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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Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The neo-giallo has become a popular style among independent filmmakers over the last few years. The relative success rate for these films has been all over the place, which also reflects where the films are coming from: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, America, etc. Now we can add Argentina to the list of countries contributing films […]

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The Double

The Double

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film Submarine may have only had a brief theatrical run in the States, but it made quite an impression on those who saw it. While many critics dismissed the film as being too similar to the work of Wes Anderson, Submarine in fact deftly implemented its Anderson influence with enough charm […]

Moebius

Moebius

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most well-known South Korean directors in the world, thanks largely to his willingness to embrace controversy by depicting extremes of human behavior. Some of his past films have drawn attention for being difficult to watch for various reasons (including brutal depictions of violence and uncomfortable sexual themes), earning him […]

Proxy

Proxy

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Indiana-based filmmaker Zack Parker’s previous film, Scalene, was an unsettling thriller based on seemingly normal people behaving very abnormally. That film, built around an uncomfortable to watch but incredible performance by Margo Martindale, earned Parker a fair number of fans in the indie horror scene despite not being a straightforward genre film. It followed that […]

Black Dynamite: Season One

Black Dynamite: Season One

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapting a film to a television series is always a tricky proposition. When the film in question is a beloved cult favorite–such as Black Dynamite, the 2009 film that did for 70s Blaxploitation what Wet Hot American Summer did for early-80s Summer Camp movies–pulling off an effective series becomes even more difficult. What is it […]

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Death Spa

Death Spa

| May 27, 2014 | 1 Comments

Many horror fans who grew up in the 80s and 90s are understandably nostalgic for the days of the local video store, when great box art promised untold terrors. Although the films inside the boxes rarely delivered on those promises, small video companies went out of their way to make eye-catching designs stand out from […]

Mischief Night

Mischief Night

| May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scream was released nearly 20 years ago, but for better or worse it continues to have an influence on horror film in general and slashers in particular to this day. Mostly “worse,” unfortunately, as screenwriters try to out-clever Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s original meta-slasher in hopes of replicating even a fraction of that film’s […]

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The Demons (1973)

The Demons (1973)

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kino’s recent work with Redemption Films has been fantastic for genre and exploitation film fans, who finally have beautiful Blu-ray releases of films by Jean Rollin, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Jess Franco. While some of these films have been released in the States in various forms over the years, some of them are making their Stateside […]

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Devil in My Ride

Devil in My Ride

| May 1, 2014 | 1 Comments

While a popular route for first-time feature filmmakers, the horror comedy is an extremely difficult balancing act. Many filmmakers lean too far in one direction or the other– too much comedy and not enough scares and you risk looking goofy. Too much gore and not enough laughs can easily look mean-spirited. Many independent filmmakers try […]

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Discopath

Discopath

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been several years now since Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious Grindhouse crashed and burned at the box office, but its influence has nonetheless been huge. Independent filmmakers have spent those years plumbing the depths of 70s and 80s horror and exploitation cinema with predictably mixed results. For whatever reason, Canada seems to have […]