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 Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

| April 15, 2016

Occasionally a film comes along that feels almost like a parody of itself or its genre, and it takes a little digging to figure out if that is indeed the case. Take The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, for example. It’s an adaptation of a popular French novel that has previously […]

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

| April 8, 2016

Giallo, that peculiarly Italian strain of mystery and horror that flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity among cult films fans over the last decade. DVD helped bring many of the best of these films to audiences in the States who may have never had a chance to see […]

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My Science Project

My Science Project

| February 19, 2016

Nostalgia is a hell of a thing, and a number of home video imprints have been recently reissuing some very unexpected titles on Blu-ray to capitalize on it. This is, for the most part, an almost unmitigated good: the more obscure, oddball films that are available in physical formats, the better. Predictably, not every one […]

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Serial Kaller

Serial Kaller

| January 28, 2016

Before Serial Kaller even starts, it helpfully gives viewers a warning. The logo for Loaded Film, one of the production companies who made the film, includes the slogan “for men who should know better.” If you feel like that applies to you, heed the warning: you should know better than to sit through another low-budget […]

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Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

| January 8, 2016

One of Hammer Films’s first productions after its 2000s resurrection was David Keating’s Wake Wood, a tale of grieving parents who make a bargain to bring their daughter back to life. It was fairly well-received, but did not receive much attention here in the States. Keating makes a return to British occult horror with his […]

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Sinister 2

Sinister 2

| January 8, 2016

Sequels are always a tricky thing to get right, and horror sequels have their own unique demands. Stray too far from the things that made the first film a success and people will be confused; stick too close to formula and they might get bored. It’s a tough balancing act that only gets more difficult […]

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

| January 6, 2016

Artsploitation Films returned in 2015 after a hiatus with a strong slate of varied international films. Their stated mission is to distribute “intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films from around the world,” and the films they have released since their return have certainly lived up to that standard. We at Film Monthly have covered some […]

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Deathgasm

Deathgasm

| January 5, 2016

New Zealand has a proud history of horror comedies, and in 2014 Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound became a new entry into that country’s canon of fun, inventive genre cinema. In 2015, two more horror comedies made a big impression on the international film scene: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and […]

Kill Game

Kill Game

| January 4, 2016

A warning: This is not going to be so much a review of Kill Game as a rant about problems common to many modern horror films in general. So if that’s not what you’re looking for, feel free to move on, thanks for your time, sorry to disappoint. Suffice to say I was not a […]

One Eyed Girl

One Eyed Girl

| December 11, 2015

Low-key psychological horror/thrillers of the 1970s have become a popular touchstone for genre filmmakers over the last few years, resulting in some critically-acclaimed takes on familiar material. The best known of these may be Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (2015), but there have been a number […]

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