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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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 […]

L’Immortelle

L’Immortelle

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alain Robbe-Grillet may be best known to many cinephiles as the screenwriter of Alain Resnais’s classic Last Year at Marienbad, although this is at least partially due to the fact that Robbe-Grillet’s films as director have largely been unavailable outside of Europe aside from occasional repertory screenings. Kino Classics and Redemption Films recently licensed six […]

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Forgetting the Girl

Forgetting the Girl

| April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you hadn’t seen the poster or DVD cover of Forgetting the Girl before popping it in your DVD player, you would probably not realize it is a sort of horror movie until well into its running time. The film takes the shape of a confessional right from the beginning, with its lead character directly […]

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Angry Nazi Zombies

Angry Nazi Zombies

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Well folks, there’s good news and bad news regarding Angry Nazi Zombies. First, the good news: Angry Nazi Zombies is not actually a full-length feature about angry Nazi zombies. It is actually an anthology of short micro budget horror films all set during World War II and shot in the UK, and originally released there […]

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The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

The Flesh and Blood Show & Frightmare on Blu-ray

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pete Walker had a pretty great run from the late 1960s through the 1970s in British cinema, although in the States he has been more of a cult figure. In the UK, Walker made a name for himself directing and producing exploitation films of two distinct stripes: sex films such as School for Sex, The […]

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