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ABC’s of Death 2 Movie Review (Fantastic Fest 2014)
Written by Flay Otters, 1 Day Ago | No Comments
Much like with the V/H/S series, it would be a fool’s errand to try to compare (on the whole) the first ABC’s of Death film to the newest ideration. Primarily because you have a whole new batch of directors tackling the framework and the behind the scenes folks having had the experience of making the [...]

When Animals Dream Movie Review (2014 Fantastic Fest)
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What is immediately and undeniably striking about Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s film, When Animals Dream is the textural quality that everything in draped in right from the start. It is a wispy, muted color palette that seems to ebb and flow in a way that is deliberate and lovely but not contrived. It is [...]

Tusk Movie Review (2014 Fantastic Fest)
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 2 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
At its heart, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a midnight movie. The strange mad-scientist angle, the screwy body horror, the slightly blue humor of its leads – this is all midnight movie territory. And while that is cool in a way, we’ve all seen enough of those to know that you either have to go full-out, [...]

CUB (Fantastic Fest 2014) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 3 Days Ago. | No Comments
When dealing with children in peril in horror films, you come to expect a certain set of rules, a certain pathway from start to end that give us the hero, the villain, the comic foil, the human drama, the adult influence and the calming resolution. This is what we see time and time again and [...]

TRAILER: Watch The “Cub” Scouts Earn a Badge of Death
Written by Stephanie Joyce, Posted 23 Days Ago. | No Comments
Part of the Toronto International Film Fest’s “Midnight Madness” series comes an interesting Belgium film called Cub, brought to the screen by first-time feature director Jonas Govaerts. The synopsis of the film claims that this is Lord of the Flies meets The Devil’s Backbone to create a world of childhood terrors. But if you ask me, [...]

Trailer: Fear Meets A Strong Heroine In ‘The Guest’
Written by Stephanie Joyce, Posted 23 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
Now this seriously looks cool. Right when I thought The Guest was going to be like a Fear remake, a girl steps up to the plate and fights back. I like it. And there’s a similar character arc that we saw unfold with the kick-ass female Aussie in You’re Next. Oh wait, that’s because it [...]

These [Rec 4]: Apocalypse Stills Will Eat You Right Up!
Written by Stephanie Joyce, Posted 25 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
We’ve been reporting the news on [Rec 4]: Apocalypse for a while now. And now more stills for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival premiere have arrived and we’re going put em’ up as them come in! Before it hits theaters, [Rec 4] has one last stop to go as it will be part of the “Midnight Madness” [...]

Photos: What We Do In The Shadows Will Haunt You
Written by Stephanie Joyce, Posted 25 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
So there are a lot of movies making their premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, but TIFF is just one of many stops for this one. What I love is that the the unusual and unfettered films are given the same publicity and love as the more popular horror franchises. But hey, that’s what festivals are [...]

The Editor Premiering at Toronto Film Fest
Written by Stephanie Joyce, Posted 26 Days Ago. | No Comments
From the minds of Adam Brooks (Producer) and Mathew Kennedy (Director), who made such micro-budget features like Manborg and Father’s Day, their quirky vision for cinema will be followed up by The Editor which will premiere at Toronto International Film Festival early September. Here is a preview of what you can expect by film reviewer [...]

Official Festival Poster for Adam Green’s Digging Up The Marrow
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 33 Days Ago. | No Comments
How many of you lucky people are heading out to the Film4 FrightFest in London this weekend? If you are, not only will you have the opportunity to witness Adam Green’s latest flick Digging Up The Marrow, but everyone at the premiere of the film will receive the awesome poster which you can check out [...]

Impressive Line-Up Announced for Film4 FrightFest
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 83 Days Ago. | No Comments
Yes guys, it’s that time of year once again when one of the best, if not the best horror film festival returns. We are of course talking about the Film4 FrightFest, and it is returning for its 15th year, and I have to say that this year’s line-up is absolutely awesome, it is filled to [...]

The Den (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 137 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
When crafting a modern-day thriller or horror film, the reliance on technology is a slippery slope. Do you fast forward a few stages and invent things that don’t really exist yet, or, do you weave around the familiar of the day-to-day present day to frame your story? Either way is tricky business because more often [...]

Stanley Film Festival – Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014) review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 139 Days Ago. | No Comments
It goes without saying that often times film sequels can fall flat under the sheer weight of expectation. Fans of an original film can build up their level of internal-hype to the point of near-unrealistic obsessing that no film could hope to meet. This happens in the music world too, where a band has had [...]

Gun Woman (2014) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 139 Days Ago. | No Comments
The best kind of genre filmmaking can be summed up in one word: Badass. The kind of films that render you unable to hold back cheers and clenched fists and smiles as all the black-hearted badness and revenge and violence unfolds. Films like Rolling Thunder or the more recent Blue Ruin or Big Bad Wolves [...]

James Cameron Heads to LA’s Hero Complex
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 146 Days Ago. | No Comments
The Los Angeles Times is, once again, hosting their Hero Complex film festival in Los Angeles, California.  The annual event tends to bring together stars and directors with their fans for a screening of one of their iconic works.  For example, previous pairings included Zack Snyder with “Dawn of the Dead” and John Carpenter with [...]

Doc of the Dead (2014) Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 147 Days Ago. | No Comments
For the passionate and dedicated horror fan, documentaries can be familiar-territory gold. Like a worn-in blanket or a busted up ballcap, these films deal primarily in retread information and narrative that is already well-known to their target audience. That doesn’t suggest, however, that they aren’t produced well or aren’t good films – rather that you [...]

Blood Glacier (2014) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 148 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
It is a nice treat to have a film like Marvin Kren’s Blood Glacier exist in the horror world. For all the remakes (and the chatter that surrounds them), all the dime-a-dozen zombie films and the sea of low-minded, low-execution animal/monster attack movies, there can be a diamond in the rough once-in-a-while. Even with its [...]

The Babadook Movie Review [Stanley Film Festival]
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 149 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
Director Jennifer Kent, in her first full-length feature, has crafted a lovely, dark and often creepy story about death and mourning through the mechanism of a seriously unsettling children’s book character. The Babadook is a film that is executed on a very high level: the emotions are raw and real, the scares are built-up and [...]

SXSW 2014: What We Do In The Shadows Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 177 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
The balance between horror-comedies that work and are enjoyable and ones that absolutely do not is heavily favored to the latter. For every Shaun or Tucker & Dale or Slither in the world there are scores of others that fall somewhere in the range of tolerable to just flat awful. Maybe it is the bent [...]

SXSW 2014: The Guest Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 185 Days Ago. | No Comments
While not a horror film in the more straight-lined classifications department, Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett’s The Guest is a humdinger of a thriller bathed in vibrant colors, pulsing music and a great, balanced cast. The most important of which is Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), who turns in a fantastic performance as the soldier David [...]