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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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Experience the Wrath of Djinn in ‘The Final Wish’

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The creator of Final Destination is back with a brand new thriller to keep you on the edge of your seats.

Jeffrey Riddick has written ‘The Final Wish’, along with Jonathan Doyle and William Halfon, and directed by Timothy Woodard Jr., is set to arrive on January 24th, 2019.

According to the synopsis:

“The Final Wish is a gothic fairy tale about Aaron, a struggling lawyer, who returns home following the passing of his father, to help his devastated mother and confront his past demons. Sifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron stumbles upon an Urn which is far more than it seems. As his desires and wishes start coming true, Aaron thinks his prayers have been answered until he learn the sinister price that comes with THE FINAL WISH.”

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‘St. Agatha’ Trailer Gives Glimpse into 1950’s Horror

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Darren Lynn Bousman is gearing up for the debut of 
Uncork’d Entertainment’s ‘St. Agatha’ which arrives on Digital HD, Theaters, and On Demand on February 8th, 2019.

According to the film’s synopsis:

“Set in the 1950s in small-town Georgia, the film centers on a pregnant con woman named Agatha who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark layer where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of willpower Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls.”

Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Trin Miller, Lindsay Seim, Hannah Fierman and Seth Michaels star.

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‘3Below: Tales of Arcadia’ Releases Trailer

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Guillermo del Toro is gearing up for the second entry of his Netflix trilogy series of ‘Tales of Arcadia’, which kicked off last month with “Trollhunters” and will continue with ‘3Below: Tales of Arcadia’.

Per the synopsis:

“An epic, hilarious tale of alien royalty who must escape intergalactic bounty hunters by blending in on a primitive junk heap known as Earth.”

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