[MOVIES OF THE FUTURE] MAYHEM (2018)

[MOVIES OF THE FUTURE] MAYHEM (2018)


May 24, 2017    Jon Abrams

    RLJ ENTERTAINMENT AND AMC NETWORKS’ SHUDDER SIGN UP FOR SOME “MAYHEM”   The Joe Lynch Film Is Set To Release In Theaters And On Demand Later This Year And Will Have Its Streaming Premiere On Shudder Early 2018 LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2017 – RLJ Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American…

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!


May 24, 2017    Matt Wedge

THE DAILY RUNDOWN is a quick look at just a few of the cool screenings and film events happening around the U.S. every day. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list, but a sampling of the terrific genre cinema available to check out at your local art…

[DAILY GRINDHOUSE EXCLUSIVE!] ONLINE PREMIERE OF ‘IMITATIONS,’ A SICKENING & HILARIOUS SHORT FILM

[DAILY GRINDHOUSE EXCLUSIVE!] ONLINE PREMIERE OF ‘IMITATIONS,’ A SICKENING & HILARIOUS SHORT FILM


May 24, 2017    Rob Dean

      What happens when Justin Bieber and David Cronenberg collide? The grotesque result is a brand new uproarious and unsettling short film from Canada. These days there is an explosion of short films. With numerous festivals and online sites like Vimeo, YouTube, and many others, filmmakers are able…

[DAILY GRINDHOUSE PRESENTS] LUCASPLOITATION!

[DAILY GRINDHOUSE PRESENTS] LUCASPLOITATION!


May 24, 2017    Matt Wedge

  If you listened to the DAILY GRINDHOUSE Podcast a few weeks back, you caught the gang talking about the topic of “Lucasploitation.” This evening, May 24, at 10:00 pm CST, DAILY GRINDHOUSE assistant editor Mike Vanderbilt is presenting an interactive look at “Lucasploitation” at Comfort Station in Chicago.  …

[MOVIES OF THE DAMNED] DOG DAY a.k.a. CANICULE (1984)

[MOVIES OF THE DAMNED] DOG DAY a.k.a. CANICULE (1984)


May 23, 2017    Jon Abrams

    So I do this column very occasionally, and it’s where I talk about movies as my compulsion. Most movies are a pleasure to me, but some are sort of a torture. Still, it’s a rare day when I don’t finish watching a movie, no matter how arduous. For some…

THE MONSTER GAZE: a video essay by Kevin Maher

THE MONSTER GAZE: a video essay by Kevin Maher


May 23, 2017    Kevin Maher

    High-brow or low-brow, a lot of films use the male gaze, where the camera objectifies a woman with a distinctly male view.       But creature-features have their own “monster gaze” and it serves two distinct purposes:     Add sex appeal to the monster movie. When…

Three Ways to Ruin a Picnic: The Complicated History of the Creature Feature-inspired Video Game ‘IT CAME FROM THE DESERT’

Three Ways to Ruin a Picnic: The Complicated History of the Creature Feature-inspired Video Game ‘IT CAME FROM THE DESERT’


May 23, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

        Last week, a trailer appeared online for the upcoming film IT CAME FROM THE DESERT, a new Finnish production from director Marko Mäkilaakso (WAR OF THE DEAD) and producer Teemu Virta. The film looks like a relatively standard, if entertaining, creature feature, as a motocross racer…

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!


May 23, 2017    Matt Wedge

THE DAILY RUNDOWN is a quick look at just a few of the cool screenings and film events happening around the U.S. every day. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list, but a sampling of the terrific genre cinema available to check out at your local art…

[IT STREAMED FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE] THE SHAPE OF FILMS TO COME

[IT STREAMED FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE] THE SHAPE OF FILMS TO COME


May 22, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

      One of the great trends in the easy availability of video transfers is the groups of folks that have been digitizing and uploading old 8mm and 16mm shorts for public availability.  These are often odd home movies or ephemeral shorts, and while it’s great to have such…

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SILENT RETREAT (2015)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] SILENT RETREAT (2015)


May 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

      A good psychological thriller teeters on a balancing act between horror and drama. It should have you on the edge of your seat trying to figure “who done it,” or the secrets to the plot. The viewer’s mind should be titillated and be left pondering the movie…

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HAVENHURST (2017)

[STRAIGHT OUTTA STRAIGHT-TO-VIDEO] HAVENHURST (2017)


May 22, 2017    Jeremy Lowe

  Have you ever watched a movie thinking it was going to be one kind of movie, and then it turned out to be a completely different kind of movie. In cases like this, the viewer is either disappointed or pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, the latter was true for me with HAVENHURST. I…

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] WHITE DOG (1982)

[MOVIE OF THE DAY] WHITE DOG (1982)


May 22, 2017    Jon Abrams

    Here’s what I wrote about WHITE DOG when it was re-released on DVD by the Criterion Collection:       As you couldn’t possibly have guessed just from the title and the poster image above, this is the story of a racist dog: Basically, a young actress (Kristy McNichol) living in the…

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!


May 22, 2017    Matt Wedge

THE DAILY RUNDOWN is a quick look at just a few of the cool screenings and film events happening around the U.S. every day. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list, but a sampling of the terrific genre cinema available to check out at your local art…

[THIS WEEK’S PEAKS] PARTS ONE & TWO ***SPOILERS ABOUND!***

[THIS WEEK’S PEAKS] PARTS ONE & TWO ***SPOILERS ABOUND!***


May 22, 2017    Ryan Carey

        How, exactly, does one begin to process all this? The only way one can, I suppose — one scene, one instance, one moment at a time. After all, it’s been 25 years and, despite Laura Palmer’s promise, until it was first cryptically hinted at via twitter, then…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] LUKE CAGE #1


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    Like a good number of folks, I was sorely disappointed when Marvel Comics decided to pull the plug on David F. Walker and Sanford Greene’s superb Power Man And Iron Fist series after an all-too-brief run, but at today’s “Hollywood First, Comics Second” iteration of the so-called “House Of Ideas,” I guess it was too…

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] PURGATORY (A REJECT’S STORY)


May 21, 2017    Ryan Carey

    A couple of years back, the cartoonist formerly known as Al Frank, new moniker of Casanova Frankenstein in tow, burst back onto the alternative/independent/underground scene with the sixth issue of his long-dormant (how long? Try two decades) series The Adventures Of Tad Martin, and my mind was flat-out blown. A harrowing, brutally honest,…

ILLEGAL ALIENS, KILLER SKIIERS, AND AMOK TRAINS: THE CINEMATIC LEGACY OF JEFF KWITNY

ILLEGAL ALIENS, KILLER SKIIERS, AND AMOK TRAINS: THE CINEMATIC LEGACY OF JEFF KWITNY


May 19, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

      The legacy of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN cultural phenomenon remains in 2017, but the classic tale of space-set terror has been influencing filmmakers since about ten minutes after the first screening of the film let out in 1979.  Any self-respecting horror fan is more than aware of the…

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE PODCAST] ALIEN-SPLOITATION

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE PODCAST] ALIEN-SPLOITATION


May 19, 2017    Jon Abrams

    Jon, Freeman, and Mike are joined by Daily Grindhouse contributor Anya Novak to discuss the glut of ALIEN rip-offs that flooded theaters post-1979. Anya shares her particular expertise on the Italian ALIEN CONTAMINATION from director Luigi Cozzi as its one of the infamous “Video Nasties” banned from the…

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE PODCAST] LUCAS-SPLOITATION

[THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE PODCAST] LUCAS-SPLOITATION


May 19, 2017    Jon Abrams

    This week, Mike, Jon, and Freeman celebrate #MayTheFourth with a look at some of their favorite STAR–WARS-inspired films, rip-offs, & knock-offs with the arbitrary genre of Lucasploitation. The Daily Grindhouse team discuss such cult-classics as MESSAGE FROM SPACE, STARCRASH, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, STARCHASER: THE LEGEND OF ORIN, Disney’s…

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!

[DAILY RUNDOWN] TODAY’S COOL SCREENINGS!


May 19, 2017    Matt Wedge

THE DAILY RUNDOWN is a quick look at just a few of the cool screenings and film events happening around the U.S. every day. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, comprehensive list, but a sampling of the terrific genre cinema available to check out at your local art…

[I WAKE UP STREAMING!] THE 5-19-2017 EDITION

[I WAKE UP STREAMING!] THE 5-19-2017 EDITION


May 19, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

  I’m out of town this week, so I’ll make light on the streaming video theory stuff.  (However, I’m still available to be hired as a consultant, advisor, or party clown!  Send requests care of Daily Grindhouse.)  On with this week’s new psychotronic streaming titles!   Subscription-Based Services   Netflix…

[NOW ON BLU-RAY!] BLACKENSTEIN (1973)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY!] BLACKENSTEIN (1973)


May 18, 2017    Paul Freitag-Fey

    BLACKENSTEIN is indefensible.   I don’t think there’s anything particularly controversial about this viewpoint within the cult film fandom community.  Known more for its title than anything resembling quality, BLACKENSTEIN is often regarded as the nadir of African-American-themed horror cinema of the ‘70s, a group of films that…

[DOIN’ THE NASTIES] THE BOOGEYMAN (1980)

[DOIN’ THE NASTIES] THE BOOGEYMAN (1980)


May 18, 2017    Anya Novak

    Title: THE BOOGEYMAN Other Titles: THE BOGEYMAN, THE BOGEY MAN, SPECTRE Year: 1980 Director: Ulli Lommel Cast:  Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James Nasties: Filicide (does killing Mom’s boyfriend count?) Scissors to the throat Bloody nip slip Adolescent death by window frame Screwdriver through the throat Lovebird skull…

[CINEMA OF THE DEVOID] JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)

[CINEMA OF THE DEVOID] JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)


May 18, 2017    Zack Long

  In 1980, Sean S. Cunningham introduced us to Mrs. Voorhees, the monstrous-feminine at the core of FRIDAY THE 13TH. The next year, we met her son Jason in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981). Jason gained his now-legendary mask in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III (1982) and subsequently died…