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Screener Squad: V/H/S 85

V/H/S 85 Movie Review


Welcome One of Us listener, and Happy Halloween. Traditionally we dress up in costumes, wear some makeup, and head out to the streets to ask strangers for free candy. Everything is as it should be… but wait, it wouldn’t be Halloween without another spooky sequel. Today we Have V/H/S/85 which I’m assuming is the 84th sequel to the original V/H/S. They must be making some killer returns…Anyways V/H/S/85 has 6 short stories: Total Copy, No Wake, God of Death, TKNOGD, Ambrosia, and Dreamkill. All have their ups and downs but the reviewer favorite seems to be No Wake/Ambrosia… you’ll find out why. Overall, the shorts are entertaining despite their flaws, and there’s definitely worse things you could be watching. So sit down, relax, and let Sarah, Lewayne, Mike, and Chad lull you to sleep with stories of horror…. oooooooOOOOOOOOOOOooooooo (scary ghost noise).


DIRECTED BY: David Bruckner, Mike P. Nelson, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Natasha Kermani, and Scott Derrickson

STARRING: Jordan Belfi, Miller Tai, K.T. Thangavelu, Kelli Garner, Chuck McCollum, Mark Sipka, Colton Little, Shelby Steel, Alex Galick, Anna Sundberg, Chelsey Grant, Toussaint Morrison, Tyler Nobel, Anna Hashizume, Tom Reed, Evie Bair, Renee Werbowski, Mike Lester, Justen Jones, Lauren Anderson, Bonnie Sorenson, Murray Nelson, Christopher Gasser, Ed Noreen, Kim Hermes, Gabriela Roel, Ari Gallegos, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Marcio Moreno, Felipe De Lara, Florencia Rios, Gerardo Onate, Jose Maria Higareda, Chivonne Michelle, Andrew Ghai, Rick Darge, James Ransone, Freddy Rodriguez, Dashiell Derrickson, Britt Baron, Dana DeRuyck, Jennifer Peo-Nysmith, Dani Deette, Myko Olivier




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.”



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.



Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.



Mike J. McAllister (Screener Squad, Staff Writer, Head Video Editor)

Mike J. McAllister is a filmmaker, editor, writer and animator. He is also a film junkie, dog lover and Surge-aholic (Hi, Mike). He grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where he earned the reputation as the “human IMDb” and was on a first-name basis with every video store clerk in town. He later studied film in Pittsburgh. He has since written several unproduced screenplays and TV pilots. He has also produced a number of short films, some of which have appeared in festivals across the country. He is a ninja with Final Cut Pro and is armed with a mind full of mostly useless pop-culture trivia. He also enjoys animation, MST3K, classic video games and being the “music geek” among his friends (which really just means he buys vinyl and listens to music that doesn’t come from an anime soundtrack). He resides in Austin, Texas, and can be followed on the Instamagrams at @ohheyitsmikejm.



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