Film Review: THE CONTROL GROUP (2014)
Apr04

Film Review: THE CONTROL GROUP (2014)

Sometimes, after watching a movie I’ll find myself liking it, but really wishing the filmmakers had taken a little more time to polish the script. Smooth out some of the clunky dialogue, close an annoying plot hole, etc. It’s frustrating to watch a good film, knowing it was close to being an excellent one. Peter Hurd’s debut feature THE CONTROL GROUP is one of those films. Waking up in an abandoned asylum with no memory of how he got...

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Film Review: THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2015)
Mar31

Film Review: THE DEVIL’S CANDY (2015)

Back in 2009 Australian Sean Byrne burst upon the scene with the utterly demented THE LOVED ONES, a tale of proms, crushes, mad experiments and zombies. It’s only taken 8 years but he’s finally back with THE DEVIL’S CANDY a tale of art, heavy metal and possession. Jesse (Ethan Embry LATE PHASES), a struggling artist who gets the chance to move into the house of his dreams. Packing up his wife Astrid (Shiri Appleby ROSWELL) and...

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Film Review: THE HERETICS (2017)
Mar30

Film Review: THE HERETICS (2017)

Over the past few years Canada’s Black Fawn Films have racked up an impressive track record when it comes to producing genre films with titles that include IN THE HOUSE OF THE FLIES, THE DROWNSMAN, ANTISOCIAL, BED OF THE DEAD and BITE. So when I was offered a screener of their most recent film THE HERETICS, I was more than happy to check it out. Five years ago, Gloria (Nina Kiri THE HAUNTED HOUSE ON KIRBY ROAD, LET HER OUT) was...

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Film Review: ROMEO’S DISTRESS (2016)
Mar28

Film Review: ROMEO’S DISTRESS (2016)

Taking its title, though not its plot from Christian Death’s classic song ROMEO’S DISTRESS marks the first feature after several shorts from writer/director Jeff Frumess. It’s a surreal, twisted film that could almost be the cinematic equivalent of listening to one of Christian Death’s albums, and that is a very good thing. ROMEO’S DISTRESS begins with a happy colorful scene of James (Anthony Malchar) and Jane (Kimberely A. Peterson)...

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Film Review: ASCENT TO HELL (2017)
Mar24

Film Review: ASCENT TO HELL (2017)

Horrors of the supernatural kind, rooted in real world horror can be some of the most effective. The real components of the story lending seriousness to the fictional. In the case of Dena Hysell’s ASCENT TO HELL that reality is the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, with additional references to similar tragedies happening now in the likes of India and Bangladesh. Using these tragedies as a starting point...

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