Last month The Borderlands was a found footage film that curdled our blood, Antisocial showed us the dangers of our addition with social media and we watched Radha Mitchell and Stephen Moyer team up to collar a serial killer in Evidence. If you haven’t yet seen any of those films then we strongly recommend you check them out. Now, as we move into May, let’s see what horror delights will be gracing stores over the next few weeks.
Monday 5th May, 2014
Shown during the 2012 Film4 Frightfest Halloween All Nighter, Gallowalkers is the story of a cursed gunman whose victims come back from the dead. In order to fight the gang of zombies heading his way he recruits a young warrior to help him. From the looks of the trailer, Andrew Goth’s western horror is practically Blade in the desert except instead of vampires it’s zombies. Is it any good? Reviews wouldn’t suggest so as this one was stuck in development hell for quite some time and was further delayed by Snipe’s run in with the law.
Monday 12th May, 2014
Director: Jeremy Berg
Starring: Brandon Anthony, Carson Holden, D’Angelo Midili
A low budget horror movie, The Invoking was originally known on the festival circuit as Sader Ridge where it won the Audience Award at the 2013 Seattle True Independent Film Festival. The film follows a girl called Samantha Harris who inherits a house from the family she never knew. After heading out with her friends to inspect the property, Sam begins to experience terrifying visions of unspeakable evil sending her into a waking nightmare where secrets won’t stay buried. After watching the trailer it is painfully clear that this is low budget so we might have to wait to see if this is picked up by one of the popular video streaming providers before we watch it.
We were fortunate enough to attend the UK premiere of Brian Netto’s Delivery when it played as part of the line-up during last years Celluloid Screams Film Festival. Delivery is the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-orientated show. The production spirals out-of-control after the producers of the show witness unexplained paranormal phenomenon occurring in the home and soon find out that it is attracted to Rachel and her unborn child. Folks may think this sounds similar to the awful found-footage film Devil’s Due but make no mistake, this film is so much better in every way possible.
House of Good and Evil
Director: David Mun
Starring: Rachel Marie Lewis, Christian Oliver, Marietta Marich
David Mun’s House of Good and Evil took home the Award for Best Feature at the 2013 London International Film Festival. After a family tragedy, Chris and Maggie Conley, in a last-ditch effort to save their dying marriage, purchase an isolated home in the deepest woods. When Chris leaves to complete his training to become a firefighter, Maggie begins to witness unexplained events leading to a struggle of good and evil. From the looks of the trailer things certainly look spooky in the House of Good and Evil.
Paranormal Activity 5 will be released this October but the team behind the franchise released The Marked Ones to keep audiences happy after a Paranormal Activity movie was missing in cinemas last Halloween. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones follows teenager Jesse who begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbour. As he investigates, it isn’t long before Jessie finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity. We loved it when we saw it back in January and it goes without saying that we’re excited to revisit it again as it does more than make up for the disaster that was the fourth installment.
Monday 26th May, 2014
Director: Ryan Smith
Starring: Steven Strait, Karolina Wydra, Madison Lintz
Ryan Smith‘s After was featured as part of the main line-up of the 2012 Film4 Frightfest Film Festival. Telling the story of two bus crash survivors who awake to discover that they are the only people left in their small town, they must form an unlikely alliance in a race to unravel the truth behind their isolation. One part mystery and one part thriller, After suffers from some pacing issues and very basic performances from its cast. However, the film does feature some intriguing special effects and somewhat interesting story at its core.
A solid found-footage film from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek played to sold-out audiences during last years Film4 Frightfest in London and explores the more sinister side to the famous Bigfoot legend. The film follows amateur filmmaker Jim who decides to make a movie about the infamous Sasquatch with his sceptical girlfriend, Kelly by his side. As they start asking the locals for information and stories of sightings they begin to get the feeling that they are not welcome in Willow Creek but they decide to continue their fateful journey. As a director Bobcat Goldthwait certainly knows how to crank up the tension in this film which serves as a pure test of nerve which is why we strongly urge you to check this one out.
So this month horror fans get to embrace possessions, ghosts, zombies and plenty of found footage goodness to keep themselves happy. We here at Cinema Chords hope you will keep these titles in mind when you want to kick back with a scary movie or two.