Meta-Horror in BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON

One of the best intertextual horror films out there: a deconstructionist look at the slasher sub-genre.

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Scarce is Finger Lickin’ Bad

Scarce. 2008. Directed & Written by Jesse Thomas Cook and John Geddes. Starring Steve Warren, Gary Fischer, Chris Warrilow, Thomas Webb, John Geddes, Jesse Thomas Cook, Stephanie Banting, Gavin Peacock, Matt Griffin, Jaclyn Pampalone, Jackie Eddolls, & Jason Derushie. Bloodlife Films/Two Door Four Door Pictures. Rated 18A. 93 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★1/2  Some movies are soContinue reading “Scarce is Finger Lickin’ Bad”

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The Hills Run Red with the Sounds of Slasher Horror

The Hills Run Red. 2009. Directed by Dave Parker. Screenplay by John Dombrow & David J. Schow. Starring Sophie Monk, Tad Hilgenbrink, William Sadler, Janet Montgomery, Alex Wyndham, Ewan Bailey, & Danko Jordanov. Fever Dreams/Warner Premiere/Dark Castle Entertainment. Rated R. 81 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2  I’m a lover of the slasher sub-genre. When I was young,Continue reading “The Hills Run Red with the Sounds of Slasher Horror”

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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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Man Vs: Survivorman Meets Predator

Man Vs. 2015. Directed by Adam Massey. Screenplay by Thomas Michael. Starring Chris Diamantopoulos, Chloe Bradt, Michael Cram, Kelly Fanson, Sam Kalilieh, Alex Karzis, Constantine Meglis, Drew Nelson, & Kate Ziegler. Darius Films. Unrated. 87 minutes. Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller ★★ When it comes to found footage, a film can often help itself by using a gimmick. Now,Continue reading “Man Vs: Survivorman Meets Predator”

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Afflicted: Found Footage Captures a Dangerous Disease

Afflicted. 2013. Directed/Written by Derek Lee & Clif Prowse. Starring Derek Lee, Clif Prowse, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz, Benjamin Zeitoun, Zach Gray, Jason Lee, Edo Van Breeman, Gary Redekop, Lily Py Lee, & Ellen Ferguson. Automatki Entertainment/IM Global/Téléfilm Canada. Rated 14A. 85 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★ When I start reviews of films which use the foundContinue reading “Afflicted: Found Footage Captures a Dangerous Disease”

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Another: Road to Nowhere with Satanic Nonsense

Another a.k.a Mark of the Witch. 2014. Directed & Written by Jason Bognacki. Starring Paulie Redding, David Landry, Lillian Pennypacker, Maria Olsen, Michael St. Michaels, & Nancy Wolfe. Full Frame Features. Not Rated. 80 minutes. Fantasy/Horror ★ Generally, I’m an internet critic whose standards aren’t overly picky. If you’ve ready more than a handful ofContinue reading “Another: Road to Nowhere with Satanic Nonsense”

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Hangman is Mediocre But Twisted Enough

Hangman. 2015. Directed by Adam Mason. Screenplay by Simon Boyes & Adam Mason. Starring Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins, Eric Michael Cole, Amy Smart, Ross Partridge, Ethan Harris-Riggs, Vincent Ventresca, Bruno Alexander, Erika Burke Rossa, and Jamie Lee. Produced by Hiding in the Attic. Not Rated. 85 minutes. Thriller ★★★1/2 Adam Mason’sContinue reading “Hangman is Mediocre But Twisted Enough”

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 7: “Beware of Young Girls”

FOX’s Scream Queen Season 1, Episode 7: “Beware of Young Girls” Directed by Barbara Brown Written by Ryan Murphy * For a review of the previous episode, “Seven Minutes in Hell” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Mommie Dearest” – click here And we’re back at Kappa House for another night ofContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 7: “Beware of Young Girls””

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Dawn of the Dead: Consumer Horror

Dawn of the Dead. 1978. Directed & Written by George A. Romero. Starring David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Daniel Dietrich, Fred Baker, and James A. Baffico. A Laurel Group Production. Rated R. 127 minutes. Horror ★★★★★ George A. Romero started the modern zombie crazeContinue reading “Dawn of the Dead: Consumer Horror”

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The Visit is the Last Trip to Grandma & Grandpa’s You’ll Ever Take

The Visit. 2015. Directed & Written by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, and Kathryn Hahn. Blinding Edge Pictures/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 94 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Any time M. Night Shyamalan puts out a film these days, it’s met with all sorts of opinions from those who can’t standContinue reading “The Visit is the Last Trip to Grandma & Grandpa’s You’ll Ever Take”

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