Sparks (2013)

sparks3

Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) has never felt normal. But he has always had a strong sense of justice. After his parents die, Ian takes on the mantle of Sparks, and becomes a masked vigilante hell bent on ridding the city of crime. However it will come at a price. As sometimes it turns out that the hunter is actually the hunted, something the leading villains of the city will make Ian Sparks all too aware of.

sparks2

However Sparks is not alone in his battle against the scum of the city. He teams up with Lady Heavenly (Ashley Bell), another masked vigilante that has her own reasons for wanting to rid the city of evil. Sparks also has a guardian angel called Archer (Clancy Brown), who has been watching Sparks for years, waiting for the right time to come out and show Sparks his true potential. All culminating in a brutal and bloody battle for the soul of the city.

sparks4

You know I was pleasantly surprised with this one, and that’s the truth. I had heard nothing about the film, but I loved Chase Williamson in John Dies At The End and I’ve always been a fan of Clancy Brown who is a great character actor, so was eager to see how they fare here. I must say they do very well. The film as a noir-ish feel to it, very reminiscent of Sin City. The violence is bone crunching and the script a lot better than most of the rubbish that gets sent straight to DVD.

sparks1

The supporting cast of Jake Busey, William Katt and Clint Howard also play their parts really well. The camera work can be a little off at times and the blue screen effects do feel a little weak, but for something that was done on a relatively low budget, it really isn’t that bad. I would say it’s well worth a watch.

3/5

JM

MCDSPAR EC121

Nothing Left to Fear (2013)

fear5

When Dan (James Tupper) is asked to become the new pastor of a small town, he hauls his family half way across the country to take on his new role. Together with his wife Wendy (Anne Heche), two daughters Rebecca (Rebekah Brandes) and Mary (Jennifer Stone) and their son Christopher (Carter Cabassa) they arrive in their new home town to start a new life. There they are welcomed by the retiring Pastor Kingsman (Clancy Brown), who is helping them move into their new house and settle in.

fear3

However all is not as it appears. The town and the people seem almost too perfect. When Rebecca begins to have terrifying visions, she begins to think something sinister is lurking in the town. Slowly the real reason Pastor Dan and his family have been brought to town is revealed, and nobody is safe.

NOTHING TO FEAR / Director Anthony Leonardi

What first drew me to this film was the fact that it was produced by Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses. That in itself was reason enough for me to get this film and give it a whirl. And for the most part it doesn’t disappoint. Yes it takes a little while to gather steam, but once it does get going you are left with a solidly entertaining chiller. That being said Anne Heche is completely wasted in her role. Yes it’s been a while since I’ve seen her in anything but I always thought she was a good actress and her talent goes untapped here.

fear4

Clancy Brown is always watchable in whatever he’s in. Here as Pastor Kingsman he plays the role with restraint, but with flecks of menace bubbling below the surface. The story is very bleak and it stays that way till the denouement. I think you’ll find yourself very surprised at what this film has to offer. If this is Slash’s first attempt at producing a horror movie, then I for one am very intrigued to see what he comes up with next. This film was provided by the kind folks over at http://www.fetch.fm. It is available to buy now from all good stockists.

3/5

JM

fear1