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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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Man From Reno

Man From Reno

| April 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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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