Scare LA Day One Recap
Written by Jason McDonald, April 15, 2014
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

SXSW 2014: What We Do In The Shadows Review
Written by Flay Otters, March 30, 2014
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, March 21, 2014
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, March 21, 2014
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, March 21, 2014
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, March 21, 2014
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, March 9, 2014
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, February 5, 2014
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, December 11, 2013
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, November 4, 2013
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, November 2, 2013
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, October 12, 2013
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, September 29, 2013
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, September 29, 2013
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, September 28, 2013
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, September 28, 2013
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, September 24, 2013
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, September 24, 2013
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, September 20, 2013
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, September 18, 2013
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