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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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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Observance

Observance

| August 15, 2016

Since originally launching in 2012, Artsploitation Films has released a wide array of international films in the States and subtlety has not been their strong point. From confrontational and controversial sexual content to gruesome violence, the films distributed by Artsploitation have often been difficult to watch for a number of reasons. So it’s something of […]

The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

| July 26, 2016

Allow me to save you some time if you’re considering watching The Perfect Husband: Don’t. It’s ignorant, artless, ugly, and cruel. If you would like more information on what I personally found so profoundly unappealing about the film, permit me a bit of a rant. This is the 300th film I have covered for Film […]

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The Invitation

The Invitation

| July 24, 2016

Karyn Kusama’s career as a feature film director has certainly been unique. After her debut feature Girlfight made a huge impact on film festivals in 2000–including a win at Sundance for Directing and a tie with Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize–Kusama was enlisted to direct the big-screen […]

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Crimes of Passion

Crimes of Passion

| July 22, 2016

Even for Ken Russell, Crimes of Passion is a weird movie. Following a run of UK productions in the 1970s that established him as a major name in international cinema, Russell came to the States to direct Altered States for Warner Brothers in 1980. It would have been impossible to predict his follow-up to that […]

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

| July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters has probably generated more think pieces than any other blockbuster in recent history, which is especially impressive since it wasn’t actually released until now. As frustrating as it has been to be constantly inundated with what everybody thinks about a movie that wasn’t even out yet, it makes sense. This new Ghostbusters exists at […]

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Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness

| July 12, 2016

It seems like the last few years have seen quite a boom in the discovery, restoration, and re-release of films that have fallen through the cracks of cinema history. Companies like Vinegar Syndrome, Drafthouse Films, Grindhouse Releasing, Garagehouse, and Distribpix have been introducing new audiences to films previously thought lost or only ever issued in […]

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