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Blu-ray Review: Stalking Takes the Stage in THE FAN

Out in 1981, The Fan was commericial director's Ed Bianchi's first film. Funny enough, it feels like a TV movie for the most part, which I suppose is fitting because he went on to work mainly in television on shows like Boardwalk...

Morbido 2019 Review: DIABLO ROJO PTY, Local Folklore on Display in Panama's First Horror Film

Miguel is the owner and operator of one of the last Diablos Rojos (Red Beasts), garishly painted and lit old-fashioned school buses that were once the popular choice of transit for the people of Panama. Late at night, after a...

Morbido 2019 Review: LUZ THE FLOWER OF EVIL Is A Gorgeous Act of Provocation

The sudden loss of a mother can extract a terrible psychological toll on any family - in any culture or any era. Consider Luz*: The Flower Of Evil, one of the most extreme cases in this regard. A widowed father,...

Blu-ray Review: Experience the Greatest Gooey Mess Ever in THE BLOB

Hey, it's Halloween! That means for most of us, it's a spooky or scary day to watch a creepy movie and enjoy the holiday. Some of watch films of this ilk all October or even season. And for a smaller...

Blu-ray Review: HAXAN Seduces in a Gorgeous 2K Restoration

Just in time for Halloween, Criterion has unleashed a new edition of the witchy classic, Haxan. Made in 1922, this Danish silent film directed by Benjamin Christensen --- and I'm shocked at how good this film looks on Blu-ray. The new...

Blu-ray Review: THE DEVIL RIDES OUT Conjures Spooky Shenagans

It's October 30th --- Devil's Night --- and Shout! Factory's horror imprint label Scream Factory has just released another Hammer Horror acquisition, this time the good ol' 1968 dimestore Satan flick, The Devil Rides Out. Terence Fisher directs legend Christopher...

Brooklyn Horror 2019 Review: THE YELLOW NIGHT, A Trip To A Dark Future

Brazillian horror has become noticeable in recent years among fans of the genre who have ventured into that particular landscape, where one can find everything from creature features to giallos to slashers and beyond. It's a rich terrain for experimentation...

Vancouver 2019 Review: THE LIGHTHOUSE, Startling, Darkly Funny Maritime Nightmare

After a sleeper hit and critical success with 2015's The Witch, writer/director Robert Eggers crafts a startling, darkly funny maritime nightmare: The Lighthouse. Like Eggers' debut feature, The Lighthouse is fully committed to the aesthetics, language, and atmosphere of its...

Oscars 2020 Review: THE PAINTED BIRD, A Child's Adventures in Abominationland

A WWII coming-of-age not for the faint of heart is the Czech Repulic´s bid for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Montreal Nouveau 2019 Review: MAKE ME UP, Intense & Biting Feminist Satire

Combining archival audio footage, science fiction, cultural criticism, and reality television parody into a film, and Scottish multimedia artist Rachel Maclean's feature Make Me Up weaves a complex and at times overwhelming tapestry as a biting feminist satire. Juxtaposing bright...

Montreal Nouveau 2019 Review: BAIT, Lo-Fi Vision of Class Warfare by the Sea

One of the main things I miss about print film is the texture; there is something about how an physical object, going through a projector, conveys the layers of physicalness necessary to create it. It conveys as much for the...

Montreal Nouveau 2019 Review: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Canadian History on Acid

Few Canadian historical figures are known outside of Canada (or really even within Canada). William Lyon Mackenzie King, our longest-serving Prime Minister, might be one of them (at least in English Canada), but even to us, he is something of...

Montreal Nouveau 2019 Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT, Aliens and the Art of Listening

One of the most difficult things to render in cinema is listening, especially if the speaker isn't in the room. How do you keep the audience focused not only on the off-screen speaker and their story, but also on the...

Nashville 2019 Review: DEMENTER, The Devil Hides in Plain Sight

Religious cults seem to be plentiful in the USA, or so the movies would have us believe. In a country where it is automatically assumed that one has a relgious belief, it would seem that fear of the devil runs...

Sitges 2019 Review: THE SHED, Such Horrors in Such a Tiny Place

Stan has his share of problems. He is an orphan under the care of his abusive grandfather. The threat of landing back in juvie looms around him at every moment. He pines for Roxy, the girl who has found herself...

Lund 2019 Review: HIS MASTER'S VOICE Finds György Pálfi In Stanislaw Lem's Sci-Fi Classic

A journalist attempts to track down his scientist father in this trippy adaptation of the Stanislaw Lem science fiction classic, His Master's Voice. Péter (Csaba Polgár) is a thirty-something on the cusp of fatherhood, but an incredibly fraught relationship with his...

Vancouver 2019 Review: TAPEWORM, Canadian Cringe Comedy

One of the very first visuals in Tapeworm, shot on lovely 16mm, is a decent-sized pile of bloody human stool in a field. This is really the only such gross-out image, but it establishes the tone for Fabián Velasco and...

Camera Japan 2019 Review: RISE OF THE MACHINE GIRLS Doesn't Elevate Its Niche

Back in 2007, our site got one of its highest traffic spikes when we hosted the outrageous trailer for Iguchi Noboru's The Machine Girl. For many people, it was their first exposure to Japan's bloody splattergore genre. And when the...

Review: THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS, Black Comedy as Socio-Political Parable

Political allegory meets the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Kino Lorber Blu-ray Roundup: 4D MAN, DINOSAURS, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS and More

Topping my most anticipated home entertainment releases of the year were several titles from Kino Films, most making their long-overdue Blu-ray debut and getting dynamite special features. The following all come highly recommended for those who like weird little movies...