“Pure O” – Reel Review

FORMAT DETAILS
Short Dramedy
DURATION: 19:28
LOCATION: Dayton,Ohio, United States COMPLETED: July 2018

Purity, the lead singer of the newly signed indy rock band O, wakes up to begin the last day of her bands independence. These are some of the opening moments of “Pure O”, a quirky comedic drama written and directed by W.M. Weikart and BlueBeard Productions. As we follow Purity (Stella Singer) through her daily routines we meet an eclectic cast of family and friends that have differing opinions about Purity’s hobbies, the decisions she makes in her life, and who she is as a person. We also begin to find out that Purity has hidden issues that she is struggling with internally, and that she may have to make some tough choices in dealing with these struggles that will change her life forever.

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“SAM” Reel Review

For the month of July CinemaSlice has chosen to highlight the short sci-fi film “SAM” for the Indy Film Spotlight. Directed by Zac Deering, “SAM” follows a seemingly homeless wanderer, named Doc (Jarret Ross), as he scavengers the outer city for parts of an unknown project he seems to be working on. In an abandoned building he soon finds a stack of cardboard boxes where he discovers a powered down android (James Hudson). After getting the android back online we begin to learn more about Sam and find out he may be more than what he seems.

Zach Deering has been featured before in the Indy Film Spotlight with his film “Nano Addiction” and just like this previous film, “SAM” features the same stunning visual effects. It’s always a treat to see indie filmmakers take such care in making special effects believable with such a low budget. A lot of these films end up looking campy or cheesy, while “SAM” maintains its credibility throughout.

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Reel Review – “Vulpes: Prologue”

Today’s Reel Review is for a horror/thriller film, Vulpes: Prologue, by Benjamin Helmeczi.

Animal abuse is not something that you can get away with a fine or jail sentence.

Trapped in a dark and dingy room filled with various instruments of torture a man is struggling to escape his confines. This is the scene that is set in the opening moments of “Vulpes”, a short horror/thriller written and directed by Benjamin Helmeczi. The man, played by Szabolcs Kelemen, is bloodstained and confused, but we soon come to find that even though he is in this very troubling situation maybe he isn’t so much the victim that he appears to be.

A disturbing take on the idea of “What lengths will I go in order to defend my pets”, this film seems to draw inspiration from revenge action films as well as gory realistic horror. If you are a fan of the “John Wick” and “Saw” franchises, and ever wondered what would it be like if these two cinematic worlds collided, then this film is for you. I also want to mention the great acting of the “villain” in the film, a character named Vulpes played by Ifj Pal Elek. Well done visuals, good acting, and the beginnings of a interesting story are what make this horror short a very intriguing watch.

I also left this short with the strong feeling of wanting more. This story is to strong to be confined to only roughly 8 minutes and I genuinely wanted to find out what happened to characters after the events that take place. I also understand the idea of teasing the viewer and I hope I see more in the future. Some versions of this short I have seen are titled “Vulpes: Prologue“ so I hope this is a sign of a full film coming soon!

4 out of 6 reels.

“Center City” – Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com’s Indy Film Spotlight for the month of June is the noir short film “Center City”. Directed by August Aguilar and written by Frank Aguilar “Center City” centers around the seemingly simple plot of a woman, played by Jenny Moon, being driven around Philadelphia while having a conversation about the local landmarks with her driver, played by Mike Raymond. After being dropped of at a hotel for awhile and arriving back to the vehicle with a man, played by David Pelella, we begin to find out that this is no innocent tryst and that there are far more sinister motives to this meeting.

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“Seed” – Reel Review

Welcome to a Reel Review by Mark Kelly!

In the short film “Seed” by Somatoform Films we meet a young man named Ryan (Jeremy Gladen) whose mother dies of cancer.

After her death he is traumatized not only by her passing, but also by an unseen force that could change the course of human history forever. In this sci-fi/drama/horror film written and directed by Josh Kaukl, we are questioned with the idea that maybe some of life’s mysteries have more horrifying answers than we could have ever thought possible.

SEED TRAILER from josh kaukl on Vimeo.

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“What Comes Out” – Reel Review

Welcome to a Reel Review by Mark Kelly!

What Comes Out”, a short horror film written and directed by Josh Kaukl from Somatoform Films, tells the story of Dana (Nora Kaukl). Dana is constantly frightened throughout her everyday life, whether it be by her jump scare prankster husband (Josh Kaukl) or other irrational fears, like scary movies or darkened closets. As we follow Dana through her day we find out that maybe these irrational fears may turn out to be the most rational thing to be scared of after all.

TRAILER “WHAT COMES OUT” from josh kaukl on Vimeo.

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“Midland Street Wicked” Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com’s Indy Film Spotlight rolls on with the 3rd installment of the monthly cinematic series.

Next up is “Midland Street Wicked”, a horror film by Even Keel Productions and a movie that was also shot right in my neck of the woods, Bay City, MI. When people are found dead on Midland St. the local community starts to become concerned for their safety. In the area, a group of women get together to have some drinks and we find that one of them may have a connection to a mysterious pair of sunglasses that were lost years earlier.

A connection between the murders on Midland St., the strange sunglasses, and the female friends all lead up to a horrifying conclusion.

This was very entertaining and terrifying short film that showcased awesome gory special effects for a low budget movie. The pacing is good with a suspenseful intro that sets up the events nicely, which leads to a fun middle section that introduces us to the main characters in lighthearted way. This makes the back half of the story very effective when we start to see the horror and carnage that unfolds throughout the last 10 minutes of the film.

“Midland Street Wicked” is part of a series that centers around the pair of sunglasses that are described in the film. It can, however, be watched as a standalone experience although I could see the sunglasses being a bit confusing to first time viewers.

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“Nano Addiction” – Reel Review

CinemaSlice.com has launched a new series highlighting a new movie each month that embodies the spirit of great independent filmmaking.

The second movie that has been selected for the Indy Film Spotlight is the sci-fi action/adventure “Nano Addiction” by Zach Deering. Life gets very weird and more than a little dangerous when a drug addict, Ferric (James Hudson), inadvertently takes a strange substance known as Nanobots. Ferric quickly finds out after taking the Nanobots that his life may never be the same again.

This was an extremely well done, stylistic action flick.

I enjoy sci-fi that attempts to show a more realistic version of the genre by mixing elements of our real life everyday activities with the science fiction elements. Films like HER (2013) and THE MARTIAN (2015) are some examples. Although I am not an addict, the main character Ferric is written and acted so well that I felt his struggles and wanted to continue this journey with him through the film. The special effects were also a standout and they were clearly done with great care and thoughtfulness. They elevated the action scenes making them more tense and effective.

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Papers X: Carbon Copy – Reel Review

Over the span of a year CinemaSlice.com is showcasing 12 independent movies in our new series, The Indy Film Spotlight.

First up is the action/horror/comedy “Papers X: Carbon Copy” directed and written by Tony Tale. Carbon Copy is the tenth installment of a saga about a old paper mill that was burnt to the ground in the 1930s and the ongoing war between the ancestors of the family that owned the paper mill and the family’s of the lost souls in the blaze itself. In the film we follow Kayden McCoy (Kayden Bryce) as she discovers her family’s history and what part she plays in the ongoing fight against the evil Paper Lord (Ashley Gray) and her powerful “paper” superpowers.

This film worked because of the marriage between great acting and fantastic story!

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CinemaSlice Mixtape Vol.42 – Review

The CinemaSlice Mixtape Vol.42 has been released and once again its a solid compilation of songs showcasing the amazing talent that the featured independent musicians possess. The genres included in this music compilation cover a wide spectrum from everything to Deathcore, Metalcore, Metal, Stoner, Horrorcore, Hip-Hop, Ambient, and even some Acoustic.

This album series prides itself on being eclectic and this installment delivers once again.

Being a fan of the band Clutch, I’d have to say that one of my favorite tracks would be “Search and Seizure” by Seritas. Slow, driving, and methodical this song was right up my alley. “The Melodic Undertow” by KillSignal was another standout for me. With all the different new flavors of metal coming out seemingly everyday, it’s good to hear someone representing the roots of the genre. I also enjoyed “Morning Sun” by Quest the Catalyst & Chase Passion. A lot of the album skewed a little dark in tone and to end on a lighter more upbeat tune was perfect.

Personally, some of the darker, ambient tracks didn’t do much for me. I recognize that they were very well done, but I didn’t find myself wanting to come back to them after a couple listens. If you’re into that genre of music, however, I would suggest giving the dark and disturbing “Griever” by SZar a listen.

JerkSauce” by XcomboverX, “No One” by The 2nd System, and “Gunslinger” by Skull Chin Spaz are some Honorable Mentions from me, just a few more tracks not to miss out on.

I definitely would recommend picking this compilation up and giving it a listen! It’s best feature is its diversity!

If you’re looking to broaden you’re musical interests, this album is for you!

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