Author Archive: Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He writes reviews for Film Monthly and is a regular contributor to Fine Print Magazine (www.fineprintmag.net).

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Indiscretion

Indiscretion

| March 28, 2017

It’s frustrating that the major film studios haven’t done much to capitalize on the box office success of the Fifty Shades of Grey films. The closest any mainstream studio has come to the softcore drama or erotic thriller are the films in Sony’s new annual Fall series of PG-13 thrillers starting with 2014’s No Good […]

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Bloodrunners

Bloodrunners

| March 7, 2017

The independent horror landscape is glutted with far too many similar productions. Slasher and zombie movies, done as cheaply as possible, are the most common. Ambition is sorely lacking in most of these films, which at best seem like earnest labors of love hampered by resources and inexperience and at worst seem like cynical attempts […]

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Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

| March 6, 2017

Since the advent of cheap camera drone technology over the last few years, more and more films have succumbed to the temptation of far too many gratuitous drone shots. There’s no question that good drone footage can enhance a film’s production value, but it’s easy for a filmmaker excited for this new toy to overuse […]

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Psychomania

Psychomania

| February 22, 2017

Biker gang movies of the 60s and 70s tended to depict groups of motorcycle enthusiasts as violent hedonists whose hard-livin’ ways were frequently at odds with The Establishment. There were some notable variations on the basic formula set forth in Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels in 1966: The Pink Angels (1972) followed a group of […]

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Vampyres

Vampyres

| October 21, 2016

The 1970s was a golden era for erotic vampire films thanks to Eurohorror auteurs like Jean Rollin and Jesús Franco and the increasing reliance on sex appeal in Hammer’s gothic horrors. One of the enduring classics of that age is 1974’s Vampyres, directed by José Ramón Larraz and filmed in the UK. Larraz has been […]

Francesca

Francesca

| October 7, 2016

Unearthed Films has made a name for themselves among fans of extreme and underground horror with their releases of international films like the Guinea Pig series (and recently producing the American Guinea Pig films), but their latest release is something of a change of pace for the company. Two years ago, BRINKVision released Luciano and […]

The Neon Dead

The Neon Dead

| September 14, 2016

It’s always exciting to see the results when special effects artists get in the directing chair, regardless of the outcome. Sometimes you get something with great effects and not much else; more rarely, the final product shows a lot of heart and handmade charm. Perhaps not surprisingly, the higher the budgets the more likely the […]

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The Ones Below

The Ones Below

| September 9, 2016

Motherhood has been the subject of some of the most compelling horror films in history. Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby immediately comes to mind of course, and French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury put a memorably gory handprint on the subject with their instant-classic debut feature Inside in 2007. The style of 60s and 70s […]

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The Bloodstained Butterfly

The Bloodstained Butterfly

| August 24, 2016

Arrow Video continues their work in giving great new editions to classic Italian thrillers with their latest release, a Blu-ray/DVD combo of Duccio Tessari’s The Bloodstained Butterfly. Tessari’s Death Occurred Last Night recently received the Blu-ray treatment from Raro Video, but unfortunately many of his films have yet to see official home video releases in […]

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Microwave Massacre

Microwave Massacre

| August 19, 2016

Thanks to companies like Vinegar Syndrome and Arrow Video, we are living in an unexpected new golden age of physical home video releases. Arrow has particularly stepped up their game over the last few years since launching their US branch, issuing an impressively varied slate of films from Japanese crime dramas to nearly forgotten American […]

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