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 Babysitter

The Babysitter

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

1990s nostalgia has been growing in popularity over the last several years, which is a pretty weird thing for anyone who lived through that decade. Aside from a number of films specifically referencing 90s culture (Joseph Kahn’s Detention springs to mind as a prime example), there have been new home video releases of numerous overlooked […]

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The Sender

The Sender

| August 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street made a huge impact on horror and pop culture in 1984 with its story of a killer stalking teenagers in their dreams. But a couple of years before Freddy made his debut, a much lower-profile horror film used a character who terrorized people with dreams. The Sender (1982) […]

The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mainstream American studio horror is in a bit of a slump. Other than the divisive Insidious films, the only established modern franchise that’s still a going concern is the Paranormal Activity series (and that’s slated to end with its upcoming fifth installment). Meanwhile, the studios keep pumping out cheap “found footage” horrors in hopes of […]

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The House with 100 Eyes

The House with 100 Eyes

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s sort of baffling that there aren’t more attempts to make a “found footage” horror comedy. The found footage style has been seized on by independent horror filmmakers, who have pumped out legions of no-budget takes on the same basic concepts for years. And horror comedy is a popular but tricky choice for many indie […]

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Ski School

Ski School

| May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Olive Films has been making some interesting choices in films to distribute recently. Their new partnership with Slasher Video, for example, means they’ll be distributing some truly obscure shot-on-video horror films from the 80s and 90s. They have also been steadily releasing some films from that era that seemed unlikely candidates for Blu-ray like Robert […]

An Irish Exorcism

An Irish Exorcism

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ireland has not traditionally been a hotbed of horror cinema, but some recent productions have made an impression on international genre fans. It was probably just a matter of time before an Irish filmmaker tackled the “found footage” style of film that has been a staple of independent genre cinema of the last decade. Eric […]

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s really tough to make a movie stand out today with so many films available to the average viewer. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer up a massive array of options, and VOD services like Amazon Prime and iTunes allow viewers to catch movies at home on or near their theatrical release dates. It […]

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From the Dark

From the Dark

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ireland has not traditionally been a hotbed of horror film production. That’s not to say that notable horror films have not been made there, but most film fans would be hard-pressed to associate “Irish cinema” and “genre film.” Some of the more high-profile horrors coming out of Ireland over the last decade have been takes […]

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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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