Netflix: The Good, The Bad, and The Kinda-Almost-Decent (Part 1)
Jan18

Netflix: The Good, The Bad, and The Kinda-Almost-Decent (Part 1)

Worse Than Expected: XX was an anthology film that I recently checked out on Netflix. I don’t know why I thought this anthology was going to be good. I guess it was the concept. The perspective shift to female protagonists in films created by females was intriguing. However, I quickly realized that they weren’t as original as they were marketed to be. Aside from one good gore scene per segment, the films did nothing to intrigue me....

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Film Review: RADIUS (2017)
Jan03

Film Review: RADIUS (2017)

Science fiction and horror are two of the most schizophrenic genres, on the one hand known for simplistic plots and a reliance on special effects they can also ask the deepest questions about humanity and the nature of existence itself. In RADIUS writer/directors Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard (SANS DESSEIN) are asking a lot of questions. Liam (Diego Klattenhoff PACIFIC RIM, THE BLACKLIST) comes to after a car accident and finds...

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Film Review: RED SPRING (2017)
Dec13

Film Review: RED SPRING (2017)

The vampire has long been a favorite of the horror genre, both in the traditional Gothic style of the original Dracula through more modern interpretations such as SALEM’S LOT and even post apocalyptic films like STAKELANDER or the classic novel I AM LEGEND. And it’s that scenario that Jeff Sinasac chose for his debut feature RED SPRING. Sadly it doesn’t live up to it’s predecessors, feeling much like a generic action film with the...

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Short Film Review: THE RECURSION THEOREM (2017)
Sep29

Short Film Review: THE RECURSION THEOREM (2017)

If somebody had told me I’d see two new black and white genre pieces named for mathematical theories within a matter of months I would have laughed, if they’d said they would both be excellent I would laughed harder. First THE LAPLACE’S DEMON as part of Fantasia and now writer/director Ben Sledge hooks me up with a link for his twenty minute short THE RECURSION THEOREM. I wonder if this is the start of a new trend? Dan (Dan Franko THE...

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Film Review: RED ROOM 1 & 2 (1999-ish)
Sep12

Film Review: RED ROOM 1 & 2 (1999-ish)

Red Room was a two film release from Unearthed Films. These were both “written” and directed by Daisuke Yamanouchi in 1999 and 2000. Both films are about an hour long, but feel like they are much longer. So believe it or not, I have not given every film from Unearthed Films glowing reviews. I’m not on their payroll, and they don’t give me a bunch of free stuff in exchange for good reviews. I discovered this company a few years ago, so...

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Film Reviews: RE-ANIMATOR, DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING, and RONIN from Arrow Video
Sep12

Film Reviews: RE-ANIMATOR, DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING, and RONIN from Arrow Video

Arrow Video has recently released three great films that I already have in my collection. These are classic genre films that have been spoken about at great lengths on this site and many others; so, I will just give you a quick run-down in regard to which are most likely additions to which type of collector. They have already done great things with the Re-Animator series. This new edition is an unrated Blu-ray release with a bunch of...

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Film Review: RAT FILM (2016)
Sep10

Film Review: RAT FILM (2016)

Rats are a staple of genre films, infesting every haunted house or castle as well as starring in films from mainstream efforts like WILLARD and BEN to Andy Milligan’s RATS ARE COMING, WEREWOLVES ARE HERE and Bruno Mattei’s RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR. So when Theo Anthony’s documentary RAT FILM came my way I couldn’t resist learning more about these creatures. What I got was a lot more than I expected. RAT FILM is a study not only of the...

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Film Review: REVENGE IS HER MIDDLE NAME (2015)
Sep03

Film Review: REVENGE IS HER MIDDLE NAME (2015)

Revenge Is Her Middle Name is a film that I just recently added to my Unearthed Films collection. It’s a sleazy and gory exploitation film that isn’t for the faint of heart…at times. Directed by Anthony Matthews, who brought along some other recognizable names from the Toetag crew, this was a pretty decent directorial debut. It has a really cool revenge storyline. It has disturbing sexual content and excellent gore effects from Jerami...

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Film Review: REPLACE (2017) Fantasia 2017
Aug13

Film Review: REPLACE (2017) Fantasia 2017

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Richard Stanley, so when I read that REPLACE, which he co-wrote with director Norbert Keil, was playing at Fantasia this year it went right onto my need to see list. And while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it is a great updating of an old plot. Kira (Rebecca Forsythe WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS) has what seems like an ideal life until she begins to suffer memory losses and a strange condition...

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