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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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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Nothing Bad Can Happen

Nothing Bad Can Happen

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drafthouse Films has built up quite a reputation for themselves in a relatively short time thanks to their excellent selection of restored classics (such as Abel Ferrarra’s Ms. 45), unearthed obscurities (Miami Connection), and new films ranging from surreal comedy to compelling documentaries. Building on the popularity of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas chain, Drafthouse Films […]

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Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The neo-giallo has become a popular style among independent filmmakers over the last few years. The relative success rate for these films has been all over the place, which also reflects where the films are coming from: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, America, etc. Now we can add Argentina to the list of countries contributing films […]

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The Double

The Double

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film Submarine may have only had a brief theatrical run in the States, but it made quite an impression on those who saw it. While many critics dismissed the film as being too similar to the work of Wes Anderson, Submarine in fact deftly implemented its Anderson influence with enough charm […]

Moebius

Moebius

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most well-known South Korean directors in the world, thanks largely to his willingness to embrace controversy by depicting extremes of human behavior. Some of his past films have drawn attention for being difficult to watch for various reasons (including brutal depictions of violence and uncomfortable sexual themes), earning him […]