In 1899, life for women wasn’t the best. The setting of the later years of the Wild West makes for a perfect backdrop to portray the indignations suffered by many, out in the open, with no repercussions for perpetrators. Brothels employed many a woman and were easy to find during those years. Some women were sold out to become “kept women,” sometimes traveling from benefactor to benefactor. Not every woman was mistreated and beaten down, but many were – and very few would act against such atrocities.
The best way to describe House of Demons is a collage of past, present, future, reality, surreal, imagined, and alternative timelines, all wrapped into one movie. All these things are woven together into a tapestry with horror as its backdrop. But, it is much more than just a horror movie. It’s a story of redemption and acceptance… should any of the characters find it while surviving a battle with demons.
The cartoon world’s greatest detectives team up in this fun, action-packed adventure. Batman recruits Mystery Incorporated to come to Gotham City and join the Mystery Analysts of Gotham—a small organization of DC heroes (including Martian Manhunter, Detective Chimp, the Question, and Plastic Man). In a perfect blending of two worlds, the Scooby Gang adds some colorful fun to the group. It’s really enjoyable to see the playful dynamics between the assortment of heroes. While Batman is all business, Aquaman, Shaggy, and Scooby provide light humor. This makes the mystery solving even more entertaining for all ages.
I Am Alone is a zombie survival story that fills its viewers with a sense of isolation, thrilling chase scenes, and beautiful landscapes. Gareth David-Lloyd, known from the television series, Torchwood, plays Jacob Fitts in this indie film. Fitts is a reality TV host where he goes off into the wilderness, and his experiences are recorded and then aired on his show, I Am Alone. Fitts is charismatic and seemingly fearless in his role as a survivalist host, as his first appearance has him traveling on a river heading toward the Colorado Rockies.
I you haven’t heard yet, but this Halloween season, Stan Lee has a treat (or maybe a trick) for you. Serving as Executive Producer, Lee is bringing The Sandman to SyFy later this month, but not in the form of an adversary for Peter Parker or that other popular comic book-based character who is named after that loose, granular substance making up beaches and deserts everywhere. In fact, The Sandman is an original horror movie that treads through a lot of B-movie territory, but also clearly shares some of the same inspirations that led to the iconic superheroes and supervillains that made Lee a household name.
A look into history is something that will always be popular, as so many of us love to find out what happened to those who came before us and share the stories of those who helped to pave the way for what we have now. These stories take a look at some of those people and events that helped to shape our world in one way or another.
An unusual category for a short film festival, this category featured a bunch of short pilots for television shows not yet being made. Mostly set as comedies, these shows are brief glimpses into what could be the next generation of television shows, and for the most part, that is a bright future, based on what was shown here.
This year's drama entries were nothing short of beautiful and well worth their name. Featuring some well-known names and some surprising newcomers, this was a mix of the darkly funny, the wonderfully aching, and the occasionally uncomfortable. It was nothing short of a beautiful mix of emotions and premises that really spoke to the heart.
Working in comedy can be high risk yet high reward, as it can all depend on your ability to get a certain reaction out of an audience. Plus, humor is very subjective, which makes it a great form of entertainment, but sometimes hard to pull off. Dark comedy, a sub-genre that blends comedic stylings with something a bit more unique, can be even more challenging, as it takes very taboo topics and depicts them in a funny and entertaining way, or puts a new spin on some well-worn comedic styles. The group of filmmakers at this year's HollyShorts were able to blend humor and discomfort very well, making for some very interesting films. As one of my favorite blocks as a whole of this year's festival, each film really brought something to the table.