Avenged – Raw Review

The butchered will be Avenged, the butchers will be Savaged.

Supernatural horror revenge movie where a deaf girl is brutalized and seeks revenge.

Avenged (originally titled Savaged) is a tightly crafted journey into the darker plains of the American Southwest. Clearly a labor of love for filmmaker Michael S. Ojeda, he’s credited with writing, editing, and directing the film, along with cinematography.


The storyline is fairly straight forward. When a deaf woman falls prey to a gang of evil men her body is inhabited by an apache warrior on a quest for vengeance. Sounds similar to any number of other films but what sets Avenged apart from the rest is style and attention to craft.


The film is visceral, both graphically and emotionally. There is brutality, rape, and quite a bit on screen gore, yet it never consumes the story. Every scene furthers the plot. Ojeda manages the film’s violence well, giving us a healthy amount when appropriate but never going over the top.


Horror movie kill, death by arrows, lots of arrows, apache warrior style.

Avenged’s screenplay is tight, well written and cleverly crafted. Things make sense. The characters are consistent and don’t suddenly decide to change personalities right when needed. Standard isolation tropes that even a majority of big budget tentpole films suffer from are avoided completely – cell phones have signal, local police are able to conduct crime scene investigation, government corruption doesn’t run all the way to the top.


Bar fight, zoe kills three men and pulls out one's intestines slowly, inches at a time.


Solid performances across the board from the troupe of actors . Amanda Adrienne is extremely compelling as Zoe. She handles both the action and dramatic scenes equally well and is quite frightening when in full combat mode. It’s nice to see another film where the female character kick the shit out of the bad guys.


West and Trey wait for Zoe to attack. Both men are going to die horrible horror movie deaths.


The villains are also much more complex than they seem. Throughout the film Ojeda deftly drops clues to their motivations, which as it turns out are built on more than just bad attitudes and intolerance.  Tom Ardavany puts in a solid performance as West, the sort-of second in command of the family responsible for all the horrible shit that happens. And Rodney Rowland… holy fuckin shit… he steals the show as Trey, the self-proclaimed leader of the gang. Trey is despicable in every way, as evil as them come, but Rowland’s handling of the character is so compelling he quickly becomes just as compelling as Zoe. A standout performance by Rowland that will hopefully see him land more starring roles in the future.

Apache medicine man finds Zoe and tries to save her spirit, unwittingly letting the apache warrior in.

Avenged is destined to become a classic within it’s genre. Raw and powerful storytelling combined with exceptional filmmaking turn what could have been a standard revenge film into a complex and powerful journey between opposing moralities. Attention to detail, solid acting, excellent cinematography and heavy action make this one of our favorite movies so far this year. Michael Ojeda is a filmmaker to an eye on.


Do you recommend this movie?

Absolutely. There is so much more to enjoy here than a simple supernatural revenge film.

Not sure I can handle rape and torture, is there a lot?

The story depends on certain horrible acts taking place. There is a brutal captivity scene but Ojeda doesn’t go full torture porn. He knows when to dial it back and what not to show. I think you can handle it.

Anyone I know in this movie?

Most of the cast have a long line of television and/or film credits. It doesn’t matter though because all the performances are well above what you’d expect. Bonus points for casting Joseph Runningfox as Grey Wolf (Seems Like Old Times, Geronimo, Ravenous).

What was your favorite scene?

There are three (minor spoilers):

  • The bar fight. Beer bottle, pool cue and intestines. Gave us Taken flashbacks, and that’s a good thing.   
  • The truck battle. Fucking fantastic set piece. Intense, physical and filmed perfectly. As good a set piece as we’ve seen in any movie.
  • Body repair. Wrist, guts, sand and duct tape. It’s a powerful scene that was unexpected.


Film poster for Savaged, supernatural revenge flick releasing at Avenged worldwide on April 21st.


Where did you see the movie?

We searched VOD through our provider but couldn’t find it so we went with a rental on Amazon Instant Video. The rental price is a bit steep at $6.99, basically the same price as a single matinee theater ticket. Given the quality of the film it ended up being worth the cost. The film is available in DVD format for pre-order through amazon. We highly recommend you pick up a copy.

Avenged – Raw Review

The butchered will be Avenged, the butchers will be Savaged.

Supernatural horror revenge movie where a deaf girl is brutalized and seeks revenge.

Avenged (originally titled Savaged) is a tightly crafted journey into the darker plains of the American Southwest. Clearly a labor of love for filmmaker Michael S. Ojeda, he’s credited with writing, editing, and directing the film, along with cinematography.


The storyline is fairly straight forward. When a deaf woman falls prey to a gang of evil men her body is inhabited by an apache warrior on a quest for vengeance. Sounds similar to any number of other films but what sets Avenged apart from the rest is style and attention to craft.


The film is visceral, both graphically and emotionally. There is brutality, rape, and quite a bit on screen gore, yet it never consumes the story. Every scene furthers the plot. Ojeda manages the film’s violence well, giving us a healthy amount when appropriate but never going over the top.


Horror movie kill, death by arrows, lots of arrows, apache warrior style.

Avenged’s screenplay is tight, well written and cleverly crafted. Things make sense. The characters are consistent and don’t suddenly decide to change personalities right when needed. Standard isolation tropes that even a majority of big budget tentpole films suffer from are avoided completely – cell phones have signal, local police are able to conduct crime scene investigation, government corruption doesn’t run all the way to the top.


Bar fight, zoe kills three men and pulls out one's intestines slowly, inches at a time.


Solid performances across the board from the troupe of actors . Amanda Adrienne is extremely compelling as Zoe. She handles both the action and dramatic scenes equally well and is quite frightening when in full combat mode. It’s nice to see another film where the female character kick the shit out of the bad guys.


West and Trey wait for Zoe to attack. Both men are going to die horrible horror movie deaths.


The villains are also much more complex than they seem. Throughout the film Ojeda deftly drops clues to their motivations, which as it turns out are built on more than just bad attitudes and intolerance.  Tom Ardavany puts in a solid performance as West, the sort-of second in command of the family responsible for all the horrible shit that happens. And Rodney Rowland… holy fuckin shit… he steals the show as Trey, the self-proclaimed leader of the gang. Trey is despicable in every way, as evil as them come, but Rowland’s handling of the character is so compelling he quickly becomes just as compelling as Zoe. A standout performance by Rowland that will hopefully see him land more starring roles in the future.

Apache medicine man finds Zoe and tries to save her spirit, unwittingly letting the apache warrior in.

Avenged is destined to become a classic within it’s genre. Raw and powerful storytelling combined with exceptional filmmaking turn what could have been a standard revenge film into a complex and powerful journey between opposing moralities. Attention to detail, solid acting, excellent cinematography and heavy action make this one of our favorite movies so far this year. Michael Ojeda is a filmmaker to an eye on.


Do you recommend this movie?

Absolutely. There is so much more to enjoy here than a simple supernatural revenge film.

Not sure I can handle rape and torture, is there a lot?

The story depends on certain horrible acts taking place. There is a brutal captivity scene but Ojeda doesn’t go full torture porn. He knows when to dial it back and what not to show. I think you can handle it.

Anyone I know in this movie?

Most of the cast have a long line of television and/or film credits. It doesn’t matter though because all the performances are well above what you’d expect. Bonus points for casting Joseph Runningfox as Grey Wolf (Seems Like Old Times, Geronimo, Ravenous).

What was your favorite scene?

There are three (minor spoilers):

  • The bar fight. Beer bottle, pool cue and intestines. Gave us Taken flashbacks, and that’s a good thing.   
  • The truck battle. Fucking fantastic set piece. Intense, physical and filmed perfectly. As good a set piece as we’ve seen in any movie.
  • Body repair. Wrist, guts, sand and duct tape. It’s a powerful scene that was unexpected.


Film poster for Savaged, supernatural revenge flick releasing at Avenged worldwide on April 21st.


Where did you see the movie?

We searched VOD through our provider but couldn’t find it so we went with a rental on Amazon Instant Video. The rental price is a bit steep at $6.99, basically the same price as a single matinee theater ticket. Given the quality of the film it ended up being worth the cost. The film is available in DVD format for pre-order through amazon. We highly recommend you pick up a copy.

From Dusk Till Dawn – (1996)

Mexican Vampires vs. Badass Bank Robbers!

What can you say about From Dusk Till Dawn that hasn’t already been said. Not much but I’m going to try anyway. 
We’ve been catching up on the new series (which is now available for binging on Netflix) and enjoying it quite a bit, so last night we went back to our roots and rewatched the original movie from 1996. 
It can never be said that Quentin Tarantino fails to be entertaining. His success since the release of this film proves it, but even going back to the early days of his success his screenplays are loaded with quick, witty, and down right hilarious dialogue. 
The film received a lot of criticism at it’s release due to the schizophrenic nature of the storyline. The first half is a tight, violent heist film that follows two brothers on the run from half the state of Texas. The second half turns into a campy, almost completely silly monster movie complete with cheap looking grindhouse style special effects and a litany of b-movie actors from the golden age of cinema. 
Tom Savini as Sexmachine (complete with crotch gun).
Fred Williamson as Frost (the cigar smoking Vietnam vet).
Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Harvey Keitel, the list goes on and on. 

Good movie? 

It’s fun. Very fun. Silly in places but if you like Tarantino style dialogue and whole helluva lot of blood and guts then you should check it out. 

Good date movie?

Yeah, why not.

Sex, nudity? 

Nipples. Lots and lots of nipples. 

Why are you reviewing a movie that’s almost 20 years old? Everyone’s obviously seen it already.

A lot of youngins were barely born when this movie came out. We enjoy old horror from the 60s and 70s, so it’s only fair we push 90s horror on the new generation. 

From Dusk Till Dawn – (1996)

Mexican Vampires vs. Badass Bank Robbers!

What can you say about From Dusk Till Dawn that hasn’t already been said. Not much but I’m going to try anyway. 
We’ve been catching up on the new series (which is now available for binging on Netflix) and enjoying it quite a bit, so last night we went back to our roots and rewatched the original movie from 1996. 
It can never be said that Quentin Tarantino fails to be entertaining. His success since the release of this film proves it, but even going back to the early days of his success his screenplays are loaded with quick, witty, and down right hilarious dialogue. 
The film received a lot of criticism at it’s release due to the schizophrenic nature of the storyline. The first half is a tight, violent heist film that follows two brothers on the run from half the state of Texas. The second half turns into a campy, almost completely silly monster movie complete with cheap looking grindhouse style special effects and a litany of b-movie actors from the golden age of cinema. 
Tom Savini as Sexmachine (complete with crotch gun).
Fred Williamson as Frost (the cigar smoking Vietnam vet).
Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Harvey Keitel, the list goes on and on. 

Good movie? 

It’s fun. Very fun. Silly in places but if you like Tarantino style dialogue and whole helluva lot of blood and guts then you should check it out. 

Good date movie?

Yeah, why not.

Sex, nudity? 

Nipples. Lots and lots of nipples. 

Why are you reviewing a movie that’s almost 20 years old? Everyone’s obviously seen it already.

A lot of youngins were barely born when this movie came out. We enjoy old horror from the 60s and 70s, so it’s only fair we push 90s horror on the new generation. 

DEMONIC

Fangoria  has a bit of info on the upcoming film DEMONIC.

Produced by James Wan, Frank Grillo and Maria Bello star in the film which is about something horrible we’re sure. Yay!

Top Five John Carpenter Films

 Top five John Carpenter films?

  1.  Possibly the best sci-fi horror movie ever made, The Thing is truly a masterpiece of suspense. The special effects are some of the best ever seen on film; combined with excellent performances from Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David this movie is timeless. 
  2. A close runner up, Prince of Darkness is a creepy science/religious thriller that doesn’t disappoint. What if the fate of humanity were left in the hands grad students? What if Alice Cooper was leading an army of transients, intent on keeping you looked inside a building with the son of Satan? What if Satan and God weren’t living in the clouds, but in another dimension? What if? What if? What if? Love this movie. 
  3. Ah, The Fog. A slow burn creep-fest and wonderful example of how practical effects can be used to create amazing visuals. Anyone see the remake? Notice how they used CGI to create the fog? May have been cheaper and easier, but it looked like shit. Carpenter didn’t have the luxury of CGI back in the day and his film turned out far better than many contemporary movies in the same genre. Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis, what’s not to like? Did I mention the soundtrack is awesome!
  4.  Whats not to like about the ‘Godfather’ of all slasher films. The atmosphere of this film is so thick with tension and well paced it can be watched over and over again. The Shape is a formidable threat to everyone in the film – men, women, dogs, kids. The decision to make him a composite of evil as apposed to a well understood and clearly motivated villain is genius, absolute genius. He’s evil, that’s all we know, that’s all we need to know. 
  5.  Tough decision on this one. I wanted to include Big Trouble in Little China but in the end Escape From New York won out the fifth spot. The deciding factors came down to the scope of the film and the soundtrack. Escape is a much larger movie in concept and execution, details a dystopian world that is intriguing and compelling, and has a sound track that perfectly compliments the setting. 
What do think of the list? Any changes you’d make? Let us know!

Top Five John Carpenter Films

 Top five John Carpenter films?

  1.  Possibly the best sci-fi horror movie ever made, The Thing is truly a masterpiece of suspense. The special effects are some of the best ever seen on film; combined with excellent performances from Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, and Keith David this movie is timeless. 
  2. A close runner up, Prince of Darkness is a creepy science/religious thriller that doesn’t disappoint. What if the fate of humanity were left in the hands grad students? What if Alice Cooper was leading an army of transients, intent on keeping you looked inside a building with the son of Satan? What if Satan and God weren’t living in the clouds, but in another dimension? What if? What if? What if? Love this movie. 
  3. Ah, The Fog. A slow burn creep-fest and wonderful example of how practical effects can be used to create amazing visuals. Anyone see the remake? Notice how they used CGI to create the fog? May have been cheaper and easier, but it looked like shit. Carpenter didn’t have the luxury of CGI back in the day and his film turned out far better than many contemporary movies in the same genre. Adrienne Barbeau , Jamie Lee Curtis, what’s not to like? Did I mention the soundtrack is awesome!
  4.  Whats not to like about the ‘Godfather’ of all slasher films. The atmosphere of this film is so thick with tension and well paced it can be watched over and over again. The Shape is a formidable threat to everyone in the film – men, women, dogs, kids. The decision to make him a composite of evil as apposed to a well understood and clearly motivated villain is genius, absolute genius. He’s evil, that’s all we know, that’s all we need to know. 
  5.  Tough decision on this one. I wanted to include Big Trouble in Little China but in the end Escape From New York won out the fifth spot. The deciding factors came down to the scope of the film and the soundtrack. Escape is a much larger movie in concept and execution, details a dystopian world that is intriguing and compelling, and has a sound track that perfectly compliments the setting. 
What do think of the list? Any changes you’d make? Let us know!

Zombie Night — Not the worst of the Asylum Films. I think.

zombies eat people in asylum film

Here is an equation review of Zombie Night:

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(still with me?) plus…
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(still with me????) then…

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Confusing? Yep. 

Q: Was it that bad?
A: Yeah, it was.

Q: But there are so many actors in it, how can it be that bad?
A: When you spend all your money on name recognition and little on the screenplay. Well, eh.

Q: John Gulager directed this? Name sounds familiar…
A: Directed Feast on the last season of Project Greenlight. Feast is a much much better movie.

Q: Was the writing really that bad?
A: Let me put it this way…