THE LANDLORD Review – Selfless Indie Horror.

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Written and Directed by Emil Hyde, 2009

I’ve never been noodling, but I imagine blindly thrusting one’s bare arm into the mouth of a catfish is not all that different from watching independent horror.  Both find you wading through the muck and the mire with nothing more than a hope in your heart that the setting of the sun finds you with ten fingers, ten toes and, if you’re lucky, something to show for the painful ordeal.

I get a complaint from time to time that I review films people have either no chance or no desire to see.  And that’s a valid gripe.  I understand that you’d rather read about films on your horizon, but the truth is HND would be a very different landscape if I actually reviewed even half the stuff I get asked to take a look at.  Frankly most of the films I’m fortunate enough to have come my way are not worth the time it takes me to write about them and are definitely not worth the time it would take you to read about them.  So please indulge me on the rare occasion I actually enjoy a movie the general public has little practical chance of ever seeing.

THE LANDLORD is a horror comedy shot for less than $23,000, and I’m not bringing up that number out of surprise at what was accomplished for such a relatively little sum.  Knowing that budget sets the stage.  Emil Hyde’s film has uneven production values and it shows in almost ever scene.  But what’s hurt by lack of funds is made up for by a truly amiable script that is laugh-out-loud funny and consistently entertaining throughout.

Last Week in Horror: March 15th to the 22nd

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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • SAW VI – Shawnee Smith is in the latest installment?  Why the hell not?
  • LOST BOYS 3 – Why the hell not?
  • DAYBREAKERS – Lionsgate bumps the vampire flick down the line to the newly claimed horror month of January.  Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Dr. Allen Grant still have me interested, though.
  • DANTE’S INFERNO – Dan Harris has picked up the screen writing slack on an adaptation of the yet-unpublished game adaption of the titular piece of classic lit.


Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • GHOSTBUSTERS – Alyssa Milano is taking over the Weaver filled female lead in the upcoming GHOSTBUSTERS game.
  • FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH – This is really the preview image for FvJvA?  I coulda Photoshopped this bologna.
  • Pascal Laugier – The MARYTRS director talks potential projects on his slate(s), which reach past the HELLRAISER remake and include a CUJO-esque script as well as a LOVECRAFT infused property.
  • CLEAVAGEFIELD – I promise you that, unless I cancel the channel, I will bring you a review of Cinemax’ CLEAVAGEFIELD after it debuts on April 1st.

Non-theatrical Trailers and Clips

  • THIRST – The teaser trailer for Chan-Wook Park’s vampire film.  Looks great.
  • THE LANDLORD – I actually was offered an early look at THE LANDLORD this week.  Should I take it?
  • GOBSTOPPER – Christopher Lloyd does Willy Wonka killing teenagers?
  • THE CHILDREN – I know that this was viewed recently in Austin, but I’ve yet to see what the general consensus was.
  • EVIL THINGS – Trailer.

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