Director: John Erick Dowdle
Writers: Drew Dowdle, John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge
A young team ventures deep in the catacombs under Paris in quest of secret treasure. The first hour sets up a mildly interesting mystery/adventure, but when the “horror” finally arrives, the film deteriorates into scream scares and creepy stuff that’s dumb and obscure. The filmmaker also uses the found footage approach (a la Blair Witch Project & Paranormal Activity), which I find a challenging but cheesy way to tell a story.
GAY ANGLE: If anyone is gay, their sexuality is buried deep in Paris.
Director: Dustin Marcellino
Writer: Howard Klausner
Stars: Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd
In this peculiar twist on the separated-at-birth scenario, one twin becomes a famous rock star, while the other struggles with his calling… is it God or Rock and Roll? To make it even more bizarre, the man who plays both twins (Blake Rayne in his awful acting debut) is a former Elvis impersonator, who bears an uncanny physical and vocal resemblance to a cartoon version of The King. Why would they use such an obvious Elvis in a story that isn’t about Elvis? Ray Liotta, who plays the twins’ preacher father, has plumbed the nadir of his career, then you discover that he’s Exec Producer…yikes! The script feels like the worst TV movie ever, the pacing is torture and the original songs are banal and obvious. This is the true meaning of a disaster movie. It only earned 1 star for the hilarious period art direction/wardrobe.
GAY ANGLE: Nothing sexy about this creepy Elvis impersonator.