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SXSW 2014: Stage Fright movie review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 186 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 186 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 186 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 197 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 229 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 286 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 323 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 325 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 346 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 358 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 358 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 360 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 360 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 363 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 [...]

Fantastic Fest – Big Bad Wolves (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 363 Days Ago. | No Comments
Filmmakers Aaron Keshales and Navot Papushado first came onto the scene in 2010 with Kalevet (Rabies), an original and excellent film that was trailblazing for not only being one of the first of its kind from their country, but, also pushing back against the standards of breakdown-type horror setups. Kalevet was self-assured and sharp, brutal [...]

Fantastic Fest Almost Human (2013) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 367 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
For the first (of many) midnight screenings during Fantastic Fest this year here in Austin, I chose Almost Human from director Joe Begos. I’d read about the lo-fi vibe of the thing, the influences from 80’s Carpenter and I figured it would be a good choice to get things going. By and large, it turned [...]

Miss Zombie Invades This Year’s Fantastic Fest
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 369 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
Seriously. How the heck did I miss this one!? I have just seen the trailer and read the synopsis for Sabu’s Miss Zombie, and this is already up there with a few films that I must see this year. In short, Miss Zombie, looks set to be awesome. An original idea, sharp acting and it’s [...]

Scare LA Day One Recap
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 407 Days Ago. | No Comments
I’ve been to quite a few conventions here in California, but I have to say that none of them have been as refreshing as ScareLA.  Which, I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting.  Since this was the first year for ScareLA I expected there to be a bit of madness and mayhem, but everything from the staff [...]

[TIFF 2013] Horror Films Announced for the Midnight Madness
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 419 Days Ago. | No Comments
For you lucky devils that will be heading out to this years Toronto International Film Festival will be absolutely spoiled for choice, as per usual. This year I believe they have pulled out all the stops, the line-up so far is second-to-none with some of the biggest names this genre has to offer as well [...]

[TIFF 2013] Proxy World Premiere Announced
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 420 Days Ago. | No Comments
Ever since I first laid my eyes on Zack Parker’s previous film, Scalene, I’ve been keeping my eye firmly on his career, most notably his upcoming flick Proxy. A few months back we received the first official photos from the film and now we are extremely pleased to announce that Proxy, will be making its [...]