Review: Shudder original ‘The Pool’ dives head first into the deep end.

A young couple find themselves trapped in a 20’-deep swimming pool with no way out—and that’s only the beginning of their problems. Starring Theeradej Wongpuapan, Ratnamon Ratchiratham, directed by Ping Lumpraploeng.

Relentlessly unnerving, The Pool takes a seemingly simple premise and turns it into an elaborate horror movie. From one moment to the next, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat and rooting for our leading man. Theeradej Wongpuapan must have been so physically drained after each takes, not to mention emotionally. The script highlights how desperation leads to ingenuity. Minus the holier than thou moment around abortion and the sometimes silly looking CGI, The Pool is successful because it’s so frustrating. It’s like watching a slow form of brutal torture, but undeniably entertaining torture. Some moments will be difficult to watch. They may break you. But, damn, this script is strong as hell. I don’t remember the last time I literally gripped the couch and was sweating near the end of a film. This is a film that I grant full permission to yell at the screen. I have no doubt writer-director Ping Lumpraploeng would approve. The visual starkness of (essentially a unit set) that occurs for the majority of the film is in high contrast to the dreamy opening shots that will make you gasp. This allows us to delve into the mindset of the characters, it heightens the panic. The Pool is incredibly unique. Great writing and exceptional performances keep it afloat.

The Pool is now available on SHUDDER

 

Review: ‘Blood Machines’ a cyberpunk fantasy, now available on AMC’s Shudder.

Synopsis:
Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space.

Inspired by the spirit of the 80’s films and music, BLOOD MACHINES is a 50-minute, sci-fi horror mind-melter told in three chapters, scored by acclaimed and reclusive French synth-wave artist Carpenter Brut, and expanded from their music video of their track Turbo Killer. Starring Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen and Noémie Stevens, written and directed by Seth Ickerman.

 

Chapter One:
Mima

This episode is so visually spectacular from the get-go, I exclaimed, “Whaaaaatttt” as soon as I spotted the first spacecraft. The sets are something akin to Star Wars, a video game, and a graphic novel. Great costumes and props add to this lived-in world. It has a solid 80’s vibe and yet it’s still completely timeless. If you don’t want to keep watching as the screen goes black, I will be flabbergasted.

Chapter Two:
Corey

This episode picks up exactly where Mima left off. The attention to detail in the cinematography is hypnotizing. The color choices are rad as hell. But it’s the plot that sneaks up on you in earnest here. The definition of a soul is prominently questioned, as is the psychosexual dynamic between the characters.

Chapter Three:
Tracy

This episode plays upon the many dimensions of the female psyche. The power of sensuality, protective nature, and empathy, and exploration. The visual juxtaposition between scenes is glorious. Wait until you see the climactic choreography. It will blow your mind.

Blood Machines is something entirely unique. While it is meant to invoke a conversation about “man” meeting machine and all the complexities that come with that ever-expanding A.I. issue, out of context it’s a very feminist film. As a woman viewing this magical creation, it made me feel vindicated and more kickass than usual.  It will rock you and entertain to no end. Writer-director Seth Ickerman has given the audience an intelligent and thoughtful piece of sci-fi. Carpenter Brut’s score is intoxicating. I would play that on a loop if given the chance. Genre fans will beg for more. I’m asking, nay imploring, that this story get expanded (AGAIN) in any form. It’s brilliant.

About SETH ICKERMAN:
Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard are two French directors, working for 10 years under the pseudonym of Seth Ickerman. Known for their production design and art direction skillset, Raphaël and Savitri collaborated on various commercials for companies such as LG, Ubisoft, and Samsung. In 2016, they directed the hit music video Turbo Killer in 2016 for Carpenter Brut. 
About CARPENTER BRUT:
Carpenter Brut draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Listening to his home-made EPs, however, one would rather bet on a metalhead background, a crush for Dario Argento, and a force-fed religious education. This would explain his penchant for the occult, his passion for kitsch sounds, and his adoration for all kinds of enjoyment.
Carpenter Brut pays tribute to the post-hippie/pre-AIDS culture that then set the basis of electro and metal to give us a unique, violent, and crazy 80s revival sound.

 

Review: ‘Blood Quantum’ now available on AMC’s Shudder

The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Traylor (Greyeyes), the tribal sheriff, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riffraff from the hordes of walking white corpses. 

Mesmerizing opening cinematography, unsettling imagery, and a stunning bit of animation are all in the first few minutes of Blood Quantum. It’s a hell of a way to begin. All the bloody practical FX, the creative kills, the extraordinary make-up, combined with an awesome plot are just a few reasons why Blood Quantum is an outstanding zombie film. You’re getting 3 distinct acts with the shift in time and a shocking third act you may not see coming. In truth, it is a study of historic irony. While the native American population was decimated by European viruses, in this film they are immune. Even with that advantage, rage from the youngest generation is their ultimate downfall. Writer-director Jeff Barnaby has given us a truly poignant and thoroughly badass film.

The fact that we’re experiencing it now during a world-wide pandemic only makes it more relevant. The exploration of social, economic, and family dynamics are all the more impactful. All of that is a bonus because it’s truly a bloody disgusting zombie flick. Genre fans will live in this film. Extra special mention for the use of Fawn Wood‘s song “Mommy’s Little Guy” at the end. You can watch Blood Quantum now on Shudder.

From writer & director Jeff Barnaby (RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)

Starring:

Michael Greyeyes (True Detective, Fear the Walking Dead)

Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST)

Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga)

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN)

Olivia Scriven (Degrassi: Next Class & The Next Generation)

Revered MMA trainer Stonehorse Lone Goeman

Brandon Oakes (RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)

William Belleau (Frontier, SCALPED)

Devery Jacobs (American Gods, The Order, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS)

Gary Farmer (DEAD MAN, JIMMY P)

Review: ‘PREVENGE’ takes killer kids to the next level.

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PREVENGE
Written and Directed by Alice Lowe

**Official Selection: 2016 VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL**
**Official Selection: 2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL**
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*Official Selection: SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2017**

Sometimes, when it’s 3 am and my unborn baby girl decided it’s an awesome time to do a dance instead of letting me sleep, I become, shall we say, a little grumpy. 3 weeks away from my second child, I’m freaking tired and sore and over being pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled for this peanut. My soon to be two children will be less than 16 months apart. Yup, two under two. I shudder to think about the amount of rest I will not be getting for the next 18, nay, 19 years. All that being said, I’ll have my perfect little salt and pepper set, all we need is the dog. There will be days I will want to flee, I’m sure… but I cannot imagine a day where the acts of my kids will compel me to start, let’s say, murdering people. Though, it’s early and who am I to judge. In Alice Lowe‘s directorial debut, PREVENGE, Ruth’s unborn child is telling her to murder a very specific list of people and perhaps for a good reason.

Synopsis:

A pitch black, wryly British horror comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Paddington”) that’s as funny as it is vicious,  PREVENGE follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood.

Written, directed and starring Lowe while she was actually 7 1/2 months pregnant, Prevenge is savage and wickedly demented. Sharp British humor heightens this in-your-face rampage. As much as you attempt to figure out the actual reason for the string of murders, you won’t until very late into the film and thus a sign of great writing. Lowe’s portrayal of Ruth is frighteningly grounded and wonderful. The cast is filled with familiar faces and the chemistry between Lowe and her (mostly) victims is perfection. The colors are vibrant and the jarring jump cuts interspersed are incredibly effective. The film is weird and gruesome and unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s just plain cool.

Check out a clip from the film below.

PREVENGE opens theatrically in New York and Los Angeles and will be available nationwide on Shudder, on March 24th

About SHUDDER:

Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of thrillers, suspense, and horror. Backed by AMC Networks, Shudder has a growing and dynamic selection of thrilling premieres, originals, and exclusives, which complement its impressive library of international and independent films, gripping TV series, and Hollywood blockbuster favorites.

TRT: 88 min
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley
Distributor: Shudder

 

16 subscription streaming services that are totally different than Netflix

Netflix is the big game in town, but there are several other streaming services that offer movies that aren’t on there. So if you’re seeking something a little off the beaten path, here are 16 other services worth checking out.Although, these all are the paid services, which charge you every month. Still, not everyone can spend an amount every month for web accounts, some people find it difficult. To ease their work for watching the web series, https://best-putlocker.com/genres provides them the facility to watch any movie, tv shows, and web series here for free without worry about any debt to pay. 

This list includes the best of independent film, horror, classics and original content. They range from $11.95 a month to FREE!

  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • MUBI
  • IndiePix Unlimited
  • Sundance Doc Club
  • Film Movement
  • Youtube RED
  • Shudder
  • IndieFlix
  • Spuul
  • Flix Fling
  • Fandor
  • DramaFever
  • Curiousity Stream
  • Acorn TV
  • Warner Instant Archive
  • Snag Films

tribeca shortlistTribeca Shortlist

First on my list is a recent entry into the streaming market. I’ve been very impressed as the movies are not only independent and obscure, but also big budgets and classics. I like that there are just enough movies for a good selection and I also like they let you know when a movie is about to expire.

BONUS: you can download to watch offline on your mobile device.

Summary Recommendations from industry professionals
Trial 14 days
Monthly $4.99
Yearly n/a
Watch Roku, amazon Fire, iOS, AirPlay, Chromecast
Ads No
Download for offline Yes
Why it’s special Movies selected by actors and filmmakers.

MUBIMUBI

In close competition with Tribeca Shortlist is another newcomer, MUBI. Slightly more obscure, I love how there’s a new movie every day and you are notified by email.

BONUS: you can download to watch offline on your mobile device.

Summary Only 30 hand-picked movies at a time.
Trial INVITE YOUR FRIENDS
They’ll get 30 days for free. No credit card required.
And you get 7 days free when they watch their first film.
Monthly $4.99
Yearly $39.99
Watch PC, Mac, Android, iPad/iPhone, and Samsung Smart TV
Ads No
Download for offline Yes
Why it’s special New film every day, 30 hand-picked films

indipix unlimitedIndiePix Unlimited

One of the most diverse on the list, this is for a true international cinefile.

Summary Independent cinema
Trial 30 days
Monthly $5.99
Yearly n/a
Watch computer, Apple iOS 7+, Android 4+
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special International library

sundance doc clubSundance Doc Club

Best of the best, award-winning documentaries.

Summary Documentaries
Trial 30 days
Monthly $6.99
Yearly $39.99
Watch computer, Apple iOS 7+, Android 4+, Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV (via Airplay)
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Curated Documentaries

film movementFilm Movement

This service has a slightly different model offering a physical copy as part of one of its packages. Use code FEB30 at checkout for 30% off an annual subscription.

Summary Independent cinema
Trial No
Monthly $11.95
Yearly $99.99
Watch computer only
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special 1 new movie per month, DVD and/or Streaming

Youtube redYoutube RED

Ok, so there’s not a lot of movies available on here, but Youtube Red is an upcoming original content channel with the new Rooster Teeth movie, Lazer Team. Oh, and when you subscribe, you don’t see any ads when watching Youtube videos. It’s also got all kinds of other perks with music. It’s definitely worth doing the free trial month.

Summary Music, Series, Movies
Trial 1 month
Monthly $9.99
Yearly n/a
Watch everywhere
Ads No
Download for offline Yes
Why it’s special Original content, No ads!!

shudderShudder

For horror fans, this is a fantastic bargain. Fantastic selection.

Summary Horror movies
Trial 14 days
Monthly $4.99
Yearly $49.99
Watch computer, Apple iOS 7+, Android 4+, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV (via Airplay), Playstation, XBOX, Amazon Fire, Samsung TV
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Horror movies

indieflixIndieFlix

This service also has a good selection of feature and short films. Nothing super remarkable, just good movies.

Summary Independent
Trial 14 days
Monthly $5
Yearly $50
Watch computer, Roku, XBOX, amazon Fire
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Short films, Independent

spuulSpuul

This specialty service is a must for a Bollywood lover.

Summary Bollywood movies
Trial 7 days
Monthly $4.99
Yearly $49.99
Watch PC, Mac, phone, tablet and TV
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Bollywood movies & TV

flix flingFlix Fling

Great selection of movies and upcoming exclusive VOD release of THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ (El cadáver de Anna Fritz) a film by Hèctor Hernández Vicens.

Summary Blockbuster and new releases
Trial 14 days
Monthly $7.99
Yearly n/a
Watch Smart TVs: Vizio, Yahoo Connected
Applications: iOS, Android, Opera, Windows 8, Vidora
Set-top boxes: Roku, Entone, TiVo coming soon
Game Console: Xbox 360
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Subscription or on demand

fandorFandor

Another fantastic service with international and independent movies worth your time.

Summary International & Independent
Trial 14 days
Monthly $10
Yearly $90
Watch computer, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android, Kindle, iPhone, iPad
Ads No
Download for offline Yes
Why it’s special Half your purchase dollars will go to support the community of filmmakers and film providers. Discount for education https://www.fandor.com/edu

dramafeverDramaFever

There’s a big world out there and Korean dramas are so popular, that if you’ve seen everything on Netflix, you may need this.

Summary Korean Dramas, Latin American Telenovelas, and a wide selection of Asian TV shows and movies
Trial 7 days
Monthly n/a
Yearly $11.88 / $50.04 / $99.96
Watch computer, Apple iOS 7+, Android 4+, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV (via Airplay), Playstation, XBOX, Amazon Fire, Samsung TV
Ads Depends on tier
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Korean dramas, Latin American Telenovelas, Asian moves & TV

curiousity streamCuriousity Stream

Not just documentaries, this services promotes non-fiction, so there’s so much more to discover.

Summary Documentaries
Trial 30 days
Monthly $2.99 SD / $5.99 HD
Yearly n/a
Watch Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, phone, tablet
& Apple TV (via airplay).
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Focuses purely on non-fiction

acorn tvAcorn TV

Hooked on Downton Abbey? There’s so many more British television and movies available on this streaming service.

Summary British movies & TV
Trial 30 days
Monthly $4.99
Yearly n/a
Watch Roku, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, iPad, web, and more
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special

warner instant archiveWarner Instant Archive

Limited to only Warner Brothers, I think this service doesn’t offer enough for the price. However, for those seeking classics going back to the 30s, this delivers.

Summary Classic Warner Brothers TV & Movies
Trial 1 month
Monthly $9.99
Yearly 6 mos $47.99 / 12 mos $84.99
Watch Online & Roku only
Ads No
Download for offline No
Why it’s special Movies spanning through the 1920s to the 1990s

snag filmsSnag Films

Free. Absolutely free movies.

Summary Independent
Trial FREE
Monthly FREE
Yearly FREE
Watch computer, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android, Kindle, iPhone, iPad
Ads Yes
Download for offline No
Why it’s special FREE