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SXSW 2014 Review: Late Phases
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Late Phases
Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano
Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, Tom Noonan
World Premiere | Dark Sky Films
Not Rated | 95 Minutes
Release Date: March 9, 2014 (SXSW)

Directed by Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil), Late Phases is a low-budget werewolf flick in the vein of ’80s classics like Silver Bullet and The Howling with a Bubba Ho-Tep vibe.

Nick Damici (Stake Land) stars as Ambrose McKinley, a blind Vietnam veteran who is forced to move to a retirement community by his son (Ethan Embry, Cheap Thrills). The once-idyllic community of Crescent Bay has been plagued by a series of strange animal attacks. Something in the woods surrounding the community is killing off pets – and people go missing all the time.

On Ambrose’s first night there, his guide dog Shadow is killed by a large dog-like beast. Turns out Ambrose has moved into a retirement community for werewolves. It’s a great place to live – lots of amenities – but there are a lot of noise complaints (and dismemberments) during the full moon.

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Blu-ray Review: Stake Land
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Stake Land
Blu-ray
Directed by Jim Mickle
Written by Nick Damici and Jim Mickle
Starring Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Kelly McGillis, Sean Nelson, and Danielle Harris
Dark Sky Films/MPI Media Group
Release Date: August 2, 2011

The Story

The world has been brought to its knees by an ever-growing force of ravenous vampires who leave nothing but death and despair in the wake of their rampages. In the United States, the country has been divided into a series of free zones, some of which are controlled by religious groups and volunteer militias who operate their territories like dictatorships and believe the vampires to be a plague sent from God to purify the human race and punish the wicked. Teenager Martin (Connor Paolo) watched his entire family be slaughtered by the bloodsuckers when America began to descend into chaos. Now he travels the country bringing merciless horror to the undead alongside his mentor and friend Mister (Nick Damici), the battle-hardened vampire hunter who saved him from sharing the fate of his loved ones.

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