[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CIRCUS KANE (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CIRCUS KANE (2018)


September 13, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

    The independent horror movie scene has become so over-saturated with creepy clown movies, that lately when I see artwork for a film with such imagery, I immediately dismiss it. When this trend started, it was a lot of fun, but now more often than not, it’s just plain…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] FACE OF EVIL (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] FACE OF EVIL (2016)


August 21, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

  Mental illness is a serious issue, and a very delicate one for films to tackle. More times than not, it’s used as a gimmick, or even worse, as comic relief. Film franchises such as PSYCHO have used mental illness as their entire plot. There have been a few horror…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BUNNYMAN VENGEANCE (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BUNNYMAN VENGEANCE (2018)


August 16, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

    There is possibly no more tried-and-true horror trope than that of a backwoods hillbilly family who finds pleasure in torturing and killing  poor unfortunate victims who just happen to cross their paths. My earliest recollection of this is in Jack Hill’s 1967 classic SPIDER BABY. Throughout the years,…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE 13TH FRIDAY (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE 13TH FRIDAY (2017)


July 31, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

      It pains me to say anything negative about an independent horror film when I can tell the cast and crew put a lot of hard work into it. Sometimes indie movies fail because their ideas are too big for the budget that they have to work with….

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 3: AN EYE FOR AN EYE (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 3: AN EYE FOR AN EYE (2018)


July 23, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

  It’s so exciting to be a genre film fan in a time where female directors are taking the reigns and bulldozing their way through the swamp of mediocrity in independent horror. Leading the way of this fierce and focused group of women directors is Lou Simon. In her latest…

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FAGS IN THE FASTLANE (2018): A NEW CAMP CLASSIC!

FAGS IN THE FASTLANE (2018): A NEW CAMP CLASSIC!


July 8, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

            So much independent cinema tries its best to ape the Hollywood studio system in hopes of making it big. It’s a sad state of affairs. Yes, I understand that mainstream cinema has stolen our sex, and co-opted our violence, but there are times I…

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

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


June 26, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

    Does anything warn of mediocrity more than a possession movie? These flicks get churned out fast and loose, nothing really new or inventive. It gets monotonous, watching the same story arc unfurl. How can such a film separate itself from the rest of the pablum? The easiest way…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE DOMICILE (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE DOMICILE (2017)


May 20, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

      As far back as I remember, I’ve had a thing for haunted house movies and ghost stories. I find nothing more unnerving as a well crafted paranormal tale. There has always been something about the dead reaching back through the thinly veiled barrier between their world and…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] AT GRANNY’S HOUSE (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] AT GRANNY’S HOUSE (2015)


May 20, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

        A good way to disarm a horror audience from anticipating the scares would be to use a setting that is an unassuming location for terror to to take place. The small town of Haley is the perfect environment for AT GRANNY’S HOUSE. It’s rural, suburban, and…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 10/31 (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] 10/31 (2018)


March 26, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

      Anthology films are a staple of the horror genre. They are one type of film you can usually rely on, because if you don’t enjoy any one of the vignettes, there are always more short stories likely to give the film a redeeming factor. The great thing…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SHE WAS SO PRETTY: BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SHE WAS SO PRETTY: BE GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE (2017)


March 7, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

        Christmas-themed horror movies are one sub-genre of film I could watch all year round. There is just something about the subversive nature of taking the most family-friendly holiday and making it filthy that just fills me with glee. Not only is SHE WAS SO PRETTY: BE GOOD…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE LULLABY (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE LULLABY (2018)


March 2, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

    The idea of horror movies tackling the subject of abortion is an incredibly touchy one. Recent films such as RE-CYCLE, HELLIONS, and RED CHRISTMAS have included a pro-life subtext, and therefore have left a bad taste in my mouth. It’s just one of those subjects that should be left alone, in my…

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[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE ICE CREAM TRUCK (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE ICE CREAM TRUCK (2017)


January 4, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

    Transforming an item or idea from childhood years into something terrifying is absolutely one of my favorite plot devices when used in horror films. THE ICE CREAM TRUCK does just that with its titular subject. The trope is used to instill fear into its audience, although how well it actually…

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[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (2017)


December 16, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

    ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES – FrightFest Exclusive from FrightFest on Vimeo.       When I first heard the title of ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES, I was enamored, but when I saw the trailer for the film, I became quite aroused — and you can take that…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DEATH POOL (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DEATH POOL (2017)


December 15, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      Originality is a hard thing to come by in serial killer movies. If you are a true horror movie fan, you have seen every possible scenario that there is. That is, until you’ve seen DEATH POOL. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a movie about a serial…

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[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] GET MY GUN (2017) 

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] GET MY GUN (2017) 


December 4, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

    I’ve always found rape/revenge films hard to watch. Maybe that’s why I keep on watching them. The rape part of the sub-genre sickens me, but the revenge part always brings a smile to my face. GET MY GUN is not only a rape/revenge film, but it is also a survivalist…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DEVIL’S DOMAIN (2016)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DEVIL’S DOMAIN (2016)


November 27, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

        Cleopatra Records has put out some of the best underground music throughout the years. I had no idea that they had a hand in making movies as well. Knowing a little history about the record label, I had a preconceived notion that DEVIL’S DOMAIN was going to be…

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

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


November 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

  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 a new batch of Christmas-themed horror films. One…

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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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