IT’S ALIVE: Attacking the Sanctity of Family

Larry Cohen’s IT’S ALIVE is one of the first really postmodern monster movies, where the idea of family and parenthood comes under fire.

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RESOLUTION Questions Our Cinematic Participation in Murder

An indie that asks us at times uncomfortable questions about our participation in the process of murder on film.

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The Limits of Friendship: Raw Realism in NASTY BABY

A gay couple & their close friend decide on having a baby together. All their plans are derailed when a momentary act of frustration boils over into something unimaginably worse.

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Some Kind of Hate: A Ghostly, Savage Bullying Tale

Some Kind of Hate. 2015. Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer. Screenplay by Brian DeLeeuw & Mortimer. Starring Grace Phipps, Spencer Breslin, Andrew Bryniarski, Sierra McCormick, Lexi Atkins, Brando Eaton, Ronen Rubinstein, Maestro Harrell, Noah Segan, Michael Polish, Justin Prentice, & Jasper Polish. Caliber Media Company/Revek Entertainment. Not Rated. 82 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2 Low budget indiesContinue reading “Some Kind of Hate: A Ghostly, Savage Bullying Tale”

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The Inhabitants: Ghostly Apparitions on a Budget

The Inhabitants. 2015. Directed/Written by Michael & Shawn Rasmussen. Starring Elise Couture, Michael Reed, India Pearl, Vasilios Asimakos, Danny Bryck, Judith Chaffee, Erica Derrickson, Edmund Donovan, Victoria Nugent, and Rebecca Whitehurst. Lascaux Media/Sinister Siblings Films. Unrated. 90 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★ A few weeks back, one half of the filmmaker duo the Rasmussen Brothers (writers ofContinue reading “The Inhabitants: Ghostly Apparitions on a Budget”

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FELT’s Rape-Revenge Requires No Female Degradation

Jason Banker and Amy Everson rightfully make misogynists uncomfortable with this dark, vivid look at the psychological effects of rape on women.

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE – Tom Six’s Post-Modern Depravity

The Human Centipede: First Sequence. 2009. Directed and Written by Tom Six. Starring Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold, Peter Blankenstein, and Bernd Kostrau. Six Entertainment. Rated R. 92 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2 To start, I’m a huge horror fan. Maybe a horror buff, if that’s your bag. I don’t know.Continue reading “THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: FIRST SEQUENCE – Tom Six’s Post-Modern Depravity”

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THE PACT: A Family’s Haunted Promise

The Pact. 2012. Directed & Written by Nicholas McCarthy. Starring Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Mark Steger, Sam Ball, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins,Agnes Brucker, Dakota Bright, and Petra Wright. Preferred Content. Rated R. 89 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ I’ve got to confess, I really have a thing for Nicholas McCarthy’s films. Of course I sawContinue reading “THE PACT: A Family’s Haunted Promise”

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WE ARE STILL HERE Channels Fulci

We Are Still Here. 2015. Directed by Ted Geoghegan. Written by Ted Geoghegan & based on a concept by Richard Griffin. Starring Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, and Larry Fessenden. Dark Sky Films. Unrated. 84 minutes. Horror. 3.5 out of 5 stars I’m a big fan of horror, big fan of Barbara Crampton, soContinue reading “WE ARE STILL HERE Channels Fulci”

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DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL: Father as Nasty Vigilante

A man tracks down the one who brutally hurt his daughter.

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CHEAP THRILLS in a Bleak Economy

Cheap Thrills. 2014.  Dir. E.L Katz. Starring Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry, and David Koechner. Pacific Northwest Pictures. Rated 14A. 88 minutes. Comedy/Crime/Drama ★★★★1/2 Cheap Thrills begins as Craig (Pat Healy) loses his low paying job. On top of that, he and his wife, as well as their new baby, are on the vergeContinue reading “CHEAP THRILLS in a Bleak Economy”

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SUMMER OF BLOOD: Unlikeable Hipster Vampires

Summer of Blood. 2014. Directed & Written by Onur Tukel. Starring Onur Tukel, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Vanna Pilgrim, Jason Selvig, and Melodie Sisk. Dark Sky Films. Not Rated. 86 minutes. Comedy/Horror ★★1/2 Erik Sparrow, played by writer and director Onur Tukel, seems to have a stable life – he has a nice job, he livesContinue reading “SUMMER OF BLOOD: Unlikeable Hipster Vampires”

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