Featured image: Jasper Pääkkönen (right) in Attack on Finland. (Courtesy of Route 504 PR.) Released: July 1, 2022 (VOD). Directed by: Aku Louhimies. Starring: Jasper Pääkkönen, Nanna Blondell, Sverrir Gudnason. Runtime: 1h 59 min. “Attack on Finland” has so much realism, I wondered if it was based on a true story. Instead, it’s based on a … Continue reading Review: Attack on Finland (2022)
Interviews with Filmmakers: “Catch the Fair One,” “Cosmic Dawn,” “Worst to First: The True Story of Z100 New York”
Featured image: Kali Reis as Kaylee in Catch the Fair One. (Courtesy of IFC Films.) Here are some interviews for films that were released this past weekend, including boxing thriller Catch the Fair One, music documentary Worst to First: The True Story of Z100 New York, and sci-fi thriller Cosmic Dawn. Find the links to the … Continue reading Interviews with Filmmakers: “Catch the Fair One,” “Cosmic Dawn,” “Worst to First: The True Story of Z100 New York”
Interview: Director Randall Okita for Home Invasion Thriller, “See For Me”
From my early days of loving film, I’ve always loved the subgenre of home invasion, with films like Panic Room (which was probably the first I watched), I was hooked. Whether it’s horror or more pure thriller, it works for me. It’s a bit ironic as I hate being home alone, so my love of home invasion is probably what’s stirred that paranoia. There’s something about the structure of them that’s always familiar and great, so when films are able to add twists and turns and feel like it offers something fresh to the genre, I’m generally a big fan. That's very much the case with the new thriller "See For Me." I was able to speak with the film's director, Randall Okita, which you can find here.
Review: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain (2021)
I love the feeling of going into a film knowing as little as possible. For The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, I didn’t know what to expect other than its tragic end. Director and writer David Midell throws us right into the situation.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. (Frankie Faison) turns over in his sleep and accidentally triggers his LifeAid pendant, which he wears because of a heart condition. Responding to this, three police officers show up to his apartment around 5:20 a.m. on November 19, 2011, for a welfare check, eventually leading to Kenneth’s tragic death.
“Motherly” Interview | Director, co-writer Craig David Wallace | Blood in the Snow Film Festival
In Craig David Wallace’s Motherly, Kate (Lora Burke) and her daughter Beth (Tessa Kozma) live in an isolated farmhouse in the woods. The atmosphere is quickly eerie; like doors being left open when Kate swears she’s closed them… Then, Kate slowly thinks something sinister is happening, and her motherly instincts are put to the test when people from her past invade her home.
For Motherly, I was able to ask the film’s director and co-writer Craig David Wallace some questions via e-mail in time for the film’s screening tonight on the Super Channel (at 9 p.m.) as part of the Blood in the Snow Film Festival.
“The Secret of the Sinchanee” Interview | Director, Writer, Star Steven Grayhm | The Filmcraziest Show
For this interview, I was able to speak with director, writer and actor Steven Grayhm for his new film "The Secret of the Sinchanee." In it, he plays an industrial tow truck driver who returns to his childhood home after his father's death, only to learn a presence is haunting the home and the sacred ground it's built on.
Web-series Review: Tabbar (2021)
For this Filmcraziest.com review, Arpit Nayak takes a look at the Sony Liv web-series "Tabbar," a story about family where one decision puts an ordinary family into a very dangerous situation. Arpit calls it an "exquisite dark thriller, both gripping and engaging." Available in countries like India, UAE, Canada and more.
“When I Consume You” Interview | Writer, Director Perry Blackshear | The Filmcraziest Show
I was able to catch the film as part of the Fantasia Film Festival in August. Recently, for my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was able to speak with the film's director, writer, editor, cinematographer and more Perry Blackshear, as I was also joined on the podcast by a friend and guest co-host, Arpit Nayak. You can find When I Consume You playing as part of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on Monday, Oct. 18 for an in-person screening and you can find that info right here.
“The Manor” Interviews | Writer/Director Axelle Carolyn; Producers Sandy King, Richard J. Bosner | The Filmcraziest Show
Here's my very last batch of coverage for this year's slate of Welcome to Blumhouse films for the film The Manor. In the film, Barbara Hershey plays a woman named Judith who suffers a stroke and moves into a historic nursing home where she becomes convinced a supernatural force is killing the residents there. The film's now currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. I was able to have two conversations for this film (both of which are audio only).
“Madres” Interviews with Star Ariana Guerra; Director Ryan Zaragoza | The Filmcraziest Show
Madres is a story about a Mexican-American couple who move to a migrant farming community in 1970s California as they’re expecting their first child. There, strange symptoms and terrifying visions begin to threaten their new family. Now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, it's part of four Welcome to Blumhouse horror/thrillers on this year's slate.
I was able to have two conversations for the film, where I was able to speak with Ariana Guerra who plays the lead role of Diana in the film, and I was also able to speak with the film's director Ryan Zaragoza. The conversation with Ariana is audio only and the conversation with Ryan is a video. Find those conversations below...