THE BEACH HOUSE
In this slow-burn horror, writer and director Jeffrey A. Brown nails the atmospheric terror that suffocates a romantic getaway for two couples. With a solid performance from Liana Liberato, Brown’s debut feature gives off an alarming pandemic aroma as a toxic fog comes rolling in, carrying a heinous infection with it. From the get-go, the audience gets a clue that things aren’t right – and from the water to the air – it’s an environment humans weren’t built to survive. The eeriness is thick at first, but as things become more clear and partly predictable, momentum is lost in its final act. Though, there are a few gross-out scenes that should manage to get you through.
FULCI FOR FAKE
An intriguing, if not fully engrossing, documentary that uses the famous Italian horror director’s work to get a glimpse into who he was from those who knew him best. As actor Nicola Nocella preps for his role as Lucio Fulci, he interviews everyone who worked and lived with the misperceived and enigmatic filmmaker to better understand such a complex individual. This surprisingly being the first Fulci biopic, writer and director Simone Scafidi unconventionally presents fans the closest thing to an in-depth look at the maestro in action, the tragic loss that would reshape his career, and the appreciation he’s garnered over the decades. If titles such as Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, and The New York Ripper get you hyped, then you won’t want to miss this.
Directors Baron Vaugjm, Courtney and Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Emily Hagins, Aaron Koontz, Chris McInroy, and Noah Segan get their hands bloody in this anthology that serves as a loony tunes love letter to the horror genre and the fans who adore it. A video store is what connects these silly sub-genre stories, each one taking on the typical tropes and poking fun at them. Some are better than others, and it’s undoubtedly more heavy on comedy than horror. Don’t worry, it’s gung-ho on gore as well. This scampish compilation is entertaining enough, but more importantly, it knows precisely what it is and delivers on what it promises.
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Brandon Vick is a member of The Music City Film Critics’ Association, the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and the star of The Vick’s Flicks Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.