‘Impulse’ Blu-ray Review – Grindhouse Releasing Restores Obscure ’70s Thriller Starring William Shatner

Only three years before he was trapped in Arizona by a kingdom of tarantulas and a mere five years before he played James T. Kirk in Star Trek‘s first motion picture, William Shatner starred in the low budget thriller Impulse. And thanks to the team at Grindhouse Releasing, the world can finally witness another Shatner joint […]

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‘The Moogai’ Sundance Review – The Monster is a Metaphor (Again)

Over the course of six decades (1910-1970), tens of thousands of Australian Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes due to the assimilation policies that were in place at the time. These policies claimed that the lives of First Nations people would be improved if they became part of white society, and an effort […]

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‘In a Violent Nature’ Sundance Review – Arthouse Slasher Frames Gory Carnage From Killer’s Perspective

Writer/Director Chris Nash’s feature debut, In a Violent Nature, upends a straightforward Friday the 13th-inspired slasher concept by reframing the events almost entirely from the perspective of the undead killer. That’s not the only massive shift that sets Nash’s slasher apart from conventional fare. In a Violent Nature may offer slasher thrills and a delightfully gory rampage across the […]

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‘The Seeding’ Review – Arthouse Horror Movie Gets Lost in the Desert

The opening moments of writer/director Barnaby Clay’s feature debut, The Seeding, call to mind extreme desert-set horror films like The Hills Have Eyes. A small child toddles through harsh, sandy terrain as he contently gnaws on a severed finger. The camera then watches overhead as a man parks his car and heads out to photograph a solar eclipse overhead, […]

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‘Scream Queen’ Blu-ray Review – Lost Linnea Quigley Meta Slasher Finally Now Available

Linnea Quigley has more than earned her spot as a preeminent scream queen. In addition to genre classics like The Return of the Living Dead, Silent Night, Deadly Night, and Night of the Demons, the actress was so prolific throughout the ’80s and ’90s that some of her micro-budget B-movies are still being discovered to […]

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‘Krazy House’ Sundance Review – A Grating Exercise in Empty Violence and Shock Value

The logline for writers/directors Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil’s Krazy House reads like the perfect gonzo midnighter for the horror crowd. The initial setup is meant to skewer the zaniness of ’90s sitcoms, complete with a live studio audience and aspect ratio to match. But that premise quickly goes off the rails, not in a good way, stretching […]

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Surreal Tabletop RPG ‘The Zone’ Combines Easy to Learn Rules With Unsettling Atmosphere [Review]

The various versions of Annihilation and Stalker have always been a huge creative inspiration to me. The idea of venturing into a place where the rules of reality breakdown is one of the most unsettling ideas I can imagine, and it’s a vibe I’m always chasing when consuming media. When The Zone, a play-to-lose tabletop […]

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‘I Saw the TV Glow’ Sundance Review – A Personal Portrait of Dysphoria and Surreal Horror

Writer/Director Jane Schoenbrun’s feature debut, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, captured the isolating nature of online culture via creepypasta horror through non-narrative, visual storytelling. Schoenbrun continues that core theme of dysphoria in their sophomore effort, I Saw the TV Glow, now armed with a bigger budget that allows the filmmaker to get even more personal while evolving […]

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‘Love Lies Bleeding’ Sundance Review – Kristen Stewart Shines in Ultra-Violent Genre-Bending Thriller

Filmmaker Rose Glass has an audacious way of exploring obsession, pushing it to extremes in beguiling, genre-defying ways. Her feature debut, Saint Maud, centered on a nurse who took her religious fanaticism to extremes, compounded by an obsession with her latest patient. Glass’s sophomore effort, Love Lies Bleeding, wields obsession as a destructive coping mechanism for the pain that […]

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‘It’s What’s Inside’ Sundance Review – A Twisty Funhouse of Sci-Fi Comedy-Horrors

Dark secrets, resentment, and jealousy raucously bubble up to the surface in writer/director Greg Jardin’s feature debut, It’s What’s Inside. A pre-wedding reunion amongst former college friends begins with easy revelry as eight gather to reminisce and imbibe in mind-altering substances. Only none knew just how mind-bending the night would become when a suitcase emerges to introduce […]

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‘Presence’ Sundance Review – Steven Soderbergh’s Thrilling New Spin on the Haunted House

Unsane director Steven Soderbergh reunites with Kimi screenwriter David Koepp (Stir of Echoes) to give an innovative new spin on the quintessential ghost story. Presence frames its haunted events entirely from the perspective of its ghost. From the opening frame until the end credits, audiences see the thrilling story unfold through chilling narrative twists via Soderbergh’s experimentation with form and technique. Using the camera’s […]

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‘Your Monster’ Sundance Review – Melissa Barrera Dazzles in Disjointed Monstrous Metaphor Tale

Scream heroine Melissa Barrera dazzles in Caroline Lindy‘s feature debut, Your Monster, an expansion of her short film. A wholesome, whimsical romance befitting of a classic Hollywood musical but with dark underpinnings, Your Monster lets Barrera showcase her range and singing chops, though, even when it can’t quite decide on a cohesive approach to its monstrous […]

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‘Last Night at Terrace Lanes’ Review – Bowling Slasher Lands Somewhere Between Strike and Gutterball

In the pantheon of cool horror movie locations, the bowling alley is an overlooked gem. Unsurprisingly, the tendency to feature a disembodied body part being flung down the lane means that such films are frequently horror comedies (think Anna and the Apocalypse, Cabin Fever, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and Fright Night 2). Last […]

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‘Freaky Tales’ Sundance Review – Energetic Genre Mixtape Starring Pedro Pascal Revels in ‘80s Excess

Writer/Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck interconnect four energetic, frequently bloody stories in infectious anthology Freaky Tales. The filmmakers set Freaky Tales in 1987 Oakland, capturing the subculture of the Bay Area amidst the peak of ‘80s excess. It yields an anything-goes anarchic spirit that, when combined with an impressive cast game for this type of madness, plays like a stylish and […]

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‘I.S.S.’ Review – Lean, Claustrophobic Space Thriller Favors Suspense Over Complexity

Astronauts Dr. Kira Foster (Ariana DeBose) and Christian Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane’s John Gallagher Jr.) barely settle into their new posts aboard the I.S.S. before war breaks out on Earth. The shocking display of bombs peppering the stratosphere comes with covert orders to take control of the International Space Station by any means necessary, instantly sowing the seeds […]

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