Movies

VOD October 2020

The Vanished

Thriller
Available on VOD: 8 oktober 2020
Director: Peter Facinelli
Cast: Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Before I Wake, The Thin Red Line), Anne Heche (The Other Guys, John Q), Jason Patric (In the Valley of Elah, Narc, The Prince), Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Sagas, Nurse Jackie, S.W.A.T.)

Paul Michaelson (Thomas Jane) and Wendy Michaelson( Anne Heche) arrive at a small RV Park for a fun family vacation when they are met with every parents worse nightmare as their daughter Taylor suddenly vanishes and goes missing.

Sheriff Baker (Jason Patric) leads  the case and is determined to find their missing daughter, for what we find out to be personal reasons of his own. But when Paul and Wendy suspect foul play, they take matters into their own hands to find Taylor, which takes them on a downward spiral journey that uncovers the truth. Imagine your child went missing? How far would you go to get them back? 

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Wildly implausible and improbably entertaining.
  • RogerEbert.com: The wrap up got me good, enough to make me admire Facinelli’s ambition and handling of mechanics. 
  • ActionReloaded.com: The Vanished is a clever edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the very end.

I See You

Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 oktober 2020
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Helen Hunt (Mad About You, What Women Want), Jon Tenney (True Detective, Legion), Judah Lewis (It, It Chapter Two), Owen Teague (It, It Chapter Two)

In a perfect town filled with perfect families, twelve-year-old Justin Whitter has gone missing. Greg Harper (Jon Tenney), lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie (Helen Hunt), for a recent infidelity. Great strain is put on the family as Jackie’s guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, and when a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son, Connor (Judah Lewis), in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.

Reviews
  • NRC.nl: Na drie kwartier mysterie begint I See You namelijk antwoorden te geven: dit is zo’n film die om zijn eigen as draait in plaats van lineair door de tijd te bewegen. Alles begint opnieuw, nu vanuit een ander oogpunt en met gevorderd inzicht. Waarna we de finale ingaan met gekantelde sympathieën.
    Het is een mechaniek dat – mits vlekkeloos geschreven, uitgevoerd en gemonteerd – uitermate bevredigend is. Je bekijkt de puzzelstukjes van alle kanten tot ze op hun plek vallen. En na afloop wil je de film nog eens zien, om te kijken welke hints je onderweg hebt gemist. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Regisseur Adam Randall speelt vakkundig met de klassieke horrorfilmiconografie.
  • Parool.nl: Een geslaagde thriller waarin debuterend scenarioschrijver Devon Graye een spectaculaire haarspeldbocht neemt en de film als een inventieve kronkelplotthriller verder gaat.
  • Filmdomein.nl: I See You is een verrassende thriller met een ijzersterk, gelaagd en goed opgebouwd verhaal. Daarbij is de film misschien wel de beste en origineelste film die de bioscoop te bieden heeft bij de heropening na de Corona uitbraak.
  • DeNachtvlinders.nl: I See You maakt op interessant wijze gebruik van meerdere genres en tijdsprongen.
  • DeGroeneAmsterdammer.nl: Dit verhaal bevat twee of drie plotwendingen waar je nog dagenlang van wakker zal liggen. Pas wanneer het laatste masker wordt afgedaan, gaat er een licht aan. Dan pas blijkt hoe eng deze film werkelijk is.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Het script zit bijzonder goed in elkaar. De camera draagt met zijn langzame sluipende bewegingen bij aan een fantastische enge sfeer. Het gebeurt namelijk niet vaak dat genreclichés op zo'n kundige wijze worden doorbroken.
  • Variety.com: An eerie suspense exercise that starts out looking like a supernatural tale — one of several viewer presumptions this cleverly engineered narrative eventually pulls the rug out from under.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A twist-heavy crime thriller spiced with horror and noir elements, I See You is such a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense.
  • Latimes.com: It's rare to see a horror film so devoted to intricate plot mechanics and so concerned with driving to a satisfying payoff.
  • Theverge.com: For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. It's a tension experience that gives way to a long series of narrative surprises and payoffs, some of which viewers may not even realize they were primed to want until they arrive at the moment.
  • Slantmagazine.com: The film's tone is extremely eerie, with creeping camera movements, striking imagery, abrupt edits, and a delicately sinister score by William Arcane.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Well-acted, cleverly-plotted and directed with extra attention being paid to tone, menace and hiding its secrets. Taut, smart and satisfying.
  • Culturecrypt.com: You may wish to prepare for a ‘creepy crawly’ movie that is utterly terrifying in its home invasion implications.

The Wretched

Horror
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2020
Director: Brett Pierce
Cast: John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water), Piper Curda, Jamison Jones (General Hospital), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl)

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with athousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman nextdoor.

Reviews
  • Denachtvlinders.nl: een lekker vermakelijke horrorfilm.
  • Filmliefhebber.com: een horrorfilm die vooral uitblinkt in spannende en angstaanjagende fragmenten.
  • SchokkendNieuws.com: een geslaagde verrassing.
  • Telegraaf.nl: vlot wegkijkend horrorwerkje.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: Ik heb nog geen betere horrorfilm in de bioscoop gezien dit jaar.
  • Variety.com: The film successfully mixes together a lot of things, from the waterfront tourist-town setting of "Jaws" to a general teen fantasy-adventure feel that tempers (without weakening) horror content variably redolent of "It, ""Fright Night" and myriad other predecessors. If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Not to be missed, The Wretched provides lots of chills and a great story to entertain film fans. 8/10.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Gruesome makeup effects presents a creepy, monstrous take on a classic witch. One that's deeply submersed in nature and folkloric origins. The Pierce brothers have delivered a new dark fairy tale that the midnight crowds will enjoy.
  • Culturecrypt.com: “Evil Dead” energy keeps poking into every corner it can. Excellent effects and exceptional sound design make certain that energy burns hot. The Wretched delivers a viciously visceral experience by pounding out grotesque gurgles to go with sick sights like diseased animal guts falling onto the floor.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Truly unique supernatural concepts and effective scares. The Pierce duo has injected awesome new ideas into the underexplored witchcraft subgenre.
  • LATimes.com: Equally indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and a mishmash of '80s horror films only the directors themselves could comprehensively name-check, "The Wretched" is a fresh horror film built out of familiar parts.

Halloween Party

Horror
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2020
Director: Jay Dahl
Cast: Amy Groening (Goon), Lisa Hackett, T. Thomason

When her best friend dies mysteriously, college student Grace enlists a talented I.T. student, Spencer, to help her investigate. The two soon discover that the school has a terrible secret - their dorm rooms were once used as a hospice to house dying patients, including The Balloon Babies, monstrously disfigured teens who wore masks twenty-four seven for The Halloween Party.

Reviews
  • Entertainment-focus.com: Part of the fun of the film is looking for clues along with Grace and Spencer because that way the full horror of the situation dawns on you at the same time it does them. The second half of the film is proper edge-of-the-seat stuff and there are some fantastic scares.
  • Projectedfigures.com: Halloween Party marries the fatalistic tensions of Hideo Nakata’s Ring to the amiable student banter that Dahl had already honed in his previous feature.
  • Johnnyalucard.com: Writer-director Jay Dahl keeps dialogue and character stuff sparking as the mystery unfolds, with appealing performances.
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