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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The Guest (2014)

The-Guest-Poster-1The best way for me to describe this film is  “What if Capt America was The Stepfather?”.  Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) plays as David, a returning war vet who goes to visit the parents of his dead war buddy to give them their sons dying message.  He first meets the mother, Laura Peterson (Shelia Kelly from Lost) and immediately charms her into letting her stay with the family for a while.  Her husband objects to the idea at first, but is also charmed enough by the stranger.  Their son Luke (Brendan Meyer, iZombie) is apathetic, and the trouble comes from their daughter Anna (Maika Monroe, It Follows) immediately distrusts him. Continue reading

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