Late Phases (2014)

Late Phases
Director: Adrián García Bogliano
Writer: Eric Stolze
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Ambrose (Nick Damici) used to be a soldier but now he is old and blind. He just moved to a new place, a retirement community. But instead of the peace and quite one would associate with such a community, Ambrose finds that people there are dying from mysterious dog bites quite a lot. But at the first full moon, Ambrose is attacked himself and realizes that those are not actually dogs. So he decides to go to war with the creatures.

With the choice of setting and protagonist, Late Phases has all the possibilities for a really fresh take on werewolf stories. But while the idea is great, its execution left me completely cold.

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Remake of: Somos lo que hay
Cast: Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Parks
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
After the death of their mother, Rose (Julia Garner), Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rory (Jack Gore) are left behind with their father Frank (Bill Sage). They live a very reclusive and ultra-religious lifestyle that includes ritualistic cannibalism – something that Rose and Iris find facing themselves now that their mother is dead.

I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by the film. I really liked the original and I heard good things about Mickle’s take but in the end, despite several strengths, it felt overly long and I had the feeling like it didn’t actually know what story it told.

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Stake Land (2010)

Stake Land
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Cast: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Michael Cerveris, Danielle Harris, Kelly McGillis, Sean Nelson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
America is overtaken by vampires, leaving behind a world that is pretty much fucked. Martin (Connor Paolo) is a teenager who lost his entire family in a vampire attack. He probably would be dead himself if it wasn’t for Mister (Nick Damici), a vampire hunter who takes Martin in and on as an apprentice. Together they travel towards New Eden, not really knowing whether it really does exist. But vampires aren’t the only threat on the road. There’s also the brotherhood headed by Jebedia Loven (Michael Cerveris) who see the vampires as god’s way of purging the earth of infidels.

Stake Land is basically The Road with added vampire action and a coming of age story. If you think that sounds awesome, you’re totally right.

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