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Written by Jesus Figueroa

Director and co-writer Fede Álvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues talk with Jesus, @Thisfunktional of thisfunktional.com about their collaboration in “Don’t Breathe.”

Álvarez talks about using silence and making the choice to keep the music low or not use any so that the audience feels the intensity of the scenes.

Sayagues talks about the silence in the movie being a challenge in the movie because its installed in the plot when robbing a blind man.

“Don’t Breathe” comes to Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 29.

The Monster

Wasup movie fans?! Well, I actually had the chance to check this out late last night…yep…once everyone fell asleep…I climbed into bed with my iPad and started THE MONSTER.

OK…let me start off by saying…DO NOT. Let me repeat myself…DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER. Now…the trailer doesn’t really ruin anything but…ya gotta keep this one ole natural! (lol) Just trust when I say…you gotta watch THE MONSTER.

So…what’s the movie about – without giving anything away. Kathy played by Zoe Kazan and Lizzy played by Ella Ballentine are mother and daughter – right from the beginning – you can tell they’ve had some serious conflicts in their relationship…as you keep watching – you see these conflicts in a few flashbacks and…HOLY CRAP BALLS…talk about CRAAZZZYYYYYYYYYYYY.

So because of all the craziness – Lizzy would like to spend some time with her dad. Kathy’s job – drive her there. Sounds pretty simple, right? WRRRONNGGGGG!!! On their way there – Kathy hits a wolf crossing the road, blows out a tire and totally messes up the car. After calling dad and giving him the scoop – they decide to investigate the dead wolf on the road (I know, whyyyy?) They see that the wolf has huge gashes in it – NOT from the car – but from something else…but what could it be? They then find a tooth. A HUGE FREAKING TOOTH. They soon realize – hmmmmm maybe this whole thing with the wolf…is more serious than they thought. Maybe this wolf was being chased by something!!! Something BIGGER and SCARIER!

…AND THAT’S IT – that’s all I’m gonna say…well…one more thing. IT GETS BANANAS FROM THERE!

The Monster

So. WHAT DID I LIKE ABOUT ‘THE MONSTER?’
I didn’t like it – I freaking LOVED it. Within the first 23 minutes of the movie…I was totally pulled in. 35 minutes into the movie…I began getting uneasy, WTF feelings (lol)…which is a good thing. 1 hour into the movie…I realized for me…this was one of the best horror movie’s I’ve seen in a long time..definitely becomes my BEST HORROR MOVIE FOR 2016 – that’s for sure. Writer/Director Bryan Bertino did an awesome job. Loved the music. Loved the way it was shot. Just a great movie.

Let’s talk about the cast – Holy Crap Balls! Ella Ballentine who plays Lizzy. She was amazing. Freaking amazing. She made you feel everything she was feeling. There’s a scene where they’re both in the car and she’s scared and crying. GOOD LORD. I wanted to jump into the TV and hug this little girl. (lol) Man. I have a 2 year son and I immediately started thinking – what would I do in this situation. Ella’s a force movie fans – she’s one of my favs now…after watching this movie – I started following her on Twitter!! Zoe Kazan who plays Kathy the mom. She was amazing as well. Freaking amazing. There were so many times I wanted to karate chop her through the TV…then I became Team Kathy…then I wanted to karate chop her…then Team Kathy again. Zoe was great at playing with my emotions! (lol) I hated her and I loved her…damnnnn youuuuuuu!! The chemistry of these two in the movie – just perfect. They seriously did a great job.

I also loved the monster. I don’t want to give anything away – so – yeah – I loved the monster. (lol)

So. WHAT DID I NOT LIKE ABOUT ‘THE MONSTER?”
Nothing. It was awesome. Just go see this freaking movie.

I give THE MONSTER…5 out of 5 popcorns!

The Monster

THE MONSTER opens today in Houston, TX. It’s actually showing at the AMC Gulf Pointe 30. Why one freaking theater? This movie needs to be seen I say. Rumor has it – it’s available on VOD – so maybe you can find it there.

Just go see this movie. I’m definitely adding this movie to my DVD/Blu-ray collection.

In celebration of Halloween (my favorite time of the year) and the upcoming Universal Pictures’ release of…

Ouija

It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one. In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Purge series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series), alongside Hasbro’s Brian Goldner (Transformers and G.I. Joe series) and Stephen Davis (Ouija). Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he wrote with his Oculus and Before I Wake collaborator, Jeff Howard, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide. www.ouijamovie.com

I’ve received a few #OujiaMovie prize packs…

Ouija

Here’s how you enter the contest…

SHARE A SCARY STORY WITH ME

Email me your STORY, FIRST & LAST NAME and FULL MAILING ADDRESS to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

In the subject line – Ouija

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This promotion will end October 24 at 10:00 AM (central time). Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. U.S. and Canada residents are eligible to enter. Winner’s will be contacted via email. iWatchMike.com and other promotional partners are not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail.

#OuijaMovie
In theaters Friday, October 21

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Guess what Houston movie fans!! I’m going to have some EXTRA giveaways tomorrow at Diablo Loco!! FREE screening passes for OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL.

Freaky little girl, huh?! (lol)

Sooooooooo tomorrow DJ Jammin J and I host something called, DrinkO BingO – – we’ll have our normal giveaways BUT we’ll also have these…

Ouija

If you can’t stay and play – you can always pop in and get hooked up. We’ll have them ’till they’re gone!

Don’t forget – OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL opens in theaters October 21 – just in time for Halloween. 😉

In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

Equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary, Get Out is written and directed by Peele (Key and Peele) and produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, as well as Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, The Box), Peele and Edward H. Hamm Jr. (The Box, Bad Words).  The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men series), Milton “Lil Rel” Howery (The Carmichael Show), Betty Gabriel (The Purge: Election Year), Marcus Henderson (Pete’s Dragon) and Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton).

Just watched the trailer and HOLY CRAP BALLS! This is definitely my kind of movie – that’s for sure. That was some crazzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyy stuff right. It’s a good thing I don’t experiment with ‘stuff’ anymore…cuz…this right here…would probably blow my mind! (lol)

#GETOUT hits theaters February 24, 2017

It was never just a game.  Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.  In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.  When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

Why do people mess with these things? (lol)

Well…we got a new trailer folks and…though it looks cool…they sure show a lot of the movie. I really hope they saved some stuff. (lol) OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL hits theaters October 21…just in time for Halloween.

So. Who’s watching this?!

The Darkness

From the Producers of The Purge and Insidious comes THE DARKNESS…

A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival. The Darkness is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and stars Kevin Bacon and David Mazouz (Gotham).

So, what did I think of THE DARKNESS?

OK…before I tell you – –  I gotta share my freaky story.
So I watched this late last night – – like around 12:30 – – right in the middle of the movie – – when everything starts getting crazy – – all of sudden – on my 2 yr old’s baby monitor – I start to hear him talk. Crazy. I know. Question is…

Was he dreaming OR was he talking to ‘something’ or ‘someone?’ I guess I’ll never know – unless it happens again tonight. (lol)

OK, OK. Enough of that. What did I think of THE DARKNESS?

I like it. It was actually better than I expected. I’m always on the fence when it comes to supernatural PG-13 movies.

I thought the cast did a great job. Kevin Bacon (dad) was cool. Radha Mitchell (mom) was cool. Lucy Fry (daughter) was really cool. She had some intense moments – – very believable. David Mazouz (son) was really cool as well. This kid’s got some acting chops. It’s crazy to see how sophisticated he is as Bruce Wayne on Gotham – – – but in this – – he did good.

I thought the special effects were dope.
I thought the story of the ‘ancient demons’ were pretty sweet.
I thought the movie had some jumpy moments here and there…but nothing really scary.
I think THE DARKNESS is worth the watch – especially if you’re into movie like this.

Oh – – on the Blu-ray + Digital HD copy I got – – on the front cover it says: INCLUDES SHOCKING ALTERNATE ENDING!

I watched it…and personally…I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad they didn’t go with that ending instead. Yeah. I wasn’t a fan. (lol)

I give THE DARKNESS…3 out of 5 popcorns!

A few nights ago…I checked out a movie. I was called…

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS

Ohhhh yeahhhh…just look at that movie poster.

It was defiantly my kind of movie. (lol) I hope you like the review.

On June 22 I posted a press release for the upcoming UK release of WORRY DOLLS.

Movie News: ‘Worry Dolls’ Get UK Release Date!

Well guess what?! I got the chance to watch it…

WORRY DOLLS – TRAILER from Jinga Films on Vimeo.

What did I think of WORRY DOLLS…

I liked it.

I thought it had a great start. (lol) It jumps right into action! In the first 10 minutes of the movie – SERIOUS blood and brains. Texas Chainsaw Massacre style. (lol) Loved it. I think that’s one of the main things I liked about the movie – – the special effects. They definitely didn’t hold back – – for a movie that didn’t seem to have a huge budget – I thought they got the job done!

I enjoyed the serial killer.

I enjoyed the dolls.

I dug it all.

I give WORRY DOLLS… 3 1/2 out of 5 popcorns.

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The Purge

iWatchMike.com and Universal Pictures invite you to an advance screening of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. This action packed, WTF movie stars…Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Edwin Hodge, Betty Gabriel, JJ Soria and Mykelti Williamson!

Screening’s are happening in HOUSTON and DALLAS on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30pm

Click the links below to download your passes…once they run out…they run out!!! 🙂

HOUSTON – AMC Studio 30 – Click here

DALLAS – Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane – Click here

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While supplies last. Once all allotted passes are redeemed, the code will no longer be valid.  Supplies are limited. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Limit up to two (2) passes per person. Seating is first-come, first-serve basis. Employees of all promotional partners and their agencies are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING.

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