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Third Temple: A Review by Scott Lake

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Third Temple is an Israeli Independent short film (28 minutes) directed by Itai Guberman and Asaf Angel. It stars Ben Sela (Avner Peles), Amitai Kedar (Ze’ev Har’el), Tomer Lev Tov (Man in Mask) Neta Bar Refael (Dina), Josh Sagie (Snir Birron) and Moshe Shachar (Ron Eitan).

The film opens in Israel on Israeli Independence Day 2017. A quiet shot of the city skyline moves into a time lapse shot of a street. The hustle and bustle of everyone doing their daily routines. Cut to black and we are treated to the image of a man tied to a chair with a burlap sack over his head. Shortly he is joined by one of his captors.

A man wearing a blank white mask begins removing items from a backpack after removing the sack from his captive’s head. He unnervingly remains silent for a portion of time. When he speaks is when things start to get interesting.

Third Temple takes a poignant look at the current state of the government in Israel. Its almost unapologetic with how it handles what is happening. The directors don’t pull any punches along the way either. This film serves as a reminder that the governments of the world work for their people.

When Avner Peles wakes up confronted by a man in a white mask, he tries to find out what has happened and why he is where he is. The journey to those answers is an illuminating one for Avner. He is now in a race against time to find out why he has been taken and what he must do to be freed.

On this outing, Itai Guberman teamed up with Asaf Angel to direct this political thriller. He came armed with an outstanding script and a crew of dedicated actors who made this film something to think about. The camera work is beautifully done and everything brought together gives you a feeling of tension unmatched by many American political thrillers.

If you want a film that will make you question what is really going on behind closed doors, then this is the film for you. Totaled this film gets an 8/10

 

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Dolphin: A Review By Scott Lake

Dolphin

Dolphin is an Independent, Israeli short film (12 minutes) directed by Itai Guberman and stars Inbal Eizenberg, Asaf Angel and Daria Ilein. The film is entirely in Hebrew, however it has been subtitled for English Speaking audiences.

The film starts out at a party with a man filming a young woman showing him her necklace that has a Dolphin charm. The screen goes black and you hear what sounds like police or emergency services. Sound cuts and the scene changes to a young couple coming back from a date. Its during this time that the film begins its short but intense journey to its end. I can’t say more about the story without giving away all the juicy pieces.

For a twelve minute film, it covers a lot of ground. The performances are brilliant and convincing from all sides. Well written and superbly directed, Itai has brought us one of the best revenge films I have seen since “I Spit on Your Grave”…in only twelve minutes.

Be sure to look for Itai’s other films and shorts. They won’t disappoint. For a short film to cover as much as it has in its short time I have to give this a solid 8/10.

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Ichi the Killer Review – by Zakk Thomas

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Violence is fun to watch. It gives a film shock value and, if done right, can set it apart from the typical horror films that are seen as of late.  Ichi the Killer is definitely one of those films that hits the mark and leaves the viewer a touch baffled at what was just witnessed.

Rival Yakuza gangs in Japan are in turmoil in the beginning of this VERY graphic film. Underground crime boss Anjo is missing and right hand man Kakihara is trying to uncover what happened to him. After a bloodbath of a murder (not shown), a clean up crew led by Jijii removes all signs of Anjo being there or involved whatsoever and thinks that a lone killer is to blame. Fingers are pointed at whomever may be involved, but the conclusion is made that one man is responsible for the murders that keep recurring in these gangs. That man is Ichi “1”.

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“Pet” Review – By Zakk Thomas

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 Pet 2016

Everyone has had a crush, right? Someone that they admire from afar and think the world of.  Some would even go as far as to think that fate would someday bring them together. Quite a naïve thought, but you never know! With those tidbits in mind, I bring a review of the film “Pet”

Meet Seth. Seth works in an animal control center and feels that he does not matter much in life. Not much of a purpose or direction and even goes as far as to think that nobody would really care if he were to disappear forever. One afternoon, he runs into an old crush (Holly) on the bus he rides for work and decides to try and start a conversation. I think we all can relate to the awkward, “hey! It’s (insert name) from Mrs. Smith’s such and such class” conversation that most dread and that’s precisely what happens. Seth becomes obsessive and begins stalking her online profiles and notes “likes” and “dislikes”. Things progressively get more intense and Seth ends up kidnapping Holly using a sedative he takes from work. Being the gentleman that he is, he tests the sedative himself to make sure it is effective. Where does Seth put Holly after the kidnapping? In a human sized cage used from old parts that the control center had laying around which he fused together himself. Seth’s primary goal in all of this is to save Holly, thus giving him purpose in life once again. Let the mind games begin!

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This would have to be one of the more difficult movies to review as of late because it is hard to do so without adding any spoilers. Having said that, I really enjoyed the twists and turns this movie included and it really had me on the edge of my seat thinking about what was going to happen next. The character’s progression throughout the film was very well done and it had you feeling for each of them at any given point. I mean, who hasn’t felt worthless or betrayed at times? Director Carles Torrens does a great job of keeping the viewer involved with only minor changes in the film’s setting. I’d recommend Pet to anyone who is looking for a good thriller that really makes you think about how fragile the human psyche truly is and how little you can actually tell about someone just by looking at them. Hint: looks are deceiving and the mind is a VERY fragile thing.

 

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Evil Dead Anthology Review – By Zakk Thomas

The Evil Dead: Anthology 

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Alright you primitive screw-heads, Listen up! The Evil Dead films are a cornerstone for the horror movie genre and are a great addition to any collection. Ever since I viewed the very first film in the series, I was left wanting more from director Sam Raimi and budding star Bruce Campbell. So let’s take a dive into the “pit” and review the films in order!

The Evil Dead

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Written and directed by Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead made it’s debut in 1983 for US audiences. Primary protagonist Ashley (Bruce Campbell) and his 4 college student friends travel to a remote cabin in the middle of the woods for a good time. They end up stumbling upon some recording tapes found in the cabin’s cellar made by a professor that had previously occupied the cabin before their arrival. The tapes contain translations of the text found in the “Necronomicon Ex-Mortis” (roughly translated….. THE BOOK OF THE DEAD). When the translations are played on the recorder they awaken an ancient evil lurking in the woods that looks to possess anyone that gets in it’s path. Needless to say the fun outing for the group makes an unexpected turn towards pure evil. Given the budget that was allotted for the film and the time period that it was made, this film was genuinely groundbreaking as far as makeup work and gore. In the time period that we live in it is easy to turn a blind eye to this because of the abilities of computers with special effects (commonly referred to as CGI or computer generated image). There is a certain aura that films like this possess that give a very creepy feel right from the start which a lot of films in today’s era rarely emit. It is very fun to watch and succeeds in the end goal of giving the viewer chills in some areas and stomach turning feelings in others.

 

Evil Dead II

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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell return for the sequel that released in March of 1987. We join Ashley once again returning to the infamous cabin with his girlfriend Linda. Bear in mind that this is not a direct sequel. It is never explained if this is the same “Ash” depicted in the first film but, In my opinion, Sam Raimi wanted to almost redo the first film the way he saw fit with a larger budget. All of that aside, Ash finds the same type of recorder with a Professor Raymond Knowby’s findings located on the tapes. The tapes when played (you guessed it!) awaken the ancient evil of spirits in the woods. This film definitely differs as more characters are introduced later on in the story seeking the Necronomicon. The daughter of the professor in the recordings possesses missing pages of the book and seeks out the cabin to visit her father and mother. Needless to say, she does not find them. I definitely think that this film is superior to the original. Having only Ash to watch in the first segments of the film gives the viewer more intense feelings of sympathy and “if I were in that situation” thoughts. Comedy is implemented slightly as well even though it’s difficult to explain why certain events are oddly hilarious. The makeup and WTF moments (to be technical) are still top notch and the ending is an excellent set up for…..

 

Army of Darkness

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Ash just can’t seem to catch a break! Army of Darkness debuted in early 1992 and became a massive cult classic. Sam Raimi once again takes the reins with Bruce Campbell as Ash is accidentally transported through time to the 1300’s where sides are battling over the ownership of the Necronomicon. Ash simply wants to get back to his own time and resume a normal life. This film continues right after the ending of Evil Dead II and shows more of the acting talents of Bruce Campbell and his surrounding cast. Focusing more on the comedy aspect action sequences more than typical horror. With one-liners aplenty, AOD exceeds all expectations with moments of absolute hilarity and great battle scenes! Just remember to shop smart! Shop… S mart! You got that?!

 

Evil Dead (2013)

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This is the most difficult film to review as it is not a part of the series but new director Fede Alvarez, along with the original producers of the Evil Dead, attempts to give new life to the cult classic trilogy. David makes his way to a cabin with his girlfriend to meet his sister Mia and two friends to help Mia with her drug addiction. The idea is to go cold turkey and stop her drug abuse once and for all. The Book of the Dead is found in the cellar and is read aloud by Eric (one of the friends joining Mia and David) after deciphering some of the pages skillfully. This film does not take the reputation of the original film lightly as it focuses solely on horror and disturbing imagery. The makeup and location of the film is spot on and it even does a very great job of giving little head nods to the original with quotes and various props that are used. Those looking for the tiny laughs that are possible with the first three films should look elsewhere, but for an actual original horror film that has plenty of scares; it gets the job done well!

 

Bottom Line: 

These films give the best of both worlds for horror and comedy. I would recommend all 4 to anyone who has not previously seen them, but I’d also say to take them with a grain of salt. Each one has values that they bring to the table and with the release dates so different, each one has a different feel. Sam Raimi did a great service to the horror industry with these films and every true horror fan should find them quite….. Groovy! Stay scared everyone!!

 

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Spiritus (2017)- A Review By Tony Roca

 

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Hello Freaks!

It’s your favorite fiend, The Dead Body Man! I’ve crept from my coffin to bring you another feral film review! In this installment I will be telling you all about L.C Holt’s inaugral film- “SPIRITUS”. A slow burning tale of a spectres revenge and learning your actions have consequences…even beyond the grave!

So Freaks, grab a beer and some popcorn as we dive into another review!

Oh and if you find a diary, please return it to me…

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SPLIT (2016)- A Review By Tony Roca

Hello Freaks!

It’s your host with the most, The Dead Body Man! I’m back again to give you another review. This time I will be talking about M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film- “Split”. Now Night’s films are a touchy subject with most folks. Some are big fans of his work, others have a great distaste for it. I put myself in the middle.

So grab a beer and some popcorn Freaks, and let’s get to it!

Etcetera….

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The Autopsy Of Jane Doe (2016)- A Review By Tony Roca

Hello Freaks!

It’s The Dead Body Man! I’m here with another riveting review! I’ve crawled from my casket to tell you about a little film I came across. What vile, vibrant, violent visual could pull me from my sleep? Why a little film about one of my favorite things Freaks…a corpse!

Today I will be reviewing  André Øvredal’s  “The Autopsy Of Jane Doe”.  A story about death, and magic, and punishment. So grab a beer and some popcorn, grab your favorite blanket to cower under, and dive in!

Oh and do listen for any bells.

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The Neon Demon (2016) A Review By Tony Roca

Hey Freaks! The Dead Body Man is back to shoot you…another review! I know it’s been awhile but I finally finished the renovations to the basement and now I can fit twice the dead hookers! Lets keep that between us yeah?

Down to business. I’ll be reviewing Nicolas Winding Refn’s film “The Neon Demon”. It’s art, it’s fame, debauchery and death! So Freaks, grab a beer and some popcorn and your favorite ez-chair and let’s dive in!

Oh, and don’t feed the models.

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May (2002)- A Review by Tony Roca

Hello Freaks! I’m baaaaaaack. It’s been awhile but I’m here again with a new review for y’all. This time I will be reviewing Luck McKee’s 2002 film “May”. This was a suggested movie from someone in our wonderful Facebook group. If you haven’t yet-check it out here:

HORROR MOVIE FREAKS

So Freaks, grab a beer, some popcorn and kick back on your favorite piece of furniture (try to ignore that doll in your room) and join me as I review…“May”

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