Monday, April 30, 2012

Vacancy (2007)

Followed by Vacancy 2: The First Cut (2008). Their car broken down and their prospects for finding a tow-truck driver at such a late hour slim to none, David and Amy Fox decide to make the best of their situation by resting out the night at a nearby motel. Left with few choices of entertainment for the evening, the pair soon settles down to enjoy one of the low-budget slasher films sitting atop their motel room VCR. Upon realizing that all of the films seem to have been shot in the very same room they currently occupy, David and Amy suddenly become the stars of a particularly sadistic fright flick. As hidden cameras track their every move, the hapless couple attempt to turn the tables on their would-be killer before they meet the same grim fate as the poor souls being butchered on television.

Director: Nimród Antal
Writer: Mark L. Smith
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson and Frank Whaley
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monster Brawl (2011)

Eight classic monsters fight to the death in an explosive wrestling tournament set inside an abandoned and cursed graveyard, shown in a pay-per-view style atmosphere. The fighters are classic movie monsters - Cyclops, Swamp Gut, Frankenstein, Lady Vampire, Werewolf, Mummy, Witch Bitch and Zombie Man. Acting as play-­by-play announcer is Buzz Chambers with color commentating by former champ Sasquatch Sid.

Director: Jesse T. Cook
Writer: Jesse T. Cook
Stars: Dave Foley, Art Hindle and Jimmy Hart
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Monday, April 16, 2012

God Bless America (2012)

Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of American culture. Divorced, recently fired, and possibly terminally ill, Frank truly has nothing left to live for. But instead of taking his own life, he gets his gun and decides to take out his frustration on the cruelest, stupidest, most intolerant people he can imagine -- starting with some particularly odious reality television stars. Frank finds an unusual accomplice in a high-school student named Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement. Together they embark on a nationwide assault on our country's most irritating celebrities.

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Writer: Bobcat Goldthwait
Stars: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr and Mackenzie Brooke Smith
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ip Man 2 (2010)

Follows Ip Man (2008). After escaping the Japanese occupation of his hometown of Fo Shan, China, Ip Man and his family have arrived in Hong Kong, which is living under the iron fist of British colonial rule. Ip wants to support his family by opening up a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. But a corrupt cabal of Hong Kong martial arts masters, led by Hung Chun-nam, refuses to allow Ip to teach until he proves himself - and prove himself he does, in an intense series of fights against the masters showcasing a dazzling variety of martial arts styles, culminating in a highly anticipated brawl between Ip and Hung atop a rickety table. But even after gaining the respect of the masters, Ip's troubles are far from over. Hong Kong under British rule is a world of corruption, and when a Western-style boxer named Taylor "Twister" Milos comes to town to entertain the British upper-class, and insults both Chinese martial arts and the native citizens in a horrifically violent way, Ip must step up and fight for the honor of both his kung fu and the Chinese people.

Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Edmond Wong
Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung and Simon Yam
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Ip Man (2008)

Followed by Ip Man 2 (2010). Behind every great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man. A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife, and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung fu warriors -- ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. Defined by courage and humility, one man rises to the fore, Grandmaster Ip Man, whose matchless fighting skills are revered all over China. Upon refusing to teach his beloved fighting art to the invading Japanese soldiers, he is forced to fight for the honor of his country in a series of battles that will culminate in a kill or be killed showdown with General Miura Japan’s greatest fighter.

Director: Wilson Yip
Writer: Edmond Wong
Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam and Siu-Wong Fan
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wicked Little Things (2006)

The tale of a widowed mother of two who discovers a dark secret about the land surrounding her newly inherited mountain home. When her husband died and Karen Tunny inherited his family's remote mountain estate, she never could have foreseen the terror that was about to be unfold. It was 1913 when a tragic mining accident claimed the lives of numerous children who were forced to descend into its darkened depths, and their restless spirits are still rumored to roam the area around the sprawling home. Now, as Karen and her two young daughters attempt to pick up the pieces of their shattered family life, the dark history of the land deemed cursed by the fearful locals stumbles screaming into the glowing moonlight of the present as the children who were once buried alive come out to seek revenge.

Director: J.S. Cardone
Writers: Boaz Davidson (story) and Ben Nedivi (screenplay)
Stars: Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton and Chloë Grace Moretz
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Woman (2011)

An experienced hunter with a secluded house near the Northeast Coast, Christopher is intrigued to discover a badly wounded woman wandering through the woods. Recognizing that the mysterious woman has been living completely outside of society her entire life, the deranged family man captures her and decides to make her his personal project. Little does Christopher realize that the woman's entire clan has just been killed by cops after living in the wilderness for decades and surviving on human flesh. This is one woman who will not be tamed, and the harder Christopher tries, the fiercer she becomes.

Director: Lucky McKee
Writers: Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum
Stars: Pollyanna McIntosh, Brandon Gerald Fuller and Lauren Ashley Carter
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Divide (2012)

Nine strangers, all tenants of a New York high rise apartment, escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building's bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.

Director: Xavier Gens
Writers: Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean
Stars: Lauren German, Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia
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