[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BIT (2019)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BIT (2019)


August 12, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

        A sure way to win me over is to subvert typical movie tropes. I love when the expectations of what the audience expects in a film isn’t what we get. Better yet is when filmmakers give us what we expect, but in a completely different way….

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] JOHNNY GRUESOME (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] JOHNNY GRUESOME (2018)


July 8, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

  Why are revenge films so popular?I believe that these films are cathartic. The viewing public has a chance to see themselves in the avenging character’s role. Whether it’s high school bullies (CARRIE), rapists (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE), or a person who’s getting even for a loved one’s death…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BONEHILL ROAD (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BONEHILL ROAD (2017)


July 3, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

    It’s a rare occurrence when a mash-up horror sub-genre effort makes a decent movie. When it’s done well, you can get a true masterpiece of genre cinema. Unfortunately, that is not the case with BONEHILL ROAD. I hate saying anything negative about an indie movie, but the genre…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE DEVIL FRAME (2019)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE DEVIL FRAME (2019)


June 23, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

    The art world is filled with passion and conviction. This is part of what often makes artists great characters in horror movies. No matter what, there is something about a creative type in a genre film that is just more compelling. This is absolutely the case with THE…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] PAPER CITY BURNOUT (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] PAPER CITY BURNOUT (2018)


May 14, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

        Drugsploitation movies aren’t as common as they used to be. I would have to think that this is because the opioid epidemic in this country is no longer something reserved for the inner city to deal with.   Now that hard drugs have made their way…

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

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


April 8, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

  I’ve always been a huge supporter of micro-budget indie horror. These types of films take a lot of heart to turn from a kernel of an idea to actually being made. FRANKENTHUG has more heart than it can handle, and you can tell that everyone involved was dedicated to…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DAWNING OF THE DEAD (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] DAWNING OF THE DEAD (2017)


March 18, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

  Generally speaking, zombie apocalypse movies don’t do much for me anymore these days. Especially American zombie films. Thank goodness DAWNING OF THE DEAD is at least a British zombie film. That alone makes it a bit more tolerable. Zombie apocalypse films are a dime a dozen these days. For me, there…

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

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


February 5, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

Cinema is a thriving art form. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that fact with big-budget Hollywood hits and everything so easily accessible. Films don’t always have to make 100% sense to be able to be appreciated for their beauty. ANTIHUMAN is marketed as a horror movie, but it is much…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] IT’S JUST A GAME (2019)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] IT’S JUST A GAME (2019)


January 28, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

    Indie horror movies are so full of heart. You can tell how much love and attention these underground filmmakers put into their craft. The outcome may not be as slick and polished as some Hollywood studio system blockbuster, but for the majority of the time, these movies are…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BLOODY BALLET (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BLOODY BALLET (2018)


November 25, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

            I try to steer clear of independent horror movies that ape big budget Hollywood movies. When I saw the title BLOODY BALLET, I foolishly assumed it would be a low-budget take on SUSPIRIA (2018). I am happy to report that I was wrong. The…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] LIVE EVIL (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] LIVE EVIL (2015)


October 28, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

      The term “hyper-stylized” is most times used in a negative connotation when it comes to cinema. Most movies that are associated with this phrase are seen as just trying to hard to be smart and more artistic than they actually are. It doesn’t make it any less…

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

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


October 1, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

        When creating a micro-budget film, it’s important to remember the constraints of the budget. All too often, I’ll review films that try to do too much with too little, and wind up falling flat. By working with the confines of a small budget, a filmmaker can…

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[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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