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Blu-ray Review: SCREAM FOR HELP is Indeed a Total Scream

In 1984, director Michael Winner (Death Wish, The Sentinel) unleashed the very weird Scream for Help. Not nearly as good as those two previous, fantastic films (and several others in his filmography), what Scream for Help does offer is an utterly bizarre window into...

Toronto 2018 Review: DIAMANTINO, A Big Hearted Goofball Vs. The World

Imagine you are the world's greatest soccer player. You create art with the way you move your feet, the way you touch the ball; it's like a dance that inspires tears of joy in the eyes of anyone who watches...

Toronto 2018 Review: IN FABRIC Is More Thriftshop Than Selfridges

Any new Peter Strickland film is cause for celebration. The Berkshire auteur has delivered some of the most delightful unease (and wicked humour) in cult cinema since 2009's Katalin Varga. In Fabric is his most wildly fluctuating film, where the highs...

Toronto 2018: IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, A Glorious Anthem of Love

Perhaps it is true what is said, that the world looks different when you’re in love. Colours are fuller and brighter; even a dingy basement apartment can seem like a palace; and you have all the hope that, no matter...

Blu-ray Review: THE SEVENTH SIGN

Spoilers ahead. The Seventh Sign is a very strange movie. The 1988 film starring Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, and Jurgen Prochnow has its fans, but I can't say that I'm one of them. Directed by Carl Schultz (The Young Indiana...

Blu-ray Review: GHOST STORIES: Not Spooky in the Least

I want to say this right now---it kills me to have to write bad reviews. I got into reviewing films in the first place to be able to herald and support the good stuff, the hidden gems, and the indie...

Blu-ray Review: RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II, the Sequel No One Wanted

Return of the Living Dead Part II has been recently released from Scream Factory. Yes, it's full of zombies, gags, gore, kids, a few stars (James Karen and Thom Matthews in totally unrelated roles) from the original film, and a young...

Blu-ray Review: THE TINGLER, Castle Plus Price Equals Awesome

There's a strange little film out from Scream Factory today, one of two I've reviewed. Its the 1959 film The Tingler from William Castle, which has a short, relatively tame synopsis on IMDb: An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a...

Blu-ray Review: STRAIT-JACKET Is Crazy Good

It's been a long time since I've seen Strait-Jacket, but it's just as odd and as much fun as I remember. William Castle rarely lets me down; his films have a comforting glee in them, just as the weirdness descends...

ScreenPrint: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO STRANGE CINEMA Uncovers Hidden Gems

We don't often get cool film-related books here at Screen Anarchy to review, but now and then, we come across a tome worth mentioning. (Besides, let's face it, we're so strapped for time in this modern age that reading has...

Blu-ray Review: WILDLING Is Plain Weird

First off, Wildling is a very strange movie. It's both strange in its content, but it also doesn't fully gel for me in the second half. Directed and co-written by Fritz Bohm, Wildling has the flavor of a filmmaker who doesn't quite know what...

Now On VOD: AHOCKALYPSE Is A Lowbrow, Dumb ZomCom That Shoots Wide Of The Goal

When a minor league hockey team is attacked by zombies shortly after winning a local championship trophy, it's a race to freedom as they spend one crazy night fighting their way to safety in writer/director Wayne Harry Johnson Jr's sophomore...

Fantasia 2018 Review: LIFECHANGER, Emotional Tragedy Under a Body Switching Horror Guise

Wherever Drew goes a body is sure to follow. Not just sure, a body has to follow. Drew has to transport himself from body to body if he wants to live; he is convinced he will die if he does...

Fantasia 2018 Review: TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL Is A Rambling Mess Of Incoherent Violence

Earlier this year, Sono Sion's Tokyo Vampire Hotel was released on Amazon as a nine part series examining the conflict between rival clans of bloodsuckers vying to control the world's supply of blood. While the series did release on Amazon...

Fantasia 2018 Review: HEAVY TRIP is a Hilarious Look at Brutal Music

From directors Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio, the comedy Heavy Trip recently played a sold-out screening at Fantasia 2018. The Finland-Norway production centers on Turo, a sensitive heavy metal frontman who's got stage fright but still wants to rule the music festival...

Fantasia 2018 Review: THE WITCH IN THE WINDOW Terrifies and Surprises

I haven't yet seen director/writer/editor/composer Andy Mitton's previous two features, We Go On and Yellowbrickroad, but having watched his new film The Witch in the Window (formerly known as The Vermont House) at Fantasia 2018, I'm going to have to rectify that as...

Fantasia 2018 Review: ONE CUT OF THE DEAD Is A Rope-A-Dope Knockout Punch Of A Film!

You're probably going to hate the first half hour of Ueda Shinichiro's new zombie comedy, One Cut of the Dead.  And that's totally fine. The thing is, you're kind of supposed to. Framed as a lo-fi, single-take, behind the scenes adventure...

Fantasia 2018 Review: VIOLENCE VOYAGER Will Blow Your Goddamned Mind!

Japanese provocateur and innovator Ujicha's Violence Voyager is one hell of a trip into the mind of a madman. Filmed in the super obscure, and off-the-wall animation style known as gekimation, Violence Voyager is an unforgettable experience both in terms...

Fantasia 2018 Review: INUYASHIKI Is Sato Shinsuke At His Very Best

Sato Shinsuke knows his way around a manga adaptation. After half a dozen successful such endeavors, it's really little surprise that his latest film, Inuyashiki, is another adaptation of a written work that was also recently adapted in anime form...

Fantasia 2018 Review: PARALLEL Examines The Ethics Of The Multiverse

Mexican filmmaker Isaac Ezban definitely has a type. After impressing festival audiences with his debut feature The Incident, a film about people stuck in an eternal moment, and The Similars, in which identities being to shift when a group of...