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James Cameron Heads to LA’s Hero Complex
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 178 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 180 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 181 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 182 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 209 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 218 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 [...]

SXSW 2014: Stage Fright movie review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 218 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
In what may very well come to be one of those films revered like Repo! The Genetic Opera or Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright lights up the screen with over-the-top musical numbers and over-the-top slasher movie kills. It is the connective tissue between those kills and those songs and the rest of [...]

SXSW 2014: Starry Eyes movie review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 218 Days Ago. | No Comments
What starts out a familiar story about the sacrifices one makes in the pursuit of stardom in film, Starry Eyes devolves into a graphic and beautiful breakdown of the ugliness on the backside of what that sacrifice really might mean. This is a film that takes some level of gestation on the part of the [...]

SXSW 2014: Housebound Movie review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 218 Days Ago. | 4 Comments
One the beautiful things about film festivals is the chance to happen upon something you might not have had on your radar otherwise. Such is the case with Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, a wonderful Scooby-Doo yarn through the filter of a dysfunctional -indie-family-comedy that defies expectations and bursts with life and joy and energy. The film [...]

SXSW 2014: Honeymoon Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 229 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
Talking about a film like Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon without giving away a lot of what makes it great is not an easy task. Her confident directorial style is something of a marvel: the near-perfect balance between washed light amber tones and shadowy darks to frame the story is not something you’d expect to see from [...]

SXSW Announces Horror Lineup
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 261 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
The film and music cultural sensation that is South by Southwest is coming back for another year of movie premieres and awesome concert lineups.  Things will kick off next month on March 7th, but today the festival has announced it’s lineup for the midnight and short film screenings. This year there will be eight films making their [...]

The Raid 2 and The Voices Added to Sundance
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 318 Days Ago. | No Comments
Last week we told you about all the great horror films that were making their way to Sundance Film Festival 2014.  Now the festival has announced quite a few more films which will be making their world premiere come January.  However, among all the fascinating dramas and comedies they have lined-up, there are two that [...]

Fantasm (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 355 Days Ago. | No Comments
Many of you might remember the recent crowd-funding efforts by Director Kyle Kuchta to complete his documentary Fantasm about the world of horror conventions. Thankfully he was successful and screened it during the Housecore Horror Festival here in Austin. A project like this should feel like a labor of love – something that exists in [...]

They Will Outlive Us All (2013) review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 357 Days Ago. | No Comments
There are few categorizing phrases that make many a genre/horror fan shutter more than ‘horror-comedy’ and ‘found footage.’ I had one of each of these on days two and three of the Housecore Horror Festival here in Austin but wanted to, as much as possible, walk in with an open mind about things and see [...]

Machete Kills (2013) Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 378 Days Ago. | 4 Comments
It is with no hesitation that I say Machete Kills a fun movie. It absolutely, unequivocally knocks it out of the park in the fun department. With a central character as absurd as Machete is, and with a colorful, screwy cast of supporting types doing all manner of crazy things at every turn, it is [...]

Fantastic Fest Rigor Mortis (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 390 Days Ago. | No Comments
If you were to describe Juno Mak’s Rigor Mortis in one sentence, you’d say…well, actually I don’t know if that’s possible. The film draws from a range of influences in the ‘Hong Kong’ or ‘Asian’ horror genres to create a tapestry of strangeness that willfully, stubbornly cannot be deposited into just one box. This both [...]

Fantastic Fest The Dirties (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 390 Days Ago. | No Comments
Whatever you think about him one way or the other, Kevin Smith definitely hit the nail right on the head when he got involved on the promotion/producing end with Matthew Johnson’s The Dirties. Don’t think a damned thing about Smith heading into seeing this film, just be glad he had the good sense to get [...]

Afflicted (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 392 Days Ago. | No Comments
Many a horror fan in our crowd flinch a little bit when the term ‘found footage’ gets uttered – ‘another one?’ you might grumble to yourself. But much like Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’, Afflicted thinks its way through the logical pitfalls of found footage and emerges on the other side a well executed, often freaky [...]

We Are What We Are (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 392 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
Director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, Mulberry St.) tasked himself with remaking a film that only saw its release a few years ago (the lovely Somos Lo Que Hay by director Jorge Michel Grau). The original was a gritty and elegant and bloody and delicate all at the same time. It’s a film I really love [...]

Fantastic Fest – Blue Ruin (2013) Movie review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 395 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
Day 4 of Fantastic Fest brought not one but two absolutely powerhouse genre films in Blue Ruin and Big Bad Wolves. First, Blue Ruin. The film focuses on a traditional revenge setup but expands on the idea in a wholly original and beautiful way. A distant cousin could be Rolling Thunder but Blue Ruin is [...]