So a few months ago, Bob and I came across a film called All Girls Weekend and ok I’ll be honest…the name hooked us right off the bat. So as situation and desire dictated, we reached out to Atlanta-based filmmaker and creator Lou Simon and all but begged her to let us review the film. After all, we’re an Atlanta-based crew so in our eyes, it HAD to be done. Luckily, she agreed and here we are! We checked out the film, enjoyed the shit out of it, and now we’re gonna drop a couple reviews and (hopefully) do the movie the justice it’s earned.
First things first…check out the movie poster. Just let it in. It’s awesome, and it’s one of the most fantastic representations of the actual film that I’ve seen. Remember when there were “video stores” and you could look at actual “videotapes”? I don’t know about you, but when I would peruse the endless rows of horror, I’d pretty much base my selection off of the cover art and/or the tagline. I guess that’s how it’s supposed to go, right? Well, if I saw All Girls Weekend in aforementioned video store, I totally would’ve picked it out. That's how awesome it is.
Ok, on with the show!
All Girls Weekend follows a small group of friends who set out to rekindle their friendship in what I would consider the most awesome (and dangerous) genre settings out there: nature. Mother. Fuckin'. Nature. As you may be able to surmise, their hiking expedition is cut brutally short by an unforeseen bringer of death, and it’s simply awesome. You’ll get no more plot from me (nor should you need any in my opinion), but it was way more than I anticipated and deliciously savage.
All the moving parts were there for me in this film, and I can rest easy knowing that I don’t need to say more than a few basic notes about it.
The cast was well put together and there was no question as to the validity of their long and arduous friendship throughout the years. There was just the right amount of witty banter, bickering, and drinking to make it quite believable. The location was also drop dead (pun intended) gorgeous. As the tagline suggests, nature does play a role in the film, and Lou & crew picked a fantastic spot in which to film.
I think more than anything, I really just enjoyed the story. It wasn’t farfetched and it wasn’t swiss cheese either (see our review of Sorrow if you want holes). It was very easy to follow, had some super creepy and gory moments, and provided an overall beautiful canvas upon which Lou could paint her bloody and spooky picture. Just as enjoyable was the weaving in of the exquisitely clever supernatural element to the smorgasbord of blood and guts already laid forth in the film. I tell ya, she just really did a fantastic job of giving you just what you want out of this film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So with that, I’ll leave you all to hunt the film down via its Twitter and let them know how badly you want to see All Girls Weekend. You shan’t be disappointed!
It’s an easy 7 cleavers for me. Click here for the imdb details and here for the trailer. We’ll also post it on our Reel Short Clips page for you to enjoy.
Stay Bloody, people! Bob and I won’t be doing reviews for a while but keep your eyes on the forthcoming full length feature from Reel Bloody Films, Strip Club Massacre!!!
Hello friends and fans, what a bittersweet time this is. Where we are happy to embark on a new journey of our own film making and producing, I may have a tiny, small tear in my eye knowing this is the last time I will review a film for you all. It has been fun, but I hope that you all stay with us and check out some of the projects we (Reel Bloody Films) will be working on. We are in the process of a very gritty and disturbing film and it will be announced very soon!!! Welp, let us go ahead and cut to the chase and get on with the final review!!
Not even kidding... I have waited and waited to get a chance to check out this week's film and write a review of it. Lou Simon, the writer and director of All Girls Weekend, has been kind enough to let us here at Reel Bloody take a look at the film and give her our honest and unbiased opinion. I have a good feeling about this one. I don't know why, but I do.
So, here we go. All Girls Weekend is a horror film about a group of girls who were high school friend that decide to reunite and catch up with one another by spending a weekend in the woods. Yep, the woods, you know what that means!!! Shit gets real. And...it did.
All Girls Weekend stars Jamie Bernadette, Katie Carpenter, and Gema Calero and from the very opening scene, I was immediately drawn into the story. We see a woman in the woods carrying a young girl. Both are beaten up, both appear to have been through some real shit. The young girl is not awake and the older one begins to weep as she hears voices in the wind blowing through the woods. She lifts a rock to bash the young child in the head and then....well... I will not go much further but let me just say, the first minute or two, I was all in on this film and I think you will be too.
I do not and cannot let myself spoil ANY of this film for you, but let me do my normal three step breakdown for you.
Acting: The cast was amazing. It was not perfect, but the three main characters did do a great job of working off one another. Never once did the film seem too scripted or forced. Like I always say, it was not Oscar worthy performances by any means, but I have seen waaayyyyyyy worse...even on the big screen in major studio horror films. Great job ladies.
Story: Yes, the "in the woods" story is getting a little played out...not as bad as "found footage" but I am seeing more and more films with this plot. However, this is not your typical lost in the woods film. Lou Simon adds her own little twist and she does an amazing job keeping you in suspense throughout.
Ending: Not bad Lou Simon, not bad. Horror movies are always tricky for the writers because they are actually some of, if not the hardest type of films to bring full circle to end. The ending to All Girls Weekend was pretty damn solid in my opinion. Of course, some may disagree but I was not let down at all. When the end credits rolled, I did not feel robbed of my time at all.
So there we have it. The cast, the story, and the ending were all pretty good in my book. It was different, very different, which I liked. It is very hard for me to ever give a film more than a 7 of 10 cleavers, but in this case, I will.
Lou Simon, congrats. The final review for our Reel Bloody Reviews team, I, Bob Clark, give you a solid 7.5 of 10 cleavers!!! Job WELL DONE!!!!
Guys, check this movie out when it is released. PLEASE!!!
Let’s see if I can remember how to write a review. It’s been a hot minute but Bob and I really got back into the game this week with American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. We turned back the clock a little to check out this movie (2013), and I’m damn sure glad we did! Written and directed by Flood Reed, the movie was full of twists and turns and blood and guts. It was a hell of a ride, that’s for sure!
American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire focuses on a group of guys on the road to find the titty bar to end all titty bars. Unfortunately for them, bad directions and a freak accident take them on a completely different path, leading them to the ultimate battle for survival.
I’m going straight bullet list with this one. Here’s what I loved and here’s what I loathed:
· The opening sequence was awesome. I was immediately drawn in to the story and I knew it would be wild
· The gore. Yep, I’m a gore hound, and this film provided plenty of it.
· The twists. You think you’re about to watch a typical group-stuck-in-the-woods-getting-killed flick but what you get is so much more. I truly didn’t expect the direction the film would take. Who doesn’t like that?!
· The acting and writing for sure. It was great. Seems like such a simple request to appreciate good acting, but I’ve reviewed enough movies to know how much of a downer it is when it’s piss poor. The entire cast was great and made for a very intimate experience watching the film
· I don’t have too many honestly. It definitely started out slow and a little generic, but that gave way to a very extraordinary story. So damn…I guess that’s another Yay?
Bottom line, I watched this movie and got a wicked case of the fuzzies. I’m not comparing it to other titles, but I definitely saw influences anywhere from The Doom Generation to The Village and even a little The Hills Have Eyes thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure about you, but that’s some good company, right there.
No spoilers here, just get out there and check this movie out! Click here for the imdb details, find the film, and sit back and enjoy! Easily a 7.5 on the good ol’ ReelBloody cleaver scale.
Well hello there everyone! I feel like its been a few months since I have had the chance to review a film, maybe thats because it actually has been a couple of months. However, we are back for another couple of reviews, and then we will embark on a quest to turn this company into a film company. Yes, that is correct. We are just weeks away from officially launching Reel Bloody Films. We hope to stay in each of you all's good graces and you support the many projects we will be working on here in the near future.
Now onto the business currently at hand. This week our mission was to review the film American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. This is a film that is claimed to be based on actual events, but you never know just how true that is. Slew Hampshire was written and directed by Flood Reed and starts Dayo Okeniyi, Shawn Thomas, and Tyler Rice.
I went into this film with zero expectations. I had not read a single review, nor had I even seen the trailer. I like to enter these things completely in the dark. I will say the first thing that stood out was the music in the opening credits....amazing. Flood Reed did a great job with the score and it set the tone for what would become a pretty fun film.
As for the film itself, I will start by saying the acting was pretty good. If you are familiar with our site, you know acting is a big deal for me. The cast in this film did a pretty solid job keeping me engaged in the plot. There were some really bad Boston accents at times...I think it was a Boston accent, but it in no way affected my opinion of the cast's talent.
The story was solid as well. I do not like getting too much into the story typically because I hate spoiling the films. In a way it was a rather cliche plot, but they did a good job changing it up from your usual "in the woods" horror films. What I loved most was hands down the gore. Man was it a bloody mess!
I will wrap up this review saying that Flood Reed is EXTREMELY talented...and I mean that. The film itself was not my favorite, but I certainly believe you should give it a chance for yourself. I cannot say anything truly negative about it, but I also cannot rave about how amazing it was either. It was just a film that I "liked." Will I watch it again? Probably not, but that does not mean it isn't good. Please, show the talented Flood Reed some love and check out American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. it is worth a watch without a doubt.
I give Slew Hampshire 6.5 out of 10 cleavers and a "good job" to the entire cast and crew.
Holy smokes, I can hardly believe it! After a crazy-stupid hiatus, ReelBloody is back and ready to fire off with the same huggable horror film reviews that you’ve come to expect from Bob and me. In our brief absence, I was scouring social media and other reliable places where I usually discover some of our cinematic gems, and I came across a young up-and-comer Sydney Clara Brafman whose festival-ready comedy/horror short Squib is sure to make an impact. Recent film school grad Brafman seems to have taken the road most likely and, unlike lesser witless drones of human flesh and rambling rhetoric, she’s actually made it work to her advantage: passion project turned successful crowd fund campaign turned finished product turned who-the-hell-knows-what’s-next. What we DO know thus far, is that she’s apparently made all the right moves and is poised to (hopefully) bust out into the semi-mainstream horror film genre with reckless abandon…well ok, that last description was a bit outlandish. Her film-baby Squib runs for about 16 minutes, and in that timeframe not a damn thing was done with reckless abandon…but in my defense, it sounded kinda badass in my head. I digress.
Squib takes a glimpse into the lives of two gung-ho filmmakers Shaun and Mac who will stop at nothing to create a true horror masterpiece unlike any other they’ve been privy to in the past. There is a great chemistry between the two filmmakers and one that comes with a smidge of charm, clever & quick-witted humor, and of course, a fantastic and macabre dedication to the art. I can’t help but feel like this is obviously an internal reflection, albeit exaggerated, as to the lengths Sydney’s drive and determination will go to to bring the masses a subject matter she holds so near and dear. Any way you spin it, it’s a great short film and one that we’re certain will makes waves on the festival circuit.
All in all, Squib was smart, captivating, chuckle-inducing…and bloody to boot of course! The way the film was shot was sleek, sexy, and efficient, and in an ever-scrutinizing and critical fan-driven genre, there is no room for anything less or more than exactly what she brought to the screen. Don’t believe all my doting and horror-film-chick-crushing? I’m not the only one who thinks Brafman’s penchant for filmmaking should be saluted. Variety Magazine has listed her among 110 students who represent the future of film, media, and entertainment. If that’s not a testament and validation for her work thus far then I’m at a loss for words. Sydney has done an amazing job with Squib and one can only hope that there are more things on the horizon for this young talent.
For me, scaling a short film proves challenging at times, but I have no hesitation offering up a solid 6.5 on the ol’ ReelBloody cleaver scale. Horror fans, you’re on notice.
You can check out the film's imdb details here and click here for the trailer!
Well hello there, strangers. Yes I know, I have been gone awhile, but let me explain!!! Slasher FilmWorks, of which ReelBloody is a part, is in the process of producing what we hope will be a hit TV series here in the near future. It is called Southern Soul Searchers, look it up on Facebook and LIKE that page if you would. If you are a horror or paranormal fan, I think you will love the show's premise. However, it’s not an excuse. It is time that ReelBloody started delivering the goods to you guys again.
So, this week we got to check out a short film titled Squib. This film is both written and directed by Sydney Clara Brafman. The premise of the film is that two friends, Shaun (played by Luke Bond) and Mac (played by Miles Arcan), decide to make a low budget horror film, but rather than go about in the traditional filmmaking way, they do things their own way. Long story short, these dudes are pretty fucked up...but I like it. I do not want to give much more of the film away because being a short, it would be very easy to spoil it, and that is exactly what I do not want to do.
Time for my breakdown! Here we go...
Acting: Of course the very first thing I pay attention to is the acting itself. The cast here did a good job. Would I say the acting was amazing? No, but I promise you that I have seen a lot worse over the years, so the acting was good enough to keep me engaged and never had any urge to stop the film.
Story: The story was solid. It was not anything out of the ordinary, but it was very good and I would love to see a full feature with the same premise. Good job on the story, guys!
Ending: When doing a short, it is usually tough to wrap it up in a strong way, but I believe Sydney Clara Brafman did a good job of ending this one. I will say the ending makes me want more...that is all I will say about it.
Well, there you have it: a short film with decent acting, good story, and a solid ending. It is not the greatest film I have ever seen, however, it may be one of the top three shorts I have taken the time to check out. Great job to the writer, cast, and crew....job very well done and I hope to see more work from you all!!!!
I will give Squib 6.5 of 10 cleavers. If this were a full feature that kept the same momentum, it maybe could reach the 7-cleaver spot. I recommend checking out Squib if you get a chance to!!!
Well folks, it was bound to happen. You can’t watch as many horror films as we have and NOT land smack dab in the epicenter of horror campiness every so often. This week, we landed so hard in 80’s Slasher CampyLand that we’re still rubbing our butts and scratching our heads wondering what the hell just happened. What film could this possibly be, you ask? What cinematic adventure could be such a wild ride as to bewilder and astonish the guys at ReelBloody? Oh you know, just a little film called Muck. Written and directed by Steve Wolsh, Muck mixes horror’s most time tested and tastiest recipe of bloody bosomed beauties and quick-witted dude humor with everything you love about the archetypal slasher icon. Add in a heaping pile of visually stunning and practical effects and some supernatural spices, and what you’ve got is a plateful of so much yummy horror goodness, you’ll be left stuffed to the gills and in a drunken murder-stupor. Need I say more (I’m starving now)?
Muck wastes absolutely no time getting down to business as it opens with a group of scantily clad, frantic uber-babes and some super bro-rific dudes just doing what they do best: running from death. Too bad as they run from it, they’re also running towards it. What will become of this ragtag group of Panama-City-Beach-Spring-Break-esque funloving friends (insert rape jokes here) as they fight for survival? Watch and see my friends. Watch. And. See.
I always fight with campy. Yeah, I do. Normally when I watch horror, I want it straight up and semi-serious, so to sit through a film knowing full well to expect campy and fun, I ooze a small amount of hesitation. It’s just…a part of me now I suppose. Well, I have to say…what a relief it was to see Wolsh’s take on it though. I mean, I actually enjoyed it, though I did find some parts to be completely outlandish. Even still, that IS the point sometimes right? I mean, maybe I’ve always just tried too hard to dismiss the camp-factor instead of sitting back and letting it wash over my willing and nubile body like a waterfall of Jack Daniel’s and freedom. That’s entirely possible and proven as I watched this movie. I’m happy to report that I learned some valuable things watching Muck, the details of which I’m about to spew forth.
· Never underestimate the power of the female form. Though initially met with an eye roll, I was soon able to relax and just enjoy the show. Who says boobs don’t belong in horror? Fire them.
· A plethora of semi-quick-witted banter drenched in sexual references and protein shakes is quite alright if you just accept it for what it is and make the most of it.
Ok, well there are 2 important things I learned at least. Most importantly, I learned that a horror movie CAN be campy and also fun and enjoyable! Not only did the film LOOK stunning in every way, Wolsh managed to pay homage to the stereotypes we’ve all come to know and love from your classic 80’s and 90’s slasher flicks in just the right doses so as to come off respectful and not mocking. Important stuff I tell you. There were plenty of nods and winks to the camera which even I was able to recognize, and I gotta tell you, I winked back and it felt glorious. Don’t get me wrong, for MY tastes, the film wasn’t without some faults…hell, every film has faults right? There were some things that really bothered me. I couldn’t help but wonder how unbelievably cozy these people got with the house in which they sought refuge. Couple that with not initially being able to follow how the film began and sure, I wasn’t in love with the movie in its entirety. My point is, I have finally seen a movie where I could appreciate the more comedic and outlandish side of a horror flick; something I haven’t really taken the time to do before. Bottom line, Steve Wolsh…you totally won me over and showed me a fresh & fun way to watch a sleek and sexy horror film that I don’t always have to take so damn seriously, buddy!! It’s like you’re Han and I’m Luke and you’re forcing me into the tauntaun.
I’m giving Muck a sharp-as-fuck rating of 6, and dare I say my mind may actually have been changed regarding how I approach horror flicks of a campier nature, which is usually with an undeserving grimace of disapproval. Henceforth, I’m gonna ride the ride and enjoy it for what it is. I hope you all do the same. Don’t make the same mistake I did for so long…
Click here for the imdb details, but more importantly, click HERE to rent VOD!
So I have sat here for about three minutes just staring at my screen and keyboard trying to figure out how to kick off this review. No, I am not saying the movie I just watched was bad, because it wasn't…it was just a bit different. Anyhow, f--k it....let's just dive in!
This week, I got the chance to check out Steve Wolsh's film Muck. This is the story of a group of friends that barely escape an ancient burial ground, but now they have to decide which route to take in which the wrong choice could lead to their demise.
I try not to look at reviews or ratings for a film until after I give it a watch myself, that way I do not go in with any expectations, but for Muck I happened to take a look at the IMDB rating this morning before I watched it. IMDB ratings gave this film a 2.7 out of 10. I said to myself "Oh damn....here we go." Well, let me assure you, the rating I am about to give this film is much higher than a 2.7...so keep reading.
Let me start off by saying if you like blood, boobs, and death, then you will want to give Muck a chance. With that said, the acting was okay at best. I have seen better, but I have seen much, much worse, so it was not bad enough for me to want to stop watching. Even though I realize a slasher film isn't supposed to make total sense or follow basic logic, I do like a somewhat realistic response to a situation. I will not give any plot details but there were a few times I caught myself thinking "Who in the hell would do that....after THAT just happened?!?!" If you watch the film it will make sense to you. So, average at best acting, a story that did not make much logical sense, and now onto my final issue. In my opinion, and I am serious when I say “in my opinion”, the movie was too dark. I found myself in many scenes thinking that I needed a little more light to fully see what was going on. The only other film I had this issue with was The Expendables....way too dark. However, maybe my 37 year old eyes aren’t fully up to par even though I have 20/20 vision....but anyway. Those are my only complaints.
I will close this review however on a positive note. Was Muck a great film? No, but trust me when I say that I have sat through much worse, MUCH worse. I will again say, if you like hot chicks, boobs, blood, and death then give this film a try. The 2.7 rating on IMDB was far too harsh, especially with some ratings I have seen other films get that sucked much, much, much worse than Muck.
I think Muck is as average a film as you can get. I give Muck a solid and straight up 5 of 10 cleavers. I probably will not see myself watching it again, but I will not make fun of you if you do. Here is my advice: Invite some friends over, drink lots of beer, and just sit back and enjoy Muck for what it is....a fun ride.
Ok, this review is definitely LONG overdue. We first reached out to evil masterminds David Banks and David Rountree (writer and director respectively) about their uber-meta-slasher indie horror Cut! last month and they were more than willing to let ol’ ReelBloody take a crack at it. They graciously hooked us up so that we may also enjoy the thrill of the hunt! Roll cameras!
In short, the film is about 2 friends who attempt to capture the ultimate in reality-based horror films by putting people in seemingly authentic scary situations and recording their reaction. What starts out innocently and innovatively enough soon spirals out of control until an innocent participant dies. It is only then that we truly find out what these two gents are willing to do to bring the ultimate scare to the masses.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie. I also enjoyed the movie within the movie, so there…double whammy. Just as entertaining was Rountree’s character Travis and Banks’ character Lane playing off of each other down to the last detail. It was definitely a solid balance between sometimes outlandishly rude and inexplicable behavior (Banks) and quiet thought-provoking actions (Rountree). Honestly, it took me a little patience to get past Banks’ over the top, IDGAF attitude, but when I retroactively thought about the film in its entirety, it definitely plays its part.
Anytime I review a film, I do try to make sure I question everything….you know, like I did growing up around the church. I figure it’s a grave disservice to omit that step otherwise. I have to say, as I pointed out flaws or questions to myself during the movie, it’s as if The Davids (I really tried gents…but I could NOT avoid at some point handing out that moniker just once...) were right behind me, making sure to tuck me neatly and snugly into bed, even fluffing my pillow at times with fantastic and cutthroat dialogue between the two. Needless to say (which I guess is why I’m saying it?), I was glad to see that they almost immediately addressed what I thought were some pretty obvious WTF moments.
I can definitely sum up the effectiveness of Cut! by telling you that this film is just about the slowest burn of any horror film I’ve seen in recent history…yes, even slower than a Ti West film. That said, it still fit into the story perfectly and I couldn’t have imagined it any other way. It also has some absolutely clever and devilish twists towards the end, setting the film up to branch out into franchise fodder if ever the opportunity presented itself. Another thing that I enjoyed, as mentioned before, was the meta angle. Usually highly misused and overrated, in this film it most certainly is not. It is the 24 oz. med-rare porterhouse of the film no doubt, and even equally as mouth-watering was the found footage film snuggled tastefully and appropriately inside the warm trappings of a scripted narrative. Very well thought out AND executed, only one of which lesser-versed writers & directors are usually capable . It was an original, entertaining, and very fun watch and easily earns a 6.5 in my book.
Kudos to both David Banks and David Rountree for scheming up this blood covered cornucopia of cunning and cult.
Check out the film’s imdb page here, and click here to buy this bad boy on DVD!
"Good things come to those who wait." We have all heard that saying before. It’s origins date all the way back to the late 1800's and we have also heard it pretty much on a daily basis since the 1980's when the Heinz ketchup company began using it in its advertising. Why are you talking about this quote, you ask? Well, it is exactly what I thought when watching the film Cut! this past week.
Cut! is directed by David Rountree and written by David Banks and David Rountree. Banks and Rountree star in this film as well. IMDB describes Cut! like this: “Nothing is as it seems as an ex-con and aspirant filmmaker set out to manufacture a horror film by scaring real people; however, when it goes too far and someone actually dies, the pair decide that killing for real on film is the way to make a truly terrifying movie.” That pretty much sums it up perfectly.
So I started the movie and was immediately engaged in the story. I loved it. The cast did a great job, even though at times I felt that David Banks’ character Lane was a little too much. If you are not sure what I mean, just watch the film and you will want to slap him within the first 15 minutes. Other than that, the cast was top notch. As the film progressed, I found myself wanting more action. It got very slow in my opinion, but again, just in my opinion. I ended up texting Bruce, my business partner and other writer here at ReelBloody and he told me... "Just wait man, the end is worth it. It is a slow burn." Well, I dug deep and endured the pain.
Now Bruce described it as a slow burn with an amazing ending. He was right! When the film got to the meat and potatoes of the ending, I was blown away. It was a twist that I never saw coming and I am glad I kept on with the film.
Now to my grading:
ACTING - 7 out of 10. Good job and I cannot complain.
STORY - I give it a 6 of 10, but only because of the moments where I needed more action and something to happen, but overall the story was still very good.
ENDING - 8 of 10!! Great twist and well worth the wait!
So there you have it...7/6/8 which would give you a 7 of 10 rating. I cannot quite give it a 7, because it is rare that I rate a film so high, but I will give it a very solid 6.5 out of 10 cleavers!!
Find a way to see the movie, Cut! I promise you will not be let down!