-This is a disclaimer acknowledging that every Friday from here on out I will provide to you a weeks worth of Horror movies on the rental and VOD circuit. Some of these movies are so bad they will never see the light of day on the main screen but some are hidden gems unknown to the general mainstream moviegoers. I feel it its my duty to make sure you don’t miss out on any future cult classics so I bring to you my weekly installment of Horror Movies Uncut. The thoughts and opinions on these reviews are clearly my own and should be shared by many!
BEST PICK OF THE WEEK
I will always be a fan of well done slasher films. There is a movie in theaters this weekend getting tons of pub and even though it’s an entertaining slasher a film like No One Lives to me is better. It’s sad many didn’t see this film in theaters because I think it’s better than expected. That’s not to say there isn’t some cheese with the film. Being part of the WWE franchise allows for some of this. It’s not overwhelming so I personally didn’t think it hurt the film. I loved the premise. A group of thieves unfortunately disturbs a serial killer and holds hostage one of his prize possessions. There are tons of layers in this film and it was quite welcoming to see. There is so much good old fashion carnage in the film and the killer played by Luke Evans is right on. If you cannot make it to theaters this weekend to see the big slasher masks movie then this will do just fine. No One Lives is what slasher movies are supposed to be and I actually hope to see another one soon. 4/5
THE REST OF THE FILMS
I will have an official review for this up later. I would like to watch it again to get a little better understanding of the characters. This is my wtf am I watching movie of the week but this time it’s not negative. There was tons I enjoyed about Jug Face. The story was dark, different but really good. It involves a young lady who lives in a small backwoods village. In this village there is small pit that the people feel either condemn them or helps them in a god type of way. They pray to the pit, worship the pit, and make sacrifices to the pit. How they find out who will be sacrificed is by an ancient jug that is created with the face of the sacrifice. Ada (the young girl) finds out she is pregnant and does what she can to protect the baby even though she is condemned to death. Upon watching this film you will not feel as if this is a horror but more just a messed up tale. Well it is both and I think it is done very well. I will say you may want to wait for this to come out on DVD as the hefty on demand price may not be in your favor. This film will go over many heads but in my opinion has the potential to be a great cult classic. So if you want something different this is your film to see. 3/5
*Jugface is currently available on all video on demand outlets
SATURDAY MORNING MYSTERY-
I was not as pleased with this film as I expected. The main issue with Saturday Morning Mystery is the idea was not bad to create a Scooby Doo looking thriller. The sex, bad acting, predictable ending and all ruined it for me. Maybe if the pace of Saturday was faster I could have enjoyed the film. The female lead really annoyed me as she tried to be a hard nose investigator but came up short in doing so. Don’t be persuaded by the cool cover on this one folks it’s not worth your time. The film follows a group of ghost hunters who think they have found a real ghost encounter. After a few twist and turns you find out there is more than meets the eye going on here. As the kids uncover the clues they and others are picked off in a house that seems to be haunted. There is tons of gore and i’m sure the cast had a blast making Saturday Morning. I just wished the watching experience would have been better. 2/5
I was looking forward to this film once I saw the trailer but it was a tad bit different from what I saw. I knew this was a revenge flick but how the revenge came to be I’m still not able to describe. One thing I can say for sure is the film got better towards the end but the start was pretty slow. It’s hard to tell you are watching a horror as the film feels more like a soft core porn then a thriller. Alyce Kills stars Jane Dornfeld as Alyce a girl tormented by the death of her friend who fell off a roof. Once she interacts with those who claim to be close to her Alyce goes on a killing spree to get rid of the liars. Like I said the beginning may turn you off but stick around to see the kills she puts together. This has dark comedy written all over it, but it’s sad so much is wasted in the beginning that could hurt this film.It is really hard to deem this a revenge film and once you see it you will understand why. Its not a bad watch but you have to give it some time to develop. 3/5
AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY-
This movie also goes by the name of Revenant but I think the change works. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. It has a very simple look and approach and anytime the crew does not use cgi it is a plus. The director Derek Cole was smart enough to use some old school tricks and use great camera angles and music to build up scares. An American Ghost Story is another one of those atmospheric horrors that builds an intensity instead of in your face scares. There are a bunch of jump scenes in this so it would be good to watch with friends. I was really impressed to see this film of a 10,000 budget blend well between these two ideas. The sheets get old and when you see An American you will understand what I mean. This is a great film to show around Halloween and I would tell you to let your older kids see it too as it’s not bad for a family option aka no blood. It was a treat to watch An American Ghost Story and it had potential to be the pick this week. Pick it up for sure. 3/5
*updated for it’s DVD release
Read my review of Evidence here. This was a refreshing take on the found footage horror genre. Though certain times were hard to watch just due to the shakiness the overall story is solid. Evidence is available to rent on DVD and is still on most VOD outlets. Evidence is directed by the same director of The Fourth Kind and has a solid cast including Stephen Moyer and Radha Mitchell. They try and piece together the killer of a group and when they find out what happens it is an ending no one saw coming but should have. For sure check out Evidence as I think casual horror fans will enjoy this just as much as the die hards.
Unless noted these films are all available at your local Family Video Locations.