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Pretty Packaging: Arrow's CRIMSON PEAK Oozes Gothic Colorfulness

It's been a while since I put an Arrow release up for a Pretty Packaging article, but their recent Special Edition of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak sure convinced me to write one up. Their release comes with plenty of...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2018

In 2018 I saw 156 films, or 155 if you count two of the three Deadpool 2s as one. While that may seem like a lot to some people, what this number tells ME is that I've spent less time...

Pretty Packaging: Criterion's INGMAR BERGMAN'S CINEMA Astonishes

(Holy cow, when Criterion cracks its knuckles in earnest, you get magic...) I don't know whether to feel merry or sorry for those collectors who have a taste for Ingmar Bergman. Imagine picking up all of Criterion's Blu-ray releases of...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 4: Monster Pins and Other Stuff

Mike and myself give you a glimpse of the cozy magnificence that is the Krampus Cardigan from Middle of Beyond. Not to be outdone, Retro Go-Go recently came out with nifty enamel pins featuring all of the characters from the...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 2: B-Movie Christmas

Scream Factory sent Mike and myself a bunch of B-Movie horror and science fiction titles and we're covering them all here under the moniker of B-Movie Christmas. Forgotten body horror Brain Dead starring Bill Pulman and Bill Paxton, anyone? Surprisingly...

Holiday Gift Guide 2018, Part 1: Boutique Blu-rays

Join myself and Michael Cockerill of the newly launched MindFrame(s) podcast as we create a Holiday Gift Guide for Screen Anarchy. Part 1 looks at home entertainment gifts from boutique labels. Scream Factory offers up an outstanding Candyman special edition,...

Morbido 2018 Wrap-up: Stories From My Happy Place

Since the first year I went to Morbido it quickly became my home away from home. I use my vacation time to go to two festivals and/or copro markets each year and one week always goes to mi Familia...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: BORDER and THE SISTERS BROTHERS, Two Of The Festival's World Highlights

At the core of Let the Right One In, one of the most memorable vampire films of the past decade, was Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely, misfit, and bullied young boy with little attention from his divorced parents. He found...

Los Cabos 2018 Dispatch: LORDS OF CHAOS and LETO, Two Gems From The Festival's Music Section

In the documentary Supersonic, the Gallagher brothers are heard discussing what is most important for a rock 'n' roll band, whether music itself or the mythology that is created around them. Although Noel argued for the artistic material, while Liam...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Adult Animation?

Yesterday, our Eric Ortiz Garcia reviewed the animated web-series Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto, and he wasn't overly positive. I quote: What's disappointing is that the idea of ​​Black and Gass to take advantage of the inherent freedoms to exhibit their...

Have Your Say: Weird Gimmicks.

Earlier this month, UK-based distributor Indicator released a boxset of films called William Castle at Columbia, Volume One. The set contains four films, each with a booklet and plenty of on-disc documentaries, a big chunk of which are about William...

Have Your Say: How Corrupt Do You Think We Are?

Another week, another troll on the Internet who claims I've been bought. Ugh... I wish things were that simple. It's fun to be able to claim you're untouchable, and of such strong moral fiber that you're incorruptible. But let's be...

Have Your Say: Depictions Of The Afterlife

Last week I reviewed Yamazaki Takashi's new fantasy Destiny, The Tale of Kamakura, a film virtually crammed with ghosts, yokai, and Gods. I liked it a lot, stating in my review that the film "borders on being dangerously sentimental and...

Have Your Say: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO Versus GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES

Thirty years ago, then-fledgling animation factory Studio Ghibli released two new feature films, each starring two children: the gentle fantasy tale My Neighbor Totoro and the harsh war drama Grave of the Fireflies. Both films initially opened to great critical...

Have Your Say: What's The Bloodiest Non-Horror Film Ever?

Yesterday, Peter Martin reviewed The Night Comes For Us, Timo Tjahjanto's ultra-violent gang thriller which played at Fantastic Fest. In fact, it is SO ultra-violent, Peter jokingly states that to make its equal "All you need is a girl, a...

Have Your Say: A Missing Bit Which Warrants Its Own Film...

Remember that scene in the 1933 King Kong, when the film crew has stunned Kong with gas grenades, and as he lies on the beach, unconscious, they plan to ship him to New York? A few days ago, friend and...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Film About Making Films?

Ueda Shin'ichirô's zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead is currently on its way to become one of the biggest box office miracles this year. After a festival run, in which the ultra-low-budget film gathered rave reviews and awards from...

Festival Diary: Arrow Video FrightFest Day 5 - CLIMAX, CRYSTAL EYES, THE DARK

The fifth and final day of FrightFest wrapped up a packed weekend of festivities in fine style. Monster Squad fans got their fill from the European Premiere of documentary Wolfman’s Got Nards from child star turned director Andre Gower. The...

Festival Diary: Arrow Video FrightFest Day 4 - THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT, HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS YEARS, TERRIFIED

It was the penultimate day of FrightFest and the incessant rain did nothing to deter horror fans and genre aficionados from swarming back to Leicester Square for a fourth helping of cinematic excess. Sunday witnessed the English Premiere of John...

Festival Diary: Arrow Video FrightFest Day 3 - HERETIKS, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE

Day 3 of Arrow Video FrightFest marked the halfway point, and positively groaned with gruesome delights. As the weekend arrived in earnest, so did the crowds, who were treated to world premieres of British nightclubbing/germ attack shocker Ravers, as well...