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 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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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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