Author Archive: Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He is author of "The Unrepentant Cinephile," and a regular contributor to Daily Grindhouse and Film Monthly as well as a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He is co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society and proud owner of 35mm prints of Andy Milligan's "Guru, the Mad Monk." Follow his long-form film writing on Medium: www.medium.com/@rabbitroom

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Observance

Observance

| August 15, 2016

Since originally launching in 2012, Artsploitation Films has released a wide array of international films in the States and subtlety has not been their strong point. From confrontational and controversial sexual content to gruesome violence, the films distributed by Artsploitation have often been difficult to watch for a number of reasons. So it’s something of […]

The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

| July 26, 2016

Allow me to save you some time if you’re considering watching The Perfect Husband: Don’t. It’s ignorant, artless, ugly, and cruel. If you would like more information on what I personally found so profoundly unappealing about the film, permit me a bit of a rant. This is the 300th film I have covered for Film […]

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The Invitation

The Invitation

| July 24, 2016

Karyn Kusama’s career as a feature film director has certainly been unique. After her debut feature Girlfight made a huge impact on film festivals in 2000–including a win at Sundance for Directing and a tie with Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize–Kusama was enlisted to direct the big-screen […]

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Crimes of Passion

Crimes of Passion

| July 22, 2016

Even for Ken Russell, Crimes of Passion is a weird movie. Following a run of UK productions in the 1970s that established him as a major name in international cinema, Russell came to the States to direct Altered States for Warner Brothers in 1980. It would have been impossible to predict his follow-up to that […]

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Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

| July 15, 2016

Ghostbusters has probably generated more think pieces than any other blockbuster in recent history, which is especially impressive since it wasn’t actually released until now. As frustrating as it has been to be constantly inundated with what everybody thinks about a movie that wasn’t even out yet, it makes sense. This new Ghostbusters exists at […]

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Belladonna of Sadness

Belladonna of Sadness

| July 12, 2016

It seems like the last few years have seen quite a boom in the discovery, restoration, and re-release of films that have fallen through the cracks of cinema history. Companies like Vinegar Syndrome, Drafthouse Films, Grindhouse Releasing, Garagehouse, and Distribpix have been introducing new audiences to films previously thought lost or only ever issued in […]

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Blood Bath

Blood Bath

| June 3, 2016

Arrow Video has been building their reputation as the “Criterion of cult” for years now, giving lavish home video editions to films that have languished in a limbo of bare-bones releases (and some that never had releases at all). Their latest set, however, is in a class of its own. Exploitation cinema legend Roger Corman’s […]

Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia

Killer Dames: Two Gothic Chillers by Emilio P. Miraglia

| May 27, 2016

Arrow Video has been one of premiere home video imprints for genre cinema for some time now, and since their launch in the States they have been maintaining that reputation with a fantastic slate of releases. One of the recent highlights for horror and giallo fans was their Blu-ray/DVD set of Luciano Ercoli’s “Death Walks” […]

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The Boy

The Boy

| May 10, 2016

2016 has been a big year for prosaic horror film titles. The Forest, The Witch, The Other Side of the Door, and The Darkness will all have seen release before half the year is over. Other than The Witch, all of these films are (or in the case of the as yet unreleased The Darkness, […]

Scherzo Diabolico

Scherzo Diabolico

| May 6, 2016

Adrián García Bogliano made a big impression on horror fans with his first English-language feature Late Phases, which was also a pretty big departure for the filmmaker in other ways. He didn’t write the screenplay, and the subject matter–a blind veteran taking on a werewolf terrorizing a retirement community–couldn’t have been more different from most […]

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