[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘THE HAUNTING’ (1999) RETURNS FROM THE GRAVE

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘THE HAUNTING’ (1999) RETURNS FROM THE GRAVE


October 16, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  I blame Mike Flanagan and his brilliant adaptation, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, for how unimpressively 1999’s THE HAUNTING plays in our modern era. Though both are based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel, ironically, it’s the miniseries which strays far from the novel’s surface story that’s the most successful…

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BRETT GALLMAN PRESENTS: TOP-FIVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SLASHERS

BRETT GALLMAN PRESENTS: TOP-FIVE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SLASHERS


October 4, 2020    Brett Gallman

  As the calendar lurches through August, summer seeping away with each new day, there’s an instinctual, cultural sensation that the year is winding down, an ending paradoxically heralded by the beginning of a new school year. Even if you’ve long graduated from high school or college, this time of…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] DEAD DICKS (2020)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] DEAD DICKS (2020)


October 2, 2020    Pat King

  The very first thing I should mention is that DEAD DICKS deals with suicide. If that’s a triggering or sensitive subject, I wouldn’t watch the film or continue reading this review. To the filmmakers’ credit, they’re quite aware of this, and they include a message with the number of…

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SQUIDLINGS CONQUER THE UNIVERSE: THE FILMS OF THE BROOMFIELD BROTHERS

SQUIDLINGS CONQUER THE UNIVERSE: THE FILMS OF THE BROOMFIELD BROTHERS


October 1, 2020    Pat King

The Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow started with a band, and that band started after a tragedy. In 1999, Matthew and Eric Broomfield lost their older brother Jason to suicide. Jason was an artist based in Philadelphia and New York, and the younger two brothers really looked up to him. So…

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IT’S A MIRACLE ON 42nd STREET!

IT’S A MIRACLE ON 42nd STREET!


October 1, 2020    Jon Abrams

  Happy October to all our grindhouse ghouls and goblins out there. To mark what is historically a big month for Daily Grindhouse, we’ve got some historically big stuff planned for you. First off: On the Daily Grindhouse Patreon today, we are premiering a full-length novella for you to read,…

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[NOW ON 4K UHD] THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION

[NOW ON 4K UHD] THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK CLASSICS COLLECTION


September 23, 2020    J. Tonzelli

    Throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock directed 55 feature films, along with numerous shorts and documentaries. That’s not a bad haul, nor a bad legacy to leave behind to the world. Having said that, even the most ardent film fan couldn’t possibly name you half of his films in…

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CHLOË GRACE MORETZ GIVES THE PERFORMANCE OF HER CAREER IN ROSEANNE LIANG’S B-MOVIE GENRE FLICK ‘SHADOW IN THE CLOUD’

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ GIVES THE PERFORMANCE OF HER CAREER IN ROSEANNE LIANG’S B-MOVIE GENRE FLICK ‘SHADOW IN THE CLOUD’


September 18, 2020    Jourdain Searles

  In a sea of Very Important Festival Films, there tends not to be much space for silly genre flicks. Even with the recent push to spotlight “women in film” has mainly lead to painfully serious, deeply complex efforts that are constantly engaging with the question: “What does it mean…

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DORIS WISHMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

DORIS WISHMAN: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST


September 18, 2020    Matt Rotman

  “I would try to ask [Doris Wishman] questions about cinema history, like who was her favorite director. ‘Do you like Citizen Kane?’ I was just trying to figure out where she was coming from and what her background was. She had no interest at all in the history of cinema. It…

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LOVE FUELS ‘ALL HAIL THE POPCORN KING’ WHILE FILMMAKING FUMBLES

LOVE FUELS ‘ALL HAIL THE POPCORN KING’ WHILE FILMMAKING FUMBLES


September 8, 2020    Rob Dean

    I was not expecting the pilot of The Critic to be on my mind when watching ALL HAIL THE POPCORN KING, a documentary about renowned crime and horror author Joe R. Lansdale. But, like the unbidden dreams that visited Lansdale to create some of his weirdest works like…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AND NOW, SIR – IS THIS YOUR MISSING GONAD?’ BY JIM WOODRING

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘AND NOW, SIR – IS THIS YOUR MISSING GONAD?’ BY JIM WOODRING


September 8, 2020    Ryan Carey

It’s always a tricky proposition to know what to say about Jim Woodring’s work simply because the depth and scope of his creative vision is both deeper and wider than the ability of mere language — even superlative-laden language — to keep up with. Which, yeah, is a roundabout way…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘DINNER IN AMERICA’ IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY HARSH, AND THRILLING

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘DINNER IN AMERICA’ IS UNAPOLOGETICALLY HARSH, AND THRILLING


September 8, 2020    Aundria Parker

  Punk is not just anti-corporate, anti-consumerism; music and mohawks. Punk is about being authentic to yourself – finding out who you are on your own terms and staying true to that person, no matter who tells you to change. With this ideology steering its course, DINNER IN AMERICA is…

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ASMR HORROR SHORT FILM ‘TINGLE MONSTERS’ MAKES YOU PART OF THE PERFORMANCE

ASMR HORROR SHORT FILM ‘TINGLE MONSTERS’ MAKES YOU PART OF THE PERFORMANCE


September 8, 2020    Samantha Schorsch

    The internet is a brave new world of seemingly infinite opportunities for content, audience reach, and media method. Co-founder of New York-based media and production company Nameless Network’s Alexandra Serio employs these trends and gimmicks to shockingly effective use in her eleven-minute short film TINGLE MONSTERS.    …

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘Z’ (2019) UNLEASHES A DEADLY IMAGINARY FRIEND

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘Z’ (2019) UNLEASHES A DEADLY IMAGINARY FRIEND


September 8, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  [Contains minor spoilers.] When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend named Mr. Suit. I called him that because of the old looking clothes that hung from his tall and lanky body, completed by a matching bowler hat and a beard so thick that Grizzly Adams would’ve…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘THE DARK AND THE WICKED’ PROVES BRYAN BERTINO IS THE KING OF AMERICAN NIHILISM

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘THE DARK AND THE WICKED’ PROVES BRYAN BERTINO IS THE KING OF AMERICAN NIHILISM


September 7, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

  In 2008, Bryan Bertino emerged in the horror genre with THE STRANGERS, a haunting twist on the home invasion. Then, MOCKINGBIRD in 2014 and THE MONSTER in 2016, two very different films that each showcase the destruction of the domestic space and the American dream. His work is bleak…

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A “SKINTIMATE” LOOK AT ‘A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES’ WITH JIM McBRIDE & MIKE McPADDEN

A “SKINTIMATE” LOOK AT ‘A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES’ WITH JIM McBRIDE & MIKE McPADDEN


September 4, 2020    Mike Vanderbilt

  Subscribe to DG on Patreon and get articles like this one before the rest of the world does!     SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN MOVIES is a new documentary that chronicles the history of birthday suits in cinema, from the days of Thomas Edison up to HBO…

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[IN THEATERS AND ON VOD] THE OWNERS (2020)

[IN THEATERS AND ON VOD] THE OWNERS (2020)


September 4, 2020    Matt Wedge

The home invasion subgenre has never been one of my favorites, but when we are talking movies where the home invasion goes sideways on the invaders, I’m all in (give me YOU’RE NEXT over THE STRANGERS any day of the week). It was for this reason that THE OWNERS piqued…

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‘UNHINGED’ SOMETIMES STALLS, BUT DRIVES ITS WAY INTO JUNK FOOD ENTERTAINMENT

‘UNHINGED’ SOMETIMES STALLS, BUT DRIVES ITS WAY INTO JUNK FOOD ENTERTAINMENT


August 28, 2020    Johnny Donaldson

UNHINGED opens over a series of flashes. Cars crash, fists fly, and ordinary, everyday folks tussle, as commentators and newscasters and talking heads breathlessly intone about the stress and anger and seething, to-the-brink rage of modern life. These are real images, culled from news reports and viral videos, an apocalyptic…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘LUCKY’: TROUBLE EVERY DAY

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘LUCKY’: TROUBLE EVERY DAY


August 24, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

    “I’ll figure it out!” ”You always do!”   May (Brea Grant) is a successful self-help author navigating an uncertain time in the publishing industry. Still, she has a wide fanbase thanks to her blog and popular book “Go It Alone,” plus a gorgeous house that she shares with…

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COUNT YORGA AT FIFTY: HOW A SKIN FLICK BECAME THE INFLUENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIE OF THE ’70s

COUNT YORGA AT FIFTY: HOW A SKIN FLICK BECAME THE INFLUENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIE OF THE ’70s


August 21, 2020    Mike Vanderbilt

Subscribe to DG on Patreon and get articles like this one before the rest of the world does!   One would think a movie called the “best horror film of the year” by Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune would end up on countless “greatest horror films” lists. Yet COUNT…

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[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘HAIL TO THE DEADITES’ GIVES US SOME SUGAR, BABY

[FANTASIA FEST 2020] ‘HAIL TO THE DEADITES’ GIVES US SOME SUGAR, BABY


August 15, 2020    Stephanie Crawford

There’s something especially comforting about a pop-culture documentary that laser focuses on a topic the viewer is personally passionate about, more so when that subject is a bit off the beaten path. Thanks to the fans of the horror genre tending to love what they love hard, this is none…

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GO ON ONE HILARIOUS JOURNEY IN ‘THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT’

GO ON ONE HILARIOUS JOURNEY IN ‘THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT’


August 14, 2020    Mary Beth McAndrews

Okay, before I jump into why I love THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT so much, I need to spell out a few things from my past and how I became to be such an avid lover of cryptids.   When I first graduated from college, I got a job at…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ (2020) IS A SOGGY MESS

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘FORCE OF NATURE’ (2020) IS A SOGGY MESS


August 14, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  [This review contains spoilers. You’re welcome.]     By now, whether we want to know or not, it’s become depressingly clear the industry that produces the movies we love, which enables us to lose ourselves in worlds of fantasy and engage with other like-minded movie fans, is filled with…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘VHYES’ (2019) IS A PASTICHE OF STANDARD-DEF HILARITY, WEIRDNESS, AND HEARTACHE

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘VHYES’ (2019) IS A PASTICHE OF STANDARD-DEF HILARITY, WEIRDNESS, AND HEARTACHE


August 12, 2020    J. Tonzelli

  I tend to avoid falling victim to trends – not because I’m the rebellious hipster type, but because I genuinely don’t understand most of them and feel like even more of an outlier because of it. (I still don’t know what fidget spinners are and I never want to.)…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘AMERICAN RICKSHAW’ (1989)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘AMERICAN RICKSHAW’ (1989)


August 11, 2020    J. Tonzelli

During the finale of AMERICAN RICKSHAW, which takes place in a television studio, a producer in the control room looks out on the events unfolding on the stage – where Donald Pleasence’s Reverend Mortom is snorting uncontrollably like a pig and the stage’s television screens at his back are showing…

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