[Fantastic Fest 2021] THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE: Confronting the Self/Society

Patrick Brice’s slasher is a clever, nasty ride about confronting our own ethics, as well as the ethics of our society.

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[Fantasia 2021] DON’T SAY ITS NAME & the Lingering Violence(s) of Colonialism

A group of Indigenous people come together to stop a supernatural threat terrorising their land in Rueben Martell’s DON’T SAY ITS NAME.

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“We are one body working together”: Terrors of the Nation State in WRONG TURN (2021)

Everyone works. Everyone contributes. If not? Well, you’ll pay the price one way or another in the Wrong Turn reboot.

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THE TRANSFIGURATION’s Blood Sucking Construction of Masculinity & Mental Illness

A young man stuck in a bad neighbourhood gets lost in a fantasy of vampirism, leading to unexpected consequences.

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Area 51: Oren Peli’s Extraterrestrial Blunder

Area 51. 2015. Directed by Oren Peli. Screenplay by Christopher Denham & Oren Peli. Starring Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik, Roy Abramsohn, Frank Novak, and Glenn Campbell. Aramid Entertainment Fund/Blumhouse Productions/IM Global/Incentive Filmed Entertainment/Room 101. Rated R. 91 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★ Right back to the supposed McPherson Tape, later given a bigger budgetContinue reading “Area 51: Oren Peli’s Extraterrestrial Blunder”

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The Last Broadcast Builds You Up to Let You Down

The Last Broadcast. 1998. Directed & Written by Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler. Starring David Beard, Jim Seward, Stefan Avalos, Lance Weiler, Rein Clabbers, Michele Pulaski, and Tom Brunt. FFM Productions. Unrated. 86 minutes. Horror/Mystery ★★1/2 Ever since I’d first seen The Last Broadcast a little over ten years ago, I’ve been conflicted by the film.Continue reading “The Last Broadcast Builds You Up to Let You Down”

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True Detective – Season 2, Episode 8: “Omega Station” ends with beauty & tragedy

HBO’s True Detective Season 2, Episode 8: “Omega Station” Directed by John Crowley (Boy A; previously directed the episode “Other Lives” this season) Written by Nic Pizzolatto * For a review of the previous episode, “Black Maps and Motel Rooms” – click here DISCLAIMER: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU’VE NOT SEEN IT – FILLEDContinue reading “True Detective – Season 2, Episode 8: “Omega Station” ends with beauty & tragedy”

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Jack Bauer v. Supernatural Forces in MIRRORS

Mirrors. 2008. Directed by Alexandre Aja. Screenplay by Alexandre Aja & Grégory Levasseur; based on the film Into the Mirror by Sung-ho Kim. Starring Keifer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Amy Smart, Mary Beth Peil, John Shrapnel, Jason Flemyng, Julian Glover, and Ezra Buzzington. New Regency Pictures. Rated 18A. 110 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★ ForContinue reading “Jack Bauer v. Supernatural Forces in MIRRORS”

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THE PURGE: ANARCHY Further Envisions POTUS Trump’s Domestic Policies on Crime

The Purge: Anarchy. 2014. Directed & Written by James DeMonaco. Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Edwin Hodge. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 103 minutes. Action/Horror/Thriller ★★★★My favourite thing about the fact The Purge: Anarchy exists is that thereContinue reading “THE PURGE: ANARCHY Further Envisions POTUS Trump’s Domestic Policies on Crime”

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THE COLLECTION Could’ve Been a Contender

The Collection. 2012. Directed by Marcus Dunstan. Screenplay by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton. Starring Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald, Lee Tergesen, Tim Griffin, Andre Royo, Randall Archer, Shannon Kane, Brandon Molale, Erin Way, Johanna Braddy, and Michael Nardelli. Fortress Features. Rated R. 82 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★1/2 My love for The Collector is strong, butContinue reading “THE COLLECTION Could’ve Been a Contender”

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The Guest is like a Young Terminator in Post-Blackwater Era

The Guest. 2014. Directed by Adam Wingard. Written by Simon Barrett. Starring Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick. Picturehouse. Rated 14A. 99 minutes. Action/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ To begin, I’ve been a fan of Adam Wingard a long while. I think the first time I actually saw one of hisContinue reading “The Guest is like a Young Terminator in Post-Blackwater Era”

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