Horror

Psycho IV: The Beginning

Psycho IV: The Beginning

| August 23, 2016

On paper, the idea that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) should have ever had sequels seems incredibly misguided. The film is, after all, one of the most acclaimed horror films of all time. And you could never hope to replicate the film’s brilliance on either a technical of narrative level, lest you were a genius of […]

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Microwave Massacre

Microwave Massacre

| August 19, 2016

Thanks to companies like Vinegar Syndrome and Arrow Video, we are living in an unexpected new golden age of physical home video releases. Arrow has particularly stepped up their game over the last few years since launching their US branch, issuing an impressively varied slate of films from Japanese crime dramas to nearly forgotten American […]

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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 […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

| August 3, 2016

“It’s a big conspiracy.” “What’s a big conspiracy?” “Everything!” This exchange from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers between Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Matthew (Donald Sutherland) isn’t just an amusing way of enriching the audience’s understanding of the patently pessimistic Jack; it’s the film’s guiding principle. Invasion wants nothing more than to make you uncomfortable […]

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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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Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

| July 20, 2016

I love the 50-movie collections Mill Creek Entertainment puts out. I mean, what self-respecting fan of obscure cinema could pass up the opportunity to nab 50 weird and disparate films for less than $20 a piece? Not this guy, I assure you. I’ve got a pile of these things laying around! What I love about […]

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

| June 29, 2016

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), John De Bello’s follow-up to his 1978 monster movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, was a big deal when I was a kid. The animated adaptation of the films, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Series, aired and re-aired on Saturday mornings from the time I was six […]

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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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