[REVIEW] HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2016)

[REVIEW] HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE (2016)


December 9, 2016    Jonathan Holubiak

  Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN SHADOWS, EAGLE VS. SHARK) is quickly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. His films have a unique, dry humor that are very intelligently written and creatively directed, and HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE may be his best film yet. He implements creative camera work, jump…

[SEE IT TODAY!] BEYOND THE GATES (2016)

[SEE IT TODAY!] BEYOND THE GATES (2016)


December 9, 2016    Matt Wedge

  Being pleasantly surprised by a movie I expected to have fun with is an unusual experience. Much more common is the film that I expect nothing out of that exceeds my expectations. Of course, I see those films in a more favorable light because they have a lower bar…

[Blu-ray Review] Shout! Factory’s TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA

[Blu-ray Review] Shout! Factory’s TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA


December 7, 2016    Mike Vanderbilt

TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA is frequently regarded as William Friedkin’s attempt to recapture the magic of THE FRENCH CONNECTION through an ’80s MIAMI VICE filter. To dismiss it as that is short sighted as it is a neon hued crime classic of it’s own. William Petersen is Richard…

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] Scream Factory’s BLACK CHRISTMAS Collectors Edition

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] Scream Factory’s BLACK CHRISTMAS Collectors Edition


December 7, 2016    dailygri

When I was a kid, I looked forward to sleepovers on the weekends. Since I was 5, my best friend growing up was Michael and we were perpetually at the video store. We definitely loved the Blockbusters and Hollywood Videos (where I would later get my first job), but it…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS] NEVER OPEN THE DOOR (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS] NEVER OPEN THE DOOR (2016)


December 1, 2016    Matt Wedge

  The dinner party has become a staple of low budget horror and sci-fi films in the last few years. Everything from COHERENCE to THE INVITATION has used this most banal of settings as an excuse to trap a small group of people in one location. And why not? When…

[CLOCK THIS DOCUMENTARY] THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (2016)

[CLOCK THIS DOCUMENTARY] THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (2016)


November 27, 2016    Matt Wedge

    If ever there was a documentary that could have been made specifically for us here at DAILY GRINDHOUSE, it is THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG. If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is.   Weng Weng (his real name was Ernesto de la Cruz) was the…

[ALBUM REVIEW] DEMON AND THE DAMNED ENCHILADAS – “OOH, BABY!”

[ALBUM REVIEW] DEMON AND THE DAMNED ENCHILADAS – “OOH, BABY!”


November 22, 2016    Nathan Smith

    One of the cool perks about spilling digital ink over at Daily Grindhouse is that we get press copies of entertainment materials to review — DVDs and Blu-Rays and so on — but it’s mostly your typical stuff.  Studio releases, indie films, or television series are the normal review…

[PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED] 1973’s THE BABY may be the strangest PG-rated film ever released

[PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED] 1973’s THE BABY may be the strangest PG-rated film ever released


October 27, 2016    dailygri

THE BABY might legitimately hold claim to being the most disturbing PG film ever made. That’s a bold assertion, but there’s nothing quite like the unholy blend of what can only be called wholesome perversity that defines Ted Post’s 1973 cult obscurity. It’s an exploitation film that counter intuitively has…

[Great Debates] John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN vs. Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN

[Great Debates] John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN vs. Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN


October 26, 2016    dailygri

When the discussion of classic movie monsters comes about, many may imagine Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, or even the Wolfman. Their imagery is iconic, recognized by those who might never even seen a movie featuring them. Many decades later, they’re still around, but are now in the company of a…

[Rich Maier Defends] Paul Schrader’s DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST

[Rich Maier Defends] Paul Schrader’s DOMINION: A PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST


October 24, 2016    dailygri

Film studios have a long history of shooting themselves in the foot. In 2004 Morgan Creek Productions did exactly that when they released director Renny Harlin’s EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING to overwhelmingly terrible reviews. This had not been the film the studio heads were originally going to release. Morgan Creek had…

[DVD REVIEW] KILLER RACK (2015)

[DVD REVIEW] KILLER RACK (2015)


October 21, 2016    Andy Vanderbilt

    Gregory Lamberson has already made a name for himself, thanks to the cult classic SLIME CITY and its follow up SLIME CITY MASSACRE, both of which are seeing Blu-Ray releases later this year, but regardless, if you are familiar with his previous works, you will find yourself surprised…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] WHAT WE BECOME (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] WHAT WE BECOME (2016)


October 18, 2016    Matt Wedge

      Before I even get into the briefest of plot setups for WHAT WE BECOME, it is only fair that I acknowledge that the film is on well-trod ground. Not only is it a plague-turns-people-into-zombies movie, it also plunges into areas regarding martial law, the government using the…

[PAUL FREITAG-FEY RETURNS!] REVIEW: SLASH (2016)

[PAUL FREITAG-FEY RETURNS!] REVIEW: SLASH (2016)


October 10, 2016    Paul Freitag-Fey

    I got my start in fandom at a young age, as my mom took me with her to science fiction conventions starting in the early ‘80s – she’d been a Star Trek fan for years by then and edited one of the earliest fanzines devoted to the show,…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] ELLE (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] ELLE (2016)


October 7, 2016    Matt Wedge

    Paul Verhoeven is a filmmaker who is keenly aware of his divisive reputation. Even in less controversial films like ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL, or STARSHIP TROOPERS, his sarcastic approach to attacking the jingoism and bloodlust of action films has often been misinterpreted as simply an obsession with violence. Even…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] THE YOUNG OFFENDERS (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] THE YOUNG OFFENDERS (2016)


October 7, 2016    Matt Wedge

  The ghost of TRAINSPOTTING hangs heavily over THE YOUNG OFFENDERS. Sure, the latter takes place in Ireland and does not go nearly as dark as Danny Boyle’s breakthrough feature, but the spirit of reckless fun mixed with young, desperate men with no prospects in front of them is the…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (2016)


October 7, 2016    Matt Wedge

      There are certain sweet spots a movie can hit for me to fall for it almost immediately. I have no clear understanding of why these traits hit me harder than others, but if a genre film plays like a tragedy that details what happens when a family…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] COLOSSAL (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] COLOSSAL (2016)


October 5, 2016    Matt Wedge

    A young woman in the grip of alcoholism is dumped by her boyfriend and returns to her hometown in upstate New York. There, her problems with the bottle hit a new low as she discovers that when she is drunk and acting like a buffoon, a giant reptile…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] FENDER BENDER (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] FENDER BENDER (2016)


October 4, 2016    Matt Wedge

    Writer/director Mark Pavia’s feature debut was 1997’s THE NIGHT FLIER, an ambitious, gory adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire story. While it did not make much of an impression on audiences or critics, it was an impressively mounted production when taking into consideration its low budget. That film developed…

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016)

[MATT WEDGE REVIEWS!] PHANTASM: RAVAGER (2016)


October 4, 2016    Matt Wedge

    This review contains SPOILERS for the first four PHANTASM films.     The production announcement of PHANTASM: RAVAGER in 2014 filled me with both excitement and dread. In my look at the mythology of the PHANTASM films, I was clear in my belief that the story ended with the…

[REVIEW] PHOBE: THE XENOPHOBIC EXPERIMENTS

[REVIEW] PHOBE: THE XENOPHOBIC EXPERIMENTS


September 29, 2016    dailygri

The ready availability of video cameras in the 1980s resulted in an increase in low-low-low budget genre films that I hesitate to classify as a “boom” simply because while plenty were made, only a handful managed to work their way onto video store shelves across the world. The likes of…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE UNTAMED (2016)

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE UNTAMED (2016)


September 28, 2016    Matt Wedge

  THE UNTAMED opens with a startling scene that will probably make most genre audiences think of POSSESSION. Veronica (Simone Bucio) is in the midst of orgasmic bliss as a tentacled creature pleasures her. She is then shown unable to lift her motorcycle because the creature also gave her a…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE CREW (2015)

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] REVIEW: THE CREW (2015)


September 28, 2016    Matt Wedge

      Much like the pleasure I took from the clockwork-like plot of THE INVISIBLE GUEST, THE CREW successfully scratches my itch for lean, pared to the bone heist-gone-wrong thrillers.   THE CREW plays almost like if HEAT had gone from the opening heist on the armored car, to…

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Aliens, Flying Kicks, & Cosmic Terror

[FANTASTIC FEST ’16] Dispatch: Aliens, Flying Kicks, & Cosmic Terror


September 23, 2016    Patrick Smith

  This has been a long time coming. It seems as long as I’ve had easy access to the internet I’ve been reading about FantasticFest. A cinematic paradise where you can see days worth of crazy genre fare and then immediately walk into the lobby afterwards and talk to the…

[REVIEW] BLAIR WITCH (2016)

[REVIEW] BLAIR WITCH (2016)


September 15, 2016    dailygri

I have problems with movies about witches. I have problems with horror movies. When it comes to “found footage” films, the trend has become mostly ridiculous. Sequels? Who likes them anyway? The unimaginatively titled BLAIR WITCH happens to be all four. With all the modern day gadgets (including a drone)…