[REMEMBERING RICHARD RUSH] THE STUNT MAN (1980)

[REMEMBERING RICHARD RUSH] THE STUNT MAN (1980)


April 13, 2021    Jon Abrams

  There’s a whole lot of strange business right up from the very start of THE STUNT MAN, Richard Rush’s brash, bawdy, throroughly virtuosic “lost film” from 1980. It begins with the image of a buzzard, which literally comes to life off the title logo, swooping down to a busy road,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] ‘WITCHBLOOD’ #1-2 BY MATTHEW ERMAN & LISA STERLE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] ‘WITCHBLOOD’ #1-2 BY MATTHEW ERMAN & LISA STERLE


March 30, 2021    Jessica Scott

  If you’re in the market for some punk witches and vampire bikers — and really, who isn’t? — Vault Comics has the book for you. WITCHBLOOD is a neon- and blood-soaked saga that is equal parts BIRDS OF PREY, NEAR DARK, and a mixtape from your friend who used…

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RETURN OF THE GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!

RETURN OF THE GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!


March 30, 2021    Jessica Scott

  Comics are a medium uniquely suited to stories that terrify, shock, disturb, and disgust, and as such I’m thrilled to bring regular comics coverage back to Daily Grindhouse. I’m a lifelong horror fan who became obsessed with comic books in college, so a horror comics column is a dream…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE KAIJU?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE KAIJU?


March 30, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

    We can all agree that giant monster fights are some of the best cinematic moments to grace the big screen. Whether it’s mechs fighting creatures from the ocean’s depth a la PACIFIC RIM, or watching the King Of The Monsters himself wiping out creatures from land, sea, and…

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[AN INVESTIGATION] IS MISTER STAY-PUFT A KAIJU?

[AN INVESTIGATION] IS MISTER STAY-PUFT A KAIJU?


March 30, 2021    Jon Abrams

    With GODZILLA VS. KONG arriving this week, we thought it was important to finally answer a question that maybe nobody has been asking. What makes an individual a “kaiju?” First: What is a kaiju? So… again: What makes an individual a “kaiju?” Is it just their height?  …

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‘THE EMPTY MAN’ (2020) IS A FUTURE CULT CLASSIC — SEE IT TODAY!

‘THE EMPTY MAN’ (2020) IS A FUTURE CULT CLASSIC — SEE IT TODAY!


March 29, 2021    Brett Gallman

  Boogeymen have haunted horror since time immemorial. They’re perhaps our most elemental fiends: shadowy, malleable “others” hailing from the nether-reaches of our unconscious, avatars giving form to our most inexplicable fears. Their elusiveness makes them frightening and compelling in equal measure: a boogeyman exists in the space between fact…

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[SXSW 2021] THE SPINE OF NIGHT AIMS FOR INSTANT CULT STATUS

[SXSW 2021] THE SPINE OF NIGHT AIMS FOR INSTANT CULT STATUS


March 22, 2021    Rob Dean

For a long time, cult films were those that weren’t initially successful, financially and/or critically, but which, over time, time naturally attracted audiences that loved the misfit movie without any coaxing by studios, influencers, or the like. While every filmmaker would love to have a group of devotees praising their…

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[SXSW 2021] ‘WOODLANDS DARK & DAYS BEWITCHED’ IS AN ESSENTIAL HORROR DOCUMENTARY

[SXSW 2021] ‘WOODLANDS DARK & DAYS BEWITCHED’ IS AN ESSENTIAL HORROR DOCUMENTARY


March 21, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

    Folk horror is one of the most nebulous subgenres in horror. While modern folk horror like THE WITCH and MIDSOMMAR wear the moniker on their sleeve, there are dozens if not hundreds of films throughout the history of horror that have been discussed or labeled as such retroactively…

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[SXSW 2021] GAIA IS A COVID-ERA PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES

[SXSW 2021] GAIA IS A COVID-ERA PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES


March 19, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

It’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll be inundated with COVID-19 media for, at minimum, the next five to ten years. How could we not? It’s the worst pandemic that many of us have seen in our lifetimes; a swath of ongoing death and the growing fanaticism and death cults that…

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[SXSW 2021] A STAR IS BORN IN PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK

[SXSW 2021] A STAR IS BORN IN PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK


March 19, 2021    Rob Dean

There were a lot of conversations/debates about subverting expectations when THE LAST JEDI came out—some praised the sequel for taking bold strides while others were frustrated by its anticlimactic curveballs. PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK is built on subversion, finding new ways to zig at every opportunity to zag. The…

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[SXSW 2021] LUCHADORAS LOOKS AT THE MANY BATTLES MEXICAN WOMEN ARE FIGHTING

[SXSW 2021] LUCHADORAS LOOKS AT THE MANY BATTLES MEXICAN WOMEN ARE FIGHTING


March 18, 2021    Rob Dean

   One of the best things about SXSW Online 2021– and all previous SXSW Film Festivals– is that it puts human faces on issues the audience may not necessarily know about. Reading statistics, seeing the names of the dead, footage of the aftermath—these acts all inform people but do very…

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[SXSW 2021] NINJABABY IS A SURPRISE ATTACK OF AWESOME

[SXSW 2021] NINJABABY IS A SURPRISE ATTACK OF AWESOME


March 18, 2021    Rob Dean

Despite centuries of societal change, intellectual evolution, and untold numbers of permutations, there’s still a lot of specific imagery and assumed elements when discussing families. There are, of course, certain basic ingredients of biology shared in producing a baby, but everything else but those few (literally tiny) building blocks varies…

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[SXSW 2021] THE PILOT OF HULU’S SASQUATCH DELIVERS IN SPADES

[SXSW 2021] THE PILOT OF HULU’S SASQUATCH DELIVERS IN SPADES


March 18, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

It’s no secret that true crime is booming. An ever popular genre, the advent of streaming moved it from a niche on cable networks and HBO specials to a worldwide phenomenon with such titles as Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Tiger King, and Don’t F**k With Cats. Now, streaming giant Hulu…

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[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN’ (2020) – YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS!

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] ‘PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN’ (2020) – YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS!


March 16, 2021    J. Tonzelli

    Say, I have a question: Why isn’t EVERY movie PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN? The latest horror-comedy from the creative team formerly known as Astron-6, Canada’s beloved cult filmmaking group, marries together all of their go-to trademarks for outrageous gore, very specific humor, practical effects, and homage to ‘80s and…

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[FGBFF 2021] CONFRONTING COLONIAL VIOLENCE IN POSSESSION FILM ‘THE RETURNED’

[FGBFF 2021] CONFRONTING COLONIAL VIOLENCE IN POSSESSION FILM ‘THE RETURNED’


March 7, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

      It is a beautiful time to love horror. Film festivals like Final Girls Berlin Film Festival exist to showcase the amazing work of female and nonbinary filmmakers from around the world and offer a platform to the amazing directors working within the genre. One such example is…

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‘IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, PART II’ IS ENJOYABLY COMPREHENSIVE, BUT STILL MISSES THE MARK

‘IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, PART II’ IS ENJOYABLY COMPREHENSIVE, BUT STILL MISSES THE MARK


March 3, 2021    Nathan Smith

  David A. Weiner’s 2019 horror documentary, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, was an enjoyable piece of filmmaking for genre fans, a whip-smart look back at a decade that had more than its fair share of amazing, memorable and influential films like A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET or FRIDAY THE 13TH….

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[SUNDANCE 2021!] TRYING TO INTERROGATE THE PORN INDUTRY IN ‘PLEASURE’

[SUNDANCE 2021!] TRYING TO INTERROGATE THE PORN INDUTRY IN ‘PLEASURE’


March 1, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

    Porn: you watch it. Don’t lie. Porn is a huge part of what it means to exist on the Internet and is a multi-billion dollar industry that capitalizes on the human need for pleasure. It’s often a contentious topic as some see it as entirely exploitative while others…

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[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘MASS’ IS AN ENGAGING, HONEST DRAMA THAT FEELS OVERDUE

[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘MASS’ IS AN ENGAGING, HONEST DRAMA THAT FEELS OVERDUE


March 1, 2021    Bill Bria

    Just from reading a short description or synopsis of the film, it’s obvious that MASS is going to be a hard sell to audiences. A movie that deals directly with the epidemic of mass shootings in America over the last decade, the film takes place entirely in one…

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[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘KNOCKING’ IS A QUEER HORROR WITH SO MUCH POTENTIAL

[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘KNOCKING’ IS A QUEER HORROR WITH SO MUCH POTENTIAL


March 1, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

  Director Frida Kempff has built her career around making both short and feature-length documentaries, telling stories about addiction, small towns, and a practice called psychic ballet. For her feature film debut, KNOCKING, Kempff plunges into the world genre filmmaking to examine the treatment of those with mental illness and…

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[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘PRIME TIME’ IS A TENSE YET ANTICLIMACTIC FEATURE DEBUT

[SUNDANCE 2021!] ‘PRIME TIME’ IS A TENSE YET ANTICLIMACTIC FEATURE DEBUT


March 1, 2021    Bill Bria

  There aren’t many incidences in human history of someone accurately pinpointing a momentous future date or event — there was only one Nostradamus, after all. Yet New Year’s Eve 1999 was one of those dates that gathered a wild storm of credibility around its built-in religious and philosophical notoriety…

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[SUNDANCE 2021!] WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR (2021)

[SUNDANCE 2021!] WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR (2021)


March 1, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

  When I was in high school, I had a YouTube channel with my two best friends. Using my tiny digital camera, we recorded ourselves doing hot nonsense, which included going “sledding” in sand pits at the local golf course and filming “sketch comedy” behind a 7-11. We saw YouTube…

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THE NEW ‘WRONG TURN’ IS A SURPRISINGLY FUN ADDITION TO A ROCKY FRANCHISE

THE NEW ‘WRONG TURN’ IS A SURPRISINGLY FUN ADDITION TO A ROCKY FRANCHISE


February 25, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

  The WRONG TURN franchise is known for its gratuitous, and creative, kills, lots of sex, and the Hilliker brothers, a trio of inbred cannibals. With a total of six films released from 2003 to 2014, none of these films were masterpieces. Some of them were undoubtedly fun, but as…

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[NOW PLAYING] JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021)

[NOW PLAYING] JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH (2021)


February 12, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

Shaka King is a visionary director and storyteller, and he brings all of his weight, energy, and narrative eye to his prescient biopic of murdered Chicago Black Panther activist and founder of the Chicago Rainbow Coalition Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and the federal plant, William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who betrayed…

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[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] A TALK WITH THE MAKERS OF ‘M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY’

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE INTERVIEW] A TALK WITH THE MAKERS OF ‘M.C. ESCHER: JOURNEY TO INFINITY’


February 12, 2021    Shade Rupe

  “I am afraid there is only one person in the world who could make a good film about my prints; me.”     The first opening image of moving across a woman’s leg seems to take much longer than it actually should, increasing the sensation of ‘infinity.’ The sound…

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