The Visit Passes (Part Two)

Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting its second and final screening of The Visit before its September 11th release.  The screening will be held Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront.  Please comment below with your interest and your favorite grandparent visit.  To give you an idea of what I mean, I’ll start with my own visit… My paternal grandparents- God rest their souls- would always have everything planned when my sisters and I visit them.  On almost every occasion, my Grandma Winnie cooked a huge meal and then took us to Fashion Bug.  Good times!  They were crazy as hell, but they weren’t horror movie crazy!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Gallows Passes

In theaters July 10, The Gallows stars Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford, under the direction of Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, who also wrote the screenplay.  Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

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The Gallows screening will be held Monday, July 6th in the Waterfront.  For tickets, please comment below.  Winners will be notified Monday morning via email.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Unfriended Passes

Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures’ Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.

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The screening will be held on Wednesday, April 15th in the Waterfront at 7:00 PM.  Please comment below with your favorite horror film.  I’ll start with mine– I’ve always been a fan of Child’s Play, but just the first two movies.  I am not a fan of the entire Chucky movie series, it only got weirder and weirder.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Annabelle Passes

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She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle”, starring Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfred Woodard, begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. Members of a satanic cult invade the home of a man (Horton) and his pregnant wife (Wallis) and turn a vintage doll into a conduit for ultimate evil.

The Annabelle screening will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Waterfront. To secure your chances at getting the special Gofobo code, please comment below with your favorite doll movie (good or bad). MSQ Favorite Doll Movie: Child’s Play 2 (1990)

The Gofobo code will be emailed the morning of the screening (9/30).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Purge: Anarchy

In less than a year, Writer and Director James Demonaco brings forth the anticipated sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. The movie, starring Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo, fast forwards to March 2023 and it is time for the annual purge.

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Five strangers, led by local police Sergeant Leo Barnes (Grillo), are stuck in the streets for 12 hours of crime-filled behavior. Even after taking necessary precautions hours before the Purge began, some families were still dragged out of their homes or sacrificed at the hands of wealthy citizens.

My main man, Omar from the Wire, was stirring political controversy as usual. In the Purge 2, Michael K. Williams was the anarchy. As Carmelo, leader of a rebellious group, he was determined to overthrow the New Founding Fathers of America.

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Have you ever notice Williams never plays a soft role? He’s always so tough, vigilant and thorough. From guest appearances on Law and Order: SVU to 12 Years A Slave, I enjoy him in everything

The Purge: Anarchy plays out our deepest fears. The fear of innocently dying at the hands of another human being and the fear of non-protection. The Purge relinquishes all rights to be protected and served by local and national governments and creates an environment is senseless murder is justifiable. The life sacrifices during the Purge is clearly a false reality of cleansing sins and becoming whole again.

This movie series taps into an even bigger issue. The Purge, which is labeled as an event to reduce crime, actually eliminates the poor. The real horror is the government making the most disadvantaged citizens dispensable.

How does this fictitious movie reflect our own real-life local, state and national governments? Although we aren’t actively participating in the Purge, maybe we’ve subconsciously succumbed to it already.

Eric Garner, who was stopped for a petty crime in Staten Island on July 17th, was murdered by five NYPD officers after he repeatedly declared he couldn’t breathe. Anna, who was sexually assaulted on her upstate NY college campus last September, regrets even reporting the rape. Chicago has become a war zone with 11 people killed and about 60 wounded in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend.

The Purge is alive and well now if no one is held accountable for their crimes or so many crimes go unsolved.

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Horror movies are the biggest bang for your buck in the movie industry. They are inexpensive to make and still attract box office record type of crowds. The first Purge cost $3 million to create but made $89 million in box office revenue. Other scary flicks like Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones had a $5 million budget and surpassed that by grossing $90.8 million in the theaters. The Saw and Insidious movie series we’re by far the most successful mainstream horror movies. Both original releases, Saw (2004) and Insidious (2010) only had $1 million budgets.

4 STARS: While the movie was slightly gruesome, the Purge Anarchy opens your eyes to two most-relevant horrors: political power and societal chaos. What would you do #IfThePurgeWasReal?

The Purge: Anarchy Passes

The Movie Scene Queen is hosting an advance, private screening of The Purge: Anarchy, which is in theaters July 18th, on July 15th at South Side Works Cinema. The special screening will begin at 7:30 PM.

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The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy.

For your complimentary passes, please comment below with your biggest fear. (And if you don’t have one, that’s fine too!) I’ll start with mine: SNAKES. If you knowingly bring a snake around me, that will be the last day you’ll ever see me!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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Oculus

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After a 10 year bid in a mental facility for killing his father, Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) reunites with his sister, Kaylie (Karen Gilliam). With a decade long promise to fulfill, Kaylie recreates the tragic events of their childhood for closure. An ancient, haunted mirror is the only thing in the way. The siblings find themselves trapped in their childhood home battling this ghostly mirror and the many spirits that it possesses.

Oculus’ storyline was beyond creepy and the repetition was that of a skipped record. Scenes were played over and over again, making the understanding of the movie even more complex. The highly anticipated horror film left me disappointed and confused. I fully comprehend the idea or concept of the frightful moments, it just took a long time to get there. And there were not as many scary moments compared to the gut-wrenching parts; the parts were you cringed from the nastiness and not from the actual terror.

The lack of diversity in the movie is almost laughable. The 10-person cast did not include not one person of color. Yes, I know we are normally the first character killed in your typical horror film, but Oculus could have expanded the racial representation. The doctor, the friend, somebody could have been of color.

WWE Studios, formerly WWF Films, has a hand in creating this bloodcurdling project. Although the wrestling based film company is fairly new, starting in 2002, the number of movies have increased since they started 12 years ago. WWE Studio is responsible for some greats flicks like The Scorpion King (2002) and The Call (2013). Hopefully, Oculus will give WWE Studios the same box office success despite its own horror.

Earlier in the year, WWE Studios announced the making of Jingle All The Way 2. I was filled with great excitement until I found out that no one from the orginal cast like Sinbad or Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to be on the movies’ ballot. Childhood classics should be left alone when there are plans to make drastic changes. Don’t ruin my childhood with cheesy sequels. It did not work for Home Alone 3 (1997) or The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998), so just leave it be!

2 Stars: There’s a thin line between horror and gruesome. I blame the Saw movie series on the heigtened levels of dramatic ghastliness. Oculus was no different, creating difficult moments to watch in the movie. The elements of suspense and surprise, huge factors in any horrow movie, are minimal.

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Passes

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Would you like to see Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones on Thursday, January 2nd at South Side Works Cinema? Well here’s the GOFOBO code:

GOFOBO Code: BNLO1F39

Starring Molly Ephraim, Richard Cabral, Crystal Santos, and Jorge Diaz, the Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is about family and friends trying to save a young man who seems to be a magnet for malevolent supernatural forces. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones hit theatres on Friday, January 3rd. To view the movie trailer, CLICK HERE

ENJOY!

Insidious Chapter 2

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From Film District, Insidious Chapter 2 is about one family’s continued quest to save their loved ones from evil spirits that haunt their home.

In 2011’s original release of Insidious, mother and father, Renai and Josh Lambert (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) find their son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) trapped in a supernatural after-life world. In the sequel, the Lamberts are displaced and staying in Josh’s parent’s home as local authorities investigate a murder.

The Lamberts always assumed it was the house that was haunted, but even in grandma’s house they are still victimized from old, tormented ghosts. After a few nights at grandma’s, Josh’s mother, Lorraine (Barbara Hershey), is startled by an extra unearthly spirit in her home and she quickly enlists the help of paranormal activity investigators to figure everything out.

A lot of juicy questions are answered in Chapter 2. On the other, a lot of new questions are posed as well and the movie, of course, leaves you with a cliff hanger to introduce a possible Chapter 3. As for Chapter 2, some of the scariest moments compel you to yell at the movie screen, jump in your seat, or let out a big scream. The movie wasn’t entirely scary and some of the most serious scenes are trumped with goofy, silly quickie, leaving a safe balance of terror and laughter.

Michael Beach graces the screen with his serious, refined presence. Beach plays a local detective who is investigating the homicide at the Lambert residence. He seems to always play the same roles; sober, controlled, and quiet. Although Beach, has yet to have a huge, breakout role it does not mean he has not had some memorable ones. Last time, I saw Beach he was creeping with Faith on Soul Food.

3 STARS: The movie had some cliché horror movie moments such as the White woman accidentally falling as she’s being chased by a crazed killer or the awful, obnoxious music that plays on the really intense part. Despite the difficulty of the sequels, Insidious Chapter 2 is a great date movie!
Don’t be afraid to see Insidious Chapter 2 as it opens this Friday the 13th!

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