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TROY’S SPEED ROUND MOVIE REVIEWS: Dead Night, Face of Evil, The Coolest Guy Movie Ever, Five Fingers for Marseilles, Dragon Mountain, The Basement

DEAD NIGHT

“Dead Night” is another stellar Barbara Crampton film. However, she’s not really the focus of the movie. The focus of the film remains on the family hanging out in this rural cabin trying to have a moment with their dying relative. The film plays too hard with what’s real or not. I wanted it to be a real supernatural film, but the story kept fighting against it. Eventually, I stopped caring if we were watching a horror movie or the continuing adventures of Ax Mom.

FACE OF EVIL

“Face of Evil” brings PTSD and zombies together for the first time. Well, I don’t think PTSD was a big part of Deathdream. The film plays heavily into military themes, but ultimately it’s just another shoot the corpse movie. If that sounds cool, go for it.

THE COOLEST GUY MOVIE EVER

“The Coolest Guy Movie Ever” should be the kind of documentary I watch on repeat. But, I guess I’m hitting a wall with The Great Escape. I appreciate film history dives in non-American locations. However, I feel like I’ve either read or seen all of this material before. That being said, this is the kind of film history that I want young people to watch. It matters so much.

FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

“Five Fingers for Marseilles” is a South African western. While that sounds amazing in theory, I could’ve cut 30 minutes out of the film. Pacing is all over the place and it takes forever to get into the story. But, that finale is impeccable. Why was that prologue so damn long? It didn’t take that long to get a feel for this world. Less explanation and more action could’ve taken this movie to the next level.

DRAGON MOUNTAIN

“Dragon Mountain” is a steampunk movie about dwarves fighting a dragon. The leads are B-actors from bigger pictures and they do their best. Still, the movie feels like a Bioware game that got killed in development. Your nephew will love it, but the older people will pass on it.

THE BASEMENT

“The Basement” is a film that could’ve been play. After all, how much quality stage drama has been written about a psycho holding someone captive? Mischa Barton turns a supporting role, but the focus is really on the Gemini Killer. Nothing new is created, but I enjoyed my time with the film.

  • 93%
    Dead Night - 93%
  • 86%
    Face of Evil - 86%
  • 94%
    The Coolest Guy Movie Ever - 94%
  • 89%
    Five Fingers for Marseilles - 89%
  • 83%
    Dragon Mountain - 83%
  • 85%
    The Basement - 85%
88%

The Plot Thus Far

    DEAD NIGHT

– James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James heads into the snowy forest in search of firewood, he encounters an enigmatic woman passed out in the snow. Bringing her back to the cabin for help, the family has no way of knowing that the woman’s presence is the catalyst for a series of events that will change their lives forever.

Mixing original storytelling with timeless supernatural elements, Bradford Baruh’s directorial debut features a stellar cast of genre favorites including AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton and delivers a wild and blood-soaked weekend away.

    FACE OF EVIL

– Horror icon Jamie Bernadette stars in Face of Evil, now available on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures.

Infect yourself with a plague of horrific entertainment from award-winning filmmaker Vito Dinatolo.

On July 4th, private Jay Williams returns home from the Middle East, but a mysterious epidemic breaks out and infects his friends at his party. On the road to salvation, Jay is joined by his ex-sergeant, who reveals chilling secrets leading to a conspiracy. The night has just begun, as they embark on a survival quest for the ultimate truth.

    THE COOLEST GUY MOVIE EVER

From filmmaker and film historian Chris Espenan comes The Coolest Guy Movie Ever — a fascinating forensic documentary about the making of the classic World War II adventure film The Great Escape — to DVD and digital HD from Virgil Films on August 21, 2018, after a special screening earlier this year at Marché du film in Cannes.

Before Evans, Hemsworth, and Downey Jr. there was McQueen, Garner, and Bronson. These men represented what it meant to be tough guys in the 1960s, and they had the acting chops to play the toughest characters around – including the real life airmen who pulled off one of the most improbable escapes in war history.

    FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES

– The residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime. Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.

    DRAGON MOUNTAIN

– In a fantasy world of dragons, magic and myths, four Dwarves are mining in the dangerous Dragon Mountain when a sudden, violent explosion causes a cave in, trapping the Dwarves inside. With oxygen getting low and supplies dwindling the group must work together to figure a way out before it’s too late. But the path to freedom may not be as simple as they hope when they cross paths with a hungry creature tracking them in the darkness.

    THE BASEMENT

– Don’t be ‘Split’ on your decision to see The Basement this September!

Mischa Barton (“The OC”, The Sixth Sense) stars in a unique new horror film from Brian M.Conley and Nathan Ives, premiering on digital from 9/15 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

Craig is abducted and wakes up in a basement. His captor, Bill, is a twisted serial killer who wishes to reenact his own capture, with Craig playing the part of Bill and Bill playing everyone else. As Bill tortures Craig, he cycles through a number of personas, all while Craig tries desperately to find a way into Bill’s pathology in order to save himself.

Featuring “stellar lead performances” (Dread Central) from the cast – which also includes Jackson Davis, Cayleb Long, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders and Sarah Nicklin – The Basement is ripe for exploring this fall.

The Basement gets a 10-market theatrical and digital release on September 15 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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