Movie Review: RED EYE

“Red Eye” is a legend Gage Barker use to be told as a kid. When he found out there was some truth behind this legend he gathered a group of friends to hike in the backwoods of Black Creek, WV to help him use this as the basis for his first film project. To what extent will they go to make this project a reality? Will their passion bleed through? Or cross the line?

 

Details

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 2017 (USA)

Filming Locations: Kentucky, USA

Box Office

Budget:$10,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co: Cyfuno Ventures

Technical Specs

Runtime: 73 min

 

Going into the movie, I knew right away this was a low budget film. With that said, I was pleasantly surprised at the Special FX. I love when they get creative and it looks good on film. Thumbs up to them and their FX persona for a job well done.

I was a little put off at first at the chemistry between actors in the very beginning. Everything seemed a little disjointed until the actors got comfortable with each other. I’ve seen worse, but it made the first few minutes of the film a little slow in my opinion.

Once the movie began to pick up, it wasn’t half bad at all. I take low-budget horror movies with a grain of salt because it’s not how much money you have, but what you can do with it. The story of RED EYE was an urban legend Gage Barker had been told growing up. He and one of his friends, loving horror and wanting to document it on film, decide to take along two female friends to give the documentary a little more drama. The opening of the movie discloses a secret love triangle and we know this is going to be all bad as the film plays out.

While I appreciate well-thought out and fleshed out back stories, I did feel it went a little overboard. You know that person you just meet, who gives you their whole life story? Yeah, that’s kind of the feeling you get sometimes with this film. I would’ve preferred they went back to the legend … speaking of the legend … my only gripe about this film was the conclusion.

SPOILER ALERT BELOW!! DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE OR DO NOT ENJOY SPOILERS

In the conclusion of the film we discover Gage brought his friends out to the remote spot and was “improvising” so he had an “authentic” film. Plot twists are cool, but I feel there was a complete disconnect here. Maybe less attention to the Urban Legend, especially in the title? I am not sure how I’d personally handle it, because I’m not a film maker, I’m only the audience. To me it felt like a build up with a fizzle. I kind of felt something was up because of the type of killing and violence against the teens. It didn’t match up with the legend.

Anyway, that all being said, I didn’t hate the movie, but I feel with a little more experience, Director and Writer, Tristan Clay will go further in his career. I hope to see more from him and his team.

Vile Vacation Idea: Hoia-Baciu Forest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Keeping up with the theme this month of Vile Vacations, I wanted to think of a place I could go to ensure that I would have nightmares to come! I thought of the world’s most haunted forest: Hoia-Baciu Forest in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. This forest has so much to offer someone like myself: Urban Legend, paranormal activity, creepy fairy tale like trees, and even UFO sightings!

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Located in the historical region of Transylvania, and a massive forest at 617 acres (250 hectares) you can definitely get lost at night. Especially with no compass or sense of direction, this forest is also nicknamed as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania”.  It is named after a shepherd that disappeared along with two hundred sheep. This makes the locals believe that if they go in the forest, they may never return. Also, they believe that some souls of the locals who have been murdered go to this forest for unrest. This can account for witnessing odd lights, noises and seeing heads floating among the trees. Certainly, several visitors have experienced mysterious rashes, burns, nausea, and unexplained loss of time. Not to mention the feeling of being watched and hearing unexplained voices.

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A large portion of the forest that is barren. People believe that this is where most paranormal activity is. But there’s also several springs that border the forest which can be a conduit for activity. How exciting is this!? Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Researchers visit the forest in hopes to find something here.

 
forest-oneThere was one documented sighting of a UFO in the 70s with a photo for proof, but some have not been able to be so lucky to see another as successfully. While the photo is pretty cool and such, the idea that there hasn’t been another sighting is possibly the only disappointment if to visit.

So, with the idea that you will be guaranteed some kind of experience when visiting this creepy, but awesome forest, would you go? I most definitely think it would be well worth the experience and great material for nightmares.

 

What is your favorite vacation destination? Let me know and if you have visited Hoia-Baciu Forest, I would definitely love to hear about it!

 

Nightmare Fuel – The Dybbuk Box

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Hello Addicts,

EBay has long been an auction mecca for everything imaginable.  You can buy vehicles, whole towns, and even a ghost in a bottle.  For one such item, the website became the birth of an urban legend.  This episode we bring you the story of the Dybbuk Box.

In 2003, an eBay auction was posted for a Jewish wine cabinet that the owner claimed he’d bought at a yard sale a couple of years before.  The original owner was a 103-year-old Polish woman who escaped the Holocaust with the box.  The family was told to never open it and seemed anxious to part with the item.  When the new owner, Kevin Mannis, brought it to his antique shop, he quickly found out why.  Within half an hour of the cabinet arriving, Mr. Mannis received a telephone call from a terrified employee who claimed that someone was in the store’s basement destroying things and cussing up a storm. When he and the police arrived, there were no signs of an intruder and no other way out of the store.  That proved to be just the first of many bad events to follow.  By the time he listed the box on eBay, his store had been raided by the FBI, his identity stolen, his lease taken away, and his mother suffered a stroke when he gave the box to her as a gift.

Aside from the stories, the contents of the box in the listing are an interesting sort.  Inside are two U.S. wheat pennies, two small locks of hair bound with string – one blonde and one black or brown, a small granite statue engraved and gilded with Hebrew letters that spell the word “Shalom”, a dried rosebud, one golden wine cup, and a very strange black cast iron candlestick holder with octopus legs.  Also reported to accompany the ordinary looking cabinet is the smell of jasmine or cat urine.

The box eventually was sold to its current owner, John Haxton.  He claims to have experienced some physical maladies since obtaining it, including hives, welts and coughing up blood.  Presently, Mr. Haxton, with the help of a Rabbi, has sealed the ybbuk inside the box and hidden it away for study.  This has only helped the story to grow like wildfire, eventually coming to the attention of director Sam Raimi, whose horror production company, Ghost House Pictures, released the film “The Possession” in 2012.

Whether the story is real or just a creepy way to sell an otherwise ordinary item, the dybbuk box is a sensation that ranks up with Slenderman and the Boogieman.   Buyer beware!

 

 

Nightmare Fuel — The Slit Mouthed Woman

Hello Addicts,

This week’s Nightmare Fuel takes us to the Land of the Rising Sun.  There is an urban legend.  I first heard about this woman around the time that The Dark Knight first came out in theaters in 2008 because of the resemblance to The Joker in the movie.  Even now, as I refresh my memory of the Japanese urban legend, I feel chills.

The more modern version of the Slit Mouthed Woman tale goes that a woman decides to get a divorce from her husband, who is schizophrenic, bipolar, and physically abusive.  When he discovers this, he snaps.  He knocks her out, ties her up, and, with the aid of very sharp scissors, proceeds to slice her mouth open from ear to ear.  Not satisfied with that bit of torture, he taunts her by saying, “Who will think you’re pretty now?” before using the scissors to decapitate her and then killing himself.  Thus, the legend Kuchisake-onna is born.

The spirit of the woman wanders the streets while wearing a surgical mask.  When she spies her victim, she walks up to them and asks if they think she’s pretty.  Before they are able to answer, she rips away the mask to reveal her disfigured face and asks, “Do you think I’m pretty now?”  If the person answers in the negative, she removes their head with her scissors,  If they say, “Yes”, she is so pleased that she uses the same scissors to make their smile just as pretty as hers.  If you give a non-committal answer like, “You’re average looking,” she becomes confused long enough for you to attempt an escape.

This tale has been around for a very long time, and was made into a Japanese film titled “Carved” and also loosely included in “The Grudge”.  The Slit Mouthed Woman, guaranteed to send a chill up your spine, especially if you see a lovely lady walking up to you with a surgical mask on.  She might just be a doctor, a nurse, or someone trying to keep from getting sick.  Then again, she may be something much deadlier.

D.J. Pitsiladis