[THE INTERNET’S FINEST HOUR] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4’S DREAM-BATTLE TRAINING MONTAGE

[THE INTERNET’S FINEST HOUR] A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4’S DREAM-BATTLE TRAINING MONTAGE


July 28, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER shouldn’t work as well as it does. The script by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland was completed in seven days, as a release date for the film had already been set and was for the most part simply used as…

RIP JACK DAVIS (1924-2016)

RIP JACK DAVIS (1924-2016)


July 27, 2016    Jon Abrams

  Jack Davis is one of those illustrators whose unique style you already know, whether or not you know his name. If you’re a maniac like me, you grew up reading the tiny credits so you already know Jack Davis as  one of the original artists for MAD Magazine. Surely…

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: PART THREE

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: PART THREE


July 27, 2016    Jason Coffman

            Here’s Jason Coffman’s third dispatch from the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Catch up on the first one by clicking on this sentence.  And here’s the second! Now, for door number three…   July 21: ALOYS (Switzerland, dir. Tobias Nölle) After the death of his…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SOMBRA #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SOMBRA #1


July 27, 2016    Ryan Carey

      The whole goddamn “drug war” is such a clusterfuck of bad ideas that it’s a wonder the premise in Justin Jordan and Raúl Trevino’s new four-part Boom! Studios series — that of a frustrated DEA agent “going native” and crossing the border into Mexico to take the…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SNOTGIRL #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] SNOTGIRL #1


July 27, 2016    Jon Abrams

      Trying to review the new Image Comics series Snotgirl is a bit tricky because, frankly, I’m not sure how much a reader like me is even supposed to like it, given that it’s clearly aimed at a younger — and decidedly more female — readership. All in all, this is a…

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (2015)


July 26, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        There’s definitely something to be said for a movie whose makers know what it is,and don’t have any qualms with it. THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS doesn’t break any molds, and wears its influences on its sleeve. I’m glad that some people understand you don’t need to…

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: PART TWO

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL: PART TWO


July 21, 2016    Jason Coffman

    Here’s Jason Coffman’s second dispatch from the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Catch up on the last one by clicking on this sentence. Now get to reading — a third installment is on the way!   July 18:   THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (USA, dir. Nicolas Pesce)…

[F*EAR CANDY] THE ‘SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIE SLEEPOVERS’ PODCAST PRESENTS: DEEP RED (1975)

[F*EAR CANDY] THE ‘SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIE SLEEPOVERS’ PODCAST PRESENTS: DEEP RED (1975)


July 21, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

  Every other week with FEAR CANDY, Daily Grindhouse will showcase a podcast episode that dives into our kind of movies; the scary, the gory, the creepy, the bloody, and the just plain weird…   The SATURDAY NIGHT MOVIE SLEEPOVERS podcast features Dion Baia and J. Blake (author of SCORED TO…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE FLINTSTONES #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THE FLINTSTONES #1


July 20, 2016    Ryan Carey

    So far, DC’s newly-launched revamps of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon properties have ranged from fairly traditional takes (Future Quest) to radical re-imaginings (Scooby Apocalypse, Wacky Raceland) with not much in-between and, if I’m being brutally honest, fairly limited success. Scooby Apocalypse is an atrocious mess, Wacky Raceland is at least an interesting mess, and Future Quest — well,…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW SUPER-MAN #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] NEW SUPER-MAN #1


July 20, 2016    Ryan Carey

      I’ll be blunt — given what a mess otherwise-celebrated writer Gene Luen Yang made of things during his run on the “main” Superman title recently, I was initially in the “think I’ll pass on that” camp when I heard that his next project for DC would involve…

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL

[SCENE REPORT] MONTREAL’S FANTASIA FILM FESTIVAL


July 20, 2016    Jason Coffman

    2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, the largest genre film festival in North America and one of the most prestigious in the world. To celebrate, the festival is going all-out this year with not only its standard gargantuan roster of films from all over…

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE ENSEMBLE IN MOVIES?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE ENSEMBLE IN MOVIES?


July 19, 2016    dailygri

    Original art by ANDY VANDERBILT!   Here’s an experiment: Look at the front page of your favorite daily newspaper. Whatever your political disposition, notice how it feels like the world is ending just a little quicker every morning. Online though, we’ve all got our priorities straight. When it comes to…

JASON COFFMAN’S 2016 MID-YEAR ROUND-UP!

JASON COFFMAN’S 2016 MID-YEAR ROUND-UP!


July 18, 2016    Jason Coffman

      I’m keeping this pretty short this year, because if Fantastic Fest 2015 taught me anything, it’s that the best of the year is very likely yet to come. However, there have been a number of great films already this year that should not be missed. Here are…

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)


July 18, 2016    Jon Abrams

          THE DARK KNIGHT, released on this date in 2008, was one of the first movies I ever wrote a word about online. As far as the public record is concerned, I never have gotten around to writing anything about 2005’s BATMAN BEGINS, and it’s looking less likely by the day….

[CONCERT REVIEW] JOHN CARPENTER…. LIVE IN CHICAGO!

[CONCERT REVIEW] JOHN CARPENTER…. LIVE IN CHICAGO!


July 18, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

    An evening of film music is usually associated with  a conductor in a tux and a fifty piece orchestra. John Carpenter, of course, is doing things differently on his summer tour, reinventing his film scores his forty years plus of filmmaking, reinventing his classic themes as three minute…

[IN THEATERS NOW] GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

[IN THEATERS NOW] GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)


July 14, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

    From the opening moments of Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS, it’s obvious that it’s going to be a different kind of movie than the 1984 original. Gone is the moody, warm cinematography of Laszlo Kovacs and in its place is a flat and bright look indicative of the modern Hollywood…

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] VIGILANTE DIARIES (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] VIGILANTE DIARIES (2016)


July 13, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      To make a good action movie, far as I’m concerned, all you need is explosions, fight scenes, and car chases. THE EXPENDABLES franchise is a definite guilty pleasure of mine. Stupid and fun! I don’t mean stupid in a derogatory sense either. If you gotta take time…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THROWAWAYS #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] THROWAWAYS #1


July 13, 2016    Ryan Carey

    I was a big fan of the late, lamented Vertigo series Coffin Hill, so when I heard that its talented scribe, Caitlin Kittredge, would be plying her trade over at Image Comics in a new ongoing (whatever that phrase even means anymore) series that was going to be well outside her usual supernatural/horror wheelhouse,…

[TRAILER] LOVING (2016)

[TRAILER] LOVING (2016)


July 13, 2016    Jon Abrams

    Generally speaking, this isn’t the sort of film we cover on a site with a name like ours, but that’s never stopped me before. LOVING is the newest movie from Southern-born writer-director Jeff Nichols, and that’s all you need to know, really. Jeff Nichols is only 37 and…

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] SUGAR HILL (1974)

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] SUGAR HILL (1974)


July 13, 2016    Jon Abrams

          Released by American International Pictures not even a month before FOXY BROWN, maybe the biggest surprise about this movie is that it didn’t star Pam Grier, the AIP superstar who just a year before made an appearance in 1973’s SCREAM BLACULA SCREAM. It’s very easily…

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRIAN DE PALMA MOVIE?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRIAN DE PALMA MOVIE?


July 8, 2016    dailygri

  Original art by Andy Vanderbilt!       With the new documentary DE PALMA sparking retrospectives across the country and inspiring reconsiderations all over the critical realm, it felt like the right time to ask our contributors…     WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BRIAN DE PALMA MOVIE? OR ELSE… WHICH…

[NO-BUDGET NIGHTMARES] PODCAST #79: WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)

[NO-BUDGET NIGHTMARES] PODCAST #79: WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL (2013)


July 8, 2016    Doug Tilley

Get ready, boils and ghouls! After suffering for their sins for the past few episodes, Moe and Doug get a brief respite from their usual deep hurting with Chris LaMartina’s WNUF HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, a beautifully constructed tribute to 80s TV with a unique (and spoooOOOooky) found footage edge. Packed with…

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS (1974)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] THE SWINGING CHEERLEADERS (1974)


July 7, 2016    Freeman Williams

  There is sort of sad nostalgia about my relationship with the drive-in theaters of the 1970s, especially when it was married to my recent acquisition of a driver’s license. This was the beginning of personal freedom — my friends and I piling into the family station wagon and heading out…

[NOW ON BLU-RAY (I THINK)] THE FOREST (1982)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY (I THINK)] THE FOREST (1982)


July 6, 2016    Jon Abrams

      A freakish mix of near-total ineptitude and period trappings, THE FOREST has a poster that is meant to sell it as one of those psycho-killer slasher flicks which were so popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s.       What it actually is, has little precedent. It feels like…