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June 24, 2019

Episode 28 – Chelsea Stardust Interview

Episode 28 – Chelsea Stardust Interview

 
 
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NHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Chelsea Stardust about her debut feature “All That We Destroy” AND her second feature “Satanic Panic”, both of which premiered within weeks of each other. Over the course of the interview (interview begins at 2:00), Chelsea talks us through how exactly she managed her schedule given they overlap of the the two projects as well as the development, casting and shoot of each film. Plus how she came to be onboard both pictures and her excitement at “Satanic Panic” being produced by the freshly resurrected Fangoria and scripted by Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks From Hell)!

We also chat to Chelsea about her long filmmaking apprenticeship working as an assistant to the likes of Ivan Reitman, Judd Apatow and horror mega-producer Jason Blum (who she worked alongside for 5 years) before she got her directing break through Crypt TV. Also, we hear from Chelsea if it was at all weird having her debut produced by her former employer Blumhouse!

You can checkout the trailer for “All That We Destroy” here

“Satanic Panic” will next be shown at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest (July 11th-August 1st) and is also set to be released in theaters, digital HD and VOD in on September 6th .

September 13, 2018

Review: Bad Samaritan

Director: Dean Devlin

Starring: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Kerry Condon, Jacqueline Byers

Running Time: 110mins

While Dean Devlin’s has had a long career as a screenwriter, “Bad Samaritan” is only his second directorial effort. His first effort was last year’s critical stinker “Geostorm”. Just because that was bad though that does not necessarily mean this effort would follow suit but unfortunately it is. This is a shame in a way as there is some genuine talent involved here and a couple of decent performances from David Tennant and Robert Sheehan.

The story itself focuses on Sean Falco (Sheehan) a part-time photographer and small-time thief. He gets a surprise while robbing the house of businessman Cale Ehrendreich (Tennant) as he discovers a girl Katie (Condon), chained up in one of the rooms. This scene is one of the few genuinely effective jump scares in the movie as a flash from a camera reveals the shackled girl in the corner of the darkened room. After this discovery, Falco initially tries to free her before he gets scared and runs. This finding then sets off a chain of events where Falco gets trapped in a game of cat-and-mouse with businessman/serial killer Erendreich.

In fairness to the film, the tempo is kept high and it is quite watchable but there is a lot of issues here. Chief amongst these issues is the misogynistic nature of the movie. This problem is ironic in a way as you feel the movie is trying to make some comment on toxic masculinity with the character of Erendreich. The film however undercuts any point like this with it’s treatment of the female characters. Particularly as it fails to give even the main female characters Katie and Falco’s girlfriend Riley (Jacqueline Byers) any level of real characterisation. Plus, the way the latter character is side-lined and forgotten about will particularly stick in many a viewer’s throats.

Over the course of the movie, there are also plenty of clichés abound. From our reluctant anti-hero to the comic relief best friend to various comically inept cops to the dogged FBI investigator who is obsessed with our villain to Erendrecih himself who is always three steps ahead until the plot says otherwise. Talking of the plot while the movie starts out as a relatively grounded cat-and-mouse thriller it gets increasingly more ridiculous as the plot unfolds. By the end of the film, Tennant is not so much chewing the scenery as devouring it. This fact is not a problem in itself as Tennant whiny thin-skinned and OTT portrayal of Erendreich is one of the highlights of the film. The problem with it is that we have seen Tennant do a very similar character better in “Jessica Jones”.

 

Overall: “Bad Samaritan is a fitfully entertaining and has a couple of standout jumps. However, it is also largely a predictable and clichéd serial-killer thriller made worse by its woeful treatment of its female characters.

4/10