Films

VOD Januari 2016

Deathgasm

Horror
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 6 januari 2016
Regie: Jason Lei Howden
Cast: Milo Cawthorne (When We Go to War, Power Rangers R.P.M.), James Blake, Kimberley Crossman (#TheAssignment, Shortland Street)

Hilarisch heavy metal splatterfest dat herinneringen oproept aan de vroege cultfilms van Peter Jackson en door bepaalde media de "party movie of the year" wordt genoemd. Hell yeah!

Voor buitenbeentje Brodie is de middelbare school een echte hel. Een metalfan in een zee van sporttypes en cheerleaders, dat valt op. Gelukkig leert hij verwante ziel Zakk kennen, met wie hij samen een metalband opricht. Alles is cool tot ze toevallig een mysterieus document in handen krijgen: bladmuziek die zijn uitvoerders de "Ultieme Macht" zou verschaffen. Maar Brodie en Zakk ontketenen onbewust een eeuwenoud kwaad: Aeloth De Blinde, een entiteit die alle bestaan op Aarde bedreigt. Hun klasgenoten en familieleden raken bezeten door zijn demonische krachten, rukken hun eigen ogen uit en slaan aan het moorden als rasechte psychopaten. En dat is nog maar het begin van het einde. Kunnen Brodie, Zakk en enkele vrienden voorkomen dat het pure kwaad de hele mensheid opslokt?

Reviews
  • Cinemagazine.nl: 'Deathgasm' is een frisse, goed uitgevoerde genrefilm die heel goed weet wat hij wil: prima laagdrempelig vermaak bieden voor de liefhebbers van bloederige en met een humoristisch sausje overgoten horrorfilms. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Imaginefilmfestival.nl: Evil Dead met metalheads, zo laat Deathgasm zich het kortst omschrijven. Maar dat doet geen recht aan de typisch Nieuw-Zeelandse humor en de uitbundige manier waarop de regisseur zijn verhaal uit de hand laat lopen, met elkaar opetende dorpsbewoners, bloedfonteinen en dildo's als slagwapens. Een uitzinnige zombieslasher, die al een reeks festivals op z'n kop zette.
  • Sound On Sight names Deathgasm one of the 15 best films at Fantasia! Read the full article here.
    Their review: Witty, energetic and appropriately self-mocking, Deathgasm keeps us interested because the writer/director and actors make us care about Brodie and his friends. Yes, the movie is filled with extreme gore, violence, action, nudity, sexual content and so on, but it's biggest asset is Milo Cawthorne, who imbues the slightly naive Brodie with a good nature and bigger heart, providing the film with a central figure you want to see overcome every harsh obstacle.
  • Variety.com: The consistent if undiscriminating high energy engenders a certain persuasive goodwill. Performances are game.
  • ScreemHorrorMagazine.com: Deathgasm is a brutal, side-splitting slice of midnight movie mayhem that even manages to cram in a bit of an allegory to boot. Metal is definitely the way. 4.5 out of 5 stars!
  • Examiner: The party movie of the year.
  • Icons of Fright: A heavy metal splatterfest guaranteed to please the most diehard horror fan.
  • Austin Chronicle: A very metal tribute to the grand tradition of Kiwi splatter comedy.
    Harry Knowles, Ain't It Cool News: The film gorehounds have been tearing their hair out waiting for.
  • Empire Magazine on the Sidney Film Festival: In the tradition of Peter Jackson's early schlock-horror comedies this New Zealand flick is easily the greatest title of the festival.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Buckle up, readers. The party movie of 2015 is here. This is the movie the SXSW Midnighters category was created for. I could go on about how awesome the cast is and how wicked the photography looks, but it would be pointless in hindsight of Zakk hurricane chainsawing the hell out of demons. Just get ready to party.
  • Bleedingcool.com: Deathgasm Is A (Outrageously) Bloody, Good Time. Ridiculously fun, but also not for the faint of heart, and not the sort of movie you take your mother to, unless your mother has an amazing sense of humor and capacity to sit through an hour and a half bloodbath, you cannot prepare yourself for Deathgasm. No matter what you read here, words simply don't do the movie justice. I'd go so far as to say Howden offers an experience unlike anything you've seen before.
  • CinematicEssentials.com: If you simply base your expectations on its name alone, Deathgasm would appear to be a film that promises to deliver something outrageous. Once the movie kicks off, you'll notice that your expectations are about to be met. That's because what you witness here is indeed insane in essentially every way imaginable. Look no further than this spectacle out of New Zealand.
  • Hellhorror.com: I will watch this movie again with guests and loved ones. A phenomenal job.
  • Dailydead.com: Lately, the horror genre (in the US at least) seems to be taking things kind of seriously these days, which makes a movie like Deathgasm feel like a much-needed breath of fresh air. If there's one film out of SXSW that I'd recommend seeing on a big screen once it gets released, it would be Deathgasm. It's probably the most fun I've had watching a horror movie in some time. A ridiculously fun and bombastic celebration of horror and heavy metal.
  • Iconsoffright.com: Coming out of SXSW like a freight train of bloody, metal as fuck entertainment, Jason Lei Howden gory extravaganza that is Deathgasm is a heavy metal splatterfest, guaranteed to please the most diehard horror fan. Led by memorable performances, out of this world effects and a soundtrack that refuses to Not let you bang your head throughout the entire film, it's a standout film at this year's festival and destined to become like Shaun Of The Dead or Dead Alive, a horror/comedy cult classic, one that will instantly be a genre fan favorite. DEATHGASM doesn't have a weak moment, as it speeds through it's running time with fervor, giving horror fans a blood and guts-filled time, complete with demons spewing guts and putting the film's protagonists through absolute hell, something that helps us love each and every character in the film. It's a 200MPH frantic film, a juggernaut of gory entertainment that is never for a single second, a joke. It's a film that puts heshers against demons, and kicks some serious ass, musically, while doing so. I'd be very surprised if the film didn't instantly hit audiences like a jackhammer, making them hooked on the film's characters and story. Though SXSW is filled to the brim with great programming this year, I challenge any other film in the festival's lineup to not only resonate, but entertain and make absolute fanatics out of viewers as much as DEATHGASM does. An instant hit that hits you over the head with a blood soaked battle axe, and shreds while doing so. Metal horns up.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: Deathgasm is brutal, bloody, fanatical fun on levels that deliver exactly what's expected. Howden cranks the slasher genre to 11, and hypnotizes horror audiences through an onslaught of demonic mutilation that would have Dethklok themselves cheering with joy, hitting on notes of horror insanity that blend face-melting riffage with equally outstanding practical effects.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: If you like your gore messy, your laughter frequent and your music loud you'll want to remember the name Deathgasm. As if you could ever forget it. Fun sense of humor; gloriously bloody practical effects; surprising heart at its center; knows its audience and gives no shits about the rest of you.
  • Nerdist.com: One of the best measures of a comedic horror movie is how well the "non-horror" stuff works, and thanks to a very strong cast, Deathgasm actually makes for a pretty decent comedy before it turns into a wildly over-the-top gore geyser. Cawthorne and Blake strike an amiable chemistry, the supporting cast is consistently entertaining, and despite the virtually non-stop barrage of raunchy language, unapologetic potty humor, and cartoonishly violent carnage, Deathgasm also displays several moments of legitimate cleverness and (believe it or not) even a little bro-centric sweetness. 4/5.
  • Twitchfilm.com: DEATHGASM Rocks! Not since the days of video store browsing has there been a horror movie quite as demonically satisfying as Deathgasm. It is a movie that adores 80s horror, without relying too heavily on pastiche. Yes, it takes a major page from that Tom Savini book of practical effects, and in the best possible way, but the voice that shines through the hysterical dialogue and playfully comic editing, is so teenage, so punk, it makes a beat-to-death genre feel refreshing.
  • IFF Boston: DEATHGASM is ridiculous, hilarious, extremely gory, and downright awesome. It's a horror movie and splatter comedy based entirely around Heavy Metal music which does not take itself seriously in the slightest and runs entirely on sheer mayhem and absurd comedy". GRADE A+
  • Austinchronicle.com: Director Jason Lei Howden drenches it in enough spraying plasma to drown a demon and raise hysterical belly laughs. A WETA CGI effects guy by training, Howden goes practical-heavy for gory, glorious, ridiculous, and comedic effect. It also doesn't hurt that he clearly knows his metal, mocking only what he loves. Shamelessly low-brow, reaching a beer-fueled gleeful high with a zombie-vs.-sex toys battle, it's a very metal tribute to the grand tradition of Kiwi splatter comedies.
  • TheHorrorHoneys.com: Packed to the gills with hilarious moments, fountains of blood, weird makeup fx (those demon teeth, yo), and the kind of endearingly witty and understatedly hilarious dialogue I've come to expect from Kiwi films, Deathgasm is definitely going to be on my list of MUST HAVE releases for 2015. Deathgasm is on the fast track to being a cult favorite, and if they don't release a soundtrack (on vinyl too, please) I might have a demonic tantrum.
  • Cinefilescomic.com: Why should you see this film? So. MUCH. METAL. ALL THE METAL. METAL. METAL. METAL. Buckets of bloody gore and lots of practical effects harkening back to the best B-pictures of the past. Spines will be ripped from bodies. Gouts of blood will be vomited. Heads will be split in two like so much kindling. Half the budget for the film went to laundry detergent. Oddly sweet interpersonal relationships between the main characters and a strong female lead who kicks plenty of undead demon butt.
  • Frontrowreviews.co.uk: DEATHGASM is a lot of things; funny, creepy, rocking and totally fucking awesome. Carrying on the trend of high quality horror comedy coming from New Zealand (What We Do In The Shadows, Housebound), Jason Lei Howden's DEATHGASM is the best heavy metal film ever and completely enthralling from the very opening scenes.
  • DestroyTheBrain.com: DEATHGASM is an obvious labor of love and an homage to an era where dice had twenty faces, records were played backwards, Lemmy wore short-shorts and Ouija was not a cute name for vagina. Loud and proud, Deathgasm is the last supper for all you metal movie maniacs out there. Come hither and rejoice: the prophecy came true and he has returned.
  • NewYorkTimes.com: It's easy to empathize with the handsome young protagonist, Brodie (Milo Cawthorne), the new metalhead in town, who is beaten up by bullies, yearns for the prettiest girl in school (Kimberley Crossman) and explains his taste in music with, “Life is better because somebody else knows the pain and the rage that you're going through.”
    Ms. Crossman is appealing, too, as Medina, who shows up with a big ax at the appropriate times and inexplicably knows how to use it. In between the rampant four-letter words and the occasional partial nudity are likable attempts at humor — some sweet, some saucy.
  • Best-horror-movies.com: Deathgasm has a respectable dose of everything a true horror fan craves. It' s a gross picture, at times quite creepy and the special effects are awesome and practical-heavy. The performances are impressive, the chemistry between the cast is top notch and the proper honoring of the Evil Dead films feel as though they couldn't possibly have been executed in superior fashion. Deathgasm starts big and it ends big, and unlike the bulk of films we see land in our laps these days, this one thoroughly thrills for an hour and a half. There's no down time to be found in Deathgasm and underwhelming is a word no one in this crew ever contemplated. This is an amazing production that instantly catapults itself into “Best of the Year” (it may have actually taken an immediate lead) contention.
  • HorrorSociety.com: This is an amazing production that instantly catapults itself into "Best of the Year" (it may have actually taken an immediate lead) contention.
  • Theslaughteredbird.com: DEATHGASM (all upper case because lower case is for pussies) is one of those near-perfect horror comedies that comes along roughly once a decade - if we're lucky. I'm talking Shaun of the Dead caliber—believe it! Not since Return of the Living Dead (1985) have I experienced such an effective mix of music and mayhem, rolled into an irreverent and vastly entertaining splatter-fest. CinemaSlasher.com: Not only is Deathgasm one of the most entertaining movies of the year, it's also one of the most unexpectedly cute movies to come along in quite some time. Brodie's interactions with Medina are nothing short of adorable, and it's truly impressive how well Howden, Cawthorne, and Crossman make such a romance work in an inherently goofy film. This may very well be the sweetest movie to ever feature an animated disembowelment in the opening credits, and I mean that as the highest compliment.
  • Bleedingcool.com: Thankfully, director/screenwriter Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm included all the blood and guts people expected to see, but also balanced out the gore with much-needed, and perfectly executed, hilarity. Thankfully, director/screenwriter Jason Lei Howden's Deathgasm included all the blood and guts people expected to see, but also balanced out the gore with much-needed, and perfectly executed, hilarity.
  • TheGuardian.com: Creative gross-outs and absurd violence are the salvation of a horror flick in which a speed-metal band's dark chords turn the townsfolk into demonic ghouls.
Awards
  • DEATHGASM has won the top award at this year's Knoxville Horror Film Fest - the Palm d'Gore - and the prize for Best Director to Jason Lei Howden!
  • Publieksprijs Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival 2015

The Escort

Romantische komedie
Beschikbaar voor VOD: 13 januari 2016
Regie: Will Slocombe
Cast: Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass I and II, Hot Tub Time Machine, Nikita, How I Met Your Mother), Michael Doneger, Rumer Willis (90210), Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice)

Mitch Cooper (Michael Doneger), een 27-jarige journalist uit Los Angeles, is single, heeft amper geld, en is verslaafd aan seks met vreemden via een mobiele app.

Als hij ook nog eens ontslagen wordt belandt hij in een wanhopige financiële situatie. Wat hij nodig heeft is een goed verhaal om indruk te maken bij zijn sollicitaties. Hij ontmoet Natalie (Lyndsy Fonseca) die ondanks haar universitaire opleiding haar geld verdient met prostitutie. Alhoewel ze hiermee een hoop geld verdient, voelt ze zich onzeker door de onvoorspelbare ontmoetingen met mannen.

Zij gaat dan ook akkoord dat Mitch een verhaal over haar schrijft als hij zich voordoet als haar bodyguard. Deze ongemakkelijke samenwerking begint als een zakelijke overeenkomst, maar geleidelijk ontwikkelen zich gevoelens bij beiden.

Reviews
  • HollywoodReporter.com: Played with charm by Lyndsy Fonseca and Michael Doneger, they're a high-end prostitute and a sex-obsessed journalist, and their mercenary alliance proceeds as a spirited, mostly convincing, exploration of life in the big city. Though the film grows more predictable as it proceeds, its doses of self-awakening ring true. Fonseca is particularly sharp; when her character faces herself in the mirror, she lends depth to what could have been a hackneyed symbol of reckoning. Slocombe and Klutz frame that turning point to full effect without getting heavy-handed.
  • Moviecracy.blogspot.nl: The Escort succeeds in putting predictable elements together into an appealing film with its timely and sincere narrative. It is surprisingly beautiful, made even more surprising and beautiful with the solid delivery of its actors.
  • Screenspotlight.com: The Escort is one of the few films capable of making a story about a Stanford educated young woman having kinky intercourse with sleazy old men seem somehow sad and worthy of investing our emotions. Lyndsy Fonseca will make any leading man look like he is a megastar capable of emotionally connecting with a sexy woman. That is the secret and perhaps the one key to the movie's success.
  • Screenrelish.com: All of THE ESCORT's cast are strong, in particular the support performances from Campbell and Resheff. A worthwhile watch.
  • Influxmagazine.com: I was kept entertained throughout. Watching Lyndsy Fonseca perform is an added bonus.
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