[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] HAGAZUSSA (2017)

[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] HAGAZUSSA (2017)


September 25, 2017    Rob Dean

    The price of oppression and isolation can be a hefty one. When outsiders are deemed dangerous, and vile acts are perpetrated in the name of righteousness, there begins the seeds of violent retribution. These personal transgressions are at the heart of director Lukas Feigelfeld’s debut feature HAGAZUSSA. An…

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[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)

[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)


September 25, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

  Years ago, George Romero attempted to mount a musical take on his beloved zombie genre called DIAMOND DEAD. Had the film, about an undead rock band, been made, it would have joined a tiny and rare, but altogether potent, field of horror-musicals, a hearty bit of niche programming that…

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[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] BAT PUSSY, Ed Wood, & The Something Weird Aesthetic

[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] BAT PUSSY, Ed Wood, & The Something Weird Aesthetic


September 25, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

When I was 19 years old, I worked at a Borders Books and music. One job I tasked myself with was attempting to keep the Something Weird section alphabetized. Some shifts, I’d just thumb through the selection of double feature DVDs of films that—even I, who fancied myself a cinephile—had…

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[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANYAB Is A Wonderfully Weird Riff (Raff) On Rocky Horror

[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANYAB Is A Wonderfully Weird Riff (Raff) On Rocky Horror


September 25, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

As a longtime ROCKY HORROR aficionado, it’s surprising to me that ANYAB escaped me until this year. Even was I was 15 tracking everything from bootleg versions of the film—featuring the original mono soundtrack as well as the “Super Heroes” ending— various television clips (the “Ronnie Horror Picture Show” sketch…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] SUPER DARK TIMES (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] SUPER DARK TIMES (2017)


September 25, 2017    Rob Dean

    The best friendships formed while growing up are those crucial relationships that weather the storms of puberty, new social structures, and endure through accepting each other for who each truly is. But what happens when those bonds are frayed? Whether by the jealousies of new romances, changes in…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] MY FRIEND DAHMER (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] MY FRIEND DAHMER (2017)


September 24, 2017    Nathan Smith

          When I was a kid, the first serial killer I remember ever hearing of was Jeffrey Dahmer. How could you not? It was shocking and horrifying. I saw a dramatization of it sometime in the early 1990s called THE SECRET LIFE OF JEFFREY DAHMER, an…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] LOVE AND SAUCERS (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] LOVE AND SAUCERS (2017)


September 24, 2017    Matt Wedge

          We have all been at a bar or a coffee shop or a restaurant by ourselves and wound up in a conversation with the stranger next to us. Most of the time, that conversation is uneventful: a few minutes chatting about sports or the news…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] RON GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] RON GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN (2017)


September 23, 2017    Matt Wedge

          Many of the jokes in RON GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN are super-specific to the Netherlands and, even more specifically, to the Dutch film industry. I am afraid I am an expert on neither the country nor its film industry. All I really know about the cinematic…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE (2017)


September 23, 2017    Nathan Smith

          I worked in a haunted house for ten years and would do it for another ten if I could. It’s painful, you get hurt, slapped, spit at, cursed out, and called everything in the bad-language bible. And yet, I’d do it again in a heartbeat….

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Barbara Crampton Shines In Charming ‘APPLECART’

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Barbara Crampton Shines In Charming ‘APPLECART’


September 23, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

          APPLECART (which will more than likely have its name changed when it gets picked up for distribution) feels very of the moment—it features witches and a true crime reality show within the film—and at the same time, has one foot in early ‘90s direct to…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] VAMPIRE CLAY (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] VAMPIRE CLAY (2017)


September 23, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

          VAMPIRE CLAY from writer/director Sôichi Umezawa is an oddly funny bit of Raimi-sploitation that adheres the ‘80s teen slasher plot points of revenge for wrong doing and one by one nasty kills. At a low rent art school in the Japanese countryside, a teacher and…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] LARRY COHEN AND STEVE MITCHELL OF ‘KING COHEN’

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] LARRY COHEN AND STEVE MITCHELL OF ‘KING COHEN’


September 23, 2017    Matt Wedge

          Larry Cohen is a legend of American independent filmmaking. A favorite among many around the DAILY GRINDHOUSE virtual offices, his filmography reads like the greatest hits of smart, genre cinema of the ’70s and ’80s: IT’S ALIVE, GOD TOLD ME TO, BONE, Q, SPECIAL EFFECTS,…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] 3FT BALL AND SOULS (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] 3FT BALL AND SOULS (2017)


September 23, 2017    Matt Wedge

                      The film with the clunkiest title that I will probably see at this year’s Fantastic Fest is also probably going to be one of the most heartfelt and life affirming. Perversely, it is about a group of strangers communicating…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] RICHARD SALA’S ‘THE BLOODY CARDINAL’


September 23, 2017    Ryan Carey

      Some cartoonists are so good at “what they do” — at telling the kinds of stories that fit within a niche they’re not only carved out, but created from whole cloth, for themselves — that you feel no particular urge as a reader to see them “branch…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] FLORENCE HARTIGAN OF ‘PHOENIX FORGOTTEN’

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] FLORENCE HARTIGAN OF ‘PHOENIX FORGOTTEN’


September 23, 2017    Jon Abrams

        Florence Hartigan is an American-born, New Zealand-raised, LA-based actress and musician. Her latest film project is the leading role in Phoenix Forgotten, produced by Ridley Scott (ALIEN), Wes Ball (THE MAZE RUNNER) and Mark Canton (THE MARTIAN). The film is based on the shocking, true events…

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[JOYSTICKS] PINBALL FX3’S NEW SEPTEMBER RELEASES

[JOYSTICKS] PINBALL FX3’S NEW SEPTEMBER RELEASES


September 22, 2017    Andy Vanderbilt

    ZEN STUDIOS KICKSTARS THEIR UNIVERSAL CLASSICS LINE OF TABLES WITH TWO CLASSICS   On September 26th the popular digital pinball franchise PINBALL FX will be releasing its 3rd iteration, along with two very interesting looking tables based on the classic Steven Spielberg films E.T. and JAWS. For those…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] mother! (2017)

[IN THEATERS NOW] mother! (2017)


September 22, 2017    Jovy Skol

      You don’t have to be a film geek to know that mother! is getting a ton of hate out there. I really didn’t know much about the movie, outside of the one trailer I saw. From what I gathered, Darren Aronofsky had another psychological mind-fuck up his…

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[FESTIVAL REVIEW] THOROUGHBREDS (2017)

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] THOROUGHBREDS (2017)


September 22, 2017    Nathan Smith

          THOROUGHBREDS is like a writhing, roiling tapestry of snakes, each one filled with a lethal dosage of black-market, black comedy venom. Every shot composition, every performance, every musical cue, and every line is choreographed with razor wire thin precision.     I dare not tell…

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] NIGHTMARES (1980)

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] NIGHTMARES (1980)


September 22, 2017    Matt Wedge

  I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the ones:…

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[I WAKE UP STREAMING!] THE NOT-AT-FANTASTIC-FEST EDITION

[I WAKE UP STREAMING!] THE NOT-AT-FANTASTIC-FEST EDITION


September 21, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

      It’s Fantastic Fest time! If you’re like me, you know what that means – watching all of your friends post pictures and status updates about all of the cool stuff they’re doing and all of the neat new movies they’re watching! Without you! Those jerks! We hate…

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THE VHS EFFECT: FAREWELL TO A FRIEND

THE VHS EFFECT: FAREWELL TO A FRIEND


September 21, 2017    J. Tonzelli

  We don’t get to do this often, but we’re running this terrific reflection back on the life and death of VHS by author J. Tonzelli, courtesy of our friends at CutPrintFilm and Lunchmeat Magazine (whose editor, Josh Schafer, has provided a brief introduction here). This piece was straight up…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017)

[IN THEATERS NOW] KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE (2017)


September 21, 2017    Rob Dean

        2014’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE was a fun, brash jolt of superspy fun that felt propulsive and like a logical updating of the crazy espionage films of old. Matthew Vaughn (along with his co-writer Jane Goldman) brought Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic to the screen…

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[AMERICAN HORROR STORY] EPISODE 3: “NEIGHBORS FROM HELL”

[AMERICAN HORROR STORY] EPISODE 3: “NEIGHBORS FROM HELL”


September 21, 2017    Jovy Skol

        I hope I’m not the only person in the world in love with Leslie Grossman. Ever since the WB days where teen dramas ruled pop culture, one of my favorites has always been POPULAR, an early Ryan Murphy offering. Whenever I tell people unfortunate to not…

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[GOOD THINGS IN BAD MOVIES] THE STEPHEN KING EDITION!

[GOOD THINGS IN BAD MOVIES] THE STEPHEN KING EDITION!


September 21, 2017    Kevin Maher

  In The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, author C.S. Lewis describes the first encounter between the children and Aslan. He notes that: “People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.”   Of course anyone who’s…

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