Author Archive: Jef Burnham

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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Misery: Collector’s Edition

Misery: Collector’s Edition

| November 17, 2017

Film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have historically been a pretty mixed bag. At their worst, they range from comically bad to simply dull. But at their best, Stephen King adaptations account for some of cinema’s most beloved masterpieces. You’ll find no shortage of folks who heap praise on Frank Darabont’s adaptations of The Shawshank […]

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2 New to Blu: Satan’s Cheerleaders & Ruby

2 New to Blu: Satan’s Cheerleaders & Ruby

| November 17, 2017

Two cult horror films from 1977, Greydon Clark’s Satan’s Cheerleaders and Curtis Harrington’s Ruby, saw dual format Blu-ray/DVD releases from VCI Entertainment this fall. Now, these two titles are sold separately, yes. However, both happened to come into my possession at the exact same time and I tell you, Satan’s Cheerleaders and Ruby make all-too-much […]

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J.D.’s Revenge

J.D.’s Revenge

| November 15, 2017

Blaxploitation cinema’s emphasis on the social issues facing African American communities in the 1970’s found filmmakers working in the movement predominantly producing action films, dramas, and even a fair number of comedic films. The reasons Blaxploitation filmmakers worked primarily in those genres are numerous, not the least of which are budgetary restraints and the tendency […]

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Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

| November 14, 2017

If you love action movies and you missed Atomic Blonde (2017) in the theater, you owe it to yourself to check it out immediately! From John Wick-director David Leitch, Atomic Blonde delivers much the same sort of brutal action as John Wick. Granted, there’s probably less of that action in Atomic Blonde than in John […]

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The Massacre: 24-Hour-Horror-Movie-Marathon (Nov. 11th, Chicago)

The Massacre: 24-Hour-Horror-Movie-Marathon (Nov. 11th, Chicago)

| November 7, 2017

If you’re in or around Chicago, you’re not going to find more movies on the big screen for your money this weekend! Plus, meet the director of Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, John D. Hancock; buy rad things from a bunch of amazing vendors; AND support the Vital Bridges charity. Here’s the info and line-up: The […]

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2 New on Blu: The Vampire’s Ghost & Return of the Ape Man

2 New on Blu: The Vampire’s Ghost & Return of the Ape Man

| October 31, 2017

One thing I love about Chicago’s own Olive Films is the company’s dedication to the obscure, particularly where their horror releases are concerned, which is my #1 preoccupation. Though they’ve certainly put out some more mainstream films like Cujo (1983) and The Monster Squad (1987), I’m always far more excited to see them showing some […]

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Dawn of the Dead: Collector’s Edition

Dawn of the Dead: Collector’s Edition

| October 30, 2017

If it were announced in 2017 that Zak Snyder were remaking some beloved classic, the news would be met with ire by a whole bunch of folks here on the internet. His work with the DC Extended Universe alone has been received with such mixed reaction from audiences that controversy there would be inevitable. And […]

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Horror Hall of Fame

Horror Hall of Fame

| October 28, 2017

Just in time for Halloween, Mill Creek Entertainment’s Horror Hall of Fame collection offers up a 26-movie marathon dominated by the films of horror icons Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing. Collected in this set is an array of films both classic and obscure, ensuring that you’ll find something to like in […]

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Land of the Dead: Collector’s Edition

Land of the Dead: Collector’s Edition

| October 27, 2017

We waited 20 years after the release of the late, great George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead (1985) for him to put out another film in his genre-defining the Dead series that began in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead. And in those 20 years, Romero’s original trilogy of films had become classics […]

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The Old Dark House

The Old Dark House

| October 20, 2017

Director James Whale is remembered best today for having helmed the Universal horror classics, Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and even Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which I often hear hailed as perhaps the greatest sequel ever made. In between Frankenstein and Invisible Man though, Whale directed a horror film that may have faded from […]

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