Getting invited to participate in a ghost hunt and seance sure sounded like a great idea. You know, like first act of a horror film ‘Why not?’ moment when you think ‘what’s the worst that could really happen?’. With that in mind we joined a celebration of the blu-ray release of ‘The Poltergeist’ remake that took place in the real life haunted Oman House and were in for some wild surprises. Reportedly one of the most actively haunted homes in the state, the property owned by wildly enthusiastic David Oman has hosted some of the most famous sighting in ghost hunting history. If you can think of your cool kooky [ Read More ]
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KNOCK, KNOCK Lionsgate Premiere Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Eli Roth Written by: Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolas Lopez, Eli Roth Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp Screened at: Review, NYC, 9/16/15 Opens: October 9, 2015 If you heard a knock-knock at your door on a dark and stormy night and, looking through the keyhole saw two cute women in their early twenties who needed to use your phone and a bathroom, would you let them in? No? Then you’re a cold New Yorker, a narcissist, a Scrooge. That’s probably what went through the mind of [ Read More ]
Pinpointing the true genius behind history’s most revolutionary products can at times be a daunting task, as the people who contributed to the idea can long dispute who truly developed the concept. But other times, uncovering the intelligence behind the design can be quite simple, as the team passionately embraces the input of everyone who was involved. Both are the case with the new biographical film, ‘Steve Jobs,’ which is set to open in a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, before its nationwide release on October 23. The drama’s cast and crew emotionally appreciates their collective film interpretation of Walter Isaacson’s authorized 2011 self-titled [ Read More ]
Want to win “Blunt Force Trauma” on Blu-ray? Tweet @ShockYa to enter (or comment below) and we’ll pick an entry at random. Entries MUST be in by 12PM EST on Friday October 9th. U.S. Only Please. Thanks for entering and good luck!! Two duelists wearing Kevlar vests stand in opposing circles; face each other, draw and shoot. The one left standing in the circle wins. John (Ryan Kwanten), a talented young shooter seeks the ultimate due with the champion, Zorringer (Mickey Rouke), while Colt (Freida Pinto) seeks revenge for the death of her brother. The new movie stars Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten, and Maruia Shelton. “Blunt Force Trauma” [ Read More ]
JAMES WHITE The Film Arcade Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Josh Mond Screenwriter: Josh Mond Cast: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh, Scott Cohen, Ron Livingston, David Call Screened at: Review, NYC, 6/24/15 Opens: October 2015 If you’ve ever had the misfortune to grieve over the death of a person close to you, you may or may not want to see your sorrows reflected on the big screen. “James White” does not pull punches, though there are moments of humor, and to its credits the acting of the two principals is astonishing. However if plot is your main focus rather [ Read More ]
THE FINAL GIRLS Stage 6 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Screenwriter: Josh Miller, Mark Fortin Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/29/15 Opens: October 2015 In yet another film that both pays homage to slasher classics and satirizes them, director Todd Straus-Schulson finds a villain in Billy Murphy (Dan B. Norris), a camper who, like the Phantom of the Opera is injured severely enough to have to put a mask over his head, then seeks revenge not only against those who gave him third-degree burns but to everyone else he [ Read More ]
The sexually charged lesbian love story ‘MANIA’ directed by Jessica Cameron, premiered at the 8th Annual Arizona Underground Film Festival and won Best Horror Feature. MANIA produced by British Actor / Producer Mem Ferda (Miss You Already, London Heist) revolves around two lesbian lovers who flee their home and travel crosscountry after a brutal murder. The movie stars Ellie Church (Time to Kill, Headless) in the lead role of Mel. MANIA is one of three features that see’s the teaming up of Cameron and Ferda along with Writer/ Executive Producer Jonathan Scott Higgins. Following on from their huge success with ‘Truth or Dare’ which picked up over 33 Awards globally, [ Read More ]
British actor Mem Ferda graced the pink carpet in a smart navy suit for the UK premiere for blockbuster hit Miss You Already. He attended the premiere in London’s Leicester Square along with the film’s stars Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Miss you Already, which is in cinemas now, portrays the relationship between Jess and Milly, two childhood best friends (played by Barrymore and Collette). Both happily married, their lives are transformed when one becomes pregnant and the other becomes seriously ill. The film supports many breast cancer charities, which is why the premiere sported a pink carpet rather than the traditional red carpet to welcome the stars and other [ Read More ]
It’s often instinctive human nature for people, no matter what challenging experiences they have previously contended with, to be curious what what’s happening in the world around them, and fully embrace those intriguing opportunities. That’s certainly the case in the endearing new family adventure film, ‘The Journey Home,’ which was co-directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Brando Quilici, and is now available on DVD and Digital Video. One of the movie’s lead actors, Goran Visnjic, truly appreciated the opportunity to travel to Churchill, Canada to shoot the stunts and emotional arc in the action-driven movie. The performer fearlessly embraced the physical and emotional obstacles that his character faced in the story, [ Read More ]
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games as she realizes the stakes [ Read More ]
Compellingly making a female driven comedy that chronicles the complexity of their relationships in both a funny and meaningful way can be an equally daunting and liberating task. But the new independent movie ‘Addicted to Fresno,’ which was directed by Jamie Babbit and written by television scribe Karey Dornetto, comically and meaningfully chronicles how families enable each other to continue destructive patterns. But they ultimately realize they must ultimately separate in order to grow. Also emphasizing the vulnerability of two distinct sisters, as well as the prospect of redeeming their mistakes, despite their reluctance to change their bad choices, proves that the filmmakers know how to create relatable characters who [ Read More ]
The four-man crew of a submarine is trapped underwater, running out of air. A classic scenario of claustrophobic suspense—at least until a hatch opens and out steps… a lumberjack? As this newcomer’s backstory unfolds (and unfolds and unfolds in over a dozen outlandish tales), Guy Maddin, cinema’s reigning master of feverish filmic fetishism, embarks on a phantasmagoric narrative adventure of stories within stories within dreams within flashbacks in a delirious globe-trotting mise en abyme the equal of any by the late Raúl Ruiz. Collaborating with poet John Ashbery and featuring sublime contributions from the likes of Jacques Nolot, Charlotte Rampling, Mathieu Amalric, legendary cult electro-pop duo Sparks, and not forgetting [ Read More ]
Truly embracing the meaningful relationships and consequences that arise from the most critical situations in your life can be both a fulfilling and daunting experience. With her new independent thriller, ‘Return to Sender,’ Emmy Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim charmingly relishes the experience of working with a passionate cast and crew to create a daunting story about what happens when a well-meaning protagonist is pushed beyond her emotional limits. The film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD today by RLJ Entertainment, features the intriguing actress in a supporting role to a lead character who becomes a classic anti-hero after starting to fight back against an injustice against her. Director Fouad [ Read More ]
The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan. The new movie stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, and Levi Miller as Peter Pan. “Pan” opens in theaters on October 9.
Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, up and coming chef whose drug use and erratic behavior lead him to lose his restaurant. He attempts to rebuild his life and his career in London, in the hopes of returning to Paris to open a new restaurant that will gain three Michelin stars. The movie stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman, and Emma Thompson. “Burnt” hits theaters on October 23.