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‘Family Possessions’ Delivers Spine Curdling Shivers & Goosebumps [Review]

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Several months back I read a short synopsis for Tommy Faircloth’s Family Possessions, and I immediately was hooked. At that moment I knew this film would be required viewing and I was ecstatic at the mere thought of the opportunity to view it. Finally, the day came. My surroundings and feelings transformed instantly to that of a young boy I once knew, running down the stairs on Christmas morning to be mesmerized by the gift that awaited.

The horror genre consists of many different layers, and this is why the genre appeals to so many and serves as the primary reason for my attraction. People are very fascinated with the fright factor, captivating on death and the unknown. Horror films hit home so to speak when the viewer can find relevance in what he or she is watching. Family Possessions offers this connection, capturing societal issues such as family dysfunction, bullying, and the universal fear of the unknown.

Family Possessions whips up a creepy dose of psychological cinematic terror that has no bounds. The film is light on special effects which allowed for a generated suspense assorted with fear through what is suggested rather than what is seen. The town has a creepy gloominess that lingers throughout, and at times appears eerier than the home that the family has inhabited; It felt like a Twilight Zone throwback, and I was enjoying it!

The film follows a financially-troubled family moving into the home of a deceased relative. Main character Racheal Dunn (Leah Wiseman) has inherited this house and all of its contents from her grandmother. The grandmother’s Will specifies that the family can reside in the house as long as her granddaughter lives there as well. The financially stricken family is now left with no option but to remain in the home. Strange noises along with objects moving create the eerie sensation that the family has inherited more than just a home. Racheal soon discovers that her family has been hiding a secret about her grandmother causing her to think twice about staying in the home. Family Possessions is an exquisitely made and terrifying horror film allowing circumstances to grow more deceitful as each family member’s faith and commitment are tested in immense ways. This film comes with the highest of recommends.

The film also stars Mark Patton (A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge) as Tyson, Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) as Susan, Jason Vail (Dollface) as Steve Dunn and Morgan Moning (Worldly Possessions) as Sarah Dunn. I must say what a pleasure it was having Mark Patton back on the screen again after three decades and of course always enjoyable to see Felissa Rose back at it again!

Family Possessions had its World Premiere at the Nightmares Film Festival that took place back in October in Columbus, Ohio. This past weekend the film was shown at Days of The Dead Chicago.

Be sure to check back with iHorror.com for news, updates and interviews as this film circulate through the Festival Circuit!

 

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-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-

Ryan T. Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and Eleven-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and has aspirations to write a novel. Ryan can be followed on Twitter @Nytmare112

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‘Final Destination 6’ Coming to HBO Max From ‘Freaks’ Filmmakers

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Freaks filmmakers, Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein have been brought on board to direct an upcoming Final Destination 6 for HBO Max. Jon Watts is on as producer with Lori Evans and Guy Buswick as writers.

“I will say that it’s not just going to be another kind of ‘we set up a group of people, they cheat death, and then just death gets them.’ And there’s one wrinkle that we kind of added to every movie to kind of like change it up a little bit: this one is… a true Final Destination movie, but it doesn’t follow that kind of formula that we’ve kind of established.” Jeffrey Reddick told Dread Central.

The synopsis for the first Final Destination went like this:

Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is embarking on a trip to Paris. Alex experiences a premonition — he sees the plane explode moments after leaving the ground. Alex insists that everyone get off the plane and 7 people including Alex, are forced to disembark. All watch as the plane actually explodes in a fireball. He and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. One by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.

We will keep you updated on all things Final Destination.

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Stranger Things Season 4 Blooper Reel

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As part of the TUDUM: A Global Fan Event releases, Netflix has given Stranger Things fans a nice little treat. I’m a huge fan of behind-the-scenes and blooper reels! I loved seeing the characters we know so well break the 4th wall when overwhelmed with a case of the giggles. Even the powerful Vecna couldn’t escape landing on the Stranger Things season 4 blooper reel!

Watch our favorite actors break character in this brand new blooper reel below. 🤣

We also found some other behind-the-scenes videos from Stranger Things Season 4 that we thought you would like. With the news of Stranger Things Season 5 being the end of the series, we’re watching all these videos before we have to say our final goodbye. I don’t think we’re ready for this story to end. 😭 Until then, have a laugh with our friends from Hawkins, Indiana!

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‘Cloverfield’ Film Finds a Director To Helm Next Entry

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We have seen an incredible three Cloverfield-based films so far. The latest being Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. The latest in the series also managed to lose steam for the secretive franchise. It went too far into the explanation of secrets that we had seen in the first two films. Once the wizard is discovered behind the curtain the game loses its momentum and fun. The upcoming Cloverfield film has found its director from Under the Shadow’s Babak Anvari.

The director’s Under the Shadow was a great piece of horror. It was entirely effective in its scares and story.

There is no word on where the fourth Cloverfield film will take audiences. But, that is for the best. These films have always been shrouded in secrecy and that is what has made them fun. Well… the first two films anyway.

The synopsis for Cloverfield went like this:

As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.

We are happy to see that Anvari is going to helm this entry. We can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise and to see what direction this entry takes.

What has been your favorite Cloverfield chapter?

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