Thursday, March 31, 2016

Phil Gets Tromatized: THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE (1991) from Troma Entertainment - March 31, 2016

THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE DVD (2011)
THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE
Starring: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, Bonnie Bowers, John Carhart III
Written by Rolfe Kanefsky
Cinematography by Ed Hershberger
Edited By Victor Kanefsky
Produced by Victor Kanefsky
Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky
Originally released by Prism Entertainment
Distributed by Troma Entertainment

Greetings and salutations my fellow cinephiles and welcome back to another edition of Phil Gets Tromatized! In case you missed my inaugural entry, with this new series I will be reviewing the good, the bad and the subhumaniod films of America's last great, truly independent film studio: Troma Entertainment. Today's movie is a personal favorite of mine. Originally released back in 1991, the film was picked up for distribution by Troma in 2011. Way ahead of its time, THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is one of the best indie horror/comedies from the early 90's and has gone on to became modern day cult classic.

The film's official synopsis: Three hot-to-trot couples and one goofy loner travel to an isolated country house for a weekend of debauchery, but soon realize they are not alone in the woods. One of them has seen this scenario before in dozens of horror movies, and he knows what it will take to defend themselves from an alien creature determined to eat the boys and mate with all the girls!

VHS Box Cover (1991)
Director Rolfe Kanefsky was only twenty years old when he made the film back in 1990. Plus, he wrote the script during his senior year in high school. Now back in those days, movies were shot on film and Kanefsky shot his directorial debut on 16mm film stock. His father Victor helped edit and produce the film. The budget was about $350,000 but back in 1990 that was a lot of money. Now that would barely cover craft services these days in Hollywood. What I loved about the movie was the script, which was very funny, clever and unique. It was a horror film with comedy that referenced horror films of the past. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should because five years later legendary director Wes Craven's SCREAM would do the exact same thing. So like mentioned earlier, the movie was way ahead of its time.

The actors and actresses were awesome in the film. Lead actor Craig Peck, who portrayed our horror aficionados Mike, is funny, smart and is a walking encyclopedia of horror movie trivia. He has the best one-liners and is the hero we all would want to be! Bonnie Bowers' character Stacy was in sexy two-piece bikini almost through the whole film and was a total pro! That must have been very difficult to pull off! Ok, the whole cast was freaking amazing! Sorry, I can't play favorites. Seriously, the whole cast made the film what it is!

The movie was released on home video (VHS to us old schoolers) by Prism Entertainment. Years later, Image Entertainment release a special edition DVD version. Then in 2011, our good friends at Troma released an ultra cool two-disc 20th anniversary special edition with all kinds of special features: director commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, still photos, interviews, pre-production footage and trailers. Also, the transfer looks incredible considering how old the film is. Major props to Troma for bringing this film into the 21st century.

THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is one of the greatest and beloved cult classics of the 1990's. The film still has a large fan base and continues to attract new viewers with each passing year. So if you haven't yet seen this movie, go buy a copy, take it home, get some popcorn and sodas and watch it! You'll be glad you did! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!! 


THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is now available on  DVD. To purchase a copy for yourself, visit your local retailer or visit the Troma website at www.troma.com.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Phil's Horror Watch: PAY THE GHOST (2015) from RLJ Entertainment-March 24, 2016

PAY THE GHOST
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres, Lyriq Bent, Jack Fulton, Lauren Beatty, Kalie Hunter, Stephen McHattie
Written by Dan Kay
Cinematography by Sharone Meir
Produced by Nicolas Chartier, Craig J. Flores, Ian Levy, Patrick Newall
Directed by Uli Edel
Released by RLJ Entertainment

Have you noticed that actor Nicolas Cage has been in a lot of movies lately? Seriously, there's been a shitload of movies starring the man. Since 2010, he has appeared in a total of 18 movies!! Holy crap that's a lot of movies! But let's be realistic about this for a moment. A majority of those either sucked ass or went straight to video. Now the film I'll be reviewing today falls in the later category. However, I must admit that I rather enjoyed PAY THE GHOST, which also stars actress Sarah Wayne Callies from AMC's The Walking Dead and USA Network's new hit sci-fi series Colony

The film's official synopsis: One year after Mike Lawford's (Cage) young son (Jack Fulton) disappeared during a Halloween carnival, he is haunted by eerie images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife Kristen (Callies), he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son-and, in doing so, he unearths a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.

Limited Theatrical Poster (2015)
This is one of Cage's better straight-to-video movies. What I liked about it was that it was a pretty creepy supernatural thriller that also plays on every parents' worse nightmare: your child goes missing. Nothing is more horrifying than not knowing what has happened to your children. Here, Cage becomes completely obsessed with finding his son and doesn't let one day go by without him putting flyers and visiting his local police district office. But because his son disappeared while under his supervision, his wife blames him and now their marriage is crumbling down, to the point that they live apart. Cage's performance is always a little over-the-top, but here he's much more in control and is more authentic. We the audience feel his loss, his frustration with the local authorities, his depression and, of course,  his fear when he begins to discover that there might something more sinister that's involved. Of course, Callies' acting is fantastic as always. You just believe her performance and she nails the emotional roller coaster her character Kristen goes through during the film. She's is simply an amazing actress.

German born director Uli Edel has made cult classic films like LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN, BODY OF EVIDENCE and THE BAADER MEINHON COMPLEX. He's also made several made-for-television movies like Confessions of a Sorority Girl, Tyson, Rasputin and EVIL NEVER DIES. He's also directed episodes for Oz, Tales from the Crypt, Homicide: Life on the Street, and the mini series Houdini for the History Channel. Here, Edel dies a fine job of creating tension and chills and being able to keep the movie going forward at a decent pace with solid set-ups, close ups and 

After the movie was made back in 2014, it was finally picked up for distribution by RLJ Entertainment and gave the film a very small limited theatrical release in the fall of 2015. It was also released simultaneously on video on demand.

Overall PAY THE GHOST is a decent supernatural albeit predictable thrillet. But it does hold your interest with its decent story, solid acting and above average scares. If you're a hardcore Nicholas Cahe fan, then this will be right up your alley. 3 out of 5 stars! Worth the rental!


PAY THE GHOST is currently available on DVD at your local retailer. It's also available at selected Redbox kiosks and on Video On Demand.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Phil interviews model/actress Parker Love Bowling from the upcoming film B.C. BUTCHER from Troma Entertainment - March 16, 2016

Actress/model Parker Love Bowling (courtesy from Bowling)
Welcome back to my series of interviews with the actresses from the upcoming Troma Entertainment release B.C. BUTCHER directed by Kansas Bowling. Today's installment I had the utmost pleasure of interviewing the poster girl for the film, model/actress Parker Love Bowling, who also plays Po in the film. Read all about this inspiring model and her future plans for the film industry and the modeling world.

Phil Castor: So B.C. BUTCHER just recently had it's big Hollywood premiere at the famous Egyptian Theater. How did it feel to see the movie on the big screen play to a sold out crowd?

Parker Love Bowling: The Egyptian premiere was astounding. When making this movie I never imagined it would go as far as it did. It was a rather pleasant surprise and made me immensely proud of my sister.

PC:  So let's go back in time for a bit. Where were you born and raised?

PLB: I was born in Beverly Hills and lived in Los Angeles my entire life thus far. I grew up in Topanga Canyon but am now living in the city and enjoy it a great deal more.

PC: What were some of your interests when you where younger?

PLB: I've always been interested in the same things. I've always loved fashion and film, or just anything that conveyed glamour. Growing up I tried my hardest to get as much attention as possible, so it seems fitting I decided to go into the film industry. 

PC: When did you begin your modeling career? Was it something you fell into or did you pursue it?

PLB: My modeling career did not take off into recently because I've always looked very young, but it is going well now. I did not do any professional work until being the B.C. Butcher poster girl and I've been getting a lot of work off of it. I've always loved having my photo taken, but I did not pursue it as a career until now.

PC: Who are some of your idols in the modeling world, both in front of and behind the camera?

PLB: Some of my idols in the industry in front of the camera are Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot. Some photographers I love are Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon.

PC: Besides modeling, what are some of your other interests and hobbies?

PLB: Besides being an actress and model, I am also a designer. I design and sew clothes which you can view on my website (parkerlovebowling.com). I also love to write and am currently interning at two different publications. 

Parker Love Bowling as Po in B.C. BUTCHER
PC: I read somewhere that you were member of the LA Junior Derby Dolls, How did that come about?

PLB: I joined the LA Junior Derby Dolls because my mom skated with the LA Derby Dolls. She was a very good skater and I aspired to be like her, so naturally I wanted to try it out. I played roller derby for about three years but it conflicted too much with my schedule.

PC: Describe your experience working on B.C. BUTCHER?

PLB: B.C. BUTCHER was a very fun film to work on. Since I did not have a lead role I would just lounge around when I wasn't shooting and read lines with the other actors. 

PC:  What was the film schedule like and where was it made?

PLB: B.C. Butcher was shot in Topanga Canyon over a nine-day period. Each shot was done in a single take which gave the film a campy quality.

PC: What does it feel like to be the poster girl for the film?

PLB: I love being the poster girl for the film. Lloyd Kaufman called me "the iconic poster girl," which is such an honor since Troma itself is such an influential company that puts out films like no others. 

PC: What's it like working with Troma? Where you a fan of their films prior to working with them?

PLC: Troma is great and Uncle Lloydy is so kind and supportive. Before I worked on B.C. Butcher the only Troma movies I saw where the CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH films but am starting to watch a lot more. I'm in great company!

PC: What are some of your favorite films and film genres?

PLB: My favorite film is Two For The Road. Mary Quant did all the costumes which really make the movie so wonderful. I love old musicals and 60's classics. 

PC: What's the next step in your modeling career? What are some of your goals?

PLB: I Would love to do more modeling in film just like Andy Warhol's films starring Edie Sedgwick. They have such a enigmatic quality. Other than that I enjoy a variety of work and am open to most opportunities. 

Parker Love Bowling with her boyfriend Kalvin Madsen.
PC: What is it about Andy Warhol's films that you find attractive?

PLB: Andy Warhol's films are just very glamorous. I love how they look.

PC; Are you planning on acting in any more films? Do you have any current film projects that you're involved in?

PLB: I am currently in pre-production of a few films. I am very excited to star in Jared Master's new film alongside my sister this summer called ROLLER JUNKIES. It should be really groovy. 

PC: ROLLER JUNKIES is a fanatic title! Can you tell us what the film is about and is there a website for it?

PLB: There is no website for the film yet but there's an imdb page. I haven't gotten the script yet. All I know is Kansas and I are roller skaters in it.

PC: What advice would you offer aspiring actresses who want to break in the film industry, especially those who want to bring diversity and a feminine voice to the male dominated Hollywood?

PLB: Everyone finds success on their own terms but from what I've experienced, I recommend to just be open to all job possibilities. I would never have thought to be a horror movie actress, I saw myself doing more Tuesday Weld type roles, but I found I love working in all genres. A lot of people turned down B.C. BUTCHER because it was too low-budget but now it is getting a lot of press so I would say just be open minded to all projects. 

To learn more about Parker Love Bowling, visit her website at parkerlovebowling.com and be sure to check out her Twitter and Instagram accounts. To learn more about Troma and their upcoming release of B.C. BUTCHER, visit their website at www.troma.com.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Phil's Cult Classics: THE POM POM GIRLS (1976) from Scorpion Releasing-March 11, 2016

THE POM POM GIRLS Blu-Ray (2015)
THE POM POM GIRLS
Starring: Robert Carradine, Bill Adler, Jennifer Ashley, Michael Mullins, Lisa Reeves, Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, Susan Player, Diane Lee Hart, James Gammon
Written by Joseph Ruben & Robert Rosenthal
Cinematography by Stephen M. Katz
Edited by George Bowers
Produced by Joseph Ruben, Cal Naylor & Marilyn J. Tenser
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Originally distributed by Crown International Pictures
Released by Scorpion Releasing

During the good 'ole exploitation days, drive-ins and grindhouses were showing some of greatest films ever made. They played all kinds of movies from all walks of life. Whether you were in the mood to watch a kung-fu movie or a blaxploitation flick, there was something for eveyone's taste buds. One genre that was popular was the teen comedies. Unlike the ones being made today, these were more realistic; meaning the actors looked like teenagers, talked like teenagers and acted like teenagers. In some cases the actors and actresses were teenagers. As a result, these films struck a chord to all those high school kids who took their dates to the drive-ins and watch them. A perfect example of one of these films was finally released on Blu-Ray. A personal favorite of mine, THE POM POM GIRLS is 70's fun, laughs and just groovy to watch.

The film's official synopsis: Forget your troubles and swing into action with the beautiful pom pom girls in this fast-paced story about high school seniors enjoying a final fling before graduation. The carefree and scandalous antics of these kids indulging themselves before they enter adulthood is pure spontaneous fun. Will the handsome womanizer Jesse win over radiant pom pom girl Laurie? Will the kids' crazy antics get them in trouble? Will the delectable pom pom girls get their kicks? It's a classic youth-gone-wild pleasurefest from Crown International Pictures.

Man, they don't make movies like these anymore. Teen hijinks, teen sex, free wheelin', free lovin', hot cheerleaders, classic cars, high school pranks, carefree lives....man I really do miss the 70's! And this film captures that spirit of the times perfectly. This is a time capsule of how life was back then and it sure was fun!

Original Movie Poster (1976)
The film stars Robert Carradine as the film's lead Johnni. Son of Hollywood acting legend John Carradine and younger half-brother of David Carradine, Robert would go on to star in films such as JACKSON COUNTY JAIL, ORCA, COMING HOME, but he's most remembered as the nerdy Lewis from the REVENGE OF THE NERD films. Actress Jennifer Ashley, who portrayed the beautiful Laurie, also starred in other cult classics like THE CENTERFOLD GIRLS, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and CHAINED HEAT. Bill Adler also went on to appear in a number of classic 70's exploitation films such as THE VAN, MALIBU BEACH, VAN NUYS BLVD. (all three from Crown International Pictures) and director Jack Hill's SWITCHBLADE SISTERS. Lisa Reeves only acted in a handful of films like YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE and THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES and appeared in some TV shows like Police Woman, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and Little House on the Prairie. Susan Player really had a short film career, appearing in only five films. Her best remembered films are INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS, HIGH SCHOOL GIRL and MALIBU BEACH. Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith has a HUGE cult following! She has appeared in such drive-in classics like CAGED HEAT, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, LASERBLAST, UP IN SMOKE and VICE SQUAD. Smith was on her way to stardom, but unfortunately, she became addicted to heroin and eventually died from complications from hepatitis on June 2, 2002. Actor James Gammon, who played the coach in the film, went on to again be cast as a coach, this time for the baseball team the Cleveland Indians in the MAJOR LEAGUE films. Sadly, he passed away on July 16, 2010.

The film was directed by Joseph Ruben, who directed a couple of other 70's classic films like SISTER-IN-LAW, JOYRIDE and OUR WINNING SEASON before moving to mainstream success with films like GORP, DREAMSCAPE, THE STEPFATHER, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, THE GOOD SON, MONEY TRAIN and THE FORGOTTEN. Ruben's writing partner Robert Rosenthal also wrote the scripts for THE VAN, MALIBU BEACH, ZAPPED! and the sequel ZAPPED AGAIN! He also directed MALIBU BEACH and ZAPPED!

The film was originally released to theaters by Crown International Pictures in May 1976. With this new blu-ray release by Scorpion Releasing, the film looks way better than the old VHS and awful DVD transfers. The disc also features trailers and you can have the option of watching an intro with the lovely and very delicious Katarina Leigh Waters. 

THE POM POM GIRLS is 70's drive-in exploitation fun! After watching this movie, you'll wish it was the 70's all over again! The looks, the sounds, the clothes, the music, the film has everything you would want and more! And now you can relive those glorious days in Hi-Def Blu-Ray! Five out of five stars!! Highly recommended!!


THE POM POM GIRLS is currently available on Blu-Ray at your local retailer or purchase a copy at the Amazon website. You can also see upcoming releases from Scorpion Releasing by visiting their website at scorpionreleasing.com. Also make sure to visit Katarina Leigh Waters as well at www.katarinasinfamy.com. To learn more about Crown International Pictures, visit their website at www.crownintlpictures.com.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the show!

Phil's Sci-Fi Theater: TERMINUS (2015) from Vertical Entertainment - March 11, 2016

TERMINUS DVD Cover (2016)
TERMINUS
Starring: Jai Koutrae, Kendra Appleton, Todd Lasance, Bren Foster, Brendan Clearkin, Vincent Andriano, Katherine Hicks, William Emmons
Written by Marc Furmie, Shiyan Zheng  & Gabriel Dowrick
Cinematography by Kieran Fowler
Edited by Gabriel Dowrick
Produced by Brett Thornquest & Tim Maddocks
Directed by Marc Furmie
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment

Hello again folks and welcome to the debut of a new series that I call Phil's Sci-Fi Theater. There's been a lot of great science fiction movies being released, so I thought it was time to start reviewing more of them. The first film to be reviewed in this new series was something of a surprised. My fiancee saw the trailer for this and wanted to check it out. She showed it to me and I thought t looked pretty cool as well. However, this was no ordinary science fiction film, even though the trailer made it look that way. Needless to say, we were totally blown away by today's film TERMINUS from Vertical Entertainment.

The film's official synopsis: For small town auto mechanic David Chamberlain (Jai Koutrae), life is a constant struggle as he deals with the death of his wife while supporting his daughter, Annabelle (Kendra Appleton). After a night of drinking David is blinded by the light of a falling meteor and crashes his car. His injuries are miraculously healed by a magical essence within the meteor, and he knows he has stumbled onto something big. As the rest of the world rapidly succumbs to war and desperation, David works tirelessly to protect the mystical orb, enlisting a young Iraqi war veteran, Zach (Todd Lasance), who experiences his own healing. Their secret work draws the attention of rogue government agents, and as all hell breaks loose in the rest of the world, David, Zach, and Annabelle engage in a deadly battle to protect the future of humankind.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2016)
What I found fascinating about the movie is that it's more of a character study and drama than a sci-if film. Writer/director Marc Furmie along writers Shiyan Zheng and Gabriel Dowrick crafted an intelligent script poses questions about Armageddon, love, death and destiny while answering some of them. Sometimes the answers that we seek lead to even more questions, which can either frustrate us or enlighten us. The film's plot examines many of life's themes, which are then woven between our three main leads. A thoughtful, emotionally charged script that transcends the standard norm of what a sci-fi should be.

Another outstanding aspect is the sensational acting by our main protagonists. Koutrae's portrayal of grief stricken father David is both sympathetic and believable. He is your everyday guy: struggling to make a living, trying to be there for his daughter while morning the loss of his lovely wife. With coming into contact with the meteor, his life has a purpose and is determined to see it through. Actress Kendra Appleton brings a level of realism to her role of Annabelle; she talks and acts like a real teenager that has depth. Her character feels authentic and not the typical two-dimensional portrayal that we see in a lot of other films. Todd Lasance's character Zach is a painful reminder that war is hell and it comes with a heavy price. We feel his pain, his struggle and his desire to be a whole person again. Powerful performances by all three leads!

While the movie's story takes place in small town America, it was actually filmed in Australia and is an Australian production. In fact, if you closely enough, there are several references to the Land Down Under (but I'll let you find those clues for yourself). The film had its world premiere at the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival back in June of 2015 before it was picked up for worldwide distribution by Vertical Entertainment in early 2016.

TERMINUS is a solid, sophisticated sci-fi drama that caters to those who wish to see something different and unique! It contains am intelligent script, empowering acting and great directing; all the main ingredients for making a truly remarkable film! You'll definitely want to check this movie out! 4 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!!


TERMINUS is currently available on DVD at your local retailer. It's also available on Redbox as well as on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Google Play and Video On Demand.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Phil interviews actress Devyn Leah from the upcoming film B.C. BUTCHER from Troma Entertainment-March 10, 2016

Actress Devyn Leah (photo by Ruben Rojas)
Welcome back cinephiles to my fourth installment in a series of interviews featuring the actresses from the upcoming Troma Entertainment film entitled B.C. BUTCHER, directed by Kansas Bowling. For this edition, I had the honor of interviewing actress Devyn Leah, who portrays Bamba in the film. From performing since the age of six to her upcoming LGBTQ project, read on about this fascinating woman who's on the rise to stardom.

Phil Castor: What was it like growing up in Corona, California?

Devyn Leah: What can I say? Corona is a lot slower than Los Angeles, and there's ample parking! My idea of a day out was going to the Target shopping center with friends. I miss it sometimes, but then I remember that I can get frozen yogurt delivered to my house at 3am here in Los Angeles.

PC: How old were you when you became interested in the world of performing arts?

DL: At the risk of sounding cliche, I've been interested in it all my life. I've always been the center of attention. 

PC: Was your family supportive with your passion for the arts?

DL: Of course! They came to see me in plays, dance recitals, concerts, and everything else.

PC: You wrote and acted in your first play while you were only in the first grade. Tell us what was it about and how did you come up with the idea?

DL: Oh gosh I remember putting it on in a neighbor's backyard.  I can hardly remember what it was about, except for the fact everyone kept messing up and I must have given the intro, "Please sit back, relax, and have a purrrrfect day," a few times. 

PC: How old you were when you started taking acting lessons?

Leah as Bamba from B.C. BUTCHER
DL: I believe I was around six. I took a small acting class at a church near my house, and had a small role in "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe".

PC: Did you find that acting was a creative outlet for you to express yourself?

DL: Yes! I wanted more though. Bigger roles, more lines, everything!

PC: When did you decide to move to Hollywood?

DL: I moved to Hollywood in October 2013

PC: Explain how you did you get cast in B.C. BUTCHER?

DL: I submitted to the project on the casting website, CAZT, and was invited for an audition!

PC: What was it like working with the film's director Kansas Bowling?

DL: Kansas is amazing. She knew exactly what she wanted and did it all; she's an inspiring visionary. 

PC: How would describe your character Bamba? What made you want to play this character?

DL: Bamba is the blind voice of reason whom, of course, no one really listens to. Interestingly, I had originally auditioned for Anaconda, but got invited to play Bamba! I love Bamba because she has a big heart and is a little more level headed than the other girls. Plus she's got that accent going on!

PC: Are you a fan of the horror genre? What are some of your favorite film genres?

DL: I love horror movies! My favorites are Woman in Black, and 1408. I also love comedies, whether the be live action or animation. I'm actually just a giant child.

PC: Beside acting, what other interests do you have?

Devyn Leah (photo by Aaron Lee)
DL: I still dabble in screenwriting, and just finished a feature length romantic comedy. I also perform with the burlesque troupe Brazen Booties! I'm a pole dancer, a hip hop dance captain, and I sing occasionally.

PC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your future plans for the film industry?

DL: I'm attached to the amazing LGBTQ project, True Colors, and we're in the middle of our Kickstarter campaign! True Colors follows a group of queer high school teens in the 90s. It's going to be a groundbreaking series because most of the characters are LGBT; there's not just a couple of gay stock characters. The project means a lot to me, and everyone can check out the Kickstarter here ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaelmammano/true-colors  )

PC: What advice would you give to all aspiring and upcoming female talents who want to break into the film industry, especially those who wish to bring diversity and a feminine voice to the overpopulated male dominated Hollywood?

DL: Oh gosh. We need you desperately! We need all kinds of females: females of color, females of varying sexualities, body sizes, backgrounds, transgirls, EVERYONE! Just keep at it, and you'll break through. You might have to take some weird roles, but don't do anything you're not comfortable with. You're more than a stereotype, girl. We'll take this town and this industry by storm; I can promise you that.

To learn more about Devyn Leah, visit her website at devynleah.com and be sure to check out her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. To learn more about Troma and their upcoming release of B.C. BUTCHER, visit their website at www.troma.com.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Phil's Horror Watch: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (2015) from Paramount Pictures-March 6, 2016

PA: THE GHOST DIMENSION Blu-Ray (2016)
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION
Starring: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Ivy George, Chloe Csengery, Michael Krawic
Written by Jason Paga, Andrew Deutschman, Adam Robit & Gavin Hefferna
Cinematography by John W. Rutland
Edited by Michel Aller
Directed by Gregory Plotkin
Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, Steven R. Molen & Steven Schneider
Released by Paramount Pictures

The film series PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has been part of the Halloween season for the past several years, replacing then holiday tradition that was the SAW series. I remember seeing the first film on opening day and much to my chagrin, I was disappointed after it was over. Had a great premise, decent acting, but what made me dislike it was the stupid, typical and cliched Hollywood ending. That took me right out of the film and I was so pissed because the way it ended. Unfortunately, it became a huge boxoffice smash hit that it became Blumhouse Productions and Paramount Pictures' franchise and thus spawned a total of four sequels, including today's review of their latest chapter PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION.

The film's official synopsis: The Ghost Dimension, follows a new family, The Fleeges - father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) - Who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera's lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them - including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2015)
Again, produce Jason Blum's production company spits out another lame ass, half ass sequel that isn't scary, terrifying, horrifying nor interesting enough to hold my attention, let alone anyone else who's seen this movie. It was boring, uneventful, uneven and very predictable. Basically, if you've seen the other films in the series, then you'll deduce the ending about ten minutes into watching the movie.

The only thing I found interesting about the film was actress Olivia Taylor Dudley, who portrays Skyler in the movie. Not only is she a talented and beautiful, but now she's a big time television star. She is currently starring in the hit Syfy television series The Magicians and I am a big fan of the show. I really enjoyed her performance and I am very happy to see that she was able to become a famous actress despite appearing in this abomination of a horror movie.

I know I'm sounding like a broken record by saying this again but Mr. Blum and his production company needs to stop making crap and produce original projects that cater to us devoted horror fans who are in need of something new instead of the countless remakes, reboots and reimagines that have plagued movie theater for the past several years. We're tired and oh so bored! We want horror films that will scare the shit out of us!! So please start making horror movies that are scary!!

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION isn't worth wasting your time watching! Don't even bother looking at the trailer for it! Look, I'm telling you all this for your own good. Just say no to bad horror movie sequels! 1 out of 5 stars!! It sticks!!



PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION is available on both DVD, BLU-Ray and on Video On Demand. To learn more about Blumhouse Productions visit their website at www.blumhouse.com.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the show!

Phil's HORROR WATCH: SINISTER 2 from Focus Features-March 6, 2016

SINISTER 2 Blu-Ray (2016)
SINISTER 2
Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan, John Beasley, Tate Ellington, Lea Coco
Written by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
Cinematography by Amy Vincent 
Edited by Timothy Alverson, Ken Blackwell & Michael Trent
Directed by Ciarán Foy
Released by Gramercy Pictures/Focus Features

When I first saw SINISTER back in October of 2012, I wasn't really all that impressed with it. I mean, it had its moments of being genuinely creepy, but for the most part I found it pretty boring. Now Jason Blum (founder of Blumhouse Productions and the man responsible for the current tidal wave of crappy horror films and franchises) has been known for making unnecessary sequels to films that became hugely popular and extremely profitable. With success of SINISTER, it was only a matter of time before he and his company would unfortunately make a sequel. Sure enough, SINISTER 2 was unleashed upon this realm and, no surprise, it freaking sucked ass.

The film's official synopsis: Following the events from the first film, a different family; a mother and her 2 sons move into a rural house that's marked for death. When the deputy from the first film learns that this family is next in line to fall to the demon Bhughul, he races before time to stop it and save them from the same fate.

Theatrical Movie Poster (2015)
Oh my dear lord I don't even know where to begin. Well for starters, the story was stupid, had two dimensional characters that we don't give two shits about, no major Hollywood actors, no real story arc, a sad anti-climatic ending and that sick feeling in my stomach that there might be a sequel. It just was soooooooo bad! Real bad! Like going to the dentist and getting a root canal bad! Like accidentally sitting on your balls bad! Like meeting a hot chick at a bar, have nasty with and come to find out she's your first cousin bad!! Am I making myself clear here?

Again, blame must fall upon the shoulders on Mr. Plum but he doesn't care. Look at his track record as of late. In the past several months his company has produced such boxoffice bombs like THE LAZARUS EFFECT, UNFRIENDED, THE GALLOWS, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION. Now he did produce INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, THE VISIT and the remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN which I enjoyed them all very much. But Mr. Plum needs to start making better movies period!

SINISTER 2 is a boxoffice bomb that needs to be removed from the face of the Earth. This movie is a perfect example that some films shouldn't get sequels period. What a total waste of time! 1 out of 5 stars!! Forget about seeing this garbage!!


SINISTER 2 is available on both DVD, BLU-Ray and on Video On Demand. To learn more about Blumhouse Productions visit their website at www.blumhouse.com.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Phil interviews actress Molly Elizabeth Ring from the upcoming film B.C. BUTCHER from Troma Entertainment-March 6, 2016

Actress Molly Elizabeth Ring (courtesy IMDb)
My series of interviews with the actresses from director Kansas Bowling's film B.C. BUTCHER from Troma Entertainment continues. Recently I had the honor of interviewing Molly Elizabeth Ring, who portrays Poppy in the film. From working with the famous Coen Brothers to her love of supernatural and psychological films, below is my interview with this strikingly stunning up & coming actress from Minnesota.

Phil Castor: Let's start at the beginning. Where were you born and raised at? 

Molly Elizabeth Ring: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota!

PC: What's your family like? Are they involved in the film industry?

MER: A few of my cousins work in the industry, but my immediate family doesn't. More of my family is in the law field actually! My grandpa did back the Coen Brother's first film though.

PC: Oh that's very interesting. How did he meet the Coen Brothers? And their first film was entitled BLOOD SIMPLE correct?

MER: It was! Also, they are from Minnesota! I don't know how exactly they met but my dad's side of the family (which the grandpa I'm talking about is on) is Jewish and so I think they knew each other through that community.

PC: How old were you when you decided you wanted to act?

MER: I've known I like performing for as long as I can remember, but I think around 8 I realized I really wanted to be an actor.

PC: Did you attend any acting classes while you were in school?

MER: I actually was fortunate that my elementary and middle schools had great arts programs so I had drama class from Kindergarten-8th grade. Then in high school I went to a performing arts school so I definitely took a lot of acting classes there. I also took a bunch of classes outside of school.

PC: Now you made your film debut in the Coen Brothers movie A SERIOUS MAN. What was your on-set experience like?

Ring as Poppy on B.C. Butcher (photo from FB)
MER: It was a scene on the beach that was supposed to be taking place in the summer, but it was filmed in the fall at a lake in Minnesota, and it was super cold! We had heaters off camera to keep everyone warm though. It was really cool seeing such a high level production in action, especially since I really love the Coen Brother's movies.

PC: What do you love about their films? Can we expect you to appear in any of their future projects?

MER: I love the quirkiness, because I'm very quirky as well! And hopefully, call me in whenever you need a redhead, Joel and Ethan!

PC: Tell us how you got involved with B.C.BUTCHER? What attracted you to the project?

MER: I actually wasn't able to make it to the audition, but Kansas liked my look and chose me for the part anyways! I love horror movies so that was definitely what attracted me to the project originally.

PC: Since you love horror films, what are some of your favorites? What is it that you love about the genre?

MER: My favorites are the supernatural or psychological horror films. POLTERGEIST is probably my favorite of the classics, and for the more modern movies I really liked THE CONJURING  and SINISTER! I think what I love the most is that many have surreal aspects. Also, although I'm not pagan myself, paganism and wicca and other spiritualisms really interest me, and they tend to be included in a lot of horror movies as well. Plus, I just love anything psychological!

PC: What was it like working with the film's director Kansas Bowling?

MER: Kansas is great! She's extremely professional and definitely mature for her age. Even though I'm taller than her, I sometimes forget that she's actually 4 years younger than me!

PC: Describe your character Poppy. Did Kansas allow you to improvise on the set?

MER: Poppy is the naive one of the group, but she's smarter (and less innocent) than she first appears! We did do some improvisation during filming, for instance almost everything Kato said on film was improvised, so my responses were too.

PC: There's a debate on whether to make movies on film like Kansas did or shooting on digital cameras. Do you have a preference for either one?

Molly Elizabeth Ring (courtesy IMDb)
MER: I've heard, film takes longer for post production and is more expensive, but it has a really cool look to it! I think that certain movies can really benefit from that look while others would do better with digital.

PC: Do you have any other projects that you are currently working on?

MER: I'm currently working on some web content that I can't quite talk about yet, but stay tuned!

PC: What are your future plans in the film industry? What are you hoping to accomplish?

MER: I hope to be someone that people look forward to watching in whatever roles I play. I'd love to be an actor that people can look up to as well. Also an oscar or two wouldn't hurt!

PC: Besides acting, are you interested in becoming a director or producer? Or maybe having your own production company?

MER: I haven't really thought about it that much, but maybe I would direct someday! Producing is a bit too daunting to me. And having my own production company would also be cool, but for a later time in life!

PC: What advice would you offer aspiring actresses who want to break in the film industry, especially those who want to bring diversity and a feminine voice to the male dominated Hollywood?

MER: Never stop trying. That's the advice I give myself everyday. This industry is tough, but if you don't give up then when you're older you can look back on your life without regrets.

To learn more about Molly Elizabeth Ring, visit her website at www.mollyelizabethring.com and be sure to check out her Twitter and Instagram accounts. To learn more about Troma and their upcoming release of B.C. BUTCHER, visit their website at www.troma.com.

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Phil's Horror Watch: COOTIES (2014) from Lionsgate Premire-March 5, 2016

COOTIES Blu-Ray (2015)
COOTIES
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia, Ian Brennan, Morgan Lily
Written by Leigh Whannel, Ian Brenna, Josh C. Waller
Cinematography by Lyle Vincent
Edited by Brett W. Bachman
Directed by Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion
Distributed by Lionsgate Premire

Today's film is crazy! It's absurd! It's bloody! It's messy! It's also hysterical in a sick and twisted sort of way, With a star-studded cast, over-the-top gore and grotesque comedy, COOTIES came out of left field when it was shown on the film festival circuit but it has since gained a huge following. After finally watching the film, I can can confirm about the glowing reviews the film has garnered since then. So what did think about this movie? Well, I'll tell you since you asked me so nicely.

The film's official synopsis: When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill ("The Newsroom") as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.

The premise of killing children is one of the biggest taboos in the film industry and remains very controversial to this day. However, screenwriters Leigh Whannel, Ian Brenna and Josh C. Waller firmly plant the tongue in the proverbial check as they constructed one of the best dark comedies about offing of kids. How do you do that? Make them zombies and then kill them all off in the most over-the-top and spectacular ways possible! Plus, by flipping the standard formula around and make the zombie kids the antagonists and the adults are heroes, the film breaks away from the traditional trappings of the horror genre and keeps it fresh and exciting, while throwing in a good dose of extremely dark humor for good measure.

Festival Movie Poster (2014)
Directors Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion make their directorial debuts and these guys knock it out of the park. Their framing, set-ups and pannings perfecting captures the sheer outrageousness and violent bloodshed plus the wonderful humor of the film. Balancing the fine line between horror and comedy, the keep swinging the pendulum evenly without having it stay in one genre for too long. Currently, these two gentlemen are currently working on their sophomore project entitled BUSHWICK so I can't wait to see that one!

The film has one of the best ensemble casts ever! For crying out loud, you have Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Jack McBrayer, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia up in this film! And each one of them brings something special to their individual character. Wood and Wilson have awesome on-screen heat between them as we all know Wilson plays an excellent douchebag! And in the film he plays a douchebag gym teacher! So you know you gonna love to hate him. Miss Pill is great as the lovely an sweet Lucy. Overall, the entire cast is excellent in the film!

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2014 at their midnight screening. It was finally picked up by Lionsgate and the film received a limited theatrical release in 2015. But for some reason, the studio decided to release it on Blu-Ray, DVD and Video On Demand instead of actually getting behind the film and push it into theaters. This saddens me dearly because there's so many great off-the-wall, original and terrifying horror films that are being made in the independent world that it doesn't get a proper release. This bugs the hell out of me. If a studio picks up a film that's amazing then they should book it into theaters so audiences can go out and see it. That's why people make films. Ans since there's so much crap being put out by Hollywood, seeing this on the big screen would've have bee a great experience to share with the horror community.

COOTIES is a modern day cult classic that is destined to be seen by the masses! It has everything a horror fan would want and then some. Blood, guts, humor, gore, dead kids, it's fun for the whole family. So wake the kids up and bring grandpa into the living room and have fun watching this movie! 4 out of 5 stars! Recommended!


COOTIES is now available on both Blu-Ray and DVD at your local retailer. The movie is also available at your local Redbox as well as on Netflix and Video On Demand. 

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