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Devoured (2014)

Devoured (2014)Starring Marta Milans, Kara Jackson, Bruno Gunn, Tyler Hollinger, Sal Redino

Directed by Greg Olliver


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Devoured (2014)Starring Marta Milans, Kara Jackson, Bruno Gunn, Tyler Hollinger, Sal Redino

Directed by Greg Olliver


Devoured is the movie equivalent of a nasty curveball. For those who aren’t keen on the sports reference, it’s a movie that has you completely thinking one way; then, just at the last minute, the bottom drops out on you and you realize you’ve been looking at something completely different the entire time. A nasty curveball.

Devoured is the story of a woman named Lourdes who has come to New York City in hopes of earning enough money to send home so her son can have an operation to save his life. We see Lourdes working at a local bar/restaurant, toiling night and day and squirreling away what little money she can. Then we see her doing some less than enviable things for money that show us just how desperate her situation has become. Working in a somewhat hostile environment, away from home and basically friendless, Lourdes is struggling to keep it together.

And that’s all we can say. To elaborate any more on Devoured would be to tread too closely to revealing the twists and secrets that make the movie quite enjoyable. Upon first viewing, you may find yourself wondering when the action is going to begin, wondering how much of Lourdes’ tedious day-to-day life are we going to have to endure before the action starts. But as the final credits roll, you’ll realize you’ve been watching the action all along. Devoured is a movie that screams to be re-watched as you’ll be dying to see just what clues director Greg Olliver left for us along the way.

To say the last 15 minutes of the movie is an explosive turn of events is an understatement. You completely forget that Devoured had loped along at a somewhat leisurely pace for the first 45 minutes and will be absolutely engrossed in the conclusion of the movie, which actually comes full circle to finish where it began. We see the conclusion in the first scene of the movie. The rest of the time is spent getting us to that point and showing us what led up to the tragedy we witness in the opening moments.

The movie relies on the performance of Marta Milans in the role of Lourdes, as she appears in just about every scene in the film. She brings Lourdes to life in a convincing way and really shows her stuff during the climax when the entire truth is revealed. Also, a nod must be given to stunt performer Stephanie Flores, who performed one of the most amazing falls I’ve ever seen. Absolutely incredible.

Devoured is a slow burner. You’ve got to have patience with it, but you will be rewarded with a pretty fantastic ending that you won’t see coming. Writer Marc Landau put together a unique tale that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and Olliver takes a very small cast and brings the story to life. And Milans absolutely carries the picture. Overall, it’s an entertaining film that’ll impress you. Have patience; it’s worth the wait.

3 1/2 out of 5

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Toy Fair 2018: Storm Collectibles Proudly Display their Mortal Kombat Figures

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One of the goriest franchises in the history of gaming will soon be playable in a different way, because Storm Collectibles have revealed a ton of new Mortal Kombat action figures at Toy Fair.

Fans of the ultraviolent fighting franchise might want to start fighting back their nerd boners, because Storm’s new figure line includes some of the most popular characters from the series, including Ermac, Shao Kahn, Rain, Smoke, Reptile, and Goro, although I was personally a little let down to see that the smooth movie star Johnny Cage appears to be absent.

Toy Ark posted a series of photos of the highly-detailed figures from the event, and we can probably expect them to arrive in stores soon. Since the release of the first game all the way back in 1992, the Mortal Kombat franchise has sold a combined total of 35 million copies in addition to generation over $5 billion in revenue, so these toys will keep the ravenous fanbase happy until the inevitable announcement of Mortal Kombat XI.

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#Brainwaves Episode 78: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini – LISTEN NOW!

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all.

Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio. Listen to our episode with Harry NOW!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

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Dread Central Presents The Lodgers – Vegas Screening and Wider Release

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Last weekend fans got their first taste of the next Dread Central Presents film, The Lodgers (review); and we’re not done yet! There’s another Dread Central Presents screening TOMORROW, February 22nd, at 7:00 PM at the Eclipse Theaters in Las Vegas, Nevada (tickets here); and then the flick will be opening wider the very next day!

To see if the film will be playing near you, click here for a list of cities The Lodgers will be haunting!

Directed by Brian O’Malley and starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, the film made its worldwide premiere at 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival and has since won many awards across multiple festivals.

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Synopsis:
In this Gothic horror tale, a family curse confines orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) to their home as punishment for their ancestors’ sins. Bound to the rules of a haunting childhood lullaby, the twins must never let any outsiders inside the house, must be in their rooms by the chime of midnight, and must never be separated from one another. Breaking any of these three rules will incur the wrath of a sinister presence that inhabits the house after midnight.

While Edward is committed to this ill-fated life, he’s becoming more unhinged due to the fact that Rachel is not. Smitten by a local soldier (Eugene Simon), Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity.

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