We have four horror/drama releases for you this time around. Up first is Gingerclown. It’s a horror movie that should have been good. What’s scarier than a clown? A redheaded ginger clown should be the answer. Unfortunately the clown really doesn’t play a major role in this. It’s more about kids at an abandoned amusement park. Again, that sounds great. Unfortunately again, it’s more about aliens than serial killers. It’s pretty typical, The nerdy guy goes in trying to impress the hot chick with the jock boyfriend and people start dying. It didn’t do much for me. The creatures were kind of cool, but the acting was bad. The script was bad and it wasn’t scary. Doesn’t live up to its name or potential whatsoever.
Next we have Betrayal. Betrayal is your straight forward action drama. There’s nothing exactly wrong with it, but there’s nothing good either. It’s your standard Straight-to-DVD type release and it even has Eric Roberts in it! It also has Oleg Taktarov from old school MMA fighting. It’s just another gangster/mob movie with B-list (or lower) actors and a B-list, rehashed plot. Could have used Vinnie Jones or Dolph Lundgren in it.
Third we have The House at the End of Time. This is Spanish paranormal wannabe. Ever wondered what Mama or The Conjuring would be like in Spanish? That’s what this. I will be honest and admit it’s not as awful as lot of horror/paranormal films I’ve been watching lately, but it’s not all that original. It did hold my attention for most of the film and most of these paranormal films make my mind wander. Not terrible, but I’ve seen much better. It needed something in it, a bigger/better twist, or a cool visual to put above just another paranormal flick.
Lastly we have Once Upon a Time in Queens. I was going to do a solo review of this film because the concept is rather original, but unfortunately there isn’t much to say beyond that. I’ve never seen a film about a mob boss after he gets out of prison. Usually they are killed, in prison or in witness protection and that’s all you get. This has Paul Sorvino as a former mob boss getting out of jail and Michael Rapaport as his neighbor. Sorvino tries to adapt and stay out of the game, but others around him and the FBI almost force him back. There’s some clichéd stuff like Sorvino not knowing how to play a CD because he’s been in jail for 20 years and not liking gay people so that hurt the film. Plus the DVD cover shows and has Chazz Palminteri’s name on it. I watched the film, I don’t remember seeing him at all. Overall it’s not a bad film, it’s probably something I’d give a 3 out of 5, just don’t expect The Godfather or Goodfellas or anything. It’s definitely the best of this bunch.