“Karate Kill” (2017): Killing It Grindhouse Style

Karate Kill is awesome and bat-shit crazy! Writer/Director Kurando Mitsutake goes straight for the throat and does not let up for a single moment in this clear homage to the cinema sleaze of times long since passed. Blood and bullets along with kicks and tits fill almost every second of the very brisk 80 minute run time and we, as the viewer, are encouraged to go along for this wack job ride on the celluloid […]

“Beyond the Grave (Porto dos Mortos)” (2015): A Fun Mash Up of B-Movie Delight!

What do you get if you mix Mad Max, El Mariachi, Dawn of the Dead and The Stand? Well, you get the post apocalyptic film Beyond the Grave. Written, produced and directed by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro, lensed in Brazil, the film follows a man simply known as “Officer”, played with all sorts of tough guy gruffness by Rafael Tombini, as he tracks down a supernatural serial killer known as the “Dark Rider” all across […]

“The Cook” (2016): A Whole Lot of Sauce But Not A Lot to Savor

I do not have epilepsy nor do I know a whole lot about the disorder. I understand that it can be triggered by flashing lights and hyper-kinetic movement. Well, if you suffer from this condition, The Cook is not the film for you. Within the first 5 minutes my senses were so assaulted with sound and imagery that I began to feel nauseous and got a little bit of a headache. I’ve suffered through all […]

“The Search for Weng Weng” (2013): Big Surprises in a Small Package

I’m gonna start this off by saying that next to the horror genre, documentaries, especially ones with obscure subject matter, is my second favorite type of film. So when our guru of grue Doc Rotten though this little movie about late 70’s, early 80’s Filipino exploitation star Weng Weng in the mix with the film The Search for Weng Weng, I jumped at it. I can say that this was easily the most enjoyable assignment […]

“Killbillies” (2015): Old Formula With Some New Ingredients

Killbillies (aka Idila) is a 2015 film that boasts the ability to call itself “Slovenia’s first horror film.” In that regard, I give it credit for not only adequately handling and executing a familiar and some would say tired subgenre, but for also injecting some new ideas into it. Crazed hillbilly movies seem to always find me. This is the second or third I’ve reviewed for Gruesome Magazine alone, so I have a love/hate relationship […]

“Hell Town” (2015): Get Me the Hell Outta Town

Hell Town. Wow. Horror and comedy are two genres that suffer the most when they don’t hit their marks. Hell Town, directed by Steve Balderson and Elizabeth Spear,  is a cobbled together mess of both genres. Balderson and Spear also handle the writing duties along with Michael Page and Chris Pudlo. Given the way the story unfolds, a pretty ingenious idea bubbles below the surface, so I’d be willing to give these fine folks another chance. But, with an […]

“The Before Time” (2016): In a Land Easily Forgotten

Okay. Before I get into the review of The Before Time, I’m gonna start right off and share that I am not, nor have I ever really been, a fan of the “found footage” genre. There are a few exceptions, like The Blair Witch Project, REC 1 and 2, Cloverfield and the recent Digging Up the Marrow among my favorites. However, in my honest opinion, for every good one, there are about a thousand terrible monstrosities. Unfortunately, The Before […]

“Betrothed” (2016): The Honeymoon Is Over

Betrothed is a 2016 film written by Jeff Rosenberg and directed by Jim Lane. The plot centers around the Cooper family…and the Cooper family is insane. Their primary focus is finding a bride for the dimwitted Adam (Jamie B. Cline). Helping Adam with this twisted endeavor is his burly brother, Nate (Adam Dunnells); his mother, Ginnie (Bunny Gibson); Nate’s wife, Emily (Nailya Shakirova); and several other random Coopers that pop up here and there — including a […]

“The Horde” (2016): Brings the Laughs, But Not Intentionally

The Horde is written and produced by Paul Logan, who also stars, and is directed by Jared Cohn. I knew I was in for a treat when I looked up Mr. Cohn’s filmography and noticed that he has directed several movies for The Asylum. But nothing could prepare me for the sheer joy I felt when I realized that Paul Logan is indeed C-movie, martial artist, Paul Stone. His film, The Terminators, is one of the all time best, […]

“Jacob’s Hammer” (2012): Microbudget Horror Struggles To Find Its Way

Jacob’s Hammer is a problematic 2012 British horror film from writer, producer, editor, and director Angie Bojtler that tries too hard to be a jack of all trades but comes off as a master of none. The story follows Sadie (Helen Holman), a young mother who has only one true friend, her son Jacob (first-timer Luis James Farouk). Something is wrong with Jacob. Sadie knows this. Sadie tries to protect Jacob by secluding him. Now Sadie is […]

“Anger of the Dead” (2015): Uwe Boll Delivers Another Stale, Dull Zombie Flick

Anger of the Dead is a 2015 film written and directed by Francesco Picone that is adapted from his 2013 short film of the same name. Produced by Uwe Boll — yes, that Uwe Boll — the film follows our pregnant protagonist Alice, (Roberta Sparta) as she struggles to survive in a world that has been ravaged by a plague that turns people into zombies. Turns out, the undead may just be the least of […]