Film Review: Willard (1971)
Jul02

Film Review: Willard (1971)

Way before I even knew that BCP stood for “Bing Crosby Productions”, or even that he HAD a production company, I read a thrilling novel by Stephen Gilbert, called “Ratman’s Notebooks.” Written in the form of a daily journal, it told the story of put-down, painfully-shy social pariah Willard Stiles, and how he came to become friends with a bunch of rats living on the rundown property where his house was. As things became more difficult...

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Film Review: THE VOID (2016)
Jun19

Film Review: THE VOID (2016)

When it comes to ‘homage’ movies, I love the ones that are strictly “no bullshit” about what they are, and where they’re about to take you. Writer/directors JEREMY GILLESPIE and STEVEN KOSTANSKI squarely put their movie, THE VOID, into this category from jump, and it wears its influences and their love of those influences on its gory, slimy sleeve. Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS and THE THING. Stuart Gordon’s Lovecraft entries, like...

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Film Review: WHY HORROR? (2014)
May31

Film Review: WHY HORROR? (2014)

So, I was sitting there on the couch.  My husband and I had just gotten our latest exposure to the sublimely fucked-up world that exists in the mind of David Lynch, with another installment of Showtime’s “resurrection” of one of my favorite series, TWIN PEAKS.  I was surfing to find something to decompress, as one does, when I came across a title that made me stop in my tracks.  It was directors Nicolas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay’s 2014...

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Film Review: CHICAGO ROT (2015)
May21

Film Review: CHICAGO ROT (2015)

Still sitting here in sort of a pleasantly shocked daze, trying to recall the very last time I kept repeating “WHAT THE FUCK???” over and over again throughout a movie. Where does one even BEGIN? Well, maybe by imagining that Clive Barker, Joe Hill (King), Ozzy Osbourne, Raymond Chandler and Rob Zombie all sat down in a room together one night, did a shitload of meth and uppers, and while somewhat coherent before everything kicked in,...

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Film Review: GET OUT (2017)
Apr30

Film Review: GET OUT (2017)

100% certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes.  Critically lauded across the board, especially for being the ‘debut’ film for writer/director JORDAN PEELE.  Making CRAZY amounts at the box office, for the relatively tiny budget it had. Exactly how does one review a movie with the current pedigree of GET OUT, without ruining it for those who haven’t seen it? And should it be advised to those same people, to believe all the hype around it?...

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