'The Toxic Avenger' Gets New Transfer for 30th Anniversary Blu-ray

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:13

Troma bizarrely announced the 30th anniversary blu-ray release of The Toxic Avenger without an actual street date.

But, they did share the extra features from the disc barring a new transfer:

Special introduction by Troma honcho Lloyd Kaufman
New commentary track with Lloyd Kaufman
Additional commentary track with stars Robert Prichard, Gary Schneider, and Dan Snow
Special interview with star Jennifer Babtist
New video with Mark Torgl (The Original Melvin)
Rare on-screen video interview with Troma co-founder and vice-president Michael Herz
Behind-the-scenes and in production slide show
Original Troma trailers
40 years of Troma video montage

Welcome to Tromaville, New Jersey — a small American town, terrorized by criminals. The town’s corrupt mayor sits idly by while muggers, robbers, and teenage punks victimize helpless citizens.

Among the residents of Tromaville is Melvin, a nerdy, emaciated janitor at the local health club. That is, until he becomes The Toxic Avenger!

A gang of thugs devise a cruel hoax that goes horribly wrong as Melvin is cast through a third story window and into a vat of hazardous toxic waste. However, an unexpected metamorphosis takes place. As the chemicals take hold of his body, Melvin turns into the Toxic Avenger, doer of good and brutal mauler of evil! The rest, as they say, is history.

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[Record Store Day '14] Death Waltz Takes Us 'In The Wall'

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:00

Yesterday we featured a brief video that showed off the beautiful vinyl for the Walter Rizzati-composed Bronx Warriors, which is a Death Waltz Recording Co. Record Store Day release.

Today we bring you yet another DWRC video, this one showing off the smokey, almost flamed vinyl for Clint Mansell‘s score to the award-winning short film In The Wall. The video also shows off the artwork and accompanying poster. Head on down to check it out.

The short film, written and directed by Mike Williamson, won Best Horror Short at the 2007 Fantastic Fest as well as the 2008 Staten Island Film Fest. It won Best Short in 2007 at the Another Hole In The Head, Screamfest LA, and San Sebastian Horror And Fantasy Fest festivals. You can watch the entire short below.

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'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Imagery Prepares For War!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:58

20th Century Fox is preparing for war with new images from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

In theaters July 11, Matt Reeves directs with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Judy Greer and Jocko Sims starring.

In the sequel to the prequel, “A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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[TV] New "Salem" Spot Will Take Everything... Including Your Soul!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:52

Careful, Heathens: “Salem” will devour your very soul.

While I’m getting increasingly nervous about The Quiet Ones, I can say the complete opposite about “Salem” debuting April 20 on WGNA.

WGNA continues to unload promos, clips and character bios, so much so that I figured they’d be out of content by now. Yet, with each and every new piece they seem to conjure up something new and invigorating. Take this new spot, for example, which is easily the best thus far. It’s a ferocious look at the witches of Salem, showing that they aren’t the weak and callow martyrs the original promos made them out to be. No no no, they’re anything but, and everyone in Salem better watch their ass…

“Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[BD Review] Horror-Musical 'Stage Fright' Can't Balance the Slash With the Song

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:23

When it comes to horror genre hybrids, the horror-musical may not be the first one to jump into fans’ heads. However, the classic entries in the field are really strong. Films like Phantom of the Paradise, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Sweeney Todd have set the bar pretty damn high and their cult followers who can sing every song by heart will attest to that. Now Jerome Sable’s debut film Stage Fright hopes to enter the horror-musical ring with its own unique blend of camp slasher and macabre musical numbers. It works well for the film’s first half, then Sable fumbles and never manages to successfully blend the song and the slash.

In the film’s pre-credit sequence, the lead actress (Minnie Driver) of a new musical called “The Haunting of the Opera” is slaughtered in her dressing room. The murder makes the musical a one-time-only affair, ensuring its place in stage infamy. A decade later, the actress’ daughter Camilla (Allie MacDonald) and younger son Buddy (Douglas Smith) are dish dogs at a performing arts camp. The musical number introducing the camp’s many personalities is fun and genuinely entertaining with its tongue-in-cheek humor and catchy hooks. It’s easily the best song in the whole film.

The camp’s manager is none other than Roger, the producer of “The Haunting of the Opera.” He’s played by Meat Loaf, aka one of my favorite singers of all time. I was excited for him to be in another musical (a horror-musical no less!), but I’m sorry to say he’s terribly underused here. The man can sing his ass off like no other, though he’s brushed aside so these damn kids can hog the spotlight. His character isn’t too involved in the bulk of the plot, so I understand the lack of numbers he gets to do. But c’mon, Sable. You’ve got Meat Loaf in your bullpen and you’re not going to give him a number where he can really wail? Lame.

Anyway Roger decides to stage a revival of “The Haunting of the Opera,” which I would find painfully inappropriate if I was Camilla. The same producer, who’s now your boss, wants to revive the musical that basically killed your mother. There’s a faux pas there somewhere. To everyone’s surprise, Camilla tries out for the play instead. She has to duke it out with another talented young woman going out for the lead and also prove herself (sexually) to the director.

Everything leading up to the musical is played light, sorta in the vein of Fame. It’s done pretty well too. Sable has an obvious talent for music and lyrics, but it’s when the horror elements come into play where he starts dropping the ball. The musical numbers dramatically taper off during the second half, when Stage Fright delves into the slasher mystery killer realm. Who is butchering people in a kabuki mask? Is it the creepy Scooby-Doo-esque janitor? Fame-hungry Roger? The weirdo stagehand crushing on Camilla?

The presence of the whodunit element to the story is fine, however it overwhelms the second half of the film, leaving its musical aspirations in ruins. The terrific musicality is there in a strong way at first, but Sable is never able to make it work with the horror. There are some poor attempts to give the killer a hair-metal sounding music trademark. They just sound incredibly silly though. He solos on a guitar at one point. It sucks.

Rather then be a solid blend of horror and musical, Stage Fright winds up being a generic slasher with a strong musical start.

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WIN An Epic 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' Easter Prize Pack!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:18

Want to score an awesome Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (read our review) Easter Prize Pack?

Now haunting Blu-ray Combo, DVD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution, we have (1) crazy awesome prize pack that includes all five Paranormal Activity movies on Blu-ray and a bunch of Easter treats. (3) Second Prize winners will receive a Blu-ray copy of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

TO ENTER: All you have to do is put PARANORMAL EASTER in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winners chosen at random. U.S. entries only. No PO boxes.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment. The Blu-ray Combo includes both the theatrical version of the film, as well as an extended, unrated cut, and intense additional found footage not seen in theaters.

The Blu-ray includes the following: Extended, Unrated Version of the Film (HD), Original Theatrical Version of the Film (HD) and Found Footage. The DVD will only carry the Original Theatrical Version of the Film (SD).

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The Soundtrack To 2005's 'Silent Horror' Finally Released

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:00

In 2005, there was an indie film called Silent Horror that payed tribute to the survival horror video game genre. The film’s synopsis reads, “A mysterious message from a dead friend sends Mark London back to Quiet Knoll, trapped in a place corrupted by evil and insanity, where monsters have replaced the simple townsfolk in our spoof on the Silent Hill series.

The soundtrack to this film was composed by Dale North, who has since become the editor for Destructoid. It has long been sought after and now, almost ten years later, it’s finally available via online retailers. You can snag it via iTunes or Bandcamp.

Listen to the dark, gritty soundtrack below.

Silent Horror Original Soundtrack by Dale North

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'U55' Returning Soon With New Crowdfunding Campaign

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:50

Effective Evolutions, the team behind the upcoming subterranean horror game U55 – End of the Line has announced their plans to launch a new crowdfunding campaign. Their Kickstarter ended back in September after raising an impressive $69,595, which, unfortunately, fell short of its $115,000 target.

It sounds like they’re taking the lessons learned from Kickstarter and applying it to the next — and hopefully last — crowdfunding campaign, which will be hosted on the European platform, FundedByMe.

For more U55, you can follow the game on Steam Greenlight and its official website.

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Who's the Suspect in this Teaser for The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper?

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:30

Albert Pyun is fighting through his health issues, and nothing's more therapeutic than doing what you love so he's back behind the camera for The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper, a one-take film for which Pyun has released a short teaser.

The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper stars Tommie Vegas, Shane Ryan, and Brittany Bochart. It's written by Cynthia Curnan, shot by Michael Su, and produced by Su and Curnan with music and sound design by Tony Riparetti.

The film is about a young woman name Cheryl Cooper (Vegas), who wakes up in what she believes is an interrogation room in a police station. She is interrogated by Detective Ben (Ryan) about being found at an unfinished Las Vegas hotel where there was a mass killing.

The detective is assisted by a young female rookie police officer named Officer Bardo (Bochart). Both try to get the details from Cheryl, and as they do, Cheryl begins to remember horrifying details that lead to the reveal of a terrifying fact.

The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper will have its world premiere on May 2nd in Los Angeles and also has an invite to screen in Las Vegas' Pollygrind Film Festival in October.

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Get Possessed by Robert Kirkman's Outcast this Summer

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:00

A new horror comic series is kicking off in June from the dark and twisted mind of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman with art by Paul Azaceta. Are you ready to enter the world of Kyle Barnes in Outcast?

Image Comics is releasing Issue #1 on June 25th, and you can click here to pre-order your copy from TFAW.

Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life, and now he needs answers.

Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it.

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Hidden Speaker Drops A Surprise EP With 'Bitter Year, Better Year'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:59

Disclaimer: Hidden Speaker features Bloody-Disgusting writer Evan Dickson.

Indie rock group Hidden Speaker has unexpectedly released a new EP by the name of Bitter Year, Better Year, which you can stream below. The 4-track EP features track titles such as “All My Guillotines” and “Bitcoin Vapejuice Blues” and it follows the release of this year’s Wet Recluse, which you can download for free for a limited time here.

Dickson states, “Where Wet Recluse is a touch dark this new EP is a shade lighter.”

You can purchase the EP via iTunes or through Bandcamp.

Bitter Year, Better Year by Hidden Speaker

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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Tim Lebbon's Coldbrook

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:30

Tim Lebbon is a name Dread Central readers should be familiar with as we've reviewed many of his novels over the years like Bar None, Fallen, Dusk, Dawn, and more. He has a new one on the way tomorrow, Coldbrook, and to celebrate, we have an exclusive excerpt to share!

Coldbrook arrives April 8th in paperback and on Kindle from Titan Books.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our exclusive excerpt.

Related Story: Guest Blog: Author Tim Lebbon's Top Ten Alien Moments

Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were about to unleash.

With their breakthrough comes disease, and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure, and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.

In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race... But will they find her in time?

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Etheria Film Night Hosts 'Soulmate' North American Premiere

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:06

The 2014 Etheria Film Night is pleased to host the North American Premiere of writer/director Axelle Carolyn’s feature film Soulmate at the Egyptian Theatre on July 12th.

Etheria Film Night is dedicated to showcasing the best new genre films directed by women and screens only one feature-length film each year.

The premiere will be followed by a red carpet cocktail reception and the official Etheria Film Night short film competition lineup.

In the film, “Recently widowed Audrey moves to the countryside in a bid to get her life back on track. When she realizes the cottage she’s renting is haunted, she decides to stay and strikes up an odd relationship with the ghost…

Audrey (played by Anna Walton, who also appeared in Carolyn’s short film The Halloween Kid) is a suicidal woman mourning the recent death of her husband. Isolating herself in an old country cottage away from friends and family, she soon develops a relationship with the ghost (Tom Wisdom) haunting the property. What follows is an atypical genre film in which love is not the ultimate cure-all.

Soulmate is written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, produced by Claire Otway, and features Anna Walton (Audrey), Tom Wisdom (Douglas), Tanya Myers (Theresa) and Nick Brimble (Dr Zellaby).

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Exclusive Oculus Interviews with Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00

As a means to prep you for this Friday's theatrical release of Oculus (review), we have some exclusive video interviews to dig on with stars Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane.

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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'Nicodemus' Reveals Truths About Mankind (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:54

Norith Soth, who will see the release of his found-footage horror Face later this year, is currently in post on his latest genre offering, this one dealing with Heaven and Hell.

Below is the teaser for the micro indoe Nicodemus, starring Art Roberts, Tisha Rivera, Olivia Ku, Theresa Deveaux, and Kiziana Jean-Louis.

Nicodemus is a deeply religious boy. His desire is to connect with God. Instead he meets an Angel, in the form of a high school bully, who reveals disturbing truths about the mystery of mankind.

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'Bunny Game' Director Will 'Save a Bullet For Me' (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:44

Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures have teamed up with UK producer Mark Sandell to co-produce the ‘Western’ action horror Save a Bullet For Me, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.

Save a Bullet For Me is the latest offering from The Bunny Game (pictured) writer-director Adam Rehmeier.

Set amidst a 19th century backdrop, the film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, where two wounded frontiersmen make a desperate last stand against an Indian war party.

This is not your grandfather’s Western. There are no heroes or morality tales. This is a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible,” Rehmeier told us.

For me, this film is an opportunity to combine several of my favorite genres in an exciting way, to create something that hasn’t been seen before in the cinema” he continued. “It delivers enough splatter to quench any hardcore horror fan’s palate, yet the relentless, wall-to-wall action and historical backdrop will open it up to a wider audience.

Brightlight Pictures’ Shawn Williamson joins Mark Sandell to produce.

Save a Bullet For Me is due to be shot in British Columbia in late 2014.

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[TV] The People of "Salem": John Alden and Mary Sibley

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:37

WGN American released the latest “People of Salem” featurettes, which introduces us to Mary Sibley, “Salem’s” most powerful enchantress. Beware, Heathens. Black magic is near. They also introduce John Alden, a hardened war veteran who returns to Salem to find it in the midst of a witch hunt frenzy.

“Salem” debuts on WGNA April 20.

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[Random Cool] Spokane, WA Home to 'Dawn of the Donut'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:31

Only in Spokane, WA will one find a one-of-a-kind zombie donut shop with drive-thru convenience.

Below is the promo for Dawn of the Donut, a real donut shop that serves up breakfast to wake the dead for another daily grind.

Donut options include the Slayer, Zombie, Brains!, Re-Animator, El Diablo, Romero, Coco-Apocalypse, Bruce Campbell, The Cure, Coffin, Corpse, Moad, and many more!

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Kick off the Week with New Stills from The Vampire Diaries Ep. 5.18 - Resident Evil

Dread Central - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:30

The cast of "The Vampire Diaries" must be feeling the same fatigue we are with this season's stale storyline. Can co-star Paul Wesley's directorial debut, "Resident Evil" (#5.18), breathe some life into the show? While we wait to find out, here are a few new stills.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.18 - "Resident Evil" (airs 4/17/14, 8-9pm)
Both Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) are suddenly having unsettling dreams of an alternate version of the life they might have had together.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) has a disturbing encounter with Grams (guest star Jasmine Guy), who warns her about frightening changes on the Other Side. Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) gives Damon (Ian Somerhalder) unwanted relationship advice, then admits he is searching for a woman he loved decades before while he was held captive by the Augustines.

Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) enlists Matt (Zach Roerig), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), and Tyler (Michael Trevino) to help track the Travelers and keep them from taking control of Mystic Falls. Bonnie is hurt and angry when she learns that Jeremy is working with Liv behind her back. Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) shows up at the Salvatore house and explains what he knows about Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) and the Travelers to Damon, Elena, and Enzo.

Matt has a terrifying encounter with inhabitants of the Other Side. Finally, when Damon finds Markos, he is both relieved and disturbed by what Markos has to tell him. Paul Wesley directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.

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[BD Review] Confront Your Family Bummers in 'The Hanover House'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:06

Straight out of an actual haunted farmhouse in Maine* comes The Hanover House, a moody new supernatural thriller from director/co-writer Corey Norman. On the surface the film’s premise sounds like a simple haunted house flick, but Norman fills his home with lofty ideas concerning grief, abandonment, and second chances. Sounds like a total bummer, huh? Well it is. The film offers a bleak look at the family demons that haunt the protagonists, and not much else. It presents an interesting approach of “haunted house therapy,” which I liked. But for all of its hypothetical demon exorcising, The Hanover House never has time to be entertaining or engaging.

Robert and Shannon Foster are newlyweds with lots to look forward to, including a bun in the oven. Then the phone call comes that Robert’s long-estranged father has died. Attending the funeral is real difficult for him, not just because he’s lost the father he barely knew, but also due to the presence of his shitty, self-centered mom and her scornful slob of a boyfriend. Tensions wear thin during the repast, as Robert struggles to deal with his mom and the painful memories of his father.

On their drive back home, as Shannon tries to console him, Robert hits a young girl with his car. He sees the lights on in a nearby farmhouse and takes off in search of help. Once he enters the house (of Hanover), Robert does battle with his worst inner demons – the ones that have been festering inside him so long they’ve been preventing him from reaching his full potential as a husband and future dad. That’s some heavy shit for a 72 minute movie.

Especially when the first 25 minutes play out like a drab family drama. It’s established early on that Robert and his folks had a turbulent relationship when he was growing up, but we spend a bit too much wallowing in those painful memories during the film’s first act, and then further lurching in the emotional doldrums once Robert and Shannon enter the house.

What the house wants from them is up to interpretation, which is The Hanover House‘s biggest strength. Our hands are never held as Robert and Shannon make their way separately through the house. They are forced to deal with their troubled family histories in a way that may make some audience members think about their own domestic horrors. These esoteric messages and warnings are delivered throughout the house, culminating in a showdown in the basement. There are hints of the occult in this climactic scene that are completely unnecessary. The supernatural elements are better left suggested in this kind of introspective film, not thrown in our face. This basement scene sorta weakened the emotional impact of the film with its traces of an occult ceremony that never connect to anything presented prior.

Despite the climax’s shortcomings, actress Casey Turner delivers a strong, grounded performance. Robert (played nicely by Brian Chamberlain) may be the driving force behind the film’s themes, but its Casey’s Shannon that keeps a firm grip on the story even during its most absurd moments. Director Norman, who’s been cutting his chops for years producing, editing, directing TV documentaries and short films, shows heaps of sharp craftsmanship. There’s an understated style to his work here, one that suits the film’s meditative nature and creeping death vibe.

The Hanover House is an interesting take on the haunted house motif, albeit one that tromps around the depressing murk a bit too much for my tastes. It’s well crafted and Casey Turner delivers a great performance filled with conviction, but while the film is busy bumming us out, it never has time to truly engage us.

* the film was shot in an allegedly haunted farmhouse in Maine.

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