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You’ll Know My Name

You’ll Know My Name

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

At some level, this is a story that is probably relatable to a lot of people.  The plot centers around a group of high school kids who are waiting around for a big fight.  On one side, we have our hero, Nick (Joe Raffa, who also wrote and directed the film) and his entourage, and […]

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Gigantomachia

Gigantomachia

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, when an indie filmmaker wants to make a film that features a poetic script and beautiful cinematography, it lacks a substantial story. Such is not the case with Mason Thorne’s Gigantomachia. Though it’s arguably one of the most beautiful films in existence, the film tells a powerful story about a family of refugees facing […]

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Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

| April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Jutta lived through the holocaust. She survived one of the worst periods in the history of the world, yet, she insists, her story is “not a holocaust story.” That doesn’t make it any less scary for the woman born to a German father and a Jewish Mother. For during the time of Hitler’s attacks, Jutta […]

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The Snowtown Murders

The Snowtown Murders

| March 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Not many things are as twisted, disturbing, and debilitating as murder. The Snowtown Murders chronicles the case of the same name. From 1992-1999, John Bunting and his crew lived on the low and took the lives of nearly a dozen men in Australia, all of which Bunting disliked for a personal reason. Though grisly and […]

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

| February 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m just going to put this right out there: What Wet Hot American Summer is to early-80s summer camp sex comedies, Father’s Day is to the grindhouse revenge films of the 70s. In other words, while at first glance Father’s Day seems to be yet another neo-”grindhouse”/post-Grindhouse tribute to the heyday of exploitation cinema, it’s […]

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Monday Morning

Monday Morning

| February 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

The homeless are often viewed as no more than the decay of modern society. They roam the streets of urban areas, dirty and disheveled, begging for whatever spare change well-to-do citizens can spare as they rush along. It’s Christmastime in Minneapolis, and Thomas Bach (Victor Browne) no doubt has big plans for his winter vacation. […]

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The Sleeper

The Sleeper

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

The trend of emulating past styles and eras of film keeps on truckin’, like the man said. The next month will see the release on home video and in theaters of such retro fare as Joseph Guzman’s Grindhouse/grindhouse tribute Nude Nuns with Big Guns, Stuart Simpson’s Russ Meyer/Roger Corman homage El Monstro Del Mar, and […]

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Time Again

Time Again

| December 5, 2011

I was born in 1984; the year a Terminator robot from the future tried to assassinate Sarah Connor; the year before Marty McFly first hit 88 miles per hour; five years before Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the quantum leap accelerator… and vanished. I grew up in a golden age of time-travel stories and have […]

Ratline

Ratline

| November 23, 2011

Independent filmmaker Eric Stanze first gained attention with his super low-budget horror film Savage Harvest in 1994, and won major acclaim in the underground horror community with the harrowing Scrapbook, which was named Rue Morgue magazine’s “Best Independent Movie of 2001.” Given the often punishing content and style of the films produced and released by […]

Scalene

Scalene

| November 7, 2011

Zack Parker’s Scalene has been getting attention recently from horror web sites like Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting, which is somewhat confusing since it is not a horror film at all. What Scalene actually is, however, is considerably more difficult to define. While not quite as graphically violent as Simon Rumley’s recent Red, White & […]