Film

The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

| October 25, 2016

How do you like your horror movies? Slow building and suspenseful? Jump scares every 5 minutes? Or gruesome blood and guts? If you prefer choice number 3, then I have the perfect director for you. He’s an unassuming, affable gentlemen who just so happens to take gleeful pleasure in the number of ways he can […]

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Vampyres

Vampyres

| October 21, 2016

The 1970s was a golden era for erotic vampire films thanks to Eurohorror auteurs like Jean Rollin and Jesús Franco and the increasing reliance on sex appeal in Hammer’s gothic horrors. One of the enduring classics of that age is 1974’s Vampyres, directed by José Ramón Larraz and filmed in the UK. Larraz has been […]

The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula

| October 18, 2016

I’ve been consistently impressed with Olive Films’ horror and sci-fi Blu-rays over the past two years. With their label populated by titles including classics like It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), as well as the hilarious Thing with Two Heads (1972) and the surprisingly fun Monster of […]

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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s

| October 18, 2016

With Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s (1970), we can at last own the entirety of Corman’s Counterculture Trilogy on home video in HD. Corman directed the three films now lumped together in this spiritual trilogy between 1966 and 1970 for studio AIP. These films mark what some, including The University of Nottingham’s […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

| October 18, 2016

When the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of the original Independence Day (1996) came out, I wrote about how the film was one I’d never been a fan of and yet, from a modern perspective, it seems downright smart when compared to many of our current blockbusters. Sure, Independence Day perfectly represents the big, dumb, loud […]

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30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

30th Anniversary Screening of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives w/ director Tommy McLoughlin in Chicago – Oct. 22

| October 18, 2016

Tommy McLoughlin directed one of the most enduring sequels in the history of horror films with Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Not only did Tommy bring Jason Voorhees back to life after an untimely death in the 4th installment of the Friday series, but he helped re-invigorate the horror genre as a whole […]

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Mr. Church

Mr. Church

| October 11, 2016

Eddie Murphy, who reportedly hasn’t been in movies lately because he hadn’t been offered any roles, is great in Mr. Church. Murphy plays a cook for a woman named Marie, played by Natascha McElhone, who has been told she has six months to live but survives her cancer for about six years after that. When […]

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival

| October 11, 2016

The 52nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival runs from October 13th through October 27th, with scheduled appearances by veteran actor Danny Glover and Empire star Taraji P. Henson. Glover stars in 93 Days, a drama that chronicles the impressive effort to contain the spread of Ebola across Nigeria’s most populated city. Henson will be interviewed in advance of the release of Hidden Figures, the story of three African-American women […]

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Private Property

Private Property

| October 11, 2016

Film-noir is traditionally known for presenting society’s underworld in dark alleys with black hats and Tommy guns. By the 1950s, however, the focus shifted from mobsters to the socially disaffected and alienated drifters. Released in 1960, director Leslie Steven’s Private Property highlights the reason for this change and why, subsequently, society faced the rise of […]

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The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

| October 10, 2016

1977 was an historic year for the motion picture industry. The summer blockbuster as we know it today burst out of movie theatre screens in the form of the space western epic known as Star Wars. Also, in 1977, another highly influential film was released, with considerably less fanfare. It was a low budget horror […]

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