When DELIVERANCE appeared in theaters at the end of July in 1972, the buzz around it was most certainly contagious. Two years prior, the book that the film had been based on had been a best seller. Not much later, the source material itself would be considered one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. But the movie, itself, became something of note. It too would land up on awards lists.
Ed (Jon Voight) is convinced by his friend Lewis (Burt Reynolds) to help set up a canoe trip down the Cahulawassee River. To fill up the trip, Ed recruits his other friends Bobby (Ned Beatty) and Drew (Ronny Cox) to come along. With the Cahulawassee River valley soon to be flooded by the construction of a dam, this will be their last opportunity. Unfortunately while stopping on the river’s edge for lunch, a horrible circumstance transpires, changing all their lives forever.
Today DELIVERANCE is considered one of the greatest films of all time. John Boorman, though not necessarily prolific, showed why he was one of the era’s best directors. James Dickey, the author of the novel, wrote the adaptation of the film himself. Leading the cast, Jon Voight was only three years removed from his Oscar performance in MIDNIGHT COWBOY. DELIVERANCE also stars Burt Reynolds. Dark Discussions gives tribute to him and his recent passing.
What’s hip? Films like GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN are. And so when you bring in a director like Paul Feig in to direct the next such thriller, you may get some of the comedy you saw in his movie BRIDEMAIDS. So when the novel A SIMPLE FAVOR is turned into a movie, you get one dark film. Yet the movie may have a bit of dark humor to it.
Single mom Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), who runs a vlog and is very much into her son’s school, becomes friends with another mom, Emily (Blake Lively). Emily, unlike Stephanie and her cheery demeanor, is cool and lives with an attitude. When she takes Stephanie into her world, Stephanie is amazed at how such a stylish person like Emily has befriended her. Shortly later, Emily disappears and Stephanie is dragged into something more than it may seem.
If not A-listers, Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick are sure becoming some of the most sought after actresses out there. A SIMPLE FAVOR has received fantastic reviews. The audience word of mouth has brought it to triple its budget of million USD. Dark Discussions takes a look at this dark yet quirky thriller.
During the 2016 film THE CONJURING 2, the character simply entitled the nun was introduced. Though appearing as a religious person of piety, the nun was actually a demon in the disguise of the Catholic religious order. Though a minor character, she made an impression and now has her own origin film simply entitled THE NUN.
In 1952, when a nun is found dead at the remote nunnery of Cârta Monastery in Romania, the Vatican sends Father Burke along with the novitiate Sister Irene to investigate. Though still inhabited by a handful of other nuns, the location is very desolate and has an aura about it that seems not quite right. After learning about the mysterious history of the place, Father Burke must lead a battle between good and evil that could cost them their lives.
The film is directed by THE HALLOWS director Corin Hardy while being written by one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood, Gary Dauberman. Unfortunately, the film received very mediocre reviews even though the movie had a strong box office, making over 0 million USD against its million USD budget. Dark Discussions takes a look at this highly anticipated film and gives their thoughts.
Director/producer Timur Bekmambetov has had an interesting career. First appearing on the horror scene with his Russian language NIGHT WATCH and DAY WATCH vampire films, he’s gone on to direct some big Hollywood films including WANTED starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. But starting with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, he has produced a number of computer based films, including the sequel UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB but also his latest SEARCHING.
David Kim (John Cho) is a widower, losing his wife to cancer at a young age. His high school aged daughter, Margot (Michelle La), seems like most teenagers. She loves her dad but rather be doing her own thing. When one evening after study group she disappears, David begins an online investigation of her social media accounts and calls to family friends. Getting nowhere she is officially reported as missing and an investigation begins, led by Detective Rosemary Vick. As things are ruled out, foul play and even murder may be at play.
Timur Bekmambetov brought on little known director Aneesh Chaganty to helm the project. Starring John Cho and Debra Messing, the film has received strong reviews and has easily earned back its budget along with making fairly good box office. Dark Discussions takes a look at this very unique thriller and gives their thoughts.
Shark movies are once more in vogue. With the success of such films as 47 METERS DOWN and THE SHALLOWS as well as the more tongue-in-cheek film series of SHARKNADO, sharks have been added to the top of many movie fans “monster” list. For years, Hollywood has been trying to get Steve Alten’s novel MEG to theaters, based on the discovery of the prehistoric shark, Megalodon, still alive and well.
When Jonas Taylor (played by Jason Statham) leads a rescue team to free sailors from a sunken submarine, something large and dangerous destroys the lost ship. With little time available, only a handful of sailors are rescued. Considered a failure, the operation leaves Jonas a broken man. He retires to Thailand to be a fisherman, but soon James Mackreides, an old colleague, appears at his home. A research sub has been disabled and those inside need a quick rescue.
Even after finally being green lit, the movie had various production issues. Gore scenes were cut, the film was pushed back, and then released earlier than expected. Though the movie has a strong cast, the real star was the Megalodon. And that surely brought in folks. Even with mixed reviews, the movie has become one of the summer’s biggest successes. Dark Discussions takes a look at this film where all of us were together in Mystic, Connecticut for our yearly group outing.
Welcome to the latest edition of Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews – a podcast that reviews and critiques films released by boutique labels that have taken old and sometimes forgotten midnight movies and re-releases them in special editions where the quality of the picture is fully remastered, usually from onetime lost or privately owned negatives or prints.
This month is a bit different. This volume rather than doing an episode on midnight movies, I instead have focused on a subject. With June being LGBTQ Pride Month, I have searched about and found seven films specific to a lesbian theme. But unlike the typical exploitation films released by boutique companies, I’ve focused exclusively with arthouse films of the serious type.
The seven movies reviewed are of various quality, with a few being outstanding, and a handful being wonderful surprises. The films include alphabetically AWOL (2016), BARE (2015), BELOW HER MOUTH (2016), BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (2013), DUCK BUTTER (2018), ROOM IN ROME (2010), and SUMMERTIME (2015). Sorry for the long delay between episodes, but I am now back.
April 27th, 2018 release of horror anthology C.H.U.D. Lives!: A Tribute Anthology. Dark Discussions interviews some of the authors of this new horror book including Ross Baxter, Chad Lutzke, and Philip Perron.
C.H.U.D. is a genre defying, cult classic film featuring monsters living in the sewers below New York. The stories in this anthology expand the world created by the film and add depth to the C.H.U.D. universe like never before. From stories of apocalyptic horror and all out monster action, to tales of underground parties interrupted by uninvited guests and evening strolls that end in death, this anthology will leave you both smiling and breathless.
Relive the fear as these original stories take you beyond the movie to events that occurred before, during, and after the scenes we remember so well.
Includes C.H.U.D. related stories by Jonathan Maberry, Tim Waggoner, JG Faherty, Mort Castle, Michael H. Hanson, Martin Powell, Ben Fisher, Jason White, Chad Lutzke, Ross Baxter, Philip C Perron, David Bernstein, Nick Cato, Alex Laybourne, Christopher Fulbright, Angeline Hawkes, David Robbins, Robert Waters, Greg Mitchell, Ryan C. Thomas, and Eugene Johnson.
With an introduction by David Drake. Compiled by Eric S. Brown.
C.H.U.D. Lives! also features in-depth interviews with Andrew Bonime (producer) and Parnell Hall (screenwriter), as well as never before seen behind-the-scenes photos from the classic 80s horror film.
We are already four percent into 2018 and some good films have come out. But last year perron was a heck of a year too. Dark Discussions puts together their review of all that was good and bad in 2017. Included is the consideration of 75 different films that were worthy enough to be considered as a top 20 film for genre and horror films.
Each of your five co-hosts put together a list of movies they thought were good enough to be seen by audiences. This included both a list of horror films and a list of other speculative fiction films. Afterwards we then combined them and came up with Dark Discussions definitive lists of the best of 2017. Some obvious films like Wonder Woman and Get Out appear but also little known films like The Evil Within, Radius, and Berlin Syndrome were considered.
Also included are some of our listener choices and what they felt were the best of the year. And don’t forget our top and worst scenes, scream queens, breakout star, and anything else you can think of. Dark Discussions wraps up last year in a nice tight bow and gives their listeners a good many films to go out and search for.
With January 2018 underway, it is time to visit what is coming this year to cinemas, video-on-demand platforms, as well as those genre films that are going straight to disc. Last year, horror seemed to dominate genre and there were a lot of great flicks. This year once again there seems to be a lot of great ones coming. Plus also more superhero flicks. Reboots and remakes and sequels are also arriving too.
Dark Discussions once again is back with their look forward to the new year and which films seem to interest them most. Some of the more high profile flicks spoken of include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Annihilation, the two X-Men films, Slender Man, The Nun, and Game Night.
Some other flicks talked about include Fashionista, The Bad Man, the critically praised Norwegian film, Thelma, and a few sequels to Dead Snow and Halloween. And then at the very end we list off other films and talk about some of the latest news about movies and genre cinema.
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