Horror

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 […]

The Cemetery

The Cemetery

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Adam Ahlbrandt’s Cross Bearer has justifiably gained him a lot of attention in the independent horror scene for its visual style and its unique take on the slasher template. Fans may be surprised to learn that Ahlbrandt has another feature already completed, and it’s another take on a well-worn horror trope. The Cemetery takes Ahlbrandt’s […]

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The Battery

The Battery

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Apocalypse fatigue is a real problem for fans of independent horror cinema. Post-apocalypse (or “PA,” henceforth) films are an attractive proposition for low-budget filmmakers: get a small cast out in the middle of nowhere for a small shoot, and it’s not too tough (in the States, anyway) to fake the end of the world. Scout […]

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Aftershock

Aftershock

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

A group of people come together while on vacation in Chilé.  Gringo (Eli Roth, serving as actor, producer, and co-director on the film) is visiting friends in Chilé when the three of them meet three girls and they all start going to parties and having fun.  Suddenly, the area they’re in is hit with a […]