Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an “Old Boy.” Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine and co-hosted the SQ Bloodlines podcast. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is co-host of the Decades of Horror The Classic Era and 1970s podcasts.
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“Creature Feature” (2015): Creepshow With a Twist

With a name like Creature Feature, you might assume you’re in for a pastiche of a late-night, Saturday horror movie, complete with a local cast introducing that night’s feature and performing mini-skits during commercial breaks.  At least that was my presumption. However, what the viewer gets is an anthology film straight out of EC Comics […]

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“Deadly Famous” (2015): He used to be famous, now he’s deadly

Deadly Famous opens with a montage of women murder victims, so it’s not much of a spoiler to say it’s the tale of a decidedly bent serial killer, who happens to be aging actor, Alan Miller. We learn that Alan was a very successful child actor, but success hasn’t followed him into adult life. In […]

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“Dark” (2015): ‘Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, …’*

Most of Dark takes place in New York City during the regional blackout that hit the northeastern portion of the U.S. on Thursday, August 14, 2003. The film opens the night before the blackout with a love scene between Leah and Kate. But Kate wants things a little rougher than Leah is willing to dish […]

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“Shockwave Darkside” (2014): A decidedly dark, science fiction thriller!

I was excited with the opportunity to see Shockwave Darkside for a couple of reasons. First, I saw the cast – Mei Melançon (Nightmare Code, 2014), Bill Sage (The Boy, 2015; We Are What We Are, 2013; American Psycho, 2000), and Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) – all actors whose performances I’ve enjoyed in the […]

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“Blood Punch” (2014): All we could see, was what we wanted to see.

Blood Punch earned the #3 spot on my list of the top 10 horror films for 2015. It circulated through festivals for over a year and won several festival awards, including best film, best director, and best cinematography. Even so, it’s a tough film for me to review. Part of me wants to expound in […]

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“Nightmare Code” (2015): A Fascinating Found Footage Film Worth Multiple Viewings

You better be paying close attention during the 90-minute run-time of Nightmare Code. A missed word or visual, here or there, and you might miss a small byte of information that’s key to the story. A lot happens and sometimes it feels like an information dump. The quartered, split screen often used adds to what […]

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“Suspension” (2015): A Twisted Mother of a Story

Before I get started, let me say that the trailer for this film doesn’t do it justice. Suspension is a production of Suspended Reality Inc. and, considering the story the film tells, the company couldn’t have a better name. The plot contains two parallel and alternating threads for a little over half of the film. But […]

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“Bastard” (2015): A Solid Return to the Slasher Formula

Take the following ingredients — a pair of hitchhiking newlyweds on their honeymoon, a teen couple running away from a bad family life, and a local law enforcement officer suffering from a recent breakup — and mix them together in a remote bed and breakfast owned by a cheerful woman who leads morning nature hikes. […]

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“Dracula” Double Feature from Fathom Event and Turner Classic Movies

Fathom Events/Turner Classic Movies Presents Dracula Double Feature ORIGINAL 1931 ENGLISH & SPANISH VERSIONS The latest Fathom Events/Turner Classic Movies partnership brings a double feature of the original 1931 English and Spanish versions of Universal’s Dracula to cinemas across the U.S. I first saw the English language version when I was twelve. I was with my […]

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“Deathgasm” (2015): A Wild, Fun, Bloody Ride Set to the Tune of Heavy Metal

In Deathgasm, a new horror comedy from New Zealand, a recent high school transfer, a dropout, and two geeks form a metal band that they decide to name DEATHGASM (lower case is for pussies) after rejecting Murder Boners, Toothed Vagina, Maggot Sperm, Cannibal Unicorn, and SSSSSSSSSSSSS. In short order, they stumble upon the ancient “Black Hymn” and […]

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[Feature] “Psycho” (1960): A Classic Revisited on the Big Screen

Fathom Events, in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM), has been presenting a series of classic movies in theaters across the country. It’s a great opportunity for moviegoers to experience these films on the big screen, whether for the first time or as a revisiting. For example, Jaws (1975) was shown in June as part […]