by Stephen Milek
Well it’s been a long road for The Green Inferno. Scheduled to be released last year then suddenly pulled due to the studio’s financial difficulties. It was in limbo for a while but earlier this year it was backed by Blumhouse productions and got a release date. Finally Eli Roth’s cannibal film was unleashed on the world.
By Christopher k House
The Green Inferno has been causing buzz for some time. Many thought it would never see the light of day. Legal issues threatened to keep it shelved. Recently, Jason Blum picked the film up for his Blumhouse Productons. Eli Roth's homage to Cannibal Holocaust 'The Green Inferno' delivers the goods when it come to disgusting gore.
The film opens with a group of college protesters planning a trip to Peru to protest the destruction of the rainforest. The group, led by Alejandro (Ariel Levy) chain themselves to the heavy equipment used to clear the trees. Things go wrong when Justine (Lorenza Izzo) fumbles with her lock and is unable to secure her chain. The group is quickly removed and put on a plane back to America.
After an unexpected plane crash deep in the heart of the jungle in an impressive display of carnage, a few members of the group survive. Little do they know, they crash right in a village of cannibals. The group is quickly captured and, one of the group is quickly eaten alive in front of their eyes. The gore was certainly disgusting and lived up tot the hype. Being warned by the usher while entering the theater to bring a barf bag wasn't far off the mark. The film has a lot of style but, very little substance. Plot wise, it was thin, very thin. The look and the feel of the film was spot on but the overall package lacked severely.
We've waited a long time for Eli Roth got get back in the director's chair and deliver a fresh horror film. The Green Inferno came close but, missed the mark and leaves us wanting more. The fact that a sequel is hinted at gives us hope for a better tomorrow.
By Christopher K House
By Christopher K House
Turbo Kid is based on the short film T Is For Turbo, written and directed by the trio of Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. It never pretends to be anything it's not. Nothing short of a blast from the past that is humorous and witty. Turbo Kid is the story of "The Kid" (Munro Chambers) who is all alone in the distant, post apocalyptic future of 1997. Combing the wasteland for anything he can to survive. Alone in his way too awesome hideout, he reads comic books and worships the fictional comic book hero "Turbo Rider". The future has a tyrannical overlord bent on ruling the world, Zeus (Michael Ironside) who rules with an iron fist alongside his henchmen. On one of his scavenging outings, The Kid encounters a young woman named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) who become enamored with the reluctant Kid.
When The Kid uncovers a crashed ship, he finds it holds a deceased soldier donning a suit similar to his idol "Turbo Rider". Attempting to avoid Zeus' thugs, they are surrounded by a group of some of his worst. Apple is kidnapped and The Kid narrowly escapes. It's up to The Kid to don the super suit and save his friend and, the world from Zeus.
The Film is an obvious homage to 1980's sci fi action flicks like Ice Pirates, Mega Force or Metalstorm. It doesn't take itself seriously and has clever 1980's dialogue. For an independent B film, the production quality and costumes were top notch. rivaling even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. To say the film was Mad Max on BMX bikes is a very accurate description. Every one had a rad BMX, even the bad guys.
The acting in the film was top notch, Ironside is the perfect villain. Munro Chambers, best known for Degrassi - The Next Generation was likable as the solitary Kid. Everything about Turbo Kid just worked. With films like this and the sensational short film "Kung Fury", these homages are hilariously cheesy and I hope there are more like them. From the fake intro to the credits, this is a heck of a good time. Turbo Kid is playing at the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival and is not to be missed.
By Christopher K. House
In an age where Hollywood can't seem to find any original ideas, we rely on the indie film makers of the world to deliver fresh ideas. Director Greg Lambertson (Dry Bones) does just that with his latest offering KILLER RACK. The film, written by co-star Paul McGinnis begins by introducing us to the self professed mad scientist Dr. Thulu (Debbie Rochon), who is determined to please the dark gods she worships. Along with her trusty side kick Nurse Herbie (Robert Bozek), she waits for the right woman to extract her evil plan to conquer the world. Enter, Betty (Jessica Zwolak) a flat chested girl in a big boob world. Poor Betty has a problem, she just can't catch a break with her boob-less figure. She has a low self esteem, a failing love life and a dead end job. Her only real friend is Tim (McGinnis) her co-worker secretly in love with her. As a last resort, Betty seeks the help of Dr. Thulu to remove a mole but, is talked into enhancing her bust size. Unwittingly, Betty has become Thulu's pawn, thus becoming the KILLER RACK. With her new hypnotizing boobs, Betty is taken over by the great boob dark lord and starts a killing spree. It's up to detectives Bartles and James to solve the case. Will they be able to figure out what is going on before the boob lord rules the world? Like the great Troma films, KILLER RACK relies on dark comedy and horror to tell it's story. KILLER RACK's humor varies from subtle to in your face. Lloyd Kaufman even has a cameo as a doctor with a boob fetish.
KILLER RACK is a cleverly written comedy/horror film that delivers something fresh. Jessica Zwolak was likable as poor Betty, Indie horror veteran Debbie Rochon was nefarious as Dr. Thulu, the whole cast was an ensemble of talent. You are guaranteed to have the theme song "FUN BAGS" stuck in your head for a very long time, I promise you that.
An IndiGoGo hit, KILLER RACK relied on fans to help co-fund the project. Thankfully they delivered, the end result is a humorous romp in a weird world. Killer Rack is making the festival rounds right now, if you get a chance to see it don't miss it.
A film fan from an early age, Chris is a true cinephile. Starting with his first big screen experience, Star Wars to the current indie films, it's obvious he is obsessed with film. Chris has been writing about film and television since the early days of the internet. Chris is also a member of OFTA, the Online Film and Television Critic's Association.
A lover of all movies. Steve will watch anything from classic silent films to modern horror films. Obsessed with the Oscars and Film festivals. Steve prides himself on watching every movie on the AFI 100 Greatest Movies and every Oscar winner.