Catalogue

4 Assassins

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 8 januari 2013
Director: Stanley J. Orzel
Cast: Will Yun Lee (Total Recall, The Wolverine), Miguel Ferrer (Robocop, Traffic), Mercedes Renard (Hitch)

In Hong Kong an ace hit man reluctantly meets with three professional colleagues to resolve unfinished business. Over an elaborate meal in a hotel suite, the four highly skilled assassins reminisce about the past and ponder the future. In a tense and highly claustrophobic setting, accusations fly, lines are drawn and secrets are revealed. It all culminates to a brutal exchange and an explosive showdown where no one is safe.

Reviews
  • Cooltarget.blogspot.co.uk: works thanks to the likeable cast and stylish production design .. classier than you might first think and it's always good to see Miguel (Robocop) Ferrer getting a nice meaty part.
Awards
  • Action on Film International Film Festival, USA (2011): Best Fight Choreography, Female Action, Male Action.
  • WorldFest Houston (2011): Gold Award for Best Supporting Actor and Independent Films - Suspense/Thriller.

7 Minutes

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 14 september 2015
Director: Jay Martin
Cast: Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Kris Kristofferson (Blade, Blade II, Blade Trinity), Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Zane Holtz (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Vampires Suck), Luke Mitchell (Home and Away)

After becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan - "in and out in seven minutes" - quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death. As each minute of the robbery unfolds, another twist is unveiled and the stakes are pushed higher and higher. In the final act, Sam's pregnant girlfriend Kate is kidnapped, escalating the situation even further and pressing our heroes to do whatever they can to make it out alive.

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Veteran music video director Jay Martin makes a highly impressive feature debut with his engrossing crime drama about a trio of desperate young men committing an ill-fated robbery. Featuring intricate, non-linear storytelling and an uncommon emotional pungency, 7 Minutes is a taut, tightly controlled exercise that should spell bigger and better things for its tyro director/screenwriter. 7 Minutes is gripping from start to finish.
  • Nytimes.com: 7 Minutes knows exactly what it is: a directorial calling card to the Quentin Tarantino school of blood-bath cinema. Colorful peripheral characters include Brandi (Mariel Neto), a promiscuous barfly who seduces Mike, and Jerome (Brandon Hardesty), a blubbery policeman who pines for her. In one of the movie's meanest touches, Jerome takes off his shirt, inspects his torso in a mirror, and screams in horrified despair. This film is a nasty piece of work.
  • Pastemagazine.com: Martin's attention to visuals comes from his years as a storyboarder and music video director (Death Cab for Cutie, Nas, Colbie Caillat). He knows his strengths, and his derivative debut is crafted with the methodical finesse and sophisticated composition of someone who prays at the style altars of Derek Cianfrance and Cary Fukunaga. 7 Minutes is a slick ride through a sexy cultural wasteland.
  • LATimes.com: Martin keeps the action, which includes bits of bone-crunching violence, moving apace with solid atmospherics and credible tough-guy dialogue and attitude.
    Flyckeringmyth.com: A strong début feature from writer/director Martin, 7 Minutes goes beyond the conventional bank heist drama to provide a provocative and memorable visual experience. 4*.
  • Thestar.com: Writer-director Jay Martin's 7 Minutes puts an entertaining spin on the heist movie with a fast-moving drama that flits from past to present during a bank job. A solid score and tight camerawork shows Martin's background as a music video director translates well to big-screen work.
  • Awardscircuit.com: A solid calling card for writer/director Jay Martin.
    Wearemoviegeeks.com: From the moment the three amateur crooks come busting through the door wearing blank, white Halloween masks (which may or may not be a nod to Eyes Without a Face) waving guns they have no intention of using to the final showdown, 7 MINUTES is a remarkable piece of work. I am impressed; I have to give 7 MINUTES at least 4 stars out of 5.
  • Forcesofgeek.com: A surprisingly tight, entertaining heist film.
  • Waytooindie.com: A fun romp for film fans who just can't get enough of watching bumbling criminals struggle to successfully commit a crime.
  • Moviebuzzers.com: Regardless of what your feelings on the ending might be, the road to get there is thrilling and makes 7 Minutes definitely worth a watch. You might think you've seen all that can be done with a heist film already, but you haven't seen something quite like this yet.
  • Shuffleonline.net: 7 Minutes is not so much a whodunnit as it is a "whydunnit." It is stylish, intelligent and entertaining.

A Dark Song

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 31 oktober 2017
Director: Liam Gavin
Cast: Catherine Walker , Steve Oram (Sightseers)

Selected for the International Competition at the 35th BIFFF -- Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival 2017!

Sophia has a steely look in her eyes as she insists on renting an old house in the remote countryside. She gives the estate agent a little extra cash for no questions asked.

Sophia collects a man at the nearby train station. Joseph Solomon is a northern, coarse man. And an occultist. She needs him to perform an ancient invocation ritual, the Abramelin, to summon up Sophia's Guardian Angel so her wish can be granted. She wishes to talk to her murdered child; it's a desire that consumes her.

The ritual is an extremely arduous one. They seal themselves in the house, possibly having to stay there for months as it plays out. As they get deeper into the rite they run the risk of turning on each other and going mad. But when Solomon finds out that Sophia has not been truthful about her wish, a greater danger threatens them. In the dark, they find that they are no longer alone in the house. They are now in the world of real angels, and real demons.

The house is surrounded with a line of salt. It is the only protection they have. They must not cross it, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how much they want to run.

A Dark Song is the story of two people risking hell to journey through the darkness of their souls.

Reviews
  • Beneaththeunderground.com: The debut feature from writer/director Liam Gavin is a uniquely chilling piece of occult cinema. A two person film, held together with excellent performances and tons of atmosphere A DARK SONG isn't for everyone. It's a slow burn and those watching it will, like the leads, be in for a long trip but the payoff will be worth it.
  • Cutprintfilm.com: A pitch black and confronting two-hander, A Dark Song challenges and excites with its uncompromising and original approach. That it is more a character study than a genre piece is what is most intriguing, blurring the lines between a psychological and hallucinatory thriller and a straight up, angels and demons, Dennis Wheatley-style horror with a final brain-melting ten minutes that is one of the finest surprises of the year. 8/10.
  • Dmovies.org: A Dark Song is an intense horror movie and a trip into Irish occultism. In his debut, Liam Gavin uses the genre to bring to surface a subject that most people find difficult to deal with: the loss of a son. Far above the average spooky movie, this feature disturbs and provokes.
  • Efilmcritic.com: This is very much a movie that feels like it has put in the time and effort necessary for the supernatural to intrude into reality, a feat that is much rarer than horror filmmakers would have us assume. Pair that with a couple of good, intense performances, and "A Dark Song" is one of the most interesting and unusual tales of the supernatural to come around in some time. 4/5.
  • Goseetalk.com: A Dark Song is a gripping character study that succeeds because of the minimal effects and fanfare. It'll thoroughly creep you out, especially the things you don't see.
  • Heyuguys.com: A Dark Song is a ridiculously strong and beautifully acted piece of work.
  • Screenanarchy.com: Rather than give the usual frights, Gavin instead goes for the lonely heart of the occult: the attempt to contact the beyond, for the most heart-wrenching of reasons. A Dark Song takes a hard and serious look at the pain of loss and grief, and how that pain transforms into burden and enlightenment.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: A Dark Song digs its claws in and never lets go, finding horror in rituals, personal reflection and burning black-magic sensations. It's dreadfully inviting from start to finish, with an almighty climax at just the right time. 4/5.
  • Quietearth.us: A smart and savvy example of horror's new breed.
  • Screeninvasion.com: The movie is a visceral experience that must be seen in a theater. For one, the cinematography is beautiful. Another reason to see it in the theater? It's killer score.
  • Slashfilm.com: It's an utterly unique film that uses its slow pace to lay the dread on thick and and build its characters so it can turn around and tear everything down in the homestretch. And the ending, which will surely prove divisive, is an audacious choice for a genre so often built on nihilism. A Dark Song may be a hard-edged and occasionally difficult movie, but it has soul.
  • Pastemagazine.com: A Dark Song is ostensibly a horror film but operates as a dread-laden procedural, mounting tension while translating the process of bereavement as patient, excruciating manual labor.
  • Scary Epidemic: A Dark Song is a excellent horror/drama about a young woman who is trying to contact her dead son with the help of a strange man who deals in the dark magic of the occult. [It] might be one of the best horror movie i have seen about the occult, because its literally only about the performing what you usually see getting rushed in lame horror movie that just want to shock people. 8.5/10.
Awards
  • Sitges 2016: New Visions Award - Best Motion Picture
  • Monster Fest 2016: Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
  • Monster Fest 2016: Best Score in a Feature Film
  • Fantasporto 2017: International Fantasy Film Award, Best Director
  • Fantasporto 2017: International Fantasy Film Award, Best Actress
  • Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival 2016: Audience Choice Award, Silver Award

A House on Willow Street

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 24 maart 2017
Director: Alastair Orr
Cast: Carlyn Burchell (Bomb Girls), Sharni Vinson (Step Up, Bait), Gustav Gerdener, Zino Ventura, Steven John Ward

Roguish kidnappers devise a plan to abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor. When they have her locked up in their hideout, they realize she's been possessed by a sinister demon. The kidnappers are forced to bargain for their souls and deal with their personal demons as they appear in physical form inside the house.

Reviews
  • Britflicks.com: Fortunately, From A House On Willow Street does have great looking set pieces. They showcase beautifully the fantastic visual effects of George Webster and computer generated wizardry of Derik van den Berg. Equally, Director Alastair Orr delivers a few frights and confidently captures the mania and fear.
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: There's a lot more visceral horror here than in the average supposedly gruesome possession film, so it works well enough for a Friday night thrill.
  • Horrocultfilms.co.uk: It's visually impressive, has some strong set pieces and the pacing's fairly good.
  • Projectedfigures.com: There is much fun to be had with its po-faced silliness and macabre maximalism.
  • Wyliewrites.com: From a House on Willow Street has some amazing makeup work, one of the best posters of any film at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and the film includes the most clever scare in a horror in recent years. The film also utilizes chiaroscuro effects to great value.
  • Dreadcentral.com: A good setup, a majority of solid characters (and cast) and some balls-out demon action in the final stretch manages to ensure From a House on Willow Street provides enough entertainment to see you through to the end.

Armed Response

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 7 december 2017
Director: John Stockwell
Cast: Wesley Snipes (Expendables, Blade, Chi-raq, Brooklyn's Finest), Anne Heche (The Other Guys, John Q), Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters), Gene Simmons (Expecting Mary)

A team of special forces soldiers approach the designer of a high-tech military compound to investigate the disappearance of another team guarding the facility. The compound, known professionally as a Temple, is an artificial intelligence powered facility designed for interrogating high level prisoners. Upon entering the Temple, the soldiers quickly find the earlier team horrifically slaughtered but no evidence as to who is responsible.

Almost immediately, the crew begins to experience strange and horrific supernatural phenomena as they attempt to uncover who killed the previous team. Soon enough, they find a lone survivor, a dangerous terrorist who may hold the key to who killed the soldiers. But as the story goes on, we'll learn that there's more to it than we've been told and a dark secret the soldiers share may hold the key to surviving The Temple.

Child of God

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 juni 2015
Director: James Franco
Cast: Fallon Goodson (L!fe Happens), Scott Haze (As I Lay Dying), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, The Incredible Hulk, The Astronaut Farmer, O Brother, Where Art Thou?), James Franco (127 Hours, This Is the End, Veronica Mars)

Based on a book by Cormac McCarthy. Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: A galvanizing portrait of social and sexual deviance.
  • FilmThreat.com: Profoundly intense .. [an] incredible and fierce performance.
  • TheGuardian.com: Multi-hyphenate renaissance man James Franco has finally delivered the goods with this great, grisly Cormac McCarthy adaptation. Child of God is a shocking tale of backwoods lunacy and one man's descent into hell.
  • HollywoodReporter.com: A pitch-dark hillbilly fever dream... A character study of a figure said to be partly inspired by Wisconsin murderer and body snatcher Ed Gein (also an influence on the killers in Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), the film succeeds on its own terms. That is in large part down to Haze's unstinting commitment to the role.
  • Film-forward.com: In a character actor/star making performance, Scott Haze leads a ferocious cast. Macabre but memorable.
  • Filmleaf.net: A well-made film, dominated by a once-in-a-lifetime, balls-out performance by Scott Haze as Lester Ballard, the crazed outcast, the titular, protagonist "child of God" (testing the range of that concept) who in the course of the story becomes a cave-dweller, murderer, and necrophiliac.
  • Cine-vue.com: Franco (through the excellent Haze) has created a dark portrait of an outcast, lacing it with his own bleak poetry and black humour. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Rollingstone.com: The film's protagonist is Lester Ballard, played by Scott Haze in a performance that can be described for starters as phenomenal. This is ambitious, challenging filmmaking, elevated by Franco's compassion and Haze's revelatory acting. OK, the film trips up on its attempt to lace tragedy with gallows humor. But Franco is out there trying something, balancing literature and cinema in a tightrope act that is never less than exciting to watch.
Awards
  • Hamptons International Film Festival 2013: Breakthrough Performer - Scott Haze
  • Venice Film Festival 2013: Nominated for Golden Lion.

Cold Blooded

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 mei 2013
Director: Jason Lapeyre
Cast: Ryan Robbins (Apollo 18, Sanctuary), Zoie Palmer (Devil), William MacDonald (Slither, Hollow Man II)

A female police officer has what she thinks is an easy night shift guarding an unconscious diamond thief in an abandoned hospital wing. When his brutal gang members break in to the secured ward, the cop and the robber must form an unlikely alliance to survive the night.

Reviews
  • Fearnet.com: There's always something to be said for a quick and efficient crime thriller that introduces its characters and premise in an efficient manner, and then keeps throwing you bloody curve balls before jolting to a finish in less than 90 minutes. Cold Blooded is shot quite well, scored quite smoothly, and (especially) cut like a fast-paced dream. The cast is uniformly strong, the premise has a nice hook, and things actually get pretty dark and nasty before all is said and done. Fun stuff.
  • Reviewsbytom.blogspot.com.au: Driven by memorable characters and loaded with stomach churning tension, Cold Blooded is intense, harrowing and all kinds of brilliant – one of the year's best thrillers just waiting to be discovered.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: Surprisingly brutal, strong performance from Ryan Robbins, short and sweet.
  • Soundonsight.org: One of the year's best thrillers, shot quite well with a chilly approach mirroring both the characters and the sterile setting. Cold Blooded is full of fun surprises, features tremendously entertaining characters and takes its violence very, very seriously. It can be just as funny at times as it can be visceral. In a sea of mediocre Canadian films, Cold Blooded emerges as reason to celebrate.
  • Moviedex.com: Lapeyre also directed my favourite, the tense, violent crime thriller Cold Blooded. Immensely talented and impressively prolific. Videovortex.wordpress.com: a really good thriller with great characters and an interesting story.
  • TheTFS.ca: a brutally bloody and occasionally darkly comic morality tale that's been making a name for itself on the Festival circuit, garnering praise from critics whenever it screens.
  • EFilmCritic.com': The filmmaking is remarkably clear-eyed and economical. The first images, almost still photos, suggest snapshots of what happened and why it went wrong. Every edit and line of dialogue have a purpose: not for nothing do I compare Cold Blooded to early Carpenter, who never let plot get in the way of the story.
  • Agentsofgeek.com: Lapeyre has done a remarkable job staying creative with his budget limitations and giving us interesting seedy characters that wouldn’t seem out of place in an Elmore Leonard novel. Cold Blooded cuts straight to the point and we’re in and out before we know what hit us. We are left with a fun tension filled action movie that’s not interested in being deep or philosophical but delivering some entertainment. In that retrospect, I can tell you that we get exactly what we were promised.
Awards
  • Bare Bones International Film Festival 2012: Best Actress in a Feature Film
  • Fant-Asia Film Festival 2012: Audience Award - Best Canadian Feature

Contracted

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 4 maart 2014
Director: Eric England
Cast: Najarra Townsend (Me and You and Everyone We Know), Caroline Williams (Days of Thunder, Halloween II), Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Matt Mercer (Madison County)

Contracted tells the cautionary tale of Samantha (Townsend), a twenty-something party girl with little discipline and even less direction. After experiencing a lapse in her relationship with her lover (Stegeman), she's forced to move back in with her overbearing mother (Williams). Samantha's only means to escape seems to come in the form of a flower competition that she's determined to win. Things take a turn for the worse when Samantha spends the night with mysterious man (Barrett), leaving her hung‐over and guilt‐ridden. However, something else is wrong with Samantha. Something is infecting her. Unsure of the disease or the man who gave it to her, she must attempt to hide it from her loved ones. Now, Samantha realizes she is not just the victim of an STD, but rather the host of something much more catastrophic.

Reviews
  • Fearnet.com: Yes, it's icky and violent and shocking, but Contracted is also smart, insightful, and sort of tragic. Townsend's performance pretty much steals the whole show, but this still stands as one of the most intriguing indie horror films I've seen this year.
  • Grolschfilmworks.com: when something dies, something new is born. In this case, it is not just Sam, but genre itself, that is being torn apart and put back together again in a refreshingly defamiliarised form.
  • Whitecitycinema.com: Mines not only genuine terror from this Cronenberg-ian body-horror scenario but also a surprisingly rich vein of black comedy. The result is a fairly awesome low-budget shocker that creates and sustains a spirit of nasty fun that filmmakers with much higher budgets would no doubt love to buy. There's a certain kind of horror gem capable of rocking a late night film festival audience and, by God, Contracted rocked the Chicago International Film Festival.
  • Underthegunreview.net: If Jaws was the film that made people never want to go into the water again, Contracted is the one that will make them think twice before having sex. Score: A.

Crawl

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 augustus 2013
Director: Paul China
Cast: George Shevtsov (Dead Calm), Bob Newman, Georgina Haig (The Sapphires), Lauren Dillon

Crawl is a character-driven thriller set in an unknown, rural town. A seedy bar-owner hires a mysterious Croatian to murder an acquaintance over an unpaid debt. The crime is carried out, but a planned double-crossing backfires and an innocent waitress suddenly becomes involved. Now a hostage in her own home, the young woman is driven to desperate measures for survival. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a blood-curdling and unforgettable climax.

Reviews
  • Moviescene.nl: interessante personages, zeer spannende scènes, mooi camerawerk en, voor wie wat zwarte komedie kan waarderen, geestige dialogen.
  • Imaginefilmfestival.nl: Crawl is een kleine thriller die groot effect sorteert. Doet de set-up denken aan Blood Simple (toevallig ook de debuutfilm van twee filmende broers), zodra de Kroatische killer het huis van de arme serveerster binnendringt, ontpopt de film zich tot een zenuwslopend kat-en-muisspel dat in een beheerst tempo wordt uitgespeeld.
  • Blogomatic3000.com: No matter which way you look at it, Crawl is a stunning piece of cinema from a talent that are sure to go on to bigger, though maybe not better (the film sets the bar very high) things.
  • Andyerupts.com: I'd go so far as to say that Crawl is light years ahead of most horror films emerging from the UK and US, both in terms of technical achievement and atmosphere. It does not disappoint. One of my top films of 2012, so far.
  • SBS.com.au: A thrilling cinematic work crafted with dark nuance and graceful skill, Crawl is a film brimming with the promise of things to come for director Paul China and star Georgina Haig.
  • Blueprintreview.co.uk: Crawl is an uncomplicatedly pleasurable watch
  • CineOutsider.com: a strikingly confident first feature that bodes well for future projects from this familial filmmaking duo.
  • Totalfilm.com: Stylish, slow-burning and veering into torture territory, British director Paul China's debut feature is crammed with tension.
  • Horrortalk.com: Crawl is tense, gripping and well-made.
  • Aintitcool.com: A fantastic achievement in ratcheting up tension and suspense.
  • DreadCentral.com: Rivals No Country for Old Men in gritty style and suspense...an assured Hitchcockian slow-burn.
  • FrightFest, Alan Jones: Not since the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple has there been a more exciting thriller debut.
  • Horrorphile.net: A stunning first movie that drips with suspense.
Awards
  • Screamfest 2011: Festival Trophy (Best Director, Best Actress, Best Cinematography) 

Dark Was the Night

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 21 september 2015
Director: Jack Heller
Cast: Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Real Steel, Noah, Resident Evil: Retribution), Lukas Haas (Witness, Inception, Transcendence, Contraband), Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement, Undateable, Halloween: Resurrection)

A long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened, it sets its sights on the townspeople, as Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past, so that he may protect those that he loves.

Reviews
  • CrypticRock.com: It is not often that viewers get all they hope for in a movie, but Dark Was the Night delivers what it promises. Seamless special effects and Hisel's extraordinary plot, complement the exceptional direction by Heller. The pair certainly make a force to be reckoned with in the movie genre. A must watch, with a surprise ending, CrypticRock gives Dark Was the Night 5 out of 5 stars.
  • Filmpulse.net: Dark Was the Night is a well made creature feature. It does have a decent story, characters you can care about, strong acting and a creature you'll want to see more of. Genre fans should check this one out for sure.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Dark Was the Night is a creature feature, but it is not about the creature. The focus is firmly on the human element, and thus, the restraint in the reveal is a boon instead of a hindrance. Suspense is achieved naturally with a steady-handed camera and sure-footed directing, both of which keep the film grounded in a sense of reality. Without gore and with no significant human body count to speak of, the film instead finds an organic approach to fostering fright with a slowly smoldering style. It doesn't break the monster movie mold, but does fill it to capacity with eerie atmosphere and creeping chills elevated by terrific acting. 8/10.
  • Best-horror-movies.com: See it. See it. See it! I'm afraid I must insist!
  • Bttm.co.uk: Another wonderful addition to Screamfest, great cinematography, fine performances from the leading man and lady and full credit to Jack and the team for pulling off a creature feature that has some deep emotion running through its veins. A strong piece of cinema and a joy to watch.
  • Craveonline.com: Dark Was the Night is a superb emotional drama about a family coping with a loss. It is an exquisite creature feature too, but I would have totally just watched the family drama. Durand is an absolutely compelling leading man, and what makes the Shieldses so riveting is that they talk intelligently about their psychological issues. Dark Was the Night absolutely deserves to be seen on the big screen, so I hope an ambitious distributor is listening.
  • Chud.com: Dark Was the Night is like a combination of John Carpenter's The Fog and the 1988 remake of The Blob, with a dose of American folklore thrown in for good measure. This movie is an enjoyable and entertaining watch. Kevin Durand gives his all in this one and absolutely earns every bit of credit for this being his first starring role. Check it out!
  • RogerEbert.com: Does, deliberately, build to a tense and sometimes jump-from-your-seat scary climax which finds most of the small town’s residents holed up in the local church, trying to nail down what has by this time been pretty firmly established as a bonafide monster stalking the local woods. And the quest is, it turns out, made more engaging by the guilt and self-doubt experienced by its main characters.
Awards
  • Screamfest 2014 - Best Special Effects
  • Screamfest 2014 - Best Visual Effects

Detour

Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 januari 2014
Director: William Dickerson
Cast: Neil Hopkins (Skyline)

Jackson Alder is a young hip ad man. He drives along a precarious mountain road on his way to a high-powered lunch meeting. He chats away on his new iPhone when his sports utility vehicle is suddenly assaulted by nature - as he is swallowed up by a monstrous mudslide, biblical in its enormity. Trapped inside his car alone, encased in mud, Jackson embarks on a journey -- a road trip into the heart of a man he's only just getting to know. He cycles through the five stages of grief -- Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Despair and, finally, Acceptance. As the reality of his circumstances begin to sink in, he realizes that no one is coming for him, only he can save himself. He begins to assess and manage his physical circumstances, as he does this he's introduced to the stakes of his mental circumstances as well, which are even more dire. Without anyone else's support, the mental hurdles of overcoming his situation prove stifling. For the first time in his life he's forced to acknowledge the possibility of death -- a possibility that grows more likely with each passing minute. Jackson, the consummate and witty advertising executive, sheds his suit and pitches himself one of the hardest sells of his career -- that he's going to make it out of this alive.

Reviews
  • The New York Times: At times the groan and scream of collapsing metal sounds so authentic you might mistake Jackson's heavy breathing for your own.
  • Villagevoice.com: Think of the blackest crawl space you encountered as a child, and then imagine curling up inside it, at midnight, for the better part of 90 minutes, and you're getting close to the experience of watching writer/director William Dickerson's debut feature, Detour - and, yes, that's a compliment. Hopkins is as good at panic as he is at selling peak-human determination. By the end, he does what he must, all greased up like an engine part, and the performance and filmmaking are invigorating. Even as you're putting together just what he's doing, you'll feel what he's going through.
  • The Hollywood Reporter: Detour is a tautly efficient thriller that fully succeeds in making the viewer identify with its hapless protagonist's desperate plight.
  • AisleSeat.com: Detour is at its very best in the last 30 minutes, in which Jackson makes a desperate attempt to save himself; this third act is nothing but good stuff. The finale rattles your nerves, making you feel all the danger and claustrophobia that Jackson faces. Hopkins really gets to show his stuff here, bringing the character's desperation vividly to life. It's all tense and exciting and nerve-wracking. In spite of the few aforementioned flaws, Detour builds to a conclusion that sends you out the door shaken and thankful to see light.
  • FilmThreat.com: Ultimately you are drawn into the dire circumstances and forget how the camera covers them as the poor protagonist gulps for air under tons of dirt. For every breath he's grasping for, you're holding one in, anticipating what might follow.
  • MediaMikes.com: 'Detour' deals with issues of claustrophobia and asphyxiation to say the least and as an audience you feel like you are battling those right also alongside our brave actor. I would highly suggest paying the few bucks to check this out. You will thank me later!
  • PasteMagazine.com: Dickerson's claustrophobic survival thriller proves itself a technically proficient, expertly paced affair. Hopkins delivers a performance of muscular breadth (both emotionally and physically).
  • TVGuide.com: Dickerson manages to keep the character's fate tantalizingly unclear until the last possible moment, making Detour a deeply immersive exercise in low-budget suspense from start to finish.

Down and Dangerous

Action, Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 februari 2014
Director: Zak Forsman
Cast: John T. Woods (Time Again, V/H/S/2), Paulie Rojas (Dorothy and the Witches of Oz), Ross Marquand

Always one step ahead of the Feds, Paul Boxer is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers coerce him into designing a foolproof plan to bring several kilos of cocaine across the México border, he maneuvers to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a sharp-witted woman from his past enlists his help to escape this rival outfit, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood as a smuggler and his integrity as a man.

Reviews
  • Letterboxd.com: It immediately brings to mind Michael Mann's films like Heat, and Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. And I think this film does a pretty good job of living up to those films. John Woods plays a cool criminal in the vein of Mel Gibson in Payback. He has every base covered, every angle accounted for. Too bad the people around him can't say the same, especially the girl. Watching his plans unravel and how he handles it is a fun time at the movies.
  • Apocalypselaterfilm.com: The tone is what's surprising here. This remains accessible, never becoming an ordeal like drug films often do, never becoming nasty even with a brief torture scene and never losing its direction to distractions. No, the Mormons are hardly going to praise it but combining a strong story, a strong score and strong editing with a strong set of performances makes it a very strong film indeed.
  • Examiner.com: "Down and Dangerous" is a spectacularly slick-looking flick. Writer/director Zak Forsman has an excellent cinematic eye as this crime thriller has the look and feel of a studio release.
Awards
  • Sacramento Film and Music Festival 2013: Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature

Drone

Thriller
Available on VOD: 17 augustus 2017
Director: Jason Bourque
Cast: Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Martian), Patrick Sabongui (Homeland, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, White House Down), Mary McCormack (The West Wing, K-Pax), Maxwell Haynes

Neil is a cog in the wheel of America's war on terror. A private drone operator, he spends his workdays flying covert missions for the CIA then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity. But Neil's juggling act of husband, father and armchair warrior comes to a crashing halt when a whistle-blowing website reveals that he was at the controls of a number of deadly drone strikes. Believing Neil is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman has tracked him down. A harrowing confrontation takes place in Neil's house and it proves to be far more complex than a simple act of revenge.

Reviews
  • NYTimes.com: The movie opens with a bravura sequence set in Pakistan, and the script, by Mr. Bourque and Paul A. Birkett, worthily strives to balance sympathies between American interests and humans written off as collateral damage.
  • TheEntertainmentSection.com: Two sides in a conflict of war have been visited in film before, but unlike the subtle tension presented in Drone. This film rips open a heated topic and allows the audience to view through a different landscape, bringing the conflict home. It's a discussion that is uncomfortable, but with the changing landscapes of the way the world conducts war, it's one that needs to be addressed. This film is still very much enjoyable without the nosedive into diplomacy, but it's harder to ignore than others. Even with the lean towards demonstration, the unique way these locations are represented on film, and the impeccable talent from the leading men, Drone deserves to be seen.
  • Thatmomentin.com: Drone is a character study disguised as a thriller with two men on opposite sides of the tragedy that stages the inevitable collision.
  • Filmjournal.com:Though Drone comes wrapped in the trappings of a home-invasion thriller, it's less interested in ratcheting up the tension than scoring debate points about the moral implications of scrubbing the sweat and dirt from the act of killing.
  • Patch.com: Bean, McCormack and Sabongui meshing it all together with emotional shock and awe and knowing our secrets can be used as a weapon.

End of a Gun

Action, Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 november 2016
Director: Keoni Waxman
Cast: Steven Seagal (Under Siege, A Dangerous Man, Executive Decision), Alexandre Nguyen (Exodus to Shanghai), Jade Ewen

Decker (Seagal), an ex-federal agent, comes across a woman, Lisa, being beaten by her boyfriend, Decker, and is forced to kill the enraged man to save her. Instead of congratulations and thanks, Decker faces possible criminal charges. Lisa, knowing his situation, asks him to help her steal $2 million hidden within her boyfriend's car at the police impound lot. They successfully recover the money, but it only puts them in greater danger, as the money was supposed to be delivered to a druglord. He catches wind of their theft and sends a hit squad to recover the money. Meanwhile, a determined cop, alarmed at the number of bodies piling up around Decker, is also hot on his trail. Decker must turn to an unlikely ally to keep the cash, save a now kidnapped Lisa, and survive an epic gun battle with the kingpin's henchmen.

Fire City: End of Days

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 12 juli 2016
Director: Tom Woodruff Jr.
Cast: Tobias Jelinek, Danielle Chuchran (Survivor, Riot), Eric Edwards, Keely Alona

When the fragile balance is broken between humans and the demons who live secretly among them, a hard-boiled demon named Vine must investigate the appearance of a mysterious Dark Figure. As his fellow demons are attacked, Vine discovers he himself is the cause of the catastrophe and must choose between saving his own kind from extinction and killing an innocent human girl to whom he has become attached.

Reviews
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Het regiedebuut van Woodruff is een serieuze, dialoogrijke en grotendeels van luchtige kwinkslagen gespeende film die ook veel drama- en thrillerelementen herbergt. Meer een film noir met demonen in de hoofdrol dan een klassiek horror- of monsterepos dus. Deze zeker niet onaardige rolprent verdient complimenten voor onderdelen als originaliteit, visuele aankleding en experimenteerdrift.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Woodruff and company have taken a film noir concept and tweaked it to the horror side of things, which is definitely interesting. Also, it can't be said enough how the makeup effects outshine the film's indie origins. Coupled with some consistent acting, Fire City: End of Days is certainly worth watching at least once for horror fans looking for a unique spin on demons and their place in the horror world.
  • Thecriticalcritics.com: Ultimately, however, Fire City: End of Days is a slight film, an intriguing idea .
  • Themoviewaffler.com: Mad as a box of goblins it may be, and, if you want to get in to it, prone to the odd pacing issue too, but what starts as a deeply pessimistic treatise on humanity is transformed into a brave new world of heroism and hope by the final reel of Fire City: End of Days. Fantasy fans will have fun here, and for the rest of us, the devils of Fire City provide tempting company.
  • Depressedpress.com: Impressive practical and makeup effects, good performances and an interesting setting push this well past any expectations. This is well-executed, thoughtful, emotional fantasy and it's not ashamed of it.
  • Dreadworld.com: You never feel comfortable. It keeps you constantly on edge. Even when the film falls into it's predictable third act, there is an uneasy feeling held within every frame.
  • Graham-edwards.com: Fire City: The Interpreter of Signs is an intelligently-crafted, solidly-built foundation stone from which a much grander structure might soon rise.
  • Influxmagazine.com: a surprisingly good film, with a very inventive plot and awfully good prosthetics and make-up. Solid entertainment.
  • Screenrelish.com: an enjoyable film and is worth watching simply for the impressive prosthetics and make-up of the demons.

First Kill

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 5 oktober 2017
Director: Steven C. Miller
Cast: Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Red, Sixth Sense, Split), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II, III, Jumper), Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones), Megan Leonard (The Life and Death of John Gotti)

In this gripping action thriller starring Bruce Willis, a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip. When the bank robber takes the boy hostage in order to recover the money from the bank heist, the frantic father and a police chief (Bruce Willis) must join forces to solve the high-stakes kidnapping with a ticking clock.

Reviews
  • Chicago.suntimes.com: The blood-soaked potboiler First Kill is Generous Pour through and through, from Bruce Willis playing a cop for the umpteenth time in his career to the old switcheroo we can see coming a mile away to the pounding and overwrought score to some genuinely effective detours and subplots.
  • Variety.com: A reasonably entertaining series of off-road chases and backwoods shootouts en route to that final confrontation.
  • LATimes.com: First Kill features an efficient, lightning speed plot.
  • Maddwolf.com: Willis supplies his natural gravitas and Ohioan Shelton makes an impressive big screen debut. As young Danny, Shelton's easy rapport with Gethin Anthony (as kidnapper Levi) is a constant highlight.
  • Thatmomentin.com: A decent crime thriller.
  • Dallasfilmnow.com: First Kill is competent and involving. The action scenes — including one vehicle/RV chase that's constructed cleverly with an uninterrupted sense of place via gliding tracking shots — never feel unrealistic or exaggerated. And even though the film telegraphs a few of its third act character reversals, Miller and screenwriter Nick Gordon plumb the depths of innocence versus malignancy with a shrewd eye for satisfying entertainment.
  • TheIndependentCritic.com: fully devoted to telling a story and telling it well.

Gutshot Straight

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 13 april 2015
Director: Justin Steele
Cast: George Eads (CSI), AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Officer Down, Scorned), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe, In The Blood), Ted Levine (Shutter Island, The Silence of the Lambs, American Gangster, The Bridge), Steven Seagal (Under Siege, A Dangerous Man, Executive Decision), Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Hijacked, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tia Carrere (True Lies), Fiona Dourif (The Messenger, The Master)

A professional poker player, Jack Daniel (George Eads), gets mixed up with the underworld when he takes a wager proposed by Duffy (Stephen Lang), a mysterious gambler. In order to protect his family and himself, Jack must outwit Duffy's cunning brother Lewis (Ted Levine) and scheming wife May (AnnaLynne McCord) as each attempts to force him into murdering the other. Seeking help anywhere he can find it, Jack turns to Paulie Trunks (Steven Seagal), a loan shark looking to collect on Jack's poker debts, who might want to protect his investment.

Reviews
  • Flickeringmyth.com: The film looks great with some slick and colourful visuals, the acting is pretty good and the story set-up is fantastic and really draws you in.
  • Goodefficientbutchery.blogspot.nl: Seagal gets a terrific monologue about why he's called "Paulie Trunks" and has a few genuinely funny, possibly ad-libbed lines and he makes every moment count. Gutshot Straight has a lot of positives in its favor.
  • Devon-cornwall-film.co.uk: A nifty little B-movie neo-noir. He may be one of the least showy CSI cast members, but blank canvas George Eads is a surprisingly effective noir antihero, and shoulders the double-crossing narrative convincingly. Admittedly, the pace does slacken in the second half of the film, but Gutshot has enough worthwhile moments to keep you interested. Inessential, but strangely appealing.

Hollow in the Land

Thriller
Available on VOD: TBA Q1 2018
Director: Scooter Corkle
Cast: Dianna Agron (Glee, I Am Number Four), Rachelle Lefevre (Under The Dome, Twilight Saga, White House Down), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films, The Following), Jared Abrahamson

While the notorious Keith Miller remains locked behind bars for murder, his family is paying the price of a tainted name. High in these mountains, bad blood runs deep.

A year after Keith's crime, a body is found in a nearby trailer park. Keith's son, Brandon, goes missing and becomes suspect number one. His headstrong sister Alison decides to take things into her own hands and track down her brother to clear his name before the cops get to him.

Can she prove her brother's innocence when all the evidence suggests otherwise? The harder she looks, the more people turn up dead. And soon Alison becomes a suspect herself.

In a town tucked away between a mountain range, secrets get buried deep. And if she's not careful, she'll get buried with them...

The Hollow Point

Action, Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 16 december 2016
Director: Gonzalo Lpez-Gallego
Cast: Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious, Watchmen, Fargo II), Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins Wolverine, John Carter), Ian McShane (John Wick, Ray Donovan, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ), John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, John Wick, Kick-Ass 2, Ride Along), James Belushi (According to Jim, K-9)

An aging retired sheriff (Ian McShane) with violent tendencies and his young replacement with a dark past (Patrick Wilson) must join forces to protect the residents of their town and investigate the source of a botched Mexican arms deal that leaves several dead and a bag of money missing. As the story twists and turns, a mysterious and vicious cartel hit man (John Leguizamo) arrives in search of the missing loot, systematically eliminating anyone who crosses his path. After discovering that the new sheriff's girlfriend is on the hit man's list, the lawmen must abandon their law enforcement ideals in order to even the playing field.

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: An over-the-top, heavily stylized B-movie-ish mash-up of modern Western and bloody thriller, The Hollow Point sees U.S.-based Spanish director Gonzalo Lopez Gallego (The King of the Hill) seeking to bring a new angle to the bad men in the badlands genre. As homage, the film is visually striking, littered with moments of real cinematographic intelligence, and always watchable, in a nasty sort of way. Bloody fun in the badlands.
  • Variety.com: Wilson is persuasively resolute as the sheriff, and Belushi does sweaty desperation like a pro. But McShane effortlessly overshadows both of them with a flamboyantly mannered performance charged by alternating currents of contemptuous sarcasm and pessimistic gruffness.
  • Culturefix.co.uk: A brutally entertaining thriller that allows McShane and Wilson to deliver some badass cool.
  • We Got This Covered: a blazing contemporary western that finds pleasure in punishment.
  • Thepeoplesmovies.com: Patrick Wilson and Ian McSha take on the cartel in contemporary western meets Mexploitation flick. Director Gonzalo López-Gallego ensures this is a fun, action-packed trip even when navigating through Nils Lyew's overcomplicated narrative. The Hollow Point is nonetheless a brutally entertaining thriller that allows McShane and Wilson to deliver some badass cool. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Kneelbeforeblog.co.uk: Wilson and McShane are the high points of this film. Their buddy chemistry is completely on point and there is lots of great dialogue between the two of them. Each of them can give as good as they get from the other and there are plenty of laughs too be found in their interactions. James Belushi has a memorable turn as a duplicitous used car salesman and John Leguizamo is excellent as a machete wielding Mexican hitman.
  • Flickfeast.co.uk: With a number of great lines scattered throughout the script, even if it's just a running joke regarding people uttering the word asshole after their first encounters with Wilsons character (who has just returned to the town after some time away), and a few moments of white-knuckle tension, this is everything you could want from a crime thriller/neo-Western. As well as Wilson and McShane, the film also boasts some excellent performances from Lynn Collins, John Leguizamo, and James Belushi. The last one may be the biggest surprise, but it's possible that this is the sort of role he's just been waiting for over the past few years. Is it worth mentioning that McShane almost steals the movie? Yes, I think it is, because he gets many of the best moments.

The Infiltrator

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 5 januari 2017
Director: Brad Furman
Cast: Bryan Cranston (Argo, Trumbo, Breaking Bad), John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer, John Wick, Kick-Ass 2, Ride Along), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds, Unknown, The Bridge), Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Traffic, 24: Live Another Day)

Amidst the lavish excess of the 1980s, Robert Musella became a pivotal player for drug lords cleaning their dirty cash. He traded on mob connections, to become the confidant to scores of the international underworld and the bankers who enabled them.

However, Robert Musella was, in fact, the undercover persona of Special Agent Robert Mazur: a US customs official who went further than any before him. Laying his life on the line, he infiltrated the globe's largest cartels and discovered just how deep into society their influence extended. Welcomed into an inner-circle of violence and corruption, Mazur found himself in the tight embrace of those he had promised to take down.

Based on the true story of a fearless undercover agent, THE INFILTRATOR is a heart-stopping account of one of history's most elaborate stings. The operation reeled in key players in a chain stretching all the way to Escobar. Their arrests would lead to the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International and shake the black economy to its core.

Reviews
  • De Telegraaf (★★★1/2): Bryan Cranston maakt die voortdurende innerlijke tweestrijd op een sublieme manier voelbaar. Mazurs gevaarlijke werk The infiltrator bij vlagen angstwekkend spannend.
  • De Volkskrant (★★★★): The Infiltrator is op zijn best als die juist doodeng is. De lol van The Infiltrator is te zien hoe Mazur/Musella zich uit de gevaarlijkste situaties probeert te bluffen. Kameleon Cranston is en blijft een dubbelrollenspecialist, die van rol kan wisselen alsof hij een knop omzet.
  • Trouw (★★★★): Cranston is uitstekend als de man die in uiteenlopende jaren-tachtig-outfits en met altijd licht bezorgde blik een identiteit aanneemt waar ook ineens een verloofde (Diane Kruger) in moet passen.
  • AD(★★★): Bryan Cranston is het sterkste punt in deze thriller vol synthetische maatpakken, donkere pilotenbrillen en vette snorren. Hij speelt wederom overtuigend een man die op de grens van goed en kwaad balanceert.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: Cranston is in topvorm, maar ook Leguizamo, Kruger en de cynische Amy Ryan ('Birdman') weten in de bijrollen te overtuigen. Met een speciale, eervolle vermelding voor good old Olympia Dukakis, die opdraaft als een perfect gecaste tante Vicky. Twee uur en zeven minuten entertainment, kom daar nog maar eens om. Het advies? Gaat hem zien on the big screen.
  • Filmgeek.nl: Zeker een spannend kijkje in de wereld van 'geld, undercoverwerk en cocaïne'.
    Filmvandaag.nl: Niettemin levert Cranston puik acteerwerk dat alleen wordt overtroffen door John Leguizamo als zijn rechterhand Abreu. Met The Infiltrator levert de regisseur van onder meer The Lincoln Lawyer en Runner Runner zijn beste werk tot nu toe af.
  • Empire.com: Often gripping, and elevated by Cranston's superb central performance.
  • Variety.com: Bryan Cranston gets a film role worthy of his ability to break bad in a tensely exciting true-life drama of undercover drug agents. The Infiltrator" creates enthralling suspense and intrigue out of the drama of what undercover agents do, but there isn't a moment in it that makes danger looks falsely seductive. The power of Cranston's performance is that he captures the deep torment that deep cover can bring. [He] gives the most authentic and lived-in performance as an agent pretending to be a criminal that I have ever seen. Kruger matches him, beat for anguished beat, and John Leguizamo gives a pinpoint performance as Bob's low-life informer colleague, whose slovenly flakiness turns out to be, itself, a kind of cover.
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: Cinematographer Joshua Reis' experience on horror movies serves him well in his first major theatrical feature: from the garish palette of a bowling alley to set-piece interiors of the ostentatiously wealthy to the terrifying murk of a Santeria ritual that ends very badly, he finds the dread in each widescreen composition. Mostly it's in Cranston's eyes, ferociously undimmed. As a U.S. Customs agent leading an undercover sting of his own devising, Cranston turns every moment of duplicity, which is to say nearly every scene of The Infiltrator, into an emotionally textured high-wire act.
  • TheWrap.com: Director Brad Furman ("The Lincoln Lawyer") re-creates the mid-1980s with telling fashion and coiffure details, bolstered by a great funk soundtrack. Joshua Reis's terrific cinematography, aided by the authentic-looking production design of Crispian Sallis, intensifies the sense of place and time. Drug thrillers can be among the more predictable genres — plenty of sleaze, nasty threats and grisly whacking, and, of course, the obligatory scenes at strip clubs. "The Infiltrator" follows some of that played-out playbook, but also effectively dials up the nerve-wracking tension. What elevates it to a higher level is the quality of its key performances, by Cranston, Leguizamo, Kruger and Bratt. Amy Ryan is also top-notch in a smaller role as Bonni Tischler, the trio's brassy boss. One of the most memorable supporting performances comes from Yul Vazquez, as sociopathic money launderer Javier Ospina.
  • nospoilerreviewz.com: engrossing, well made, extremely well acted and very, very intelligent.

In The Blood

Action, Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 18 november 2014
Director: John Stockwell
Cast: Gina Carano (Deadpool, Haywire, Furious 6), Cam Gigandet (Priest, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II, Easy A), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe, In The Blood), Luis Guzmn (The Last Stand, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Anger Management ), Danny Trejo (Machete, In the Blood), Amaury Nolasco (A Good Day to Die Hard, Transformers, 2 Fast 2 Furious), Ismael Cruz Cordova (White Alligator)

Gina Carano stars as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Cam Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth – and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one.

Reviews
  • 1nfluxmagazine.com: A movie that kept me glued to the screen...and my adrenalin pumping! An exceptional film all around.
  • Cinema-crazed.com: The excellent Gina Carano takes her shot at her own version of "Breakdown," and "Frantic," with an action thriller that delivers on all fronts. "In the Blood" is a great vehicle for Gina Carano, it's a tense and exciting action thriller I was very much invested in until the very end, and I can't wait to see more from Ms. Carano.
  • CoolAwesomeMovies.com: The bottom line, that is, why "In the Blood" works is the following: Gina Carano is a good action hero(ine). Gina bring that old-school action vibe to the table.
  • KungFuCinema.com: Following her debut lead role in HAYWIRE, former mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano proves with this follow-up that she can not only fight, but proves herself to be a good actress.
  • TheFilmStage.com: This is her Cobra, her Commando, her Double Team — now she is truly an action star.
  • DigitalJournal.com: One of the great things about casting Carano in this role is she is believable. As a former mixed martial arts fighter turned actress, she doesn't need to pretend to know what she's doing in a fight because she actually does.
  • Cooltarget.blogspot.co.uk: It's Carano's relentless mission through the seedier side of the Caribbean that gives the film its momentum and the former fighter turn actress proves again she's got the talent to become a leading female action star.
  • Cinemadeviant.com: You completely get your money's worth with this one and if you are into action movies or (more importantly) Gina Carano then you WILL NOT be disappointed one bit and I can't wait to see her in more movies like this.
  • Variety.com: Ava goes full Death Wish. Not just a martial artist, Ava proves proficient in amateur surgery ("Oh, but you can live without your spleen, can't you?).
  • LATimes.com: Action and thrills are 'In the Blood'.
  • Examiner.com: [The] star is no shrinking violet unable to fend off her attackers. Instead it's MMA star-turned-movie bad ass Gina Carano, in her first solo lead role since Haywire. When she's doing her thing, namely cracking a few skulls, the film is a fun, gritty throwback. She's not only a physical force of nature, bending her screen foes into pretzels with ease, but she's also quite the beauty and someone who has a natural presence. When Carano is given free reign to break a few bones, you never want to look away. A solid old school action flick.
  • Theactionelite.com: Overall, In the Blood really showcases Gina Carano's action hero credentials and if you're looking for a movie with some twists and turns, engaging story and plenty of broken bones then you'll have a blast.
  • 7mpictures.com: Fortunately, "In the Blood" is more like the aforementioned "Taken" and less like "Hostel." Still, it's this ripped-from-the-headlines approach to the story that makes it hit home.
  • ShowBizJunkies.com: The film's well-paced and if you're into reality-driven action scenes, it's one of the better offerings in what's, thus far, been a disappointing year for the genre.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: Ava breaks more than a few bones on her way to the truth, and that's where Carano shines.
  • DVDTalk.com: It's a stalwart reminder of traditional punch-and-kick action flicks standing firm for a tradition of non-CGI stunts.

Kid Cannabis

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 juli 2014
Director: John Stockwell
Cast: John C. McGinley (Alex Cross, Scrubs), Aaron Yoo (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 10 Years), Kenny Wormald (Clerks II, Footloose, Cavemen), Jonathan Daniel Brown (Project X, Bad Milo!), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive)

KID CANNABIS is the true story of an Idaho teen dropout who builds a multimillion-dollar marijuana ring by trafficking drugs through the woods across the Canadian border. But his pursuit of the high life - complete with girls, guns, and vicious rival drug lords - may leave this ex-pizza boy in way over his head.

Reviews
  • NYTimes.com: A rollicking tale of border-running teenage pot entrepreneurs based on the real-life story of Nate Norman. The youthful cast is pretty good and receives a delightful boost from two veteran actors, Ron Perlman as a kingpin who bankrolls the boys, and John C. McGinley as the grower whose product they import.
  • LATimes.com: How Norman and his gang learn the ropes, work the game and earn their fleeting, if nerve-wracking moment in the sun proves an enjoyable, well-crafted ride in the hands of writer-director John Stockwell.
  • TheNyewYorkTimes.com: This wild story sells itself
  • TheDissolve.com: Brown's performance as Norman goes deep enough to penetrate his protective bluster: There's more Max Fischer in him than Tony Montana. He's the reason this convincing pro-legalization editorial is also a memorable coming-of-age story.
  • SlantMagzine.com: writer-director John Stockwell commits to his hero's unshakable awkwardness, imbuing his character with the sort of half-baked hubris that often accompanies adolescence.
  • Examiner.com: There are tons of laughs in Kid Cannabis but the style and vision of Stockwell allows this to flourish so much more. The "Gopro" look found on certain parts gave a look to the dark comedy based on films that pushes it to this generation of moviegoers.
  • Moviemeter.nl: Het op waargebeurde verhalen gebaseerde relaas van een pafferige nerd die zich ontwikkelt tot grootschalig drugsdealer komt namelijk best realistisch over. Bij tijd en wijle neemt men echter toch ietwat bijzondere zijpaden. Zo is het leuk dat buiten de jonge cast veteranen Ron Perlman en John C. McGinley meedoen. Hun personages doen een glimlach oproepen in een niet altijd grappig verhaal.

The Liability

Thriller
Available on VOD: 5 november 2013
Director: Craig Viveiros
Cast: Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Lie to Me), Peter Mullan (Trainspotting, War Horse), Jack O'Connell (Harry Brown), Talulah Riley (Pride & Prejudice, In a World...)

A veteran assassin, dreaming of retirement, is paired with an eager young driver on a mission to carry out a long-distance 'hit' job. After crashing his gangster stepfather's prize car, Adam is forced to repay the debt by teaming up with professional hit man, Roy, to act as driver on what should be a swift and easy mission. Whilst Roy desperately wants to leave the killing game, Adam develops into an enthusiastic and aspirational hit-man. The pair take a road trip ending deep in a forest, far away from home. Roy executes the target with ruthless efficiency only for the duo to then realize they've been caught in the act. A beautiful, mysterious young woman has witnessed the murder and professional code dictates that she must also now be dispatched. As the two men deliberate over killing her, their witness makes her escape with an incriminating piece of evidence. Thus begins a cat and mouse chase that ultimately reveals the sinister reason for Adam's stepfather having commissioned the deadly hit and the true identity of their witness and her reasons for seeking retribution on the gangster.

Reviews
  • BIFFF: Klungelende huurmoordenaars, kleurrijke gangsters, macabere seriemoordenaars en wraakzuchtige femmes fatales zijn de belangrijkste ingrediënten Deze duistere komische thriller kan rekenen op de magnetische vertolking van Tim Roth als uitgebluste huurmoordneaar Roy, Peter Mullan als intimiderende Tony Soprano van dienst en jong talent Jack O'Connell als Adam.
  • Empire.com: O'Connell and Roth make a brilliant odd couple... gripping adventure.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A pinch of Sexy Beast, a dash of In Bruges and a dollop of Tarantino... darkly funny.
  • Britflicks.com: Here is a film that deserves to do well and will surely be watched for years to come in one form or another, highly recommended.
  • Criticnic.com: it's refreshing to see a hit man movie, or even a crime movie in general, doing something different.
  • DVDVerdict.com: throwing a hit man and a driver together for a wild ride through twenty-four hours of crime craziness.
  • Thelairoffilth.com: enjoy the cracking blend of violence and humor.
  • Movies1.tv: a confidently made and thoroughly engaging thriller that feels both familiar and surprising - a rare feat, smartly executed.
  • UKScreen.com: an entertaining ride, down to seeing Roth recall to his Pulp Fiction hold-up-in-a-diner routine.
  • Totalfilm.com: witty, grisly Brit flick ... ingenious plot.
  • TheHollywoodNews.com: just the right balance of humour and thrills to keep us entertained.
  • MovieSteve.com: looking great, gnarly, thrillerish.
  • Cinemasauce.com: The Liability is highly recommended for those looking for something - 'else'.
  • ViewAuckland.co.nz: an enjoyable British thriller with an engagingly dark streak of humour and likeable performances from O'Connell and Roth. Worth seeing.

The Lookalike

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 12 augustus 2014
Director: Richard Gray
Cast: Luis Guzmn (The Last Stand, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Anger Management ), Gillian Jacobs (Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World), Scottie Thompson (Star Trek: The Future Begins, Skyline, NCIS), Jerry O'Connell (Veronica Mars, Scary Movie 5, Jerry Maguire), Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, P.S. I Love You, Showgirls, Inconceivable), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Drag Me to Hell, He's Just Not That Into You), John Corbett (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City 2, United States of Tara)

Drug-lord William Spinks has a curious obsession with the beautiful Sadie Hill and uses gangster friends Bobby and Frank to get to her. But when Sadie's murder jeopardizes their profitable arrangement, the two gangsters risk their lives to find a lookalike replacement before Spinks discovers the truth.

Reviews
  • 1nfluxmagazine.com: Director Richard Gray has outdone himself with his latest effort, with no small thanks to scriptwriter Michele Davis-Gray. And backed by such a strong and experienced cast, it's no surprise The Lookalike turned out so entertaining. It was good seeing the prolific John Savage and Scarface co-star Steven Bauer back on form. Another reason I had such a fun time with this somewhat busy film, was down to the fact everyone knew not to take anything too seriously and simply enjoy the ride, as I suggest you also do. Highly entertaining!
  • Cinemadeviant.com: complex, full of suspense and had plenty of thrills with a great group of actors.

M.F.A.

Thriller
Available on VOD: TBA Q1 2018
Director: Natalia Leite
Cast: Francesca Eastwood (Heroes Reborn, Final Girl), Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim, Star Trek), Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms), Peter Vack (Mozart in the Jungle)

Noelle, an art student struggling to find her voice, is sexually assaulted by a fellow classmate. Attempting to cope with her trauma, she impulsively confronts her attacker, leading to a violent altercation that culminates in his accidental death. Noelle tries to return to normalcy, but when she discovers that she is only one of many silenced sexual assault survivors on campus, she takes justice into her own hands. A vigilante is born - retribution is the inspiration she’s been waiting for.

Reviews
  • Variety.com: Francesca Eastwood delivers a tough, eye-opening performance in the lead role, and her character’s vengeance packs a cathartic punch.
  • Nofilm.school.com: Natalie Leite's rape-revenge thriller stars a riveting Francesca Eastwood seeking vigilante justice. 
  • Culturecrypt.com: On its surface, “M.F.A.” satiates appetites for slasher suspense with gruesome visual gusto to match psychological intensity percolating underneath. Though suggestive insight into cause and effect regarding all radiating crimes is where the movie really makes it mark, haunting the head with provocative questions while hitting hard in the heart with righteous rage.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: M.F.A. is intensely engaging, thought-provoking, and also mesmerizing. Aided by Eastwood’s dynamic performance (her emotional range is uncanny), M.F.A is an empowering film that’s just as enlightening. 
  • Assholeswqatchingmovies.com: Eastwood is INTENSE in M.F.A. Like, maybe more intense than her father has ever been.
  • Cinemaslaher.com: MFA is a heartbreaking gut-punch that takes the subgenre and elevates it to another level. This one promises to be polarizing due to its unique take on such a harsh subject matter, but it’s a damn fine film.
  • Dailydead.com: Anchored by a career-making performance by Eastwood, M.F.A. shook me to my core in a way that I wasn’t expecting.
  • TheHollywoodOutsider.com: Not since The Accused has a movie perfectly captured a topic as toxic as M.F.A. does here, and no film at SXSW this year moved me as passionately to push a conversation forward as much as this one. Anchored by a genre-defying performance from Francesca Eastwood, M.F.A. deserves to land at the top of your must-see list. 
  • Weliveentertainmant.com: Franchesca Eastwood’s performance is utterly spectacular. She carries the film on her shoulders and nails every scene she’s in, while also having this odd likeability to her that isn’t typical for modern day protagonists. Even when Noelle goes into full blown violent vigilante mode, Eastwood never loses sight of who the character of Noelle is. Her quietness, minor quips of humor and all around intentions are expertly balanced by Eastwood, making herself instantly the next big thing in the industry.

Manhattan Nocturne

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 25 augustus 2016
Director: Brian DeCubellis
Cast: Adrien Brody (Midnight in Paris, The Pianist, The Darjeeling Limited), Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter, Killer Elite, I, Frankenstein), Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The Book of Eli, Runaway Jury), Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, The Exorcism of Emily Rose)

Porter Wren is a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy, and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband and father. But when Caroline, a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon, he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail--one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

Based on the New York Times Notable Book of the Year by Colin Harrison.

Reviews
  • Nytimes.com: Adrien Brody is an actor who knows what he's good at. And in "Manhattan Night," a classic film noir set in contemporary New York, his character, Porter Wren, is a scuttling tabloid columnist ensnared in an elaborate story of deception, blackmail, murder and sexual duplicity. In its complexity and zest for evil, the plot rivals that of "Chinatown."
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: A largely enjoyable neo-noir.
  • Theguardian.com: Adrien Brody plays a crime columnist mixed up with a femme fatale in a steamy drama that manages to entertain.
  • AVClub.com: The most compelling character is an eccentric, extravagantly acclaimed film director, Simon Crowley (Campbell Scott), who is seen only in flashbacks tied to his habit of videotaping, sometimes surreptitiously, his encounters with strangers and loved ones alike. There's something disturbing and recognizably contemporary about Simon's DV fetish, and Scott, always a fascinating actor, has the stare of a true voyeur. In its best scenes, the film plays with the tension between its antagonist's insatiable need to transform real life into melodrama and its own relentless narrative gamesmanship. The script plays keep-away with the audience, and the mystery being withheld is so truly, luridly tantalizing that it's almost disappointing that the filmmakers give it up at all.
  • Screenspotlight.com: Brody has teamed with director/screenwriter Brian DeCubellis to make a movie that is spellbinding from the first frame and well-beyond its last. Manhattan Night may be labeled as film noire but to assign only one descriptive characterization to this movie is a misstep. Only a flourishing crowd of adjectives and adverbs will draw out the near perfection that is Manhattan Night. Movie lovers, feast your eyes on the macabre dance that is Manhattan Night and quench your appetites for a movie whose nose is always to the grindstone. Let Adrien Brody take you on a journey into the unknown.
  • Cutprint.film: Brody is one of the more interesting actors working today, and he gives the part his all, bringing an appropriate weariness and foolishness to his part as we watch him get suckered into one problem after another.
  • Azcentral.com: Modern-day film noir is an engrossing showcase for Brody and newbie writer-director Brian DeCubellis. it pulls you in its web, which gets increasingly dense and tangled. Brody's journo is an engaging presence, and the actor knows how to make the wisecracking dialogue snap.

The Mourning

Drama, Thriller
Available on VOD: 20 april 2015
Director: Marc Clebanoff
Cast: Michael Rene Walton (20 Ft Below: The Darkness Descending), Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, One in the Chamber), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita), Sally McDonald

Aaron returns to his small Michigan hometown, inexplicably not having aged since his disappearance in Desert Storm 20 years prior. Unable to speak initially, Aaron must confront the evolution of his loved ones in his absence, while they come to terms with the reappearance of the boy who they let go years prior.

As Aaron assimilates himself back into the lives of his family and childhood love, it becomes apparent that his homecoming is not permanent. A conspiracy theorist determined to prove that Aaron was abducted by aliens and a mysterious metaphysical guardian help build toward a finale in which Aaron must tie up loose ends before returning to his other worldly existence.

Reviews
  • Filmthreat.com: In the end, you can certainly find value in the sci-fi aspects of The Mourning, but for me the real meat is in the core of a man returning after a life-altering experience. You could tell this story as is with a potential alien connection, but it would be just as valid and strong if it was simply Aaron returning after being at war. The impact and power of the piece is in the interpersonal relationships, and how those must adapt, evolve and heal.

The Perfect Host

Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 oktober 2011
Director: Nick Tomnay
Cast: David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker

Injured after committing a bank robbery, John Taylor is desperate to find a place to hide out and approaches the home of Warick Wilson. John manages to get himself invited into the house by posing as a friend of a friend and spinning a sob story of lost luggage and a violent mugging. Inside, Warick, a consummate host, is making the final preparations for an impeccable dinner party. He insists John stay for the party, but as the evening begins it becomes obvious Warick may not be what he first appears.

Reviews
  • DeNachtvlinders.nl: Hyde Pierce is briljant als de gesoigneerde, maar zwaar gestoorde, Warwick.
  • Sundance.bside.com: Outstanding performances, takes us on a suspense-filled ride where nothing is as it seems.
  • Cinemaniablog.com: One of the best films of the Sitges 2010.
Awards
  • Silver Scream Award - Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2011

Plastic

Action, Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 4 mei 2015
Director: Julian Gilbey
Cast: Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Eragon), Will Poulter (The Revenant, We're the Millers, The Maze Runner), Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, Atonement, John Wick), Emma Rigby (The Counselor, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Sebastian De Souza (The Borgias), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Stalingrad, Der Untergang, Eichmann)

High octane from start to finish, PLASTIC is based on the incredible true story of a heist of one of Beverly Hills' top jewelry merchants. Brilliant college student Sam has the perfect credit card scam...until his crew robs the wrong man. Now they have two weeks to repay ruthless gangster Marcel US$2 million or they will be dead. Sam and his team devise a scheme to clear their debt by heading to Miami to poach enough cash and merchandise. But they come up short. So Sam and his gang set their sights on a daring jewelry heist that could make them hugely wealthy for life. Their plan turns sour, however, when the team members start turning on each other. Now it's up to Sam to finish the brazen heist and turn the tables on Marcel before they all go down.

Reviews
  • Critics.associated.com: A great action film with some genuine comedy to it, and yet another opportunity to see Alfie Allen playing a heartless backstabber, Plastic exceeds the expectations.
  • Entertainment.ie: Gibley, who impressed with the dark A Lonely Place To Die, does rally the troops for the final half hour.
  • Britflicks.com: High octane thriller PLASTIC tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam (Ed Speleers), who leads a ring of university students to become credit card thieves in order to augment their income. When 'Plastic' ends you'll most likely scratch your head as to how such a super, fantastical crime flew below you news radar. With stick on moustaches, beards and wigs, it's like 'Catch Me If You Can' flung into the internet and mobile phone age.
  • Dailystar.co.uk: GREAT performances and a witty script combine to make this one of the better British crime capers of recent years. Director Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die, Rise Of The Foot Soldier) has a lot of fun with way it's set up and he has a ball with it when it's being executed.The plot, which is supposedly based on a true story but plays out like an episode of Hustle, is deliciously twisty. But it's the clever dialogue and a dastardly turn from Allen that really makes it tick.

Poker Night

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 10 augustus 2015
Director: Greg Francis
Cast: Halston Sage (Bad Neighbours, Grown Ups 2), Corey Large (Lone Survivor), Giancarlo Esposito (Alex Cross, Breaking Bad), Beau Mirchoff (I Am Number Four, Awkward), Michael Eklund (Watchmen), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive)

When you become a detective in Warsaw Indiana - you go to Poker Night, where you play against some of the best cops in the business. They tell you stories about their time on the job - their successes and failures. When new Detective Stan Jeter leaves the game, he is caught by a vicious psychopath and locked in a basement. Using the stories he heard at Poker Night, he must match wits against his captor - and save not only himself, but the young girl trapped in the basement with him. Like Seven and Usual Suspect, Poker Night combines thrills and twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end.

Reviews
  • Hollywoodreporter.com: This mash-up of cop thriller and torture porn features some clever twists and provides the opportunity for some terrific characters actors to strut their stuff.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: The players are good, with Mirchoff earnest and young as a nice contrast to the salty, rough-and-tumble elders, especially the iconic screen heavy, Perlman.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Poker Night is a blend of genres, including those of: horror, crime thriller and even comedy. Poker Night is well produced. From acting to directing styles, the film is made of quality. It is also interesting to see so many recognizable cast members here, including: Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Large and Lochlyn Munro. Director and writer Greg Francis must have pulled several strings, to bring together such a great cast.
  • Wegotthiscovered.com: Greg Francis certainly shows a strong hand with Poker Night, providing a fresh alternative to cop thrillers and horror slashers by smashing the two together in a Frankensteined effort. While Perlman entertains and Mirchoff guides, it's Eklund who walks away from the table boasting the biggest stack thanks to an immersive turn of villainy that makes Manson look like a candy striper. Poker Night is a cool, calm, and confident thriller with a few aces up its sleeve that'll keep you guessing, achieving a wild freshness that typical horror thrillers might skimp on – a case of ambition yielding surprising rewards.
  • Cinemadeviant.com: I suggest checking it out if you're looking for something unique.
  • Doblu.com: Poker Night is one of the more memorable thrillers to come along in years. Featuring a capable cast having fun with their supporting roles, Poker Night will keep you guessing until the end with its startling twists and turns. Could this be the birth of another horror franchise?
  • Horrortalk.com: Half Reservoir Dogs, half Saw, with a splash of over-the-top Natural Born Killers thrown in for good measure and you get the wonderfully entertaining and equally disturbing Poker Night. The acting is generally top-notch, the story moves at a brisk pace, and the ultimate resolution is a satisfying one. Oh, and you'll never look at superglue the same way ever again.
  • Repulsivereviews.com: I knew very well that Poker Night was going to be a great film just by viewing the trailer a time or two, but I didn't know how great it was going to be. There were tons of twists that no one could see coming, keeping me enthralled in the action the entire time. If you're looking for the next hidden gem in this genre, this is it, for sure.
  • Screen-connections.com: Decent brutal and bloody fun, a somewhat intriguing mystery and a powerful cast composed of numerous extremely talented individuals. It also has some hilariously twisted moments, reminiscent of a demented dark comedy, and a number more sequences that are grisly, intense and quite well done.

Radius

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: TBA Q1 2018
Director: Caroline Labrche, Steeve Lonard
Cast: Diego Klattenhoff (The Blacklist, Pacific Rim), Charlotte Sullivan (Chicago Fire, Defendor)

Liam wakes from a car crash with no memory of who he is. As he makes his way into town to look for help, he finds only dead bodies, all with strange pale eyes. Liam's first assessment is that a virus is present in the air, but he soon discovers the horrible truth: anyone who comes within a 50-foot radius of him dies instantly.

Awards
  • SciFiNow.co.uk: Radius is a slow-burn moral parable, driving its high-concept premise towards a final reveal that is not only genuinely satisfying, but might well have viewers heading back several times.

Sanitarium

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 februari 2014
Director: Bryan Ortiz
Cast: Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls), Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, A Clockwork Orange, Halloween), Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Longmire), John Glover (Smallville), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips)

SANITARIUM is an original motion picture that consists of half-hour stories based on particular patients of a mental institution. Each episode begins with Dr. Stenson, the primary physician at the Sanitarium, commenting on the recent arrival of a new patient. As Dr. Stenson speaks, the individual's story begins. With elements from 'The Twilight Zone,' 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents,' 'Creep Show,' and 'Tales from the Crypt,' episodes explore the different narratives of the insane patients - tales which led to their crazed states of minds. These accounts reflect hallucinations, imaginary voices, and alter realities, and include themes of the paranormal, the unexplainable, and the mystical. The motion picture feature thrillers, dramas, horror, and mystery.

Reviews
  • Miami.festivalgenius.com: Superlatively shot, this creepy 'Tales of the Crypt' style chiller reminds of us how the mind is sometimes humanity's most powerful weapon. And beware the progressive shift in the ill, from the sane to the insane...darkness descends.
  • Horrosgoryreviews.blogspot.nl: an excellent performance from John Glover.
  • Fangoria.com: The writing is smart and polished, ensuring the film's conceit never slides into gimmickry. There is confidence in the execution and verse in the performances. It has the gait and mien, in other words, of a work produced through creative synergy and synchronicity, not strife and pissing contest one-upmanship. McDowell's Dr. Stenson would probably see such harmonious equilibrium as bad for business, but the even keel in the telling is precisely what allows SANITARIUM's batty stories to succeed so well.

Separation

Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 mei 2014
Director: Greg White
Cast: Sarah Manninen (The Prince & Me), Peter Stebbings (Jack and Jill vs. the World, K-19: The Widowmaker), Dmitry Chepovetsky (Lucky Number Slevin), Al Sapienza (Margin Call)

Hemlock Lake is a quaint little town. But it is autumn, and this tiny summering community is eerily quiet except for 9 year old Angie Appleton, riding her bicycle down the empty rural road and up the driveway of a picturesque lakeside cottage, a 'Sold' sign on the front lawn. The Appletons have just moved in.
Jack and Liz have moved to Hemlock Lake for a fresh start. That's what Liz is hoping for, she wants to keep the family together. Jack will do anything for her, but he knows when things have gone too far. Liz suffers from blinding migraines that cause her to black out and "see things". She tries to control it with sheer willpower but more often than not, with medication.
As night falls, Liz starts to have more frequent episodes. She is seeing things outside, but are they real? Late in the evening, a knock comes at the door. The stranger introduces himself as Geoffrey, a neighbor, with a desire to come in to see what they have "done to the place" and is obviously smitten with Liz. Jack suspiciously sends him on his way as Liz sinks deeper into a sense of dread and the purgatory between fantasy and reality.
When Jack realizes that Liz hasn't been imagining things, and that they are being stalked, Jack and Liz must prevent the intruders from getting the one thing they want...little Angie Appleton.

Reviews
  • Aintitcool.com: SEPARATION is a slow broiler, final act gut-puncher of a film. Filled with moments of paranoia and hallucinogenic nightmares which make you question early on what's real and what isn't, SEPARATION borrows from such paranoia-riddled films as REPULSION, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, and THE STRANGERS, while still being unique in and of itself.
  • Fearnet.com: Separation is a smart, quiet, and fascinating piece of "dramatic" horror storytelling; it's not about shocking you with simple scares. It's actually about normal fears we live with every day, and it handles them with a good deal of class, confidence, and insight.
  • DreadCentral.com: Gets the audience squirming in their seats. Fans of a unique story will dig this film, and if you like indies, you'll fall in love with this dastardly film which ends with a still shot that sent chills up my spine considering what was about to happen next. Separation is certainly worth a look.
  • Filmoria.co.uk: this little indie is a formidable debut by White, who manages to produce enough tension to warrant some jumps and enough intrigue to keep interest. White is able to blur the lines between reality and fantasy in a way that will have you guessing through to the end.
  • Horror-Movies.ca: : a bracing, unexpected bit of thriller/horror that challenges you to stay ahead of the action but not get too smart for your own good. Its clever, sharp production and clear style set it a measure above many indie films of this kind.
  • Cultcutsfilms.com: White's precise direction is controlled brilliance and the two primary leads convey dread so convincingly that you'll be chewing your nails way before you know exactly why you're even doing it. You crave suspense? Like intensity? Feel like you can't be surprised anymore? Separation is for you.
  • Allhorror.net: a twisted piece of filmmaking that will have you questioning just you're watching right up until the final moments.
  • BloodyDisgusting.com: This indie surprise is pretty good. Separation has as a solid story and the leads carry the movie through its rough patches.
  • TheTFS.ca: Separation is one hell of a zinger and a refreshing film that reminded me how great thrillers are constructed.
  • pressplus1.com: a first-rate little thriller that has the potential of acquiring a much larger audience, if given the proper promotion and marketing.
  • HorrorAsylum.com: I enjoyed Separation very much ... It is rare to find something that surprises you and Separation certainly does that.
  • Underthegunreview.net: Separation is directed, shot, acted, and edited beautifully. In a true David Lynch-esque fashion the drama is broken up with unsettling and often jarring nightmarish flashes of horror. After the first viewing your brain will try its best to process it, but it will crave another viewing. The plot twists and turns to keep you guessing and even when it is all said and done you will want to go back for another ride. Separation is a great thriller that will keep you entertained.
  • Matthewscottbaker.com: Separation does a stunning turnaround at the end of the film that will leave you gasping. A hell of a good film, and I highly recommend giving it a look.

The Stranger

Action, Thriller
Available on VOD: 16 oktober 2012
Director: Robert Lieberman
Cast: Steve Austin (The Expendables), Erica Cerra (Eureka), Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens)

Pro wrestling legend Steve Austin ('The Expendables') stars as a man with no name, no memory and absolutely nothing left to lose. But when he finds himself hunted by both the FBI and the Russian mob, this amnesiac decides to fight back. Pursuit cannot stop him. Torture will not break him. And with every beating, bullet and betrayal, he'll remember another piece of the horror that took his career, his family and his identity. Now the puzzle is nearly complete and one man is about to take back his past...by ending a whole lot of futures. Erica Cerra ('Eureka') and Adam Beach ('Flags of our Fathers') co-star in this explosive action-thriller about collateral damage, stone cold vengeance and a double-crossed killing machine known only as The Stranger.

Reviews
  • CoolAwesomeMovies.com: Well executed ... I'm really happy to see Stone Cold turning good performance after good performance.
  • IFC.com: The quality of Steve Austin's performance as the Stranger is a very pleasant surprise.

Suddenly

Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 december 2013
Director: Uwe Boll
Cast: Dominic Purcell (Killer Elite, Prison Break), Ray Liotta (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Goodfellas), Erin Karpluk (Assault on Wall Street, Being Erica, Reasonable Doubt), Cole Coker, Michael Par (The Philadelphia Experiment, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Virgin Suicides)

The quaint mountain town of Suddenly is about to play host for a surprise visit from the President of the United States, who's passing through while on a fishing vacation in the area. As the local police force scrambles to prepare for the arrival of the leader of the free world, a team of Secret Service Agents ensures no stone is left unturned to ensure the President's safety. To make sure the President's visit goes without a hitch, the Secret Service enlists the town Sheriff and his deputies to assist them. Unknown to them, one of the Deputies is a grizzled vet who suffers from post-traumatic stress and doesn't take well to confrontation. It soon becomes clear the residents of this picturesque mountain town have a number of secrets they're rather keep hidden. Working against the clock to secure the area and keep the locals placated, a small house that overlooks the valley becomes a point of interest for the Secret Service. Its vantage point necessitates a quick inspection and a small team of Agents is sent calling. The owner of the house, a single mother, lives with her elderly father and young, rebellious son. The team of Agents invite themselves in and it soon becomes clear they have an ulterior agenda for the arrival of the President. Taking the family hostage at gunpoint, the Agents attempt to keep the family subdued and the Sheriff's men at bay until the arrival of the President – whom they intend to assassinate.

Reviews
  • 1nfluxmagazine.com: Another unexpectedly decent movie from Mr Uwe Boll. This is getting to become a habit! I would say this is the best I've seen from Uwe Boll.
  • MediaMikes.com: I have always had a sweet spot for Uwe Boll's film but this is definitely one of his best. It is well shot and packs some solid suspense.

Sugar Mountain

Thriller
Available on VOD: 6 juli 2017
Director: Richard Gray
Cast: Jason Momoa (Justice League, Aquaman, Game of Thrones, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw), Shane Coffey (Pretty Little Liars), Haley Webb (The Final Destination, Teen Wolf), Drew Roy (Falling Skies), Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods)

In a small town near the foot of the rugged Sugar Mountain, debt-ridden Miles Parnell hatches a simple plan to make money. Miles persuades girlfriend, Lauren, and brother, Liam, to help fake a disappearance in the wilderness. They'll make it look like
Liam murdered Miles because he was in love with Lauren, then when Miles returns they'll each have a story to sell; one about the brother who survived against all odds, and one about a loyal brother falsely accused of murder.

Miles goes into hiding on the icy mountain and the locals unite to rescue him. The weather turns bad and, the mountain, already home to bears and cougars, becomes even more treacherous. Soon the good people of Sugar Mountain are risking their lives for the sake of a hoax. However, Jim Huxley, the local cop, has always held Miles in disdain and is determined to prove the disappearance is fake. As he closes in on the truth, Liam scrambles to conceal the fraud. But in the process of keeping one secret, another is exposed that rocks him to the core.

And further complications threaten to derail the plan.

Liam really is in love with Lauren.

And Miles really does disappear.

Reviews
  • Filminquiry.com: Sugar Mountain is a penetrating look at how too many lies in a small town snowball into chaos, how even family can't always be trusted, and just as it is in real life, the numerous twists are surprisingly unpredictable.
  • Flickhunter.blogspot.nlL: The small ensemble cast hit the right beat for the piece as the plot unfurls right up to the climactic moment. The viewer will think that they're on top of the storyline early only to be faced with performances that challenge type. It's a physical, emotional, earnest tale that's well worth a watch.
  • Filmjournal.com: Richard Gray has crafted an engrossing, visually stunning crime thriller that looks like it cost many times that. Making full use of widescreen and of natural locations, Gray in his fifth feature conjures breathtaking images that never overwhelm an intimate story of two brothers in suffocating straits, and a simple plan that goes disastrously away.
  • Undertheradarmag.com: an unexpectedly entertaining, gratifying 106-minute adventure.

The Trust

Thriller
Available on VOD: 16 mei 2016
Director: Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer
Cast: Nicolas Cage (The Bad Lieutenant, Drive Angry, Leaving Las Vegas, Kick-Ass), Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Sin City), Sky Ferreira (Larry Crown, Vampire Academy, The Green Inferno), Jerry Lewis (The King of Comedy)

Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash.

Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it's already too late to turn back.

The Trust is a film about the philosophy behind a crime. It's a taxonomic approach to the heist movie that gives the audience a chance to examine closely each dark development, as the two cops slip quietly into a rabbit hole from which they cannot return.

Reviews
  • Cinemagazine.nl: The Trust is een Nicolas Cage-comeback op meerdere fronten. Niet alleen keert hij voor deze zwartkomische politiethriller terug naar de locatie waar hij eerder successen boekte als Wild at Heart, Con Air en natuurlijk Leaving Las Vegas, ook is hij qua acteerwerk weer bijna ouderwets op het niveau waarom we zo van hem houden. Er zit redelijk wat humor in dit speelfilmdebuut van de gebroeders Brewer, die vooral op het conto geschreven mag worden van Nicolas Cage. Zijn personage is onvoorspelbaar en daardoor altijd interessant. Maar ook Elijah Wood laat zien wat hij in huis heeft, hij deelt een prettige chemie met Cage en maakt zijn karakterontwikkeling geloofwaardig.
  • Empireonline.com: Academy Award winner turned direct-to-video staple Nicolas Cage gives one of his loosest, goofiest and most enjoyable performances in years as Stone, a modestly corrupt Las Vegas cop stuck in a crappy administrative job, living with his doddering dad (Jerry Lewis) and lumbered with a partner (Elijah Wood) who'd rather be smoking dope than logging evidence. Cage and Wood make a hugely enjoyable double act (has True Detective season three been cast yet?) in this deceptively dark thriller with comic undertones.
  • Variety.com: Cage supplies a stream of tension-defusing laughs while the script steadily applies the screws .. in The Trust, a juicily played heist thriller. Of course, even the most carefully calculated scheme can be counted on to go haywire, and so it does here, with unexpectedly human consequences, in a heist sequence that, while not exactly "Rififi," becomes steadily absorbing as it consumes much of the film's second half.
  • TheGuardian.com: Nicolas Cage could very well become the next celebrity target of US police unions for his involvement in The Trust, a slickly executed dark comedy that sees the Oscar-winner play one of the most corrupt cops to grace the screen in recent memory. As the film grows increasingly dark following violent hiccups in their attempted robbery, so does Cage: Stone's odd tics suddenly turn sinister. Simply put, he's a blast to watch. Cage is the rare actor who has the ability to make you laugh one moment, and recoil the next. Not to be outdone, Wood holds his own opposite Cage, grounding the proceedings as an increasingly embittered everyman way in over his head.
  • Collider.com: It's engaging from start to finish, Nicolas Cage is a blast to watch, The Trust has strong performances, Jim is as quirky as they come and David doesn't take his job as seriously as he should, but it's clear that they're both smart guys so even though their scheme is incredibly risky, there is a sense that they could pull it off, which keeps the film engaging all the way through. If you take the sit back and relax approach to The Trust, there's a good deal of fun to be had with Cage's wacky performance and it's also easy to get swept up in the heist itself thanks to the need to know whether they pull it off.
  • Blogcritics.org: a crime drama which combines the world of CSI: Las Vegas with the violence and dark humor of a Quentin Tarantino film. 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Idigitaltimes.com: The Trust takes a bit to rev into gear, but once the heist begins, it's non-stop drama. Cage's Jekyll and Hyde performance is definitely worth watching. It's a solid debut from Alex and Ben Brewer, and I'm excited to see what they come up with next.
  • Little White Lies (lwlies.com): Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage play a pair of crooked Las Vegas cops in this breezy heist caper. For most of the first act, it feels Cage-lite, but the Brewers slacken his leash just enough to drive up the tension as the heist proper begins. The Trust may not break new ground in the genre, but it's a handsomely made example of a tried and tested formula. Cinematographer Sean Porter eschews the garish neon hues of the Vegas Strip for a cooler colour palate, and Reza Safinia's up-tempo score helps to keep up the pace. Cage is on fine form in this slick little thriller.

Vincent-N-Roxxy

Crime, Thriller
Available on VOD: 11 mei 2017
Director: Gary Michael Schultz
Cast: Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor, Killer Joe, Into the Wild), Zo Kravitz (Mad Max Fury Road, Divergent, Allegiant, X First Class), Zoey Deutch (Dirty Grandpa, Why Him, Beautiful Creatures), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn, The Gambler), Scott Mescudi (Entourage, Need for Speed)

If Hip-Hop and Rock -N- Roll had a love child she would be Roxxy, an inner city girl in trouble. Vincent is a consummate loner from small town America searching for meaning in his life that has become intertwined with dangerous people. One morning, these two lost souls meet when a vicious killer attacks Roxxy on the street in broad daylight before a crowd of witnesses. Vincent tries to save her, forcing Vincent and Roxxy to go on the run for their lives. They soon learn violence will follow them everywhere, even as they unexpectedly fall in love.

Reviews
  • Cinemagazine: In de Amerikaanse pers werd ‘Vincent N Roxxy’ vergeleken met Winding Refn’s wraakthriller ‘Drive’. Qua toon, opbouw en bloederigheid is daar een zaak voor te maken, al is ‘Drive’ beduidend slimmer en met meer finesse gemaakt. Op het platteland wordt nou eenmaal meer met de botte bijl gehakt, zullen we maar zeggen. Toch is ‘Vincent N Roxxy’ niet alleen bruut. De film toont hoe een stelletje ten onder gaat aan keuzes die ze maakten voordat ze elkaar echt kenden. En dat ontroert, want Vincent en Roxxy zijn schattig samen. Lees de hele review hier.
  • HollywoodReporter.com: A slow-build love story that takes a hard left turn at the end. Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz, as strangers thrown together by a violent incident, enjoy an easy chemistry here, encouraging viewers to forget the menace that starts the story and, with startling violence, will end it.
  • Indiewire.com: When things take a hard left turn and the powder keg of violence finally explodes, the fallout is shocking to a degree that's almost never seen in new American cinema.
  • Letterboxd.com: A stiff-lipped, fist-clenched, tragic romance with a gruesome hunger for violence. The final shot echoes Drive in a way that will inevitably draw some comparisons.
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