Horror

Madhouse

Madhouse

| June 13, 2017

I can’t possibly begin talking about Ovidio G. Assonitis’ Madhouse without immediately drawing comparisons between the film and J. Lee Thompson’s Happy Birthday to Me. Both films were clearly made to cash in on the slasher horror craze in the immediate post-Friday the 13th years. Both films were released in 1981 in fact (though Madhouse […]

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

| June 9, 2017

Gore Verbinski has had a fairly odd career trajectory for a major studio director. His feature debut was Mousehunt, a family film with a dark bent reminiscent of Barry Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family films, followed up by the Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts vehicle The Mexican. Verbinski’s first major hit was The Ring, an exemplary American remake of […]

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Brain Damage

Brain Damage

| June 4, 2017

Most of us have fond memories of the name Elmer. Whether it be the glue that you can use to make fake skin, or the cartoon hunter (Fudd) who’s always on the lookout for the waskily wabbitt, Bugs Bunny. But there’s a third, underappreciated Elmer out there. This Elmer is not as fun or funny […]

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Evil Ed

Evil Ed

| May 30, 2017

Disgusting, bloody, over-the-top, cheesy one liners, entertaining, hilarious, homage. Is it possible for all of the above words and phrases accurately describing one movie? Absolutely! The Swedish team of Anders Jacobsson, Goran Lundstrom, Kaj Steveman, Anders Jacobsson, and Doc brought their love of ‘70’s and ‘80’s horror to life in 1995 in the form of […]

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

| May 16, 2017

As a pair of films, Willard (1971) and its sequel Ben (1972) stand in stark contrast to each other and I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between the two. Willard offers audiences an unrelentingly tense character study hinging on a revenge narrative that’s elevated by the addition of a horror component in the form […]

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Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

| May 10, 2017

Throughout horror history, there have been a vast array of options for encountering supernatural evil. Ouija boards are a perennial favorite, the internet has been hot lately, and in the 1980s there was even a cursed 976 number. In the last several years, the horror films of the 1980s have been mined heavily for inspiration […]

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Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

| April 25, 2017

When Arrow Video announces the release of anything horror, my interest is immediately piqued. And it’s piqued that much more when that title is something I’m generally unfamiliar with, like 1959’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. Arrow they announced it, I looked it up and watched its trailer, and what did I learn? It’s some kind […]

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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 […]