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In Dread Central’s effort to promote independent horror, have we got the goods on a great horror film festival in Las Vegas! From May 12-16th Sci-Fi Center at 2520 State Street, Las Vegas, NV 89109, will be hosting The Polly Staffle Grindhouse Fest (aka PollyGrind), which includes 30 different films with five world premieres, seven Las Vegas premieres, and one U.S. premiere. There will also be a ton of music videos and trailers and more horror-related goods for you to feast your eyes on.

Read on for the full line-up, and look for more from Dread Central on PollyGrind (click here for the official site) soon!


WEDNESDAY, MAY 12
POST-APOCALYPTIC NIGHTMARES (Double Feature)
HOSTED BY HEATHER WIXSON OF DREADCENTRAL.COM

Las Vegas Gearing up for PollyGrind 2010 (click for larger image)5:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

7 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s Soldier Killer (30 seconds) (World Premiere)
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s The Texas Chainsaw Champion (1:23 minutes) (World Premiere)
Trailer – Pete Schuermann’s Evil Brain from Planet X (4 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Christian Schleisiek’s Babylon 2084 (30 minutes – Germany) (In German with subtitles – Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Scars of Youth” – (World Premiere)
(82 minutes – Pensacola, Florida)
From the creator of “Frankensteins Bloody Nightmare”
Written, Produced, Directed, Photographed and Edited by John R. Hand
Starring Jeremy Hosbein, Amanda Edington, Bruce Culpepper, Donovan Hosbein and Ferrin Thomas
Synopsis: Two hundred years in the future, society has broken down into fragmented groups who now dwell within a tangled wood, completely unaware of any civilization that exists beyond and governed by the white-suited agents of some ominous force, which could perhaps be nothing more than a high-tech manifestation of their own guilt and suffering. In this world, a young man living in a decaying wreck of a dwelling struggles to come to terms with his bleak existence while trying to save his mother from the grip of a strange black fluid which seems to prolong life but at the same time leaves it’s users in a drug-like haze and causes scar-like tissue to cover their bodies.

9:15 p.m.
Short film – Jeffrey Anderson Bliss’ Telefone (4:50 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short film – Lucas Figueroa’s Because There Are Things You Never Forget (13 minutes, Madrid) (In Italian with subtitles / Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – David Wanger’s Anatinus – Song by LIGO (2:16 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – Elona’s Warrior – Song by Elona (4:32 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Slime City Massacre” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(85 minutes – Buffalo, New York)
Sequel to the 1988 cult classic “Slime City”
Written and Directed by Greg Lamberson
Starring Debbie Rochon, Lee Perkins, Brooke Lewis, Jennifer Bihl, Kealan Patrick Burke and Lloyd Kaufman
Synopsis: In the wake of a “dirty bomb” attack, a New York City neighborhood known as “Slime City” has been evacuated, except for the homeless. Four squatters searching for food in the ruins of a soup kitchen discover a supply of mysterious wine and jars of brightly colored goop. After finishing their buffet of goodies, they are transformed into hideous slime creatures driven to murder.

THURSDAY, MAY 13
ZOMBIES-A-GO-GO! (Triple Feature)
HOSTED BY HEATHER WIXSON OF DREADCENTRAL.COM

Terror Card Night! (free packs for everyone through the door)

5:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

7 p.m.
Trailer – Jeffrey Blake Palmer’s The Sleeping Deep (1 minute) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Rob Prior and Paul Jenkins’ Get Your Dead On – Song by Scum of the Earth (3:59) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Michael Dunn’s The Bet (Midnight movie version) (19 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “The Dead Undead” – (World Premiere)
(90 minutes – Santa Clarita, California)
Soldier Vampires vs. Zombie Vampires
Written by Edward Conna
Directed by Matt Anderson and Edward Conna
Starring Luke Goss, Matt Anderson, Edward Conna, Vernon Wells, Spice Williams and Forrest J. Ackerman.
Synopsis: A group of peaceful Vampires are infected and turned into crazed zombie like creatures whose only motivation is to feed on flesh. A group of Vamprie commandos try to keep their identity secret, while trying to stop the spread of the infection. Soldiers from across the ages, it’s up to these vampires to end the zombie infection. Caught in the middle is a group of human kids on a camping trip, who team up with the Vampires in an attempt to survive.

9 p.m.
531 Productions Showcase
Intro (1:25 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Henry Weintraub’s “Scent of Your Blood” by Monday with a Bullet (5:08 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Henry Weintraub’s “Depraved” (26 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Melvin” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(63 minutes – Eugene, Oregon)
Written, Edited & Directed by Henry Weintraub
Starring Leif Fuller, Patrick O’Driscoll, Lilly Maher, Ben Chinburg and Lloyd Kaufman
Synopsis: Melvin is dead. Now, three years after his accidental murder, he’s finally making up for lost time in this entry from 531 Productions. After enlisting the involuntary help of nerdy college student Norton Pincus, he’s ready to take on those who are responsible for his death. Melvin’s thirst for vengeance will take this dynamic dork duo on a mind-blowing streak of throat-ripping, vomit-spewing, head decapitating and much, much more.

10:30 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s I Piss on Your Grave (1:53 minutes) (World Premiere)

Calvin Lee Reeder Rambler Showcase
Short Film – Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Rambler (13:26 minutes)
Short Film – Calvin Lee Reeder’s The Snake Mountain Colada (13:41 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Zombie Apocalypse Now: A Zombie Hunter” – (United States Premiere)
(70 minutes – Argentina)
In Spanish with English subtitles
From the creator of “Sadomaster”
Written and directed by German Magariños
Starring Leandro de la Torre, Ezequiel Hansen, Vic Cicuta, Fernando Giangiacomo and Lloyd Kaufman.
Synopsis: In a city crowded with zombies, a sexual deviant is recognized as the most important hunter of the undead. Hired by the Catholic Church to kill zombies, Toro uses his earnings to fulfill his sexual desires in this extreme zombie film from the underground. The Argentina import from Gorevision Films is oh-so wrong in oh-so many ways.

FRIDAY, MAY 14
MENAGE A TROIS DE LA TERREUR (Triple Feature)
HOSTED BY JENNIQUE ANGEL OF HORRORMOVIEGIRLS.COM

6:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

8 p.m.
Trailer – Michael Ramova’s Star Wars Grindhouse (2:03 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – John Fallon’s The Red Hours (8:14 minutes – Canada) (U.S. Premiere)
Music Video – Michael Dunn’s Hallway – Song by Justine Bellinsky (4:48 minutes) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Dead Hooker in a Trunk” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(92 minutes – Vancouver, Canada)
Directed by: Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska
Starring Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Ricki Gagne and C.J. Wallis
Synopsis: From the Twisted Twins comes this underground sensation about a tale of four friends, fighting for their lives after they discover the body of a dead prostitute in the trunk of their car. Lead by a sexy impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body.

10 p.m.
Short film – Pete Jacelone’s Hypochondriac (32 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Frat House Massacre” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(95 minutes – Boston, Massachusetts)
Written by Draven Gonzalez
Directed by Alex Pucci
Starring Jon Fleming, Nikki Notarile and Rane Jameson
Synopsis: Set in the late 70s, this gritty and twisted tale from the Scream Kings taps the physical and mental underpinnings of the meaning of the word “brother” in a way reminiscent of the best of late 70s grindhouse and early 80s slashers.

Special Midnight Screening
Short Film – Michael Ramova’s Slice (1:42 minutes) (World Premiere)
Music Video – Ryen McPherson’s Jitterbug – Song by Walker Rose (1:50 minutes) (World Premiere)
Jason Shipley’s Blood Shed (16 minutes – Canada) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Terror Overload” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
Tales from Satan’s Truckstop
(83 minutes – St. Paul, Minnesota)
Written by Joe Knetter, Dustin LaValley and Robbie Ribspreader
Directed by Brant Johnson, Kevin Myhre and Jason Stephenson
Starring Joe Knetter, Scarlet Salem, Rachel Grubb, Nicole Kruex and Ari Lehman.
Synopsis: A creepy truck driver spins terrifying tales to stranded motorist Debbie in this anthology from Not For The Squeamish Production. The journey into the macabre begins with Dinner Date then to Lot Lizard and finally the shocking Mongo Chupa. As the stories unfold, Debbie begins to suspect she might be the next chapter in the devil driver’s story.

SATURDAY, MAY 15
CREEP CREEPERSIN WORLD PREMIERE (Triple Featursin)
HOSTED BY DAI GREEN OF HORRORNEWS.NET

6:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

8 p.m.
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Erection
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s He
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Peeping Blog

Feature – “Orgy of Blood” – (World Premiere)
(120 minutes – Hollywood, California)
Written and directed by Creep Creepersin
Starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Jeff Dylan Graham, Elissa Dowling, Jed Rowen, Ariauna Albright, Elina Madison, Devanny Pinn, Creep Creepersin, and Luke Y. Thompson.
Synopsis: An erotic vampire tale set in a surreal world of pleasure and betrayal. Fosco, a 300 year old vampire, lives in a beautiful mansion with his wife Sabina and their son Dimitri. Their lives are a non-stop lust orgy where anything goes and always does… Until, Fauna (a naive young woman) and her boyfriend Micah show up and turn the ecstasy-driven clan into murderous back stabbers, hell-bent on revenge and power.

10:15 p.m.
Q&A—Creep Creepersin and Orgy of Blood cast/crew
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s The Corporate Cut Throat Massacre
Trailer—Creep Creepersin’s Ding Dong Dead
Sneak Peak—Creep Creepersin’s The Brothers Cannibal

Double Feature – “Vaginal Holocaust” (World Premiere) and “Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go” (World Premiere)
(120 minutes – Hollywood, California)
Both written and directed by Creep Creepersin
Vagina Holocaust cast—Nathaniel Branch, Sean Cain, Creep Creepersin, Elissa Dowling, Christine Eaton, Elske McCain, Shane Ryan, Natasha Talonz and Matty Thunders.
Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go Cast—Monique Dupree, Lloyd Kaufman, Elina Madison, Elissa Dowling, Shane Ryan, Ted Alderman, Creep Creepersin, Elske McCain, John Karyus, Sean Cain and Ariauna Albright.
Synopsis—Two sick pictures for the price of one. This grindhouse double feature begins with a Vaginal Holocaust, featuring rape, revenge, hicks, vampires and, of course, a man eating vagina. Then sit back and climax to Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go, a women-in-prison thriller that pulls out all the stops – and fistfuls of hair along the way.

12:30 a.m.
Q&A—Creep Creepersin and Vaginal Holocaust/Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go cast/crew

SUNDAY, MAY 16
KILLER PARTY DOUBLE FEATURE

4:30 p.m.
Vendor tables open

6 p.m.
Trailer – Jamie Heinrich’ s Nancy Scanner (3:00) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music Video – Ginnetta Correli’s Hippodome Mime (4:38) (World Premiere)
Aaron Mento Showcase
Short film – Aaron Mento’s Heathen’s Gate (7:17 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short film – Aaron Mento’s Absent (20 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)

Feature – “Horrid” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(92 minutes – Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Written, Shot & Directed by James Pronath
Starring Kevin Kiser, Kyle Berg, Chase Stoeger, Liz Ribarchek, Amber Rae Halama, Lindsey Gagliano and Charles Ramsey
Synopsis: Three friends travel to the north woods for a bachelor party weekend filled with beer, booze and babes in this entry from Six Foot Hamster Films. After a night of partying and unexpected encounters, the three find themselves trapped in the small town, while a cannibalistic disease overtakes the townsfolk and turns them into ravenous monsters.

8:30 p.m.
Short film – Colin Clarke’s Frankenstien vs. Wolfman in 3D (20 minutes) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – William Mager’s Stiletto (16 minutes – UK) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Short Film – Deborah Haywood’s Sis (11 minutes – UK) (Las Vegas Premiere)
Music video – Alvaro de la Hoz’s Long Goodbye – Song by Lazy (6 minutes – Spain) (World Premiere)

Feature – “Red Velvet” – (Las Vegas Premiere)
(87 minutes – Los Angeles, California)
It’s all about the stains!
Written by Anthony Burns and Joe Moe
Directed by Bruce Dickson
Starring Henry Thomas, Kelli Garner, Cristen Coopen, Eric Junmann and Forrest J. Ackerman.
Synopsis: This gem from 3Mac Studios is part romantic arthouse dark comedy and part deconstructive slasher. A chance encounter at a laundromat between a young man and young woman turns into an afternoon of story telling – some fact, some fiction – about each other’s past. Eventually, the man delves into a story about a birthday party whose guests began to be systematically killed off by a maniac in a white jump suit. Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship or a building block leading to a day ending in madness beyond fairy tales?


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Check Out the Opening 2 Minutes of Another WolfCop

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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AHS: Cult Review – Clowns, Cults, Politics, and Peters

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Starring Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Cheyenne Jackson, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Allison Pill

Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk


** NO SPOILERS **

It’s here. We’ve reached the end. The newest season of “American Horror Story” has ended and now we are here to provide you guys with our season review of AHS: Cult.

Spoiler free.

To start things off let me say I’m not the world’s biggest fan of “American Horror Story”. It breaks down like this: I enjoyed the absolute hell out of the first season of the series (“Murder House”), couldn’t get through “Asylum” (I know, I know, I’ve tried), dug “Coven” for what it was, really enjoyed “Freak Show”, and again I couldn’t get into “Hotel” or “Roanoke”.

That’s the story of me and “American Horror Story”. Plain And simple. But what did I think of the new seventh season of the notorious horror anthology series? Let’s find out.

Back when the seventh season of AHS was first announced (then going by the title “AHS: Election”) I was immediately intrigued by the new season because I heard it would not include any supernatural elements. Like the fourth season, “Freak Show”.

Now I’m a fan of ghosts and weird creature-men with drills for d*cks, don’t get me wrong. But the series has thus far relied almost exclusively on horrors of the supernatural variety (other than “Freak Show”) so this major change of pace was again welcomed by this guy.

Instead of vampires, aliens, and witches this season relied on terrors of the mind. Psychological fears and anxieties. The horrors man does to man. Deep issues.

Oh, and clowns. Like a lot of clowns.

But just because this new season didn’t include anything supernatural, that doesn’t mean the 11-episode season wasn’t filled with twisted visuals and horrifically disturbing acts. No, sir. This season boasted some showstoppers including S&M, gimps, and a house of horrors that wouldn’t be out of place in a Rob Zombie flick. It was all good.

But let’s backtrack a bit here.

Allow me to rundown the season’s plot for those who may be unaware. “AHS: Cult” tells the tale of a world post-election night. The literal dawn of Trump’s America. In one corner we have Sarah Paulson’s soccer mom, trying to fight through life with a series of crippling phobias (including clowns, holes, blood, and being a good person).

And in the other corner, we have Evan Peter’s angry, white (blue-haired) male, looking to seize Trump’s new position of power to bring about the end of… Actually, I want this to be a spoiler-free season review, so I’m just going to say the dude’s got big plans.

Like Manson-size plans. Let’s leave it at that.

With these two characters established, the new season then proceeds to send them spiraling into a collision course of political sabotage, intrigue, and clown-based nope, nope, nope-ing that can only end with one – or both – of them dead as Dillinger.

Overall “AHS: Cult” belonged end-to-end to Mr. Evan Peters. The young actor has continued to show his striking range from season to season of Ryan Murphy’s horror show and this season was no different. Peters’ turn as not only Kai, the blue-haired leader of the titular cult, but as infamous leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Charles Manson – to name a few – owed this season.

I can only hope he doesn’t pull a Jessica Lange and opt-out of more AHS next year.

Speaking of top performances, “AHS: Cult ” showcases some other chilling and memorable turns with Alison Pill’s strangely vulnerable, put-upon wife character being the best next to Peters in my eyes. This actress needs to be in more films/TV!

Along with Pill, actress Billie Lourd killed it time and time again. The “Scream Queens” breakout star and Carrie Fisher spawn was yet again a highlight in her second Ryan Murphy series. Bet she has the starring role in next season. Mark my words.

Add to that, the season also boasts a handful of fun cameos, including John Carroll Lynch’s return as Twisty the Clown, Emma Roberts as a bitchy reporter that will do anything to end up on top, and Lena Dunham as SCUM Manifesto writer Valerie Solanas. The cameo cast killed it and I wish they would have been present for more episodes. What are you gonna do?

On the sour side of the season, I didn’t dig Sarah Paulson’s character. At all. But I’m sure that was the point. Right? I’m still not sure. But, boy, I wouldn’t even want to be stuck in line behind her at a Starbucks for three minutes, let alone spend the better part of this season’s 11-hours with her and her whiny bullshite. Urgh.

That said, she pulled it out by the finale. That’s all I’ll say.

In the end, I enjoyed this season as much as – if not more – than any other of the series. “Murder House” will still no doubt go on as my favorite season of the series, but “AHS: Cult” will rank third after season one and “Freak Show”.

While I was on the fence about the season after three episodes, the show ended up ditching Paulson’s character (and/or shifting her arch) after a lull so the episodes picked up quickly. Whenever the season turned its focus back towards Peters (in whichever incarnation he was playing at the time) the show got better and better. Every time.

Not a bad way to spend my Tuesday night for the past 11 weeks.

Bring on season 12.

  • American Horror Story: Cult (2018)
3.5

Summary

The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story was Evan Peters’ show all the way through. The young actor pulled out all the stops time and time again to make what may have been a lackluster supernatural-free season a winner.

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The Axiom Review – A Stylish and Clever Slice of Independent Horror

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Starring Hattie Smith, Zac Titus, Nicole Dambro

Directed by Nicholas Woods


The Axiom is an ambitious, well directed, impressively acted and stunningly shot independent horror film that has just a few, teensy little flaws holding it back from greatness (and therefore will have to settle for just being really, really good, instead).

The first thing you realize when watching The Axiom is that this is a beautiful film. Everything is framed and shot in a lush and stylish manner, but one which is always tonally appropriate for the scene.

The second thing you’ll notice, and keep noticing as the film plays out, is that the movie really struck gold with this cast. Not only is there a total lack of the sort of stilted and unnatural acting seen in countless other microbudget horror affairs, but the performances are genuinely fantastic across the board. The main characters are believably chill and relatably normal in the early scenes, and the acting remains just as impressive once things start getting a bit more… intense. It’s not often that an independent horror film has so many good performances that it makes it hard to pick the movie’s acting VIP, but that is undeniably the case here. Taylor Flowers delivers what is probably the showiest performance (and does it very well, indeed), but the entire cast really is quite good.

The central premise of the film is both interesting and original, and touches upon the real life fact (given some recent attention in the ‘Missing 411’ books and documentary) that a lot more people sure seem to go missing out in the woods than seems reasonable, while simultaneously weaving all sorts of folklore, fairy tales and urban legends into the mix. It’s also clever in the way that it very naturally reveals aspects to the relationships between characters that serve to later – or sometimes retroactively – explain some of the more questionable decisions they make or attitudes they display. While that may sound like screenwriting 101, it’s surprising how many films fail to do this. The Axiom rewards the viewer’s attention in other ways as well, with many aspects of the movie that initially feel odd or unnatural receiving reasonable explanations (within the context of the movie) by the end. It’s not quite as challenging (or as rewarding) in this regard as, say, something like Session 9, but it does add a nice layer of complexity to the storytelling.

The film’s score, by Leo Kaliski, is also quite good. There may be a moment here or there where the music hits an overly familiar beat, but overall it not only fits the movie’s tone, but does quite a bit to help set that tone as well.

The only thing that I don’t feel the movie quite pulls off – and I’m trying to be vague here, because I feel like the less you know going into this film, the better – is some of the makeup effects work. The gore stuff is very well executed, but some of the other stuff feels like it was crafted with the intention of shooting it in a more… stylized manner. Instead, filmed as it is here, the result is sometimes less than impressive and can fail to make the impact that the movie seems to be implying that it should. And while some of what the makeup effects lack in execution is made up for with the ingenuity and creativity of their design, it’s still a bit of a shame when they don’t quite pull them off because, aside from a few niggles that I have with the writing, the effects are the only aspect of the film that occasionally fails to live up to the high level of technical proficiency that The Axiom otherwise demonstrates.

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

  • Man, the acting in this movie is really good. The dialogue may stumble once or twice, but these actors always sell it anyway.
  • Give back Mia Sara’s DNA, Hattie Smith!
  • If you’re going to put your female lead in shorts this small, I hope you’re not sensitive to viewers unleashing a nonstop parade of “Has anyone seen my pants / OH GOD WHERE ARE MY PANTS!” jokes.
  • “You just pop this here ‘Blair Witch Stick Person / Anarchy sign’ sticker up on that there windshield of yours, and them park rangers? Well – heh heh – they won’t bother you none, no sir.” Hmmmmm…
  • The film really is shot amazingly well – better than a lot of mainstream releases. Cinematographer Sten Olson has a real future ahead of him.
  • As does writer / director Nicholas Woods, for that matter. Any director who can get this level of quality out of their cast and crew on their first ever film is someone to keep an eye on.
  • “I’ll make a run for it and get help,” says the female lead, and I’m like “Yeah, let her go – she has no pants to weigh her down.”
  • The gore effects in the movie are both realized and utilized very well.
  • Welcome back to horror movies, “I’ll be right back” dialogue spoken unironically by and/or to ill-fated characters.
  • The Axiom
4.0

Summary

In the end, The Axiom is a solid and entertaining flick that manages to wring a level of quality and originality out of the somewhat tired “Don’t Go in the Woods” horror subgenre not seen since 2012’s Cabin in the Woods. The cinematography and acting are hugely impressive, it features a nice, unnerving score, the premise is original and captivating, and the whole thing moves at a nice pace that helps keep the film’s flaws from dragging it down.

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