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Victor Crowley

Victor Crowley

| February 7, 2018

When the first Hatchet film was released, filmmaker Adam Green’s intentions were made clear with the film’s tagline: “Old School American Horror.” “Old School” in this particular case meant very specifically 1981, the year Friday the 13th Part 2 was released: Hatchet was a fun, gory throwback to the heyday of slasher movies. Hatchet II […]

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The Astrologer

The Astrologer

| January 30, 2018

The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) has been doing the Lord’s work for the better part of a decade now. Their mission is to help preserve and exhibit cult and exploitation film history, which they do through renting out rare prints for theatrical screenings. In 2017, they launched their own home video imprint to release […]

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

| November 7, 2017

I won’t miss a Noah Baumbach movie, but my resentment towards Adam Sandler is nigh impossible to ignore. Add to the equation that The Meyerowitz Stories is a Netflix film that I was either going to see in theaters or not see at all given my snobbish clinging to movies’ needing to be seen in […]

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The Dead Next Door

The Dead Next Door

| September 26, 2017

For anyone not familiar with the history of J.R. Bookwalter’s insanely ambitious 8mm zombie film The Dead Next Door, it may seem odd that the film is getting a Criterion-level Blu-ray/DVD release the better part of 30 years after it first hit video store shelves. But there are a number of reasons this little film […]

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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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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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