VOD April 2021

The Dark and the Wicked

Available on VOD: 1 april 2021
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Marin Ireland (Homeland, Hell or High Water), Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Julie Oliver-Touchstone

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say their goodbyes to their father, grown-up siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn't take long for them to see that something's wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darknes' similar to their mother's...

  • Schrijver en regisseur Bryan Bertino maakt van The Dark and the Wicked een indringende, onafgebroken sombere zit. 4 sterren.
  • Bertino speelt een geraffineerd spel met suggestie en creëert daarmee een intrigerend monster dat nét ongrijpbaar blijft. Wat The Dark and the Wicked bovendien ijzingwekkend maakt, is dat je al heel gauw doorkrijgt dat niemand veilig is.
  • sfeervolle horrorvertelling.
  • The Dark and the Wicked is een ijzersterke mood piece die opbouwt naar een klassieke, misschien zelf iets té klassieke, horrorclimax.
  • Flinke, ouderwetse schrikeffecten en vooral een allesoverheersend gevoel van angst, verval en het naderende einde. De angst is intens...
  • Een grimmige kermisrit, die het publiek in hoog tempo van de ene schok naar de andere voert. Het levert klamme handjes en hartkloppingen op.
  • The Dark and the Wicked is in potentie zo’n horror pareltje. Wat betreft de opbouw weet hij het de gehele film goed te doseren tot en met de bevredigende climax. Een aanrader voor iedereen welke een avondje ongemakkelijk zitten in de bioscoop wel kan waarderen.
  • een donkere en naargeestige psychologische horrorfilm die duidelijk boven het genregemiddelde uitsteekt. Een ideale film voor een regenachtige najaars- of winteravond waarop de wind hoorbaar over de daken giert.
  • The Dark and the Wicked vonden we bovengemiddeld prima met een goede cinematografie.
  • This is an unsettling movie that is more admirably brutal than it is outright scary.
  • Very punishing in its seriousness and use of violence, The Dark and the Wicked will entertain.
  • The Dark and the Wicked pulls no punches, either in its sense of perpetual unease, its occasional moments of understated yet truly stomach-churning gore, or in its emotional heft.
  • There's no doubt that it's the most terrifying tale of the supernatural subgenre told in a long time and one of the best horror films of the year.
  • Bertino conjures up an atmosphere of suffocating fear. The Dark & The Wicked showcases the best in current genre cinema.
  • A perverse delight, oozing with country-fried creepiness and some remarkable performances.
  • It is rare that a film manages to cut deep into my core. It is a deeply disturbing nightmare that grabs for the jugular and does not let go for the over 90-minute runtime. While not an easy watch, for anyone that loves horror, this is a film that needs to be seen. 
  • With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • It’s a dirty, gory, cruel film that many horror films are still too afraid to be at times. Horror in its purest form. With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • The Dark and the Wicked is another awesome piece of work from Bryan Bertino. [He] looks at an evil so dark and so brutally oppressive there’s nothing that can save us, no god of any sort whose power can ward it off, and he pulls not a single punch doing it.
  • The Dark and the Wicked is a true chiller that tightens its grip on viewers from the very first scenes and doesn’t let go until the end credits roll. Suffocating terror and nerve-wracking tension.
  • Bertino builds the level of terror methodically keeping the audience on edge as the stakes rise in the final act.
  • Bryan Bertino’s latest film The Dark And The Wicked, playing as part of Fantasia 2020, is without a doubt one of the best horror films of the past five years. An exercise in dread (and scares) weaved into a story about grief, communication and guilt.
  • A well crated and intelligent horror film, The Dark And The Wicked is a strong and powerful slice of genre cinema which gets deep under the skin. It’s one of the best horror films of the year.
  • a standout discovery at this year’s Fantasia, and takes an immutable place amongst 2020’s most frightening films.
  • Sometimes, what you want from a horror film is for it to shake you, give your bones a good rattle and really go for something deeply unpleasant and profoundly scary. The Dark and The Wicked is one of those films.
  • Perfectly set up, established and executed, this is no hyperbole, The Dark and The Wicked is one of the scariest movies of the year.
  • The ending is what people will remember, however, and it’s a mammoth gut punch, pulled off in a powerful, simple way that will be difficult to get out of your head.
  • Bertino’s supernatural horror, filtered through the lens of familial grief and trauma, is perhaps the most truly terrifying film of the year.

Run Hide Fight

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 8 april 2021
Director: Kyle Rankin
Cast: Thomas Jane (The Expanse, Before I Wake, The Thin Red Line), Isabel May (Young Sheldon), Radha Mitchell (Man On Fire, The Chronicles of Riddick, Olympus Has Fallen), Barbara Crampton (You're Next, Re-Animator), Treat Williams (Drunk Parents)

Zoe is a high school girl facing graduation while still reeling from her mother’s death. In her spare time, she goes hunting with her ex-special forces father, Todd (Thomas Jane), and hangs out with her friend, Lewis. Unfortunately for Zoe, on a regular school day, four armed assailants lay siege to her high school, crashing into the cafeteria with a van, killing several students and taking even more hostage. Now, Zoe needs to use her wits and survival skills to fight for her life, and those of her classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

  • slick and compulsively watchable.
  • Going full on for thrills and suspense, it’s undeniably polished and energetic, and features a couple of strong performances from young stars Isabel May and Eli Brown.
  •  an immersive, sensation-based work.

What Lies Below

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 22 april 2021
Director: Braden R. Duemmler
Cast: Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Ema Horvath, Trey Tucker (The Outpost)

Liberty, a socially awkward sixteen-year-old, returns from two months at camp to a blindsided introduction of her mother’s hunky young fiance, John Smith, whose charm, intelligence, and beauty paint the picture of a man too perfect to be human. Is he something else…?

  • Memorably creepy, has some swing-for-the-fences chutzpah.
  • Surprisingly good for a B-movie, and it has some interesting ideas up its sleeve.
  • I definitely dig the grim ending.
  • If you like indie movies that mix genres in all the best ways, then do check out What Lies Below.
  • What Lies Below serves up enough head-scratching moments (in the good way) and unexpected reveals to make it a recommended watch.
  • What mainly makes What Lies Below succeed is the masterful building of suspense.
  • The creep factor in What Lies Below holds steady.
  • A fun movie.
  • effectively delivers slow, creepy, atmospheric dread and some sleek thrills.
  • An enjoyable creature feature.
  • Some great performances by Ema Horvath, Trey Tucker, and Mena Suvari help drive the film and that ending is unforgettable.

Army of One

Available on VOD: 15 april 2021
Director: Stephen Durham
Cast: Ellen Hollman (The Matrix 4, Monster Problemen), Matt Passmore (Jigsaw, 13 Reasons Why), Geraldine Singer (Get Out, Green Book)

Out hiking, Special Forces Brenner Baker and her husband stumble upon an illegal drug compound. The drug dealers capture them, kill her husband, and leave her for dead. They should have made sure they finished the job. Now, 1st Lieutenant Brenner Baker of the Army's 75th Ranger Division is on a one-woman killing mission carving up everyone in her path until there is only one person standing, her.

  • If you’re in the mood for a revenge movie, well, this one will certainly scratch that itch.
  • Army of One checks off all the boxes to hit you in your revenge movie loving feels. Hollman packs quite a wallop as the action hero and her physicality is the highlight of Army of One.
  • ARMY OF ONE is packed with scenes of action and suspense. It's a Saturday night popcorn flick where you just want to watch bad guys die in the most vindictive ways possible. This one will give you that necessary spike of adrenaline and dopamine that makes for a fun revenge film.
  • an efficient, gripping revenge movie that ticks all the boxes and kept me engrossed for the 90 minutes it took to watch it. Creds, too, to lead actor Ellen Hollman, who is rapidly gaining a reputation for action roles.
  • Hollman is a one-woman show providing all the film’s best moments and impressive execution in the action scenes.
  • an enjoyable ride of an action film that will leave you cheering and crying by its end.
  • Ellen Hollman in the leading role is great to watch, being the action heroine that makes the film stand out, with the physical performance needed during the fights.
  • With a rewarding end, this is a film for any action fan. The fight scenes were superb, and Ellen Hollman is a star in this movie.
  • Army of One has a badass female heroine, nothing exploitative, and some frenetic fight scenes with Ellen Hollman leading the way as the next big female action hero.
  • It’s really obvious, after watching this, to see why Ellen Hollman is gonna be punching and kicking her way through the new Matrix all of the action sequences are top notch and really fun to watch.
  • Something of a mix of hillbilly horror and revenge story with more than a fleeting resemblance to First Blood, Army of One is first and foremost a very slick action movie that not only offers well-staged fight scenes but also is built upon a structure that allows build up of tension and suspense.
  • an Adrenalin pumping action film that is sure to please all fans of the genre.
  • does what it does damn well. 4 out of 5 stars.