The Minus Man (1999)

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An unassuming serial killer named Vann (Owen Wilson) takes up residence in a small town after poisoning a drug addict (Sheryl Crow). Vann finds residence in the home of a couple of grieving parents who are renting out the room of their missing teenage daughter, and takes up a job as a mailman during the Christmas season. After he poisons a star high school athlete, the town is turned upside down and Vann watches the ramifications of his actions while contemplating what it all means. There are quite a few twists and turns as Vann’s compulsive need to randomly poison people begins to put his new life in jeopardy. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. Day 25: Late Phases (2014)

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Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Cold in July, Stakeland) is a blind Vietnam vet who moves into retirement community to find that it’s residents are being set upon once a month by a werewolf.  The cantankerous old man takes none to kindly to this, especially after the beast attacks him, and kills a neighbor and his seeing eye dog.  Figuring he has one month to get prepared before the beast strikes again, Ambrose sets out to do battle with the beast while trying to make peace with his past and his estranged son Will (Ethan Embry, The Guest, The Walking Dead). Tom Noonan (The Monster Squad, Manhunter, House of the Devil) also stars as a chain-smoking priest who tries to help Ambrose in his quest to find peace.  Late Phases is an effective English debut from writer/director Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil). Continue reading

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