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Blu-ray Review: DREAMSCAPE Rocks

In 1984, a weird film called Dreamscape hit theaters. Starring Dennis Quaid as Alex Gardner and Kate Capshaw as Jane DeVries, this film is about a man with extraordinary powers of the mind. He's reluctantly brought in to assist on a...

Morbido Fest 2016 Review: ARE WE NOT CATS Purrs

I didn't get to see as many films as I would have liked to at Morbido 2016, but Are We Not Cats was one of them. I'm glad to have seen this surprising and bold piece of filmmaking. Directed by...

Blu-ray Review: Severin Films' BURIAL GROUND, the Definitive Look at a Gut-Munching Gore Feast

If you're a Burial Ground fan, this is definitely the disc to own. Great image quality and comprehensive bonus materials make this an easy recommendation.

Review: DOCTOR STRANGE Brings Psychic Psychedelic Action

Once upon a time, when Iron Man turned out to be quite watchable and it became known what exactly Disney and Marvel were planning with their "Cinematic Universe", we were wondering how the hell they were going to fit in...

Blu-ray Review: THE EXORCIST III

Out this week from Scream Factory, comes The Exorcist III. It's a brand-new 2K scan and the release I received, The Collector's Edition, provided both the theatrical and director's cuts. What's interesting with the latter is that it contains footage of...

Blu-ray Review: DEAD END DRIVE-IN, Punks, Classic Cars and Explosions From Brian Trenchard-Smith

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith is a giant among men when it comes to exploitation cinema. The director, a British transplant to the Land of Oz, is responsible for some of the most incredible examples of Ozploitation that the island has to...

DVD Review: PHOBE: THE XENOPHOBIC EXPERIMENTS Is The Canadian Sci-Fi Classic You Never Knew You Couldn't Live Without

Erica Benedikty's Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments is the kind of film that should not work. A high concept science-fiction action film made on a $250 budget in 1994, Phobe is a marvel of the DIY spirit that astonishingly built itself...

Brooklyn Horror 2016 Review: WITHOUT NAME, Visionary Horror That Transports

Easily the most transporting film, horror or otherwise, I’ve seen in a long time, Without Name is one of those works of art I’ll now carry around inside me. Like certain pieces of music. Like certain poems. To be more...

Brooklyn Horror 2016 Review: THE MASTER CLEANSE, Refreshingly Disgusting

The sign of a really successful movie is, sometimes, that it’s unclear just how to review it. There’s simply too much to process, to continue mulling over, even days after seeing it.  In my case this certainly applies to The...

Review: CHRISTINE, An Essential Report on the Art of Self-Destruction

A finely measured paranoia and depression weighs heavily at the heart of Antonio Campos' third feature, with Rebecca Hall giving a career best performance as ambitious and self-destructive news reporter Christine Chubbock.

Now on Blu-ray: Wolf Gremm's KAMIKAZE '89, A Neon Noir With Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Arthouse film fans will know the name Rainer Werner Fassbinder as one of the great guiding lights of the German new wave in the '70s and '80s. However, he also acted quite a bit throughout those years, mostly in his...

Mondo - Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: Fabio Frizzi Scores THE BEYOND Live

Photo of Frizzi and band at the San Diego show by Emilie Black of EmyBPhoto. When it comes to horror --- specifically weird Italian horror --- Fabio Frizzi is a household name, nearly synonymous with the director of the films...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: PHANTASM REMASTERED is a Beautiful Nightmare

From the tender ages of 23 - 25, Don Coscarelli worked on a movie involving a tall, macabre undertaker who caused a lot of undead, little-person shenanigans in the fictional Morningside Cemetery and the small town around it. Coscarelli didn't know...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: PHANTASM RAVAGER Disappoints

We all know that Don Coscarelli created a masterpiece with Phantasm. As the sequels came and went, the dark dream world of the original film became both strengthened and weakened with films of varying quality, and Reggie (Reggie Bannister) the...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: THE VOID Is Fulci-Flavored Hell

The Void draws inspiration from a number of horror influences, including Hellraiser, The Beyond, H.P. Lovecraft, and Lucio Fulci. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 in Austin to a packed house, with producer Casey Walker and directors Jeremy Gillespie and...

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Unbearable Lightness of TONI ERDMANN

Maren Ade's Palme d'Or nominated film works marvelously as both an awkward study of a father-daughter relationship and as an immersive look into the corporate politics of post-wall Europe.

Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: ZOOLOGY, How Natasha's Tail Set Her Free

Everyone hopes that they are special and unique in some way. Whether it's a subtle uniqueness that only presents itself in being exceptional within our own little circle, or the kind of superhuman abilities that we attribute to those who...

Blu-ray Review: BLOOD SIMPLE, Satisfying Neo Noir At Its Best

It's always fun to witness the debut of a fantastic filmmaker. In this case, it's the birth of TWO filmmakers, the team of Joel and Ethan Coen, who debuted in the lexicon of cinema with the neo-noir film Blood Simple in 1984....

Now on Blu-ray: VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and BEYOND, The American Dream Melts Into Psychedelic Mush On Criterion Blu

Brand new from the Criterion Collection this month is a pair of whacked out features that chronicle the decay of the American Dream in glorious high definition. Mark Robson's Valley of the Dolls is an adaptation of Jaqueline Suzanne's best...

Now on Blu-ray: EVILS OF THE NIGHT and TABOO, A Sleazy Double Header

Vinegar Syndrome recently released a pair of super sleazy films that might be of interest. An alien invasion/abduction horror from the '80s called Evils of the Night delivers lots of skin and a few bloody deaths, while adult classic Taboo...