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 at the End of the Street

House at the End of the Street

| January 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s entirely possible to make a great horror movie without shedding a single drop of blood, but is it possible to make a passable slasher movie without doing so? Whether this is a question that needed to be answered is up for debate, but the PG-13 House at the End of the Street takes a […]

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Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many films live and die by the quality of their villain. Sometimes, though, filmmakers take a different approach and make the character who would normally be the “villain” of the story into the protagonist. This can be an interesting exercise when done well, but it can also be an unpleasant experience if done poorly. Sleep […]

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Silent Night

Silent Night

| December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Looking back at the original Silent Night, Deadly Night, it’s difficult to imagine that anyone could have taken the film seriously at all. It’s even more difficult to think that anyone could be genuinely offended by it– despite some nasty moments, the film is basically a ridiculous parody of the very idea of a Christmas-themed […]

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The Night of the Devils (1972)

The Night of the Devils (1972)

| November 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Since launching their US imprint, Raro Video has consistently delivered excellent releases of little-seen Italian films that had somehow eluded legitimate releases here in the States. Their DVD releases of such rarities as The Perfume of the Lady in Black and To Be Twenty nicely complemented their slate of lesser known works by major names […]

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The Ghostmaker

The Ghostmaker

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lionsgate’s horror slate hasn’t been all that impressive lately, and unfortunately this trend continues with The Ghostmaker. Originally titled Box of Shadows, the film was picked up by Lionsgate for distribution directly to DVD, and it does feature an intriguing concept. This automatically puts it on a higher level than previous releases from this year […]

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Movieside brings The Massacre to the Portage Theater, October 20-21

Movieside brings The Massacre to the Portage Theater, October 20-21

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again, Chicago– time to spend a lot of time in dark rooms watching horror movies to prep for Halloween! And this year, the various theaters and film groups around Chicago certainly aren’t disappointing with a ton of great programming. One of the longest-running current traditions, however, has a new home: […]

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The Sorcerers (1967)

The Sorcerers (1967)

| October 11, 2012 | 1 Comments

Boris Karloff is best known to many film fans as the iconic monster in Universal’s Frankenstein, but he had a long career in film well after that hugely popular and influential film. Karloff worked constantly all his life, and he gave a few of his other most famous performances in the years leading up to […]

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Chillers (1987)

Chillers (1987)

| October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Troma recently teamed with Anchor Bay to reissue their early hit Mother’s Day (full review here), and around the same time they released a chunk of their back catalog onto Youtube for free viewing. Fans will be happy to have such immediate access to old favorites, but Troma saved another one of their 80s hits […]

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Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

| October 9, 2012 | 1 Comments

Universal’s remake of The Wolf Man suffered from two major problems: its CG-heavy wolfman transformation scenes came up short, and it was so dull even the cast seemed constantly on the edge of falling asleep. However, a franchise is a franchise, and there’s more money to be made, so someone at Universal decided the best […]

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Hypothermia

Hypothermia

| October 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

Larry Fessenden has been a godsend to American independent horror. Through his work with Glass Eye Pix and Scareflix, he has helped many interesting new talents find a place in the crowded indie horror scene. One of the most interesting of these is James Felix McKenney, writer/director of the modern lo-fi sci-fi classic Automatons and […]

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