The promise of a toxic mutant apocalypse that expectations brought for Bio-Dead doesn’t come to fruition. If Bio-Dead had gone more of the glopola route with the spewing of blood, weird-colored fluids and scabby flesh with copious oozing expected from a pandemic flick instead of a Saw/Hostel torture redux and a bald albino dude, we might have had something more.
Japan’s Toho Studios did its version of a big-budget Irwin Allen-type disaster flick with 1980’s “Virus: Day of Resurrection” in which Earth is hit by an epidemic, an earthquake AND nuked. 1970s and 1980s drive-in stars abound in this one.
We’ve got another baby sitter in peril in The Night Sitter. But this one’s different because she’s being menaced by witches, is kind of a criminal and runs around with the wrong crowd. Call her the anti-Jamie Lee Curtis.
Clown Fear calls back to the 1960s gore shocker 2,000 Maniacs, but instead of hillbilly rednecks doing the murdering, it’s a bunch of folks in facepaint who couldn’t cut it at the circus.
Charlotte (Aisling Knight), a college student studying psychology, is offered a pretty obscene amount of money (200 pounds a night – roughly $258 U.S.) to stay three nights in a big house out in the woods because these codgers are going to take a long weekend and they don’t want to leave their cat or their house alone in writer/director Simon Richardson’s Satanic shocker.
I Dared You! Truth or Dare 5 is a sequel to a mid-1980s slasher where a kid who got hacked in the head with a chainsaw dons a half-mask and exacts bloody vengeance.
Writer-director Rolfe Kanefsky mashes together conceits from classic Tales From the Crypt episodes, slasher movies and possession flicks, and the result is Nightmare Man, the film that answers the question: What could it hurt if you mail away for a creepy mask that is intended to help couples in getting pregnant, but it ends up unleashing a rape demon even though the rape demon might actually end up all being in the wife’s mind?
In a filmic landscape that has spawned Toxic Avengers, Sharknados and multiple attacks by killer tomatoes, among others, it’s a tough order to come up with a concept that’s intentionally campy yet unique enough that it can potentially accumulate its own cult. So writer-director Brendan Steere did his best to find the sweet spot with VelociPastor, featuring a priest named Doug Jones (Gregory James Cohan), who gains the power to morph into a dinosaur to mete out holy and bloody vengeance.
Terrortory is a five-story anthology horror flick by Kangaskahn Films that establishes a creepy bit of folklore in the west-central region of Maryland.
Texas filmmakers Duane Graves and Justin Meeks deserve about 12 bags of loot stolen from a train’s worth of credit in making their nasty Western outlaw flick Kill or Be Killed.