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The Great Festival Rebound of 2020: Chapter One - The Film Festivals

2020 was some kind of year.    There were more pressing matters, of course, but as a film site - any film site - we live and breathe by the beat of the film festival circuit. So as the year...

Dark Star Pictures to Host FREE Virtual Film Festival, Includes JUMBO, PVT CHAT and CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER

Here's something great from our friends at Dark Star Pictures. They're getting together with Bloody Disgusting and putting on a free virtual film festival of some of their recent acquisitions.    One week tomorrow night, from Friday, January 22nd to...

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER Trailer: Micky Reece's Rural Gothic Vampire Flick is Coming to Cinemas and Digital

Mickey Reece's beguiling vampire flick Climate of the Hunter will be released in cinemas and On Demand through Dark Star Pictures, before and after the new year.    Check out the trailer below and see if this quirky indie vampire...

Friday One Sheet: GIRL

There is a surprising amount to unpack given the simplicity of this grainy, high-contrast poster for Chad Faust's revenge mystery, Girl. The design immediate recalls brutally stark European arthouse pictures. At the same time it has a 'controversial' Disney channel...

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: THE STYLIST, An Undeniably Beautiful and Gruesome Debut Feature From Jill Gevargizian

For millions of women around the world, there are very few more powerful people in their lives than their hair stylist. There's something about the transformative powers of a great haircut and styling that can change anyone's perspective and self-image...

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: BLOODTHIRSTY Lacks Its Titular Desire

This year there has been no slow-down of low budget, singular Indie horror films set in an isolated cabin, holiday home or retreat surrounded by the elements. Bloodthirsty does nothing to differentiate itself, this is a watchable yet uncompelling feature...

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: HOW TO DETER A ROBBER, Smart Holiday Crime Comedy

Vanessa Marano, Benjamin Papac and Chris Mulkey star in writer/director Maria Bissell's smart and consistently funny crime comedy.

Fantastic Fest 2020 Review: THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR, A Worthy White-Knuckle Thriller

Directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, the thriller stars Lonnie Chavis, Ezra Dewey, and Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Fantastic Fest 2020: Virtual World Premieres, Curated Online Events Tantalize

The first edition of Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, US, was held in September 2005, and one or more members of our writing family have attended ever since. This year, however, the festival reluctantly canceled the event, though the official...

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE on ELM STREET: On DVD This March

Virgil Films is releasing Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti’s new documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street on DVD and Digital HD in March. The press release below has further details.   Our own Peter Martin caught the film...

Yellow Veil Pictures Top Loads Jack Henry Robbins' VHYES For International Sales

ScreenDaily reported before the weekend that our friends at Yellow Veil Pictures picked up the international sales rights to Jack Henry Robbins’ wonderfully bizzare assemblage of images and emotions, VHYes.    VHYes follows 12-year-old Ralph who uses his new camera...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: BUTT BOY Takes A Very Silly Premise Very Seriously

A sort of rite of passage for men of a certain age, one's first digital prostate exam can be a source of anxiety. But what if that cold, clinical finger up the bum was to set some desires stirring deep...

THE MORTUARY COLLECTION Trailer: Feature Horror Debut From Ryan Spindell

Ryan Spindell's feature length debut The Mortuary Collection had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this past week. It will have its international premiere in Sweden at the Lund Fantastic Film Festival.    The trailer has been passed along to...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE POOL, Stuck In An Empty Swimming Pool With A Crocodile And Thee

Ping Lumpraploeng writes and directs a highly-contrived, rather ridiculous thriller.

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG, Tremendously Funny Backwoods Noir

When a filmmaker's breakout debut is a movie about a guy who finds and befriends a flatulent corpse, you know there are a few screws loose upstairs. Director Daniel Scheinert was one of the two Daniels responsible for 2016's divisive...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE GOLDEN GLOVE, A Powerfully Putrid Must-See Vision Of A Serial Killer In Full Bloom

Over the last several decades, several distinct sub-strains of serial killer films have presented themselves to more adventurous filmgoers. You have your detective stories like Zodiac or The Silence of the Lambs, in which the serial killer is little more...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: THE LODGE, Tough to Watch, Easy to Admire

Riley Keough stars in a new film from the directors of 'Goodnight Mommy.'

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Plumbs the Depths of Fame

Budding star Mark Patton's life and career were permanently altered by the queerest horror film of all time. Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen explain in their new doc.

Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: RIDE YOUR WAVE Surfs Straight For The Heart

Masaaki Yuasa ('Mindgame,' 'Night Is Short, Walk on Girl') directs a lyrical romantic beauty.

PENDING Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: TAMMY AND THE T-REX, A True Lost Gem

So-bad-it's good-cinema has its champions, but there's little doubt that living in a world over-full of Sharknados and Clownados makes the average film fan a bit skeptical of how fun any such movie will be these days. This is especially...