[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RED WINTER’ BY ANNELI FURMARK

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘RED WINTER’ BY ANNELI FURMARK


August 15, 2018    Ryan Carey

    Like love itself, there is a poetry and beauty to Swedish cartoonist Anneli Furmark’s 2018 graphic novel Red Winter (the first of her works to be translated into English, courtesy of its North American publisher, Drawn+Quarterly) — but it’s often understated, unobtrusive, a “part of the scenery,” if you…

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“MAKE THEM REMEMBER WHAT FEAR TASTES LIKE!”: Rathan Krueger on FREDDY VS. JASON (2003) & Horror Fandom

“MAKE THEM REMEMBER WHAT FEAR TASTES LIKE!”: Rathan Krueger on FREDDY VS. JASON (2003) & Horror Fandom


August 14, 2018    Rathan Krueger

    In 2003, two of the world’s most vicious bullies crossed irons in a movie fans had been wanting for almost two decades. “Bullies” because, apart from the obvious, they were named after their creators’ childhood tormentors. Bullied we weren’t, because FREDDY VS. JASON was the rare movie that…

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[EXCLUSIVE CLIP!] DEAD LOVE (2018)

[EXCLUSIVE CLIP!] DEAD LOVE (2018)


August 14, 2018    Jon Abrams

  Sometimes the blood just won’t wash away. This summer, Wild Eye Releasing makes hearts bleed when Colin Floom and Greg Nemer’s highly anticipated horror DEAD LOVE premieres on VOD.   Brandon is a young train engineer whose world is upended when his mother suddenly takes her own life. At the…

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‘THE UNBORN’ IS DELIVERED ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY

‘THE UNBORN’ IS DELIVERED ON BLU-RAY FROM SCREAM FACTORY


August 14, 2018    Matt Wedge

  THE UNBORN feels like Brooke Adams lost a bet with her agent and had to take on the weirdest, yet most derivative script they had on their desk at the time, but was given the stipulation that she had to put her heart and soul in her performance. That,…

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[NOW AVAILABLE!] SHOW YOURSELF (2018)

[NOW AVAILABLE!] SHOW YOURSELF (2018)


August 14, 2018    Rich Maier

  More often than not, death becomes a major theme in the horror genre. What could actually be more frightening than the unknown? And death is the ultimate unknown in the unknown departement. Rather than focusing on what could possibly exist beyond the realms of death, the majority of horror…

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] ‘HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP’ FAILS TO LIVE UP TO ITS REPUTATION

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] ‘HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP’ FAILS TO LIVE UP TO ITS REPUTATION


August 11, 2018    Matt Wedge

  I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the ones:…

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‘ALONG CAME THE DEVIL’ POSSESSES AMBITION NOT USUALLY SEEN IN THIS SUBGENRE

‘ALONG CAME THE DEVIL’ POSSESSES AMBITION NOT USUALLY SEEN IN THIS SUBGENRE


August 10, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

  Devil possession films are a dime a dozen. Ever since the halcyon days of THE EXORCIST, we have been inundated with endless tales of people (not always, but generally, young teen girls) having their corporeal essences overtaken by slathering demonic beasties resulting in bumps in the night, salaciously giggled…

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FOR BETTER AND WORSE, ‘WHAT STILL REMAINS’ TRIES TO BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POST-APOCALYPTIC FILM

FOR BETTER AND WORSE, ‘WHAT STILL REMAINS’ TRIES TO BE A DIFFERENT KIND OF POST-APOCALYPTIC FILM


August 10, 2018    Mike Vaughn

  I have to say, I love a good post-apocalyptic film. However, it’s a dicey genre to pull off as it’s been done nearly to death over the decades. Films such as the MAD MAX series have set the bar high, yet most others seem to fail.     WHAT…

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[30TH ANNIVERSARY!] CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS CELEBRATE ‘NIGHT OF THE DEMONS’ (1988)

[30TH ANNIVERSARY!] CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS CELEBRATE ‘NIGHT OF THE DEMONS’ (1988)


August 8, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

        Due to the video home rental market boom, the 1980s was the greatest time for horror movie film makers and fans alike. Risks could be taken without huge losses to movie companies, because video rental stores would buy up almost any title they could get their…

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[KING OF ALL MEDIA] NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES (2006) — PART ONE

[KING OF ALL MEDIA] NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES (2006) — PART ONE


August 8, 2018    Alejandra Gonzalez

      Stephen King is the most influential voice in horror of the late 20th century. His books have been best sellers since his debut and have gone on to spawn numerous adaptations in film, TV, video games, and other media. King Of All Media looks at those adaptations,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “The Enemy From Within” by Austin English

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] “The Enemy From Within” by Austin English


August 8, 2018    Ryan Carey

  Some comics really make you work. Not as hard as the cartoonist who made them, of course — and Austin English busted his tail (and his hands, and probably even his brain) on his latest solo book, The Enemy From Within, published in late 2017 by Sonatina Comics. The sheer effort that…

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[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SIGHTINGS (2018)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SIGHTINGS (2018)


August 7, 2018    Jeremy Lowe

            When combining multiple sub-genres in a movie, sometimes the results can be quite disastrous. Thankfully, that’s not the case with SIGHTINGS. This film takes the cryptozoological ideas of Sasquatch, better known as Bigfoot, and combines them with extraterrestrial sci-fi leanings for an entertaining genre-bending…

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NOW ON BLU-RAY, ‘LOWLIFE’ IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR

NOW ON BLU-RAY, ‘LOWLIFE’ IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR


August 7, 2018    Matt Wedge

  When I first reviewed LOWLIFE back when I saw it at Cinepocalypse 2017, I really did not say much other than how much I enjoyed it. That very short, non-descript review was born of both the time crunch that comes with trying to keep up with reviews in the…

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[IN THEATERS FRIDAY!] BLACKkKLANSMAN (2018)

[IN THEATERS FRIDAY!] BLACKkKLANSMAN (2018)


August 6, 2018    Jon Abrams

      With BLACKkKLANSMAN, Spike Lee is obviously concerned with depicting one highly unusual chapter in American history; however, he’s also well aware that it’s just that: a brief chapter in a very long, appallingly sordid book detailing the country’s racist past, present, and future. Arguably, he’s subtly even more…

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‘PYEWACKET’ IS A CREEPY TREAT

‘PYEWACKET’ IS A CREEPY TREAT


August 5, 2018    Matt Wedge

  After watching a movie like PYEWACKET I cannot wait to check out the trailer to see how it was sold. In this case, a relatively straight-forward look at the way two people handle grief differently with only occasional flourishes of supernatural horror has a trailer selling an angry Goth…

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[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] ‘DEMON QUEEN’ IS A BY THE NUMBERS SOV FLICK

[MY EXPLOITATION EDUCATION] ‘DEMON QUEEN’ IS A BY THE NUMBERS SOV FLICK


August 4, 2018    Matt Wedge

  I love genre cinema. I will always have a soft spot for horror, action, sci-fi, and all the subgenres that exist inside those larger categories. What I have never felt any real connection to are those films that exist in the realm of pure sleaze. You know the ones:…

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[FANTASIA 2018] ‘THE NIGHTSHIFTER’ IS SOLID EC COMICS-INSPIRED HORROR

[FANTASIA 2018] ‘THE NIGHTSHIFTER’ IS SOLID EC COMICS-INSPIRED HORROR


August 4, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

  Stenio (Daniel de Oliveira) is a good man. He’s a loving father, a dutiful husband, and a considerate co-worker. He works the night shift at the local morgue preparing various bodies for their final stages before burial. He also has a power. He can speak to the dead. Every…

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[ONE MORE SCARE] REFLECTING ON HALLOWEEN H20 (1998): TWENTY YEARS LATER

[ONE MORE SCARE] REFLECTING ON HALLOWEEN H20 (1998): TWENTY YEARS LATER


August 3, 2018    Nathan Smith

    When I was a younger horror fan, I was afflicted with sequel stigma. You know, the ridiculous stigma that the sequels could never be as good as the original? My uncle, my gateway to horror films, would walk through the Video Express with me – “No, see, the…

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[FANTASIA 2018] ‘PLAYING HARD’ BRINGS HONOR TO VIDEO GAME DOCUMENTARIES

[FANTASIA 2018] ‘PLAYING HARD’ BRINGS HONOR TO VIDEO GAME DOCUMENTARIES


August 2, 2018    Paul Freitag-Fey

  Despite the fact that I have a tendency to keep writing about ‘em, I don’t really consider myself a video game person. The newest console I own is a Playstation 3, and that has mostly been used for playing Portal 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5. When it comes…

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[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] ‘OVERTIME’ IS A HILARIOUS, SUSPENSEFUL WEREWOLF TALE

[SHORT FILM OF THE WEEK] ‘OVERTIME’ IS A HILARIOUS, SUSPENSEFUL WEREWOLF TALE


August 2, 2018    Matt Wedge

  We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing…

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SUTURE (1993): Sibling Rivalry in Black and White

SUTURE (1993): Sibling Rivalry in Black and White


August 1, 2018    Jim Donahue

    OK, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: There’s a pair of identical twins (or siblings or cousins or clones or pod people or even just some lookalike randos) and one takes over the other’s life for some purpose, nefarious or not. Maybe it’s to inherit money…

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THE HORROR DIRECTOR’S STIGMA & HOW TO SHAKE IT

THE HORROR DIRECTOR’S STIGMA & HOW TO SHAKE IT


August 1, 2018    Kevin Tudor

    Boxes and labels create nothing but limitations. When it comes to film directing, being labeled a “horror director” is a detrimental stamp to place on directors (akin to an NC-17 rating that restricts audiences and advertising). If you direct horror films, studios want you to be their horror…

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‘THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS’ QUICKLY LOSES ITS WAY

‘THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS’ QUICKLY LOSES ITS WAY


August 1, 2018    Matt Wedge

  It is rare occurrence for me to have such a violent negative reaction to a film as I had toward THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS. That is the problem with movies that have real potential: so many of them fail to live up to it. As a viewer,…

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The Fantastic Fest ’18 First Wave Crashes Upon US

The Fantastic Fest ’18 First Wave Crashes Upon US


August 1, 2018    Johnny Donaldson

Like Christmas in July, the Austin-based week-long festival of madness (and movies) that is known as Fantastic Fest has delivered the long-awaited announcement of it’s first wave of programming. Without further ado here it is:     FANTASTIC FEST ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING WITH A WORLDWIDE EXPLOSION OF…

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