WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE – MADRES / THE MANOR MOVIES REVIEW
The Blumhouse yearly series of original horror films that premiere on Amazon Prime continues with “Madres” and “The Manor” and I’ll tell you this in advance: one was one of the best of the whole series, and one was one of the worst. “Madres” follows a very pregnant woman and her husband who have just moved to a small farming town. As he assimilates into the Mexican culture, she is rejected by many of the local wives for not being Mexican enough (she doesn’t speak the language). Then there are ghosts, weird illnesses, and a conspiracy that leads to a rather shocking and real-life head. “The Manor” follows the great Barbara Hershey as Judith, an elderly woman, once a prima ballerina, who is trying to make peace with having to reinvent her life in a nursing home, but something mysterious is going on…something deadly. If anyone can get to the bottom of it, it’s this lady. Chris, Chad, Davey, and Lewayne break down the pluses and minuses of both and really, one of these you really might want to put on your ‘definitely watch’ list.
DIRECTED BY: Ryan Zaragoza (Madres) and Axelle Carolyn (The Manor)
STARRING: Madres: Tenoch Huerta, Elpidia Carrillo, Kerry Cahill, Ariana Guera, Jennifer Patino, Britton Webb, Evelyn Gonzalez, René Mena, Jason Bayle, Ashleigh Lewis, Robert Larriviere, Joseph Garcia, Betsy Borrego, Harlon Miller, Rachel Whitman, Amelia Rico, Leydi Morales, Sem Fisicaro, Sharon Elizabeth Smith, Gustavo Munoz. The Manor: Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Stacey Travis, Ciera Payton, Jill Larson, Fran Bennett, Mark Steger, Nicholas Alexander
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 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 community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Davey Peppers (Staff Writer, Audio and Video Editor, Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize)
Many words have been used to describe Davey Peppers. Words like “Eh” and “Please go outside, just once”. He studied film and advertising at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, because two degrees in fields with terrible job placement is better than one, and currently runs the YouTube channel Game Mechanics. He is easily distracted by shiny things and even the most basic passing mention of a movie being sad. He can be found on Twitter as well as staring at a blank wall wondering what the point is, and if his spending so much time staring at walls is the reason he’s not funny.
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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