CENSOR (2021): A Horrific Trip into the Perspective & Politics of Trauma

Prano Bailey-Bond’s feature film debut questions censorship while also exploring issues of mental health, trauma, and perspective.

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The Psychology and Satire of SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS

A little more comedy this time around in the first sequel to SLEEPAWAY CAMP. And a lot more Angela!

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Black Mirror – Season 3, Episode 4: “San Junipero”

Netflix’s Black Mirror Season 3, Episode 4: “San Junipero” Directed by Owen Harris Written by Charlie Brooker * For a review of Episode 3, “Shut Up and Dance” – click hereclick here * For a review of Episode 5, “Men Against Fire” – click here In the 1980s, or somewhere reminiscent of it, Yorkie (MackenzieContinue reading “Black Mirror – Season 3, Episode 4: “San Junipero””

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The Mind’s Eye is Bloody Old-Fashioned Fun

The Mind’s Eye. 2016. Directed & Written by Joe Begos. Starring Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan, Matt Mercer, Michael A. LoCicero, Jeremy Gardner, Patrick M. Walsh, Brian Morvant, Josh Ethier, Susan T. Travers, & Chuck Doherty. Channel 83 Films/Site B. Not Rated. 87 minutes. Action/Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★★ Not sure howContinue reading “The Mind’s Eye is Bloody Old-Fashioned Fun”

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WE OWN THE NIGHT Examines a Family’s Violent Intersection at the Edge of Criminality & Law

This film never gets the credit it deserves. But it’s one of the best post-2000 crime-thrillers out there, directed/written by the one and only James Gray.

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Dead of Summer – Season 1, Episode 4: “Modern Love”

Freeform’s Dead of Summer Season 1, Episode 4: “Modern Love” Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr Written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz * For a review of the previous episode, “Mix Tape” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “How to Stave Alive in the Woods” – click here After theContinue reading “Dead of Summer – Season 1, Episode 4: “Modern Love””

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Don’t Go In The House: The Death of Disco and A Mother Too Far

Don’t Go In The House. 1979. Directed by Joseph Ellison. Screenplay by Ellison, Ellen Hammill, & Joe Masefield. Starring Dan Grimaldi, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Robert Osth, Dennis M. Hunter, John Hedberg, Ruth Dardick, Johanna Brushay, Darcy Shean, Mary Ann Chinn, & Lois Verkruepse. Turbine Films Inc. Rated R. 82 minutes. Horror ★★★★  Still bannedContinue reading “Don’t Go In The House: The Death of Disco and A Mother Too Far”

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Fear of Invasion in Predator

Predator. 1987. Directed by John McTiernan. Screenplay by Jim Thomas & John Thomas. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, R.G. Armstrong, & Shane Black. Amercent Films/American Entertainment Partners L.P./Davis Entertainment. Rated R. 107 minutes. Action/Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★★ There are 1980s films. Then there areContinue reading “Fear of Invasion in Predator”

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Ti West’s The House of the Devil: A Slow Burn Satanic Panic Period Piece

The House of the Devil. 2009. Directed & Written by Ti West. Starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen, Dee Wallace, Heather Robb, Darryl Nau, Brenda Cooney, Danielle Noe, Mary B. McCann, John Speredakos, Lena Dunham, and Graham Reznick. MPI Media Group/Constructovision/RingtheJing Entertainment/Glass Eye Pix. Rated R. 95 minutes. Horror ★★★★★Continue reading “Ti West’s The House of the Devil: A Slow Burn Satanic Panic Period Piece”

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Cooties: It’s Okay to Kill the Children

Cooties. 2015. Directed by Jonathan Milott & Cary Murnion. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell & Ian Brennan. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan, Jorge Garcia, Cooper Roth, Miles Elliot, Morgan Lily, Sunny May Allison, and Armani Jackson. Glacier Films/SpectreVision. Rated R. 88 minutes. Action/Comedy/Horror ★★★★ Officially outContinue reading “Cooties: It’s Okay to Kill the Children”

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The Roost: Ti West’s Zombie Bats Are Coming for You!

The Roost. 2005. Directed & Written by Ti West. Starring Tom Noonan, Karl Jacob, Vanessa Horneff, Sean Reid, Wil Horneff, Barbara Wilhide, Richard Little, John Speredakos, and Larry Fessenden. Glass Eye Pix. Unrated. 80 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★ In my recent review of Ti West’s The Innkeepers, I mentioned being a huge fan of him generally. SoContinue reading “The Roost: Ti West’s Zombie Bats Are Coming for You!”

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