[BLU-RAY REVIEW] LARRY COHEN’S FULL MOON HIGH (1981)

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] LARRY COHEN’S FULL MOON HIGH (1981)


May 20, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

    The service provided by home entertainment distribution companies like Arrow, Scream Factory, Vinegar Syndrome and Kino — to give new life to long forgotten and obscure old movies damned to the sands of time after going out of print, if they ever got an actual home video release…

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] CYBORG (1989)

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] CYBORG (1989)


May 19, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

    We all feel like the world is going to come to an end any moment, plunging us into a dank dystopia of warring factions battling tooth and nail over food and resources, but, man, the ‘8os were primetime for the apocalypse. You couldn’t go into a video store…

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Is The Best STAR WARS Adventure Since The ‘80s & The Most Fun Since The Original

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Is The Best STAR WARS Adventure Since The ‘80s & The Most Fun Since The Original


May 15, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

George Lucas’ original STAR WARS was, at its core, throwback cinema. In the same way filmmakers today recreate the style of the films they grew up on, Lucas blended Flash Gordon serials, swashbucklers, and war movies into a game-changing film that became a phenomenon. The ensuing sequels would build upon the fast,…

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[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 6 & 7

[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 6 & 7


May 14, 2018    Jason Coffman

May 9th: AMERICAN ANIMALS (UK, dir. Bart Layton) In December of 2004, four young men attempted to steal a number of exceptionally rare books from the library at Transylvania University in Kentucky. Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) and Warren Lipka (Evan Peters) had prepared by reading up on the subject and watching…

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] SCREAM FACTORY BIRTHS LARRY COHEN’S ‘IT’S ALIVE’ TRILOGY

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] SCREAM FACTORY BIRTHS LARRY COHEN’S ‘IT’S ALIVE’ TRILOGY


May 14, 2018    Matt Wedge

    For roughly the last twenty years, I’ve engaged in a deep dive into the filmography of genre film legend Larry Cohen. I have watched every film he directed and nearly every one he has written multiple times (yes, even WICKED STEPMOTHER). I have written close to one hundred…

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[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 3, 4, & 5

[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 3, 4, & 5


May 9, 2018    Jason Coffman

May 6th: DAMSEL (USA, dir. Nathan and David Zellner) An exhausted Old Preacher (Robert Forster) waits impatiently at a small stand in the desert for a stagecoach to take him back east. He has crossed paths with Henry (David Zellner), who is heading west for a fresh start. The Old Preacher…

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[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 1 & 2

[CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL] JASON COFFMAN AT CCFF: DAYS 1 & 2


May 7, 2018    Jason Coffman

2018 marked the sixth year for the Chicago Critics Film Festival, and the fifth year for the event at the Music Box Theatre. This year’s lineup is a little heavier on American films that in the past, which is great for helping get the word out about homegrown films that…

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[INDY SPOTLIGHT] THE ART OF SITTING QUIETLY AND DOING NOTHING

[INDY SPOTLIGHT] THE ART OF SITTING QUIETLY AND DOING NOTHING


May 2, 2018    Jason Coffman

A forest can be an independent filmmaker’s best friend. Lush greenery provides production value like nothing else, and the sense of isolation and remove from urban life can be effectively used for peaceful, low-key drama or tense horror equally well. There is a strain of “man alone in the wild”…

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[AVAILABLE NOW ON VOD!] DEAD LIST (2018)

[AVAILABLE NOW ON VOD!] DEAD LIST (2018)


May 1, 2018    Rich Maier

    Anyone who has taken any kind of interest in filmmaking sooner or later becomes aware of the constant struggle that surrounds it. The journey from page to screen involves numerous hurdles and countless variables that are present in any and all levels of filmmaking. A director struggling to…

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‘THEY REMAIN’ (2018) IS A TENSE, UNNERVING DESCENT INTO MADNESS

‘THEY REMAIN’ (2018) IS A TENSE, UNNERVING DESCENT INTO MADNESS


April 26, 2018    Andy Vanderbilt

      Slow-burn horror is a tricky genre to pull off. It’s essentially the equivalent of walking a tight rope. Balance is key, and in particular pacing can make or break the success of the act. Philip Gelatt’s THEY REMAIN, an adaptation of the short story “-30-” by Laird…

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[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA] HOUSESITTERS (2018)

[WINDY CITY HORRORAMA] HOUSESITTERS (2018)


April 25, 2018    Matt Wedge

    Full Disclosure: Jason Coffman, the co-writer/director of HOUSESITTERS, is a longtime contributing writer to DAILY GRINDHOUSE.   There is a streak of what I like to call “smart dumb” to HOUSESITTERS that could unfortunately be mistaken for either sloppy storytelling or technical incompetence. But when working at the…

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Cannibals, Spooky Ghost Stories, & THE MONSTER SQUAD Thrilled Audiences at The Overlook Film Festival

Cannibals, Spooky Ghost Stories, & THE MONSTER SQUAD Thrilled Audiences at The Overlook Film Festival


April 25, 2018    Jason Coffman

The second Overlook Film Festival took place this year from April 19th to the 22nd in New Orleans at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, which was probably a relief for those adventurous souls who returned after being snowed in at the Timberline Lodge for the 2017 festival! Just as last year,…

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ST. AGATHA Is Perverse & Creepy Modern Nunsploition

ST. AGATHA Is Perverse & Creepy Modern Nunsploition


April 21, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

Religion always held an inherently creepy vibe for me. Maybe it’s imagery, maybe it’s the repression, but there’s just something unnerving about it and I wasn’t even raised Catholic. ST. AGATHA from director Darren Lynn Bousman is a perverse, creepy, and slickly shot slice of modern day nunsploitation. Set in…

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PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Is Disappointing & Mean Spirited

PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH Is Disappointing & Mean Spirited


April 21, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

  There is an entertaining movie in PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, unfortunately as it stands the film is mean spirited, uncomfortable, and in poor taste. Those three things would usually be positives, particularly in a review on a site that revels in exploitation, but the PUPPET MASTER reboot seems…

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[NOW STREAMING] CORBIN NASH (2018)

[NOW STREAMING] CORBIN NASH (2018)


April 19, 2018    Matt Wedge

    In the last five minutes of CORBIN NASH, a blind street preacher (Malcolm McDowell) who has acted as something of a Greek Chorus throughout the film literally says, “So it begins.” Forget that the line is meant to be a serious proclamation (despite it being overused to the…

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[IN THEATERS AND ON VOD THIS WEEK] GHOST STORIES (2018)

[IN THEATERS AND ON VOD THIS WEEK] GHOST STORIES (2018)


April 17, 2018    Matt Wedge

      Aside from the mixture of lurid and Gothic that made up the classic Hammer Films aesthetic, is there anything that screams British horror more than the anthology film? GHOST STORIES seems at first to be harking back to the glory days of Amicus, but pulls a neat…

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[WATCH IT NOW] WILDLING (2018)

[WATCH IT NOW] WILDLING (2018)


April 12, 2018    Matt Wedge

    The opening fifteen minutes of WILDLING is almost unfair to the seventy-five minutes that follow. We watch as Anna (played, as she progressively grows from the age of five until she’s a teenager, by Aviva Winick, Arlo Mertz, and Bel Powley) is kept captive in an attic by…

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Is A Powerful, Emotional Portrait Of Fred Rogers

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? Is A Powerful, Emotional Portrait Of Fred Rogers


April 11, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

There seems to be a twisted fascination we all have inside of us to find the seedy underbelly of anything that’s perceived as wholesome or good. We look for sexy hidden messages in Disney cartoons and long to find hidden secrets in celebrities’ pasts. Fred Rogers appears to be the…

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UPGRADE is a wickedly funny, unassumingly smart, and ultra gory slice of cyberpunk.

UPGRADE is a wickedly funny, unassumingly smart, and ultra gory slice of cyberpunk.


April 10, 2018    Mike Vanderbilt

UPGRADE is a wickedly funny, unassumingly smart, and ultra gory slice of cyberpunk. As is usually the case in this sort of sci-fi tale, nothing is ever as it seems and nobody is to be trusted…except may be your mother.

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[IN THEATERS NOW!] A QUIET PLACE (2018)

[IN THEATERS NOW!] A QUIET PLACE (2018)


April 6, 2018    Tyler Casalini

    John Krasinski’s latest cinematic endeavor, A QUIET PLACE, is a refreshingly strict take on the horror-thriller genre. Carefully crafted and meticulously structured, A QUIET PLACE is a film that relies heavily on its own premise without ever boasting its own brilliance. The script, co-written by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck,…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] #SCREAMERS (2018)

[IN THEATERS NOW] #SCREAMERS (2018)


April 6, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

  Like it or not, found footage is here to stay. At this point, with new entries still being churned out by enterprising indie filmmakers (albeit at a slower and less aggressive rate), it’s time to wave the white flag and admit that this isn’t just a trend or a…

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[NOW STREAMING] 4/20 MASSACRE (2018)

[NOW STREAMING] 4/20 MASSACRE (2018)


April 3, 2018    Rich Maier

  This trailer is NSFW:     Up until a certain point in time and certainly somewhat still, it had always been the “stoner” character that would usually end up being the butt of all the jokes in a film. You wouldn’t even have to limit yourself to the horror…

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[31 FLAVORS OF HORROR!] THE BAY (2012)

[31 FLAVORS OF HORROR!] THE BAY (2012)


March 27, 2018    Jon Abrams

  When I wrote about THE BAY in 2012, I called it the best straight-up horror movie of the year. I still stand by that statement. The list of contenders is brief. THE WOMAN IN BLACK and CITADEL stand out as great surprises, and yes, I loved THE CABIN IN…

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[WATCH IT NOW] IMITATION GIRL (2017)

[WATCH IT NOW] IMITATION GIRL (2017)


March 16, 2018    Matt Wedge

  IMITATION GIRL is an easy movie to like, but I wanted to love it. Is it the fault of the film or the filmmakers that I watched it with heightened expectations that it did not meet? The answer, of course, is no. But even if I had approached the…

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