DACHRA: Confronting the Toxicity of Tradition in Tunisia

Abdelhamid Bouchnak’s Dachra is a horrific tale of generational divide in Tunisia and its brutal effects on the younger generations.

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Barrett & Wingard Deal Another Terrifying Blow with BLAIR WITCH

Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett take us back to the Black Hills in search of answers. But their camping adventurers end up discovering more terror than anything they ever expected.

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DARK MOUNTAIN: Blair Witch Feels in the Arizona Mountains

There’s a little to enjoy. But mostly, DARK MOUNTAIN rips off THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.

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The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror

The Descent. 2005. Directed & Written by Neil Marshall. Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll, Craig Conway, and Leslie Simpson. Celador Films/Northmen Productions/Pathé. Rated 18A. 99 minutes. Adventure/Horror ★★★★1/2 Personally I’ve enjoyed Neil Marshall from his debut, Dog Soldiers, and then he came on withContinue reading “The Descent: Female Driven Psychological Horror”

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Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings

Paranormal Activity. 2007. Directed & Written by Oren Peli. Starring Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, and Ashley Palmer. Solana Films/Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 86 minutes. Horror ★★★★ When done correctly, I am a huge fan of found footage. Whether it’s using the thriller style, as I recently enjoyed in the film 419, orContinue reading “Paranormal Activity’s Modern Hauntings”

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Cannibal Holocaust: A Documentary of Hell on Earth

Cannibal Holocaust. 1980. Directed by Ruggero Deodato. Story by Gianfranco Clerici. Starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes, and Carl Gabriel Yorke. F.D Cinematografica. Rated R. 95 minutes. Adventure/Horror ★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Grindhouse Releasing DVD) Nearly two decades before The Blair Witch Project horrified audiences with its low budget realisticContinue reading “Cannibal Holocaust: A Documentary of Hell on Earth”

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The Gallows: Wasted Opportunity & Wasted Youth

The Gallows. 2015. Directed & Written by Travis Cluff/Chris Lofing. Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford, Travis Cluff, Price T. Morgan, Theo Burkhardt, David Herrera, Gannon Del Fierro, Mackie Burt, and Adrian Salas. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 81 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★ Found footage is a sub-genre I do enjoy, honestly. That beingContinue reading “The Gallows: Wasted Opportunity & Wasted Youth”

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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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The Birth of a Horror Fad: The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project. 1999. Directed/Written by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez. Starring Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams. Haxan Films. Rated 14A. 81 minutes. Horror ★★★★★ I don’t know how people my age look back on The Blair Witch Project now 16 years since it first hit theatres and completely scared the life outContinue reading “The Birth of a Horror Fad: The Blair Witch Project”

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Found Footage – 15 Films Worth Watching

The found footage sub-genre can be one of division. Some people like certain found footage films. Others don’t like the entire category, can’t stand it. I’m one of those who likes the genre. A lot. But only if it’s used to an advantage, if it works well. Sometimes the concept just falls flat on itsContinue reading “Found Footage – 15 Films Worth Watching”

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