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An Irish Exorcism

An Irish Exorcism

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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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Man From Reno

Man From Reno

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

A neo-noir of the highest order, Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno is a bonafide instant classic and delivers an incredible amount of intrigue and mystery. After escaping from her latest book tour, Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) leaves Tokyo behind and hides in San Francisco to write the latest Detective Akabe novel. It is here, she […]

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VANish

VANish

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last year, I went to one of my many fine local independent cinemas to watch a Dutch film called Black Out. The trailer was decent, and I was intrigued enough to make the time to go to a late screening before its run ended. I was very unpleasantly surprised to find that Black Out was […]

House of Last Things

House of Last Things

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the horror genre’s longest-standing stories is the “haunted house,” of which there have been hundreds if not thousands throughout film history. Like other genre standbys like vampires and zombies, it is exceptionally difficult to come up with an interesting take on the haunted house story. Recently, a number of super low-budget independent horror […]

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Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8)

| February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

VHS has been making a comeback over the last few years, and with it has come a renewed interest in the “shot on video” (or SOV) direct-to-video horror films of the 80s and 90s. Small DVD imprints like Slasher Video and Massacre Video have made their names by re-releasing SOV movies like Boardinghouse and Black […]

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Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Depending on who you ask, Michel Gondry has already made at least one “masterpiece” with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. While that is an excellent film, and particularly notable for its perfect marriage of content and filmmaker, a large part of that film’s success also lies with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Gondry’s career has veered […]

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Nothing Bad Can Happen

Nothing Bad Can Happen

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Drafthouse Films has built up quite a reputation for themselves in a relatively short time thanks to their excellent selection of restored classics (such as Abel Ferrarra’s Ms. 45), unearthed obscurities (Miami Connection), and new films ranging from surreal comedy to compelling documentaries. Building on the popularity of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas chain, Drafthouse Films […]

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Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep)

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

The neo-giallo has become a popular style among independent filmmakers over the last few years. The relative success rate for these films has been all over the place, which also reflects where the films are coming from: Italy, France, Spain, Australia, America, etc. Now we can add Argentina to the list of countries contributing films […]

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Devil in My Ride

Devil in My Ride

| May 1, 2014 | 1 Comments

While a popular route for first-time feature filmmakers, the horror comedy is an extremely difficult balancing act. Many filmmakers lean too far in one direction or the other– too much comedy and not enough scares and you risk looking goofy. Too much gore and not enough laughs can easily look mean-spirited. Many independent filmmakers try […]

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Discopath

Discopath

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been several years now since Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious Grindhouse crashed and burned at the box office, but its influence has nonetheless been huge. Independent filmmakers have spent those years plumbing the depths of 70s and 80s horror and exploitation cinema with predictably mixed results. For whatever reason, Canada seems to have […]