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Apocalyptic (UK DVD)Starring David Macrae, Jane Elizabeth Barry, Geoff Pinfield

Directed by Glenn Triggs



Apocalyptic (UK DVD)Starring David Macrae, Jane Elizabeth Barry, Geoff Pinfield

Directed by Glenn Triggs

Distributed by Monster Pictures UK

More found footage makes its way onto our screens courtesy of director Glenn Triggs with his religious cult-themed entry Apocalyptic. While filming at an addiction therapy session, Australian local news reporter Jodie (Barry) and her cameraman, Kevin (Pinfield), get talking to an attendee who informs them of a strange religious cult, existing in seclusion, from which he recently escaped.

Taking his assertions of concern for those still remaining there as seriously as he apparently means them, Jodie and Kevin are soon in contact with cult members and set out to make their big break by documenting just what it is that the “Heaven’s Gate” followers get up to out in the countryside.

Once they arrive at the instructed location, the pair are led, blindfolded, through the woods by two young girls, only to emerge in a beautiful, serene basin of green land populated by wooden cabins and the cult itself. There, they set about interviewing the all-female cult members and their male spiritual leader – the enigmatic Michael Godson (Macrae). This being a horror flick, it obviously isn’t all singing, dancing, praying and self-sufficient communal living; and as the nature of “The Prophecy” that drives Godson’s cult gradually unfolds, the situation becomes ever more dangerous for our visitors.

Comparisons with Ti West’s recent film The Sacrament are inevitable here, and both films do have very similar themes, beats and structures to them – albeit mainly due to the Jonestown Massacre-esque foundations on which they lay themselves. Triggs’ Apocalyptic, however, does manage to distance itself rather well from West’s effort by way of a somewhat more fantastical undercurrent. Where The Sacrament dwells within a cell of assured, purely human madness and horror, Triggs allows, via his introduction of Godson’s prophecy, a constant thread of doubt to run just beneath what actually unfolds before the cameras.

Apocalyptic is an obviously low budget entry into the genre, but Triggs acts wisely throughout the production, keeping his range of central characters small and focused and the action confined to a very small location – which also happens to be one that lends a large amount of value to the film. It really does feel a thousand miles away from civilisation – like help would be almost impossible to find, even if someone were to wildly flee in search of it.

Kudos also to Triggs for unfolding the story in a manner that is never less than involving, gradually ramping up the tension and ‘what-the-hell’ moments until the requisite Kool-Aid-flooded final act wherein all hell breaks loose in a cacophony of running, screaming, blood and vomit. These aren’t the most shocking moments of Apocalyptic, though. No, those are reserved for quieter times, presented completely matter-of-factly as the casual behaviour of the cult and demonstrative of the control that Michael exudes over his women. There’s a point in this film that exhibits the bedtime routine for Michael and his followers which takes a very sudden, shocking and dark turn – one that will leave you sitting, mouth agape, at what is taking place while nobody bats an eyelid except our protagonists. It’s very well done indeed.

On the other hand, it isn’t all sing-songs and swigging from chalices when it comes to Apocalyptic. The characters are frequently underdeveloped, and our protagonists much too passive until things have gone very, very wrong to really care all that much about. Those punctuated shock points throughout the film may be genuinely appalling, but there’s rarely an actual sense of fear or concern for what might happen to Jodie and Kevin. Macrae, as Godson, has the perfect looks for his role and comes across as enigmatic and devoted (crazy?) enough, but like the majority of the other players, he often feels on the verge of slipping up – rarely quite as authentic and convincing in his performance as he genuinely does appear to be trying to be. Occasional scenes of dialogue between the protagonists seem poorly improvised due to their stilted delivery, even though they were likely fully scripted. It lends an odd feel to a film that does put in a lot of effort at being naturalistic, but just can’t quite break through amateur constraints.

Still, rocky performances and overly bland characters aside, Apocalyptic does manage to rattle up a number of good shocks plus an enthralling central mystery with a decent ending and doesn’t outstay its welcome when all is said and done. It won’t change your world, nor indeed end it, but for aficionados of the found footage genre, it’s certainly worth a look. If you don’t think you can handle any more climactic shaky-cam running and screaming in the woods, you’d be better served in a similar, yet incrementally more confident manner by The Sacrament.

Special features on Monster Pictures’ UK DVD release of Apocalyptic include the trailer for the film itself and for a bunch of other Monster releases, a nicely in-depth circa 75-minute ‘Making of’ featurette filled with plenty of interesting interview material and a feature commentary by director Glenn Triggs that runs at a brisk pace with very little downtime. Overall, a pretty good package for a pretty decent film.

Special Features

  • Trailer
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Making of Featurette


    7 out of 5

    Special Features:

    7 1/2 out of 5

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    Vampire Movie Living Among Us Playing In US Theaters This February



    The vampire movie Living Among Us will be playing in screens across the US on February 2, and you can learn more from the following press release.

    From the Press Release:
    The anticipated supernatural vampire movie Living Among Us from writer/director Brian A. Metcalf will hit select theaters across the country on Friday February 2nd, 2018.

    Starring the late John Heard (Home Alone), Ésme Bianco (Game of Thrones), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), James Russo (Django Unchained), Andrew Keegan (10 Things I Hate About You), Jordan Hinson (Eureka), Hunter Gomez (National Treasure), and Jessica Morris (The Wrong Man), Living Among Us is a fresh modern twist on the vampire movie genre. Vampires have been revealed to the world at a blood donation facility by a local news team. Now, the vampires’ sectional leader, Samuel (William Sadler), has spoken out to explain that they wish only to coexist with humans and mean no harm.

    Vampires have just made themselves public! A group of documentary filmmakers have been invited to spend time with a family of vampires and learn how they live. But as reality sets in, the crew realizes they are in for far more than they bargained for.

    Best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movie series, Living Among Us is the final movie starring John Heard, who passed away in July 2017. Heard plays the role of Andrew, the father of the vampire family, alongside his wife Elleanor (Ésme Bianco) and their children Blake (Andrew Keegan) and Sybil (Jessica Morris).

    When crewmembers Mike (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Aaron (James Russo), Carrie (Jordan Hinson) and Benny (Hunter Gomez) realize things are not what they seem, they risk everything to get as much footage as possible, but must battle to escape the scene alive and reveal their footage to the world.

    Living Among Us is an entertaining, modern supernatural horror and a commentary on today’s society, media and politics. It examines how ratings can take importance over safety and how leaders will manipulate the public and shield truths.

    The filmmakers have partnered with Vision Films, Prekindle and Alamo Drafthouse to present an exclusive offer for fans who pre-order tickets before January 19th. They will receive a signed headshot by Living Among Us star and producer Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie, Rookie of the Year, Walt Before Mickey), and a free digital download of the film.
    To find out more visit: redcompassmedia.com/theaters

    Living Among Us is a Red Compass Media production produced by Brian Metcalf and Thomas Ian Nicholas and executive produced by Ben Chan, with Vision Films handling worldwide distribution.

    Director and producer Brian A. Metcalf says: “Living Among Us is a contemporary American New Wave horror film that subverts the traditional vampire mythos and fuses it with modern day science and technology. I hope audiences enjoy it!”

    Managing Director / CEO of Vision Films Lise Romanoff says: “The performances are amazing. The Vampire family appears to be a normal family except for the sociopathic son. Then when things turned sadistic, while that in itself wasn’t a surprise, you are still affected never-the-less!”

    Don’t miss Living Among Us when it opens at the following list of participating theaters starting Friday February 2nd.

    Cinema Village, New York City, NY | cinemavillage.com
    Ahrya Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA | laemmle.com/theaters/25
    Galaxy Riverbank 12, Sacramento, CA | galaxytheatres.com
    Davis Theater, Chicago, IL | davistheater.com
    Monroe 12, Seattle, WA | galaxytheatres.com/12
    Alamo Drafthouse, Dallas, TX | drafthouse.com/dfw
    Galaxy Highland 10, Austin, TX | galaxytheatres.com/4
    Alamo Drafthouse, Phoenix, AZ | drafthouse.com/phoenix
    Royal Oak 11, Detroit, MI | royaloakmusictheatre.com
    East Bethel 10, East Bethel, MN | emagine-entertainment.com


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    Honest Trailers Takes on Stephen King’s IT



    Who out there loves Screen Junkies Honest Trailers?

    Well, then today is your lucky day as the YouTube channel has just released their Honest Trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s IT.

    I don’t tend to watch these Honest Trailers videos but I have to admit this one was pretty fun. I’m not for mercilessly poking fun at movies that don’t deserve it, but when someone can point out issues I never realized (that are kinda valid) then I’m all in.

    You can check out the Honest Trailer for Stephen King’s IT below and then let us know what you think!

    Stephen King’s IT is now available on Blu-ray.



    Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

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    Director Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 Could Be His Next Film



    I don’t know if you ever bothered to see the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, but if you missed out, you should make time for the stellar flick.

    I kept putting the film off myself, but then when I finally peeped the Groundhog Day-style shenanigans contained within, I was a fan signed, sealed, and delivered D.O.A.

    It is with this in mind I’m excited to share the news that Edge of Tomorrow 2 just might be director Doug Liman’s next film! Recently the director spoke with Collider and dropped some new info on the possible sequel.

    “We’re just working on the script…,” Liman said. “[We’re no longer working on scheduling issues]; now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have [a] story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”

    So when he was asked if the film could be his next flick, he said: “It could be. It has the possibility of being my next film.”

    Good enough for me!

    You can check out the trailer for the original film out again below; and for your own good, if you’ve been passing on the film for the last few years, give it a shot tonight. You will not be disappointed.

    When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight — and his death — over and over again. However, Cage’s fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

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