Horror

Babysitter Massacre

Babysitter Massacre

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Like the immortal anti-heroes starring in the subgenre’s biggest franchises, the slasher film refuses to die. The main reason for this is probably because it’s always been a good way for low-budget filmmakers to make something marketable without going bankrupt. This is even more true today in the era of cheap, high-quality digital video cameras […]

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Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fright Night 2: New Blood

| October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fright Night 2 (2013) is a fairly unremarkable film save for one thing: it’s the only sequel to a remake I’ve ever seen that is itself a remake of the same film of which the movie to which it is a sequel is a remake. Since that’s probably a bit difficult to follow, let me […]

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Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

For many including myself, Halloween is a holiday defined by movies. To us, October 1st isn’t merely one of twelve days a year we have to drop off a rent check. It marks the beginning of a 31-day horror movie free-for-all that culminates in All Hallow’s Eve! And in that annual 31-day stretch, I guarantee […]

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The Haunting of Helena

The Haunting of Helena

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every few years it seems someone takes a crack at the “classy ghost story” style of horror story, from the glacially-paced and quiet (Pascal Laugier’s Saint Ange in 2004) to the more visceral (Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage in 2007), all of which try to conjure up a similar atmosphere of dread. It’s a tricky […]

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The Fly

The Fly

| September 18, 2013 | 1 Comments

I’ve written a lot in recent months about how terrific the 20th Century Fox Studio Classics Blu-rays have been, what with the releases of Cavalcade and Niagara in particular, but no title in the line thrilled me as much upon its announcement as The Fly (1958). As an avid science fiction and Vincent Price fan, to look […]

Hidden in the Woods

Hidden in the Woods

| September 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artsploitation Films has made a name for itself recently by releasing controversial films that other distributors are wary to touch. Their first theatrical releases, Kristina Buozyte’s Vanishing Waves and Maja Milos’s Clip, were a perfect way to introduce the film community to the Artsploitation Films style. Sharing depictions of graphic sexuality, the films otherwise couldn’t […]

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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 […]