WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE – BINGO HELL / BLACK AS NIGHT MOVIE REVIEWS
Amazon Prime presents two more horror films in their “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series and we’re double-featuring them here on the review for your judgement. First up is “Bingo Hell” featuring a small and dying town with a lot of feisty old folks in it who don’t take too kindly to all the gentrification happening around them, rising prices, and especially to Mr. Big (Richard Brake), a new resident who has opened up a suspiciously opulent bingo hall. When their friends who’ve won at the game start dying, local self appointed town leader Lupita (Adriana Barraza) grabs a shotgun and gets down to business. “Black as Night” takes place in Louisiana where Shauna (Asjha Cooper) discovers that vampires have moved in and are killing/transforming all the displaced population. She and her friends are not going to have it so the only thing left to do is to go all Buffy on their asses. Chris, Mindy, and Lewayne take a look at both films and express hope that these are gonna get better in the future.
DIRECTED BY: Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell) and Maritte Le Go (Black as Night)
STARRING: Bingo Hell: Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Richard Brake, Joshua Caleb Johnson, Clayton Landey, Jonathan Medina, Bertila Damas, Grover Coulson, Kelly Murtagh, David Jensen. Black as Night: Nicole Barre, Mason Beauchamp, Asjha Cooper, Theodus Crane, Keith David, Abbie Gayle, Fabrizio Guido, Tunde Laleye, Al Mitchell, Sammy Nagi Njuguna, Andrew Penrow, Derek Roberts, Joseph Singletary, Frankie Smith, Tim J. Smith, Craig Tate, Kenneisha Thompson
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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