Laura Hasn’t Slept (2020)

Laura Hasn’t Slept
Director: Parker Finn
Writer: Parker Finn
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Lew Temple
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2020

Laura (Caitlin Stasey) is seeing her therapist (Lew Temple) because she keeps having the same dream. Or nightmare really. She can barely sleep anymore and she wants to know what she can do about it.

Laura Hasn’t Slept is an effective short film with a great lead in Caitlin Stasey. Especially the first part, before we meet the monster, absolutely had me. Even though the special effects for the monster itself weren’t that great, though, the film could build from that strong first part enough that the last scare that I could even see coming, still really jolted me. A very satisfying watch.

The film poster showing the drawing of 7 pairs of eyes with the pupils rolling progressively more up until only the white is showing.

All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

All Cheerleaders Die
Director: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Writer: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, Tom Williamson, Chris Petrovski, Leigh Parker, Nicholas S. Morrison, Jordan Wilson, Felisha Cooper
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

After a tragic accident Maddie (Caitlin Stasey) signs up for the cheerleading team, despite that really not being her clique. But she leaves her old life and friend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee) behind and throws herself into the squad and her friendship with squad leader Tracy (Brooke Butler). But Maddie has an ulterior motive. One that is quickly overshadowed by supernatural events.

I was completely taken by surprise by All Cheerleaders Die and I loved every second of it. The story twists several ways, none of which I suspected at first. It plays with stereotypes, has a good sense of humor and was above all a film that was fun.


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I, Frankenstein (2014)

I, Frankenstein
Director: Stuart Beattie
Writer: Stuart Beattie
Based on: Kevin Grevioux‘s comic, which is in turn based on Mary Shelley‘s novel
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Caitlin Stasey, Mahesh Jadu, Kevin Grevioux

Shortly after the death of his creator, Frankenstein’s creature (Aaron Eckhart) is attacked by demons who seem to need him for something. The creature is saved by Gargoyle Angel Warriors who see his potential as a fighter and want to recruit him for their order. But even though the Gargoyle Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto) gives him his name – Adam – and treats him more like a human than anybody did before, he is not persuaded. But when things continue to get worse, Adam has a choice to make.

I, Frankenstein is an incredibly bad film. But it hits the exact sweet spot between bad and good: the spot of craptacular, shitmazing and so bad it’s good. If you have any love for bad films, I, Frankenstein will give you exactly what you need.


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