BLISS Is A Sleazy, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Vampire Fable

BLISS Is A Sleazy, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Vampire Fable


June 15, 2019    Mike Vanderbilt

Filmmaker Joe Begos knows what a certain breed of horror audience wants out of genre cinema and isn’t afraid to deliver it. He has an adoration for the genre—particularly horror from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s—and is making the kind of films that—I imagine—he would have wanted to see…

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Danzig’s VEROTIKA Is The Singular Vision Of An Artist, Warts & All

Danzig’s VEROTIKA Is The Singular Vision Of An Artist, Warts & All


June 14, 2019    Pat O'Sullivan

Danzig is for the children…or at least the 16 year old boy in all of us. It feels a little disingenuous reviewing VEROTIKA. So far the film has only screened last night as part of this year’s Cinepocalypse Genre Film Festival at Chicago’s Music Box Theater. Danzig himself was on…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘THE UNCANNY’ (1977) GETS A NINTH LIFE ON BLU

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘THE UNCANNY’ (1977) GETS A NINTH LIFE ON BLU


June 11, 2019    Paul Freitag-Fey

  The horror anthology film has a long and varied history, but generally, the genre can be summed up in one TV Guide-friendly sentence: Through a framing device, three to five short stories are presented, each with twisty or macabre endings. Until recently, few anthology films have bothered to make…

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‘FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN’ MAKES UP FOR A SLOW START WITH A LOOPY THIRD ACT

‘FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN’ MAKES UP FOR A SLOW START WITH A LOOPY THIRD ACT


June 11, 2019    Matt Wedge

Despite the presence of the always reliable Peter Cushing as the titular mad scientist, FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN moves at a shockingly slow pace for a Hammer Film—especially one directed by Terence Fisher. It takes nearly an hour for the promised “creation” to occur, leaving not much time for the wrap-up of an…

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‘THE ENTITY’ IS A COMPELLING, ODDLY STRUCTURED HORROR FLICK

‘THE ENTITY’ IS A COMPELLING, ODDLY STRUCTURED HORROR FLICK


June 10, 2019    Matt Wedge

The trailer for THE ENTITY concludes with a tagline claiming that it is “based on a true story…that is still happening.” That should be your first clue that no matter how good the film is for most of its runtime, the ending is destined to be underwhelming at best, unsatisfying at worst….

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NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY, ‘WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK’ IS A WORTHY SEQUEL TO THE CULT FAVORITE

NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY, ‘WHEN A STRANGER CALLS BACK’ IS A WORTHY SEQUEL TO THE CULT FAVORITE


June 5, 2019    Paul Freitag-Fey

Fred Walton’s 1979 thriller WHEN A STRANGER CALLS exists in that great little slit of time in between HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13th, when the slasher film became popularized but before it settled on a very specific structure. The film is best known for its opening reel, in which a series of threatening…

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SATANIC PANIC Is A Surprisingly Dull Horror Comedy

SATANIC PANIC Is A Surprisingly Dull Horror Comedy


June 5, 2019    Mike Vanderbilt

The new crop of films coming from the Fangoria magazine—the reborn horror rag that flourished in the ‘80s—share a certain aesthetic. The films are overlit and at times look remarkably cheap, which is surprising particularly coming from an outfit that takes the genre so damn seriously. There’s also lots of…

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SHOUT FACTORY’S ‘EARTHQUAKE’ BLU-RAY IS A STELLAR PRESENTATION OF A SHAKY MOVIE

SHOUT FACTORY’S ‘EARTHQUAKE’ BLU-RAY IS A STELLAR PRESENTATION OF A SHAKY MOVIE


May 24, 2019    Craig Edwards

Ah, we get to dip our toes in that beautiful pool called the ‘70s disaster movie. When producer Ross Hunter and director George Seaton brought us a very eventful evening in a major metropolitan AIRPORT in 1970, they had no idea they were starting a new genre in film–one that led to very successful flicks about capsized…

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EARLY ’80S MORGAN FAIRCHILD THRILLER ‘THE SEDUCTION’ STALKS ON TO BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY

EARLY ’80S MORGAN FAIRCHILD THRILLER ‘THE SEDUCTION’ STALKS ON TO BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY


May 21, 2019    Craig Edwards

Before they became the purview of the Lifetime Movie Network, there was a subgenre of theatrically released thrillers and horror movies where a woman is stalked for the duration of the film by a loon–usually a hulking character actor known for their villainous portraits, but sometimes a young leading man…

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‘DETECTIVE PIKACHU’ MAY BE FUN FOR FANS, BUT IS MOSTLY MESSY

‘DETECTIVE PIKACHU’ MAY BE FUN FOR FANS, BUT IS MOSTLY MESSY


May 9, 2019    Rob Dean

It’s interesting to be on the outside of a fandom and peer in without much frame of reference. Pokémon blew up right around middle school for me, so it was already on the cusp of young adult and not exactly my demographic. Though lord knows that didn’t stop me from…

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OUR FAVORITE FILMS FROM THE 2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

OUR FAVORITE FILMS FROM THE 2019 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL


May 8, 2019    Justin Leon

Tribeca Film Festival was a twelve day extravaganza of 103 features, talks with filmmakers, and gala events. I made the pilgrimage this year to catch a few independent film premieres, take in the latest VR experiences, and eat enough slices at Joe’s Pizza to make John Candy blush.   Here…

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’50S SCI-FI FAVORITE ‘TARANTULA’ CRAWLS ON TO BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY

’50S SCI-FI FAVORITE ‘TARANTULA’ CRAWLS ON TO BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY


April 30, 2019    Craig Edwards

Scream Factory goes for the creepy crawly in their Blu-ray release of the 1955 Universal-International big bug movie TARANTULA.     We get off to an atmospheric start with an unidentified man in the desert dropping dead. He’s not exactly a brown eyed handsome man either. Small town doctor Matt…

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A Genuine Love Of Film & Expert Comedic Timing Propel ‘THE VELOCIPASTOR’

A Genuine Love Of Film & Expert Comedic Timing Propel ‘THE VELOCIPASTOR’


April 25, 2019    Pat O'Sullivan

THE VELOCIPASTOR is not a bad movie. It’s not even an “it’s so bad it’s good” movie. Is it cheaply made? Yes. Is it amateurish and unpolished? Sure. But is it entertaining enough to warrant spending an hour and fifteen minutes? Will it inspire more than a handful of teenage…

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‘I TRAPPED THE DEVIL’ IS A COMPELLINGLY BLEAK LOOK AT GRIEF AND PARANOIA

‘I TRAPPED THE DEVIL’ IS A COMPELLINGLY BLEAK LOOK AT GRIEF AND PARANOIA


April 25, 2019    Matt Wedge

I TRAPPED THE DEVIL is a slightly misleading title. One of the characters in the film does indeed trap someone (or something) that he believes to be a physical manifestation of evil, but the pulpy fun of a horror-comedy implied by that title is not present. In its place is a…

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[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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‘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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[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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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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[NOW AVAILABLE FROM VINEGAR SYNDROME!] IN THE COLD OF THE NIGHT (1990)

[NOW AVAILABLE FROM VINEGAR SYNDROME!] IN THE COLD OF THE NIGHT (1990)


March 27, 2019    Jason Coffman

      The rise of the boutique home video label has led to popular rediscovery of a number of cult auteurs, mostly from the ’60s and ’70s. One of the more surprising directors whose work has made its way onto a number of Blu-ray reissues is Nico Mastorakis, maybe…

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NOW ON BLU-RAY, ‘WARNING SIGN’ KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

NOW ON BLU-RAY, ‘WARNING SIGN’ KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD


March 27, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

Here’s to the middle of the road.   With so many films out there, and so many new films being made every single day, not everything is going to be a game changer. Films that shake the firmament of filmmaking, whether due to financial success or high quality or some…

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[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] ‘DEPRAVED’ OFFERS AN EMPATHETIC TAKE ON THE FRANKENSTEIN MYTH

[WHAT THE FEST!? REVIEW] ‘DEPRAVED’ OFFERS AN EMPATHETIC TAKE ON THE FRANKENSTEIN MYTH


March 27, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

DEPRAVED had its world premiere at New York City’s What the Fest!? on March 20, 2019.   The modern indie horror scene would be nowhere without Larry Fessenden. The actor and filmmaker has become something of a mascot and godfather of the scene, whether through his innumerable cameos and supporting turns, or through…

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‘THE BODY SNATCHER’ FEATURES BORIS KARLOFF AT HIS SINISTER BEST

‘THE BODY SNATCHER’ FEATURES BORIS KARLOFF AT HIS SINISTER BEST


March 26, 2019    Matt Wedge

THE BODY SNATCHER is a testament to a great use of star power. Without Boris Karloff’s layered, flat-out creepy as hell performance, the film would be simply another of Val Lewton’s better-than-average, low budget horror films for RKO—handsomely done, but a little stodgy. With Karloff’s smiling psycho performance, it turns…

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‘THE STREET FIGHTER’ TRILOGY COMES TO BLU-RAY IN ALL THEIR VIOLENT, UNCUT GLORY

‘THE STREET FIGHTER’ TRILOGY COMES TO BLU-RAY IN ALL THEIR VIOLENT, UNCUT GLORY


March 25, 2019    Matt Wedge

Long a blind spot in my ever-growing love affair with exploitation movies, the new Shout Factory Blu-ray collection of THE STREET FIGHTER trilogy came along at a perfect time. What I found was a series of films that did not quite live up to their reputation for brutality (though the violence is…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY!] JACK THE RIPPER (1959) SLASHES HIS WAY ONTO BLU

[NOW ON BLU-RAY!] JACK THE RIPPER (1959) SLASHES HIS WAY ONTO BLU


March 21, 2019    Paul Freitag-Fey

  The number of cinematic portrayals of the Whitechapel serial killer known as “Jack the Ripper” is easily in the dozens, dating back to the silent era of THE LODGER (1927) and PANDORA’S BOX (1929) to BLACK THE RIPPER (1975) to the recent animated film BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT (2018)….

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