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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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The Synthetic Man

The Synthetic Man

| June 9, 2013 | 1 Comments

The independent horror film scene, perhaps more than independent film in general, often presents the dedicated fan with a peculiar problem. Legions of low-budget horror films are made every year, many of them barely-competent takes on the standard zombie or slasher film, and it’s tough to figure out who’s making movies in the hopes of […]

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Upstream Color

Upstream Color

| June 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nature is powerful. Many would agree that the world around us possesses special power, and that the aspects of nature that we are oblivious or accustomed to may possess more power than we are capable of understanding. Upstream Color is a beautifully bizarre exploration into the unknown. It addresses absentmindedness and unexplained occurrences and coincidences […]

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Wuss

Wuss

Wuss (2011), written and directed by Clay Liford, stars Nate Rubin (Mitch) as a young english teacher in a public school wrought with, as the character Maddie Worth (Alicia Anthony) would put it, “miscreants.” It is a tale that easily resonates with almost anyone, for it touches on many a broad topic from mere high […]

The 10 Commandments of Chloe

The 10 Commandments of Chloe

| April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chloe is a struggling musician who has just moved to Nashville, Tennessee to roll the dice and try to make it as a professional singer/songwriter.  In the midst of trying to get any venue in Nashville to hear her out and give her a shot, she meets Brandon (Jason Bukey), another musician just trying to […]

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