Lovely Molly (2012)
US (dir. Eduardo Sanchez)
Cast: Grethchen Lodge, Alexandra Holden, Johnny Lewis
Synopsis: When newlywed Molly Reynolds returns to her long-abandoned family home, reminders of a nightmarish childhood begin seeping into her new life. A malevolent force, whether her own haunted past or some supernatural ‘thing,’ tirelessly seeks to overwhelm her. Alone and isolated in a centuries-old manor, she soon begins an inexorable descent into depravity. Somewhere in the house, in the terrible space between psychosis and possession, lies an evil that will pull Molly and all those around her into darkness and death.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
US (dir. Scott Derrickson)
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Fred Dalton Thompson , Michael Hall D’Addario , Clare Foley , Rob Riley , Tavis Smiley , Janet Zappala , Victoria Leigh , Cameron Ocasio , Ethan Haberfield , Danielle Kotch , Blake Mizrahi , Nick King , Claire Foley
Synopsis: A true crime novelist discovers a box of mysterious, disturbing home movies that plunge his family into a nightmarish experience of supernatural horror.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
US (dir. Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Cast: Chris Smith, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Katie Featherston, Jessica Tyler Brown, Sprague Grayden
Synopsis: In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
US (dir. James Wan)
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey, Andrew Astor, Heather Tocquigny, Ruben Pla, John Henry Binder, Joseph Bishara, Philip Friedman, J LaRose, Kelly Devoto, Corbett Tuck, Leigh Whannell, Chelsea Tavares
Synopsis: Josh and Renai have a happy family with their three young children. When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
US (dir. Bill Paxton)
Cast: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matt O’Leary, Jeremy Sumpter, Luke Askew, Derk Cheetwood, Missy Crider, Cynthia Ettinger, Alan Davidson, Vincent Chase, Gwen McGee, Lance E. Nichols, Edgar Davis, Levi Kreis, Edmond Scott Ratliff, Rebecca Tilney, Blake King, Brad Berryhill, Greg Serano, Jim Flowers, John Paxton, Richard A. Bell, Chelsea Blain Butler, Jennifer Drake, Betty Gurule
Synopsis: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.”
Review: It seems as though a lot of people consider “Frailty” to be one of the great, underrated horror films of the 21st century. Surprisingly directed by, and starring, forgettable actor Bill
Pullman Paxton (from “Aliens” and, well, “Twister”) this suspense-laden, psychological, religious horror/thriller is fairly suspenseful and disturbing, but at the same time it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. It’s good, but it’s by no means fantastic. In fact, it would take an entire re-working of the film’s final act to make this more than just above average.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
US (dir. Tod Williams)
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Seth Ginsberg, William Juan Prieto, Jackson Xenia Prieto, Vivis Colombetti, David Bierend
Synopsis: After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
Review: As a professed fan of the original, it was a no-brainer that I would be first in line to check out the sequel, albeit a tad reluctantly. A part of me had hoped that there would be no sequel at all, since the first film did more than enough to satisfy me. And let’s face it, sequels, more often than not, fail to live up to the impact of the first film, as Randy from “Scream 2” would infamously argue. However there’s nothing quite like capitalizing on the astronomical success of “Paranormal Activity”, so you can’t really blame the producers of the sequel for trying. Whether or not the sequel would be a critical darling would hardly be a point of concern when the film would almost be guaranteed to earn millions in the first day of its release. Would “Paranormal Activity 2” (or “Paranormal 2 Activity”, as the one-sheet calls it) be a worthy follow up, scaring the shit out of audiences everywhere as its predecessor had done? Would it surpass the original in terms of quality now that any shortcomings of “Paranormal Activity” could be improved upon? In short, no. There’s nothing to see here except the redundant application of the exact same formula followed by the original. There’s nothing new, nothing ground-breaking, and while the story is further developed, the plot is formulaic and the film feels like a really poor carbon copy of “Paranormal Activity”.
The Graves (2010)
US (dir. Brian Pulido)
Cast: Clare Grant, Jillian Murray, Bill Moseley, Randy Blythe, Tony Todd
Synopsis: Megan and Abby Graves are inseparable sisters that couldn’t be less alike. Megan just graduated ASU with a marketing degree. She’s a self-assured, naturally attractive rock chick with a black belt that she likes to use. Abby just barely graduated high school. She’s a cute, Hot Topic Goth who’s caustic and afraid of her own shadow. They share one thing: a life-long obsession with comics and pop culture. Simply put, they are beautiful geeks. In a few days, Megan will start a new job at in New York. To send her off in style, the sisters go on a wild, pop culture bender that includes a trip to uncharted Arizona in search of a kitschy roadside attraction. Instead, Megan and Abby happen on Skull City Mine, a weather-beaten, abandoned mine town converted into a self-guided tour. But Skull City harbors terrible, vexing secrets. It appears to be haunted. Its caretakers are murderous. Victims’ souls are ripped from their bodies right before their eyes, and that’s only the beginning. When Megan suffers a near mortal wound, Abby must save her sister, but to do so, she must unlock the mystery of Skull City alone. Can Abby defeat the threats of Skull City and rescue Megan or are they doomed like all the other tourists before them?
Review: And at the bottom of the 2010 Afterdark Horrorfest lies this giant turd of a film which I’m most definitely dubbing as worst of Horrorfest 4. “The Graves” is a great example of how amateur directing, a low budget, and one fucking terrible script can combine to create a perfect shit-storm of… well… crap. I have nothing against first-time directors making an attempt to hone their craft with little money to spare, and I certainly have nothing against far-fetched plots in horror movies (because, let’s face it, so many of them are pretty out there), but when blended together into “The Graves”, the results are embarrassingly bad – so bad that I would suggest you stay the hell away from this crap fest and go watch something better.