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The Wraith (Fantasy Sci-Fi Horror Exploding Car Film Blu-ray)

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The Wraith (Fantasy Sci-Fi Horror Exploding Car Film Blu-ray)

  Over the last few years, Lionsgate has been slowly redeeming themselves in the eyes of cult movie fans with their Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray releases. As the vault finally opens, long-desired titles like Waxwork and Blood Diner have finally made their digital debuts in fully loaded special editions with A/V quality to match. […]

Death Warmed Up (New Zealand Splatter Blu-ray)

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Death Warmed Up (New Zealand Splatter Blu-ray)

  Severin strikes again with another pulsating package of finely curated sleaze to please that’s ready to knock your dick into the dirt. We’re talking an undiscovered classick of epic proportions, something guaranteed to pop your lids and make you scream until you like it. Welcome to Death Warmed Up, you’ll thank me later. No […]

Zana – Antoneta Kastrati (Kosovan Brutal War Trauma Film)

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Zana – Antoneta Kastrati (Kosovan Brutal War Trauma Film)

  Kosovan film has remained largely marginal in spite of attempts to expand its market. This is pretty much the curse of most Eastern European cinema post-Soviet power, leaving the curating critic with a difficult path. Without notoriety, how can one find the gold? You like, just have to check out their stuff, bro. Scraping […]

Dalibor Matanić – Zora / The Dawn (Nightmarish Trauma Symbol Film)

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Dalibor Matanić – Zora / The Dawn (Nightmarish Trauma Symbol Film)

  I’ve seen some deep films over the years, but I’m not sure I was expecting something quite like what I got out of The Dawn. Croatian film has been largely under the radar after the end of the Yugoslav “Black Wave” movement, the echoes of which continue to reverberate internationally. With the fall of […]

Slumber Party Massacre (Most Overlooked Film of 2021)

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Slumber Party Massacre (Most Overlooked Film of 2021)

  In my last column I discussed Last Night in Soho, an ill-advised attempt to ride the “good for her” wave. But I didn’t mean to imply that the theme (traumatized women shaking back to kick ass) is played out. There’s still plenty of life in it, and 2021’s best example comes in an unexpected […]

Last Night in Soho (Most Overhyped Film of 2021)

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Last Night in Soho (Most Overhyped Film of 2021)

  When the patron saint of gimmicky editing announced a giallo-inspired horror movie, film bros collectively squealed. Following prestige festival screenings, Last Night in Soho opened wide in the U.S. just in time for Halloween. The good news: Edgar Wright has reined in his showy style. The bad news: the film wants to be a […]

Dachra (What Not to Do Witchcraft Film)

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Dachra (What Not to Do Witchcraft Film)

  Criticizing horror movies for stupid character behavior is often wishful thinking–humans do silly things under stress, and nobody knows how we’d react in extreme situations until we’re in them. But poor decision-making by movie characters serves a dramatic purpose: it makes us feel superior to them. Telegraphing the missteps that lead to bad outcomes […]

The Inferno Index (Eurotrash Horror Reborn)

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The Inferno Index (Eurotrash Horror Reborn)

  Cosmotropia de Xam is best known for founding music collective Mater Suspiria Vision, pioneers of the witch house genre. It seems de Xam (henceforth CdX) uses the same techniques when making films as when making music: drones, backmasking, sampling, genre-hopping, heavy filters and effects, textures and the ethereal feminine, all adding up to something […]

Hotel Inferno 3: The Castle of Screams (FPS Horror Stuff in Film)

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Hotel Inferno 3: The Castle of Screams (FPS Horror Stuff in Film)

  Splattermeister Giulio de Santi made his name in the gorehound underground with his first film, 2012’s Taeter City. On the heels of that opus came Hotel Inferno, an audacious experiment in film mimicking video games, and the start of a tentpole franchise. The crowdfunded third chapter checks all the series boxes: it’s shot entirely […]

Coming Home in the Dark (Killer Drifter Daymare Fuel Film)

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Coming Home in the Dark (Killer Drifter Daymare Fuel Film)

  There’s a chilling line of dialogue early in Coming Home in the Dark, the debut feature by New Zealand filmmaker James Ashcroft, that lays bare the film’s themes. It’s a standard thriller scene: the near, but missed, opportunity for rescue. As villain Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and his accomplice hold a vacationing family led by […]