Horror

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 […]

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

It may be a coincidence, but IFC’s timing for the home video release of My Amityville Horror is impeccable. Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators who were involved with the Amityville incident, were also the inspiration for James Wan’s massive hit The Conjuring. Interest in the Warrens’ 1970s work is high, and can only […]

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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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