Video and DVD

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

| May 16, 2017

As a pair of films, Willard (1971) and its sequel Ben (1972) stand in stark contrast to each other and I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between the two. Willard offers audiences an unrelentingly tense character study hinging on a revenge narrative that’s elevated by the addition of a horror component in the form […]

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Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

| May 15, 2017

When I think back on the first wave of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Wonder Woman (2009) may not stand out to me as the most ambitious or even the most impressive. Of the first six animated DC pictures released between 2007 and 2009, though, Wonder Woman has always stuck out to me as perhaps […]

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Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

Kijū Yoshida: Love + Anarchism

| May 12, 2017

Many American cinephiles are familiar with the French New Wave, but in the 1960s a number of countries were seeing their own versions of that movement in cinema. In Japan filmmakers like Nagisa Oshima, Koreyoshi Kurehara, and Seijun Suzuki were taking a wrecking ball to tradition and expanding Japanese cinema in new directions. A number […]

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Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

| May 10, 2017

Throughout horror history, there have been a vast array of options for encountering supernatural evil. Ouija boards are a perennial favorite, the internet has been hot lately, and in the 1980s there was even a cursed 976 number. In the last several years, the horror films of the 1980s have been mined heavily for inspiration […]

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Apprentice

Apprentice

| May 8, 2017

Aiman (Firdaus Rahman) works at one of the best prisons in his country.  He’s hard working, determined, and ethical, which is why he catches the eye of Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su), the prison’s executioner for the past 30 years.  After Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he approaches Aiman about being his apprentice.  The only catch is […]

Django, Prepare a Coffin

Django, Prepare a Coffin

| April 28, 2017

Sergio Corbucci’s Django was one of the most successful and influential “spaghetti westerns” produced in the wake of Sergio Leone’s legendary “Man with No Name” trilogy that kicked off with A Fistful of Dollars in 1964. Franco Nero’s iconic performance as the coffin-dragging badass is one of the most recognizable characters in the Euro-western pantheon, […]

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Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

| April 25, 2017

When Arrow Video announces the release of anything horror, my interest is immediately piqued. And it’s piqued that much more when that title is something I’m generally unfamiliar with, like 1959’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. Arrow they announced it, I looked it up and watched its trailer, and what did I learn? It’s some kind […]

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We Are X

We Are X

| April 25, 2017

While the film contains many highlights and ends positively, there’s a sense of sadness throughout We Are X, a wave of melancholia that permeates throughout the band’s history and as individuals. It is this sense of dread that makes the documentary so engaging, that you’re left wanting so much more by the time it’s over. […]

Teenage Ghost Punk

Teenage Ghost Punk

| April 24, 2017

The family-friendly straight to video and VOD movie is a strange subsection of independent cinema. There have always been occasional oddities that threw off kids browsing the all-ages section at their local video store with something inexplicably weird. In the late 80s and 90s, low-budget independent production companies cranked out bizarre “kids’ movies” like Munchie […]

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Naciye

Naciye

| April 24, 2017

Turkish genre cinema has not traditionally been a big import to the States. Most of the films that end up playing on North American screens are arthouse fare like Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep and more recently Ceyda Torun’s cat documentary Kedi. When “Turkish horror” is invoked, most genre fans who are familiar with the […]