The Fields Movie Review (2011)

If I had to pick a favorite film genre, and this is probably not going to surprise anyone…it has to be the Horror or Thriller genre. I loved to be scared. Safely scared, especially in an auditorium with 300+ strangers who feel just like me. I just can’t seem to get enough of that hair tingling sensation on the back of my neck when I’m torn between looking away from the screen or propping my eyes open with my fingers so I won’t miss a single frame of the scares.

I’d like to give a big thanks to our friends over at the Platform Media Group for sending me a DVD copy of the upcoming thriller, The Fields, directed and produced by Tom Mattera (The 4th Dimension) and David Mazzoni (The 4th Dimension) to review.

The Fields is an American Gothic tale set in the fall of 1973 and based on true events. The story revolves around young Steven (Joshua Ormond) who due to his miserable and quite frankly dangerous home life, for example Steven is woken up in the middle of the night and looks on in horror as his Father (Barry, played by Faust Checho) menacingly points a rifle at the boy’s Mother (Bonnie, played by Tara Reid), and is taken to his Father’s parents for a couple of weeks while Bonnie and Barry try to “work things out”.

His Grandparents, Gladys and Hiney’s (Played with absolute perfection by Cloris Leachman and Bev Appleton) secluded farm at first seems like a welcome and idyllic place for Steven and it is…or so it seems. The one thing that the feisty and foul-mouthed Gladys warns Steven is not to go into the corn field.

During his stay with his Grandparents, Steven is held in thrall by the news reports of the hideous Manson Family killing spree…and finds that he and his family are about to be wrapped up in a nightmarish situation that possibly has a connection with those horrific murders.

I’ll stop with my Spoilers here but beware the trailer below as it certainly dips a toe into SPOILER territory.

[Via] The Fields Official YouTube Channel

I found the movie to be an interesting thriller, digging into true life horror instead of a supernatural presence. The DVD will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray starting on April 24th, with a SRP of $24.99 for the DVD and $29.99 for the Blu-Ray version. The DVD and Blu-Ray special features include a makingof documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, Cloris Leachman outtakes, interviews with the real people involved and clips from the world premiere.

5 Star Day Movie Review (2010)

In my youth, I’m talking as a child here, maybe seven or eight years old…I was incredibly drawn to the signs of the Zodiac. It probably had something to do with the way my Grandmother and Great Grandmother described the horoscopes in our local newspaper to me everyday…to my young ears it sounded like I was in the most important club of all time, the Pisceans! It was most certainly fueled further by the Zodiac signs being incorporated into the mythos of the Battlestar Galactica series back in 1978 and the Re-Imagining in 2004. While I never gave much thought to Astrology, my Great Grandmother certainly did, so I’ve always been entertained by it all to say the least.

When our friends at the Platform Media Group were kind enough to send me a review copy of Danny Buday’s (A&E’s Biography) debut film, 5 Star Day, I was quite interested when I learned that Astrology is the main character’s motivation or his quest to disprove it all rather.

The story revolves around Jake Gibson (Cam Gigandet), a guy that would seem to put a bit of stock in his daily horoscopes. The newspaper proclaims he is going to have a 5 star day and what can make that better than with it falling on your birthday? Well…all in one day he loses his job, finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him, and has his car stolen. That is one bad birthday no matter how you cut it but Jake decides that for his Ethics Class thesis he is going to disprove Astrology once and for all. How? By hitting the road and finding the three other people that were born on the same day at the same hospital at roughly the same time as himself. This ‘adventure’ will lead him to cross paths with Sarah (Jena Malone), Yvette (Brooklyn Sudano), and Wesley (Max Hartman). Interviewing them on his video camera for his thesis he is determined to learn how their own birthdays played out and not to step too deeply into spoilers here but…they didn’t exactly have the greatest things happen to them either.

While not in subject matter obviously, the film reminded me a bit of Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites from 1994. It just had the same feeling for a lack of a better word. I was very happy to see character actors, Nick Chinlund (Training Day, ConAir, Chronicles of Riddick) as Jake’s Professor of Ethics and the always awesome Mark Boone Junior (Memento, Batman Begins, 30 Days of Night) as the Homeless Prophet (This character needs his own film).

5 Star Day has toured the circuits and taken Best Feature at the Stony Brook Film Festival, and was the opening night film at the Newport Beach Film festival, closing night film at the Beverly Hills Film and New Media Festival and played in my neck of the woods in fact at a local film festival.

I found the film to be moving and the cast did a fantastic job, I particularly enjoyed the work of Max Hartman as Wesley, a lounge singer in the style of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. In fact Max sings his own songs in the film and is really good!

5 Star Day is hitting your favorite digital entertainment providers and physical store shelves on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday, February 7th. Which is kind of funny in a way, the characters in the film were born on February 6th.

Night Terrors Series: Phase 7 DVD Giveaway Winner!

A huge thanks again to our friends over at Platform Media Group as well as The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects for this DVD giveaway opportunity for the wonderful Phase 7 horror film.

Our lucky winner for the Phase 7 DVD is Saturday World, so please join me in giving him a mighty congrats! The DVD should be sent out on Monday and thanks again to everyone who entered.

Night Terrors Series: Phase 7 DVD Giveaway!

A huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group as well as the The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects for this DVD giveaway opportunity for the wonderful Phase 7 horror film.

Heralded for its clever combination of humor and gore, PHASE 7 follows its successful theatrical run this summer with a nationwide release October 4th, 2011 on DVD, iTunes, TV Video on Demand and other platforms.

PHASE 7 mixes satire, humor, horror and social commentary in a way that reminds viewers of the arch SHAUN OF THE DEAD and the savvy claustrophobia of [rec]. An Argentine apocalyptic horror film, PHASE 7 was directed and written by Nicolás Goldbart; produced by Sebastian Aloi; executive produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). With a “top-notch” cast, the movie stars Daniel Hendler (LOST EMBRACE); Jazmín Stuart (THE PARANOIDS); Yayo Guridi (LOS RODRIGUEZ); and Federico Luppi (PAN’S LABYRINTH).”

Now you might be wondering how you can win the DVD? In the comments section all you need to do is type in the name of your favorite Horror movie to watch during the Halloween season. It is simple as that and next week we shall use our patented bag of twenty-sided dice to choose our winner…or possibly go for the less scientific method!

Night Terrors Series: Atrocious (2010)

A huge thanks to our friends over at the Platform Media Group as well as to The Collective and Bloody Disgusting Selects for letting me review their latest Horror offering, Atrocious.

Directed and written by Fernando Barreda Luna, Atrocious, is a Spanish “Found Footage” horror film in the mold of Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, and of course the Blair Witch Project.

Cristian and July (Pronounced Julie) are two teenagers who run their own little website documenting local paranormal legends, so when they go on a Family vacation to their Summer home in Sitges they are determined to make the best of it by deciding to investigate the Legend of the Girl in the Garraf woods. We are told by Cristian that it is has been claimed a little girl went wandering in the Garraf woods and became hopelessly lost and died somehow. The Legend claims that when you are lost in those woods the spirit of the little girl will appear to lead the wanderer out safely.

After settling in the two teenagers are interested in the old rusted and quite locked gate that leads to an immense hedge maze on the property. Though they are forbidden from entering it by their parents…which of course means they have to investigate and document it with their video cameras.

The next day their investigation is fueled with the help of a friend of the family who informs them during a video “interview” that there are variations on this Legend, that the girl wandered through the forest and plunged to her death in an abandoned well, and that he was made by his own Father to swear not to ever enter the woods.

This just makes the kids want to investigate the woods all the more, the location of the hedge maze naturally…where they discover…an abandoned well. The movie while being an indie film does a fantastic job of ramping up the tension, and I’m not kidding when I say the last 30 minutes is a continuous heart pounding finale. The ending, well, I’ve not had chills like that since the ending of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Atrocious hits participating AMC Theatres today and yet again I am envious of those that can see this with an audience!