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Fantasia 2019 Review: Kimo Staboel's DREADOUT, Yet Another Solid Solo Debut From The Former Mo Brothers

In an amazing coincidence that I presume will become more and more common as time goes along, Fantasia 2019 boasts not just one, but two films that utilize people entering buildings wherein deadly tragedies have occurred as a method of...

Fantasia 2019 Review: BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON Examines A Hollywood B-Movie Mystery

Al Adamson wasn't what you'd call a superstar filmmaker. Toiling in the world of super low budget B- and C-grade drive-in fare from the early '60s through the early '80s, Adamson was responsible for inflicting more than thirty films upon...

Fantasia 2019 Review: MYSTERY OF THE NIGHT, A Woman's Scorn Awakens A Dark Spirit In The Phillipine Forest

Played out against a backdrop of political strife and religious domination, director Adolfo Alix, Jr.'s Mystery of the Night is a gripping tale of love and loss in the early 20th century Spanish-occupied Phillippines. An island nation under the thumb...

Fantasia 2019 Review: CRITTERS ATTACK!, Among The Most Fun Franchise Rejuvenations In Years

The Crites are back at Fantasia 2019 with the world premiere of the fifth feature in the Critters franchise, Critters Attack!, from the writer/director of the 2016 festival hit The Cleanse (AKA The Master Cleanse), Bobby Miller. One of the...

Fantasia 2019 Review: JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY Will Smash Your Brain To Pieces

Truly original artistic voices are few and far between. When it comes to contemporary genre cinema, a few innovators come to mind when one thinks about the 21st century. Filmmakers like Khavn from the Phillippines, Q from India, Sono Sion...

Fantasia 2019 Review: VIVARIUM Is An Abstract Suburban Gothic

“The strawberries have no taste.” This might be my favourite line of dialogue from this high-concept science fiction satire, an Irish-Danish-Belgian co-production that has a go at the American dream. For decades now, the gargantuan frankenberries are picked and shipped...

Fantasia 2019 Review: THE DEEPER YOU DIG Is A Fascinating Micro-Budget Psychological Horror With A Great Origin Story

A mother, Ivy (Toby Poser) and her daughter Echo (Zelda Adams) live alone out in the country. They seem to share an unusually close relationship, despite the fact that Echo is of the age where a young girl would be...

London Indian 2019 Review: GHOST OF THE GOLDEN GROVES

An avant garde ditych set in the jungles of West Bengal, Ghost of the Golden Groves is a trippy Indian sci-fi fantasy sure to engage more adventurous viewers. Made in two parts by directors Roshni Sen and Aniket Dutta, known...

Review: INTO THE DARK: CULTURE SHOCK, An Attempt To Wake Up From An American Nightmare

America is a nation at war with itself. Just like a distressingly ballooning number of countries around the world, the United States is growing ideologically fractured at an alarming rate. The political middle is dropping away almost entirely in favor...

Karlovy Vary 2019 Review: SICK SICK SICK, Love, Grief, Madness in New Cinema

Coming-of-age, madness and macabre in new aesthetics.

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...

Review: MIDSOMMAR Presents An Idyllic Nightmare In Broad Daylight

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the trees are dancing in the breeze, and everything in Dani's life is about to go to hell. Somebody may need to pay for some therapy for Midsommar director, Ari Aster. In...

Cannes 2019 Review: ALL ABOUT YVES, New French Burlesque and the Age of AI

What would you get if you crossed the talking toaster from 'Red Dwarf,' 'Twilight Zone' and '8 Mile'?

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...

Oak Cliff 2019 Review: DANIEL ISN'T REAL, But He'll F@#! You Up Just The Same

Traumatized as a child after witnessing a horrific crime, a young Luke starts interacting with a new imaginary friend named Daniel. At first Daniel seems like a harmless coping mechanism meant to shield Luke from the memories of the bloody...

Oak Cliff 2019 Review: GREENER GRASS Satirizes Suburban Envy With Absurd Glee

Imagine what hell might be spawned if David Lynch and Martha Stewart had a baby that they then gave to John Waters to raise, and you might be somewhere in the neighborhood of the genius that is Dawn Luebbe &...

Book Review: BLOOD ON BLACK WAX Takes You Back To The Sights and Sounds Of Horror Soundtracks

A focus on album art and hard-to-find releases fatten out the analysis of the great genre soundtracks of our youth.

Blu-ray Review: STRANGER THAN PARADISE Is An Anti-Trip Worth Taking

The seemingly inevitable time has finally come for Jim Jarmusch's first directorial efforts, Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise, to join the Criterion Collection’s already brimming Jim Jarmusch subsection, thus far consisting of, in order of DVD release: Down By...

Boston Underground 2019 Review: MOPE, What Violently Happens to a Dream Deferred

All jobs and professions require certain skills; most of these can be learned, allowing most people to learn as they go along, and become better the longer they work. But some jobs require a certain kind of talent, or perhaps...