easter Special Interview with Melanie Robel by Dean Sills

mrint1An Easter Special Interview with Melanie Robel by Dean Sills

Here is another interview which I am very egg-cited about! Please welcome Melanie Robel to UKHS.

UKHS – Happy Easter, Melanie. Thank you for your time and welcome to UKHS. How did you get into acting and what is it about the horror genre that you enjoy so much?

MR – It was literally being in the right place at the right time. I was almost done training at Paul Mitchell the School to become a hairdressers. I emailed a director, J.L Blothello, to see if they needed a hair stylist on the set of his production. He said I needed to be in front of the camera, but I kept refusing him. I just wasn’t
interested. It took three times before he wore me down to it. He told me to do whatever projects I could get for experience and also to get into acting classes. So, I did a short film called, Grieve and here I am. I have been working with some great people. The cool thing is, that every time you go on a new set and work with new people, you always feel I am meant to be a actor. If you are paying attention that is. I feel I am meant to be a actor.

Grieve was considered horror and since I did well in that and I looked good with blood splatter on me. I took off in that genre. Actually, doing horror is a lot of fun and the fans are amazing and very loyal. I am doing other genres too, but I will always stick with my roots and continue doing horror.

mrint5UKHS – You play Gabrielle in ‘Disciples’. What can you tell us about this film, your role and did you do any scenes with Scream Queen icon Linnea Quigley?

MR – As Gabrielle, I was one of the servant girls for the people that lived in the castle, where Disciples takes place. I don’t want to give too much away, but it is about a demon that is going to come to earth. That God himself would fear his return. I didn’t have scenes with Linnea Quigley in this project. I am so thankful that she was able to get me involved in this project. I didn’t have any lines, but I really didn’t care. It was a honor to see these great actors work, Tony Todd, Tom Lodewyck, Angus Scrimm, Debra Lamb and of course Linnea Quigley. I also finally got to meet Elissa Dowling, which was great because we got along really well. It was a blast to do. Such a great group of actors and crew. Disciples has been released internationally as The Watcher.

The Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2006719/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Disciplesfilm
Official Site: http://www.disciplesthefilm.com/

mrint3UKHS – I know you worked with Linnea Quigley in ‘Post Mortem, America 2021’ what can you tell us about your role as Rattle Snake Sally and as an actress what did you learn the most from working with someone like Linnea?

MR – Post Mortem, America 2021 was my first full length movie and it was a good lesson on being humble and flexible. To be ready for anything. At this point, I hadn’t auditioned for anything! I was booking jobs off my photos and with conversation online. That’s how Cameron Scott found me, he saw my photo’s on Myspace and took the chance to message me. Of course, I said Hell yes. So, I had a few acting lessons under my belt, but when I saw the script, I realized I couldn’t break it down or figure it out. So I looked for an acting coach and found Rus Blackwell. He helped me come up with my characters background and taught me how to break down the script so I could do my job.

Post Mortem America, 2021, is about a woman name Lucillie, Linnea Quigley, who wants to get revenge on Severin, Jim O’Rear. While its Armageddon and everyone has to pay a price at this time. My character Rattle Snake Sally has some secrets, but she is a trained killer who works for Severin. Sally is very religious and every time she kills someone, part of her soul dies. She wants to have some light, some good and do something different. The problem is she doesn’t know how to do anything else, so she is very conflicted. I loved being Sally and actually got to drive an antique hearse with the gear shift on the steering column. That was an adventure!!!

Working with Linnea was amazing. I look up to her and see her as family. She taught me what it was like to be so into a scene that you forget the camera’s there, you forget everyone is watching and you are so in tune with each other that it seems real for that moment. She has so many strengths and an amazing presence. To be able to work with someone like her was like being in a week long, hands on seminar. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better than her, for a first time screen partner.. She makes you want to step up your game.

mrint4UKHS – You play the role of Anna Nadasdy in ‘A Blood Story’. The film is directed by Joe Hollow, who also directed ‘Disciples’. What can you tell us about your role in ‘A Blood Story’ and do you feel more confident as an actress when you work with someone you have worked with before due to knowing each other’s strengths?

MR– That is a really good question and made me sit back and think. I felt like I was more of a wild card in this project. I wasn’t quite sure what Joe Hollow was expecting from me and I was sort of shocked he asked me to be part of Blood Story. Remember, I had no lines in Disciples, and I went to one of the female co-leads. I said yes, of course and then I read the script. I was going to refused it, to write Joe and say I can’t do this. All I could think was that, I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t good enough. That my coach had been telling me I wasn’t ready and that I needed a female coach to learn femininity. Boy, will he be surprised if he see’s this movie. Anyway Linnea and my Mom, said, “do it, it is one of your dream roles!” So I did it. I didn’t have an acting reel, so I sent Joe my short film, Stella Buio, which has played internationally at film fests, thank you Lori Bowen.

I did the character development on Anna by myself, which I am proud of that. She is the type of roles I like to play. I realized my strengths are, being physical, character development and I know how to use my words. Joe Hollow really brought the love of acting to me. Also,while on set Camden Toy coached me about Anna that really helped me portray her better. I also met and became friends with Robert Z’Dar who passed last week. He will be missed by us all.

mrint2Working with everyone on this set was blast. I got to have scenes with, Camden Toy, Robert Z’Dar, Mindy Robinson, Mark Hanson, Debra Lamb and my class mate from Rus Blackwell’s acting class Janie King. I wasn’t there the whole time and didn’t work with everyone, but the whole cast and crew were great. So helpful and we had a lot of fun. The day before we started shooting, I had gotten my braces off and was living on soft food breakfast drinks. It was a great experience and I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I have my manager Matt Chassin, in Cali, because of this role..

Anna Nadasdy helps Francis run a B&B in their home. She is Francis’s right hand lady and will do anything, and I mean anything, he tells her too. She is very manipulative, famine, with a very feline like way of thinking, but has a real dark side. I had trouble tapping into the manipulative side of her, because that goes against my nature, so I read The Lucifer Effect, on why good people turn evil. It really brought a lot of things into the light. It was actually a very scary book about human nature. So the story is about a group of people who come to Francis and Anna’s home wanting the secrets to being young forever, but what is the price of it all? I can’t wait to see the finish film.

UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror film?

MR – The three things that I think makes a good horror and classic film is very simple:
1. A good story, that means a beginning, a middle and an end. That has to have a hero, a bad guy and some sort of conflict that distracts the hero.
2. Good acting, look at demo reels, past projects, resumes.
3. Great writing, which is different than a good story, the best story with a bad script doesn’t do you any good.

UKHS – If you could be the Easter Bunny for the day which three famous people would you deliver chocolate eggs to and why?

MR – Oh gosh, that is a really different question. I hope I don’t come across as a stalker. My first delivery would have to be to Tim Curry. I was born deaf and after my first of many surgery’s at the age of three. Except for my dad, he was the first male voice I heard. Sometimes I will still watch Annie with no sound. Then Jessica Lange and hope she invites me in. I would love to ask her how she prepares for her roles and to listen to her talk about acting. Last, but not least, Morrissey. To see if he really is depressed all the time as he comes across. I saw his concert once and really like his music. His body guards had to drag a lady off stage, but he didn’t miss a beat.

mrint6UKHS – Other than acting what are you passionate about?

MR – I know some people don’t believe me, but I love quilting. It’s so much fun and relaxing. It’s a puzzle, you have to figure it out, with patterns, colours, fabrics and style. You can make anything you see into a pattern and then in a quilt. There are no mistakes. I love it.

I also take care of my special needs cats. They are all rescues with health issues. I love reading psychology, sociology and medical books. I feel they have helped me in my character breakdowns for acting. Otherwise, I am just a boring person on my down time. I watch movies, quilt, read and hug my cats. I am obsessed with Disney, so if you
follow my instagram and twitter, you will see what I mean.

UKHS – Finally, are you working on any current projects which you can tell UKHS about?

MR – I can say that I am part of, Scream Queen Campfire, Scavenger and Sasquatch vs.Yeti, by Jonathon Moody. A Sci-Fi series, Technopolis by Andre’ Dixon, Hosten, by Kim Sonderholm and Martin Sonntag, La Fleur de Mai by Durand St Hilare and Left Hand Lords, by Spencer Grey. I am also going to do a couple of photo shoots. One is kind of a pin up, elegant shoot. Long dresses, high heals, elegant makeup and hair. Ultra girly and feminine. I can’t wait to do it.

Thank you UKHS for letting me be a part of this. I enjoyed your questions and maybe someday I can also be part of a convention in the UK.

UKHS – You are very welcome. That would be really awesome if someday you can be part of a convention in the UK. Keep up the great work and good luck with all your new projects!

Jack the Reaper (aka The Reaper) (2011) DVD Review

reaper1Jack The Reaper (aka The Reaper) (2011)

Dir. Kimberly Seilhamer.

Starring – Tony Todd, Sally Kirkland, Douglas Tait.

 

UK DVD Release – Safecracker Pictures 23rd September 2013

 

A group of misfit teens have to go on a school trip on a Saturday as they failed to complete a school assignment on the industrial revolution. They are accompanied by their teacher Mr Smith (David Beeler) and visit a local railroad museum. While at the museum a guide Mr Steele (Tony Todd) tells the kids stories of railroad disasters and of Railroad Jack who is a grim reaper type figure who picks souls from a stretch of local road known as Death’s Door .The school bus travels this road on the way home and when Jesse (Alexandra Holder) sees a figure in the distance she screams causing the bus to crash.

 

When the kids come round the driver and the teacher have disappeared and in the distance they spot a carnival. The kids (except Jesse & Casper) decide to go to the fairground and try to get help.

 

reaper2When they arrive at the fairground it is completely deserted but all the rides and attractions are switched on and fully functioning.As the kids play around on the empty rides they start to get picked off one by one , and soon they are fighting for their lives as a deranged killer hunts them down.

 

Jack The Reaper is a good, fun old-school slasher that hits all the right notes. You have a group of outcast teens , a deserted carnival, a seemingly supernatural killer (with a pick-axe) so what more does a slasher need? Well it always needs the usual teens and here we have them – the jock, the nerd, the slut, the deaf girl, the black guy, the fat kid , the erm albino . Yes it certainly is an entertaining and eclectic mix of teens.

 

Yes this has been done before and Jack The Reaper doesn’t really bring much new to the table , but it is a great watch and highly recommended. Director Kimberly Seilhamer keeps it all flowing at a really good pace and what I will say is that Douglas Tait who plays Jack brings a great killer to the screen. His black holed eyes and disgusting teeth add a macabre frightening quality to this good addition to Slasher madmen.

 

Safecracker Pictures who release this in the UK must be applauded on continuing to release quality horror films and are really becoming a company to look out for.

 

reaper3Jack The Reaper won’t stretch you as a viewer, it won’t scare the living hell out of you and won’t make you hide behind a cushion. But it brings a lot of fun, blood and good old slice & dice with it that will please the more mature horror fan looking for that 80′s vibe with a modern twist.

 

7/10