GRAVETRANCERS #1: GROTESQUE, STYLISH AND ORIGINAL

GRAVETRANCERS #1: GROTESQUE, STYLISH AND ORIGINAL


December 13, 2017    Andy Vanderbilt

  I get uneasy when things advertise themselves as being “grindhouse.”Typically, it means the creators just throw as much gore, nudity, and sexual content in the mix, so it comes off as shocking without any sort of substance to it. There’s nothing wrong with that at all — I’m a…

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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Thrills Much More Than It Frustrates

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Thrills Much More Than It Frustrates


December 12, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

*NOTE: The original headline read STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Frustrates As Much As It Thrills.  Upon a second viewing, I felt it necessary to edit my review. I’ll admit, as a lifelong STAR WARS fan, a release of a new film always puts me on edge. I can admit…

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LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN

LOST GIRLS: THE PHANTASMAGORICAL CINEMA OF JEAN ROLLIN


November 28, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

  Before 2007, when films like INSIDE and MARTYRS arrived like a brick to the face, France was hardly known as a progenitor of cutting-edge horror art. Outside a few stray weirdo flicks like BABY BLOOD and OGROFF: THE MAD MUTILATOR, French-borne horror was a generally non-existent concept, save for…

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[RETROSPECTIVE] STREETS OF FIRE Is A Bold & Ambitious Film That Eventually Found Its Audience

[RETROSPECTIVE] STREETS OF FIRE Is A Bold & Ambitious Film That Eventually Found Its Audience


November 14, 2017    Mike McGranaghan

DAILY GRINDHOUSE is sponsoring a 70mm screening of Walter Hill’s rock and roll fable, STREETS OF FIRE this Friday and Saturday at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre. We’ll be celebrating this cult classic all week along.   STREETS OF FIRE is a cult classic, as adored by its fans in other…

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[CINEPOCALYPSE 2017] SWEET VIRGINIA (2017)

[CINEPOCALYPSE 2017] SWEET VIRGINIA (2017)


November 3, 2017    Rathan Krueger

  You’ll believe the Punisher can’t fight. There’s a lot more to SWEET VIRGINIA than that, but that’s the most important thing and bears repeating. You’ll believe the Punisher can’t fight. Jamie M. Dagg’s second movie, and the first shown at Cinepocalypse’s inauguration, hinges on you accepting that Brad from…

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[31 FLAVORS OF HORROR!] Q: THE WINGED SERPENT (1982)

[31 FLAVORS OF HORROR!] Q: THE WINGED SERPENT (1982)


October 21, 2017    Jon Abrams

                The first thing you notice about Q: THE WINGED SERPENT is the music. The opening credits play over the score by Robert O. Ragland, an eerie wail that sounds like a spookhouse version of Morricone’s score for ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE. Now that…

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[Fantastic Fest ’17] The Endless

[Fantastic Fest ’17] The Endless


October 2, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead don’t make horror films like the rest of us do. A sense of cosmic dread infuses every ounce of their work, a tangible flowering of an intangible vastness too big and too strange to comprehend. Though they have yet to adapt an actual story of…

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[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)

[FANTASTIC FEST ’17] ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)


September 25, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

  Years ago, George Romero attempted to mount a musical take on his beloved zombie genre called DIAMOND DEAD. Had the film, about an undead rock band, been made, it would have joined a tiny and rare, but altogether potent, field of horror-musicals, a hearty bit of niche programming that…

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[THEATRICAL REVIEW] IT (2017): THE ROB DEAN EDITION

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] IT (2017): THE ROB DEAN EDITION


September 8, 2017    Rob Dean

    IT opens with a young boy making a paper boat, one that will sail down a rainy street on a voyage that will ultimately plunge seven children into a nightmare that forever alters their lives. But those opening shots, poring over the piece of paper as it is…

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[REVIEW] JACKALS Is A Formulaic Yet Entertaining Exercise In Simple Skill

[REVIEW] JACKALS Is A Formulaic Yet Entertaining Exercise In Simple Skill


September 1, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

JACKALS starts in POV, as we creep along an alleyway into a normal suburban house and into the bedroom of a middle aged couple — who we see brutally slaughtered in front of our eyes.We then move into the bedroom of a teenage girl, who clearly knows who we are…before…

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[SEND IN THE CLOWNS] “TERRIFIER” PLAYS ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CLOWN CINEMA SERIES

[SEND IN THE CLOWNS] “TERRIFIER” PLAYS ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CLOWN CINEMA SERIES


August 31, 2017    Jason Coffman

    2017 has been a banner year for clowns in popular horror culture, thanks to the massively anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT and smaller-scale scares like “Gags, The Green Bay Clown.” To provide some context for the current craze and a look at cinematic clowns present and…

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[TRIBUTE] ‘INVADERS FROM MARS’ IS TOBE HOOPER’S LOVING ATTEMPT AT A KIDS FLICK

[TRIBUTE] ‘INVADERS FROM MARS’ IS TOBE HOOPER’S LOVING ATTEMPT AT A KIDS FLICK


August 28, 2017    Rob Dean

The horror community was dealt another sad blow with the death of Tobe Hooper. He will always be synonymous with THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and the way that film revolutionized the horror genre and still influences movies to this day, and rightfully so. CHAINSAW is a singular work and it…

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[MOVIES OF THE DAMNED] ROAR (1981)

[MOVIES OF THE DAMNED] ROAR (1981)


August 10, 2017    Jon Abrams

      “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men/ Gang aft agley,” said the giant cat with his mouth full of both.   When Tippi Hedren married a producer named Noel Marshall, the two of them decided to make a film about their shared passion of conservation, using the nature…

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[NEW JODOROWSKY!] ENDLESS POETRY (2017)

[NEW JODOROWSKY!] ENDLESS POETRY (2017)


July 30, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

    Alejandro Jodorowsky has lived a long and storied life. At 88, he’s become one of the giants of arthouse cinema, his surreal visions echoing through the filmic landscape. His 1970 film EL TOPO is often credited as the first midnight movie, it’s outre, subversive visions attracting the likes…

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] ‘SLITHER’ SCREAM FACTORY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] ‘SLITHER’ SCREAM FACTORY COLLECTOR’S EDITION


July 30, 2017    Matt Wedge

  I have had a ton of affection for SLITHER ever since its borderline disastrous theatrical release. I first saw the film on its opening day in 2006. I went to a mainstream multiplex in Chicago where it was showing in one of the largest auditoriums. I was one of…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY!] SPECIES (1995)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY!] SPECIES (1995)


July 26, 2017    Jovy Skol

      There are products of the ’90s that really show their age when revisiting nowadays, and SPECIES is one of those products. While the movie is without a doubt still just as entertaining as ever, the CGI really shows its cartoonish effect and the HD conversion Scream Factory…

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[MOVIE REVIEW] DAVE MADE A MAZE (2017)

[MOVIE REVIEW] DAVE MADE A MAZE (2017)


July 23, 2017    Rob Dean

  [DAVE MADE A MAZE has been previously reviewed briefly in DG’s coverage of the Chattanooga Film Festival and its coverage of the Boston Underground Film Festival]     Many filmmakers are intent on pursuing the feelings and experiences they had when they were children. Whether it’s in massive projects…

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[NOW STREAMING ON SHUDDER!] KUSO (2017)

[NOW STREAMING ON SHUDDER!] KUSO (2017)


July 23, 2017    Johnny Donaldson

          If nothing else, KUSO can be seen as a unfiltered peek into Flying Lotus’s pure, diseased id. There is no good or bad here, no standard qualifier, no use for the usual critical metrics applied to reviewing movies. For better and worse, this is an…

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[IN THEATERS] WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Is An Impressive & Mature War Drama

[IN THEATERS] WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Is An Impressive & Mature War Drama


July 14, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

When the era of the superhero film is judged fifteen years from now, Marvel and DC’s output will be looked upon as pretty good—if bland—summer blockbusters. The STAR WARS franchise will be perceived as welcome diversions, but never truly be equal to the stellar filmmaking of the first trilogy, particularly…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] A GHOST STORY Is An Ambitious And Unique Meditation On Grieving

[IN THEATERS NOW] A GHOST STORY Is An Ambitious And Unique Meditation On Grieving


July 14, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

Shortly after the screening of A GHOST STORY, the new film by writer/director David Lowery opening wide this weekend, attended by myself and some of my friends, a conversation emerged about how the film appeared to viewers who’d seen the trailer.  One friend remarked that he didn’t want to see…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON Is A By The Numbers Teen Horror Take On A Familiar Tale

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON Is A By The Numbers Teen Horror Take On A Familiar Tale


July 14, 2017    Rich Maier

When a horror film works, it should be either scary enough to frighten you or silly enough to entertain you and in a perfect world, both. Sometimes a good horror movie does both. John R. Leonetti’s WISH UPON does neither. The film begins with a young mother placing something enclosed…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON is a worthwhile summer season diversion for horror fans.

[IN THEATERS NOW] WISH UPON is a worthwhile summer season diversion for horror fans.


July 14, 2017    Jason Coffman

The summer box office is always crowded with big studio tentpoles, blockbusters designed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars, so it’s rare to see a studio taking a chance on something very different. It’s tough not to admire distributor Broadgreen’s ambition for releasing WISH UPON, a small teen…

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[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ IS A THRILLING — IF FAMILIAR — SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ IS A THRILLING — IF FAMILIAR — SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER


June 30, 2017    Jonathan Holubiak

It’s hard to watch a SPIDER-MAN film without thinking of, and being reminded of, the five previous Spidey pictures. Opinions of those preceding iterations aside, there’s only so many ways to show Peter Parker shoot webs and swing around New York. Fans, including this author, had grown tired of the same…

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[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘THE BEGUILED’ IS A LEAN CIVIL WAR-ERA HORROR FILM WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED SENSIBILITY

[THEATRICAL REVIEW] ‘THE BEGUILED’ IS A LEAN CIVIL WAR-ERA HORROR FILM WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED SENSIBILITY


June 29, 2017    Mike Vanderbilt

  THE BEGUILED is a refreshingly old-fashioned film. Sofia Coppola’s stylishly erotic take on Thomas P. Culinan’s novel, A Painted Devil features lurid storytelling and period drama that make the film feel like the kind of movie that our parents’ generation would have talked about in hushed whispers. It’s appropriate…

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