Horror

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

| September 10, 2016

Clocking in at a positively brisk running time of an hour and eleven minutes, The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) is a bite-size blast of a creature feature from director Irvin Berwick (Malibu High (1979)). In it, a cave-dwelling monster goes on a rampage, decapitating and draining the blood from the inhabitants of a seaside […]

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The Ones Below

The Ones Below

| September 9, 2016

Motherhood has been the subject of some of the most compelling horror films in history. Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby immediately comes to mind of course, and French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury put a memorably gory handprint on the subject with their instant-classic debut feature Inside in 2007. The style of 60s and 70s […]

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Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again

Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again

| September 7, 2016

Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again (1982) should, by all rights, be more consistently funnier than it is. The terrific team of film and television writers who penned the Robert Louis Stevenson-inspired comedy is headed by the film’s co-writer and director Jerry Belson, who had developed The Odd Couple for television after having written for The […]

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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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