DEATH KISS-Gritty Crime Drama with a Familiar Look & Feel

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Release Details: Uncork’d Entertainment announces a digital/VOD release date of October 2nd for new action-vigilante feature DEATH KISS. With the DVD, that includes special features such as director’s commentary and the trailer, will be released December 4, 2018.

Tagline and Synopsis:

THIS OCTOBER, JUSTICE HAS A FAMILIAR FACE

DEATH KISS concerns a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands, at the same time protecting a young mother and her child.

My Review:

The first thing that I felt I had to do before giving this movie and its star, Robert (Bronzi) Kovacs an objective review, was to immerse myself into the Charles Bronson iconic movies, Death Wish for which Death Kiss is patterned after. I watch all five of them. Then I sat back and watched the screener for Death Kiss. I have to tell you, it was extremely hard to watch this movie and not think that some unearthly magic had been used to bring Charles Bronson back to life. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, however, my review is also about the storyline and the acting talents of Robert Kovacs beyond his uncanny resemblance to Charles Bronson. Continue reading “DEATH KISS-Gritty Crime Drama with a Familiar Look & Feel”

Review: Johnny Gruesome…Not So Much

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Movie Details: From Uncork’d Entertainment, Johnny Gruesome,  which is based on the award-winning novel by Gregory Lamberson (Slime City, Killer Rack), who also directs the movie, comes out on VOD 10/16 and DVD 1/1/2019

Movie Hype:

Running tire marks around Ghost Rider…More vengeful than the Crow…
Johnny Gruesome grants y’all a death wish this fall…. This October, Johnny Grissom returns for revenge.

Movie synopsis: High school students Eric Carter (Byron Brown II) and Johnny Grissom (Anthony De La Torre) are best friends. Johnny is a heavy metal rebel nicknamed “Johnny Gruesome” by his classmates. When Johnny is murdered while on a drunken joyride, his killer persuades Eric and Johnny’s girlfriend to help him make the murder look like an accidental death. Johnny returns from the grave as a murderous, wise cracking zombie hell-bent on revenge.

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Review: Johnny Gruesome? Not so much:

Johnny Gruesome definitely has its ‘by the numbers’ roots firmly planted in the horror movie formula of the early 1980’s. Every recognized element is on display: from the ‘outcast teenager’, the ‘slutty girl, the ‘self centered jerk’ to the various and sundry generic high school characters.  It all seems geared to bring to mind such ‘murdered classmate comes back from the dead to seek revenge’ classics as Prom Night and Terror Train. Yet, with all those elements going for it, Johnny Gruesome just doesn’t quite fulfill the gruesome part of its name. Continue reading “Review: Johnny Gruesome…Not So Much”

Movie Review: The Debt Collector- This Movie Does it Right on so Many Levels

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If you want to see one of the best action/drama movies of 2018, then skip the big budget movies and go right to Amazon and order a DVD copy of The Debt Collector. This movie does it right on so many levels.

The Debt Collector, written by Jesse. V. Johnson (Savage Dog) and Stu Small (Accident Man) and directed by Jesse V. Johnson (Accident Man), is the kind of action/drama movie that rarely comes along these days. The kind that shines with great dynamics between the two male leads: Scott Adkins (Accident Man, Boyka: Undisputed) and Louis Mandylor (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) that harkens back to the days of gritty westerns and crime dramas where two men of diverse backgrounds find themselves working together in a shady job for a common reason: to make money. Continue reading “Movie Review: The Debt Collector- This Movie Does it Right on so Many Levels”