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Chattanooga 2020 Review: SKULL: THE MASK (SKULL: A MASCARA DE ANHANGA), Blood And Gore Brings Joy to Your Heart, Before Ripping it Out

Skull: The Mask opens in 1944, where we see an ancient artifact being used in a military experiment and religious ritual. The object is a grotesque mask in the shape of a skull called the “Mask of Anhangá” who was...

Chattanooga 2020 Review: THE WANTING MARE, A Fantastical and Haunting Fable

Some research on trauma has suggested that it can pass in DNA, from generation to generation; trauma so severe that literally gets written in our genetic coding, which we then pass on to our children. Perhaps it fades or becomes...

Blu-ray Review: WOMEN MAKE FILM: A CINEMATIC ROAD MOVIE THROUGH CINEMA

When a publicist contacted us about reviewing writer-director Mark Cousins' latest series, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, I was ecstactic. As a filmmaker, I've been devouring his excellent The Story of Film at home on DVD ---...

Book Review: BEYOND EMPOWERTAINMENT, Following the Footsteps of Feminist Horror

Women characters have always been at the heart of horror films, though arguably not always for the best reason (as Argento said, people love to see beautiful women getting killed). But there's been a shift in recent years; rather than...

Blu-ray Review: THE CREMATOR Will Scorch Your Soul

For the most part, films take many years to create, marinate, produce, and release upon the world, in varying steps.  Filmed in 1968 and released in 1970, The Cremator was Czechoslovakia's submission to the 1970 Academy Awards (Foreign Film) before...

Review: BEHIND YOU Delivers Rote, Routine Chills and Few Thrills

Jan Broberg, Addy Miller, Elizabeth Birkner and Philip Brodie star in a horror-thriller, directed by Andrew Mecham and Matthew Whedon.

Now Streaming: CURSED FILMS, The Stories Behind Horror's Cursed Cinema

Starting tomorrow on Shudder, Jay Cheel's five part docu series Cursed Films takes a look at some of horror's most infamous films. Films not lauded for their contribution to the genre but for strings of tragic, untimely events that led to the...

Berlinale 2020 Review: SIBERIA, Carnivalesque Therapy Session Turned Divine Journey

Willem Dafoe stars in Abel Ferrara's Rorschach of a film that might and might not be a satire of expressionist psychoanalytical drama.

Blu-ray Review: MASKED AND ANONYMOUS, The Mobius Strip of Dylan's Carnival

Bob Dylan's filmography might not be as long or as revered as other popular musicians who have dipped their toes in cinema; but when he does make a film, it's something to watch. The second of the two feature films...

Review: THE NIGHT CLERK, A Gimmick-Heavy Neo-Noir

Tye Sheridan, Ana De Armas, Helen Hunt andJohn Leguizamo star in writer-director Michael Cristofer's would-be thriller.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: COOK, F**K, KILL, Greek Weird Wave Meets Psychomagical Realism

Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay's original and eerie vision of domestic abuse is a daring psychoanalytical fable.

Sundance 2020 Review: SCARE ME Delivers Scant Meta-Horror Thrills

Aya Cash stars in writer/director/co-star Josh Ruben's feature-film debut.

Sundance 2020 Review LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST Answers to a Higher Authority

Imagine, if you will, you find yourself standing at the entrance to a street called Memory Lane. Now imagine that William Friedkin comes up beside you and asks you to join him for a walk down to 3600 Prospect Street....

Sundance 2020 Review: POSSESSOR Confirms Brandon Cronenberg's Status As a Singular Talent

Andrea Riseborough stars in Brandon Cronenberg's horror picture, which will leave even the most jaded, cynical audiences shattered, shook, and devastated.

Sundance 2020 Review: IMPETIGORE, Indonesia's Pre-Colonial Traditions Terrify In Joko Anwar's Latest

After being attacked at her job as a toll booth operator by a frenzied stranger, Maya (Tara Basro) retreats into her new job working at a discount clothing stall to try to separate herself from the trauma of the experience....

Blu-ray Review: LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH

If you like nightmare fuel, you could do worse than to watch Let's Scare Jessica To Death, a very strange film from 1971. This strange film was directed by John D. Hancock, who also aptly directed a few episodes of the...

Blu-ray Review: BODY PARTS Will Have You in Pieces

The early 1990s was still the 1980s, really. Not just in terms of music, but clothes and films, too. Bombastic touches in special effects as well as in storytelling often went along with pleated pants, stonewashed jeans, shoulder pads, and...

Blu-ray Review: THE STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE

The Criterion Collection has recently released The Story of Temple Drake, a film that was essentially lost to quite a few of us. It was adapted from the notorious William Faulkner novel "Sanctuary," and directed by Stephen Roberts (who made nearly...

Blu-ray Review: SILVER BULLET Shoots for the Heart

It's been a long, long time since I've seen the strange werewolf adaptation of Stephen King's novella, "Cycle of the Werewolf." Like many kids in the '80s, I'm sure, I saw this film way too young. There were images that...

Blu-ray Review: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

Shout! Factory's genre label Scream Factory has become the Blu-ray home of legendary filmmaker John Carpenter as of the last few years, and the latest release is the kung-fu action flick Big Trouble in Little China. Made just before lead...