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REVIEW: Errementari: The Devil and the Blacksmith

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Often times you can find a hidden gem on Netflix, especially in the horror genre, so I often times find myself going on the hunt for an obscure title that may surprise, and actually resonate with me. I stumbled across one film that could have been one of those hidden gems, and here is my review.

‘Errementari: .The Devil and the Blacksmith’ came out in 2017 and Netflix picked it up for release on it’s massive streaming platform in 2018 and tells the story of, “A brutal blacksmith tortures a demon he blames for his misery, unaware a trespassing orphan is about to change everything. Based on Basque folklore.”

The blending of fantasy story-telling and horror is interwoven with beautiful cinematography throughout the film, and although it is a foreign language film, Netflix does a good job with the dubbing, sans a certain scene that involves a slapping sound that sounds like a massive cracking whip more than a subtle quick slap across the face.

Aside from that, the story is told very well, albeit some corny scenes, and the pace of the movie is perfectly set. However, illogical nuances are more embarrassing than beneficial for a film that brings the viewers directly to hell. Apparently, demons can’t resists the power of the almighty chic pea. Yes, chic peas are the downfall, even the depths of hell, and it’s little elements such as that they add a ridiculous tone to a movie that really would have been better without it.

Still, it’s hard to find fantasy/horror films that are shot so well, and with costumes and makeup that look the part.

Despite the obvious flaws, Netflix did a good job taking a foreign language film and delivering it for the English speaking audience. The story flows well, the special effects work, and the overall delivery of the film, and characters work. While the aforementioned flaws cause for more laughs than the movie delivers scares, it’s still a solid flick.

Sure, it’s no Pans Labyrinth, but it’s watchable and worth the 1 hour and 39 minute investment of time, although it won’t blow you away.

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Despite the obvious flaws, Netflix did a good job taking a foreign language film and delivering it for the English speaking audience. The story flows well, the special effects work, and the overall delivery of the film, and characters work. While the aforementioned flaws cause for more laughs than the movie delivers scares, it's still a solid flick.
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Lionsgate’s ‘Leprechaun Returns’ Arrives This December

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The return of everyone’s favorite evil, blood thirsty, and menacing leprechaun is upon us as Lionsgate films is rebooting the infamous ‘Leprechaun’ franchise with the film ‘Leprechaun Returns’, which will arrive on digital and On Demand on December 11th, 2018.

Steven Kostanski will be behind the camera directing, but Warwick Davis will not be reprising his role as the evil leprechaun, as Linden Porco will be taking on the character in what should be a bloody and gory good time for all.

According to the synopsis:

“The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first, he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him.“

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Blumhouse, Amazon Partnering for Eight Original Genre Films

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Blumhouse Productions and Amazon have closed an exclusive production deal that will team up the two for a series of eight thriller/darkly-themed feature length productions, which will be made available via direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video.

Furthermore, an element will link all the films together. Here is a statement on the collaborative project from Blumhouse’s Jason Blum:

“We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal,” Blum said, according to Deadline. “This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”

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‘The Farm’ Set to Arrive This Friday

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Red Hound Films’ indie horror ‘The Farm’ made a success run at the festivals earlier this year and is now set to officially arrive this Friday, November 16th via on Demand.

The film, directed by Hans Stjernswärd, stars Nora Yessayan, Alec Gaylord, and Ken Volok and tells the story of “a young couple gets kidnapped and treated like farm animals after stopping at a roadside diner to eat meat.” This will certainly be on our “to do list” this weekend.

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