[NOW ON BLU-RAY] THE WITCHES (1966)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] THE WITCHES (1966)


April 19, 2019    Paul Freitag-Fey

    The ‘60s were a great time to be an older actress — at least if you were an older actress amenable to having your image roughed up a bit by appearing in a horror film in a “psycho-biddy” role popularized by 1962’s WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?….

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘3D SWEETIES’ BY JULIAN GLANDER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘3D SWEETIES’ BY JULIAN GLANDER


April 17, 2019    Ryan Carey

  Somewhere on a colorful and computer-generated plane of existence, a semblance of “life” trudges along, oddly familiar in both tone and content to the world we know: the denizens navigate their way through a media-saturated landscape, waste too much time on the internet, immerse themselves in various fan “communities,”…

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‘SUPERSTITION’ IS GLEEFULLY NASTY, BLOODY, AND SLOPPY IN A GOOD WAY

‘SUPERSTITION’ IS GLEEFULLY NASTY, BLOODY, AND SLOPPY IN A GOOD WAY


April 16, 2019    Matt Wedge

I’m not about to get on a soapbox and claim that 1982’s SUPERSTITION (a.k.a THE WITCH) is a good film. It is sloppily plotted with an unnecessarily complicated backstory set three hundred years in the past and a subplot that eventually just fizzles out. But I am going to claim that it is…

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MATT WEDGE’S DAY FOUR DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL

MATT WEDGE’S DAY FOUR DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL


April 15, 2019    Matt Wedge

The Chattanooga Film Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States for new genre films and retro screenings of classic exploitation and genre fare. In its sixth year, the festival is being held April 11-14, 2019.   Day four was a straight dive into movies right from…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM KINO LORBER] EMMANUELLE (1974), EMMANUELLE 2 (1975), & GOODBYE EMMANUELLE (1977)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM KINO LORBER] EMMANUELLE (1974), EMMANUELLE 2 (1975), & GOODBYE EMMANUELLE (1977)


April 14, 2019    Jason Coffman

    Following the massively successful theatrical release of Gerard Damiano’s DEEP THROAT in 1972, the major American studios found themselves on the outside of a major cultural event — and more importantly, the money they could be making by capitalizing on it. Twentieth Century Fox had tried to get…

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[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] INTENSE PERFORMANCES CAN’T SAVE THE FRUSTRATING ‘TO THE NIGHT’

[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] INTENSE PERFORMANCES CAN’T SAVE THE FRUSTRATING ‘TO THE NIGHT’


April 14, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

    TO THE NIGHT is a deeply, unpleasantly frustrating film.   It sometimes feels as though that maybe director Peter Brunner maybe views that as a feature and not a bug, and if so, then he’s succeeded wildly, creating a film that almost dares you to not keep it…

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[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] ‘WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE?’ IS TARANTINO-LITE

[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] ‘WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE?’ IS TARANTINO-LITE


April 14, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

      If you thought the cinematic descriptor “Tarantino-esque” was no longer an applicable one — that the fad to piggyback on the director’s signature curlicue dark-comedy style was long gone — than go to Russia. Because Kirill Sokolov’s  WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE feels like a big, gaudy throwback…

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[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA2019] THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW WITH JASON TROST, DIRECTOR OF ‘FP2: BEATS OF RAGE’

[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA2019] THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW WITH JASON TROST, DIRECTOR OF ‘FP2: BEATS OF RAGE’


April 14, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

  The Windy City Horrorama 2019  film festival line up is boiling over with some of the most insane genre films to grace the screen. It’s going to be an intense weekend of of cinematic insanity.   Closing out the fest is FP2:BEATS OF RAGE, the sequel to the mind-blowing…

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[VIDEO VIOLENCE] THE LAST VICTIM (1975)

[VIDEO VIOLENCE] THE LAST VICTIM (1975)


April 14, 2019    Brett Gallman

    Video Violence is a weekly column digging deep into the lesser-known genre films recently released to home video. This week’s column takes a look at sleazy psycho-thriller THE LAST VICTIM, now on Blu-ray from Dark Force Entertainment. The movie: Before its credits even begin to unfold, THE LAST…

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RAMMSTEIN’S ‘DEUTSCHLAND’: GERMAN HISTORY THROUGH HEAVY METAL

RAMMSTEIN’S ‘DEUTSCHLAND’: GERMAN HISTORY THROUGH HEAVY METAL


April 14, 2019    Samantha Schorsch

    It’s a bit surreal watching a band that’s existed since you were two years old reach what could be, allegedly, the end of their lifespan, especially when they haven’t released any new full length material (solo projects of varying quality aside) in around ten years. On the other…

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IT’S TIME TO DAMN ‘HELLBOY’ TO THE BAD-MOVIE ABYSS

IT’S TIME TO DAMN ‘HELLBOY’ TO THE BAD-MOVIE ABYSS


April 14, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

    There’s a scene about halfway through HELLBOY, Neil Marshall’s ersatz “let’s-keep-the-property-rights-going” version of Guillermo Del Toro’s version of Mike Mignola’s Satan-spawn comic book superhero, that is good enough to make you realize how much you hate the rest of it. It involves Hellboy, played by David Harbour under mounds…

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MATT WEDGE’S DAY THREE DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL

MATT WEDGE’S DAY THREE DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL


April 14, 2019    Matt Wedge

The Chattanooga Film Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States for new genre films and retro screenings of classic exploitation and genre fare. In its sixth year, the festival is being held April 11-14, 2019.   Day three started off with a live recording of the…

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MATT WEDGE’S DAY TWO DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL

MATT WEDGE’S DAY TWO DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESTIVAL


April 13, 2019    Matt Wedge

The Chattanooga Film Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States for new genre films and retro screenings of classic exploitation and genre fare. In its sixth year, the festival is being held April 11-14, 2019.   Day two! Let’s just jump right into it.   FREAKS…

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MATT WEDGE’S DAY ONE DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESITVAL

MATT WEDGE’S DAY ONE DISPATCH FROM THE 2019 CHATTANOOGA FILM FESITVAL


April 12, 2019    Matt Wedge

The Chattanooga Film Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States for new genre films and retro screenings of classic exploitation and genre fare. In its sixth year, the festival is being held April 11-14, 2019.   After two nights of not much sleep, I made the…

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[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA 2019] JEREMY LOWE’S TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS!

[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA 2019] JEREMY LOWE’S TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS!


April 11, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

    This is the second year of the Windy City Horrorama film festival, and it will be my first year going to all three days. Last year I was only able to go for one day, but that day was filled with fun, fresh, independent cinema. None of the…

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[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA 2019] STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER (2019)

[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA 2019] STRAIGHT EDGE KEGGER (2019)


April 10, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

      Punxploitation is a niche sub-genre of cinema that isn’t meant to be understood by those outside of the punk rock spectrum. These films are for punk rockers, rudeboys, hardcore kids, and skinheads. The fact that these films are intended for such a small group of dedicated fans…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘JESUSFREAK’ BY JOE CASEY & BENJAMIN MARRA

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘JESUSFREAK’ BY JOE CASEY & BENJAMIN MARRA


April 9, 2019    Ryan Carey

       I’m not sure what it is about “Bible comics,” but there’s something appealing about the whole notion, even to a devout non-believer such as myself. Whether it’s the fire and brimstone of a Jack T. Chick or the scaled-down intimacy of a Chester Brown, I’m down for…

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NEWLY RESTORED SOV SLASHER ‘BLOOD LAKE’ WATER SKIS ON TO DVD

NEWLY RESTORED SOV SLASHER ‘BLOOD LAKE’ WATER SKIS ON TO DVD


April 9, 2019    Matt Wedge

On the commentary track for BLOOD LAKE, director Tim Boggs points out just one of several shots that last for a beat or two too long, resulting in awkward pacing and seemingly random editorial choices. The source of these bizarre moments, he reveals, was to get the film to a feature-length…

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[TEEN MOVIE HELL] STEWARDESS MOVIES: SEXY SEMESTERS IN THE SKY, (MOSTLY) ’70s-STYLE!

[TEEN MOVIE HELL] STEWARDESS MOVIES: SEXY SEMESTERS IN THE SKY, (MOSTLY) ’70s-STYLE!


April 8, 2019    Mike McPadden

        Flight attendants weren’t always addressed as such. In the less enlightened 1960s and ’70s, “stewardesses” not only attended to every in-flight needs of airline travelers, they had to meet strict levels of boredom-normative “attractiveness” to do it.   In addition, marketers played up that calculated, humiliatingly…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] FRANKENTHUG (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] FRANKENTHUG (2017)


April 8, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

  I’ve always been a huge supporter of micro-budget indie horror. These types of films take a lot of heart to turn from a kernel of an idea to actually being made. FRANKENTHUG has more heart than it can handle, and you can tell that everyone involved was dedicated to…

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PET SEMATARY TWO Embodies 1992 With Furlong, Alternarock, & A Wisecracking Villain

PET SEMATARY TWO Embodies 1992 With Furlong, Alternarock, & A Wisecracking Villain


April 5, 2019    Pat O'Sullivan

Released August 28th, 1992 Paramount’s PET SEMATARY TWO sought to capitalize on the moderate success of it’s 1989 predecessor.  Returning director Mary Lambert originally sought to continue the story of the Creed family by focusing the sequel on the Ellie Creed, now in her teenage years. The studio wasn’t convinced…

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THIS YEAR’S CINEPOCALYPSE BRINGS JOEL SCHUMACHER AND GWAR TO CHICAGO

THIS YEAR’S CINEPOCALYPSE BRINGS JOEL SCHUMACHER AND GWAR TO CHICAGO


April 5, 2019    Matt Wedge

For the third straight year, Cinepocalypse will invade the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. This year, the genre film festival is bringing along the unusual—yet very cool—pairing of director Joel Schumacher and horror-metal legends GWAR to melt minds.     While the full lineup of films and events will be…

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‘THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE’ Is A Flat, Irresponsible Appropriation Of Real-Life Tragedy

‘THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE’ Is A Flat, Irresponsible Appropriation Of Real-Life Tragedy


April 5, 2019    Anya Stanley

    When you make a genre movie based upon real-life horrific events, there’s a certain responsibility of the filmmakers to treat the subject matter with care. There are multiple ways to do this. You can film in black and white to desaturate the gore: Villeneuve brought earnest seriousness to…

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IDLE HANDS & THE VELOCIPASTOR Are Coming To Chicago’s Windy City Horrorama!

IDLE HANDS & THE VELOCIPASTOR Are Coming To Chicago’s Windy City Horrorama!


April 4, 2019    Mike Vanderbilt

It’s here! The full list of films that will be showing at the second annual Windy City Horrorama Film Festival! There’s a lot to take in, so just sit down and savor it all! There’s a repertory screening of IDLE HANDS with director Rodman Flender in attendance and the midwest…

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