Showing posts from May, 2015

Extinction (2015)

Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.

REVIEW: Those that are familiar with my review work know how much I love Found Footage flicks, in addition to how much I love dinosaur flicks, so suffice to say I was pretty excited when a screener copy of this new dinosaur-themed Found Footage flick fell into my lap for early review. Some of these, like Area 407, are absolute crap while others, like The Dinosaur Project, actually turn out pretty fun and decent. So where does Extinction, aka Extinction: Jurassic Predators, fall in that list? Sadly, while there's some stuff to enjoy here, it probably should have just stayed extinct.

One of the biggest faults of Extinction I feel, is that it just goes on for way too long. B-Movies should be kept short and sweet. Longer runtimes are great for big…

Area 51 (2015)

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government's secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.

REVIEW: Oren Peli should be a familiar name to most people reading this review. He’s the mastermind behind the Found Footage frightfest that is the original Paranormal Activity, in addition to the short-lived but fun ABC Channel Found Footage horror TV show The River, and the god-awful Chernobyl Diaries.

Back in 2009, shortly after the first Paranormal Activity came out in a wide release, Oren Peli set to work on another similar type of movie, only instead of covering a haunted house and the demon-tormented couple living in it, this new movie, the generically-titled Area 51, followed a group of teenagers that, after one has an abduction experience, decide that they’re going to sneak into the top secret and heavily-guarded Area 51 installat…

SuperFast! (2015)

Rookie cop Lucas White goes undercover in a street racing crew as they scheme to rob a crime boss kingpin in this parody of the Fast and Furious franchise.

REVIEW: I'm a huge fan of the Fast and Furious franchise. I've highly enjoyed every film they've made, with Tokyo Drift being a bit of a weaker entry for me than the rest. When I heard the makers of all those dreadful "Fill in the Blank Here" Spoof movies were making a spoof of the Fast and Furious films, I have to confess that I was curious to say the least. Than when the trailer came out and I viewed that, while it may not have been the funniest thing I've ever laughed at, what I did see seemed okay to me and certainly better than 99% of what I saw of all their countless other spoof movies

So how does SuperFast! stack up?

I have to admit, I actually found that it was quite enjoyable. It's one of those spoof movies that are more story-based and follows an actual plot, as opposed to just random spoofin…

Avenged/Savaged (2013)

A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body. 

REVIEW: Movies like Avenged, aka Savaged if you live in the U.K., is exactly why I love the modern day Video-on-Demand release outlets such as Itunes and the like. A movie such as this would never find its way to a wide theatrical release and if it was just even ten years ago it probably would have never even been made at all. But Itunes, Vudu, and all those style of Pay-to-Watch platforms provide an amazing VOD outlet for great low budget genre titles like this to premiere at and find a home on.

Avenged came out earlier this year over here in Canada and the U.S., although it’s been out elsewhere in the world for the last year or so under the alternate title of Savaged. At the end of the day I’m fine with either title, but I do like the Avenged title slightly more, just because it encompasses more of what the o…

Pernicious (2015)

It was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime as three young girls spend the summer in Thailand. But their adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the trio unleashes the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind - revenge.

Originally due out in 2014 but still not yet released, Pernicious is a movie I've been waiting a long, long time to check out. While it's not made by The Asylum, it does have Asylum-Regular James Cullen Bressack writing and directing it. Bressack is responsible for a couple other Asylum movies I've got reviews for on here, 13/13/13 and Blood Lake, both of which I may not have thought were great by any means, but still enjoyable. And considering my love for Asylum, anybody that does work for them has my undying loyalty for all future projects. In addition, this horror movie also happens to star two Asylum Regulars as well, hottie Jackie Moore from Atlantic Rim and 100 Ghost Street, and the always-beautiful Ciara Hanna re-teaming wit…

Road Wars (2015)

When an amnesiac wakes up in a desert-covered post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a rabies-type virus, he must band together with a small group of survivors.

REVIEW: It's no secret that here at the B-Movie Shelf my favorite B-Movie production company is The Asylum. Their movies may not always be the best-made, but they are almost always a hell of a lot of fun, and really, being entertained is the main reason I love watching movies as much as I do. Regardless of quality, as long as I'm entertained and have a good time watching a movie, than I'm loving it. Suffice to say, you can see how I'd be stoked for each new Asylum release as soon as it's announced, and luckily once in awhile I'll be graced enough to receive a screener copy before the official release, as was the case with Asylum's latest Mad Max mockbuster, Road Wars.

Road Wars is more than just a Mad Max mockbuster. Sure, it has all the regular stereotypical Mad Max ingredients, such as a post-apocaly…

Hunting The Legend (2014)

REVIEW BY: Bobby Lepire

In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the Alabama woods. Only his rifle, blood and a 16" footprint were left behind... Five years later, his son seeks revenge.

REVIEW: Hunting The Legend is able to set itself apart from regular Found Footage fare a little bit by setting itself up as an actual documentary (I hesitate to use the term mockumentary, as I believe that would imply a silliness that's  not found here). I know that sounds odd, given that other movies, including the most famous Found Footage movie of all time, The Blair Witch Project, did that exact same thing, but within the genre as of late with the likes of Frankenstein's Army (not bad, but probably would have been better if it wasn't of the Found Footage style), Chronicle (lots of fun), and even Cloverfield (a blast), that just ape the style, without presenting any sort full narrative thread. That thread - the making of a documentary about the Sasquatch in the film…