[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AND NOW, SIR – IS THIS YOUR MISSING GONAD?’ BY JIM WOODRING

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AND NOW, SIR – IS THIS YOUR MISSING GONAD?’ BY JIM WOODRING


September 8, 2020    Ryan Carey

It’s always a tricky proposition to know what to say about Jim Woodring’s work simply because the depth and scope of his creative vision is both deeper and wider than the ability of mere language — even superlative-laden language — to keep up with. Which, yeah, is a roundabout way…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘DINNER IN AMERICA’ IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY HARSH, AND THRILLING

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘DINNER IN AMERICA’ IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY HARSH, AND THRILLING


September 8, 2020    Aundria Parker

  Punk is not just anti-corporate, anti-consumerism; music and mohawks. Punk is about being authentic to yourself – finding out who you are on your own terms and staying true to that person, no matter who tells you to change. With this ideology steering its course, DINNER IN AMERICA is…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘Z’ (2019) UNLEASHES A DEADLY IMAGINARY FRIEND

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘Z’ (2019) UNLEASHES A DEADLY IMAGINARY FRIEND


September 8, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  [Contains minor spoilers.] When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend named Mr. Suit. I called him that because of the old looking clothes that hung from his tall and lanky body, completed by a matching bowler hat and a beard so thick that Grizzly Adams would’ve…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘THE DARK AND THE WICKED’ PROVES BRYAN BERTINO IS THE KING OF AMERICAN NIHILISM

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘THE DARK AND THE WICKED’ PROVES BRYAN BERTINO IS THE KING OF AMERICAN NIHILISM


September 7, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

  In 2008, Bryan Bertino emerged in the horror genre with THE STRANGERS, a haunting twist on the home invasion. Then, MOCKINGBIRD in 2014 and THE MONSTER in 2016, two very different films that each showcase the destruction of the domestic space and the American dream. His work is bleak…

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A “SKINTIMATE” LOOK AT ‘A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES’ WITH JIM McBRIDE & MIKE McPADDEN

A “SKINTIMATE” LOOK AT ‘A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES’ WITH JIM McBRIDE & MIKE McPADDEN


September 4, 2020    Mike Vanderbilt

  Subscribe to DG on Patreon and get articles like this one before the rest of the world does!     SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES is a new documentary that chronicles the history of birthday suits in cinema, from the days of Thomas Edison up to HBO…

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‘UNHINGED’ SOMETIMES STALLS, BUT DRIVES ITS WAY INTO JUNK FOOD ENTERTAINMENT

‘UNHINGED’ SOMETIMES STALLS, BUT DRIVES ITS WAY INTO JUNK FOOD ENTERTAINMENT


August 28, 2020    Johnny Donaldson

UNHINGED opens over a series of flashes. Cars crash, fists fly, and ordinary, everyday folks tussle, as commentators and newscasters and talking heads breathlessly intone about the stress and anger and seething, to-the-brink rage of modern life. These are real images, culled from news reports and viral videos, an apocalyptic…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘LUCKY’: TROUBLE EVERY DAY

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘LUCKY’: TROUBLE EVERY DAY


August 24, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

    “I’ll figure it out!” ”You always do!”   May (Brea Grant) is a successful self-help author navigating an uncertain time in the publishing industry. Still, she has a wide fanbase thanks to her blog and popular book “Go It Alone,” plus a gorgeous house that she shares with…

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COUNT YORGA AT FIFTY: HOW A SKIN FLICK BECAME THE INFLUENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIE OF THE ’70s

COUNT YORGA AT FIFTY: HOW A SKIN FLICK BECAME THE INFLUENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIE OF THE ’70s


August 21, 2020    Mike Vanderbilt

Subscribe to DG on Patreon and get articles like this one before the rest of the world does!   One would think a movie called the “best horror film of the year” by Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune would end up on countless “greatest horror films” lists. Yet COUNT…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘HAIL TO THE DEADITES’ GIVES US SOME SUGAR, BABY

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘HAIL TO THE DEADITES’ GIVES US SOME SUGAR, BABY


August 15, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

There’s something especially comforting about a pop-culture documentary that laser focuses on a topic the viewer is personally passionate about, more so when that subject is a bit off the beaten path. Thanks to the fans of the horror genre tending to love what they love hard, this is none…

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GO ON ONE HILARIOUS JOURNEY IN ‘THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT’

GO ON ONE HILARIOUS JOURNEY IN ‘THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT’


August 14, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

Okay, before I jump into why I love THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT so much, I need to spell out a few things from my past and how I became to be such an avid lover of cryptids.   When I first graduated from college, I got a job at…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ (2020) IS A SOGGY MESS

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ (2020) IS A SOGGY MESS


August 14, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  [This review contains spoilers. You’re welcome.]     By now, whether we want to know or not, it’s become depressingly clear the industry that produces the movies we love, which enables us to lose ourselves in worlds of fantasy and engage with other like-minded movie fans, is filled with…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘VHYES’ (2019) IS A PASTICHE OF STANDARD-DEF HILARITY, WEIRDNESS, AND HEARTACHE

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘VHYES’ (2019) IS A PASTICHE OF STANDARD-DEF HILARITY, WEIRDNESS, AND HEARTACHE


August 12, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  I tend to avoid falling victim to trends – not because I’m the rebellious hipster type, but because I genuinely don’t understand most of them and feel like even more of an outlier because of it. (I still don’t know what fidget spinners are and I never want to.)…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘AMERICAN RICKSHAW’ (1989)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘AMERICAN RICKSHAW’ (1989)


August 11, 2020    J. Tonzelli

During the finale of AMERICAN RICKSHAW, which takes place in a television studio, a producer in the control room looks out on the events unfolding on the stage – where Donald Pleasence’s Reverend Mortom is snorting uncontrollably like a pig and the stage’s television screens at his back are showing…

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[NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!] SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020)

[NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!] SHE DIES TOMORROW (2020)


August 11, 2020    Aundria Parker

  Media finds its way to us when it should. SHE DIES TOMORROW, a meditation on the inevitability of death, isolation, and contagion, has found us all in the midst of a global pandemic. If SHE DIES TOMORROW was released post-vaccine, post-return to normal, it would warrant eye-rolling. Too on…

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ANNOUNCING DAILY GRINDHOUSE ON PATREON!

ANNOUNCING DAILY GRINDHOUSE ON PATREON!


August 10, 2020    Jon Abrams

    For a decade now, Daily Grindhouse has been covering the world’s most offbeat films, and the most mainstream films in the most offbeat ways, with a roster of terrifically talented and profoundly knowledgeable contributors and the occasional celebrity cameo. It’s time for a next step. Today we are…

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FANTASIA 2020 TO PRESENT A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO FILMMAKER JOHN CARPENTER, CLOSE WITH KIWI ACTION COMEDY ‘THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A’

FANTASIA 2020 TO PRESENT A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO FILMMAKER JOHN CARPENTER, CLOSE WITH KIWI ACTION COMEDY ‘THE LEGEND OF BARON TO’A’


August 6, 2020    Jon Abrams

            Johnnie To’s CHASING DREAM, Vincent Paronnaud’s HUNTED, Jorge Michel Grau’s PERDIDA, Daria Woszek’s MARYGOROUND, and Tran Thanh Huy’s ROM are among the wealth of final titles announced for Fantasia’s 24th edition August 6th, 2020 // Montreal, Quebec – The Fantasia Film Festival announces today…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘CASTLE ROCK’: SEASON TWO (2019)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘CASTLE ROCK’: SEASON TWO (2019)


August 5, 2020    J. Tonzelli

[Contains spoilers for both seasons of Castle Rock.] If anyone deserves the shared-universe approach to a large, accumulated body of work, it’s Stephen King. The author of over ninety novels and who-knows-how-many short stories and novellas has spent the last forty years creating a rich and intricate history with his…

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#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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