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The number of home video releases on October 19th is not as abundant as in recent weeks, and fewer re-released titles means those that are available are much more special. In this batch one Adrien Brody flick competes with another, and at least two independent horror titles are making a splash. Two beloved classic films return in Blu-ray where one is supplemented by a documentary treatment of it.

Also, don’t forget to strum & drum out with some tunes from Rob Zombie on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Finally, foreign horror gives us an over-the-top Japanese gorefest, a British zombie flick where the $70 budget was spent on tea and biscuits for the zombies, and Norwegian black metal.


Predators on DVDPredators
Directed by Nimród Antal

Robert Rodriguez presents “>Predators (review), a bold new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors mysteriously brought together on a jungle planet. But when these cold-blooded human “predators” find themselves in all-out war against a new breed of alien Predators, it’s the ultimate showdown between hunter and prey. Predators also star Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Oleg Taktarov, and Louis Ozawa Changchien. Read the “>chat with Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Night of the Demon on DVDNight of the Demon
Directed by Adam Gierasch

In Night of the Demons (review), Angela Feld is throwing the Halloween party to end all Halloween parties at the infamous Broussard Mansion in New Orleans, where dark events transpired almost a century ago. But when the packed party gets busted by the police, Angela and her friends Maddie, Lily, Suzanne, Colin, Dex, and Jason are the only ones left behind. Soon Colin and Angela make a grisly discovery in the basement, and inexplicable events start to take place. With the mansion gates mysteriously locked, the seven find themselves trapped for the night … and soon they’re fighting ancient demons for their very souls. “>Night of the Demons (trailer) stars Diora Baird, Shannon Elizabeth, Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, John F. Beach, Michael Copon, Tiffany Shepis, and Edward Furlong.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


Mirrors 2 on DVDMirrors 2
Directed by Victor Garcia

When Max, a recovering addict, takes a job as a nighttime security guard, he begins to see visions of a young mysterious woman in the store’s mirror. The terrifying results push audiences to the edge-of-their-seats in this white-knuckle horror film directed by Spanish filmmaker “>Victor Garcia (interview). Included with both the Mirrors 2 Blu-ray and DVD release is Into the Mirror, the original Korean film on which the contemporary horror classic is based, about a series of gruesome deaths in a department store all involving mirrors. “>Mirrors 2 (exclusive clip) stars Nick Stahl, William Katt, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Christy Carlson Romano.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


The Psycho Legacy on DVDThe Psycho Legacy
Directed by Robert Galluzzo

“>The Psycho Legacy (review) follows the indelible filmmaking legacy left by the Psycho movies and unravels the screenwriting, casting and directing of all the movies, examining their undeniable longevity and success. Interweaving ultra-rare and never-before-seen interview footage of Anthony Perkins and dozens of interviews including Robert Loggia, Olivia Hussey, Henry Thomas, Diana Scarwid, Tom Holland, Hilton Green, Mick Garris and many more, The Psycho Legacy is the first documentary to unite and explore decades of Psycho movies in one place, revealing surprises and insights into what is considered the grandfather of modern horror. Watch a “>trailer and a “>12 minute clip.

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Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition) Blu-ray DVDPsycho (50th Anniversary Edition) Blu-ray
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is now available on Blu-ray featuring perfect picture, a newly created 5.1 audio track and bonus features that take you beyond the movie! Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s most notorious psychopaths – Norman Bates. Named #1 on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, this notorious film has become a cultural phenomenon. Featuring one of the most iconic scenes in film history – the famous “shower scene”, Psycho is “still terrifying after all these years” (Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide). Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Janet Leigh.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary Blu-ray DVDThe Rocky Horror Picture Show 35th Anniversary
Directed by Jim Sharman

A divine film adaptation from Richard O’Brien’s British musical horror comedy/rock opera, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features revered performance by Tim Curry (Clue, Home Alone) as a bizarre and self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) and Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”) as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The madcap, musical mayhem begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to unveil his greatest creation – and have a bit of fun with his reluctant guests. The film also stars Meat Loaf.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Giallo on DVDGiallo
Directed by Dario Argento

An FBI agent with deep rooted past issues is on the prowl for the infamous Serial Killer, “Giallo (Yellow)” as he is known. No ordinary Killer …he seeks victims that are beautiful women only to disfigure and eventually kill them off. This time he has captured a beautiful model and our Agent must find him before he commits his latest victim’s fate. “>Giallo (trailer) stars Adrian Brody, Emmanuelle Siegner, and Elsa Patasky.

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Rock of the Dead on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360Rock of the Dead on Playstation 3 and Xbox360
Video Game by Tommo

Grab your axe and jump off stage as you transcend from aspiring musician to global rock god! Use ‘the power of rock’ to unleash sonic blasts on hordes of flesh eaters or raise your guitar to the heavens and power your protective shield. Riff your way through the infected masses to the soul-ripping tunes of Rob Zombie and save the world! Check out the “>trailer and screenshots from the game.

Buy the Playstation 3 Game or Xbox360 Game.


Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl on DVDVampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl
Directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu

The deranged genius behind Tokyo Gore Police is back with a chilling new flick that’s re-writing the hallowed history of the horror genre. “>Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (review) is the terrifying story of two classic monsters re-imagined as super hot – and extremely lethal – Japanese school girls. Gore rules supreme in this blood-cake cavalcade of carnage chosen as the winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 NY Asian Film Festival. Fan boys and movie blogs are already buzzing over this bloodbath du jour, and aficionados of psychedelic blood-filled chocolates, mad scientist principals, sumo wrestlers from hell, and sex-crazed school nurses are guaranteed to lose their heads over this old school splatter-fest. Watch the “>trailer.

Buy the Blu-ray DVD.


Colin on DVDColin
Directed by Marc Price

Already a worldwide phenomenon with huge media coverage, “>Colin (review) is the first zombie movie told from the zombie s perspective, it is a film truly like no other. Our hero Colin is bitten by a zombie; he dies and returns as one of the undead. We follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous apocalypse. Through his encounters, we learn who Colin was and more pertinently, what he has now become. Including a broad daylight zombie versus human street battle, an epic housebound siege and bags of gore. Made for only $70, mostly spent on tea and cookies for “zombies”, this is a zombie phenomenon that must not be missed! Colin stars Alastair Kirton, Daisy Aitkens, Leanne Pammen, Kate Alderman and Tat Whalley.

Buy the regular DVD or the 2-Disc Edition.


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Until The Light Takes Us on DVDUntil The Light Takes Us
Directed by Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewel

Until The Light Takes Us tells the story of Norwegian black metal. Part music scene and part cultural uprising, black metal rose to worldwide notoriety in the mid-Nineties when a rash of suicides, murders, and church burnings accompanied the explosive artistic growth and output of a music scene that would forever redefine what heavy metal is and what it stands for to other musicians, artists and music fans world-wide.

Buy the Blu-ray or the limited 2 Disc DVD Set.


Assault of the Sasquatch on DVDAssault of the Sasquatch
Directed by Andrew Gernhard

When a merciless bear poacher is caught and arrested deep in the woods of a state park, he and his truck are taken to a neglected precinct in the heart of a dying city. Unbeknownst to the authorities, the impounded truck holds a deadly cargo in the form of the legendary Sasquatch! Now, stuck in an unfamiliar world, the creature will let nothing and no one stop it from coming face-to-face with the unscrupulous man who ruthlessly ripped it from its environment. Taking an inventive and action packed approach, “>Assault of the Sasquatch (review) breaths new and exciting life into the immortal legend of Bigfoot. The film stars Greg Nutcher, Sarah J. Ahearn, Cristina Santiago, Andrea Saenz, Shawn C. Phillips & M. Kelly Kevin Shea.

Buy the DVD.


Howling Trilogy - The Marsupials III, The Rebirth V, The Freaks VI on DVDHowling Trilogy – The Marsupials III, The Rebirth V, The Freaks VI
Directed by Various

The Marsupials: A strange race of human-like marsupials that have appeared suddenly in Australia are being studied by a sociologist played by Barry Otto who soon falls in love with Jerboa, a beautiful redhead (Imogen Annesley). The aptly named Jerboa has a secret; a cute, curious little pouch that following a night of passion gains the tiniest of new inhabitants. The Rebirth: When a group of strangers converge on an ominous Romanian castle, they begin to suspect one of them may be an ancestor to a legendary werewolf bloodline. The Freaks: When a drifter named Ian comes to the rural town of Canton Bluff, he finds work fixing up the local church. But when the owner of a traveling carnival finds out Ian’s terrible secret, he blackmails him into becoming part of his sideshow.

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The Lost Tribe on DVDThe Lost Tribe
Directed by Roel Reine

On a remote tropical island, an archeological team unearths a prehistoric secret so dangerous that none of them will live to reveal it. Then, when a group of friends is shipwrecked on the island, they discover the terrifying truth about what the scientists found – it’s very much alive, freakishly strong and has a taste…for humans. Golden Globe nominee Lance Henriksen (Terminator, Aliens) stars with Emily Foxler (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Nick Mennell (Friday the 13th, Halloween) and Brianna Brown (Knocked Up) in this pulse-pounding horror-thriller from the director of Marine 2.

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Deadlands 2: Trapped (Extended & Unrated) on DVDDeadlands 2: Trapped (Extended & Unrated)
Directed by Gary Ugarek

When the U.S. government unleashes a highly toxic bio-weapon on the residents of a small Maryland city, all Hell breaks loose as six strangers find themselves seeking refuge inside a local movie theatre from the bloodthirsty, infected citizens roaming the streets.
Writer-director Gary Ugarek follows up his 2007 indie sleeper hit DEADLANDS: THE RISING with this non-stop action thrill ride starring Jim Krut (Dawn of the Dead) and Josh Davidson (Perkins 14, Ghosts Don’t Exist).

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Redeemer: Son of Satan (1978) on DVDRedeemer: Son of Satan (1978)
Directed by Constantine S. Gochis

A group of people are invited to a class reunion at their old high school. Upon arriving, they find only a few of them show up, despite the grand decorations that have gone into the event. Soon, one of them dies and the rest realize that they have been locked in the school. What they don’t know is that one of their classmates grew up to be a deranged preacher with a viciously sick sense of Biblical justice. With each passing victim, their killer grows more and more bizarre… donning a number of homemade masks and utilizing fake voices to lure and frighten his prey. Class reunions are often dreaded, but will anyone make it out of this one alive? The film stars Damien Knight, Jeannetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen, and Michael Hollingsworth.

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Herman Cohen Classic Horror Double Feature: Horrors of the Black Museum & The Headless Ghost on DVDHerman Cohen Classic Horror Double Feature: Horrors of the Black Museum & The Headless Ghost
Directed by Arthur Crabtree;Peter Graham Scott

HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM: London is fear struck, and Scotland Yard is baffled by a series of strange murders that have plagued the city. Stories of the atrocities, by crime journalists Edmond Bancroft (Michael Gough), come to their own conclusions missed by the Yard. Along with his assistant, Rick (Graham Curnow) who helps him run a private Black Museum filled with murder and torture devices. THE HEADLESS GHOST: Three foreign exchange students, Americans Ronnie, Bill and Danish Ingrid, go on a daytrip to the supposedly haunted Ambrose Castle. The students decide to spend the night in the castle to find out if it really is haunted and meet the ghost of the Fourth Earl of Ambrose and various other spooks.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


The Demon on DVDThe Demon
Directed by Percival Rubens

Cameron Mitchell, star of Mario Bava s seminal giallo/slasher BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964) and THE TOOLBOX MURDERS (1978), plays Colonel Bill Carson a private investigator with psychic powers who is hired by a couple whose daughter was carried off into the night by an inexplicable outline of unknown terror. The Mother (Moira Winslow), who herself left to die, pleads with Mitchell after the police have turned up nothing. Can the psychic investigator find the daughter and stop the demon from adding to his killing spree?

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Zombie Nightmare (1986) on DVDZombie Nightmare (1986)
Directed by Jack Bravman

Tony Washington foils a robbery at a local grocery store only to be run over and killed by a group of savage suburban teens. But the horror has only just begun, for in the darkest recesses of Tony’s backyard, a voodoo ceremony takes place which resurrects Tony into a superhuman zombie avenger. One by one, Tony’s ruthless killers are graphically and brutally murdered as the undead Tony takes his gory revenge! The stage is set for a bone-chilling climax as the authorities finally come face to face with the dead rising from the grave. The film stars Adam West, Tia Carrere, Jon Mikl Thor, and John Fasano.

Buy the DVD.


Aaah! Zombies!! (2007) on DVDAaah! Zombies!! (2007)
Directed by Matthew Kohnen

Zombies. You know ’em, you love ’em. But what do they think of you? In this hilarious twist on the Classic Zombie Tale, we see the world through Zombie eyes when a barrel full of Toxic Goo transforms four friends in to the Walking Dead, and suddenly, it seems every one else has gone mad. In the most unique Zombie story in years, the Zombies embark on a bumbling quest to find the “Truth”, completely unaware of their rotting undeadness. After all, Zombies are people too. The film stars Matthew Davis, Betsy Buetler, Tracey Walter, Richard Riehle, and Julianna Robinson.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD.


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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)
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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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