31 Nightmares 2017: The 22nd

Today we have a guest from The Inner Circle.

The Inner Circle is made up of the lovely Michael Patrick, and his companion, a pet cheetah named Paladin. Yes, you heard me correctly. Head on over to The Inner Circle to check them out! You won’t be let down.

Let us begin.


It’s 11:43 PM

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Once again I was out and about doing a little movie hunting. Unlike many websites, I review movies that I buy. No studio sends me anything and I don’t have a YouTube channel where I do vlogs.
Nope, I do this the old fashioned way, I either find short films on YouTube or Vimeo that catch my attention or I go shopping at Family Video, Goodwill or wait for Dollar Tree to drop a shipment of titles. The rule is I can’t spend more then a 1.50 on any title. I also try not to review “blockbusters” or major mainstream releases.
I really loved the comment that my fellow blogger Heidi left on my “The Night Crew” review.

“Your blog always clues me in on stuff I haven’t seen.”

I guess that is what is fun about doing this series here, sharing the unknown with folks who like movies as much as I do.

 

 

So while I was looking for titles, I ran across this IFC Midnight release called “The Dead Room.” Now while I have found some great IFC releases, their horror branch hasn’t really been that good so far. The cheetah and I watched one a few weeks ago called “The Abandoned” and were both disappointed by it,it just wasn’t as good we normally see under the IFC banner.

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But “The Dead Room” was vastly different and much,much better. It restored our faith in the IFC Midnight label.

“The Dead Room” is from New Zealand and that makes it stand out right there. The only horror I have either watched or heard about has been from Peter Jackson and that was eons ago.

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The plot has a small team of ghost hunters being asked to investigate a home where a family was scared so badly they simply ran out without looking back. The team is led by Scott (Jeffrey Thomas) who believes science plays a critical role in exploring the paranormal,Liam (Jed Brophy) who supplies the tech gear and expertise and Holly (Laura Petersen) who is a psychic.
The team has worked together as you see them interact with each as they each set up the house,rigging it with detectors and sensors. Holly can’t detect any presence at first as they settle in.
“The Dead Room” is a slow burn tale…meaning there isn’t a lot of action going on, director Jason Stutter (also co-wrote the story w/Kevin Stevens) decides to ratchet up the suspense little by little.
Why this works so much better then most “haunted house” stories are Scott and Liam are much older then the usual youthful characters that cast in these films. Thomas and Brophy shine because they add a sense of realism here. Not taking anything from Petersen,her turn as Holly is very good as well,the chemistry of the three leads is a real plus here.

 

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When the spirits start making their presence known, Holly wants to bolt while Liam is starting to feel uneasy as well. Scott’s observation about running right after they have met the goal of their life’s research is dead on. You spend years hunting and then panic at the first real sign?? It’s a nice touch by Stutter and Stevens drives that emotion home.

Running away was never in his mind, he wants to see what he has hunted his entire life.
I will have to say the ending wasn’t the best, several plot holes pop up that could have been explained a little better with just a bit more time. The Dead Room clocks in at a fast 78 minutes. I think Stutter could have fleshed out the ending a little better by adding 10-12 minutes of story including adding a origin.
The DVD contains no extras and that is pretty disappointing as most IFC releases have good extra features. But overall,the cheetah and I enjoyed this fun film from New Zealand and we give it a paws/thumb up.

Thanks for reading….if you have a suggestion of a small unknown film that Paladin and I should check out, please leave a comment below!!

Source: Have Cheetah,Will View #32 – “The Dead Room” (2015)The Inner Circle

provided with permission from Michael Patrick to cardcastlesinthesky.com


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This has been Day 22

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31 Nightmares 2017: The 21st

This weekend we are wrapping up our journey into the surreal. We’ve traveled along many roads of tribute, and the unexplored. We’ve nodded towards the greats while highlighting the up-&-comers. This coming week we’ll be celebrating the last bits of our event in a sort of horror stew. We look forward to doing it all with you.

Upcoming Guests:

Upcoming Events

  • Closing Ceremony on Day 31.

This evening we bid goodnight to some of the best of 31Nightmares from 2015-2017.

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This has been Day 21

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Journey PS4 Review

Journey is said to be an experience rather than a video game. Anyone that’s had the pleasure of exploring this mysterious world will most likely tell you the same.IMG_0449 I first played Journey back on PlayStation 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. So, it’s no surprise that when a PlayStation 4 version was announced, I hopped right on board.

There were visible improvements right off the bat. There were noticeable differences to texture, lighting, and sound. I didn’t think it was possible to make an already gorgeous work of art, even more beautiful, but somehow they pulled it off.

ThatGameCompany, the game’s creators, along with the publishers at SCEA did an astounding job expanding just a bit on what was already greatness.

This game is not for everyone. If you enjoy fast-paced, shoot-’em-up titles, (and you play nothing else,) then this game is not for you. If you enjoy art, music, and exploration, this is right up your alley.

The only complaint I’ve ever heard about this title is it’s “too short” and in a world full of horrible words being thrown around, I don’t think that’s such a diss.

Game Website: thatgamecompany.com

Twitter: @ThatGameCompany

All images used in this article are “screenshots” using the PlayStation 4 Share feature. They are the property of ThatGameCompany and SCEA.


Below are some screenshots taken by yours truly during my own little Journey on the PS4. Click on images to view larger versions.

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A Map and a Mule: Book Review

A Map and a Mule
A Map and a Mule
by Eric Timar
Cover art by Miki de Goodaboom

A Map and a Mule is a magical tale of a queen that helps usher peace upon two lands. This story reminds me of some of my favorite fairy tales I was told as a child. The author, Eric Timar manages to weave a lesson of peace without making the reader feel like they’re being taught. Full of lovable characters and some colorful illustration, this makes it an ideal choice for children ages 3-7. Although, this story is so simple, yet profound, I find it to also be suitable for any age group.

From a mother’s perspective, this is a story best read along with your child and then explained. There are some aspects a young child may not yet understand, but could easily grasp with a parent’s explanation.

This book is also an exemplary choice for a classroom setting. I see it best set in a preschool or kindergarten “circle time”. I highly recommend this to teachers of elementary aged children. It would make for a fruitful homework assignment or classroom project.

I could sing my praises about A Map and a Mule all day long. More can be gained if you just pick up a copy of it yourself!

For the interesting story behind the cover art: The Story Behind the Art