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The Cemetery (2014)Starring Natalie Jean, J.D. Brown, Adam Huss, Tim Cronin, Tabetha Ray

Directed by Adam Ahlbrandt

Distributed by Adversary Films


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The Cemetery (2014)Starring Natalie Jean, J.D. Brown, Adam Huss, Tim Cronin, Tabetha Ray

Directed by Adam Ahlbrandt

Distributed by Adversary Films


Let’s face it – you’re either a lover of low-budget, unrestrained, off-the-wall, gore and nudity-infused exploitation flicks, or you’re not. There is a fine line of uncertainty as to whether or not a “casual” horror fan is willing to forgo their safe, adolescent MTV-styled thrillers that have to pass routine inspection (and be thoroughly butchered by a board of censors) in order to receive that blessed PG-17 stamp of approval.

Take it if you will, and the majority of us are contented to do so (hell, I like light AM radio every now and then,) but I find myself gravitating more towards that filth and sleaze that the masses wish just doesn’t exist – kind of like that drunk relative that only shows up at family functions around the holidays, three sheets to the wind, squeezing siblings in places that aren’t acceptable, and rounding up the night telling off the family before yakking into the fireplace. Give me that sweet putrefaction that I’ve deprived myself of for so long !

Enter director Adam Ahlbrandt’s The Cemetery, a delve into the secrets and sins of the church in the olden days, and how covering up a heinous series of acts in the name of The Father can come back to wreak havoc upon the present-day soul. In 1671, scores of men, women and children were subjected to excruciating rites at the hands of clergymen in an attempt to rid them of the demons that supposedly had taken over their bodies. Another side of the story was that the alleged bedeviled were not possessed at all – they were merely victims to the murderous inclinations of the holy order. Hundreds of innocents were beheaded, and their remains were buried in a cemetery not far from their execution site.

As we flash forward to present-day, while the ghost-hunting phenomenon and its endless array of reality-TV show pseudo-paranormal “experts” are latching their hooks into every little bump in the night, “Ghost Seekers,” a spectral investigation program, has drawn the assignment of checking out the location of the crimes from some 740 years ago.

We then follow a production crew deep into the darkest depths of the Pennsylvania hills, led by J.D. Brown (Bill), and followed by supporting cast members Natalie Jean, Adam Huss, Tabetha Ray and Tim Cronin – their friendships are tepid (at best), and frustration doesn’t take very long to display itself amongst the group. Armed with a slew of camera equipment, camping supplies and a copy of the church’s historical record, they head out in what they hope will be an informative and slightly cynical dive into the truth behind the house of God’s sullied history. Well, not a whole lot of debauched time passes before one of the group suffers the unholy tragedy of satanic possession at the hands of a lone demonic figure that walks the woods at night (and has a small cameo on the crew’s camera). The results of said possession aren’t pretty – the afflicted turns into a rampaging psychopath that loves to inflict only the heaviest of gory suffering upon whatever unlucky living soul may be in the closest proximity.

This is where the gore comes into play, and the quantity is mighty – for a director like Ahlbrandt who never claimed to use the biggest budget, he makes the absolute lion’s share of the sheer amount of blood and guts that go splattering all over the woods. The kills are graphic and intense in their ferocity – no one gets a nice and peaceful dispatching, and that’s the way I like it: no off-camera cutting, no cheeseball CGI (not that the disbursement would allow it), and just a fine job of practical effects – once again, making the most out of what you brought to the party. Much like his previous film Cross Bearer, Ahlbrandt takes a seemingly simplistic idea and ramps it up to deliver a horror product that should please the masses.

Visually, what else can you expect from a nighttime slaughter-fest in the middle of the woods ? Well surprisingly enough with this particular photoplay, you’ll get much more than you bargained for – as the crew’s hopes are for presenting a “found-footage” type of display, we (luckily enough) don’t have to bear witness to it – the camera shots are solid and engaging, and provide a fantastic look at not only a slew of after-dark carnage, but a healthy dose of daytime decimation as well. J.D. Brown and Natalie Jean provide the superlative performances here, as they’re complimented nicely with a blend of humor and desperation from the remainder of the cast that leaves no role empty-handed.

In the end of it all, The Cemetery won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but should, with its gore and back story, provide a decent view of what can be done with an imaginative brain-pan and a shrunken budget – give this one a look if you get the chance.

7 out of 5

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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Sneak Peek: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3

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“How was I supposed to know that all that crazy sex could lead to a kid?”

Tomorrow night marks the return of Starz’s horror-comedy seriesAsh vs Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell!

And before you settle in for all the madness and mayhem a mere 24-ish hours from now, make sure you check out this cool Sneak Peek at the third season via SyFy Wire.

It is a lot of fun and features one of the best lines I’ve heard out of Ash since the original trilogy (see above).

Give it a watch and then let us know how excited you are to finally check out the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” season three tomorrow night!

The third season stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Arielle Carver-O’Neill. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3 has new showrunners: Mark Verheiden and producer Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three begins tomorrow night!

S3 synopsis:

The third season finds Ash’s status in Elk Grove, Michigan has changed from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. Blood is thicker than water in the battle of good vs Evil Dead!

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