Blu-ray Review: KLUTE Channels an Era Ahead of its Time

I'd never seen Alan J. Pakula's 1971 film Klute before now. I had seen another of his films, All The President's Men, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford and was quite impressed. Looking at his filmography, I've even more amazed...

Blu-ray Review: VICE SQUAD Dials up the Crazy

Out on August 13 in North America from Scream Factory comes Gary Sherman's (Death Line, Dead & Buried) 1982 film Vice Squad. Filmed on the streets of Los Angeles, Sherman directs Season Hubley (Escape From New York, John Carpenter's TV movie Elvis) as...

Blu-ray Review: THE REPTILE Slithers and Shocks

Directed by in 1966 by John Gilling (The Saint), The Reptile is one of two Hammer Horror films released today (July 30) by Scream Factory. (The other is Lust for a Vampire.) This film is a hard one to describe, but I'll...

Blu-ray Review: LUST FOR A VAMPIRE, Gothic Horror We've Seen Before

Continuing in their tradition of adding Hammer Horror to their roster, the genre imprint of Shout! Factory (Scream Factory) releases Lust for a Vampire in North America on July 30. The new Blu-ray for this 1971 film was directed by Hammer stalwart...

Fantasia 2019 Curtain Raiser: A Guide Through 3 Weeks of Genre Frenzy in Montreal

The Fantasia International Film Festival runs from July 11 to August 1 this year in the lovely, and often sweltering, province of Quebec, Canada. Three weeks across multiple venues running all day and night --- a supreme genre feast of...

ScreenAnarchy's Top Movies Of The First Half Of 2019

With 2020 only half a year away, let's do the mid-2019 Top-Ten thing. We asked our staff of writers and editors what, in their opinion, were the best films this year so far. And because that's too easy, as writer...

Blu-ray Review: BLUE VELVET, Food for the Gods of Film

David Lynch is one of our greatest living American filmmakers. He's not only a master director, but a writer, musician and lyricist, and painter. Having started at art school(s) and shorts, his first feature film was the mighty weird Eraserhead....

Blu-ray Review: The Fun Never Ends in NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Anyone who knows me well knows that I count Night of the Creeps among my favorite movies of all time. It's weird as hell, funny, creepy, campy, and utterly engrossing. It's Fred Dekker's (The Monster Squad, RoboCop 3) first film, and it's finally...

Blu-ray Review: FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN

Fresh out from Scream Factory today in North America, is the collector's edition Blu-ray release of the 1967 film Frankenstein Created Woman. Helmed by Hammer Films' most well-known director, Terence Fisher (The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Curse of Frankenstein, The...

Blu-ray Review: THE HEIRESS, An Age-Old Tale of Love and Loss

Directed by William Wyler (Ben-Hur, Jezebel, Wuthering Heights) in 1949, The Heiress is an adaptation of Henry James’ "Washington Square." More accurately, Wyler's feature drama is the film version of a stage adaptation, written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz from the James novel. The film...

Review: HAGAZUSSA, Hurt and Beauty in Little Deaths

Directed by Lukas Feigelfeld, the film features visceral and unforgiving terrors.

Blu-ray Review: Hammer Horror's THE WITCHES

Okay, so the 1960s were a weird time. I wasn't alive yet, but looking at the remnants of culture and society through its artifacts, you get a picture of both turbulence, effervescent joy, revolution, groovy designs on bright polyester, and...

Blu-ray Review: DETOUR is Sublime Film Restoration

Recently released by Criterion, Detour is --- from what I understand --- a criminally underseen, Poverty Row film noir. I was pleased to see the restoration on the big screen at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA shortly before receiving...

Miami 2019 Wrap-Up: International Programming, Talent, and Rich Culture Mingle

I've just returned home from the 36th edition of the Miami Film Festival, and ... wow. Putting on a film festival is an exercise in patience, time, and sanity. It takes monumental effort from a committed team; I can say...

Blu-ray Review: SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

Someone To Watch Over Me may be one of Ridley Scott's (Alien, Gladiator, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down) lesser known films, and it's getting a new Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory on March 12. This 1987 thriller stars Tom Berenger...

Miami 2019 Review: FREAKS Heralds Amblin 2.0

Last night, I was able to catch a screening of Freaks by first-time directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky here at the Miami Film Festival. What I saw blew me away, and I honestly cannot believe that this film is their first...

Boston Underground 2019 First Wave Promises Satan, Lo-Fi Sci-Fi, Industrial Music & More

Boston Underground Film Festival 2019 is the 21st edition of New England's premier celebration of the bizarre and the insane, and year after year, it's only gotten better. From March 20 - 24, a rain of cinematic madness will drench...

Miami 2019 Review: AN AFFAIR Has No Easy Answers

There are so many international films playing here at the Miami Film Festival 2019, that it would be nearly impossible to watch them all. I've just seen Director Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken's fifth feature, An Affair, and it treads some rough cinematic waters...

Miami 2019 Review: IS THAT YOU?

I'm here in fabulous, balmy Miami for the 2019 Miami Film Festival and while it's always hard to leave home, where I live (Greater Boston) got 14 inches of snow the other day, and I'm glad for the escape. One...

Blu-ray Review: KALIFORNIA is Kinda Kool

Directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in 60 Seconds) and written by Tim Metcalfe (Bones, Fright Night Part 2, The Haunting in Connecticut) with Stephen Levy, Kalifornia is essentially a snapshot of the early 1990s. The film centers on a...