[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…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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,…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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…

[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….

[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….

[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…

[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…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HE NEVER DIED (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HE NEVER DIED (2015)


May 3, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      Being a teenager in the 1990s, I fell in love with Henry Rollins. He is aggressive but smart, cool but crazy, serious but out of his mind. The music video for the song LIAR by The Rollins Band solidified my love for this man. Besides being one of…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE BLACK TAPE (2014)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] THE BLACK TAPE (2014)


April 25, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      If I’d known ahead of time that THE BLACK TAPE was a found-footage style film, I probably would have skipped it. I’ve been bored of this form of storytelling since PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which is one of my least favorite movies of all time. I’m glad I didn’t though,…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SUSPENSION (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SUSPENSION (2015)


April 19, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        There are only so many times a singular plot device can be used before your average movie fan can sniff it out and realize what the big twist is going to be at the end of the movie. Unfortunately, SUSPENSION crosses familiar territory, using mental illness as…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BASTARD (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BASTARD (2015)


April 4, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

    What hasn’t been said about the slasher sub-genre? It’s well-traveled ground, and at this point, it has almost become automatic fodder for the horror genre. Call me a sucker, but I still love a good slasher flick. BASTARD keeps it original, and fresh with great gore and damaged characters who aren’t…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CONDEMNED (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CONDEMNED (2015)


April 3, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

            I’m ecstatic over the return of ultra-gory, over-the-top splatter films, or what I like to call S&G (splatter and gore) films, the kind that used to populate the horror section of every movie rental store in the 1980s. Recently, we’ve seen everything from giant pustule…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CONJOINED (2013)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] CONJOINED (2013)


March 23, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

        I’m not sure if it would be fair to call CONJOINED a romantic comedy, but it’s definitely a horror comedy that deals with the ups and downs of a new relationship. Working out the quirks, and standing by your partner, is what it’s all about. That,…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] INBRED (2011)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] INBRED (2011)


March 22, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      INBRED is a British torture-porn survivalist horror-comedy, and all that said, it’s awesome! Oddly enough, I remember when INBRED was released on DVD back in 2011. I was walking through Walmart’s movie section, and the cover art grabbed my attention. With pictures of characters on it that looked…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] MURDER IN THE DARK (2013)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] MURDER IN THE DARK (2013)


February 9, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      I’ve watched slasher films almost as far back as I can remember. I’ve seen every cinematic device employed that would possibly make sense, and even several that didn’t make sense. I can’t remember the last time I was surprised by a plot twist. ANd MURDER IN THE DARK…

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] RE-KILL (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUT OF STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] RE-KILL (2015)


February 1, 2016    Jeremy Lowe

      In a genre over-saturated with low-budget zombie films, I would imagine that it would be extremely difficult to stick out from the rest of the pack. It seems as though every possible plot, gimmick, and style has been used. RE-KILL has found a cool and effective way…