*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Vertical Entertainment.
Director: David Hackl.
Writers: Jack Reher and Guy Moshe.
Cast: James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn and Billy Bob Thornton.
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“When a grizzly gets angry, they don't give a shit whether you're a logger or a treehugger. All of you taste the same.”
David Hackl (Saw V) and his all-star cast take you deep into Alaska's picturesque woods in search of a killer bear in Into The Grizzly Maze. The film, which was actually shot in Vancouver, is an intense thriller with a clear moral agenda—to raise awareness about our destructive role in environmental degradation. While the film's message is strong, it's not too heavy-handed in its delivery, still allowing for an action-packed “natural horror”adventure. Though unnecessary, the celebrity cast makes for a more enjoyable watch; it's fun to see big name actors like Billy Bob Thornton (Monster's Ball) venture into the woods, looking to take on a blood-thirsty beast. Albeit not as gripping as one might hope, the story serves a purpose, and the stunning scenery as well as Bart the Bear (Into the Wild) are sure to please. Despite a couple of dull stereotypical characters and tropes, and the needless use of CGI in a few scenes, getting lost inside the Grizzly Maze isn't all that bad.
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Director: Tom Green.
Writers: Tom Green and Jay Basu.
Cast: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Parker Sawyers.
Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to Gareth Edwards' 2010 film, Monsters. The sequel takes place ten years after the first, when the threat has reached a global scale. The only thing the two films share is the fact that the monsters themselves play a minor role, and that they lack entertainment value. Other than that, the two films are essentially unrelated. In Dark Continent, writer/director Tom Green (not of "The Tom Green Show") revolves his story around a group of infantile roughneck soldiers from the ruins of Detroit who have been recruited to head to the Middle East for a special mission. Unfortunately, Green's own mission is not clear—is this a sci-fi action flick, a creature-feature, or a war film? Whatever the case, neither was executed well. Furthermore, the film's message is a bit foggy; it's hard to decide whether this is a pro or anti-America film, and also who Green's audience is—sci-fi nerds, war movie enthusiasts, or a pack of dim-witted bros. The latter being the more educated guess.
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Also published in the August/September 2015 issue of Absolute Underground Magazine
Writer/Director: Tom Six.
Cast: Dieter Laser, Lawrence R Harvey, Bree Olson, Tom Six and Eric Roberts.
From the bowels of a hot Texas prison comes the third and final instalment of Tom Six's infamous Human Centipede trilogy, The Human Centipede 3: (Final Sequence). If you are a fan of the first two Centipede films, you'll fall mouth-to-ass with this one. If you're not a fan of the first two, or even if you haven't seen them, this film is still digestible. That's the beauty of Six's trilogy—three solid films that work well stitched together, but can also be pulled apart and appreciated on their own. The Final Sequence is not for the squeamish, but it is also not as dark as the first two. Although the film easily tips the gore scale, this one is even more of a black comedy than the previous. If you’re into completely disgusting, nihilistic gore fests that make you bust your guts with laughter, then grab your diapers, fasten your bibs and get ready for the messy, glorious feast that is The Human Centipede 3!
In this grand finale. . .(cont)
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Also published in the June/July 2015 issue of Absolute Underground Magazine.
Romain Basset's feature film debut, Horsehead, is conceptually and stylistically cool, but its story makes you work at piecing things together—if you're not careful, you could miss the mark. The film follows in the tradition of other dreamscape horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Cell, with the protagonist purposely falling into a dream state in order to solve a mystery and/or defeat the enemy. In Horsehead, the lovely Jessica, who studies the power of lucid dreaming, grapples with nightmares. While attempting to control her dreams, she unearths a sinister family secret. However intriguing, this film will have you wishing that you were in your own lucid dream, taking hold of the reins, so you could gain a better understanding of what is happening.
Horsehead begins inside one of Jessica's (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) nightmares. . . (cont)