Genre : Horror
Country : United States
Director: Haylar Garcia
Jennifer Conrad is a small-town girl starting over in the big city. Fleeing an abusive relationship, all she wants is a chance to begin again. But it is hard to start over when something is eating you while you sleep . . . one painful bite at a time.
Since its inception one of horror’s most popular subgenres has been the creature feature. Beginning in 1915 with Germany’s The Golem we have seen an array of monstrous beasts over the years. Whether it’s the Japan’s famed kaiju Godzilla or the Guillermo del Toro’s poetic nightmares, monsters are a universal concept that appeals to all audiences. The latest beastie to try and make their mark is the Jedak in Haylar Garcia’s film Apartment 212.
Jennifer is looking for a fresh start. Moving away from her abusive ex-husband she wants to start her life all over again. Moving into a small apartment and things take a turn for the worse when her neighbor mysteriously dies. Beginning to wake up with excruciating bites all over her body, Jennifer is determined to discover what is attacking her at night.
Horror is interesting in how versatile it is as a storytelling medium. For those looking for an interpretation of horrors of nuclear war there is the original Godzilla. For a look at a broken home that is both terrifying and heartbreaking there is Bryan Bertino’s The Monster. Similarly, Apartment 212 tries to tackle domestic violence without through the use of the Jedak. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work very well on the big screen, the biggest reason being the movie’s editing.
For whatever reason director-editor Haylar Garcia seems quite fond of the dissolve effect as a scene transition. Multiple scenes in a row would fade in and out for the most minor of transitions. At a certain point it felt less like a scene change and more like a running gag. The other big issue is that the pacing felt a bit off. It was as if there wasn’t quite enough story to fill out the movie but it had go hit an hour and a half. That isn’t to say Garcia is terrible as a director. As far as the basics of filmmaking he is fine and when he focuses more on the horror elements the movie starts to come together.
For a low budget movie, it looks great. I particularly liked the effects and design of our killer creature, the Jedak. Looking like a bat mixed with those fierce creatures from Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The sound design and the buildup for its appearance are pitch perfect. Even more impressive is the use of CG. Mixing practical effects and computer graphics he is able to keep the Jedak from looking too fake. Alas, by the time we do see the Jedak it feels a bit too little too late. Thankfully he does have some help on screen as well.
Leading our cast is actress Penelope Mitchell as Jennifer. Best known for The Vampire Diaries and Hemlock Grove she does a good job as our beleaguered heroine. With some killer makeup effects and her small stature, she does a good job selling the torment she is experiencing as her life falls apart. I may have not known who she was before but I would love to see her in more horror movies after Apartment 212. The only support she has is Terry played by Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame. Playing Jennifer’s neighbor, he plays the bumbling, concerned neighbor to perfection. He comes off as supportive without crossing the line into creepy; his romantic intentions more innocent than anything else. The rest of the cast is mostly made up of Jennifer’s wacky neighbors. While they are entertaining in their own way they tend to feel more like background players for Penelope Mitchell and Kyle Gass than anything else.
By the time the credits rolled, Apartment 212 reminded me of a lot of indie horror features. It has a solid, if cliché, story and a few creative elements like the Jedak. Lead Penelope Mitchell and comedy relief Kyle Gass shine despite the film’s low budget feel. The director seems to know his way behind the camera delivering the occasional shock. And yet it just didn’t click. Little things like an overuse of the dissolve effect and a soundtrack that didn’t quite fit keep popping up. While relatively minor things in the grand scheme of things but it adds up over the course of the film. And by the end all audiences are left with is a mess of a production. There’s a fun creature feature here but for whatever reason Apartment 212 just never clicks together.
Links : IMDB
Apartment 212 is now available on VOD
EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Michael Baker, A 16-Year-Old CEO Changing the World of Autism and Anxiety
Today, at the adolescent age of sixteen, Charlie Michael Baker is already set on his journey to help millions of people worldwide suffering from autism. Baker is more than just an influencer, CEO, and an accomplished author. After being diagnosed with autism Charlie has always tried to transform society and aware people of the difficulties one faces. From being bullied in school to collaborating with Kylie Jenner, Baker is the true definition of a champion as he continues to conquer everything against all odds!
We had the opportunity to connect with Charlie Michael Baker to understand his journey better. Read our conversation below.
At the mere age of 16 you’re helping kids and parents understand autism with your book Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, how do you think it’s creating an impact and helping people going through something similar as you did?
Charlie: At just 16, it feels like I’ve accomplished so much in such a short amount of time and it’s so rewarding! My book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me, has helped so many people which is such a rewarding thing to me. The whole reason I wrote my book was to help people and I even helped myself more than anything. Speaking up about what happened to me in school was such a relief for me because I felt like I had nobody to talk to when I was going through it.
Raising £350,000 for autism charities is praiseworthy, how do you plan to proceed further to help more autistic people worldwide?
Charlie: So far, we’ve raised just over £400,000 ($485,000+, €458,000+). This is an unimaginable amount of money and has helped lots of people worldwide! I plan to continue to donate every cent of the proceeds to my book to charities helping people with autism forever!
How can other people help in your contribution?
Charlie: Purchasing my book, Charlie Baker: Autism And Me contributes to many charities globally helping autistic people who are not able to work due to their disability. Purchasing my book is a massive help to everyone currently struggling!
You suffered a lot, and even got suicidal at one point, how do you think the youth can protect themselves from situations like you faced?
Charlie: I was in a really dark place at that time… suicide crossed my mind a few times and it was so bad that I even had to lock myself into school toilets to get away from my bullies. My book was my only escape. I found myself in my writing and it’s honestly the most rewarding thing ever! If anyone is going through any sort of unkindness, tell someone that can help! Tell an adult, a friend, a family member. They can help so don’t be afraid to ask for it!
You once mentioned that you were physically assaulted and your teacher “did nothing about it”. Do you think your life would have been different if some action was taken?
Charlie: I was physically assaulted by another student at a school I was at and we were even right beside a teacher…. Not just any teacher, though, the head of safeguarding. The lead of the safeguarding team ignored what had just happened even though it was caught on camera. Many teachers have even bought my book and they were just as disgusted at this behaviour and have been very vocal about it! My book does circulate some school libraries in England which is such a rewarding feeling. Teachers and schooling staff know of my existence and I know some action is being taken off the back of people like me speaking out.
How do you feel about your bullies now?
Charlie: My bullies still message me to this day. Whether it’s asking me for money, or asking me to shout them out on Instagram… they are still around!
You once mentioned about having a job and working 9 to 5, what do you aim for your future?
Charlie: I work a 9-5 currently at a beauty company in Manchester, England and I love it there! I’ve always loved working and not just ‘sitting around and making money off of Instagram’ as some people may think that’s what we do, so I work full time! All money that I make through Instagram goes into a trust and is helping me build my future. I’m so thankful to every one of my followers, fans and even my not – so – friendly followers. Just remember, it’s nice to be nice!
Baker has been vocal about anxiety, ADHD, autism, and mental health problems. He continues to donate and help people in all ways he can. You can support his cause by getting a copy of his book Charlie Baker: Autism and Me.
On Sale Today: The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai
The perfect tie-in for the fifth season of ‘Cobra Kai’ is here.
This feature was made possible by an advance copy from Harper Collins and Dey Street Books.
As the holiday season approaches and fans of the wildly-popular Cobra Kai have likely binged the show’s fifth season, a new addition has arrived that is a must-have for any true sensei. That would be The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai; a new book chronicling the history and making of the Netflix series.
Serving as the official companion to the series, The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is filled with vibrant page-turning designs with complete character breakdowns, interviews (including an insightful chat with stunt coordinator Don Lee) and beautiful pictures from the show and behind-the-scenes.
For a complete synopsis of what to expect from the book, see the official one courtesy of Harper Collins below:
The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai is a celebration of the superfans — an essential companion to the show acting as a master sensei ready to guide readers through the karate-crazed San Fernando Valley. The legacy of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai continues with never-before-seen photographs and illustrations as well as interviews with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Martin Kove (John Kreese), Xolo Maridueña(Miguel Diaz), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and MUCH MORE!
The show’s creators will give an unprecedented look inside the making of Cobra Kai: the writing, directing, and production of this beloved franchise that has grown from scrappy underdog to a global phenomenon. You will hear directly from the show’s crew, including our stunt team who will give you an exclusive behind the scenes look into fight choreography, journey through the Valley from the magical retreat of the Miyagi-do dojo to the humble strip mall that houses the Cobra Kai dojo with our set designers, and hear from our composers how the badass soundtrack for the show was conceived. And much more!
What better time than while you wait for the sixth season of the show to read through this incredible guide to all things Cobra Kai? Plus, what would your sensei likely suggest you do? Strike first and get your copy of The Kick-A** Book of Cobra Kai today.
Check out their official website for more information, including where to buy the book.
‘A Haunting in Venice’ Marks the Return of Branagh’s Poirot
Production on 20th Century Studios’ “A Haunting in Venice,” an unsettling supernatural-thriller inspired by Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party, is set to begin next month. The film, which is directed by Oscar® winner Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”) and features a screenplay by Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”), will shoot at Pinewood Studios outside London and on location in Venice. A brilliant acting ensemble portraying a cast of unforgettable characters will be featured, including Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Allen (“Rosaline”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent”), Jamie Dornan (“Belfast”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Jude Hill (“Belfast”), Ali Khan (“6 Underground”), Emma Laird (“Mayor of Kingstown”), Kelly Reilly (“Yellowstone”), Riccardo Scamarico (“Caravaggio’s Shadow”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”). “A Haunting in Venice” will open in theatres nationwide in 2023.
Set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve, “A Haunting in Venice” is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
Kenneth Branagh will once again reprise the role of Poirot and will direct the movie as well. Michael Green penned the script, based on Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party. And Production will take place at Pinewood Studios outside London and on location in Venice. In a statement, Kenneth Branagh said:
“This is a fantastic development of the character Hercule Poirot, as well as the Agatha Christie franchise. Based on a complex, little known tale of mystery set at Halloween in a pictorially ravishing city, it is an amazing opportunity for us, as filmmakers, and we are relishing the chance to deliver something truly spine-chilling for our loyal movie audiences.”Kenneth Brannagh
Steve Asbell, president of 20th Century Studios, added, “We are enormously privileged to continue our long collaboration with the incomparable Sir Kenneth Branagh and couldn’t be more excited by the bold new creative direction Ken, Michael, and the rest of the filmmaking team have taken with this latest film. We also remain grateful to James Prichard and the rest of our friends at Agatha Christie, Ltd., for their partnership and for once again entrusting us with, as Poirot modestly calls himself, ‘probably the greatest detective in the world.’”
I’m such a huge fan of Agatha Christie and of what Branagh has done with the last two films. He’s brought Christie into a contemporary era as we’ve ventured from a murder aboard the Orient Express to a Death along the River Nile. His adaptations are beautifully stylised and this Haunting aesthetic is going to be perfect for an October release maybe?
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