Movies

De Openbaring

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 5 mei 2022
Director: Chris W. Mitchell
Cast: Victor Löw (Prooi, Michiel de Ruyter, Flikken Rotterdam), Monic Hendrickx (Penoza, Ferry), Leny Breederveld (De Luizenmoeder, Vliegende Hollanders)
(only available in Dutch)

ANGST EN LIEFDE IN TIJDEN VAN COVID-19

Nadat hij zijn baan is kwijtgeraakt trekt Jacob tijdens de eerste corona-lockdown in bij zijn moeder, waarna hij onder invloed raakt van een complottheoreticus en langzaam maar zeker doordraait.

Reviews
  • Horrorfuel.com: Terrific performance by star Victor Löw. [His] gripping lead performance is reason enough to seek out this character study of a psychologically and emotionally troubled man on his descent into full-blown madness, but viewers will find plenty of other reasons to be fascinated with it, as well.  
  • De Volkskrant: "Een smakelijk vervormde uitvergroting van de huiselijke lockdownhel. Victor Löw is indrukwekkend krankjorum als de man die met de beste intenties tot doodenge mondkapjesmaniak transformeert." ****. Lees de hele review hier.
  • De Filmkrant: Löw, die de film met verve draagt, ziet er op een gegeven moment uit als een soort kolonel Kurtz die de jungle probeert te bedwingen die de buitenwereld in coronatijd is geworden. Jacob oogt ook als een pakkende metafoor voor al die mensen die aan het begin van de pandemie in fake news tuinden. Opnieuw blijkt dat de genrefilm zich uitstekend leent voor wonderlijke en kritische blikken op de samenleving. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Film Vandaag: De openbaring is een thriller die in staat is je de hele tijd ongemakkelijk te laten voelen. Maar De openbaring is bovenal een masterclass filmmaken. ****. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Nachtvlinders: Een Nederlandse productie die zó sterk is heb ik niet vaak gezien en we mogen hier als Nederlanders trots op zijn. Hulde aan de makers en ga deze film zeker kijken. Vif sterren! Lees de hele review hier.

The Exorcism Of God

Horror
Available on VOD: 19 mei 2022
Director: Alejandro Hidalgo
Cast: Will Beinbrink (It Chapter 2, Dark), Maria Gabriela de Faria, Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind), Hector Kotsifakis

Peter Williams, an American priest working in Mexico, is possessed by a demon he was trying to expel and ends up committing the most terrible sacrilege. Eighteen years later, the consequences of his sin come back to haunt him, unleashing the greatest battle within.

Reviews
  • ReogerEbert.com: Features more than enough flourishes of originality to elevate it above most possession films. Its characters and narratives are well thought-out and progress logically, without significantly deviating from their goals and themes. "The Exorcism of God" is always committed, and often surprising. 
  • Bandsaboutmovies.com: I have never seen a movie where a demon tries to exorcise God from the soul of a priest, so well done director Alejandro Hidalgo.
  • Heavenofhorror.com: So much works so extremely well in this movie, which is why it is definitely worth watching. Any fan of exorcism movies (or The Exorcist in particular) should not miss out on this one!
  • Ihorror.com: A two-fisted devilish good time. It's a tremendous take on the genre that proves there is still life in the world of cinematic exorcisms.
  • Scaredsheepless.wordpress.com: An energetic take on the possession movie.
  • Grimoireofhorror.com: This movie will definitely appeal to anyone who is a fan of a good exorcism. 4 out 5 stars.
  • Signalhorizon.com: There are genuinely unnerving jumpscares, extended bursts of violence, and loud bone-rattling roars that jangle the nerves and set your teeth on edge. It isn’t a cheap film full of one jump after another, but instead, well times scares that keep you poised for more. For fans of hyper-violence, unsettling imagery, and nervous laughter, The Exorcism Of God is an entertaining triumph

Bullet Proof

Action
Available on VOD: 19 augustus 2022
Director: James Clayton
Cast: Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Hijacked, X-Men: The Last Stand), James Clayton (Minority Report (TV)), Lina Lecompte, Janvier Katabarwa (Cold Pursuit)

A Thief who only looks out for number one, finally pulls off his long-gestating heist: the robbery of psychotic crime lord, Temple. The plan goes off without a hitch until he discovers a stowaway in his getaway car ? Temple?s wife, Mia along with Temple?s elite assassin, the deadly and mysterious man known simply as The Frenchman, hot on their heels. The Thief is torn between disappearing with the money or taking a risky detour to help Mia escape her husband?s abusive grasp. But with Temple, The Frenchman, and their deadly convoy of goons in pursuit, they quickly discover the only way to get out alive is to drive out.

Reviews
  • Moviesreview101.com: It isn’t afraid to go in all guns a blazing for later fights. The car chases are solid and the fights involving The Frenchman are the highlights.
  • Cultfollowing.co.uk: Jones grits his teeth, saunters about and beats up henchmen as though he were back on the streets of London. Gives Jones and James Clayton a place to play ball.
  • Markreviewsmovies.com: Jones is effectively imposing as the seemingly unstoppable threat.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: a good deal of action.
  • Themailnewspapers.com: sit back and enjoy the crazy.

Maneater

Thriller
Available on VOD: 26 september 2022
Director: Justin Lee
Cast: Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass, Neighbours), Shane West (Here Alone, Gotham), Jeff Fahey (Lost, Alita Battle Angel), Trace Adkins (The Lincoln Lawyer)

While on vacation in an island paradise, a group of friends are stalked by an unrelenting large shark after an accident leaves them stranded.

Reviews
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: keeps you amused.
  • Aisleseat.com: Shows the carnage in stomach-churning detail.
  • Austinchronicle.com: There are enough shark movie enthusiasts out there that Maneater should find its audience.
  • Nycmovieguru.com: Maneater does have some very gory scenes.
  • Moviefreak.com: a flesh-eating nightmare.

Murder at Yellowstone City

Western
Available on VOD: 1 december 2022
Director: Richard Gray
Cast: Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Before I Wake, The Thin Red Line), Gabriel Byrne (Hereditary, The Usual Suspects), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, Book Club), Isaiah Mustafa (IT Chapter Two), Nat Wolff (The Stand, The Kill Team)

A former slave who arrives in Yellowstone City, Montana, a desolate former boomtown now on the decline, looking for a place to call home. On that same day, a local prospector discovers gold - and is murdered.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Director Richard Gray’s well-crafted and handsomely mounted indie is as much a solidly constructed mystery as it is it a conventionally satisfying oater, with much to recommend to fans of either genre who rarely get to sample such a mix.
  • Commonsensemedia.org: moves at an unhurried pace, balancing its thoughtful ideas with vivid storytelling and strong characters.
  • Horrorbuzz.com: Worth a watch for its cast alone. As a whodunit murder mystery, Murder at Yellowstone City entertains.
  • Elementsofmadness.com: A star-studded western thriller that hits the target.
  • Thehollywoodoutsider.com: Murder at Yellowstone City sets out to do what very few outside of The Hateful Eight have done: craft a genuine murder mystery in the Old West.
  • Thefilmstage.com: With a sprawling cast of familiar faces, Murder at Yellowstone City reveals itself as character-driven from the start.
  • Moviehole.net: Good twists and turns, nifty direction and some good production design.
  • Screenrant.com: An intriguing adventure of a preacher-turned-sleuth at the center. Compelling Western.

Avarice

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 8 december 2022
Director: John V. Soto
Cast: Gillian Alexy (The Americans, Outsiders), Luke Ford (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), Ryan Panizza (Home and Away)

When Kate, her husband Ash, and their daughter Sara take a much-needed holiday, plans go awry when their vacation home is invaded by experienced criminals. With Kate and Sara held hostage Ash must transfer the funds from a recent investment deal or face the consequences. What these criminals don't know, is that Kate is an olympic level archer, and she never leaves home without her weapon. Our hero refuses to go down without a fight. And is prepared to protect her family....by any means necessary.

Reviews
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: Does deliver on the action as Kate has to use her fists as well as her bow to get the job done.
  • Filmink.com.au: Smartly put together and entertaining, Avarice is a rock-solid homegrown thriller.

Attack on Finland

Action
Available on VOD: 12 januari 2023
Director: Aku Louhimies
Cast: Jasper Pääkkönen (BlacKkKlansman, Da 5 Bloods, Dark Tower), Nanna Blondell (Black Widow), Sverrir Gudnason (The Girl in the Spider's Web, Borg McEnroe), Cathy Belton (Philomena)

Finland’s Independence Day celebration on December 6 is crudely interrupted by an attack to the Presidential Residence. A set of distinguished guests are taken as hostages. Security service officer Max Tanner is set as the negotiator of the hostage crisis. Tanner must make bold and even painful decisions to figure out who is behind the attack. After all, there are not only human lives to protect - but the future of Europe as a whole.

Reviews
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: Fans of action and espionage will find a good deal to enjoy. With the shadow of Russian aggression looming over Finland at the time of release, it has topicality on its side.
  • Jbspins.com: The action itself is well-staged and often pretty intense. Enthusiastically recommended.
  • Jamesweggreview.org: The action is fast-paced, coupled with spot-on editing.
  • Thatshelf.com: a solid action-thriller. Sometimes, that is all you need.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: Louhimies does a good job of building up the suspense and keeping Attack on Finland tight. The European perspective and the Finnish locations also make a nice change of pace.

Deadstream

Comedy, Horror
Available on VOD: 19 januari 2023
Director: Joseph Winter, Vanessa Winter
Cast: Joseph Winter, Melanie Stone (Mythica Saga, Little Women)

After a public controversy left him disgraced and demonetized, a washed up internet personality tries to win back his followers by livestreaming himself spending one night alone in an abandoned haunted house. When he accidentally pisses off a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life (and social relevance) as he faces off with the sinister spirit of the house and her own powerful following.

Reviews
  • 91% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
  • Scary Epidemic (FB): Deadstream is an absolute blast, and maybe my favorite found-footage horror movie of recent memory, led with great humor, thrilling scares and innovative direction. This is a must-see!
  • Aiptcomics.com: Amazing creature effects that will lead to squeals of terror and delight.
  • Awfj.org: Deadstream is outrageous, delightful and deeply satisfying, a breath of fresh air in a genre that can far too often feel old and musty.
  • Flickeringmyth.com: Deadstream proves there’s still room for both thrills and creativity in the oversaturated genre.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Deadstream is more about the energetic, zany journey. That journey will leave you cringing, cheering, and deep belly laughing in equal measure.
  • Thehollywoodnews.com: Deadstream effortlessly transitions from scare moments to gross gags, meaning that the audience will be squealing in one scene and guffawing in the next.
  • Nofspodcast.com: A sensory assault of monsters and myths, it’s a hilarious fright from start to finish.
  • RogerEbert.com: A sort of “Evil Dead” for the YouTube generation, this comedy/horror hybrid has some impressively constructed sequences.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Enormously entertaining as a funny, frightful, and devilishly delightful indie diamond.
  • Horrorbuzz.com: I had a hell of a good time and laughed more than once at this poor creator playing slave to a spiteful audience at any cost.
  • Horrorfuel.com: Deadstream serves up the shocks and shivers in abundance, along with the laughs. The Winters get the balance of horror and comedy right, which is no easy feat.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: Skilled practical effects, grotesque creature design, and unfiltered humor.
  • LittleWhiteLies.com: A smart, sophisticated comedy horror that finds new ways and new media for resurrecting old ghost stories.
  • Britflicks.com: A smart, funny horror that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing where it is going to take Shaun Ruddy next. It’s probably hell.
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