[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] RED CHRISTMAS (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] RED CHRISTMAS (2017)


November 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

Red Christmas from artsploitation on Vimeo.       Halloween is over, Thanksgiving will be gone in a flash, and now it’s time to skip ahead to the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. Not necessarily because of the presents, good tidings, and merriment, but because each Christmas brings…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] KARATE KILL (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] KARATE KILL (2017)


August 23, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

          When I was five or six, karate was just about the coolest thing any kid could be into, not taekwondo, not jiu-jitsu, not judo, but karate. Some of my friends’ parents could afford to send them to karate class, but not mine, and that was…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BEAR CREEK (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BEAR CREEK (2017)


August 15, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      It’s strange how life works. One moment you’re getting drunk in your basement watching slasher movies thinking, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if they made a bear slasher movie,”  and then two days later, you discover someone has already made a bear slasher movie called BEAR CREEK! For…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] WTF! (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] WTF! (2017)


August 10, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

  The horror genre has always followed certain trends. I enjoyed the splatter films of the 1980’s and even torture porn that grew to popularity in the early 2000’s. Other fads, simply don’t appeal to me. Right now there is a slew of horror films, where the title of a…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BAD FRANK (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BAD FRANK (2017)


July 19, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

    I love a good redemption-gone-wrong film, where the post-bad guy is trying to turn his life around and be a normal part of society. These types of films can be action packed, brutal, and in some cases, quite gory. Now, if you add in a revenge subplot, you…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HUNTING GROUNDS (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HUNTING GROUNDS (2015)


July 9, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

    In the annals of horror, the sasquatch sub-genre is one of the hardest to take seriously. Bigfoot has been mainly used as comic relief in most mainstream media. Whether it’s HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS or those knee slapping Slim Jim commercials, Bigfoot is just the punch line to…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] AARON’S BLOOD (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] AARON’S BLOOD (2017)


June 21, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      Parenthood is something I have avoided like the plague. Not that I wouldn’t die for my nieces and nephews, but the level of responsibility, and sacrifice it takes to raise a child is monumental. My hat goes off to parents, especially single fathers and mothers, who would…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SILENT RETREAT (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SILENT RETREAT (2015)


May 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      A good psychological thriller teeters on a balancing act between horror and drama. It should have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure “who done it,” or the secrets to the plot. The viewer’s mind should be titillated and be left pondering the movie…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HAVENHURST (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HAVENHURST (2017)


May 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

  Have you ever watched a movie thinking it was going to be one kind of movie, and then it turned out to be a completely different kind of movie. In cases like this, the viewer is either disappointed or pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, the latter was true for me with HAVENHURST. I…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] ROOM FOR RENT (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] ROOM FOR RENT (2016)


January 10, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      If there is one thing I’ve learned from reviewing movies is that the found-footage style of film making must be the least expensive sort of movie there is to make. Not that this necessarily makes micro-budgeted movies like THE BLACK TAPE and ROOM FOR RENT bad. On the contrary, I…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] IMPERIUM (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] IMPERIUM (2016)


January 3, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

    Since I was sixteen years old, l’ve I’ve been a part of the punk rock subculture, and in the past 22 years, not much has changed. One of the first things you learn, though, is to not trust the media. During the punxploitation boom of the 1980s, everyone…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] YOGA HOSERS (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] YOGA HOSERS (2016)


December 20, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      I know that there is something mentally wrong with me, because if everyone is raving about something I automatically dismiss it. I’ve never seen TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, JURASSIC PARK, or THE HATEFUL 8, but I could probably recite every line of HOWARD THE DUCK or GARBAGE…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE WINDMILL (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE WINDMILL (2016)


November 23, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        The majority of the time, sub-genre mashups don’t pan out the way they are supposed to, and the audience winds up with a mess that no one enjoys. Given the thought of combining a slasher movie with a ghost story, I almost immediately get turned off. It’s…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CLOWNTOWN (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CLOWNTOWN (2016)


September 28, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      I’ve been excited to see CLOWNTOWN ever since the trailer was posted on YouTube back in May. If you follow my reviews, you will know that I love any horror movies with clowns in them. In the past year we have had some stellar entries into the…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CHAOS A.D. (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CHAOS A.D. (2016)


September 13, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

    Like most horror movie fans, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Setting a horror movie on Halloween is one of my favorite plot devices. Even though in recent years many independent horror films have over-used this trope, I still find it endearing. CHAOS A.D. is a vile, disgusting, piece…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 2 LAVA 2 LANTULA! (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 2 LAVA 2 LANTULA! (2016)


August 9, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      I honestly don’t think I’ve ever watched a “made for SyFy movie”. From the previews and from pop culture references, I always guessed that they were idiotic films with bad acting, and horrible effects. I was wrong. 2 LAVA 2 LANTULA! is hilarious, a lot of fun,…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THEY’RE WATCHING (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THEY’RE WATCHING (2016)


August 1, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        Every time I watch a found-footage/point-of-view style film I scream, (not literally… just in my head, because I’m crazy) that this will absolutely be the last of this kind of horror film I will ever watch! Then, of course, there is the exception to the rule. THEY’RE…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (2015)


July 26, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        There’s definitely something to be said for a movie whose makers know what it is,and don’t have any qualms with it. THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS doesn’t break any molds, and wears its influences on its sleeve. I’m glad that some people understand you don’t need to…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] VIGILANTE DIARIES (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] VIGILANTE DIARIES (2016)


July 13, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      To make a good action movie, far as I’m concerned, all you need is explosions, fight scenes, and car chases. THE EXPENDABLES franchise is a definite guilty pleasure of mine. Stupid and fun! I don’t mean stupid in a derogatory sense either. If you gotta take time…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] #HORROR (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] #HORROR (2015)


June 20, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      There have been times in my life that as a gay man I have felt like there is a part missing from my life, because I don’t have children. There was even a time, about ten years ago, I seriously thought about adopting a child. After watching…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE LAST HEIST (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE LAST HEIST (2016)


June 7, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      Blurring the lines between genres and combining them is not something I am fond of. I can almost always go for a good horror comedy, but an action movie with with horror elements, is not my cup of tea. Making horror secondary rubs me the wrong way….

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (2015)


May 25, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        Friendships come and go as you get older, but the ones you make in your formative teenage years seem to be the ones that stand the test of time the most. Nothing can push the boundaries of a friend’s loyalty more than addiction and mental illness….

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] GRAVY (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] GRAVY (2015)


May 16, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        Creating a successful horror comedy is a tricky thing. It can’t be too much horror, or else you lose the the comedy audience. On the other hand, it can’t be too comedic, or else you lose the horror audience. GRAVY seems to walk that middle line…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HUSH (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HUSH (2016)


May 9, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

            I’ve watched a multitude of survivalist films, and for me that term doesn’t only apply to the horror genre, but can apply to all genres of film: Everything from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE to APOCALYPTO to even the animated film TOY STORY 3. So…

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