Film Review: Bleed

Sarah (Chelsey Crisp, “Fresh Off the Boat”) and Matt (Michael Steger, “90210”) have moved into a big house in the country. Sarah is pregnant and the couple hopes to raise their new family away from the city. They’ve invited their friends Bree and Dave out to the new house to celebrate. Sarah’s estranged twin brother Eric and his girlfriend Skye crash the housewarming party, and they convince the group to spend the evening ghost hunting in the nearby ruins of a burned-out prison.

Michael Steger and Chelsey Crisp in Bleed

Michael Steger and Chelsey Crisp in Bleed

Bleed is the first feature film from writer/director Tripp Rhame (also a first for co-writer Ben Jacoby). The filmmakers were wise to surround themselves with veteran actors who do a good job of bringing to life an otherwise middling screenplay. Crisp and cast elevate a run of the mill straight-to-video offering to something better; a film that successfully creates a spooky remote atmosphere. In the first act, Sarah has a blow out on a lonely country road and a squirrelly small-town deputy comes along to help her change her tire. Actor Mark Ashworth plays the deputy and his performance is a stand out. I would have really enjoyed seeing much more of him and was disappointed that he didn’t have a larger role to play.

Much of the film features subtle makeup effects that work beautifully, without drawing too much attention to them. The digital visual effects, however, cheapened some scenes they were intended to enhance. These moments weren’t terrible or jarring, but some unneeded bigger visual moments were attempted that didn’t particularly benefit the end product. Bleed shines more during its more atmospheric and simpler moments. The film’s runtime is only 80 minutes, yet it drags a little in places. Bleed is an above average ghost story… Continue reading

Where did Cloverfield Come From? And Where is it Going?

By Jason “Fozzie” Nelson


clover 1 pic pngLast month the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi was released to middling reviews and minimal box office. While the film itself holds very little interest to horror fans specifically a trailer attached to the film has fans buzzing, including, and possibly most of all, yours truly. The trailer shows a trio of people living in a subterranean bunker and entertaining themselves with games and music. Slowly the music becomes more sinister as we discover that the female of the trio is being held against her will and attempts an escape. When she finally reaches the door to freedom we are shown that the world isn’t as she suspected and something horrible has befallen the earth. Certainly an interesting concept but the most interesting thing of all was when the title appeared first displaying the word we have all been waiting to see again nigh on 8 years, Cloverfield before the rest of the title comes into view displaying the film’s full title, 10 Cloverfield Lane, at which point the Internet went INSANE!

While little is known about the new film’s connection to the 2008 juggernaut about a giant creature rampaging through Manhattan, one thing is certain: Internet sleuths are hot on the case to find out more. Luckily we won’t have to wait too long since the film is scheduled for release on March 11th of this year. There is a lot to investigate and deduce from the short trailer, and some viral marketing to parse through, but let’s put that aside for the moment and talk about the film that started it all to understand the origin of the monster, affectionately referred to as Clovie by those in the know.

The writer of Cloverfield, Drew Goddard, explicitly… Continue reading

Interview with Peter Winther – director of PAINKILLERS

image source: IMDB

image source: IMDB

Peter Winther is the director of the upcoming sci-fi action thriller Painkillers. “Painkillers tells the story of a squad of marines sent on a classified mission deep in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan, but when they find the mysterious item they were sent for… it’s not what they were expecting. The next thing they know, Major Cafferty (Penikett) and the surviving squad members wake-up in a military medical facility with no memory of what happened or even who they are. Using an experimental drug, doctors try to “reboot” the soldiers’ memories, but one by one they fall prey to bizarre hallucinations and homicidal fits of rage. Only through snatches of resurfacing memories does Cafferty begin to question the true motives of the hospital staff and discover the shocking, deadly reality behind the otherworldly artifact they found.” had the opportunity to ask Mr. Winther a few questions about Painkillers and his life in the movie industry Enjoy!

NOTLP: What attracted you to Painkillers?

PW: I love Science Fiction as an entertaining genre to reflect issues that affect our society today. The themes of our origins on the grand level and a tale of redemption on the personal level attracted me to Painkillers.

NOTLP: What three adjectives would the cast and crew of Painkillers use to describe you?

PW: Brilliant, Handsome, Humble.

NOTLP: One of your early jobs was as an Associate Producer on Roland Emmerich’s 1994 sci-fi action adventure Stargate. I saw some of that project’s DNA in Painkillers. Were you conscious of the similarities when you were making the film?

PW: Every film you make affects the ones you will make. Roland has been a great friend and mentor to me so certain aspects of his style have… Continue reading