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THE CRUCIFIXION

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this Friday from director Xavier Gens and Lionsgate is a film inspired by true events and the story of THE CRUCIFIXION.

Nicole Rawlins (Sophie Cookson) is fascinated by a case that has made headlines in Romania. A priest named Demetrius has been arrested for the death of a young girl named Adelina and Nicole knows there is more to the story. Deciding to investigate the situation, she convinces her editor Phil (Alexis Rodney) to give her support.

The story she learns is that a young girl has been supposedly possessed and that the priest accused of murder was in the middle of an exorcism when it was stopped. On her way to the hospital she died but also under more mysterious circumstances. Nicole knows she must go back to the beginning and visit the locations and speak to those who may know more than they are telling.

She turns to Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici) to explain the process that led to the girl’s death. Telling Nicole the process of how demons possess and how it’s possible to go from one person to another, she looks once again at the photos from the crime scene. Speaking with her sister Vaduva (Brittany Ashworth), Nicole learns that Adelina went to Germany and on her return dealt with the death of a Father Gabriel who she was fond of.

Only getting worse, Nicole knows there is something mysterious that isn’t being said. Just when she is about to give up the story – something pulls her to keep searching leading her to a boy name Tavian (Florian Voicu) and his father Amanar (Radu Banzaru)!

Prepare to be challenged!

Cookson as Nicole has just the right amount of skepticism and scare in her role. She is curious, not easily swayed and has her own set of beliefs. The more she looks the more the world she doesn’t understand gets closer to her.  Ulici as Father Anton seems to be an unsung hero in the story. He continually tells Nicole what she needs to do to find answers and to be safe at the same time.

Voicu as Tavian holds the key to helping Nicole find the answers. Reaching out to Father Anton it is all about to happen once again.

THE CRUCIFIXION is a story from the creators of ANNABELLE and THE CONJURING so you know it’s going to be filled with jumps and twists. October is the month to be jumpy and this film will happily oblige.

The story unravels slowly and when it all blows apart, prepare for anything to happen. In the vein of religious horror films, THE CRUCIFIXION falls in the hands of Nicole and Father Anton. Stuck in a barn the demon is going to take on anybody that comes near and it doesn’t have a preference towards its next host.

The special effects are what one would expect and the cinematography is beautiful with the small country town feel. The ending is a bit abrupt but the viewer isn’t left wondering what happened to the priest and nuns who were accused of murder.

Cookson does a good job of carrying the majority of the film which is difficult enough to do and she does it with the right amount of twisted creepiness. Ulici is the spiritual cheer leader and although his role isn’t prominent, he does have an impact on the story’s conclusion.

In the end – be careful what you pray for!

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HORRIBLE IMAGININGS Film Festival is Bringing Frights for Days

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Jeri Jacquin

It’s that time of year once again at the 7th Annual Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is getting ready to feed our ghoulish needs from September 7th to the 11th at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Founded in 2010 by Miguel Rodriguez, Horrible Imaginings has made a name for itself with fans who aren’t interested in the norm of films. Instead, HIFFSD dives into the bloody pool of the horror genre and the Father of Horror himself has kept it all right here in San Diego.

Beginning Wednesday, the Animated Shorts Block offers up You Are Not the Strongest, Dad’s Fragile Doll, 3:14, Beware of Bunny, The Beach Boy, AD RE, Balloon Ride, Travel by Feet, The Detectives of Noir Town, Cat Killer, The Marshalls and the Opening Night film Tag!.

On Thursday the freak celluloid flies with the Feature Film The Last Pinoy Action King followed by the Comedy Shorts Block including The Phantom Hour, Zombie Playground: Ice Scream, First Like, Watchbear, #MurderSelfie, Hello, Stained, Kaddish!, Landscape, Dark Roast, A Zombie Next Door, The Procedure and Gemu.

The evening finished with Hail to the King: 60 Years of DESTRUCTION a documentary celebrating Godzilla, the most awesome creature I ever watched on Saturday mornings as a kid (did I just age myself?).

Friday evening ramps up with the VIP Only at Museum of Man Cannibal Exhibit with an Anthropophagia Panel and two short films Survivor Type and Earworm. The Film …In The Dark will feature as grad student Veronica Carpenter takes on the challenge of evil entities in the young Bethany. Demons, haunting and a few screams wait for fans. Writer/Director David Spaltro will also be there!

The evening will end with the shorts Hada and Mute with the Feature Film Sendero (Path) sending you freaked out into the night.

Get your scare on early as Saturday starts at noon with the SciFy & Creatures Shorts Block with A Matter of Trust, Roadside Assistance, Knob Goblins, Bionic Girl, Heir, They Will All Die in Space, When Susurrus Stirs, Ghengis Khan Conquers the Moon, and The Disappearance of Willie Bingham.

The LGBT Block includes the shorts: Zerch, The Black Bear, and the Feature Film Alena.

 The Horror and Cult Art Presentations introduce us to Viva Mexploitation with Aaron Soto, Horror in Literature panel, the Short Film Death Metal and Feature Film Beyond the Gates telling the story of two brothers who find a VCR board game that could tell them where their father disappeared to with deadly consequences.

The evening ends with Performance Art: The Horror Cabal of Anna Yanushkevich! followed by the Terrifying Campfire-Style Readings from Horror Authors.

Not frightened out of your senses yet? Well Sunday will take you to the genre overload with the Human Killer & Psychological Terror shorts and Dante’s Penance, Dissociative, Ellie, Surgery, Postpartum, Dogged, Bunker Game, Cuckold Picasso, Burlap, Night of the Slasher and Little Boy Blue.

 The Supernatural Horrors shorts include Eyes of Shadow, Mona, Summoned, Witchboard, The Birthday, Japanese Legends: Slit, Insomnolence, Madre de Dios, Mexican Flamenco, Deathly, and Leshy.

 The final evenings festivities include the short Z and Feature Film Idyll. The festival includes the Award Announcements before one more little bit of gory fun and the film short The Brentwood Strangler and the Closing Feature Film is The Greasy Strangler.

 Now that you have all the ghoulish knowledge of what will be happening at the HORRIBLE IMAGININGS FILM FESTIVAL head to http://www.hifilmfest.com/passes and buy your passes to all things bloody good.

There is also amazing goodies you can purchase at the site including a HIFFSD T-shirt, canvas Tote and Poster to hang on your wall which is awesome to freak out anyone you happen to share space with.

Go let your horror flag fly!

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