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Blood Glacier (2014) Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 95 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 Machine (2014) Movie Review
Written by Chris Egan, Posted 95 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
In the near future, a group of elite scientists have been working towards flawless artificial intelligence – with mixed results. They start with advanced implants to give life back to brain-dead war veterans and prosthetic limbs that have the look and feel of living tissue. With various countries wrapped up in a cold war, the [...]

Lesson of the Evil Movie Review [Stanley Film Festival]
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 96 Days Ago. | No Comments
It goes without saying that Lesson of the Evil‘s director, Takashi Miike, is a legend in the horror genre. He is prolific and aggressive and his films often push the limits and bounds of narrative ideas and naked, unabashed violence. It is a delicate trade-off because if you have something to say, the means by [...]

The Babadook Movie Review [Stanley Film Festival]
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 96 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
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 [...]

Poseidon Rex 2014 Movie Review
Written by Chris Egan, Posted 96 Days Ago. | 5 Comments
When the poster for Poseidon Rex was first released I assumed that it would be a straight-to-TV flick fit for Syfy’s Saturday night line-up. Then I learned that it was to have a theatrical release and I actually got somewhat excited for it. I hoped that a theatrical release meant it would be better than [...]

Alien Abduction Movie Review
Written by Chris Egan, Posted 106 Days Ago. | No Comments
Mysterious lights, secluded North Carolina wilderness, lone family, aliens? Alien Abduction starts off like a low-budget documentary that you’d catch on the History or Discovery channels with footage supposedly leaked from the Air Force and news footage (neither of which are convincing as real) mixed with some decently realistic “eye-witness” interviews. It then switches gears [...]

MurderDrome Movie Review
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 114 Days Ago. | No Comments
It is finally here. Daniel Armstrong’s roller derby slasher flick MurderDrome, is quickly making its way around the world. And to think all those years ago when this sucker was intended to be a simple web-series, how far they have come. And yes, we have been with these guys ever since day one, and we’re [...]

SXSW 2014: What We Do In The Shadows Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 123 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 [...]

Ether One Game Review
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 128 Days Ago. | No Comments
The mind is an inconceivably complex network of thoughts, emotions, memories, and other things that I can’t articulately explain.  I’m no brain scientist, yet, but I know the brain is super important.  And it really is terrifying just how susceptible to damage it is. Dementia, for example, can alter your memory and behavior and essentially [...]

SXSW 2014: The Guest Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 132 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 132 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 132 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 132 Days Ago. | 3 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 [...]

13 Sins Review
Written by Jason McDonald, Posted 133 Days Ago. | 4 Comments
It’s been four years since director Daniel Stamm released “The Last Exorcism”, a film I thoroughly enjoyed despite a couple of issues.  Now he’s returning to the director’s chair for a new thriller called “13 Sins.”  While not a straight horror film, “13 Sins” is a thriller with a surprising amount of gore and chills.  [...]

[Book Review] Monster Massacre Vol. 2
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 138 Days Ago. | No Comments
You know the old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. And to be fair, I hardly ever do, but when said book features a scantily clad woman brandishing a sword with a slew of monsters standing behind her. Its hard not to paint a picture of what lies within the pages. And true [...]

[Book Review] Simon & Kirby Library: Horror!
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 141 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
Unfortunately when it comes to comics I’m pretty clueless. I’ve just never veered towards that direction, but upon reading Titan Books’ latest release the Simon & Kirby Library: Horror!, it has come to my attention that I have some freakin’ catching up to do! Upon inspection, this may just be the most gorgeous book Titan [...]

SXSW 2014: Oculus Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 142 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
Everyone has that thing that freaks them out more than anything else in the pantheon of scary stuff. For me it is mirrors doing something different from what the person looking into it is doing. It is that most basic of fears because you, me and most everyone we know looks at a mirror or [...]

SXSW 2014: Honeymoon Movie Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 144 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 [...]

From Dusk Till Dawn TV Series Review
Written by Flay Otters, Posted 144 Days Ago. | 1 Comment
It is a challenging thing to try to measure out the quality of an episodic TV series from one episode alone. Now, it is very true that that is the purpose of a pilot in the first place, but, one may not be able to see the unexpected areas a series will go from just [...]

[Review] Trevor Juenger’s Coyote
Written by Chris Savage, Posted 145 Days Ago. | 2 Comments
Over a year ago, the one and only Bill Oberst, jr., was describing to me a new film he was set to begin working on, and believe you me, he was absolutely stoked and his excitement sent shivers down my spine. But nothing, and I mean nothing could have prepared me for what I was [...]