Movie Review: Infrared

Genre: Horror/Found Footage

A paranormal investigator and his production crew gain access to a mysterious, abandoned school but when the thrilling haunt turns deadly, the team must race to uncover the terrifying truth before they become the school’s next victims.

Directed by Randy Nundlall Jr and Robert Livings

Written by Randy Nundlall Jr and Robert Livings

Starring: Greg Sestero, Jesse Jansen, and Leah Finity

For those who enjoy found footage horror movies, this is a great watch. I personally don’t prefer them but I will make an exception for Infrared.

The opening scene, with Jesse’s character Wes, was abrupt and jarring as he is over the top in a overly sensationalized TV personality way. I found myself moderately annoyed and pleading that this wouldn’t be the whole movie. I could have not been more wrong. Jesse’s dynamic chameleon abilities with regards to his acting range really rendered me quite speechless. The depth of this character, which is slowly revealed, left me identifying with him in more ways than one.

Leah’s character, Izzy, easily stole the show for me. She starts off as this subdued, almost to a fault, character and you are left feeling that she is completely unremarkable. This doesn’t last long as you begin to see the fluid chemistry between Jesse and her, which allows Izzy to come into her own. Gradually, Izzy starts to open up and you learn more about Wes and Izzy’s sibling/family dynamic while they both struggle to find their place. Healing and growth are major subplot points to this film, something which we can all identify with.

You wouldn’t have the fun added layers to this movie without Greg. His character, Geoff, was a fun one to watch. The audience finds some general unease when you key in on him yet are left wondering why because there is no inherent reasoning to feel that way. Greg teetered on a tightrope toying with our suspicions and intrigue in a brilliant way.

Randy and Robert brought to us an incredibly strong and fun horror flick that deals with multiple layers and plays to the strengths of each actor/actress which brings a sense of realism to this piece.

Infrared is out now on all VOD platforms.

Movie Review: Phantom Project (Proyecto Fantasma)

The award-winning film “Phantom Project” (Proyecto Fantasma) written and directed by Roberto Doveris is the strange and seductive tale of Pablo, a young man trying to make ends meet as a “patient actor”. Pablo lives in an apartment building with a mysterious guest that makes their way through each residence, causing tragedy and suspense as it goes. 

Phantom Project” is erotic and frightening, sexual and unnerving, twisting and turning as Pablo’s tale progresses. In a film about a young man trying to make ends meet, a phantom appears to throw his plans into chaos.

This film is enjoyable and disturbing. I highly recommend it.

You can watch Phantom Project on demand now.

Movie Review: Wicked Ones

Tory Jones’ “Wicked Ones” is a follow up to 2015’s “The Wicked One” and in it we find the Lawson family dragged back to Carpenter Falls once more to face the evil serial killer they thought they had defeated. When their son Daniel heads back to Carpenter Falls for a concert, Adam and Alex and their two daughters go along for moral support, not realizing that not only is The Wicked One still on the loose, but it has also amassed a group of copycat killers who are out for blood in the name of their “Father”. Alex fights to protect her family, falling to a level of depravity that is necessary to defeat the evil attacking her family. 

“Wicked Ones” is a dark tale, not for the faint of heart, it shows you that not only is evil real but it is often something you cannot control. 

Produced by Jonestown Films and starring Richard Leo Hunt, Katie Stewart, Dale Miller, and Skyler Guthrie, this heavy slasher will be available on digital demand September 13th. 

Check out our “Much More Muchier” podcast for the full interview with filmmaker Tory Jones

Movie Review: Something in the Woods

Something In The Woods” written by Deanna Gomez and directed by Alexander T. Hwang is a film about a kidnapping gone incredibly, horribly wrong. Vienna Hayden stars as Carolyn Morrison, eldest daughter of a disgraced politician who blames reporter Norah Thompson, played by Nicole Cinaglia, for her reversal of fortune. She drags Norah into the woods where the two find they need to join forces to fight a common enemy. A never satiated, ravenous enemy. The film draws parallels to current events and hammers home a needed lesson about the danger of greed. Hwang was also principal cinematographer and brings amazing shots of the gorgeous and stark (but never empty!) Washington State forests. 

Available on demand and DVD on September 6, 2022 from Uncorked entertainment, “Something In The Woods” will leave you hungry for more. 

Check out “Much More Muchier” for Pup’s interview with Alex Hwang.

Movie Review: Surrogate

Surrogate” from Australian filmmakers David Willing and Beth King is not your Mama’s horror film. You think you know, but you really don’t. Natalie is a single mom, hardworking, loving and…losing her mind? Well, Willing and King would have you think so, but come closer kids and look in the mirror, that is right, just a little closer and…you have “Surrogate”. Kestie Morassi of the 2005’s chilling “Wolf Creek” is brilliant as a woman doing everything in her power to keep her family together in the face of a relentless enemy. The only question is, who is the enemy? Morassi runs the gamut of emotions in this film and does it effortlessly.  

Jane Badler, Ellie Stewart, Matthew Crosby, Jennifer Vuletic, Brett Cousins, Darcy Kent, and Taysha Farrugia co-star. Produced by Black Spade Productions , “Surrogate” is available to watch now on Amazon Prime and September 16th on Tubi and Google. 

Check out “Much More Muchier” for our interview with David Willing.  

Movie Review: How Dark They Prey

“How Dark They Prey” is a four-part horror anthology with alien encounters, lake monsters, obsessed cult members, torture, kidnapping, ghosts, and World War II soldiers. On the surface, the anthology seems to be clear cut what you can expect in each installment, but the twists and cohesive and bloody segment segue leaves you a little turned around and confused in all the best ways. My favorite was “Nelly”, a strange tale of kidnapping, murder and ghosts with a humorous element that made me laugh as much as it grossed me out, which honestly is everything I look for in a horror film. Well known for raising your blood pressure, the horror genre ramps up the anxiety to almost unbearable proportions, so for me a moment or two of levity in a horror film releases some of that built up pressure and “Nelly” is a perfect example. This anthology, written and directed by Adam Ambrosio and Jamison Locascio and scored by Ambrosio, is an awesome blend of scares, heart, drama, humor, intensity and, of course—aliens. 

Produced by Film Valor and Halcyon Valor Productions, “How Dark They Prey” stars James Reilly, Timothy Paul Jobe, David Johnson, Marc Lubbers, Josiah Schneider, Alisha Spielman, Tom Coughlin, Samuel James Pygatt, Susan Feinman, Kelsey Nichole Black, Jeff Ronan, and Paul Pallota. 

This fun anthology releases on all digital platforms September 15, 2022.  

Check out our “Much More Muchier” Podcast for Autimagination’s interview with Adam and Jamison.