Director: Andrew C. Erin
Starring: Julie Benz, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris, Douglas Tait
Evil lives here
aka: Hades, Evil Undead, Final Dead Game
Director: Gabriel Bologna
Starring: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Sean Lawlor, James Duval, Nick Mennell
Where your deepest secrets are revealed
Nine friends in their mid-20’s are heading out to a private island for a weekend filled with alcohol, pot and other festivities. They find a strange and old board game which is set to explore their deepest secrets and their friendship will be fully tested when they decide to play it. Unfortunately for them, the board game also carries something else with it, something very evil and dangerous…
The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond was made back in 2009, but first got its DVD/Blu-Ray release in September 2013. I guess that does say something considering it has people such as Robert Patrick and Danielle Harris being involved with it, but on the other hand we have seen other genre films of the later years that have been fun (Trick ‘r Treat) that has also had problems getting a distribution deal.
Director: BJ McDonnell
Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen
Some legends never die
Marybeth Dunston is the last survivor after the massacre created by Victor Crowley. She was able to finally end the life of the bloodthirsty maniac and with her final strengths, she walks into the local police station holding the remaining piece of Crowley’s scalp before she passes out.
Sheriff Fowler believes that Marybeth is responsible for the murders that has happened out in the woods and locks her up before he heads out to investigate the events that took place the night before. Victor Crowley might be cut to pieces and presumably dead… but that doesn’t seem to be enough to stop his unrelentless spirit.
I was never a fan of the first two Hatchet movies. I’ve so far found this series to offer little new to the slasher subgenre in terms of originality, suspense or even fun. They might not be made to be taken very serious, but when the films isn’t even funny then there’s little to none entertainment quality to be found.
Director: Danielle Harris
Starring: Alyssa Lobit, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Christopher Backus, Dana Daurey
This dinner party’s gonna be KILLER
A group of friends are getting together for a friendly dinner and a game setup by the host Bernadette. The group is expecting a fun time, but time will show more of the hidden secrets that they have all kept from each other and their friendship is about to become truly tested before the party ends.
Among Friends is the first full feature movie directed by the lovely horror scream queen and talented actress Danielle Harris, mostly known from the Halloween series. It has been awaiting release for over a year before finally arriving on DVD just recently, thanks to Anchor Bay.
The film is mostly filmed in one location and features a group of actor friends getting together to contribute to this low budget project that has been labeled as a horror / comedy. Even so, the film is never any fun and the horror element is only present in the fact that there is a group of people under the threat of a psychotic individual, who is revealed to the audience very quickly on in the movie.
Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Connor Paolo, Gregory Jones, Traci Hovel, Nick Damici, James Godwin
The most dangerous thing is to be alive
In the near future, bloodthirsty vampires has taken over and ruined society as we know it. A young teenager named Martin is saved by a cowboy looking fella that goes under the name “Mister” and is taken under his care and protection.
They decide to head up north to find a safe place called New Eden in Canada, but on their journey they will not only come across vicious vampires, but also a fanatic religious cult of men that are perhaps even more dangerous than the undead.
Stake Land has an interesting concept. It tries to do the post-apocalyptic thing where they switch out the zombies and rather let vampires be the evil monsters. Vampires are rarely used in this way for some reason and that does make this movie feel very fresh and original.
Director: Michael Biehn
Starring: Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Ryan Honey, Danielle Harris, Denny Kirkwood
Who is the victim?
Annie and Mary are two strippers who have agreed to go on a date with two police officers. They planned to have a nice time with a couple of beers, some coke and sex out in the woods but things go bad when one of the cops ends up snapping Mary’s neck while they are having sex.
Annie tries to get away from them and ends up finding comfort when she comes across Kyle who lives a secluded life in a nearby cabin. She tells him what has happened and when the cops find Kyle’s cabin, her only chance of survival exist if he believes that she is telling the truth.
The Victim is a film directed, written and starring Michael Biehn. The script was written in only three weeks, the film was shot in twelve days and the budget was only $800,000. It is a very simple film that doesn’t try to challenge the viewer, but instead just wants to deliver easy entertainment with interesting characters.
aka: Blood Night
Director: Frank Sabatella
Starring: Bill Moseley, Danielle Harris, Nate Dushku, Samantha Siong, Anthony Marks
Will you make it through the night?
In 1978, little Mary Mattock went crazy and murdered several people with scissors and an axe. She is put in a psychiatric ward and is later raped by a male orderly and she gets pregnant. After she has given birth, she is lied to and told that the baby is stillborn which causes her to attack the staff before being shot to death by the police.
That night has been dubbed “Blood Night” on the mouths of young adults and is celebrated each year in the same way that Halloween is celebrated. The twentieth anniversary is coming up and the local teens are planning to have a big party that will start with a séance at the graveyard where Mary is resting.
Blood Night is a very run of the mill slasher film. The influence of Halloween is very obvious and the entire story is very unoriginal and has nothing new to add to the subgenre. If you are going to create a predictable slasher film then you at least have to present an interesting killer. Mary is a naked ghost who pops up every now and then with a very nice body to look at, but is not interesting or scary at all.
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Jeffrey Landman
Michael lives, and this time they’re ready!
Everybody is assuming that Michael Myers is dead after being shot and assumingly blown to pieces at the end of the previous film. However, Myers was able to get away and has been healing for the last year. Now that he is fully recovered and Halloween is coming up the upcoming night, he is once again after the young Jamie Lloyd.
Jamie has been committed to a children’s psychiatric ward for the last year after she attacked her stepmother with a scissor on the previous Halloween night. She is traumatized by the events and is unable to speak and also has a telepathic link to Myers. Dr. Loomis is trying to reach her and get her to help him find Myers and time is now quickly running out since Myers is on his way back to Haddonfield.
Halloween 5 follows Halloween 4 in the same way that Halloween 2 followed the first Halloween film. It changes the original idea of the previous ending so they can have a new movie to cash in on the success of the previous film. Debuting only a year after the fourth one, this entry seems rushed and does not feel like a labor of love.
Director: Dwight H. Little
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, Michael Pataki
Ten years ago HE changed the face of Halloween. Tonight HE’S BACK!
It’s been ten years since Michael Myers where trying to kill his sister Laurie Strode on Halloween. He has been in a coma or trance ever since and has now woken up and is yet again out for blood. Laurie has died in a car accident, but he has learned that she had a daughter before she died and he is now after the 8-year old Jamie Lloyd.
Jamie Lloyd is living in Haddonfield with a foster family and she is having problems with bad dreams about a guy in a mask that are coming after her. Her older stepsister Rachel is going to be her babysitter on Halloween and they are going trick or treating. Dr. Loomis arrives in the small town again and tries to work with the local police to find Michael Myers before he is able to get ahold of new victims.