Horror

Teenage Ghost Punk

Teenage Ghost Punk

| April 24, 2017

The family-friendly straight to video and VOD movie is a strange subsection of independent cinema. There have always been occasional oddities that threw off kids browsing the all-ages section at their local video store with something inexplicably weird. In the late 80s and 90s, low-budget independent production companies cranked out bizarre “kids’ movies” like Munchie […]

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Naciye

Naciye

| April 24, 2017

Turkish genre cinema has not traditionally been a big import to the States. Most of the films that end up playing on North American screens are arthouse fare like Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and more recently Ceyda Torun’s cat documentary Kedi. When “Turkish horror” is invoked, most genre fans who are familiar with the […]

Split

Split

| April 18, 2017

Now I’m not the sort of person who’s going to dismiss a movie simply because M. Night Shyamalan’s name is attached. I’ve met plenty such people, and dismissing all current and future works by any filmmaker simply because of a few perceived missteps doesn’t make sense to me at all. Nor, however, am I some […]

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

| April 15, 2017

Whenever I find myself in a discussion of history’s great horror anthology films, I inevitably express my adoration of producer Spike Lee’s Tales from the Hood (1995), a film that arguably changed my life. After all, as I recall, this was the film that indirectly resulted in my now decades-long love affair with Blaxploitation cinema, […]

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House: Two Stories

House: Two Stories

| April 13, 2017

Horror was an immensely popular genre in the 1980’s. There were a number of genre offshoots, with slasher films being the most watched. Technically, the first slasher film was the 1960 masterpiece Psycho. The early ‘60’s movie audiences were shocked and not quite ready for more of the same kind of movie. Skip ahead to […]

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The Phantasm Collection

The Phantasm Collection

| April 10, 2017

I know it’s only April, but I’m calling it right now. When 2018 rolls around and people start cobbling together their lists of the Best Blu-ray Releases of 2017, you’ll find no shortage of horror fans whose lists declare Well Go USA’s The Phantasm Collection to be bar-none the #1 release of 2017. And the […]

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The Bye Bye Man

The Bye Bye Man

| April 8, 2017

The Bye Bye Man (2017) tells us that “ideas are real,” that thoughts have the power to manifest themselves in the real world by virtue of our belief in them. Unfortunately for The Bye Bye Man, it seems that whatever the idea for the film was, it simply never became reality. Maybe this was due […]

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Pulse (1988)

Pulse (1988)

| April 2, 2017

The premise of 1988’s Pulse alone might not inspire much confidence in viewers that it’s going to be any good at all. The premise: evil electricity stalks a family. Is it a ghost in the machine, like, you know, in Ghost in the Machine (1993)? Is it a demon or an alien entity? Or is […]

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Child Eater

Child Eater

| March 31, 2017

In a recent review for the movie Bloodrunners, I lamented the lack of ambition of too many independent horror filmmakers. While I do believe that lack of ambition is a problem for the genre and independent film scene as a whole, I also must recognize that there are pleasures in seeing familiar material well-executed. It’s […]

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Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

| March 24, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Faces of Horror collection brings together ten horror films on 3 DVDs at a budget price–it’s currently less than $9 on Amazon, in fact. If you’re like me, you see these collections pop up all the time in stores, and you can’t help but wonder if they’re actually worth the purchase, given […]

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