Horror

Hatchet III

Hatchet III

| August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Hatchet franchise is one steeped in notoriety. Adam Green’s homage to 80s horror first made waves on the horror scene with the first installment in 2006, but didn’t receive much fanfare except within the horror community itself. Its sequel received its fair share of publicity in 2010, when AMC famously agreed to distribute the […]

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Blood Runs Cold

Blood Runs Cold

| July 15, 2013 | 1 Comments

The slasher subgenre has such rigidly defined parameters and conventions that even tweaking something as basic as the setting for the action (like Cold Prey‘s endless snowfields) or the sexuality of the main characters (such as the all-male cast of Hellbent) can make a slasher film feel almost revolutionary. Still, when broken down to their […]

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Yellow

Yellow

| July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homage is a tricky business. Lean too hard on an influence without moving into outright mimicry (i.e. Ti West’s The House of the Devil), and a filmmaker risks being labeled derivative. Stray too far from that influence, and the audience might not recognize what is being paid homage in the first place. This is especially […]

Would You Rather

Would You Rather

| July 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every year, Mr. Lambrick (Jeffrey Combs; Re-Animator) hosts an event at his home.  The eccentric billionaire invites 8 hand-chosen, unrelated people to dinner with the promise of a game, and the idea that the winner will receive a substantial amount of money – presumably enough to set them up for life.  The game in question […]

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Cross Bearer

Cross Bearer

| July 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Being a horror fan, I often find myself in discussions with other horror fans about what movies we may have recently watched, and unfortunately more often than not we compare notes on what we disliked about those films. Watching a lot of independent horror films naturally leads to these kinds of conversations for horror fans […]

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The Rambler

The Rambler

| June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Maybe this really isn’t the place to lament the steamrolling of digital video over film as the medium of choice for filmmakers, but it’s hard not to wonder how different Calvin Lee Reeder’s new film, The Rambler, would have been if it was shot on film rather than razor-sharp high-definition digital video. Reeder’s debut feature, […]

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The Giant Spider

The Giant Spider

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Giant mutated animal” movies have made something of a comeback over the last few years thanks to the efforts of the SyFy Channel and their production cohorts, Roger Corman and The Asylum. As goofy fun as some of those films have been, though, it’s rare that any of them actually recall their ancient ancestors in […]

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The Synthetic Man

The Synthetic Man

| June 9, 2013 | 1 Comments

The independent horror film scene, perhaps more than independent film in general, often presents the dedicated fan with a peculiar problem. Legions of low-budget horror films are made every year, many of them barely-competent takes on the standard zombie or slasher film, and it’s tough to figure out who’s making movies in the hopes of […]

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Sadako 3D

Sadako 3D

| May 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

So what do we call this thing? Is it the second sequel to Ringu? The third? Something else entirely? I’m not exactly sure about that. After all, there was the pseudo-sequel Rasen, released concurrent with Ringu in 1998. Only, Rasen bombed (and rightly so, perhaps) and so the next sequel was simply titled Ringu 2 […]

Manborg

Manborg

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Canadian comedy collective Astron-6 has built a devoted following over the last several years thanks to its hilariously bizarre internet output of short films and faux trailers. Their following has boomed over the last year thanks to the release of two features from the troupe, Father’s Day (released by Troma) and Manborg (released by Raven […]