Joe Dante Presents Trail of Blood, and let's just say the man has had his name on much better movies than this one.
Not many vampire stories manage to revolve around WWI battlefield atrocities and a modern-day story about bank robbers who hole up in a secret hotel in which everyone assumes an ominous nickname... with a bunch of romantic entanglements, double-crosses, and gruesome murders tossed in to keep things weird.
Clearly inspired by low-key indie horror films, Ritual has some decent components in its corner, but its meandering plot, confused narrative structure, and frequently familiar story trappings prevent the "decent components" from gaining much of a foothold.
Fortunately the gritty new indie thriller Open Grave does have some decent payoffs for those who are interested in playing along (and are willing to contend with a few slow spots in the movie's mid-section) will find some novelty here.
What starts out as a nasty but familiar story (a mute young NYC woman is raped (twice!) in one day and takes revenge on her attackers) slowly evolves into a smart, dark, and strangely upsetting piece of character-based creepiness.
It's the story of a woman who is documenting the mysterious disappearance of an old friend who (very stupidly) decided to sample a dosage of super-secret government-created mind-control serum -- and then vanishes.
Anyone who covers (or at least obsesses over) the current landscape of international horror cinema should be pleased to notice when a specific country speaks up and bangs out a fresh handful of g
Lots of horror movies start with a young woman accepting a mysterious offer and living to regret it in seriously unpleasant ways, and here's an interesting new one from Spain known as For Elise
Three young (and rather unlikeable) people head into the forest for a camping excursion, one of them refuses to put his camera down, and the viewer is on for a long bout of character development followed by a few short, sharp shocks of legitimate horror.
Solo is about a young woman who is none too thrilled about heading off to be a counselor at a summer camp, but unhappy Gillian (an excellent Annie Clark) seems resigned to make the best of her hardships.