Movies

Attack on Finland

Action
Available on VOD: 12 januari 2023
Director: Aku Louhimies
Cast: Jasper Pääkkönen (BlacKkKlansman, Da 5 Bloods, Dark Tower), Nanna Blondell (Black Widow), Sverrir Gudnason (The Girl in the Spider's Web, Borg McEnroe), Cathy Belton (Philomena)

Finland’s Independence Day celebration on December 6 is crudely interrupted by an attack to the Presidential Residence. A set of distinguished guests are taken as hostages. Security service officer Max Tanner is set as the negotiator of the hostage crisis. Tanner must make bold and even painful decisions to figure out who is behind the attack. After all, there are not only human lives to protect - but the future of Europe as a whole.

Reviews
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: Fans of action and espionage will find a good deal to enjoy. With the shadow of Russian aggression looming over Finland at the time of release, it has topicality on its side.
  • Jbspins.com: The action itself is well-staged and often pretty intense. Enthusiastically recommended.
  • Jamesweggreview.org: The action is fast-paced, coupled with spot-on editing.
  • Thatshelf.com: a solid action-thriller. Sometimes, that is all you need.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: Louhimies does a good job of building up the suspense and keeping Attack on Finland tight. The European perspective and the Finnish locations also make a nice change of pace.

Terrifier 2

Horror
Available on VOD: 19 januari 2023
Director: Damien Leone
Cast: Lauren LaVera (Iron Fist), David Howard Thornton, Kailey Hyman (A Man Called Ottto), Elliott Fullam

One year after the now infamous Miles County Massacre,serial killer Art the Clown returns to wreak havoc on abereaved family.Guided by a demonic apparition, Art targetsa teenage girl and her younger brother. As the lines betweennightmare and reality intersect and the body count rises,the siblings discover a dark family secret which may lead totheir salvation and put an end to Art's reign of terror.

Reviews
  • AD: Vergeleken met de sadistische seriemoordenaar Art de Clown uit de Terrifier-films, is de geschminkte griezel uit Stephen King’s It een onschuldige Sesamstraatbewoner. Lees de hele review én een interview met de regisseur hier.
  • Het Parool: Grensoverschrijdende enverboden gruwel die de absolute antithese is van beschaving. Lees de hele review hier.
  • De Volkskrant: Het los te bekijken, superieure vervolg op Terrifier. Steunend op de even akelige als komische expressiviteit van clown-vertolker David Howard Thornton, verheft regisseur Damien Leone de slachtpartijen tot kunstwerken van een haast droomachtige wanstaltigheid. 4/5 sterren! Lees de hele review hier.
  • NRC.nl: Sinds de martelporno-rage in de jaren nul zag je zoveel bloedvergieten nog maar zelden in de bioscoop. Monster van dienst is Art the Clown, een bovennatuurlijke, sadistische horrorclown met een smaakvol zwart-witkostuum en dito gebit die zijn slachtoffers tot gehakt rult. Hoewel verbaal minder begaafd dan clown Pennywise uit It, herinnert zijn modus operandi aan hem en Freddy Krueger. Gescalpeerd, geamputeerd, zonder ogen en in repen gesneden blijven de slachtoffers wriemelen en gillen. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Nachtvlinders.nl: Terrifier 2 is een fantastische slasher. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Stephen King: Grossin’ you out old-school.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Kotsende bioscoopbezoekers, flauwvallende mensen en een discussie over de grenzen van fatsoen. Yep, Terrifier 2 heeft een hoop losgemaakt! De slachtpartijen zijn creatief en snoeihard. Zuur, afgerukte huid en bijtplekken: dit is geen kinderachtige film. Geweldig spel van de schurk en een mooi ingevulde rol van LaVera. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Filmthreat.com: We haven’t had a movie this dangerous in the theaters in a long time, and its presence is both important and historical in the history of extreme cinema. This movie will bite your face off.
  • IGN.com: Rips, tears, hacks, shreds, butchers, disembowels, decapitates, devours, pulverizes, tenderizes, slices, dices, skewers — I'm missing plenty — and knock-em-out-dead eviscerates the current competition.
  • Bloodgutsuk.com: a milestone in horror and proves that there's plenty more to give and that Art the Clown is the most terrifying icon the genre has to offer.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Terrifier 2 is bloody and brutal. It takes no prisoners and spares no victims. It’s also brilliant.
  • Kibsreviews.blogspot.com: As grimy, gnarly video nasties go, Terrifier 2 is the stuff. It has no more substance than it needs. It’s very successful at what it wants to be.
  • Elementsofmadness.com: It is so rare for a sequel to, dare I say it, be superior to the original movie, but Damien Leone manages to pull that off. There is so much to enjoy and indulge in as this sequel fires on all cylinders.
  • Joshatthemovies.com: Bigger, nastier, and more fun, each creative death sequence goes preposterously over-the-top. There were times when I could barely believe what I was seeing.
  • Liveforfilm.com: Damien Leone’s Art the Clown epic is a splatter slasher full of absolutely insane levels of butchery realised with incredible practical effects. Over the top, out of control and off the rails, Terrifier 2 is totally wild!
https://www.ad.nl/show/flauwvallende-bioscoopbezoekers-door-horrorfilm-maar-regisseur-wil-geen-rotgevoel-geven~aba13dea/Vergeleken met de sadistische seriemoordenaar Art de Clown uit de Terrifier-films, is de geschminkte griezel uit Stephen King’s It een onschuldige Sesamstraatbewoner. 

Black Warrant

Action
Available on VOD: 2 februari 2023
Director: Tibor Takacs
Cast: Cam Gigandet (Priest, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II, Easy A), Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon), Jeff Fahey (Lost, Alita Battle Angel)

A semi-retired special ops assassin and a DEA agent cross paths on separate missions to stop a cyber terrorist organization that has built a dangerous machine threatening to attack the power grid and bring catastrophe to the world.

Reviews
  • Movieweb.com: Likable primary characters and a stable of interesting goons kept my attention throughout. Black Warrant succeeds as a pure action film.
  • Voicesfromthebalcony.com: Great work from Gigandet, Berenger, and Haro.
  • Thatmomentin.com: Takacs has a good eye for action and pacing.
  • Maddwolf.com: Berenger still isn’t phoning it in. He gives Nick doses of humanity that you don’t often see in films of this type. Gigandet is equally engaging. Haro is beaming with excitement and charm in almost every scene.

You Are Not My Mother

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 9 februari 2023
Director: Kate Dolan
Cast: Hazel Doupe (Calm with Horses), Carolyn Bracken (The Lodgers), Paul Reid (Never Grow Old, Vikings)

It’s the week before Halloween and Char’s mother, Angela, has inexplicably disappeared. All that remains is her abandoned car. When she returns home without explanation the following evening, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita, that something is amiss. She might look and sound the same but Angela’s behaviour has become increasingly frightening, as if she has been replaced by a malevolent force. When Halloween arrives, a night steeped in ancient myth and legend, Char realises that she is the only one who can save her, even if it means potentially losing her forever.

Reviews
  • TheGuardian.com: Intense performances by Doupe and Bracken give it a real emotional pulse.
  • Variety.com: A coolly unsettling but also deep-feeling horror film, one that keeps the ordinary and the extraordinary in tense, tetchy balance throughout.
  • TheNewYorkTimes.com: Imaginative and spooky, You Are Not My Mother shows just how frightening - and stigmatizing - a parent's mental illness can be to a child.
  • RogerEbert.com: So effective and emotional, a dedicated portrait of trauma passed down through generations.
  • TheWrap.com: With striking scares, moody atmosphere, and impressive performances, You Are Not My Mother gradually reveals itself to be a wicked, wicked work of horror.
  • LosAngelesTimes.com: At once deeply creepy and strangely moving.
  • DailyGrindhouse.com: an eerie new entry in the folk horror subgenre that mixes magic and family trauma to chilling effect.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: Thisa thought-provoking, hard-hitting debut from Kate Dolan, balancing family drama with supernatural horror steeped in local legend.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: Heartbreaking in places, spine-shudderingly creepy in others, You Are Not My Mother finds both terror and inspiration in the awareness that the world might be bigger and stranger than expected.
  • Ukfilmreview.co.uk: Dolan and a game cast explore the specific pain and yearning that goes along with wanting so badly to save a person you love from themselves. At the same time, they dig into the horror of looking into familiar eyes and finding no one you recognize, but maybe someone who means you harm.

The Ritual Killer

Thriller
Available on VOD: 9 maart 2023
Director: George Gallo
Cast: Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, Se7en), Cole Hauser (Olympus Has Fallen, Yellowstone), Peter Stormare (Fargo, John Wick Chapter 2)

Detective Boyd, unable to process the death of his daughter, embarks on a hunt for a serial killer who murders according to a brutal tribal ritual: Muti. The only person who can help Boyd is Professor Mackles, an anthropologist who hides an unspeakable secret. The line between sanity and madness thins as Boyd goes deeper into the killer’s world.

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