Cornered! (2008) (Phase 4 Films) - Are you still braving that waters after learning there’s a Pauly Shore lurking out there? Well, then, how’d’ya feel about Steve Guttenberg? Hey, personally, I always liked the guy — I grew up with the Police Academy films, after all — but the fact remains that Steve’s livelihood has been in question ever since then. In Cornered!, though, Mr. Guttenberg gets a chance to show he’s still capable of delivering a line convincingly, in this story of a serial killer who traps the staff of a small market inside their own business place. Oddly enough, Steve isn’t the only one who delivers a believable performance here, and his fellow actors (including James Duval) also do a decent job in this above-average chiller.
Meadowoods (2010) (Monterey Video) - Feeling as if their small town roots are beginning to suffocate them, three bored college students decide to leave a mark on the world. To do so, they plan to randomly pick a fellow student to murder, keeping a video journal of their entire scheme: from the planning of the heinous crime, to the construction of their homemade death chamber, all the way up to their victim’s untimely demise. While this low-budget chiller has a few flaws going for it here and there, it is nevertheless an effective entry by amateur filmmakers (complete with unknown actors) who are undoubtedly destined to leave a mark on the world of their own.
Fan Of The Dead (2008) (Cheezy Flicks) - This homespun documentary chronicles the journey of Nicolas Garreau, a French Romero fan who ventured to Pennsylvania (something not very many people do willingly) to interview members of the cast and crew of Romero’s classic zombie trilogy (which consists of the original Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn Of The Dead, and Day Of The Dead in case you were born after 1990). While it’s an interesting look-at for non-fans, it should go without saying that this one is intended for diehard George A. Romero enthusiasts only.