Friday, October 20, 2017
There have been many horror films where the horror genre that have gone to the class room. “Tragedy Girls” is no different from those films. What drew me to this film was the fact it stars Brianna Hildebrand who appeared in last year’s “Daredevil” and featured appearances from Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Craig Robinson (This Is the End) who also produced this film as well.
The film is about two lifelong friends (Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand) who are always looking to find way to boost their social media page “Tragedy Girls”. Soon they come across a serial killer and take him hostage. While doing that, they also realize they need dead bodies in order to make their social media page popular. So people in their town start turning up dead and they capture that for their page. In the mist of all of this, they start to grow apart. Can their friendship survive or will they be caught or worse murdered by the killer they have hostage.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a film where I’ve had a couple of good laughs while also being horrified with the film’s action and messages. “Tragedy Girls” is a film that delivers with very good dark humor while making the action feel horrifying from start to finish.
Director Tyler Macintyre does a very good job making sure the film has its dark and edgy tone from start to finish. From the way that he directs the action to how the film looks, everything has an odd and off balance feel to it which makes everything work and keeps you interested in the story. It made some the dark humor and shocking violence come off well enough that it generates some sort of reaction. Macintytre also does a very good job with the way that he handles his cast. He makes sure he gets what he needs in the performances to pull this off considering that he’s trying balance the dark humor and the gory action on screen. It kept my interested throughout.
Speaking of the performances, I thought both Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand were very good here. They do a great job carrying this film considering this is mix mash of comedy and horror. What made their performances work so well was they had chemistry with each other. It made the whole mean girls aspects work so well in the way that they handle their characters throughout.
The screenplay written by Macintyre and Chris Lee Hill that is based on Justin Olson’s original screenplay was very good. One of the things that I liked about the screenplay was the fact it does a very good job balancing the film’s dark humor with the slasher like aspects. It’s something that can be tough to do but the writers pull off very well. The other thing that the screenplay does very well is to make sure the action feel horrific. It helps slows down the humor so that you become horrified of what the main characters are doing. These characters are not likable characters but the writers makes sure the material is interesting enough that it makes you’re interested in what going on in the story. It’s done in an effective way that it leaves shocked at what you’ve seen.
This is one of the better twisted horror comedies that I’ve seen in a while as this felt like “Mean Girls” meet insert slasher film that you can think of. With its gory action and very good performances, “Tragedy Girls” is horrifically entertaining.
“Tragedy Girls” is currently playing in LA and NY.
Review Rating: Five Stars
'HAPPY DEATH DAY': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A horror film about a college student that's murdered on her birthday, and then keeps waking up the previous morning, having to repeat the same day until she can find out who her killer is and stop them. It was directed by Christopher B. Landon (who also helmed the 2015 zombie horror flick 'SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE'), and it was written by Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Rachel Matthews and Ruby Modine. It's received mostly positive reviews from critics, and it's a huge hit at the Box Office as well. I absolutely loved it!
Tree Gelbman (Rothe) is a very popular student at her school, who's having an affair with a married teacher and likes to party and drink a lot. She wakes up in the dorm room of a much less popular student than her, named Carter Davis (Broussard). Tree then rushes out of his room, embarrassed by what she's done, and goes about her day, which happens to be her birthday. Later that night she's murdered by a masked killer, and the next day she wakes up the previous morning, having to repeat the same day again. Tree discovers that she'll have to keep doing this, until she can learn the identity of her killer and stop them.
There's been so many movies now that take a different spin on the 'GROUNDHOG DAY' storyline (like the equally excellent 'BEFORE I FALL', from earlier this year), that it seems like it should be it's own film genre by now!. This movie manages to do it in a pretty fresh and somewhat creative way though, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. Especially if you love horror flicks (like I do). Rothe is great in the lead, and Lobdell seems to be an awesomely talented director at this film genre. I can't wait to see what he does next, and I definitely recommend this movie as a Halloween treat!
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Creative Visions and Netflix recently send us stills for their upcoming film "The Journey is the Destination". The film stars Ben Schnetzer (Pride, The Book Thief), Kelly MacDonald (Anna Karenina, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, No Country for Old Men), Sam Hazeldine (Resurrection, The Monuments Men), Ella Purnell (Tarzan, Never Let Me Go, Maleficent) and Maria Bello (Prisoners, A History of Violence).
"The Journey is the Destination" debuts on Netflix on November 7th.
For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official website at: journeyisthedestination.org
The Journey Is The Destination is inspired by the true story of Dan Eldon, a charismatic young artist, explorer and photo journalist, who led a group of unlikely teens on a safari across Africa to deliver aid to a refugee camp in Malawi in 1990. The film follows Dan as he then finds himself covering a famine and spiraling civil war in Somalia as Reuters youngest photo journalist in history. Although set in the early 90s, “Journey” highlights contemporary issues surrounding refugees caught in conflict zones, the radicalization of youth, the role of journalists in peace and war and how young people of passion, focus and commitment can make a difference in the world. Ultimately, “Journey” celebrates the vibrant and fulfilling life that is possible when we commit to live, not only for ourselves, but also for others.
Troma Entertainment recently sent us information for their upcoming blu-Ray release of "The Middle Finger". The film stars Seamus Hanly, Rebecca Dore, Rose Henderson, Matthew Kelly and Iseult Casey.
Special features includes Making of the Helmet Featurette, Outtakes, Director's Commentary, Music Videos, Trailers and More Tromatic Extras!
"The Middle Finger" hits retail on December 12th.
Whenever there's trouble, send The Middle Finger! Dennis, an awkward teenager, finds himself down on his luck when he's held back from school, while his friends have moved on and started college. As if that's not bad enough, he finds his world is turned upside down when he's visited by a being from another world and transformed into a superhero, tasked with saving the world. The problem is, he's got no clue how to use his powers, no idea how to find his enemy and on top of everything, his head has been turned into a giant hand giving the finger!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gunpowder and Sky recently send us the official poster for their upcoming release of "Tragedy Girls". The film stars Alexandra Shipp, Brianna Hildebrand, Josh Hutcherson and Craig Robinson.
"Tragedy Girls" hits theaters in limited release on October 20th.
For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official website at: TragedyGirls.com
Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
The Orchard recently released the trailer for their latest film "Sex Guaranteed". The film stars Grey Damon, Bella Dayne, Stephen Dorff, Dan Fogler, Kim Allen, James DeBello.
"Sex Guaranteed" is currently through various VOD platforms.
THE ORCHARD has released its latest title SEX GUARANTEED On Digital & On Demand!
Traumatized by his luck (or lack thereof) in love, Kevin (Grey Damon) has sworn off sex to win back his former fiancé when he meets a beautiful escort named Zade (Bella Dayne). Over the course of a legendary party, Zade just might provide the spark that this heartbroken idealist needs to turn his life around. A comedy starring Stephen Dorff about going to extreme lengths for love SEX GUARANTEED is a knee-slapping rom-com for the guys infused with real moments.
"Sex Guaranteed": Official Trailer
Monday, October 16, 2017
20th Century Fox recently released the first trailer for the upcoming X-Men horror themed film "The New Mutants". The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Alice Braga.
"The New Mutants" hits theaters on April 13th.
For more information on this film,you can visit the film's official website at: TheNewMutants.com
"The New Mutants": Official Trailer