[Review] The Night Whispered (2016): Horror Short Hearkens Back to Classic Supernatural Tales – by Joseph Perry

Talented actor Nicholas Vince, who played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed, makes his horror short writing and directorial debut with The Night Whispered. This short will remind viewers of classic supernatural tales, perhaps ones that they read or viewed in their younger years or even today. Check out Joseph’s full audio review below, and then rent or buy The Night Whispered at http://www.nicholasvince.com/the-night-whispered! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheNightWhispered/ The Night […]

[Review] Snowflake (Cinepocalypse, 2017): Xenia Assenza Leads a Terrific Ensemble Cast in this Delirious Bloody Dark Fantasy – by Joseph Perry

Chicago’s Music Box Theatre was home to the Cinepocalypse film festival from November 2 through November 9, 2017. One of the 60 films screening at this incredible film festival was Snowflake (Schneeflöckchen, 2017) from directors Adolfo J. Kolmerer and William James, and writers Arend Remmers. The film’s ensemble cast is terrific and features an outstanding performance from Xenia Assenza as a young woman out for revenge on the two men who killed her parents in a restaurant […]

[Review] Mannequin (2017) – Horror Comes Delivered to Your Doorstep in Eerie Short Film – Joseph Perry

DND Creations, a two-man team consisting of Dante Aubain and Danny Summonte, has crafted a short film rife with tension and dread. Mannequin (2017) tells the tale of a young man (Summonte) who receives a box from his uncle that contains the top part of a mannequin. He doesn’t think much of it until he is awoken that night by strange sounds. He goes to investigate, and filmmakers Aubain and Summonte ratchet up the suspense. […]

The Blood in the Snow Film Festival Returns For Sixth Year of Nightmares from the North

  The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS) returns for a sixth year of thrills, chills, and bloody Canuck carnage, running November 23–26, 2017 at Toronto’s Royal Cinema. Gruesome Magazine is proud to announce that we have been selected to cover the festival, and the Grue-Crew looks forward to bringing our readers reviews of BITS’ terrific offerings. Following is the official press release from the festival, which should tantalize horror film fans of all stripes. […]

[Review] Trench 11 (Cinepocalypse, 2017): Biological Warfare Product Takes No Sides Deep Underground – Joseph Perry

Canadian weird-war chiller Trench 11 is an exciting nailbiter in which danger lurks around every corner. The bulk of the film takes place in a maze-like underground complex built by Germany’s World War I army for, as you might guess, experimental purposes. Director Leo Scherman has had David Cronenberg and Paul Schrader as mentors, and the dark, sinister vibe he maintains throughout this film carries on the traditions of those fine filmmakers. Although Trench 11 […]

“Great Choice” (Fantastic Fest, 2017): Family Restaurant Ad Morphs into a Living Nightmare

Unsuspecting first-time viewers may be puzzled at first as they begin to watch writer/director Robin Comisar’s Great Choice short film, with thoughts such as “So it’s a Red Lobster commercial from the 1990s? So what?” Then, slowly and subtly at first and then building to a startling climax, the short weaves its looping spell, as it becomes a chaotic nightmare for its protagonist. Comisar’s exercise in existential horror takes a typically banal family restaurant commercial […]

Sydney’s 11th Annual Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Film Festival Announces Full Program

Presented by Deadhouse Films, the 11th annual A Night of Horror International Film Festival and Fantastic Planet, Sydney Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival announce full program and opens ticket sales for the 2017 event today. The festivals will run concurrently at Dendy Cinemas Newtown, from November 29 to December 3, 2017. The event’s opening night film is the Sydney premiere of Bloodlands from Australian writer/director Steven Kastrissios (The Horseman), followed by a Q&A. I was […]

Shut Eye (2016): Gruesome Magazine Announces Official Online Launch of Psychological Horror Short Film

Five friends play a game: Take the most potent sleeping pills on the planet and try to stay awake. The last one to fall asleep wins. So begins the psychological horror short film Shut Eye. Gruesome Magazine is pleased to be a part of the film’s official online launch. You can watch it at the link below for free, along with trailers for director Lauren Cooney’s sequel Shut Eye 2 and her science fiction short […]

Tragedy Girls (2017): Teenaged Friends Literally Kill for More Social Media Attention

Bolstered by winning performances from its two leads, director Tyler MacIntyre’s horror comedy Tragedy Girls delivers with both laugh-out-loud humor and gory set pieces. It has its share of disturbing moments, as well,  along with some surface-level commentary on addiction of social media. Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand star, respectively, as high school seniors McKayla Hooper and Sadie Cunningham (The characters’ last names should give you an instant clue as to whether director MacIntyre and […]

“Die! Sitter! Die! Rupert” (2015): Babysitter Horror Gets a Disturbing New Entry with This Jaw-Dropping Short Film

Thanks to horror films and urban legends, tales of babysitting terror are always in vogue. Boxleitner brothers Lee and Sam offer up a truly disturbing take on this fear fare subgenre with their award-winning short film Die! Sitter! Die! Rupert. The short opens with a bit of drama that allows viewers to get to know protagonist Alison (Caitlin Reilly): She’s a stressed-out young woman who is working three jobs after dropping out of college because […]

Eight Mustn’t-Miss Films from Cinepocalypse Film Festival’s Chicago Debut

Now that Chicago’s Music Box Theatre has announced its full wave of programming and guests for the debut year of Cinepocalypse — an evolution to the program design of Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival — Gruesome Magazine would like to suggest eight must-see movies screening there. Cinepocalypse will take place November 2–9 at the Music Box, and promises to be the Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans this year, loaded with new features, […]

[Film Festival] Ithaca Fantastik Delivers an Incredible Array of International Genre Film Fare for Its November Festival

The sixth annual edition of Ithaca Fantastik (IF) film festival, which takes place from November 3–12 in Ithaca, New York, is loaded up with selections certain to make horror movie fans drool, and IF’s other genre offerings are just as stunning. With 37 films from 20 countries, IF boasts a retrospective theme of “Italiano Psichedeliko,” as well as many brand-new films, to boot. IF features seven of my favorite films so far of 2017, with […]

“Root of All Evil” (2016): Sarcastic Skeptics Get Their Comeuppances in Halloween Horror Short

Filmmaker Alex DiVincenzo’s Halloween-themed horror/dark-comedy short Root of All Evil is impressive, but even moreso when considering that it was made in less than two days and had to adhere to a strict set of rules. This is because the short was created as part of the Providence (Rhode Island) 48 Hour Film Project, in which it won six awards: Best Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Costumes, Best Use of Prop, Best Special Effects, and […]

“King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen” (Fantastic Fest, 2017): Maverick Genre Film Auteur’s Career Gets an Engrossing Look in Top-Notch Documentary

I first watched prolific writer and director Larry Cohen’s work as a child, long before I figured out who he was and how much I enjoyed his creative output. Writer/director Steve Mitchell reminded me of this with his incredible documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen, while exposing me to sides and shades of Cohen and his prolific body of work that I had never before experienced. Cohen created the Quinn Martin–produced […]

“Justice Served” (2017): Moral Compass Needles Are Shattered in Courtroom Horror Short

Prolific filmmaker Patrick Rea puts modern American society under a The Twilight Zone-style microscope in his latest short film, Justice Served. This examination of murky morality opens post-viewing questions for discussion while delivering an entertaining horror story. Nathan (Davis DeRock) is on trial for suspicion of deliberately pushing a little girl into the oncoming path of a speeding car, driven by Andrea Paddington (Jennifer Seward-DeRock). His attorney Mia (executive producer Elisa James) is certain that […]