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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Frankenstein’s Army

Frankenstein’s Army

| September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Director Richard Raaphorst gained a lot of attention with his trailer for Worst Case Scenario, a Nazi zombie movie he was developing as far back as 2005. After years of struggling to find financing for that project to no avail, Worst Case Scenario was officially shelved in 2009. Which, coincidentally, was the same year Tommy […]

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You’re Next

You’re Next

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adam Wingard’s You’re Next was a huge hit on the festival circuit in 2011 when it was picked up for distribution for Lionsgate, who promptly confused hardcore horror fans anxiously awaiting the film by announcing an August 2013 release date. As far as inexplicable movie studio maneuvers go, this is about as confounding as they […]

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Alyce Kills

Alyce Kills

| August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bloody Disgusting continues their covert release strategy (previously noted with their release of Blood Runs Cold) with Alyce Kills. Leaving the “Bloody Disgusting” logo off the packaging is a curious decision, as the site is an established brand in the horror community, but perhaps their hope is that saving the name for the opening credits […]

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Vampire

Vampire

| August 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Shunji Iwai seems an odd choice for a Japanese director to make the jump to American filmmaking. While other talents from Asia have made comfortable career moves, those filmmakers usually have a style that is not too far removed from that of the American film genres in which they often end up working. John Woo’s […]

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adam Ahlbrandt’s Cross Bearer has justifiably gained him a lot of attention in the independent horror scene for its visual style and its unique take on the slasher template. Fans may be surprised to learn that Ahlbrandt has another feature already completed, and it’s another take on a well-worn horror trope. The Cemetery takes Ahlbrandt’s […]

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The Battery

The Battery

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Apocalypse fatigue is a real problem for fans of independent horror cinema. Post-apocalypse (or “PA,” henceforth) films are an attractive proposition for low-budget filmmakers: get a small cast out in the middle of nowhere for a small shoot, and it’s not too tough (in the States, anyway) to fake the end of the world. Scout […]

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My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

It may be a coincidence, but IFC’s timing for the home video release of My Amityville Horror is impeccable. Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators who were involved with the Amityville incident, were also the inspiration for James Wan’s massive hit The Conjuring. Interest in the Warrens’ 1970s work is high, and can only […]

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5 Shells

5 Shells

| July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Post-apocalyptic (“PA”) dramas are in no short supply these days, especially in the independent film scene. Many of these films tend to have a reach that far outstrips their grasp, though, and many of these projects fail to reach the standard set for themselves. It is a relief when a filmmaker uses their constrictions in […]

Blood Runs Cold

Blood Runs Cold

| July 15, 2013 | 1 Comments

The slasher subgenre has such rigidly defined parameters and conventions that even tweaking something as basic as the setting for the action (like Cold Prey‘s endless snowfields) or the sexuality of the main characters (such as the all-male cast of Hellbent) can make a slasher film feel almost revolutionary. Still, when broken down to their […]

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Yellow

Yellow

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homage is a tricky business. Lean too hard on an influence without moving into outright mimicry (i.e. Ti West’s The House of the Devil), and a filmmaker risks being labeled derivative. Stray too far from that influence, and the audience might not recognize what is being paid homage in the first place. This is especially […]