The Grinn (2017)

  • Director: Matthew KalamaneThe-Grinn-2017-movie-Matthew-Kalamane
  • Writer: Matthew Kalamane
  • Main Cast: John Carroll, Sarah Leight, Michka Hawkins

‘It’s my house, I can do whatever I want with it’

Vance wakes up in a house, seemingly trapped, with no memory of how he got there. There is something horrible lurking outside, while an unknown voice on the phone is trying to guide him out of his amnesia.

I wasn’t overly enthused for the first 10 – 15 minutes of this film, but it is definitely worth sticking with it. The acting is rather weak across the board, but the story itself is interesting, unusual and smart. It’s a bleak, unsettling and somewhat upsetting supernatural take on real-life horror. The final act hits you with twist upon twist, and is pay off for the viewer’s patience.

Movie Marathon: The Bad Ben Trilogy

Bad Ben (2016)badben

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Nigel Bach

Tom Riley buys a house at a Sheriff’s sale for a great deal, but as soon as he moves in things start to get weird: furniture moving by itself, unexplainable noises and shadows. The extensive surveillance system in the house captures it all, and Tom realises that he’s definitely got more than he bargained for.

Steelmanville Road (2017)steelmanvilleroad

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Jessica Partridge, Christopher Partridge

A prequel to Bad Ben, this film explains what happened to the previous owners and who…or what…lurks in the house on Steelmanville Road.

Badder Ben: The Final Chapter (2017)badderben

  • Director: Nigel Bach
  • Writer: Nigel Bach
  • Main Cast: Nigel Bach, Jacquie Baker, Matthew Schmid

A documentary crew – complete with a psychic – return to Steelmanville Road after Tom Riley’s disappearance to investigate the mysteries of the property.

‘Who is going to want to watch a 50 year old bald, fat guy walking around his house, getting the crap kicked out of him by malevolent spirits?’

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Double Bill Review: The Blair Witch Project and Blair Witch

The Blair Witch Project (1999)blair witch project

• Director: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
• Writer: Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez
• Cast: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

Three film students travel to the town of Burkittsville to make a documentary investigating the legend of the Blair Witch – who is believed to stalk the nearby Black Hills Forest. The team set off into the woods, and they’re never seen again…but a year later, their footage is found.

blair witchBlair Witch (2016)

• Director: Adam Wingard
• Writer: Simon Barrett
• Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid

James is the brother of Heather, one of the film students from the first movie. While investigating her disappearance – almost 20 years later – he finds some new footage online, which seems to suggest his sister might be alive. This draws him, and his documentary-making friends, back to the Black Hills Forest. Their footage is later found.

Yeah, some people never bloody learn!

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