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 Roommates/A Woman for All Men

The Roommates/A Woman for All Men

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The return of the Gorgon Video imprint with the release of the 30th anniversary edition of Faces of Death in 2008 was exciting for fans of genre and cult cinema, although in the years since Gorgon has released only a handful of reissues of classic cult titles. That said, though, their releases have been worth […]

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The ABCs of Death 2

The ABCs of Death 2

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anthology films are inconsistent by their very nature, but it’s rare when such a project seems to bring out the worst in almost everybody involved. Such was the fate of The ABCs of Death, a project that looked on paper like a sure thing: twenty-six filmmakers from all over the world making short films based […]

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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Designed to present some independent filmmakers’ takes on the “found footage” phenomenon, the first V/H/S was something of a mixed bag, even for an anthology. The first sequel followed a year later and was notable for a big uptick in overall quality, leaving many fans excited for where the franchise might go in its third […]

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VANish

VANish

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last year, I went to one of my many fine local independent cinemas to watch a Dutch film called Black Out. The trailer was decent, and I was intrigued enough to make the time to go to a late screening before its run ended. I was very unpleasantly surprised to find that Black Out was […]

House of Last Things

House of Last Things

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the horror genre’s longest-standing stories is the “haunted house,” of which there have been hundreds if not thousands throughout film history. Like other genre standbys like vampires and zombies, it is exceptionally difficult to come up with an interesting take on the haunted house story. Recently, a number of super low-budget independent horror […]

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Addicted

Addicted

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

While the film adaptation of Zane’s best-selling erotic novel Addicted has probably been in the works for a while, it’s probably a safe bet that the announcement of the big-studio adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey helped get Addicted on the fast track to production. The movie certainly beat any other films trying to capitalize […]

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

VHS has been making a comeback over the last few years, and with it has come a renewed interest in the “shot on video” (or SOV) direct-to-video horror films of the 80s and 90s. Small DVD imprints like Slasher Video and Massacre Video have made their names by re-releasing SOV movies like Boardinghouse and Black […]

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Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good, horrifying peek behind the curtain at the movie business in cinema. Maybe David Lynch’s last couple of features–Inland Empire and Mulholland Drive, both of which featured stories of deeply unpleasant things going on under the Hollywood sign–have intimidated a lot of horror filmmakers into looking […]

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Depending on who you ask, Michel Gondry has already made at least one “masterpiece” with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. While that is an excellent film, and particularly notable for its perfect marriage of content and filmmaker, a large part of that film’s success also lies with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry’s career has veered […]

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The House at the End of Time

The House at the End of Time

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the horror fan, it is always exciting to discover genre films coming from countries that are not usually associated with horror films. For example, Venezuela is not one of the first countries that come to the mind of most American cinephiles when it comes to horror films. There appear to be only a handful […]

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