In the fall of 1979, 20-year old director Sam Raimi and a group of his friends trudged out to a small cabin in the woods in the middle of Tennessee. Armed with their resources and imagination, they created one of the biggest cult films of all time, The Evil Dead. Steve Villeneuve’s documentary is a love letter to horror films in general and Evil Dead fans in particular. Through their love for this film, fans have bonded, communities have formed and special connections have been made. The film’s interviews include fans, film journalists, cast members and The Chin himself, --Mr. Bruce Campbell!
MY TAKE: What a fun documentary! In the tradition of other documentaries about the fans, whether they're fans of Star Trek, Harry Potter or the general horror genre, this film brings us the Deadites -- super fans of the Evil Dead films. Their stories are funny, outrageous and heartwarming. Whether you're a Deadite, a fan of the horror genre, or even if you're not, this is a good watch.
MY TAKE: Great atmosphere created in a short period of time with a fun, paranoia-affirming ending...but I'm afraid this short will do nothing to help the reputations of metal bands. ;)
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Romina (Lora Burke, Lifechanger, Poor Agnes) is a hard-working nurse and single mother who arrives to her home on Halloween night to find an enraged intruder, Chris (Nick Smyth, Late Night Double Feature) and his hostage, Alan (Colin Paradine, Defective). Chris claims that Alan did something unspeakable to his family and demands justice. Before they can figure out the truth, the house is beset by an army of helmet-wearing attackers. In their salute to siege films, co-directors Gabriel Carrer (The Demolisher) and Reese Eveneshen (Defective) have made a movie of intense emotion, jaw-dropping fight sequences and pulsating violence that will leave you shaken and thrilled.
MY TAKE: Wow, the tension--and the violence--builds to a dramatic and gory crescendo in this high action but minimal setting thriller. The tension is built expertly and there's blood a plenty for those who are fans of that sort of thing...including a couple "ew" moments where you really might wanna look away. And it's set and aired on Halloween, so that's fun, too!
MY TAKE: Very cool scarecrow prop/costume and the performer's movement acting is bang on. Another fun Halloween-themed movie for Halloween night!