[Big Question] What’s Your Favorite Spooky Legend Told in a Film?

[Big Question] What’s Your Favorite Spooky Legend Told in a Film?


December 6, 2019    Rob Dean

The Big Question is a semi-regular outing where multiple Daily Grindhouse contributors and friends offer their answers to some burning question. The results…may surprise you. This week’s Big Question comes from Nathan Smith and it is… What is your favorite spooky legend told in a film? There are many storytelling…

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[Now Playing] IN FABRIC is Bizarre, Grotesque, Absurd…and Perfect

[Now Playing] IN FABRIC is Bizarre, Grotesque, Absurd…and Perfect


December 6, 2019    Rob Dean

IN FABRIC similarly starts off seeming to be one type of film—a killer dress film where a cursed object haunts and strikes down scores of people—while slowing mutating into a bugnuts insane movie that pulls from the supernatural works of Argento and Bava, with hilarious jabs at the absurdity of capitalism, and all manner of other weird elements that slam together in ways that shouldn’t work but are actually brilliant.

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BATH STALLS & PARKING LOTS (2019)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] BATH STALLS & PARKING LOTS (2019)


December 4, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

    A wild night out on the town is a movie premise that is as nearly old as films themselves. More often than not, these movies are comedies, or at least comedy-adjacent. The best way to keep a tired movie trope from feeling stale is to tweak it until…

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IN MEMORIAM: ARTHUR MORGAN FROM ‘RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2’

IN MEMORIAM: ARTHUR MORGAN FROM ‘RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2’


December 4, 2019    Nathan Smith

  “We’re more ghosts than people”- Arthur Morgan The antihero has long been a valuable toolkit of Rockstar Games’ repertoire when it comes to painting the characteristics of the various roughnecks that make up the volume of games in their deep catalogue. With the launch of their landmark title, 2010’s…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FORLORN TOREADOR’

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FORLORN TOREADOR’


December 4, 2019    Ryan Carey

    There’s a lot of talk these days about comics as poetry (or at least more than there used to be), but E.A. Bethea’s ‘zine’s have been comfortably aligning themselves within that classification for a long time — even if they they don’t, in and of themselves, present literal poems…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] VIVIANA GARCIA BESNE ON SAVING AND RESTORING MEXICAN GENRE FILMS

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] VIVIANA GARCIA BESNE ON SAVING AND RESTORING MEXICAN GENRE FILMS


December 2, 2019    Matt Wedge

On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, The Music Box Theatre in Chicago will show the first two Santo films. The films were recently restored in 4K by Permanencia Voluntaria, an archive in Tepoztlán, Mexico that is dedicated to recovering and restoring genre films from Mexico that other film restoration institutions in the country…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] SILVER BULLET (1985)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] SILVER BULLET (1985)


December 2, 2019    J. Tonzelli

        (Contains spoilers.)   In the pantheon of Stephen King adaptations, SILVER BULLET never garnered much respect, which is something I can and can’t understand. Based on his novella “Cycle of the Werewolf” (King also wrote the screenplay), SILVER BULLET was the seventh feature film baring King’s…

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[ESSENTIAL LISTENING] ‘WE HATE MOVIES’ IS AMONG 2019’S BEST PODCASTS

[ESSENTIAL LISTENING] ‘WE HATE MOVIES’ IS AMONG 2019’S BEST PODCASTS


December 2, 2019    Nathan Smith

    It was a rainy, dark morning, and it was the first day I was starting a new job. My nerves were kicking into overdrive, and I needed something to settle them. So for the first time ever, I fired up a podcast, one which had glowing reviews in…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DINNER SCENE IN A MOVIE?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DINNER SCENE IN A MOVIE?


November 29, 2019    Rob Dean

The Big Question is a semi-regular outing where multiple Daily Grindhouse contributors and friends offer their answers to some burning question. The results…may surprise you. Today’s big question comes from Nathan Smith and it is… What is your favorite dinner scene in a movie? With America’s Thanksgiving dominating this past…

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Giving Thanks…For Shudder—Horror’s New Teacher, Promoter, Enthusiast, and Steward

Giving Thanks…For Shudder—Horror’s New Teacher, Promoter, Enthusiast, and Steward


November 29, 2019    Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi

With the weather cooling, leaves falling, and tryptophan coursing through our veins from leftovers mashed into some semblance of a sandwich (or whatever form of post-festivities culinary reboot you choose, Gozer-style), it’s time to reflect on those things for which we are truly thankful.

Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November but my gratitude begins in summer. My birthday is in July, right around the same time as our great nation. Nothing quite steals your thunder when growing up like having to share a birthday with a whole country. It sounds great on paper: national holiday, cookouts, fireworks—awesome, right? But if you look closer, it’s terrible. It’s a national holiday. Everyone is at cookouts. With fireworks. No one cares about your birthday. Not to mention, all of your friends are out at their grandparents’ houses or the lake so forget about having a party. Birthdays haven’t been something I particularly look forward to most years. Recently, however, I received one of the greatest presents ever on my birthday: a subscription to Shudder.

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Giving Thanks…For The Boogeyman: John Wick.

Giving Thanks…For The Boogeyman: John Wick.


November 29, 2019    Melissa Kay

Forget everything else I’ve watched, read, listened to, and experienced in 2019—this year, I’m thankful for John Wick.

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Giving Thanks…For DAWN OF THE DEAD Bringing a Bloody, Memorable Meaning to Black Friday

Giving Thanks…For DAWN OF THE DEAD Bringing a Bloody, Memorable Meaning to Black Friday


November 29, 2019    Nathan Smith

Since 1998, DAWN OF THE DEAD has remained a constant through my life. The first time I saw it, I had rented it from my local mom ‘n’ pop video store as a consolation prize for a major disappointment at the time (I found out that myself and many others were passed up as extras for ANY GIVEN SUNDAY the day we were scheduled to go to the set). From that mixed emotional day to when I got the DVD from Anchor Bay that finally, mercifully gave me my own home video copy of the film, and then the blessed upgrade to the essential four disc set that I own to this day (and will never give up, even if my beloved film finally gets a newer, high definition conversion), the film has been in heavy rotation in my days. When George Romero passed away, it was a tough day for me. I watched the extended cut of DAWN that night and through this tragic loss, I was finally able to see it on the big screen courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse’s memorial screenings (with my friend Chris, with whom I forged a great friendship when I spotted his DAWN OF THE DEAD shirt). So for all these memories, attached to events both good and bad, I’m thankful for DAWN OF THE DEAD.

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Giving Thanks…For Increased Inclusion and Diversity In Genre Entertainment

Giving Thanks…For Increased Inclusion and Diversity In Genre Entertainment


November 28, 2019    Jeremy Lowe

In the extensive history of genre entertainment many marginalized groups have been fodder for laughs or worse as despicable parodies that the audience is more than happy to see get killed off. Whether it was a passive instance, such as a derogatory term against the LGBTQ community used to put someone down, or whether it was a more conscious decision to portray POC characters as trash to be thrown out in the first kill, genre entertainment hasn’t always been the most sensitive when it comes to the idea of positive representation in media.
Luckily, there has been a significant uptick in positive representation in genre entertainment over the past few years. Women, POC, and the LGBTQ communities have all had affirmative depictions in entertainment. This is the healthiest time for cinema I’ve seen in my lifetime. I’m so happy to see genre cinema embrace its audiences, and progress to a higher level of art.

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Giving Thanks…For Good Films About Bad Movies

Giving Thanks…For Good Films About Bad Movies


November 28, 2019    Rob Dean

We are all losers. That isn’t an indictment on anyone’s character or worth or anything like that. But at some point in our lives, in some category, we have been terribly outmatched, outclassed, and out of sorts. Maybe we didn’t have enough experience, or money, or education, or were too young, or looked a certain way, or were raised in a particular manner, or whatever it is—at some point in your life, you have been made to feel like an outsider, that something is wrong with you and that you will never be as good as certain other people.

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] THE FAN (1981)

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] THE FAN (1981)


November 28, 2019    Matt Wedge

Despite how tepid it sometimes is when it comes to its horror elements, THE FAN is surprisingly watchable as it toes the line between earnest thriller and camp with the incongruous presence of Lauren Bacall, James Garner, and Maureen Stapleton in a slasher flick. There really is not much original…

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[GIVING THANKS] TIME ENOUGH AT LAST

[GIVING THANKS] TIME ENOUGH AT LAST


November 28, 2019    Jon Abrams

  Today I’m giving thanks for books. This is a website about movies. I love movies and I always have. But I’ve loved books a little longer. Reading makes me happy. It brings me peace. I don’t get to do it remotely as much as I’d like to. Ergo, I’m…

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Giving Thanks…For the Laughs and Loves of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Giving Thanks…For the Laughs and Loves of Mystery Science Theater 3000


November 27, 2019    Brett Gallman

For myself—and, I suspect, many others raised from afar by the Satellite of Love crew—Thanksgiving is synonymous with Mystery Science Theater 3000. After making its KTMA debut on Thanksgiving Day 1988, the show often staked its place on the holiday in later years with semi-regular marathons that would run on Comedy Central (and, later, the Sci-Fi Channel) throughout the 90s. Ahead of the show’s glorious return to Netflix (and very recent cancellation by the streaming service), Shout Factory resumed the tradition, which is set to continue this year on the label’s streaming channel. And while adulthood means I can no longer completely zone out in front of the TV for hours on end with Joel, Mike, Jonah, and the Bots, I will carve out some time during the week because Thanksgiving just isn’t the same without the wisecracking riffs, boisterous hijinks, and cinematic turkeys found aboard the Satellite of Love.

But more importantly, I’m also here to carve out time to show an appreciation to the show, not just for becoming a holiday staple for most of my life, but also for doing so much more. My obsession with MST3K came at a formative time in my life: the tail end of elementary school into middle school, right when my comedic sensibilities were really taking shape.

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Giving Thanks…For the Heroism and Escape of THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Giving Thanks…For the Heroism and Escape of THE LORD OF THE RINGS


November 27, 2019    Samantha Schorsch

As you may know, if you’ve seen me around here before, my mental and emotional health has always been a bit of a wild ride. This was especially true during my 15 year long stint as victim of incredibly thorough and constant bullying for the entirety of elementary school. Such highlights include: the endlessly popular “if you speak to her you’re not allowed to be my friend,” some mild dragging across a parking lot, “kill yourself,” sexual harassment of a minor, “kill yourself” some more, and being followed around by neighborhood kids on bikes at all hours of the day which made me insanely socially phobic as well as suicidal and violently angry by the age of 12.
My sanity and my safe space were maintained pretty much exclusively by books and film. This kicked into overdrive in 2001 with the release of the first film of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings adaptation.

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Giving Thanks…For Finding Fandoms

Giving Thanks…For Finding Fandoms


November 27, 2019    Paul Freitag-Fey

I’m thankful for fandom.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Fandom, in any of its sub-genre forms (horror films, drive-in cinema, comic books, superhero movies, vintage salt and pepper shakers), can be a fickle beast. There’s going to be disagreements. There’s going to be those who think everything was better 20 years ago, and those that think everything was better 40 years ago, and those that think everything is great now and everything was crap up until last fall. There’s going to be jealousy and hate and drama and elitism and Negative Nancies that need to mention how they didn’t like something in any conversation where people are talking about how much they did like something. There’s going to be racism and sexism and homophobia and all the sort of standard shit you get in the real world, but with the added passion that comes with being devoted to a specific piece of culture that gives one’s life satisfaction. There’s going to be Twitter.

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ONE MINUTE TO WONDERLAND

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ONE MINUTE TO WONDERLAND


November 26, 2019    Ryan Carey

    Single-panel comics are a tough game to make a go of it in — especially if you’re going for something more, or at least other, than a quick laugh — but in his second self-published collection of them, the just-released One Minute To Wonderland, Denver-based cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz…

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Giving Thanks…for Bonus Features

Giving Thanks…for Bonus Features


November 26, 2019    Bill Bria

There’s a Twitter account called Eyes On Cinema, an aggregator of movie-related behind-the-scenes content. It has over 120,000 followers on that site, as well as an equally popular YouTube account. Each one of its posts regularly receives thousands of likes and retweets, going viral nearly each time. Earlier this year, Eyes On Cinema tweeted out some B-roll footage from the making of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and the post blew up, thousands of film fans publicly marveling at how George Miller and his stunt team were able to pull off some outrageous feats. Thing is, if you were like me, you’d already seen that very clip (and more like it) if you watched the bonus features on Warner Bros.’ Blu-Ray release from the same year the film came out. As the post went more viral, it became apparent that a large number of people hadn’t seen the clip before—and this included people who own the movie.

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[BLU-RAY REVIEW] PROPHECY (1979)

[BLU-RAY REVIEW] PROPHECY (1979)


November 26, 2019    Matt Wedge

The decision to direct PROPHECY was an odd one for John Frankenheimer. While he did direct two terrific films that can be seen as horror in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and SECONDS, those classics were dread-soaked exercises in paranoia. PROPHECY is a full-blown monster movie. And as many directors before him…

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[GIVING THANKS] LARRY COHEN’S ENDURING PRESENCE

[GIVING THANKS] LARRY COHEN’S ENDURING PRESENCE


November 25, 2019    Matt Wedge

We lost Larry Cohen this year. Not surprisingly, I took his passing harder than I take the passing of most artists whose work I admire. I’ve made no secret of the fact that he was my hero, both in the way he approached indie filmmaking but also in the sheer…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ANGEL HAS FALLEN (2019)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ANGEL HAS FALLEN (2019)


November 24, 2019    J. Tonzelli

      The FALLEN series, from the beginning, seemed cut from the same cloth as DIE HARD. Like that Christmas classic, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was about one every-day guy, this time a member of the Secret Service rather than just “a cop from New York,” who found himself in…

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