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Unhinged: Revisiting a Video Nasty

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Of all the movies to have the misfortune of being banned, Unhinged seems like an unlikely culprit. A 1982 slasher film directed by Don Gronquist, it was one of the many titles to be pulled from distribution for obscene content. In the United Kingdom, it became known as one of the infamous ‘video nasties’ along with the likes of Cannibal Ferox, Zombie, Island of Death, and countless others. While the slasher over-saturation from the time period brought us some memorable classics, it also featured many lackluster copycats. Truth be told, Unhinged has never gotten the full amount of praise it deserves, and one of its most prominent DVD releases features an audio track of commentators roasting it, a la “MST3K.” While it isn’t the blood-splattered mayhem of Violent Shit, or the psychological portrait of Bill Lustig’s Maniac, it certainly deserves recognition among genre fans as an underrated gem.

Unhinged is the story of three girls named Terry, Nancy, and Gloria, who crash their car while driving to a concert. When Terry awakens from her trauma, she finds herself in the care of Marion Penrose, a spinster living with her mother in an isolated country estate. The relationship between Marion and her mother is dysfunctional and emotionally abusive. Her mother berates her daughter, and constantly expresses her disdain for men. The house they live in feels less like a family domain, and more akin to a matriarchal society. Even the Penrose’ handyman Norman is forced to exit through the rear door like a second-class citizen. Actress J.E. Penner, who portrays Marion, gives the best performance in the film. She continually walks the thin line between creepy and sophisticated.

As Gloria recovers from her injuries, Terry and Nancy attempt to make the best of their situation, and understand the odd relationship Marion and her mother have with one another. The house itself becomes the ideal location for the chain of events that begin to unfold. Its isolated location allows the seeds of tension to be sewn, and introduce the first signs a potential antagonist. Early on it’s established that someone (or something) is watching the girls during their recuperation. This part of the movie makes the audience feel like they’re being watched—the repetitive POV shots and close ups of a mysterious eyeball furthers this voyeuristic aspect. Terry continually mentions that she hears a man’s voice throughout the ordeal, which starts the gradual build up to the films shocking climax, one that wouldn’t be rivaled until Robert Hiltzik’s Sleepaway Camp a year later.

Unquestionably, the greatest attribute of Unhinged is its pacing best described as a slow burn. The story builds up gradually, and unlike some of its contemporaries, it restrains itself a great deal with its content. The violence is surprisingly minimal, and the death toll never rises to the high level one might expect. Unhinged compensates for this absence of carnage with suspense and mood. The films minimalist soundtrack helps create a strong atmosphere coinciding with the slower pace. The first murder doesn’t occur until 36 minutes in, and when it does it feels like a climax at the end of a crescendo. From this point forward, the tension begins to rebuild itself, with the identity of the mysterious voyeur from earlier being revealed. Luckily, the third act doesn’t give too much away about the inevitable, or spoiling too much for a first time viewer. The conclusion, which borrows slightly from Three on a Meathook, is something that’s completely unexpected. During a second or third viewing many of the subtle clues that exist throughout become more noticeable.

The strength of a good film is how well it holds up after multiple viewings, and this one certainly does. The best horror is what you don’t see, and Gronquist’s demonstrates his ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with anticipation. There’s also a nostalgic charm Unhinged holds for those who gravitate towards the classics of yesterday. It might be time for a whole new generation to fall in love with this video nasty.

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The Predator Lands In Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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In one of the most unexpected announcements of the week, the Predator will be arriving in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands tomorrow as part in the form of a free DLC event titled “The Hunt”, which will last until early January. The event can either be played solo or in co-op, and if you are able to take down a Predator (which Ubisoft have promised won’t be easy), you’ll be rewarded with a ton of cool shit, including the Predator’s thermal vision helmet.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands was released to positive reviews back in March,with particular praise going towards the huge open world. Meanwhile, we’ll next be seeing the vicious alien hunters on the big screen when The Predator arrives on August 3, 2018.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: The Hunt Official Synopsis:
Ubisoft and FoxNext Games partner to bring the Predator to Ghost Recon Wildlands!

A new free mission is available for all players: The Predator hids in the Wildlands and he comes to find a new challenger. Hunt him and beat him in the hardest fight you ever known to get exclusive rewards!

New Predator contents are also available:
– Unlock new customisation items from the Predator movie as Predator gears and other iconic characters.
– Play as the Predator with the new PVP class in Ghost War.

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Hunt a Serial Killer Through Chicago In My Eyes On You

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Developer Storymind Entertainment have released the first gameplay trailer for My Eyes On You, and it looks like we’re in for something completely truly unique, in terms of both visuals and narrative.

My Eyes On You takes place in a near future version of Chicago, with FBI agent Jordan Adalien hunting an elusive serial killer known only as the Man in the Red Mask. The decisions you make will also dictate whether the game’s plot stays closer to reality or heads in a supernatural direction, so you’d better be careful what you wish for. Whilst searching for clues will be one of your main areas of focus, combat will also play an important role, too.

The trailer for My Eyes On You certainly gives off a strong Blade Runner 2049 vibe, so if that’s your thing, you’re probably in for a great time. It will be available on PC and consoles, although a release date has not yet been confirmed.

Storymind Entertainment social media links:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StorymindEnt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storymindent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StorymindEnt

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Netflix Renews The Punisher Solo Series for Season Two!

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I’m going to let you guys into a bit of my life here and let you know that I am basically in a constant state of kicking myself for not having found the time to watch a single episode of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series.

I love the f*cking Punisher and I think Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle is quite possibly the best version (love ya, Tom Jane) of the character we have ever seen on screen.

Big or small.

It’s with this in mind that we wanted to share the awesome news the Netflix has officially given “The Punisher” the greenlight for season 2!

Yes, Frank Castle will be back to shoot more people in the back of the face sooner than later. The announcement was made recently on Facebook and you can check out the post below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you thought of the first season of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series in the comments below or on social media!

“The Punisher” is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot, Jim Chory, and Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast features Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, and Paul Schulze.

Synopsis:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

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