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Notes on Streaming: THE PUNISHER, Geysers of Blood, Torture and Violence

After sampling The Punisher, Marvel's latest small-screen series, I shared my reaction on social media: "Unrelenting brutality of Frank Castle + extreme bloodshed through 3 eps. is wearisome." Boy, was I wrong -- I vastly underestimated the capacity for torture...

70s Rewind: Disney's THE RESCUERS, Fun for Kids, Diverting for Adults Too

The theatrical release of Pixar's Coco, distributed by Disney, prompted me to watch The Rescuers (1977), a hand-drawn animated artifact that, it turns out, holds up quite well. As many children of my generation did, I grew up in the...

STAR WARS: Rian Johnson to Develop New Trilogy And News on Live Action Series

We are going to double dip here because two bits of news about the Star Wars universe came out today that will be of importance to fans of the franchise.    Of the utmost importance was the announcement that The...

Liam Neeson in THE COMMUTER Trailer: One Little Thing

Never play dare with Vera Farmiga. This just a hunch on my part, informed by the first trailer for The Commuter, in which businessman Liam Neeson meets a stranger on a train (Farmiga) who suggests he do "one little thing,"...

THE PUNISHER: Watch The New Trailer, Release Date Revealed

Marvel's The Punisher is coming to Netflix. And for the longest time all we knew was that it was coming soon. Some time. In the future. Trust us. It's coming.    With a new trailer released today they have finally...

Blu-ray Review: Linda Blair in Wes Craven's SUMMER OF FEAR, Gently Unnerving Horror

More than a fascinating curio, Summer of Fear (aka Stranger in Our House) showed that Wes Craven was a talented director and that Linda Blair could more than hold her own at the center of a dramatic film. First broadcast...

New BLACK PANTHER Trailer Has King-Sized Action in an Awesome Afrofuturist World

The first trailer for Ryan Coogler's Black Panther was a simply awe-inspiring little bit of marketing that focused on Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa ascending the throne of Wakanda. The new trailer for Marvel's latest big screen IP isn't quite as good,...

Are The Elder Gods Coming To STRANGER THINGS?

Stranger Things creators The Duffer Brothers make no great secret of their inspirations, with the first season being  driven by an obvious love for John Carpenter, Wes Craven and that late 80s VHS horror vibe in general. It's not the...

THE NEW MUTANTS: The X-Men Franchise Goes Full On Horror In First Trailer

If you were among those who arched a skeptical eyebrow when news came out that Fox were planning to push their X-Men franchise in a horror direction with the upcoming spin-off The New Mutants, well, let's just say you weren't...

Morbido 2017: Full Lineup Announced, Guests in Attendance

The tenth anniversary of the Mobido Film Festival runs from Oct 26th to Nov 5th in the heart of Mexico City. Today the festival is announcing their lineup of devilish delights.    Some members of the Morbido international familia return to...

New STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI Trailer Paints a Grim Picture

Remember Bill Murray's character, Nick the lounge singer, on Saturday Night Live? And remember when he sang about Star Wars? And about how he'd never wish they'd end? Nick is the prophet of our time. Lucasfilm has gone ahead and...

Review: THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, Realistic Survival Amidst Romantic Notions

In an interview with our own Dustin Chang in February 2014, speaking in connection with his film Omar, director Hany Abu-Assad said in part: "If I made a list of ten movies I like by other filmmakers, they would be...

Razor Reel 2017: Flanders Film Festival Lineup Includes MAYHEM, LOWLIFE And HOUNDS OF LOVE

It warms the blood to know that all around the World that there is no shortage of genre fare heading in to the Halloween season. Across Europe the number of genre festivals is staggering as all peoples in all regions...

Woody Allen's WONDER WHEEL Trailer Sounds, No Surprise, Like Woody Allen

Soon to turn 82 -- 82!!! -- Woody Allen continues his annual run of films with Wonder Wheel. Ready to debut at the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 14, Wonder Wheel's description goes like this: "On Coney Island...

Review: AMERICAN MADE, Crime Doesn't Pay This Much, Usually

Tom Cruise only appears to be in cruise mode in his latest film, American Made, a breezy, largely comic adventure about an American pilot who was drafted into undercover service by the CIA in the late 1970s and then became...

78/52: Canadian Engagement Announced, One Week at TIFF Bell Lightbox This October

Alexandre O. Phillipe’s documentary 78/52, the incredible breakdown of the show scene from Alfred Hitchcock's seminal thriller Psycho, is returning to Toronto. The doc will have a limited one week run at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting on October 13th. Yes,...

Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: GERALD'S GAME Is Oscar Worthy

Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman ---...

Shudder: FOUND FOOTAGE 3D and SEOUL STATION Ready to Spook in October

As we near the most, wonderful time of the year - Halloween - we look to our streaming services to fulfill our desires for chills, thrills and outright scares. Look no further that AMC Networks’ Shudder, whose sole purpose is...

CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE: Watch the First Episode Here

SyFy has released the entire first episode of Channel Zero: No-End House, the horror anthology created by Nick Antosca, inspired by the internet's Creepypastas short-form horror phenomenon. I was a pretty big fan of the first season, "Candle Cove", which...

Netflix's THE PUNISHER: Watch the Rat-a-tat-tat-Trailer!

Do you hear that? That is the sound of millions of Punisher fans yelling at the top of their lungs, 'Oh fuck yeah'!   A new trailer for Netflix's The Punisher has dropped and it drives the static chatter of...