The Dead 2 India

The Dead 2: India (2013)

The Dead 2: India first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Key to what made brother Jonathan and Howard Ford‘s feature debut The Dead (2010) a success was its placement of oldschool zombie archetypes into a minimalist storyline amidst astonishing natural locales shot very wide (as though in reference to that other filmmaking Ford). Although this sequel…

Dark Tourist

Dark Tourist (aka The Grief Tourist) (2012)

The Dark Tourist (aka The Grief Tourist) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “She’s more a man than all the other guys on the 4 to 12 put together,” security guard Jim Tahna (Michael Cudlitz) says of his work colleague Sanchez whom he relieves every night for the graveyard shift. “She’s like a friend. We share…

V/H/S/2

V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Most of his collection I would say was snuff and CP, but he had at least one that was the real thing. I don’t even think he knew what it was.”  So says missing student Kyle (L.C. Holt) in a webcam recording that a pair of camera-toting private investigators…

Snap

Snap (aka Enter the Dangerous Mind) (2013)

Snap (aka Enter The Dangerous Mind) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “But that’s every human being on the planet,” insists Wendy (Nikki Reed), unable to accept a fellow student’s definition of the mentally ‘sick’ as anyone who “presents a potential risk to himself and/or others.”  Social work student Wendy clings fervently to the notion that…

Conspiracy

The Conspiracy (2012)

The Conspiracy first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Family man Jim (James Gilbert) and his friend Aaron (Aaron Poole) are making a documentary on conspiracy theorist Terrance (Alan C. Peterson), when Terrance suddenly vanishes without trace, leading Aaron down a rabbit-hole of fanaticism and paranoia as he tries to pin down whatever nefarious plot Terrance might…

Army

Frankenstein’s Army (2013)

Frankenstein’s Army first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Everybody’s sick. The Nazis! The Communists! Capitalists! Everyone. The sickness cannot be cured, so it must be cut out.” The speaker is Dr Viktor Frankenstein (Karel Roden), explaining his solo surgical strike against all sides in the Second World War. A German who was interned in the concentration…

Wither

Wither (Vittra) (2012)

Wither (Vittra) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks A cabin in the woods. A toolshed. A cellar complete with trapdoor. Supernaturally suppurating co-eds requiring dismemberment. And a final boy (Patrik Almkvist) forced to confront his loved one (Lisa Henni) in the most horrific of circumstances. Yep, ‘wither’ must be Swedish for ‘the evil dead’, as this Nordic…

Stalled

Stalled (2013)

Stalled first published by Grolsch FilmWorks It was an underground coffin in Buried (2010), a stopped skilift in Frozen (2010), a locked sauna in 247˚F (2011), a broken-down lift in each of Abwärts (1984), Blackout (2008), Devil (2010) and Elevator (2011) – and you can guess from the titles where Phone Booth (2002) and ATM (2012) were mostly set. From such confined locations, where characters and their pent-up feelings must either out or else perish…

Thomas

Odd Thomas (2013)

Odd Thomas first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “I may see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it.” In a breezy voice-over, Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) introduces us to the community of Pico Mundo (near Las Vegas), to the people in his life, and to the idiosyncratic powers that make him live up…

For Elisa

For Elisa (Para Elisa) (2013)

For Elisa (Para Elisa) first published by Grolsch FilmWorks Ana (Ona Casamiquela) is part of a new generation of Spaniards – a Fine Arts student struggling to make ends meets as the recession hits hard, and resentful of the parents who, post-Franco, had it easier. Her sometime boyfriend Alex (Jesús Caba) is similarly cash-strapped, sharing a…

Dementamania

Dementamania (2013)

Dementamania first published by Grolsch FilmWorks It is Friday the 13th, 2013, and something is bugging well-to-do white-collar drone Edward Arkham (Sam Robertson). After being stung by a nightmarish wasp in the morning, he heads into work, where he is rattled by all his co-workers. Volatile CEO Christian (Kal Penn) sends Edward mixed signals about his…