BLOW THE MAN DOWN – Review by Liz Whittemore

While grieving for the loss of their mother, the Connolly Sisters suddenly find they have a crime to cover up, leading them deep into the underbelly of their salty Maine fishing village. Blow The Man Down is filled with surprises and its very own version of a Greek chorus in Maine fisherman form.

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THE SHED – Preview by Liz Whittemore

As an orphan living with his abusive grandfather (Timothy Bottoms) and always under the watchful eye of the local sheriff, life sucks for Stan (Jay Jay Warren). But he’s got it better than his best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) whom he regularly defends from the school bullies. Additionally, their best friend Roxy (newcomer Sofia Happonen, Stan’s schoolboy crush, has fallen in with the cool crowd, who constantly harass Stan and Dommer.

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MARY – Review by Liz Whittemore

Mary brings sea-faring scares but might be a sinking ship. Genuinely frightening visual moments and a fantastically effective score by The Newton Brothers add to the atmosphere of terror. What I was missing is the clarification between the siren legend and missing children specifically. Sirens tend to temp sailors to their death, while adding in an entirely separate curse aspect into the story feels a bit muddled.

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THE FANATIC – Review by Liz Whittemore

John Travolta is one of our most iconic actors with his ability to bounce from Grease to Saturday Night Fever and then his triumphant comeback in Pulp Fiction. His portrayal of hitman Vincent is sexy and cool. It reminded us what we had been missing after years of mediocre roles. Travolta was a bonafide Hollywood movie star. That’s what makes him producing and starring in a The Fanatic so damn perplexing.

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HEAD COUNT – Review by Liz Whittemore

This script by director Elle Callahan and Michael Nadar is something special. Right off the bat, I noticed nods to It Follows, one of the most unique genre films in a long time. But once Head Count’s weirdness takes full hold, you’ll find it’s completely its own creation. You will be just as spooked/confounded as the characters.

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ST. AGATHA – Review by Liz Whittemore

Director Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw franchise, Repo! The Genetic Opera) has a new feature in St. Agatha. The premise might seem cliche at first glance but it becomes much more nuanced as the film progresses. The standout performances have to be from the gaggle of young pregnant women being held captive at this mysterious convent.

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