THE GATEWAY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John V Soto Stars: Jacqueline McKenzie, Myles Pollard, Ben Mortley, Ryan Panizza, Shannon Berry, Hayley McElhinney. Western Australian based filmmaker John V Soto specialises in B-grade genre films such as the 2014 crime drama The Reckoning. For his fourth feature film the genre hopping Soto ventures into science fiction territory with the low budget mind bending The Gateway, which deals with ambitious themes like parallel worlds and teleportation. But Soto’s ambitions are somewhat limited by Continue reading

THE GALLOWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing Stars: Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Cassidy Gifford, Jesse Cross, Melissa Bratton. The Blair Witch Project has a lot to answer for! That low budget horror film started the found footage genre of horror films. Shot on a microbudget with no-name actors and minimal production values, the film was enormously profitable and sparked a whole slew of found footage films like the increasingly insipid Paranormal Activity franchise. The latest film in the genre is The Gallows, which is the brainchild of Continue reading

UNFRIENDED

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Leo Gabriadze Stars: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Courtney Halverson, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysoicki, Renee Olstead, Matthew Bohrer, Heather Sossaman. Paranormal cyber activity? This low budget but effectively spooky vengeful ghost story deals with the pervasive issue of cyberbullying, a serious topic that is still ripe for exploitation. This gives Unfriended a relevance and immediacy missing from most teen horror films these days. An unflattering video nasty of a high schoolgirl named Laura Barns was posted on YouTube, depicting her drunk Continue reading

THE ONE I LOVE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Charlie McDowell Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson. Mark Duplass is one of the darlings of the American independent film scene and one of the key figures of the whole so-called mumblecore scene, and his low budget films like Hump Day, Your Sister's Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, etc, have found their niche with festival audiences. Marriages in crisis has been a consistent theme in many movies released this year, but The One I Love certainly puts a unique spin on the familiar theme that has underpinned lightweight numerous Continue reading

EXISTS

Director: Eduardo Sanchez Stars: Chris Osborn, Roger Edwards, Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson. In 1999 Eduardo Sanchez virtually created the found footage genre with the low budget The Blair Witch Project, a horror film that has spurned many imitators in the decade since. Sanchez has since gone on to make more conventional horror films, but he briefly returned to the found footage genre for his A Ride In The Park segment in the horror anthology VHS/2 a couple of years ago. And now he returns to the genre with his latest low budget full length Continue reading