LA Slasher Review- Reality TV Gets Real
Written by Jason McDonald, July 4, 2015
It’s no secret that reality television is big business.  Every year a new reality show pops up and becomes the next pop culture phenomenon that sweeps the nation.  For a large number of people it’s addictive junk food entertainment that they simply can’t get enough of.  Some people, like myself, simply shrug their shoulders and

Chopping Block [Review]
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), June 23, 2015
  Chopping Block is wholly original in all that it wishes to accomplish. Prior to screening the film, director Joshua Hull commented that his film is a comedy, first and foremost, and the horror is secondary. This thematic asymmetry is made clear with the opening flashback sequence. The horror of the film takes place on

Poltergeist Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 22, 2015
When putting together a remake of a classic film there are two dangerous pitfalls that a director might succumb too. The first is that they make a carbon copy of the original film that leaves you wondering why they even bothered to remake the film.  The second danger is that they make a film so

Rebound Movie Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 20, 2015
A heartbroken woman sets off on a road trip back home after discovering her boyfriend with another woman.  However, the road home takes her down a dark and twisted path. “Rebound” is the first feature length film by director and writer Megan Freels.  The film stars Ashley James as Claire, a woman who decides to

Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World Documentary (2014) Review
Written by Flay Otters, May 16, 2015
More often than not, documentaries that profile artists have an agenda to put forth, something they want to say. A narrative through-line that creates a kind of plot, as it were, to advance the director’s thoughts on the subject. This is common, expected and often very boring. Thankfully, Belinda Sallin’s lovely, emotional documentary, Dark Star:

Cooties (2014) Review – Stanley Film Festival
Written by Flay Otters, May 16, 2015
There aren’t a lot of films that tackle the ‘killer-kid/killing kids’ sub-genre because, mainly, this is taboo territory. Films like Max Kalmanowicz’ The Children (1980) or the beautiful 1976 Spanish film, Who Can Kill A Child? or even the original Children Of The Corn, the Belgian Film Welp/Cub or Cronenberg’s The Brood (1979) are near the

Tales of Poe [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, May 12, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe is most definitely no stranger around these parts. We’ve read his stories/poems, we’ve dissected them to great detail and we have seen a slew of films inspired by his works. His legacy continues to this very day and still people are inspired by his work, which just goes to show how much of

Brawl PS4 Review
Written by Jason McDonald, May 12, 2015
I don’t want to dwell on the history behind “Brawl”, because I believe the game should be judged as is and not by what came before, but I will briefly mention what led to this games creation.  You might remember another game with a similar premise to “Brawl” known as “Basement Crawl.”  That game received

Ex Machina (2015) review
Written by Flay Otters, May 8, 2015
There is a lovely and entirely uncomfortable lingering dread that Alex Garland’s Ex Machina leaves you with that isn’t fully realized until you’ve had a couple of days to sit and stew on it. That is not to take away from the tension and pulsing drive employed during the actual runtime of the film, but

The Invitation Movie Review ( SXSW 2015 )
Written by Flay Otters, April 20, 2015
The slow starting, rumbling dread and unease of Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation is borne out in a lot of different ways. From painfully uncomfortable social interactions to suspicions of ulterior motives to unequal emotional outpourings – all of which play right into the wheelhouse of those squigged out by those type of things. This opens

Mortal Kombat X Playstation 4 Review
Written by Jason McDonald, April 20, 2015
It’s been four years since the last time I’ve had to test my might, but now the newest iteration of “Mortal Kombat” is upon us.  Has this classic game evolved since it’s last appearance or is it still using the same old tricks? “Mortal Kombat X” is the latest fighting game from NetherRealm Studios and

Unfriended Movie Review SXSW 2015
Written by Flay Otters, April 18, 2015
Technology is a fleeting thing – the right now thing that is intertwined in most everyone’s day-to-day life becomes the butt of a joke the next day and near forgotten soon thereafter. It is the nature of the ever-changing, ever-charging technological world we find ourselves in. So it is natural for a film like Unfriended

The Dead Lands (2014) review
Written by Flay Otters, April 17, 2015
Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands plays very much like a redemption action film on its surface. You have the unlikely hero, the grizzled anti-hero, the quest for ritious revenge. All the normal beats. What sets the film apart, though, is the Māori culture and tradition – from weaponry to cultural beats to a more honest-feeling

Nina Forever Movie Review – SXSW 2015
Written by Flay Otters, March 30, 2015
There are so many many things about Ben and Chris Blaine’s Nina Forever to admire – whether it is the matter-of-fact way in which they approach decidedly off-center sexual dynamics or the practicality of blood effects or maudlin dark humor or the sweet nature of ever-challenging romance – it all works so well. So whether

Turbo Kid Movie Review, SXSW 2015
Written by Flay Otters, March 28, 2015
There is no logical, intelligent or rational way anyone could take a film like Turbo Kid and filter it down to some easy explanation. It is part Richard Stanley’s Hardware, it is part coming-of-age film, it is part 80s splatter and, lord, a dozen more. What is really is, when you get down to it,

It Follows Movie Review (Fantastic Fest 2014)
Written by Flay Otters, March 27, 2015
When it all comes down to it, creating new threats to terrorize the innocent in horror movies can often be a bit of a bear. There are always going to be new slasher or vampire or zombie or monster movies that make a lot of great choices and do innovative things with all or parts

Girl House: A Pleasant Return of 80’s Smut
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), March 26, 2015
    “I’ve met a lot of men who were motivated to commit violence. Every one of them was deeply involved in pornography… Porn can reach in and snatch a kid out of any house today. It snatched me out of mine.” Ted Bundy This quote from Bundy opens director Trevor Matthews feature debut Girl

Backcountry Review
Written by Jason McDonald, March 24, 2015
If there’s one thing to take away from “Backcountry” it’s that nature sucks and we should all just stay inside our nice comfy homes and never venture out to anything that even remotely resembles a park.  The woods have always generally been regarded as a scary place to be, does “Backcountry” give new reasons to

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2015) review
Written by Flay Otters, March 20, 2015
There is a beautiful dance between the molasses-thick atmosphere and the sweet aching of innocent love in Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night that is as effortless as it is well thought out. This makes for a stylish and dreamy meander through a story without a real story – a film

Zombeavers Review
Written by Simon Rother, March 20, 2015
If you’re a fan of horror-comedy, “Zombeavers” is definitely a movie for you. Making its international premiere outside of the USA at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival is Jordan Rubin’s first big-time flick. When a barrel of toxic waste accidentally bounces out of its truck, the lethal substance contaminates a nearby beaver dam, turning its residents