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

Love in the Time of Monsters [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, March 18, 2015
For those of you that have been following me know that I am a huge sucker for creature features. To me they’re awesome, whether it’s werewolves, rabbits, critters or in the case of Matt Jackson’s Love in the Time of Monsters, it’s Bigfoot or the humble Sasquatch. Now, when it comes to horror and comedy it

The Dooms Chapel Horror (2015) [Review]
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), March 16, 2015
To become a horror filmmaker, like any kind of filmmaker, one must first construct an innovative narrative. It all begins with words on a page. From there it takes preparation, dedication, and pure passion. Making films today (in comparison to the past) is only easier in the sense that technology is more accessible. Even with

The House On Pine Street (2015) Review
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), March 9, 2015
  “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under the conditions of absolute reality.”  Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House 1959 In 1963 Robert Wise created the perfect haunted house film. In The Haunting, Eleanor Lance (Julie Harris) is a woman with a troubled past. From the film’s beginning we know

Clown [Review]
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), March 7, 2015
I’m a huge fan, but regardless of how you feel about Eli Roth, Clown proves the director has a sense of humor. The production for the film began in the strangest of places, through a faux trailer. Since Grindhouse (2007) it is not that unlikely that a film’s production would begin with a fake trailer. Robert Rodriguez

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Review
Written by Shaun Huhn (CineNiche), February 27, 2015
I feel late to the party on this one. With some films, you’re the first guest to arrive, and its cool to see how the festivities are created. And then sometimes you’re right on time when the bash is in full swing. In this instance I feel like the friend you gloat to the next

Headless [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, February 24, 2015
A few years back I witnessed a little indie film entitled Found, which was directed by Scott Schirmer and written by Todd Rigney. Since witnessing the film I’ve been praising it to the high heavens. It was a beautifully crafted yet eerie and somewhat sadistic film that I instantly fell in love with. It has stayed

Digging Up the Marrow Review
Written by Jason McDonald, February 21, 2015
After a week long tour through America “Digging Up the Marrow” has come to roost in Los Angeles.  However, if you aren’t near the City of Angels you can also find Adam Green’s latest feature streaming on various VOD services.  A service that I gratefully took advantage of because, damn, do I hate driving to Los

El Gigante [Review]
Written by Chris Savage, February 11, 2015
A few months back we received a trailer for a short film entitled El Gigante, which is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, produced by Luchagore Productions and based upon Shane McKenzie’s novel Muerte Con Carne. Being a huge wrestling fan and from that small tease I was salivating all over my monitor, but I had no

Alien Outpost Review
Written by Jason McDonald, January 31, 2015
Aliens and mockumentaries have generally been an interesting combination.  I’ve either found them to be absolutely terrifying, like “Incident in Lake County”, or entertaining set pieces like “District 9.”  The latest film to combine the two is “Alien Outpost.”  Does it successfully build a narrative based on “real life” events or does the facade fail