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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.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Netlfix Drops Trailer for ‘No One Gets Out Alive’

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Just in time for Halloween season, Netflix will be dropping it’s brand new horror ‘ No One Gets Out Alive’, which is the adaptation of Adam Nevill’s novel, and a new trailer has dropped to show fans what is in store.

According to the official rundown: An immigrant (Cristina Rodlo) in search of the American dream is forced to take a room in a boarding house, where she finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.”

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Warner Bros. Drops Teaser for ‘The Matrix Resurrections’

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Warner Bros. gave fans something to smile about when they dropped a short teaser trailer for the upcoming film ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ which is set to unveil a brand new trailer for the fourth film in the iconic film franchise on September 9th.

Thanks to EW, there is also a new image from the movie, showing Keanu Reeves ready to fight. According to numerous reports, the plot centers on Neo who is in therapy and does not remember The Matrix. Neo eventually runs into Trinity at a coffee shop.

The movie is set to arrive on December 22nd, and will likely be available in theaters as well as on HBO Max.

 

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Behind the Scene of ‘The Forever Purge’

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The Forever Purge

A brand new, behind the scenes, featurette of ‘The Forever Purge’ was shared by Bloody Disgusting this week and with it comes a look at the creation of several of the iconic masks and characters, among other details.

The release comes ahead of ‘The Forever Purge’ arriving on Digital HD on September 14th, and then to Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 28th. Other special features that fans can expect include:

  • Collapsing the System: Behind The Forever Purge featurette
  • Creeptastic Wardrobe featurette
  • Alternate opening storyboards
  • Deleted scenes

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