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

[TIFF 2013] Proxy World Premiere Announced
Written by Chris Savage, July 31, 2013
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

[TIFF 2013] Horror Films Announced for the Midnight Madness
Written by Chris Savage, July 30, 2013
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

Watch The World’s End Comic Con Panel
Written by Goon, July 21, 2013
One of the best panels so far at San Diego Comic Con has been The World’s End panel. You put Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in a room together and you are bound to have a good time. If you couldn’t be there in person the next best thing is to check out

Watch the Entire Walking Dead Comic Con Panel
Written by Goon, July 20, 2013
Couldn’t make it out to Comic Con? No problem. Today the entire panel for The Walking Dead comic has made its way online. It runs nearly an hour long so be sure you have some time put aside to check it out. Robert Kirkman is up to his usual antics cracking jokes and having a

Horror Film Submissions are Now Open for the UK’s Horror-on-Sea Film Festival
Written by Chris Savage, July 19, 2013
Last year we began following the UK film festival Horror-on-Sea, and the festival itself has proven to be a great hit, so once again, we’re spreading the word. The festival takes place on the end of a pier every Halloween in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, so it is the perfect setting for a night of horror

First Official Poster for FrightFest 2013
Written by Chris Savage, June 19, 2013
Yes, folks. It is nearly that time of year again, where the world of horror descends onto the streets of London, yes, FrightFest is officially on the horizon. With the festival looming ever closer, we have scored the official poster which is once again designed by the ever awesome  Graham Humphreys, and yes, its freakin’

The Horror Films of LA Film Fest 2013
Written by Jason McDonald, June 14, 2013
The Los Angeles Film Festival in sunny Southern California is arguably one of the biggest film festivals in the state. As such it attracts a wide breadth of films from countries around the world and filmmakers who specialize in a multitude of styles.  Films from all genres will be represented at the festival including documentaries,

Spending the night at “The Diplomat Hotel”: Exclusive Interview with Director Chris Ad Castillo
Written by Mahiwaga, June 6, 2013
Last month, I came across the teaser trailer for a Filipino indie-horror film that is slated to release this July at the Cinemalaya Film Festival in the Philippines. Not only was I surprised that the famed haunted landmark of the Philippines will finally get its share of the limelight, I was taken aback by the

Texas Frightmare Weekend: Maniac (2012) Review
Written by Flay Otters, May 12, 2013
I’ve been gestating on Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac since last week when I saw the film with a packed crowd at Texas Frightmare Weekend on Saturday evening. Prior to the screening, I rewatched the 1980 William Lustig/Joe Spinnell original and now that I’ve had some time to stew, I don’t know if that was the best idea after all.

Texas Frightmare Weekend: Byzantium (2012) Review
Written by Flay Otters, May 12, 2013
In the post-age of the Twilight films, it is tricky business to venture into vampire mythology without running the risk of having tomatoes thrown in your direction. Gone are the days of Cronos and Near Dark and Nosferatu and lately we’ve instead been bombarded with the slug of vapid, shallow Twilight films strewn with emotionally

TX Frightmare Weekend: Shorts Collection Review
Written by Flay Otters, May 5, 2013
I’m always excited for the chance to see genre’ short films at a festival or event because very often they are hard to track down otherwise. So with two separate collections of shorts showing during Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, I was pretty jazzed at the chance to see some off the beaten path work