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ARBOR DEMON aka ENCLOSURE (2016) Reviews and free to watch on YouTube – MOVIES and MANIA

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‘Don’t breathe’
Arbor Demon is a 2016 American horror film about an adventurous woman with a secret from her husband insists they go camping to reconnect. Something in the woods wipes out a group of hunters nearby, preventing the couple from leaving their tent. Secrets and supernatural stories come to light, and they must determine if the real threat is inside or outside their enclosure. Also known as Enclosure

Directed by Patrick Rea (Fun Size Horror: Volume Two; The Invoking 2; Nailbiter) from a screenplay co-written with Michelle Davidson.

Plot:
A couple’s romantic camping trip is cut short after a group of nearby hunters are brutally killed by a mysterious creature. As the creature turns its focus on the couple, they must fight for their survival while their shelter is destroyed…

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The movie stars Jake Busey (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series; Most Likely to Die; Nazis at the Center of the Earth), Fiona Dourif (The Medium; Fear Clinic; Curse of Chucky), Kevin Ryan, Michelle Mills

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Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“Just seeing Fiona Dourif may inspire a return to Curse of Chucky, and you’ll likely find her performance to be well-rounded and refined. The same can be said for Kevin Ryan. The flick moves at a fine clip, and Patrick Rea keeps it simple enough to freely climb onboard. All in all, this one has a heart despite having a few flaws…”Addicted to Horror Movies

“Director Patrick Rea builds a great little horror film that relies on simplicity and builds some remarkable tension and mounting terror. Rea’s production is tight and he brings the best out of his cast, including Jake Busey who is deliciously slimy. The film’s villain is absolutely creepy, especially when you glimpse at the utterly unnerving make up effects.” Cinema Crazed

“Good glimpses of the titular beast don’t arrive until the runtime passes its midpoint, which is a long time to stall.  Restraint is a tried and true tactic for creature features building anticipation and letting imaginations fill in the blanks.  But Arbor Demon can’t quite create enough intrigue to carry its people-powered plot all the way through to the reveal.” Culture Crypt

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“Patrick Rea’s extensive experience in making short films informs the stripped down structure of this rather odd creature feature, which like a lot of monster movies these days can’t decide whether it’s a proper adult drama or full on horror flick. This does neither particularly well…” Dark Eyes of London

“Some cartoonish effects and digital compositing do let the side down, robbing chunks of fear factor from the tense, siege-like tent sequences and leaving the monsters lacking, but the dramatic threads playing out remain consistently compelling…” Dread Central

“Rea’s script, co-written with Michelle Davidson, begins with a familiar setup before opening the story up with an interesting and fresh reveal. No spoilers here, but it’s a mythology with purpose and potential that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of… if only the 80+ minutes that come before it weren’t so damn obnoxious.” Film School Rejects

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“A frightening and fraught story elevated by strong performances and some intense creature designs. Predator meets The Descent by way of The Hallow.” The Hollywood News

” …Rea hasn’t taken an easy route, and there’s at least as much going on inside the tent as the city folks do their best to help the shifty, perhaps dangerous Sean as there is out in the woods, where there are occasional bursts of gory action.” The Kim Newman Web Site

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“Patrick Rea makes a solid film. One has no particular complaints about his handling, except that you could say that he never pushes the tension of the unseen creatures lurking outside the tent and attacking the hunters for as much as you feel like he could have done. That said, he does build things quite effectively once he has the three principal cast inside the tent…” Moria

“If Dana comes from a patriarchal tradition where her husband calls the shots, she finishes up in a place closer to (her) nature. And so what starts as a bog-standard creature feature gestates into a hybrid feminist horror whose many trees have no place for wood.” Projected Figures

“Anyone with a low tolerance threshold for one location based movies will likely find Enclosure a slog, which is a pity, as it’s an atmospheric slice of backwoods folklore that has many more facets to it than simply ‘two people in a tent’ […] Patrick Rea has taken us down to the woods and delivered a big surprise.” The Schlock Pit

“Patrick Rea’s Enclosure is a solid if not perfect supernatural allegory about motherhood that boasts a well-written script and a few genuinely creepy moments. It’s well worth the effort of a bag of microwaved popcorn and an hour-and-a-half on the couch.” Tom Holland’s Terror Time

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“By the end, Enclosure has far outstayed its welcome, lumbered with a decent concept that is neither fully developed, nor has enough scare potential to properly sell it. Among all of the other forest-based horror movies, this is tame, and often quite boring stuff.” Wicked Horror

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Filming locations:
Charleston, South Carolina

Technical details:
1 hour 32 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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Cast
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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