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REVIEW: Knuckleball

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I was pretty excited for the release of ‘Knuckleball’ which seemed to be the perfect twist on the classic ‘Home Alone’ plot, and last week it finally released.

The Michael Peterson film tells the story of, “left alone on an isolated farm, a 12-year-old boy must fight for his life when he becomes the target of a crazed psychopath.”, and stars Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Kathleen Munroe, Drew Nelson, and Luca Villacis.

While the film is strong, the lack of any true teeth from Dixon (Chambers) as he tries to hunt and kill Henry (Villacis) really hurts the overall tale of the film. It’s as though the film was too scared to allow Dixon to really hurt Henry, beyond a couple of scratches, in moments that were perfectly setup for more sensible damage. For Henry to walk away from the ordeal practically unharmed really hurt the story’s realness, in my opinion, and maybe a bit more damage, more in line with the unfolding events, could have had a greater impact.

While many films have laid claim to being a “horror version” of the Home Alone tale, this movie really captured it, and the setting of a frozen farm out in the middle of nowhere provides a perfect backdrop for an isolated tale of horror. And, despite it’s lone flaw, the film delivers a good pace, solid acting, and plenty of problematic moments that pit Henry and Dixon one-on-one, and perfectly illustrate the root of Dixon’s psychotic break and motive for targeting Henry in the way that he does.

The pacing allows perfect story building and character development, and the chemistry between Chambers and Villacis really comes through as they play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

 

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‘Dreadout: Tower of Hell’ Proves There is Nothing Good About Exploring Cult Murders

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Leave it to a bunch of students to think it’s a good idea to visit the site of cult murders, because social media would totally love it.

That always works out well, doesn’t it?

Based on a popular Indonesian indie video game, ‘Dreadout: Tower of Hell’ tells the story of;

“Dreadout is about a group of students who head to the site of a mysterious cult murder in a bid to become popular on social media.”

Check out the trailer below:

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‘BrightBurn’ Is a Horror-Fueled Twist on Super Hero Story

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With all the popularity of Marvel and DC Comics films over the past several years, particularly as they venture into much darker territories, it’s about time that horror put it’s own twist on the traditional super hero story.

James Gunn, the man behind the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, is excited to unveil ‘BrightBurn’ which is like turning the Superman story upside down in a way that’s never been done until now.

Gunn had this to say about the upcoming film, which stars Elizabeth Banks and drops May 24th, 2019.

“About a year ago my brother Brian, my cousin Mark, director David Yarovesky, producer Simon Hatt and I started coming up with an idea for a horror film that excited me in a way nothing outside of Guardians has in years – it was personal, and different, and perfectly suited for our times. And, yes, terrifying.”

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Is Everything You Want, and More

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Monster movies are awesome, when done right, and they certainly have rebooted the Godzilla franchise the right way in the United States.

A brand new trailer has been dropped for 2019’s summer blockbuster ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ and it looks amazing in every way imaginable.

Zhang Ziyi, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Bradley Whitford, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance and Aisha Hinds star in the film that takes place 5 years after the last film.

“When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”

It officially arrives on May 31st, 2019.

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