‘SCARS OF DRACULA’ (1970) IS AN ENTERTAINING ROMP FOR HAMMER FANS

‘SCARS OF DRACULA’ (1970) IS AN ENTERTAINING ROMP FOR HAMMER FANS


September 9, 2019    Craig Edwards

    Starting in 1958 and continuing throughout the ’60s, England’s Hammer Studios–partnered with Warner Bros. in America — crafted a series of Gothic horror movies starring the old guard of monster royalty who had previously been the star characters of Universal’s scarepics in the ’30s and ’40s. Dracula and…

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[IN THEATERS NOW] ‘IT CHAPTER TWO’ is an entertaining, but flawed, return to Derry

[IN THEATERS NOW] ‘IT CHAPTER TWO’ is an entertaining, but flawed, return to Derry


September 6, 2019    Rob Dean

The Andy Muschietti-led adaptation of Stephen King’s It, first released in 2017 and now concluded with IT CHAPTER TWO, is a very high profile project that already achieved much—even before the final entry hits theaters. 2017’s IT is the highest grossing horror movie of all time. Combined with Stranger Things,…

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] ‘VICE SQUAD’ (1982) COLLECTOR’S EDITION FROM SCREAM FACTORY

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] ‘VICE SQUAD’ (1982) COLLECTOR’S EDITION FROM SCREAM FACTORY


August 14, 2019    Rob Dean

  It’s an odd discussion, to be sure, but a regularly recurring one about what was the “best” year (so far) for film. 1982 is always a contender, and it’s not hard to see why — there are a bunch of classics and cult classics released that year that would…

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is Creepy Fun for the Intermediate Horror Fan

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK is Creepy Fun for the Intermediate Horror Fan


August 9, 2019    Rob Dean

    The ’80s are a revered time for horror nerds for many reasons. Nostalgia, a bumper crop of ridiculously talented artists — directors, screenwriters, F/X artists, authors, musicians and more—rising to prominence, and incredible strides in practical effects and emphasis on films trying to outdo each other. But one element…

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Indonesian Horror & An Exploitation Pioneer Reign At The Fantasia Film Festival

Indonesian Horror & An Exploitation Pioneer Reign At The Fantasia Film Festival


July 29, 2019    Jason Coffman

2019 marks the 23rd edition of Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival, which has become one of the most prominent genre film festivals in the world over those twenty-plus years. Boasting 130+ films screening over the course of three weeks, Fantasia is the largest genre fest in North America and plays…

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‘THE LEOPARD MAN’ CLAWS ITS WAY TO AN EXCELLENT BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY

‘THE LEOPARD MAN’ CLAWS ITS WAY TO AN EXCELLENT BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY


July 19, 2019    Craig Edwards

In the early ’40s, RKO Pictures teamed producer Val Lewton with director Jacques Tourneur for three economical (read: low budget) horror movies. The studio gave them three titles, none of which particularly appealed to either filmmaker, but they dutifully soldiered on and gave the productions their all. They started with CAT…

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NOW IN LIMITED RELEASE, ‘LUZ’ IS A MESMERIZING DESCENT INTO HELL

NOW IN LIMITED RELEASE, ‘LUZ’ IS A MESMERIZING DESCENT INTO HELL


July 18, 2019    Rob Dean

The first time I saw LUZ was at Fantastic Fest 2018 and it was a very singular experience. On the one hand, I was completely engaged and enthralled by the film with its retro style, complicated audio design, and unfolding story of demonic possession. But, I had to fight to…

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[NOW ON VOD] TRESPASSERS (2019)

[NOW ON VOD] TRESPASSERS (2019)


July 9, 2019    Rob Dean

  Home invasion films are now a pretty common staple of the horror genre. Since the ’60s, there has been an almost cyclical nature of the popularity of these movies, with some stone cold classics popping up in each resurgence. STRAW DOGS, THE STRANGERS, ALONE IN THE DARK, ILS, FUNNY…

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THE NEW SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY PROVES THE MAKING OF ‘THE GREEN INFERNO’ IS MORE INTERESTING THAN THE ACTUAL FILM

THE NEW SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY PROVES THE MAKING OF ‘THE GREEN INFERNO’ IS MORE INTERESTING THAN THE ACTUAL FILM


July 8, 2019    Danielle Ryan

Cannibal cinema requires a taste for the tasteless, and Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO (2013) is no different. His take on the cannibal horror sub-genre is an exercise in nihilistic brutality intended only for the most hardcore fans. However, like most cannibal films, the story behind the making of this…

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THE JAM-PACKED SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY OF ’50S SCI-FI FAVORITE ‘THIS ISLAND EARTH’ IS OUT OF THIS WORLD

THE JAM-PACKED SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY OF ’50S SCI-FI FAVORITE ‘THIS ISLAND EARTH’ IS OUT OF THIS WORLD


July 3, 2019    Craig Edwards

By the early ‘50s there had been a few movies where an alien from another world had come to Earth. There were also a handful of shows where an Earthling took the audience on a trip to another world–most notably Flash Gordon, who had taken viewers to Mongo and Mars…

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THE 2019 VERSION OF ‘SHAFT’ MAY NOT BE A BAD MOTHER, BUT IT STILL ENTERTAINS

THE 2019 VERSION OF ‘SHAFT’ MAY NOT BE A BAD MOTHER, BUT IT STILL ENTERTAINS


June 26, 2019    Craig Edwards

Back around 2000, when I heard there was a new SHAFT movie coming out, I wasn’t all that surprised. It’s always been Hollywood’s habit to remake old movies, whether said remake is necessary or not. The original SHAFT came out in 1971; one of the first blaxploitation movies kicking off that genre across…

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THRILL ME! ALMOST 35 YEARS LATER, ‘NIGHT OF THE CREEPS’ IS STILL A BLAST

THRILL ME! ALMOST 35 YEARS LATER, ‘NIGHT OF THE CREEPS’ IS STILL A BLAST


June 24, 2019    Matt Wedge

I first caught NIGHT OF THE CREEPS in the early to mid-’90s when it aired as part of a week of zombie films hosted by Rob Zombie on what was then called the Sci-Fi Channel. After showing acknowledged classics like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE EVIL DEAD, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS wrapped up the week…

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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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