Independent

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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Child Eater

Child Eater

| March 31, 2017

In a recent review for the movie Bloodrunners, I lamented the lack of ambition of too many independent horror filmmakers. While I do believe that lack of ambition is a problem for the genre and independent film scene as a whole, I also must recognize that there are pleasures in seeing familiar material well-executed. It’s […]

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Bloodrunners

Bloodrunners

| March 7, 2017

The independent horror landscape is glutted with far too many similar productions. Slasher and zombie movies, done as cheaply as possible, are the most common. Ambition is sorely lacking in most of these films, which at best seem like earnest labors of love hampered by resources and inexperience and at worst seem like cynical attempts […]

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Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

| March 6, 2017

Since the advent of cheap camera drone technology over the last few years, more and more films have succumbed to the temptation of far too many gratuitous drone shots. There’s no question that good drone footage can enhance a film’s production value, but it’s easy for a filmmaker excited for this new toy to overuse […]

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Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

Arrow Academy launches in the U.S.

| January 29, 2017

While many cinephiles lament the state of home video here in the U.S., things still bode well for obtaining a wealth of content on both Blu-Ray and DVD. From art house, to cult films,classics and world cinema, a variety of distributors have managed to inject life into the dying physical medium. When Arrow Video had […]

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Francesca

Francesca

| October 7, 2016

Unearthed Films has made a name for themselves among fans of extreme and underground horror with their releases of international films like the Guinea Pig series (and recently producing the American Guinea Pig films), but their latest release is something of a change of pace for the company. Two years ago, BRINKVision released Luciano and […]

The Neon Dead

The Neon Dead

| September 14, 2016

It’s always exciting to see the results when special effects artists get in the directing chair, regardless of the outcome. Sometimes you get something with great effects and not much else; more rarely, the final product shows a lot of heart and handmade charm. Perhaps not surprisingly, the higher the budgets the more likely the […]

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Serial Kaller

Serial Kaller

| January 28, 2016

Before Serial Kaller even starts, it helpfully gives viewers a warning. The logo for Loaded Film, one of the production companies who made the film, includes the slogan “for men who should know better.” If you feel like that applies to you, heed the warning: you should know better than to sit through another low-budget […]

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Dollface

Dollface

| September 17, 2015

If you’ve been waiting for a sequel to Tommy Faircloth’s 1995 slasher parody Crinoline Head, your wait is officially over. A full twenty years after the first film, its sequel is out now on home video under the title Dollface (changed from Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head, the title under which it played […]

An Irish Exorcism

An Irish Exorcism

| May 20, 2015

Ireland has not traditionally been a hotbed of horror cinema, but some recent productions have made an impression on international genre fans. It was probably just a matter of time before an Irish filmmaker tackled the “found footage” style of film that has been a staple of independent genre cinema of the last decade. Eric […]

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