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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Babysitter Massacre

Babysitter Massacre

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Like the immortal anti-heroes starring in the subgenre’s biggest franchises, the slasher film refuses to die. The main reason for this is probably because it’s always been a good way for low-budget filmmakers to make something marketable without going bankrupt. This is even more true today in the era of cheap, high-quality digital video cameras […]

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Laurence Anyways

Laurence Anyways

| October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

It is impossible to discuss the films of Xavier Dolan without acknowledging the fact that he is incredibly young. His debut feature, I Killed My Mother, played the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight when he was 18 years old. His latest film, the gorgeous, heartbreaking, and epic Laurence Anyways is finding its way to home […]

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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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5 Shells

5 Shells

| July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Post-apocalyptic (“PA”) dramas are in no short supply these days, especially in the independent film scene. Many of these films tend to have a reach that far outstrips their grasp, though, and many of these projects fail to reach the standard set for themselves. It is a relief when a filmmaker uses their constrictions in […]

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 […]

Hey Bartender

Hey Bartender

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just last week for the 4th of July celebration, it was my duty to pick up some beer for a friends barbecue party. I went to a local Binny’s here in Chicago and I walked a little bit past the beer section and stumbled upon the cocktail section. The massive amount of bitters, glasses and […]

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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 Giant Spider

The Giant Spider

| June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Giant mutated animal” movies have made something of a comeback over the last few years thanks to the efforts of the SyFy Channel and their production cohorts, Roger Corman and The Asylum. As goofy fun as some of those films have been, though, it’s rare that any of them actually recall their ancient ancestors in […]

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