Friday, January 26, 2018

IFC Films' THE CURED Trailer Premiere

Written and Directed by David Freyne
Starring Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Paula Malcomson

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.

In Theaters and On Demand February 23, 2018

Turbo Kid Team Lined Up to Direct AMOS DARAGON

RKSS Set to Direct Adapted Fantasy Series “AMOS DARAGON

PARK CITY,  UTAH - With two successful world premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, including this year’s multiple sold out screenings of SUMMER OF ’84, award-winning filmmaking trio RKSS (Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell) are attached to direct the live-action adaption of the international phenomenon AMOS DARAGON. Exec-Produced by Sylvain Viau of IceWorks Pictures Inc., Benoit Beaulieu, Albert I. Melamed and Pierre-Alexandre Bouchard, the film bearing the same title  will be based on the 12-book fantasy series by Québec author Bryan Perro. The best seller has sold over 2.5 million copies to date and has been translated into more than 15 languages.

RKSS hit the ground running with their directorial debut, TURBO KID, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. The film went on to tour the world, winning acclaim and multiple awards before having a wide release by EPIC Pictures. RKSS’ visual style and creative flair will lend perfectly to the expansive universe that Perro has created with AMOS DARAGON. 

AMOS DARAGON follows the adventures of 12-year-old Amos Daragon and his companions Beorf, Lolya and Medousa as they journey to find four masks that harness the forces of nature. With the power of the masks, they can defeat the evil villain who threatens their world.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

RLJE Films Acquires TERMINAL Starring Margot Robbie


RLJE Films to Release Noir Thriller in Theaters Spring 2018

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2018 – RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all U.S. rights to Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal from Highland Film Group, starring Academy Award nominee Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Mike Myers (Austin Powers), Max Irons (“The White Queen”) and Dexter Fletcher (Kick Ass). Written by Stein for his directorial debut, RLJE Films plans to release the film in theaters in the spring of 2018.

“We’re excited to work with Margot Robbie, who not only stars in, but also produced this amazing film,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films.  “With her passion for the project, Margot leads a talented cast who takes audiences for a mystery ride in this highly anticipated thriller.”

“I am delighted and excited to be working with RLJE on Terminal, who share both our vision and passion for the film,” said director Vaughn Stein. “We are all extremely proud of Terminal and look forward to sharing it with the US audiences later this year.”

In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, Terminal follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life.  Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.

Terminal was produced by Robbie alongside Tom Ackerley (I, Tonya) and Josey McNamara (Dreamland) under their LuckyChap Entertainment banner, David Barron (Harry Potter) of BeaglePug, Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser (Barely Lethal), Molly Hassell (The Trust), and Teun Hilte (The White King).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Comet TV January Lineup And Giveaway

We are the weirdos, mister. 
Nancy, The Craft
January is here and with the start of any new year it’s the perfect time to come up with resolutions and things to accomplish in 2018. Or you can just cast a spell… That’s what the teen witches of The Craft did and look what happened to them! Oh… Wait a minute…
This month COMET TV has not just The Craft but amazing films like Labyrinth, Bubba Ho-Tep (Um… the awesomeness of Bruce Campbell?I say yes!) and more!
There are also Edgar Allan Poe double features all month with tantalizing and terrifying tales from one of the grand masters of horror. As The Raven says, “Nevermore!”
And we want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome January of your own! The COMET TV January Prize Pack is perfect for casting a spell on the new year or just kicking back and watching COMET TV!

We’re giving you a chance to do a giveaway for a lucky reader to win one! Say wha? I know! You can run the contest anyway you like, a lot of people use rafflecopter, etc…
Please include some of the gifs below in the post!
The Comet TV January Pack has:
1 - Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: One of my favorite films of all time! This The Craft exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!
1 - The Craft Exclusive COMET TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!
1- The Craft "Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!
2 - Exclusive The Craft COMET TV Tarot Cards : While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork. The best thing to celebrate the cult classic film arriving on COMET TV this month!

To Enter:
1. Send an Email with "January Comet Giveaway" as the heading to
2. Include your full name and address
3. Tell me your favorite Edgar Allan Poe story or movie. 
4. US Addresses ONLY.
5. Winner Picked February 1st

About Comet TV - Jan 2018

The Craft (1996) 
Teen movies might want you to believe that high school was all about keggers and beautiful cheerleaders, but we prefer The Craft’s version of events. Featuring a quartet of angsty teens who turn to witchcraft in the face of personal high school horrors, The Craft casts a spell that leaves you wishing you had an occult stor on your local main street.
Friday, January 12 at 8P/7C 
Saturday, January 13 at 8P/7C 
Sunday, January 21 at 6P/5C 
Monday, January 22 at 8P/7C
Labyrinth (1986) 
January will mark the second anniversary of the day we lost pop culture legend David Bowie, so this month’s COMET is honoring his memory in the best way we coul think of .... by screening one of the most iconic roles of his career. Back in 1986, Bowie stole the show as the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, from the music to the costumes, this was Bowie at his best.
Friday, January 19 at 8P/7C 
Saturday, January 20 at 8P/7C 
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30P/6:30C 
Tuesday, January 30 at 6P/7C
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) 
Could there be a better way to shake off the post-holiday blues than with the adventures of Elvis in all his hip shaking and breaking glory? Of course not, which is exactly why you should be tuning in to watch Bubba Ho-Tep on COMET this January.
Friday, January 26 at 8P/7C 
Saturday, January 27 at 8P/7C 
Sunday, January 28 at 2P/1C
Need to warm up on the cold Winter Wednesdays? Look no further than COMET’s brand new 2-hour block of Edgar Allan Poe programming. Each Wednesday evening at 6P/5C, catch the Tomahawk Man’s most beloved creations, including The Raven and Tales of Terror.

Airing Wednesday Nights at 6P/5C throughout January, check schedule at
The Raven (1963) 
Wednesday, January 17 at 6P/5C
The Haunted Place (1963) 
Wednesday, January 17 at 8P/7C
Masque of the Red Death (1964) 
Wednesday, January 24 at 6P/5C
The Tomb of Ligeia (1965) 
Wednesday, January 24 at 8P/7C
The Oblong Box (1969) 
Wednesday, January 31 at 6P/5C
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) 
Wednesday, January 31 at 8P/7C
January Theme Weeks
Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout January, check schedule at
Killer Creature Movies (1/1 – 1/5) 
Outer Space Movies (1/8 – 1/12) 
Rubber-Suit Monster Movies (1/15 – 1/19) 

Dystopian Movies (1/22 – 1/26)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Demon House - Art Reveal

As mass hysteria breaks-out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a “Portal to Hell,” "Ghost Adventures" host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans buys the house, sight unseen, over the phone.  He and his crew then become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history...the “house of 200 demons.”

Freestyle Digital Media will be releasing DEMON HOUSE in Theaters and on VOD and Digital HD on March 16th. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

IT (Blu-ray Review) - Warner Bros

Directed By: Andy Maschetti
Written By: Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Gary Dauberman
Starring: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Bill Skarsgard
Color/135 Minutes/R
Region A
Release Date: January 9, 2018

The Film
The small town of Derry, Maine is plagued by a rash of disappearing children, similar to events that happened 27 years earlier. A group of ragtag kids, lead by Bill whose younger brother Georgie is amng the missing, encounter a sinister shapeshifting monster named Pennywise who stalks the children in his preferred form of a clown. The kids try to uncover the truth of Pennywise and the disappearances without winding up on a missing poster themselves.

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, IT is the first feature film adaptation of the story but not the first screen adaptation as it was turned into a two-part miniseries in 1991. That miniseries has attained a bit of cult classic status over the years, largely based on Tim Curry's memorable performance as Pennywise. That adaptation was heavily flawed, especially in its second half and the ending of it is much maligned. That hasn't stopped it from heavy rotation on cable and a huge fanbase. This feature film version of the story was in the works in one form or another for half a decade, going through several changes at director. Finally in the summer of 2017 IT arrived in theaters and would wind up becoming the highest grossing horror film of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

Plenty of bad movies make loads of cash at the box office though and with already having a shaky screen adaptation it's reasonable to ask if IT was any good. I'm here to say that yes, IT is in fact a well done adaptation and horror film. While it changes some of the source material and if you're at all familiar with the source material you're well aware that there are just some scenes that simply will never make it in to an adaptation. That's okay, it doens't hurt anything. The most important part of the movie is the kids. Without a group of kids that turn in good performances and give the audience a reason to connect and care about them the movie fails on its most important level. This is the film's best aspect. The cast of kids led by Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Sophia Lillis as Beverly and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and Richie, they each bring a distinct personality to the group but are a wonderful ensemble together. Their chemistry is entirely believable and natural. It's easy to connect with them and be taken back to our own childhoods. If there's one thing I wanted more out of the kids was more backstory for each of them as a couple get glossed over and lost in the shuffle a bit even at the film's two hours and fifteen minute run time.  There's still time to bring more of their backstories out in the inevitable sequel so I'm not holding it against the film too much. Bill Skarsgard is effectively creepy and menacing as Pennywise. His facial expressions and line delivery bring are memorable but there is an over reliance on CGI effects and scares which don't always look great and at times it does cheapen the overall quality of the movie with tired cliches.

IT has a strong screenplay and script however and has a stunning look. The late 80s setting is recreated brilliantly and brings back a sense of nostalgia. That sense of nostalgia is a driving force in the film but never gets too heavy handed. It teleports us back to a time when we were young, adventurous and vulnerable. That's why it works and while it may not match the darkness of the novel we will be getting a sequel that could certainly bring a darker tone and more serious scares but even if history repeats itself and the second half falls flat as it did with the 1991 adaptation IT is a self contained horror film that works perfectly on its own as it hopefully works as a great first half to a great second half. Only time will tell but IT will still be a very good horror movie either way.

The Audio & Video
Warner Bros Blu-ray release of IT looks and sounds as good as you could possibly imagine, as it should. The film's anamorphic widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio is super wide and gorgeous with no signs of edge enhancement or DNR. The colors are vibrant and natural with incredible levels of detail from textures and fabrics to faces and body closeups. The black levels are very deep and inky with no trace of blocking up. I don't think I could ask for a nicer Blu-ray presentation while the Dobly TrueHD 5.1 surround mix sounds exceptional and free of any flaws. It really is that simple to describe as the audio sounds perfect. There's not a single instance of distracting background noise or staticy damage. Five stars, ten out of ten, I'm on board with whatever you want to consider the perfection of this disc.

The Extras
There are four featurettes that are all worthwhile and clock in around 15 minutes (give or take a minute or two). There's no throw aways here.

-"Pennywise Lives" - A look at how Bill Skarsgard prepared and performed the iconic character including how he saved the production from having to use CGI effects with his eyes and face. This is my favorite supplement on the disc.
-"The Losers Club" - A featurette focusing on the relationship of the kids in IT and how their friendship. The kids' relationship makes the film what it is and this feature documents how real it is. It's hard to watch this without a smile on your face.
-"Author Of Fear" - An interview with Stephen King as he hashes out his history with the IT story including the history of writing it and how he came up with various aspects of the story.
-Deleted Scenes - Things the movie didn't need but maybe could have used...and maybe not.

The Bottom Line
IT isn't perfect but it hits the right notes to be a fun, nostalgic and whimsical horror tale that lives up to the novel it was based on. Recommended.

IT is avaiable HERE

Friday, January 12, 2018



Paranormal-Themed Documentary Hits North American Theaters and VOD Platforms March 16

Los Angeles, CA – January 12, 2018 – Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired the North American rights to the paranormal-themed documentary DEMON HOUSE. DEMON HOUSE debuts in select theaters nationwide, and will also be available to rent and own on VOD in digital HD across cable, internet, and satellite platforms through Freestyle Digital Media on March 16, 2018.
DEMON HOUSE documents what happens when Zak Bagans – the host, creator, and executive producer of The Travel Channel’s smash hit series GHOST ADVENTURES – and his crew are overwhelmed by a demon possession case some have called the next Amityville, the most authenticated case of possession in American history. After buying the haunted home in Indiana over the phone, sight unseen, Bagans and his crew are unprepared for the demonic forces that await them at the location referred to as the “portal to Hell.”
Written, produced and directed by Zak Bagans, DEMON HOUSE features Zak Bagans, Father Michael Maginot, Dr. Barry Taff, and Captain Charles Austin.  DEMON HOUSE was produced by Joseph Taglieri and Mike Dorsey, and was co-produced by Jay Wasley.

Freestyle Digital Media Vice President of Acquisitions, Dan Fisher, negotiated the deal for DEMON HOUSE with Alec Shankman, Abrams Artists Agency’s Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Programming, Licensing & Digital Media.
“DEMON HOUSE is a chilling, edge-of-your-seat horror-thriller pitting the world’s most renowned paranormal investigator against his greatest challenge--the house of 200 demons,” said Dan Fisher, Vice President of Acquisitions for Freestyle Digital Media. “We at Freestyle could not be more excited to bring Zak’s documentary to millions of homes across North America this March.” 
“I destroyed the house because I do not want anyone to ever live there again,” said filmmaker Zak Bagans. “I saw too many things, and there was something inside the house that affected everyone. The police, clergy, children, my production crew. Everyone.  I am delighted that Freestyle will now be making DEMON HOUSE available to North American viewers soon!”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

YOR: THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE (Mill Creek Blu-ray Review)

Directed By: Antonio Margheriti
Written By: Robert Bailey, Antonio Margheriti
Starring: Reb Brown, Corinne Clery, John Steiner
Color/89 Minutes/PG
Region A
Release Date: January 16, 2018

The Film
The early 80s were an odd time for film, especially the lower budget film market that was looking to capitalize on the next big trend. The Italian film market was notorious for latching on to a trend and riding it until it was gasping its last breath (and beyond). Star Wars was still the biggest thing going in 1983 so it's no surprise that there are plenty of ripoffs from the early to mid 1980s. Not all of them were straight forward attempts at a space opera however. Some took "A long long time ago" quite literally like YOR: THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE did. "That doesn't make sense" you say? Well, you're right, it really doesn't but then again not much in this slice of delightfully cheesy adventure film does.

Reb Brown (Captain America, The Howling 2) stars as Yor, a great hunter in pre-historic times that rescues Kalaa (Corinne Clery), the princess of a tribe from certain death when she is attacked by a giant dinosaur-like beast. Kalaa latches on to Yor but they're separated when the tribe falls under attack to a tribe of hairy, purple skinned savages. Yor eventually reunites with Kalaa and her caretaker Pag, but has also gained a new follower in Ena who is blond haired like Yor and is getting more of his attention. The group heads toward the desertlands in search of answers as to what the medallion that hangs fro Yor's neck is and find a futuristic army rand by the Overlord who wants to keep Yor from learning of his true origins and identity.

YOR: HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE is directed by Antonio Margheriti (Horror Castle, Seven Dead In The Cat's Eye) who should be well known to Italian genre film fans as he was one of the biggest trend hopping directors of the 1960s-80s. Whatever trend was big at the time you could safely bet Antonio Margheriti was making a movie or two in that genre whether it be the Gothic horror of the early 60s, giallo films of the early 70s or more war oriented fare of the late 70s, Margheriti made them all. And he was no stranger to peplum films early on in his career either which made for an interesting pairing when he returned to the sword and sandal style to mash it up with the sci-fi epics that ruled the box offices when YOR was made. His directing is serviceable but this isn't Margheriti's best or most stylish work. His best films, arguably, featured gothic elements from the horror films he made in that style to his gothic spaghetti western And God Said To Cain which is one of the most underrated films in that genre, he knew how to work mood and shadow into the film as a character unto itself. Obviously something like Yor, based more in fantasy and captivating the audience with might and magic doesn't feature much in the way of a gothic atmosphere. Margheriti does craft an entertaining little thrill ride that sets our hero against various creatures and enemies along with several different settings of time and space though the futuristic Star Wars ripoff territory doesn't come along until the last 20 minutes or so and it's not quite the epic send off you hoped for but it is equally as entertaining as the rest of the film.

Reb Brown is an actor that confuses me a bit, I'm not sure how he ever managed to get leading man status, even on smaller genre pictures. He's good looking, which is probably all it takes but he lacks any charisma that comes naturally to big stars. He's fine in the role of Yor but doesn't add anything to the character that isn't already there in the writing. I suppose all they needed was a decent looking blond haired lead and they got it. The acting never rises above average here but that's all I needed or cared to have in this schlocky picture. Corrine Clery and Luciano Pigozzi, who is probably the best actor in the cast, aren't given a ton to do as they romp through the forest and swamps but Clery is plenty attractive as the film's resident eye candy. The movie succeeds where it really needs to though. The sets look good from the forests to deep cave interiors filled with perils and booby traps, to the futuristic settings that looked like sets recycled from some of the post-nuke Mad Max ripoffs but I'm totally okay with that. The film looks good. And it's a lot of fun. Silly fun, but fun nonetheless. You can't take YOR seriously. The gaps in the story will bug you, the seams in it all will begin to show and before too long the entire movie will fall apart and that would be a shame because you'd be missing out on a goofy genre mash up that brings our distant past and future together and smashes them into one Reb Brown whirlwind of blond hair and muscles. And laser guns. And dinosaurs. And furry purple people.

The Audio & Video
Mill Creek has done very respectable work bringing YOR to Blu-ray for the first time. The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer features good detail and a healthy and natural color palette. Black levels are deep and have no issues with compression or blocking. The picture has consistent speckling and imperfections throughout but it's never overly intrusive and there's only one or spots that have any sort excessive damage. The grain structure is solid and free of DNR. There are a few areas where the image gets softer but they're few and far between. The Blu-ray features an uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo mix that sounds very good. The track is quite crisp and clear. The dialogue and score are complimentary and there's no distracting imperfections like pops, crackles or background noise.

The Extras
The special features are limited to a new audio commentary with Reb Brown and the original theatrical trailer. While it would be nice to have more on the disc, just getting a brand new commentary with the film's star is a very nice addition and more than we typically get on Mill Creek releases.

The Bottom Line
I'm really pleased with this release from Mill Creek. YOR isn't a film that needs a super special limited edition release that a company will charge $30+ for but it is deserving of a solid Blu-ray release and that's exactly what we have here. For under $10 you can grab YOR in HD and go on a wild adventure to our past and future all in 90 minutes. Mill Creek's done good on this one.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Showdown In Manila - Coming 1/23/2018 on VOD and Digital HD

IN THEATERS​:  January 19, 2018


DIRECTOR: Mark Dacascos

WRITERS: Craig Hamann, Alexander Nevsky (Story By)

CAST:  Alexander Nevsky, Casper Van Dien, Mark Dacascos, Tia Carrere, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Matthias Hues, Maria Bravikova

SYNOPSIS: Private detectives Nick (Alexander Nevsky) and Charlie (Casper Van Dien) live and work in Manila. A murder investigation leads them to the jungle camp of an international terrorist called The Wrath. Not trusting the police, Nick and Charlie assembly a team of daredevils to walk straight into the Wrath's lair and fight an army of his goons. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


Directed By: Nathan Rumler
Written By: Nathan Rumler
Starring: James Bell, Terence Lee Cover, Dave Parker

Before I get into the review I want to throw out a quick apology to Nate on how long it has taken me to get this review done. Sorry Nate. Now that the sappy shit is out of the way let's talk about gay Jesus. 

GAY FOR PRAY follows a pair of down on their luck roommates who have their lives invaded by Jesus who has been kicked out of heaven by God for being Gay. Without his powers he's masquerading as a wizard until he can get his powers back and that's just what these guys intend to do, even if one is a dickhead Athiest and they have do deal with the town's religious fanatics. 

If you're not familiar with Nathan Rumler's previous work or his film company Rock Bottom Video let me give you a bit of a Cliff's Notes on what to expect. Raunchy humor, gore and gratuitous everything. You might be offended and you'll probably laugh. Hopefully you laugh. That's generally the point. If you're offended while watching Gay For Pray well then these movies probably aren't for you and you should lighten up. 

GAY FOR PRAY: THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF JESUS CHRIST is what you probably think it is. It's low budget (very low budget) and features a small cast, a tight set of locations and actors that aren't exactly award winners. But the cast is actually quite competent and the writing is genuinely funny and at times absolutely hilarious. Nathan Rumler has had GAY FOR PRAY written in one form or another for over a decade and I have to say that the final product was worth the time and effort he put into it. It's consistent in its delivery of laughs and shocks. The film features the most gratuitous shower scenes I have ever seen and then outdoes itself later on in the film and by that point I was close to tears from laughing. 

And then there's the gore, which is plentiful. GAY FOR PRAY is not a horror movie but good lord it delivers on the gore and gross out factor. Guts fly, fetuses are born, crosses are fucked. It's a genuinely good time for the whole family (don't show this to the kids). And then there's the scene where Jesus and Judas have a threesome in the desert. Oh you don't remember that from the bible? How about the piss drinking? No? What version are you reading? Maybe the electric chainsaws? Have you even read the bible? Well it's actually a quite entertaining read but this is way shorter and just as crazy. And you'll miss out on all of the penciled on mustache dry humping if you only read the bible.

I can spout off every ridiculous thing GAY FOR PRAY has within. I can tell you about each and every erotic adventure that Jesus has in this film and I still wouldn't fully be able to tell you just how ridiculous this movie is and how lovingly crafted it is by everyone involved. If you sit there eating cereal while watching this I bet you'll either sit there with milk spilling out of your mouth while you laugh or you'll throw the bowl at the TV in disgust, and in that case I repeat that you should lighten up. GAY FOR PRAY is far from perfect but it really doesn't need to be. It is exactly what it needs to be. It's raunchy, graphic, stupid, hilarious, and features the greatest closing monologue I've ever seen. 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 (RLJE Films) - Blu-ray Review

Directed By: Bobby Roe
Written By: Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe
Starring: Brandy Schaffer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe
Color/101 Minutes/Not Rated
Region A
Release Date: January 2, 2018

The Film
Have you ever been surprised by how much you like a movie? I'm sure you have, we all have. I was incredibly surprised by how much I enjoyed Bobby Roe's 2014 found footage horror film The Houses October Built. This found footage horror film followed a group of friends going cross country in their RV documenting the most extreme haunted houses they can find until they come face to face with a secret haunt that takes them to their absolute extreme and blur the line of entertainment and reality. So when I heard a sequel was made I was caught off guard but totally game to check out THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2.

And then I watched it.

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 is lazy. It retreads the same ground laid in the first with the same plot. The same friends get together to go to some haunts and capitalize on their internet fame after the events of the first film. Except they're all incredibly shitty people this time around more worried about making a couple bucks instead of their own friends mental health. Brandy suffered the worst fate of the first movie and her shitty friends do everything they can to bribe her to join their trip because she's the pretty girl all of the haunts want to promote their attraction and without her the group is worthless. So her friends throw her in to increasingly extreme haunts despite her protests to do the extreme haunts. Of course she gives in when a few more dollars are thrown at her so we get to hate her too. This is where the film fails but definitely isn't the only place. If we're forced to spend 100 minutes confined mostly to an RV with this group of people they better be likable folks and in the first film they were but this time they've devolved into typical pieces of shit more concerned on a quick buck and exploiting their friend than a love of haunted houses and Halloween.

The film is also victim to just about every pitfall a found footage style horror movie can fall for. The added music, slick editing and basic set up of movie doesn't make a lick of sense for something being shot on the road and supposedly "found" and uploaded to Youtube. The first film did this as well but was fun enough that I could mostly overlook it but when the movie is a bad time, and I mean that it is a bad time. It's like being at a shitty party with people you barely know who are annoying the absolute piss out of you and you have no way to get home or leave, when it's that bad of a time the things you can nitpick begin to add up and then the laziness of the film shines through and it's like being blasted in the face with a nasty fart.

I loved the first. I loathe the sequel.

The Audio & Video
THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT 2 has been brought to Blu-ray by RLJE Films and looks fantastic with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The color palette is vibrant while shining and popping just enough. The black levels, of which there's plenty in the haunt interiors, are deep and inky. Detail levels are high and skin tones natural with no signs of edge enhancement or DNR. The audio is presented in a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix that sounds just as good as the picture looks. The audio is warm and full bodied with a strong mix throughout. There's no damage or hiccups to speak of.

The Extras
-Deleted Scenes
-Uncut Projection Scene
-Portrait Of A Scare Actor 2 featurette
-"Halloween Spooks" music video

The Bottom Line
It's a colder, less genuine, lazy and boring rehash of the first. Skip it.