Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fantasia Film Festival 2018: COLD SKIN review

Running Time: 1hr 48min
Release Date: July 15, 2018 (Fantasia Fest)
Written by: Jesus Olmo and Eron Sheean (screenplay), Albert Sanchez Pinol (novel)
Directed by: Xavier Gens

Review by: Stacey



I think what initially drew me to wanting to see Xavier Gen's adaptation of the novel, Cold Skin, was the poster art above. Check that cool shit out. Then the plot synopsis got me; if it takes place near the Arctic and involves creatures I'm immediately thrown into John Carpenter's The Thing and am all in. Cold Skin isn't as balls out and gross as the Carpenter classic and unfortunately, it's not going to be as memorable either.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Fantasia Film Festival 2018: THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW review

Running Time: 1hr 17min
Release Date: July 23, 2018 (Fantasia Fest)
Written/Directed by: Andy Mitton

Review by: Stacey



Call me a sucker for any supernatural flicks involving witches, double points if it takes place in rural farmhouses. Oh hey, whaddya know, Andy Mitton's The Witch in the Window has all of that! Ok, it has all of that but doesn't exactly go down like you would think it does.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fantasia Film Festival 2018: PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH

Running Time: 1hr 24min
Release Date: July 21, 2018 (Fantasia Fest), Aug 17 (theatrical/VOD)
Written by: S. Craig Zahler
Directed by: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund

Review by: Stacey



Man, I have such fond memories of renting the earlier titles on VHS when I was a little gal and not so much being scare of them, but being fun-scared! Is that a thing? Well, I'm making it a thing! You know what I mean, though? The puppets were murderous and ugly and creepy and I should have been TERRIFIED of them flat out, but they were also almost like the anti-heroes and at times I would find myself rooting for them.

It doesn't seem like that's the case in Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, however. The master, Toulon (played by none other than Udo Kier), was an evil one this time around, and his minions followed suit, killing innocent (for the most part) people. At the writing helm was S. Craig Zahler who was responsible for films like Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, so I knew it was going to be a bloody good time.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fantasia Film Festival 2018: THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT

Running Time: 1hr 38min
Release Date: July 20, 2018 (Fantasia Fest)
Written/Directed by:  Robert D. Krzykowski

Review by: Stacey



I know I wasn't the only one who was really excited to see Krzykowski's feature length debut based off of the title alone- but couple that with THE Sam Elliott in the lead?? C'mon, it was a no-brainer that I was going to have to see this with my own eyes and report back to my readers about this one. And check out that awesome poster (I was tweeted earlier today and informed that the poster art was created by Johnny Tabor)!

Ok ok, I'm going to have to pump the brakes and let you all know that what you're going to find yourself getting into isn't exactly what you're thinking. And I can say that confidently because I'm sure that we ALL had an idea of what we thought this movie was going to be about. Well, it wasn't exactly...and that's not a bad thing!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fantasia Film Festival 2018: THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD

Running Time: 1hr 33min
Release Date: July 13, 2018 (Fantasia Fest)
Written by: Pit Agarmen (novel), Jeremie Guez, Guillaume Lemans, Dominique Rocher
Directed by: Dominique Rocher

Review by: Stacey



I'm not going to lie, I went into this one already a little apprehensive because I feel like I've been burned out on zombie flicks for quite some time now and figured I was going to be given another variation of the same tired old story that we've seen too many times. Well, while I was surprised to find that The Night Eats The World wasn't just another rehashed zombie flick, I ended up wishing it had been...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

THE NUN trailer dropped today!

If you saw The Conjuring 2 then you're well aware of the demon ass nun in the movie. Well, they decided to give her her own spin-off movie cleverly titled The Nun (directed by Corin Hardy).

The trailer dropped today and it looks spoooooky, ya'll. I'm a huge fan of The Conjuring universe, and this one is already looking super dark. Who else is excited for it?

Check it out below!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hereditary (2018)

Running Time: 2hr 7min
Release Date: June 8, 2018
Written/Directed by: Ari Aster

Review by: Stacey



HOLY SHIT. You guys, I'm not sure if I can fully comprehend what I watched. I don't want to over-hype this or anything but...Hereditary is going down as the scariest movie I've seen yet. Yes, that is quite the lofty statement but I would be wrong if told y'all it wasn't. Now, I'm going to try and be as thorough but as vague as possible because I don't want to give anything away, so bear with me!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New "Charlie" trailer for HEREDITARY. HOLY HELL.

I have been impatiently waiting for 2018's Hereditary to be released (June 8th) so this new trailer that was just released is making me even more antsy!  You guys, it looks INTENSE.

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Annihilation (2018)

Running Time: 1hr 55min
Release Date: February 23, 2019
Written by: Alex Garland (screenplay), Jeff VanderMeer (based on the novel by)
Directed by: Alex Garland

Review by: Stacey



Prior to its release, there was some studio hooplah with Annihilation and whether it would garner any kind of love from moviegoers as Paramount said it was "too intellectual". They weren't wrong- the movie made me sit back and think the entire time I was watching it, but it wasn't a bad thing.  I admit, I felt a bit stupid at times during my viewing, but I appreciated that and don't particularly care for my movies to spoon feed me every bit of a scene.  However, as more and more people see the movie, I can only imagine how divisive this one will be but I can say with every bit of me- IT WAS SO GOOD.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Horror Huddle w/ Stacey-Beth & Ash: NIGHTWORLD (2017)

On this episode of HORROR HUDDLE, we talk the freshly released to Netflix flick, NIGHTWORLD, starring Jason London and Robert Englund.  It's not the best and we have no problem saying so- from the forced dialogue to awkward sex scenes, this isn't going to be on anyone's top end of the year lists.


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Triangle (2016)

Running Time: 1hr 34min
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Written/Directed by: David Blair, Nathaniel Peterson, Adam Pitman, Andrew Rizzo, Adam Stilwell

Review by: Stacey



A found footage movie about a "cult"?  Sign me up!  I had actually heard about The Triangle (not to be confused with '09s time-bending Triangle) a while back, but what drew me to it (ff and cults) was also what turned me off to rushing to see it.  As I've mentioned several times before, the sub-genre is a guilty pleasure of mine, but also one that is FULL of more misses than hits, so I usually go into these with some trepidation; not to mention most horror flicks about cults seem to follow the same formula.  I was sure The Triangle was going to follow in the same footsteps as movies like The Sacrament, but lemme tell ya, I was pretty surprised by this one.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2018: Last House on the Left special guests and Arrow Video release!

As if I needed more of a reason for us here at To Avoid Fainting to attend this year's TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND horror con (yes, we will be there this year)!

TFW has just announced some awesome guests and a super rad Arrow Video release that I will most definitely need to be getting my hands on.

"Texas Frightmare Weekend Presenting Sponsor Arrow Video is bringing two very special guests to our May 4-6 event. In celebration of Arrow Video’s upcoming and previously unannounced release of Last House on the Left please welcome Jeramie Rain and Marc Sheffler!

 We're also very excited to give you a first look at the cover art by celebrated artist Paul Shipper."

While you're at it, check out my review for Last House on the Left, which also happens to be the first post I made for the site. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Keep Watching (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 29min
Release Date: Oct 31, 2018
Written by: Joseph Dembner
Directed by: Sean Carter

Review by: Stacey



You know something is up when a movie was shot 4 years before it's release, and when done so, is shown for only one night (Halloween) at 10pm.  It also seems like Bella Thorne is 0-2 when it comes to horror movies she stars in that end up in distribution hell with shit releases (Amityville: The Awakening).  There's a quote that floats around about not getting your hopes up, so then you won't be let down- that can definitely be applied to Keep Watching.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Horror Huddle w/ Stacey-Beth & Ash: DEATHGASM (2015)

(This one was filmed back in January 2017, sorry for the EXTRA late-ness!)

On this episode of HORROR HUDDLE, we got together and talked about New Zealand's horror comedy DEATHGASM.


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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mom and Dad (2018)

Running Time: 1hr 23min
Release Date: Jan 19, 2018
Written/Directed by: Brian Taylor

Review by: Stacey



When a movie immediately starts off with the implied death by train of an infant, you know you've stumbled on something wild.  It's not every day that you get to see a movie with Nic Cage intentionally acting insane because that's what his role calls for; and it's not too often that we get to see a movie where the parents are the ones going psycho and killing their children.  Mom and Dad ticked off a lot of boxes for me in terms of fun and silly.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Open House (2018)

Running Time: 1hr 34min
Release Date: Jan 19, 2018
Written/Directed by: Matt Angel/Suzanne Coote

Review by: Stacey



If you've been reading my reviews for a while now, you probably know that I never try to dissuade anyone from watching a movie, no matter how much I dislike it, so I usually follow that myself when someone tells me not to watch a movie; I like to form my own opinions, y'know?  This time though, I probably should have heeded everyone's warnings abut Netflix original The Open House.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Videodrome (1983)

Running Time: 1hr 27min
Release Date: Feb 4, 1983
Written/Directed by: David Cronenberg

Review by: Stacey



"Long Live The New Flesh!"

There's probably a lot to unpack about Cronenberg's eerily prophetic sci-fi-ish horror flick, Videodrome, when it comes to society and mass media but honestly I feel like I wouldn't be saying anything that hasn't already been waxed over by other sources.  I can, however, attest to the fact that Cronenberg was definitely on to something (whether he thought his ideas would ever actually come to fruition or not) with mass media/technology/reality tv becoming something that almost rules our lives these days.