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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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‘Riot Girls’ Clip Ends with a Bloody Bang

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Jovanka Vuckovic‘s post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Riot Girls’ is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD platforms, and a brand new clip shows just how bloody the movie gets.

According to the synopsis: “When a mysterious illness wipes out the entire adult population, the kids that are left behind split themselves into two groups. A vicious war ensues between the two rival gangs over territory, resources and survival.”

Starring Madison Iseman, Jenny Raven, and Paloma Kwiatkowski, the clip below shows a tense situation, ending with a bang.

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Netflix Releasing Mind-Bending ‘Fractured’ in October

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Brad Anderson, who was behind Session 9 and The Machinist, will be behind Netflix’s new film ‘Fractured’ set to arrive on October 11th.

Starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Stephen Tobolowsky and Adjoa Andoh, the mind-bending film dropped a trailer today and it looks….crazy.

According to the synopsis: “Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe, a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne and daughter Peri. The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what happened to them.”

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Blumhouse Drops Trailer for ‘Sweetheart’

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Blumhouse’s next film will be J.D. Dillard’s ‘Sweetheart’ which is a creature feature set to be released on VOD platforms, via Universal Home Entertainment, on October 22nd.

According to the synopsis: “Jenn has washed ashore a small tropical island and it doesn’t take her long to realize she’s completely alone. She must spend her days not only surviving the elements, but must also fend off the malevolent force that comes out each night.”

Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Andrew Crawford star.

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