• Oct. 9th, 2015
  • Thriller / Suspense
  • 99 Minutes


Knock Knock is Eli Roth’s newest film following The Green Inferno and just like Green Inferno, in short, this one is horrible as well.

When loving husband Evan is left home for work while his family is away, he gets a two female guests at his front door during a storm claiming to be lost. After letting them in and dirty escapades occurring we soon start to see that these two woman are not as safe as they appear to be as they start nearly torturing the man who opened his home to them.

While Knock Knock leaves the simple premise there they soon introduce many points in which I assume they want to make you think about. Throughout the horrible twists and moments that are presented during the film it’s sometimes hard to know who is the villain or who to root for. Do you hate Evan for cheating on his wife? Blame the women for setting him up? The longer the film goes the more it begins to make zero sense.

Keanu Reeves might be one of the best parts of the film. He plays his role well and for the most part is a likable character. Eli Roth again casts his wife Lorenza Izzo in a main role, where again you see that she can’t act to save her life. Between her, other lead actress Ana de Armas, and the dialog many scenes that should be serious instead turn into a bad comedy. It doesn’t help the film either that it has a incredible slow build up either, the film will very easily lose many during the beginning I’d imagine.

Overall Knock Knock is another bad strike for Eli Roth this year. Between a story that can’t decide what it wants to be, horrible acting and dialog, and a slow pace Knock Knock doesn’t seem to deliver in any aspects.


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  • Oct. 16th, 2015
  • Action
  • 103 Minutes


The thought of Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black was met with many varied opinions when news had hit a while back, not only based on the casting decision but the fact of having a huge series of books with no connection being thrown into one film left fans worried. Upon release though I feel like everyone should be pleasantly surprised.

The story follows Zach, a teenage boy moving to a new small town with his mother who was hired as the high school principle. Soon though upon meeting the new girl next door and her odd overly protective dad he begins to think that something is wrong and upon breaking in with a new friend of his discover a room full of locked books. Accidentally unlocking one however he soon realizes that once opened the monsters from the Goosebumps book comes to life. Now with all the books being opened and destroyed by ringleader Slappy The Dummy, Zach, his new friends, and none other then the author himself RL Stine must figure out a way to capture the monsters and bring them back into the books.

Goosebumps keep the complex story at a minimum with the main premise of monsters destroying the city being the main focus, it does however throw in subplots of love, dealing with the death of a family member, friendship. being an outcast and standing up for your actions.  Unlike most children’s film that attempt to incorporate these views though I found them to actually work well for Goosebumps. Especially the love angle and being alone angles that are dealt with in the final act come across as genuine and actually manage to hit your emotions.

As for the monsters themselves the CGI in this film is quite incredible in bringing these beloved monsters to life. While of course everyone will wish their favorite one had more screen time, Goosebumps does manage to showcase a wide range of them. Making Slappy the leader of them was a wise move as well and anytime Slappy on screen brings a mix of comedy and horror that works great.

Jack Black as RL Stine works out a lot better then expected. Black plays a much more over the top and eccentric version of how Stine actually is. The side roles for the children are good enough to not worry about but Jack Black (and the monsters) steal the show.

Overall Goosebumps is a extremely enjoyable family friendly monster film. It does the Goosebumps name justice and hopefully kicks off a series of films like this.


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  • Xbox One / PS4 / PC
  • Oct. 11th, 2015
  • EA / EA Digital Illusions CE


For years now fans have hoped for a new game in the Star Wars Battlefront series and when news finally hit that the next gen consoles would be receiving one made by EA and the guys that did the Battlefront games fans had high hopes for what they’ve been waiting years for. Sadly though it looks like our hopes should of been lowered some.

Battlefront online is mainly large scale battles with usually a objective at point to capture and defend in this beta. They have taken and used the Battlefield formula of game play style into this game so most fans should feel somewhat at home. They did seem to leave some features behind such as the slide (since it wouldn’t be practical I assume) and since you have a gun that fires lasers instead of reloading you simply can overcharge your gun which then prompts a active reload meter similar to Gears Of War.

For the game play though I often found it to be quite boring. Maps are wide and open and I often found myself wondering around only to be shot by someone far away blending into the bland maps. Since guns have no recoil really as well if you can hide well and are able to spot enemies you can be picking people off. Which brings me to my next point of just like the Battlefront games, spawn camping is a problem as numerous times I found myself spawning to make one step only to be gunned down.

As expected as well they have vehicles and items you can get throughout the map but sadly they are just displayed as icons and not as an actual item. You won’t be running up to a walker and climbing in, instead just running into something to then be teleported to one.

Visually I found the game to be lacking. Maps have a ever so generic look to them and in regards to one map is mainly just small white hills and holes in the ground. I thought for being a Star Wars game the maps would be much better with some detail. Also unlike the Battlefield games very little in this game is destructible.

Overall what I hoped for Battlefront ended up as a disappointment. Maybe things will be changed and the final game will be an improvement but as of now the beta has lowered my interest in the game to cancel my pre-order and maybe wait for a price drop.


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  • Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4
  • Sept, 29th, 2015
  • Robmodo, Distruptive Games, Activision


In the past eras of gaming the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series are pumped out some of the most highly acclaimed games around though in more recent times they attempted to change the series only to lead to huge flops. Now though we have Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5, a throwback in an attempt to bring the ever so beloved series back to it’s roots. From the looks of it however they should of just left it alone.

Going back to the old school games, THPS5 has you going through a list of smallish levels completing goals ranging from Simon Says with skate tricks, collecting or destroying things, or putting you a timer to complete various things. Now this is like how the older games were, they did however take away the timer that would end you session and instead give you unlimited time between goals to skate around at your leisure. Sadly though all goals are just rehashed per level and become tiresome quickly.

Gone as well are interested level designs. Every level in the game just feels bland and uninspired. From generic skate park to a beach and a rooftop all levels just feel like they lack the substance for a fun session. No layouts with the intent for insane combos seem to be there but instead just ramps and rails are thrown around. Since THPS5 also has the graphics of a game made 10 years ago you will also notice the spotty textures and muddy looking levels along with constant clipping or seeing your character go through objects. Also with grinding they have implemented a new slam feature that instead of going straight into a grind slams your skater downwards. Now from the visual aspect alone this move looks ridiculous but from a game play standpoint it often killed momentum for me causing me to miss grinds or cause my player to glitch into something.

For being a newer game too THPS5 sure has a lot of moments which take you out of the game. Loading up a goal causes a loud screen as does finishing one. Loading up the instructions for said goal causes a wait, then accepting causes another wait. God forbid you mess up and have to restart because then you must wait again. It really does take you out of the feel of gameplay when occurrences like this constantly occur and from what modern games are doing to avoid these multi second pauses truly shows how far behind times this game is.

Another problem I found as well is that even if you pick single player after doing a goal I was often just thrown back into a online session. By doing so it often made the game slower almost as if it couldn’t handle it sometimes and added unwanted loading. Picking single player then was almost defunct if you wanted to completed objectives. I found the online freeskate pointless as well as it really just was people skating around each other in no one interacting or creating a unique online game at all unless you can get people to do co-op goals with you. Even there however the game is missing some key  online modes that were popular in former games.

From the fact that day one this game needed a major patch to make it even functional threw THPS5 a curve it couldn’t avoid. Even with the patch however the frame rate issues, glitches, technical pop ups and such are so major you just can’t ignore them. They are bad in single player but get almost unbearable with in user created levels sometimes making things unplayable. In single player games you sometimes have to pause and go to the goals option to start a goal because the icon in game won’t work to activate it or the fact that the game sometimes won’t even alert you to know that you unlocked enough stars to go to the next level. THPS5 will go down in 2015 for being one of the most unpolished games.

Overall THPS5 is just one big let down and to ask $60 for a game like this is just a joke. There really is nothing fun here, I found myself having fun skating around for a very minuscule amount of time. The game itself is just behind times, the age where a game like this being acceptable is long past especially when your asking such a high price for it. Adding in how unpolished this is just buries the game. THPS5 is bad, really bad and should be avoided like Tony Hawk Ride was.


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  • Sept. 11th, 2015
  • Horror / Thriller
  • 94 Minutes


From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan who has thrown out an array of films ranging from great to downright horrible comes “The Visit” which will forever be towards the bottom of his list of films.

We follow two children, Becca and Tyler, who after convincing their mom finally decide to visit for their grandparents who they have never met before for a week. Soon after though they start to see that their grandparents may not be just as normal as they had hoped for and that the weird things that keep happening may be putting them at a risk they never expected.

Now The Visit is something that could be hard to make a spoiler free review about because as with most Shyamalan movies the entire film is a lead up to the twist and the last 15 or so minutes after that. Now the twist here is just one of many things wrong. I personally found the huge shocker presented in the film to be incredibly odd and not in a good way. It really is just thrown there while also commonly being guessed about half way through the film. To try and deter this though they throw an entire aliens sub plot in the film that ultimately goes no where and leads to nothing. As with most things in this film it just adds nothing.

For being a thriller / horror film as well I didn’t find either aspect there. The Visit sometimes seems to forget what it is going for. Part thriller, part comedy, part horror, part heartfelt film yet none of them truly work. I will say the heartfelt more emotional scenes they added to the story were vastly out of place and not needed at all. I felt like they had someone brought the film down even more.

Overall The Visit ends up being a boring film to view based off a bad story, a twist that makes you laugh at it, and just too many scenes meant to be heartfelt or suspenseful or scary that end up being boring and laughed at. M Night Shyamalan was hoping for a comeback but instead I he delivered another flop in my eyes.


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  • August 23rd, 2015
  • Horror
  • 14 Minutes

El Gigante was a short film shown before “Cannibal Holocaust” as part of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival and this without a doubt, by far, is my favorite horror short film I’ve ever had the honor to see.

For being a short film El Gigante manages to give you enough of a story to build up for the events that happen. We see a man, seemingly attempting to cross the border when he meets another man who tosses him what appears to be water only for the liquid to then knock him unconscious. He then awakens inside a wrestling ring with a mask sown onto his face and neck only to realize that he is about to have to fight for his life against a giant luchadore while his family of cannibal psychos watch.

From here on we witness one of El Gigante’s strongest suits which is the make up and effects. For a budget of around $8,000 this short film has better looking make up and blood then most big budget films. The blood looks the right tone of blood and thick enough while the makeup and masks done are just phenomenal. Even the smaller things like seeing the mask sown onto the guys neck is just amazing.

The cinematography though in this film truly puts it into big budget films. From being able to catch the perfect action moment with the right lighting to knowing the best angle or location to shoot shows that directors Co-Director Luke Bramley and Director Gigi Saul Guerrero have a long future ahead of them.

El Gigante is a film that everyone should watch, go into it with little knowledge and I promise it’ll have to talking about it with everyone that listens. El Gigante is the perfect short film, one I hope to see expanded one day, and one that everyone should watch. No questions asked.

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Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival


  • August 28th, 2015
  • Action
  • 93 Minutes


Turbo Kid is a throwback to what it would be like if Mad Max and Power Rangers had a kid with the blood and gore of Evil Dead in the VHS era and it does great with it.

Plot isn’t something that Turbo Kid dwells too deep into. We follow “The Kid” who is a lone kid in a post apocalyptic wasteland on his own trying to survive. Upon making a new female friend named “Apple” and stumbling upon a outfit and weapon that practically turns him into his favorite comic book hero, The Kid ends up in a battle across the wasteland facing an evil overlord.

You’ll see most twists coming from the film and while the plot may not be deep or much new it does the job of keeping you involved in the story. What it does have though is its charm. From The Kid who becomes a likable character, to the deserted world where bikes are the transportation method to a group of villains straight out of a 80’s film. It may not scream original but it makes it all work for it.

What really works best for the film are three things; Apple, the soundtrack and the gore. Apply (played by Laurence Leboeuf) is one of the most poppy, cheery, funny, and most lovable characters in recent memory. She’s truly brightens up each scene she is in and is a real delight to watch. The soundtrack is the lovechild of pure 80’s synth music and fits the film and style it’s going for it great. To top it off though are the action scenes while being comical at times are just filled with blood and gore galore. The end fight scene and arena scene will have you cheering and smiling at the gore and homage to it’s predecessor films that inspired it.

My major gripe with the film however is the pacing. Often times between action scenes or enticing character scenes I thought the film began to drag on. I might have been expecting more action in the film and I believe it could have used such. Since the pace of the film had began to slow it would draw me out of the film more then it should of.

Overall though Turbo Kid is a great throwback to 80’s VHS style action films. With some great gore, an amazing soundtrack and some lovable characters this ends up being a entertaining viewing and one that I would recommend.


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Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival


  • September 3rd, 2015
  • Horror / Thriller
  • 78 Minutes


Another U.S. Premiere during Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival was “Contracted : Phase 2”, a gory thrilling virus film.

We follow Riley (Matt Mercer) who after becoming infected from a previous person (shown in a flashback to a scene from the first film) starts to show extreme symptoms he starts a mad race to not only find who is causing the infections but also stop him before it kills him and everyone else. Now having not seen the first Contracted film I can say that this one can be viewed and followed very easily because of the flashbacks and info they give during the film to clue everyone in. It’s a good easy story that moves along at a good pace setting itself up for the big moments.

Now once the film gets going though it does not give up. This is a film with several cringe worthy moments. A good virus film with some great effects that really show the mutations that the body is having because of the virus. From maggots and puss coming out of wounds to one scene which you make you cautious to ever touch your eye again Contracted makes sure to bring the horror aspect of this film into full swing. We also do get the thriller aspect with Riley’s race against time to find who is causing this leading to one action scene in a hospital which is over the top in the best way.

Contracted Phase 2 also has some good acting followed by some enjoyable characters. I found myself enjoying the screen time of a few of them. The acting holds up as well. Matt Mercer is able to carry the film enough with the support of his cast.

Overall Contracted Phase 2 is a lot of fun. Even without seeing the first you’ll be drawn into this film and talking about some of the gory scenes after it’s over. This is one virus film that stands out above the rest.


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Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival

  • January 15th, 2015
  • Thriller
  • 75 Minutes


Body seemed to be the oddball film of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival as it wasn’t horror but instead more of a gripping thriller drama.

We follow three college friends home for the holidays when instead of calling it a early night decide to go out and have fun. After following one friends idea to go to what they assume is a empty mansion one little situation randomly occurs that throws the entire night sprawling downward with each friend making a different story about what is happening and each plotting a different way to handle it.

What makes Body such a good film though is the progress of the story as it develops. Once the film starts rolling it doesn’t stop. I found myself sitting there watching each girl plot what to do and trying to figure out what could possibly happen as Body has such a story that it could play out in a thousand different ways.

Just as the story develops you also see each character change and show their true ways as everything starts to pile up. The characters you see at the beginning of the film almost couldn’t be farther then the end product.

Body is a film that might be hard to write about without giving it away but it’s one film that the less you know about it the better. It’s a thriller that once it starts will hook you in. With a twisting story along with great character progression Body will leave you talking about it for a while.


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Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival


  • August 22nd, 2015 (US Premiere)
  • Horror
  • 88 Minutes


Review And Film Intended For Ages 18 & Up!

Closing out the 3rd day of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival was the U.S. Premiere of Bunny The Killer Thing, by far the oddest movie of the entire fest.

When a group of friends go on a trip up their families cabin for the weekend then along the way pickup a few random people whose car broke down, they never assumed they would be hunted while up there. Soon they find that they are being tormented and chased by a sex crazed half man half bunny who seems to only be interested in one thing.

This story is far out there. It doesn’t go deep, it knows what it is and doesn’t mess with it. We are here to see a group of people just chased down by a killer bunny with a giant human male penis. I wish I was joking but it’s true. This is a bunny who runs around (with the camera focusing on it) and rapes people to death.

Bunny The Killer thing is a horror film from Finland who seems intent on trying to offend or shock as many people as possible. It succeeds in that too. Even looking away from the bunny aspect of the film, all female characters are shallow really while male characters just chase after the women. They even included a woman on woman rape scene to add to it. The film goes for shock and awe. It has the sex aspect and fills it up with some gory moments.

Even with the offensive aspects of the film, Bunny The Killer thing is incredibly goofy. I did find myself laughing and just wondering what I was watching during it. It’s not a film to take seriously, nor is it a great one but it will give you something to tell others about for a bit and is worth a laugh for a one time viewing.


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Press Pass Provided By Wizard World & Film Viewed As Part Of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival