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EVERLY - Final international Poster[1][1]Starring Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe, Hiroyuki Watanabe

Directed by Joe Lynch


Acclaimed filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Though plenty of films that have come along over the years have proven the Frenchman quite wrong, his immortal words have never felt more truthful than they do in the wake of Everly‘s VOD release.

Though, in fairness, Everly delivers a girl and about 15 different guns – as well as a handful of enemy-obliterating grenades. But still. You get what I’m trying to say.

Directed by “horror guy” Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), Everly stars Salma Hayek as the title character, who has found herself enemy #1 of her ex-boyfriend – who happens to be a ruthless mob boss by the name of Taiko. Everly has betrayed Taiko to the point that her murder is the only thing that will bring him inner peace, and the vengeful mobster vows to end her life before the day is through.

Holed up in the lavish apartment building she once shared with Taiko, Everly is forced to spend the day fighting for her life, battling a seemingly endless array of bad guys/girls in her quest for survival. And thank god for the assault rifles and various deadly weapons that are hidden underneath the floorboards and stashed all around the premises – mob bosses, am I right?

Joe Lynch is a filmmaker who has more than ingratiated himself to us horror fans over the years, bursting onto the scene in 2007 with Wrong Turn 2 and immediately letting us all know that he’s one of us. From there, Lynch directed the wraparound segment of anthology film Chillerama as well as his follow-up feature, Knights of Badassdom, and he also portrayed a heightened version of himself in the FEARnet original series “Holliston.”

His first film that doesn’t quite fit into the horror genre, Everly is nevertheless the one that lets us know precisely who Joe Lynch is as a filmmaker, as Wrong Turn 2 was a part of an established franchise while Knights of Badassdom was infamously given a Lynch-less makeover in the editing suite. And that right there is the beauty of his third film. Like last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Everly feels like a direct feed into the brain of its maker, and with it Lynch proves that his is a brain worth hanging out in.

More than anything, Everly is an exercise in taking a simple premise and squeezing optimum entertainment factor out of it, and boy, does it ever. With very little backstory provided or needed, the stage is set right from the word go, as we’re introduced to a sexy lady who’s in a whole lot of trouble and who happens to have many weapons at her disposal. The precise trouble she’s in, or why she’s in it, matters very little, as Everly is the sort of movie that reminds us why we fell in love with movies in the first place: because they entertain us.

Playing out like a video game – and holy shit, I really want to play a video game based on this movie – Everly is 90 minutes of pure entertainment, as Salma Hayek’s utterly badass character shoots, chops and explodes her way through a never-ending onslaught of freaks and deviants. It’s as if everyone in the entire world is out to kill her, and to speak any further about the specific baddies that enter her apartment would quite frankly ruin the wholly unexpected fun of the proceedings – suffice to say, it’s a colorful cast of bounty hunters.

To complain that Everly lacks any real substance is missing the point of what Lynch has presented here, as the film is, at the end of the day, exploitation cinema at its finest. A bullet-ridden, blood-soaked homage to the brand of cinema that guys like Tarantino and Miike specialize in, Everly aims to please that particular audience and does precisely that, though I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that there’s a whole lot of heart underneath all the violence.

As Everly, Salma Hayek is thoroughly badass and drop-dead-sexy, but her performance also lends some unexpected emotional weight to the proceedings. Taiko aims to not just kill Everly but also her mother and young daughter, and you might be surprised by how much you find yourself caring about the character and her plight. Hayek’s Everly is unquestionably one of the great female action heroes of our time, single-handedly filling a cinematic gap that desperately needed to be filled.

So many movies promise to deliver what Everly promises to deliver and come up short in that quest, and Everly is one of the rare movies that does precisely what it says it’s going to do. The film is of course at its most entertaining when Hayek is brutally dispatching her adversaries, though Lynch manages to make the downtime feel like anything but – the post-mayhem cleanup is as fun as the mayhem itself, for example. From start to finish, Everly is just plain fun, and that’s really all it needs, wants or desires to be.

If Everly is what it looks like when Joe Lynch has full creative control, then I look forward to seeing what else Lynch does when he’s in charge of his own creations. Yes, he’s still one of us, but his future’s so bright that I’m pretty sure we’re going to have to start sharing him with the rest of the world. And that’s totally fine with me… if it means more movies like this one.

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Oy! HANNUKAH THE MOVIE Aims to Get Made After Nearly a Decade

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This menorah has nothing to do with the story but, c'mon! It's a freaking T-rex menorah!

As a Jew, seeing holiday-themed horror movies is both a wonderful and bittersweet occasion. I love seeing my friends celebrate the holidays that are near and dear to their hearts but elevated with the viscera, gore, and terror that I so dearly love. But while Christians have films like Black Christmas, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Red Christmas, Krampus, etc…, the amount of horror films centered around Jewish holidays is slim to none. Don’t get me wrong here, okay? I’m well aware of population dynamics and, therefore, interest in a given subject/life experience. It’d just be nice to see something like that now and again.

Oh, but what’s this? Looks like writer/director Eben McGarr is ready to move forward on his near decade long project Hanukkah The Movie, a “TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” I get it. Sensible chuckle awarded.

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.

A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

The film has supposedly taken care of the majority of pre-production, so they’re now on Indiegogo with the goal to raise $100,000. Not a small amount but certainly not an unachievable goal. If a potato salad Kickstarter that wanted $10 ended up with nearly $56,000, I think this has a chance.

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Trailer: Man-Made Ghosts Invade OUR HOUSE This July

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IFC Midnight will be unleashing director Anthony Scott Burns’ feature debut Our House come July 27, 2018. The film stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz and today we have the flick’s spooky trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Our House is directed by Anthony Scott Burns from a script written by Nathan Parker and stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. It’s produced by Lee Kim, Martin Katz, Ulf Israel and Karen Wookey. Executive producers are John Davis, Nick Spicer, Kyle Franke, Derek Dauchy, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, David Kehrl and Reik Moller.

The film hits via IFC Midnight this July 27, 2018.

Synopsis:

The story of a young genius who accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones — and unleashing things that are far worse.

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY 8 Begins Filming This June

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American Horror Story Season 6It was just the other day that we let you guys know that Billie Lourd will be back for the upcoming 8th season of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

And today we have word via Deadline that the new season, rumored to be titled AHS: Radioactive will begin shooting around June 16.

Are you excited to hear filming will soon begin on AHS 8? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

AHS Season 8 stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother. Murphy has revealed he’s interested in casting Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family) as well.

 

 

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