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 Exorcism of Molly Hartley

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

| November 16, 2015

Released on Halloween in 2008, The Haunting of Molly Hartley was not exactly a hit. And in the years since, it does not seem to have gained much of a reputation or more passionate fans since it hit home video. This makes sense given that the film was a mostly dull teen horror movie that […]

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Phase IV

Phase IV

| November 16, 2015

Even if film fans aren’t familiar with the name “Saul Bass,” chances are very good they have seen his work. Bass is best known for his work as a designer creating iconic title sequences for films, including three particularly memorable ones for Alfred Hitchcock’s films North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. This work has had […]

Breeders

Breeders

| November 6, 2015

Home video company Olive Films has been releasing an impressive slate of interesting movies that have fallen by the wayside in the transition between VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, giving a number of obscure films their first legitimate U.S. release and upgrading a number of others. These have included everything from big-studio comedies to overlooked horror […]

Dollface

Dollface

| September 17, 2015

If you’ve been waiting for a sequel to Tommy Faircloth’s 1995 slasher parody Crinoline Head, your wait is officially over. A full twenty years after the first film, its sequel is out now on home video under the title Dollface (changed from Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head, the title under which it played […]

The Babysitter

The Babysitter

| August 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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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