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Review: The Dark Place

Published February 13, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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I sometimes forget who I’m talking to in the middle of a conversation. U-m-m…sorry, mom!

Thankfully, Keegan Dark, the enigmatic hero of Jody Wheeler’s recent thriller The Dark Place, doesn’t have that problem. His ability to conjure up images of his life, within the texture of video-like flashbacks, helps save him when his mother mysteriously falls into a coma and he, ultimately, becomes the primary suspect.

Wheeler’s script, here, reads like a Lifetime Television mystery (which isn’t a bad thing in my book) only with a handsome male as the primary focus as opposed to a woman. He provides some nice twists and, as a director, he keeps events moving at a snappy pace, as well.

The production, also, benefits immensely from the presence of Blaise Embry as Keegan. Embry engages even in Keegan’s more petulant moments and he allows a subtle layer of subdued hurt to emerge in the film’s quieter sequences, as well. Fine assistance appears in the forms of Timo Descamps and Shannon Day as Keegan’s boyfriend Will and his estranged mother Celeste, too. Those portraying the characters with (possibly) more mysterious agendas are fine, as well, if somewhat lacking in the necessary edge to make their more sinister actions totally believable.

Still, for those who are tired of gay thrillers that revolve around issues of hatred and oppression (such as 2005’s fine Hate Crime and 2011’s luridly fun Into the Lion’s Den), The Dark Place is an intriguing, sometimes very imaginative place to visit.

The Dark Place was released in November 2014 by Breaking Glass Pictures (www.bgpics.com). Its official Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkPlaceMovie.

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Review: Daddy’s Little Girl

Published June 5, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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“One way or another I’m gonna find ya
I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha” – One Way or Another, Blondie

One summer afternoon, my brother and I pushed (neighborhood bully) Robbie off his Big Wheel for picking on our sister. That, either fortunately or unfortunately, is the extent of my personal revenge motifs.

In writer-director Chris Sun’s chilling Daddy’s Little Girl (released on May 13th, 2014 by Breaking Glass Pictures), an anguished father named Derek (a leveled, award winning Michael Thomson) takes comeuppance to the extreme when his 6 year old daughter (a perfectly angelic Billi Baker) is murdered. After stumbling upon the perpetrator of the crime, and also discovering that the savage criminal had multiple victims, Derek enacts a torturous revenge.

Despite the hard-to-take, real life nature of the subject, Sun ably divides this picture into distinct arcs (the set-up, the anguished downfall, the shocking realization, the plotting of and carrying out of the torturous revenge) and adds enough pulpy, 70s era grit to make the experience an frequently enjoyable and cinematically palatable one. The savagery of Derek’s retaliation is indeed hard-to-take, but Sun intersperses these bloody exchanges with scenes of a duo of dedicated detectives finally closing in on the culprit and some bizarrely enjoyable exchanges between Derek and his family members and friends.

Daddy's Little Girl Photo TwoGranted, Derek’s discovery of the killer happens a bit too conveniently and the evidence he finds is too out-in-the-open to be quite believable. But these are small flaws in Sun’s relentless vision. Its starkness, though, gains distinct justification by the true-to-life headlines that chillingly decorate the closing credits of the film.

Assisted by a charming, ingeniously crafted performance by Christian Radford as Derek’s roguish brother Tommy, Daddy’s Little Girl is a powerful mixture of grindhouse cinema and real life crime, well worth seeking out by the truly strong at heart.

You can keep up-to-date with Breaking Glass Pictures at http://www.breakingglasspictures.com and http://www.facebook.com/breakingglasspictures. The forces behind Daddy’s Little Girl post frequently at https://www.facebook.com/DLG666, as well.

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Review: Antisocial

Published January 22, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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I hate it when Medusa visits my local gym. With just one glance, everyone gets stoned.

Similarly, with Cody Calahan’s fun and bloody Antisocial, being released on DVD on January 28th, 2014 by Breaking Glass Pictures, a group of friends find themselves facing down a zombie-like virus that infects them via excessive online viewing.

While the statement on the dangers of media and overreliance on the internet is a bit obvious here, Calahan works with a steady pace and detailed eye making the viewing experience, as a whole, a truly enjoyable one. A gruesome scene involving surgery on a squirming yet determined patient and the use of a brightly hued strand of Christmas lights as a weapon add visual fuel to this fire, as well.

Mylett

Mylett

Vestiges of well known terror flicks such as Night of the Living Dead and Cabin Fever are present here due to the plot circumstances. The main characters, a group of college friends, are isolated in a house together when the outbreak hits. The nice twist, though, is that everyone, despite their faults, cares about each other. Watching them work, hard, to help each other survive adds a nice poignance to the material and points to Calahan’s skill in working with his cast.
Barret

Barret

As the determined heroine, Sam, Michelle Mylett radiates with a nice sense of grit and innocence. Cody Ray Thompson, Adam Christie and Ana Alic all deliver as her fellow victim/friends, as well. Ry Barret, well known for such independent Canadian horrors as Desperate Souls, Psycho Ward and When A Tree Falls, compels with a star making charisma as the headstrong Chad, as well. Its a smaller role than the others, but Barret makes every moment of his screen time count.

You can keep up to date with Antisocial at https://www.facebook.com/AntisocialTheMovie and Breaking Glass Pictures at http://www.breakingglasspictures.com.

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Review: As Night Falls

Published November 23, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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While I am definitely not a party animal, I know better than to invite the ghosts of Depression era psychos over for some late night fun.

Unfortunately, As Night Falls’ zesty Elizabeth and her sassy younger sister, Lily, have no choice in the matter. A trio of spectral maniacs invades their house as their friends gather for an unexpected get-together. Blood, mayhem and comedy ensue.

Writer/Director Joe Davison works with inspired joy, here, combining elements of quirky indie drama, straight ahead slasher and slapstick horror. The tone of each of these elements doesn’t always gel, of course, and the middle section suffers from some spatial oddity and uneven performances. But, almost all imperfections can be forgiven as Davison gifts the world with some kick-ass female characters. Heroine Elizabeth, brilliantly enacted by indie terror powerhouse Deneen Melody, is an amusing, take-no-guff protagonist while Debbie Rochon fully throws off all her horror related celebrity, completely dissolving into the wild, spirit ridden madness of Nelly Trine. The sight of Rochon/Trine dementedly cackling while attacking a quartet of scrambling victims, haphazardly fleeing in a van, is chilling fun and one of the film’s major triumphs.

The divine Melody and the highly amusing Cenac.

The divine Melody and the highly amusing Cenac.


Davison, also, finds magic in the interactions between his main cast. The moments involving Melody’s Elizabeth, a very fine Dwight Cenac (as her rocker boyfriend Otto), the bright eyed Lily Cardone as Holly and Davison, as the girls’ older brother, are pure cinematic gold.

More than anything, As Night Falls establishes Davison’s true love for the genre, leaving you eager to see what else he has to offer. He could definitely find himself growing into a major voice in horror with each ensuing project.

As Night Falls was released through Vicious Circle Films and Breaking Glass Pictures – http://www.breakingglasspictures.com – on November 12th, 2013. Further information on the project can be gathered at https://www.facebook.com/pages/As-Night-Falls.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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Review: 4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker

Published October 3, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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It’s always been Big Gay Horror Fan’s dream to be trapped in a house with three, hot young women!

No, seriously.

Well…okay, maybe not.

Still, for all those for whom this is a grand fantasy, 4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker illustrates how terrifying this scenario actually could be.

After discovering something unfortunate has happened to the sexy Bianca (voluptuous Tiffany S. Walker), Lori and her lover, Pam, along with her reserved sister Lily, soon find themselves trapped in the home that they are currently renting – with a demon that is hungry to consume their (nasty) souls.

What is ultimately most striking about this film, co-written and directed by Mike Campbell and Todd Johnson, is how it gets you to, ultimately, define what evil means to you. Nalusa Chito, the villainous soul taker here, entraps the various characters due to their promiscuity and adultery. Personally, I don’t believe those deeds make someone a bad person. Of course, someone still smarting, emotionally and medically, from a betrayal may totally disagree with me!

Those having seen the notorious Class Reunion Massacre (AKA The Redeemer: Son of Satan from 1978), in which lesbianism is portrayed as a deadly sin, may also find it interesting to see how Campbell and Johnson handle Lori (an agreeable Ashley Love) and Pam (vibrant Leah Verrill), the gay couple. Though Pam earns Chito’s consideration for her past actions, Lori is presented as a truly good woman. Pam earns viewer sympathy, though, for a pre-mayhem phone call wherein her father disowns her for being gay.

Aside from social issues, Campbell and Johnson manage a couple of nice moments of suspense involving Chito (a smooth Mike Campbell) and the performances of the main actresses jell nicely as the proceedings get taut and deadly. (Although, the opening moments involving the quartet do come off as awkward and false.) In particular, Katherine Browning, as Lily, makes for a haunted and resourceful final girl. You genuinely care for her by the film’s waning moments.

4 Dead Girls: The Soul Taker will be released by Breaking Glass Pictures (www.breakingglasspictures.com) and Vicious Circle Films on October 8th, 2013. Further information can be gained at http://www.facebook.com/breakingglasspictures.

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always fighting for his soul at http://www.facebook.com/biggayhorrorfan!

Until the next time –SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Review: An American Ghost Story

Published August 2, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Taking a different tact than recent haunted house epics like The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity and Sinister, the lead character in An American Ghost Story actually knows that there is something going on in the house he moves into. In fact, that is his exact reason for wanting to reside there.

Feeling unfulfilled in his life, wannabe writer Paul Anderson is determined to chronicle his adventures living in a haunted house. So when strange occurrences do start to happen in his new dwelling, he is pleased. His no nonsense girlfriend Stella (a solid, very personable Liesl Kopp) is less than thrilled, though. She becomes even less delighted when Paul quickly grows tired of the mild poltergeist style activities that the two are experiencing and becomes obsessed with meeting the murderous entity that supposedly skitters throughout the rooms of his current abode.

Working with a slow boil from Stephen Twardokus’ very simple yet natural script, director Derek Cole builds some believable tension here. Cole seems to empathize with the character of Anderson, played with effortless understanding by Twardokus, and builds his descent into frustrated ambition with ease. Therefore, those looking for a quieter character study with scare elements, more than an out and out horror film, should find much to enjoy with this work.

Cole does deliver on the fright front, though, skillfully managing to turn a simple bed sheet into an object of deadly menace on more than one occasion – a considerable feat. Even the predictable shock ending, reminiscent (in effect if not execution) of everything from the final moments of I Know What You Did Last Summer to John Carpenter’s The Ward, doesn’t leave a cinematic smudge on what has occurred before it.

An American Ghost Story will be released on DVD on August 20th (2013) from Breaking Glass Pictures.

More information on the project can be gained from http://www.breakingglasspictures.com and http://www.facebook.com/breakingglasspictures.

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is decidedly avoiding all unworldly entities in his apartment complex at http://www.facebook.com/biggayhorrorfan!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!