Beauties of the Night (2016) [Toronto International Film Festival 2016]

beautiesofthenightThis film documents the rise to stardom, fall, and aging of some of Mexico’s most famous showgirls.  These women did it all, they sang, danced, acted, modeled, etc. They were revered by armies of fans and had it all.  Lyn May, Olga Breeskin, Princesa Yamal, Rossy Mendoza, and Wanda Seux discuss their rise to fame, their lives, and their dreams.

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Beyond the Gates (2016) [FrightFest 2016]

BeyondtheGatesTwo estranged brothers, Gordon and John, come together after their father disappears to close up his old video store.  After gaining access to his office, they find a VHS game called Beyond the Gates.  Back at their family’s house, they decide to play the game with Gordon’s girlfriend Margot.  As they play, they open a portal to a supernatural dimension or world. Director Jackson Stewart co-wrote the film with Stephen Scarlata, they create a film about a Jumanji-like horror VHS game.

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Blood Hunters (2016) [FrightFest 2016]

BloodHuntersAfter an overdose, a woman wakes up in what looks to be an abandoned hospital, pregnant.  As she looks for help, she stumbles on a quarantined man, a woman, a nurse, and a priest; together they work to find a way out before roaming beasts kill them all. Written by Corey Brown and directed by Tricia Lee build their characters as flawed human beings who made mistakes, took bad decisions, and are living with regret.  These characters are put in a crazy situation where they have to fight for their lives, make the right decisions, and help others which may help with their redemption.

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Blood Feast (2016) [FrightFest 2016]

BloodFeastremakeThe Ramses family moved to France for a new start and opened an American-style dinner in the Paris vicinity.  As business is floundering, Fuad Ramses works a second job as after hour watchman at the Musée de l’homme (Museum of Man) where he encounters visions of the goddess Ishtar.  Under her charms, he begins plans for a blood feast in her honor at his diner.

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Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1992) [Blu-Ray]

BasketCase3So Duane cracks after “Basket Case 2” which is kind of expected. Your mutated brother is finally getting laid by someone he connects with someone he was literally connected to, and the only girl you ever love dies after revealing she has a mutant living within her stomach—or something. The dam is bound to break. In either case, the gang is all back here and on full fledged crazy mode. Even Granny Ruth returns once more to lead the charge and fight for her mutant brothers and sisters to be accepted in to society. I mean… there are people with deformities that live perfectly normal lives, but okay. Everyone has to have a cause, I guess. Now that Belial has fallen in love with fellow mutant Eve, and has somewhat caused her to spring forth other deformed monsters, Duane is reserved as a sidekick of a sorts.

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Basket Case 2 (1990) [Blu-Ray]

BasketCase2Since the first “Basket Case” was screaming for a sequel (?), Frank Henenlotter graces us with a follow up to the first cult classic. This time around we follow up with the exploits of those wacky homicidal conjoined freaks known as Dave and Belial. Henenlotter is in on the joke, even recasting original star Kevin Van Hentenryck, who shockingly hasn’t aged since the first film. His acting skills haven’t improved, either, but that seems to be part of what makes these “Basket Case” movies so loony and deranged. In either case, after being torn apart, Duane begins to feel a little stir crazy, especially now that he and Belial have discovered a massive home filled with deformed and grotesque humans run by the eccentric Granny Ruth.

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Bloodsport (1988)

bloodsport88It’s nice to know that childhood favorite, 1988’s “Bloodsport” hasn’t aged too much since its initial release. As an artifact of the beginning of Belgium martial arts star Jean Claude Van Damme’s box office reign in the nineties, it’s a fun bit of nostalgia. As an action movie in its own right, it’s a fun thriller and martial arts film that takes a bit from “Enter the Dragon” and feels like what should have been the template for a “Street Fighter” movie. Van Damme plays US Soldier Frank Dux (just go with it), an officer who goes AWOL in order to travel to Hong Kong. After training extensively, he enters a top secret martial arts tournament known as Kumite. Kept hush hush by most of the fighters that enter it, Kumite is a very violent sport that can occasionally end in death.

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Brix and the Bitch (2016)

BRIXandtheBITCHDirector and Writer Nico Raineau’s award winning “Brix and the Bitch” is a remarkable drama about the powerful love two women share, and how it can potentially decide their future when one of them is stuck in a terrible situation. Dre Swain is fantastic as Bitch, a martial artist who engages in a near endless string of fights for an illegal gambling circuit. Despite her girlfriend Brix’s insistence that she stop before she’s killed, Bitch engages in bone shattering fights every night.

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