#RIP ROBERT “UNCLE BOB” MARTIN (1948—2020)

#RIP ROBERT “UNCLE BOB” MARTIN (1948—2020)


July 31, 2020    Craig Edwards

  Robert Martin came onto my radar when I picked up Fangoria #9 – in a grocery store, of all places. The magazine was full of gory photos from the horror movies just out, or still in production. But balancing the grue was a sharp and satiric sense of humor, courtesy…

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PERFECT, UNCHANGED BEAUTY: ‘DEATH BECOMES HER’ (1992) TURNS TWENTY-EIGHT

PERFECT, UNCHANGED BEAUTY: ‘DEATH BECOMES HER’ (1992) TURNS TWENTY-EIGHT


July 31, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  In a crucial scene during the first act, Meryl Streep’s Madeline Ashton saunters out of her mansion shared with her husband, Ernest (Bruce Willis), whom she stole from Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn), to meet up with a young stud for a routine tryst, only to see that the man…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MOAB’ BY MARA RAMIREZ

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘MOAB’ BY MARA RAMIREZ


July 29, 2020    Ryan Carey

    There’s truth in packaging, and then there’s this: Oakland-based cartoonist Mara Ramirez’s recently-released debut graphic novel, MOAB — which comes our way courtesy of Freak Comics — is formatted to look like a sketchbook/diary with a lush moleskine cover because, well, it is a sketchbook/diary with a lush moleskine…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] TWENTY YEARS LATER, ‘THIR13EN GHOSTS’ (2001) IS STILL A SOPHOMORE SLUMP

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] TWENTY YEARS LATER, ‘THIR13EN GHOSTS’ (2001) IS STILL A SOPHOMORE SLUMP


July 28, 2020    J. Tonzelli

    Critics like to say that the horror genre was basically dead in the ‘90s, with most long-running horror franchises like HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13th, and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET going dormant, replaced by quiet direct-to-video stuff or the bigger glories going to prestige thrillers like THE SIXTH…

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[NOW STREAMING & ON DEMAND!] THE RENTAL (2020)

[NOW STREAMING & ON DEMAND!] THE RENTAL (2020)


July 27, 2020    Rob Dean

  THE RENTAL’s greatest crime isn’t that it constantly reminds viewers of other films, but that it borrows so many elements in order to combine them into meaning so little. Watch enough movies and people will start noticing more and more recycled plots, characters, shots, and other beats. Sometimes this…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHICH SCARY MOVIE MOMENT YOU SAW AS A KID FREAKED YOU OUT THE MOST?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHICH SCARY MOVIE MOMENT YOU SAW AS A KID FREAKED YOU OUT THE MOST?


July 24, 2020    Jon Abrams

        Disney’s THE BLACK CAULDRON was released 35 years ago today on July 24th, 1985. The rare Disney film to have an army of the undead and a horned necromancer, it stood out as possibly too dark for some audiences. To celebrate this undervalued ghastly gem, what is…

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ON ‘THE HAUNTING’ (1999) AND THE GUTTING OF A HORROR CLASSIC

ON ‘THE HAUNTING’ (1999) AND THE GUTTING OF A HORROR CLASSIC


July 23, 2020    Gena Radcliffe

      Whatever your opinion on ’90s horror may be, it can’t be argued that it was distinctive, in its extravagant, largely-CG special effects, extraordinarily attractive casts, and stubborn commitment to distancing itself from “traditional” horror. In keeping with this were a number of in-name-only remakes of horror classics,…

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SOME SORT OF ANIMAL: ‘THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ (1977) TURNS FORTY-THREE

SOME SORT OF ANIMAL: ‘THE HILLS HAVE EYES’ (1977) TURNS FORTY-THREE


July 22, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  In the horror film documentary THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, Wes Craven talked about what it was like being in the presence of a “dangerous filmmaker.” What that meant was to be watching a film, directed by said filmmaker, that was willing to do anything — include any taboo — to unsettle the…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LONG GONE’ #3 BY SAMUEL BENSON

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘LONG GONE’ #3 BY SAMUEL BENSON


July 22, 2020    Ryan Carey

I first came across the work of Samuel Benson when, in fairness, he came across me and sent me a copy of his impressively strange full-length comic A Different Sky, a post-psychedelic exploration of altered consciousness, sci-fi high weirdness, and quasi-magical birds from a stoner/slacker perspective that struck a chord with its…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘YOU DON’T NOMI’ (2020) DEFENDS THE INDEFENSIBLE ‘SHOWGIRLS’ (1995)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘YOU DON’T NOMI’ (2020) DEFENDS THE INDEFENSIBLE ‘SHOWGIRLS’ (1995)


July 22, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  Before we get into the weeds with YOU DON’T NOMI, let’s be clear about one thing: YOU DON’T NOMI, despite its marketing and its cataloging on the World Wide Web, is not a documentary. And that’s because a documentary generally has two things: facts, and a goal. YOU DON’T…

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‘1BR’ COMES FULLY FURNISHED, WITH CULTS AND CREEPS

‘1BR’ COMES FULLY FURNISHED, WITH CULTS AND CREEPS


July 21, 2020    Brett Gallman

  For centuries, storytellers have conjured boundless horrors hailing from distant lands, dimensions, and even worlds, but, when it comes right down to it, nothing is scarier than the human beings surrounding us. Rarely is this fear as immediate as it is in the case of apartments, where we share…

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[A SECOND OPINION] RELIC (2020)

[A SECOND OPINION] RELIC (2020)


July 21, 2020    Justin Leon

  RELIC originally delighted genre fans at Sundance in January 2020 as one of the standouts in the Midnight section and was tentatively scheduled to be screened at SXSW this year as part of their own Midnighters program. Written and directed by Natalie Erika James in her debut film along…

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NOBODY DID IT LIKE MILIUS: ‘DILLINGER’ (1973) TURNS FORTY-SEVEN

NOBODY DID IT LIKE MILIUS: ‘DILLINGER’ (1973) TURNS FORTY-SEVEN


July 20, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  In 2009, Michael Mann had hoped to tell the definitive story of the most famous bank robber ever — PUBLIC ENEMIES. With Johnny Depp as the John Dillinger, Marion Cotillard as his love, and Christian Bale as “G-Man” Melvin Purvis, the potential was there for not just another solid…

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[NOW STREAMING!] RELIC (2020)

[NOW STREAMING!] RELIC (2020)


July 17, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

  I have a recurring nightmare. In this nightmare, I am in my house, but I am lost. I know it is my house, but new tunnels have appeared, new doorways, and new rooms. I wander these halls looking for something familiar, only to be sucked even further into the…

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[BURT REYNOLDS OF THE DAY] FUZZ (1972)

[BURT REYNOLDS OF THE DAY] FUZZ (1972)


July 14, 2020    Jon Abrams

  Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch worked together a handful of times — first in 100 RIFLES (1969), then in FUZZ (1972), and again in 1993 in an episode of Evening Shade which Burt directed. Finally, they costarred in a 2006 movie called FORGET ABOUT IT, which everyone besides me…

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UNBOXING EVIL ENTITIES’ 80S HORROR COLLECTION

UNBOXING EVIL ENTITIES’ 80S HORROR COLLECTION


July 14, 2020    Jeremy Lowe

    Every horror fan has a certain time period of genre film that they enjoy the most.  Some fans like the gothic style of the classic Universal monsters of the 1930s. After all, DRACULA (1931) and FRANKENSTEIN (1931) are the touchstones of this genre. Others prefer the sociopolitical subtext…

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[NOW ON SHUDDER] THE BEACH HOUSE (2019)

[NOW ON SHUDDER] THE BEACH HOUSE (2019)


July 14, 2020    Brett Gallman

    “Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean—roll!   Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;   Man marks the earth with ruin—his control   Stops with the shore;—upon the watery plain   The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain   A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,   When…

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[MOVIE OF THE DAY] LADY ICE (1973)

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] LADY ICE (1973)


July 14, 2020    Jon Abrams

  This was an impulse-watch off of my Netflix queue, back when Netflix queues were a thing. You can watch it now on Amazon Prime. I thought seeing this movie might be interesting because it came out not long after THE GODFATHER (actually, right around THE GODFATHER PART II) and…

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‘WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES’ IS HERE TO MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT DEATH AND GET SAD AND STUFF

‘WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES’ IS HERE TO MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT DEATH AND GET SAD AND STUFF


July 10, 2020    Rob Dean

  Often when you find yourself thinking of other movies while watching one, it’s because the currently screening title is derivative or making a reference. “Oh this is just POINT BREAK, but with street racing and cars.” “That sound effect is from FLASH GORDON.” “I wish I were watching ISHTAR.”…

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THE FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS THRILLING SECOND WAVE OF TITLES!

THE FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS THRILLING SECOND WAVE OF TITLES!


July 9, 2020    Jon Abrams

  Again, we don’t often do these cut-and-paste jobs at Daily Grindhouse, because they take more energy than you might think and we don’t get any credit for how cool the contents are, but these contents are intensely fucking cool, man. Take a gander at this line-up, which includes a…

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[MOVIE OF THE DAY] WINNEBAGO MAN (2009)

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] WINNEBAGO MAN (2009)


July 9, 2020    Jon Abrams

  Caution: Several one-syllable words of the four-letter variety ahead.     WINNEBAGO MAN is a documentary that follows the efforts of its very likable director and the Boswell of the piece, Ben Steinbauer, in his unusual quest to locate his own personal Great White Whale: Jack Rebney, the corporate…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘GOBLIN GIRL’ BY MOA ROOMANOVA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘GOBLIN GIRL’ BY MOA ROOMANOVA


July 7, 2020    Ryan Carey

Hailing as she does from Stockholm, Sweden, Moa Romanova’s name isn’t one that is particularly well-known here in the US — but I have a distinct feeling that her Fantagraphics-published debut graphic novel, Goblin Girl, is going to change all that in a hurry. Toeing a tightrope-line between pure autobio…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘BELZEBUTH’ (2019) IS HELLISH BUT FAMILIAR

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘BELZEBUTH’ (2019) IS HELLISH BUT FAMILIAR


July 7, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  The horror genre exists in ebbs and flows, putting away certain concepts like the slasher flick or the haunted house movie until something comes along and reinvigorates it for a new generation, similar to how SCREAM revived the slasher in the mid-‘90s and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY resurrected both the haunted…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EXPLOSION IN A MOVIE?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EXPLOSION IN A MOVIE?


July 3, 2020    Jon Abrams

    July 4th in the United States usually means awkward parades, far too many tiny flags, and an evening of explosions in the sky. Due to the ongoing pandemic, most fireworks displays have been canceled this year (except the ones going on late at night in most major cities…

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