[Review] Meow (FilmQuest, 2017): Death Follows a Feline Adoption in Wry Horror Short

Writer/director Christopher Jopp delivers an amusing horror short with a decidedly 1980s vibe with Meow. This fun, wicked work recalls the best television terror anthology shows from that decade, but rises above being a simple throwback exercise. Samantha (Eleonore Dendy in a charming performance) has just moved into her own apartment. Her mother (Nancy Marvy) is concerned about Samantha being lonely, and when the young woman suggests that she might get a cat to keep […]

[Review] Nite Nite (2017): Terror Lurks in a Boy’s Bedroom in Throwback Horror Short

The short film Nite Nite is writer/director Chad Meisenheimer’s mash-up of two time-honored horror conceits: the child who fears that a monster lurks in the bedroom at night, and the babysitter in peril. At a running time of just about three minutes, the short delivers a satisfying jolt of scary fun for the young and young-at-heart. One night in 1985, a babysitter (Tommie Vegas of Party Night [2017] and Another Evil Night [2017]) tries putting […]

[Review] Don’t Ever Change (2017): Macabre Opportunity Knocks at the Door of a Notorious Criminal

Writer/director/editor Don Swaynos’s Don’t Ever Change received a great deal of buzz on its film festival run this year, and for good reason. This deeply dark comedy features a superb job by its cast, and offers some unexpected twists, as well. Karen (Cyndi Williams of You Are Your Body/You Are Not Your Body [2014] and Holy Hell [2009]) and her daughter Amy (Heather Kafka of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [2003] and Daylight’s End [2016]) are having […]

[Review] I Make Corpses (Blood in the Snow 2017): Serial Killer Thrives During Zombie Apocalypse

Filmmaker Kyle Martellacci tackled body horror and science fiction in his 2016 outing Candy Skin; now he’s back with another genre-hybrid short. I Make Corpses is a dark-hearted combination of a pre-slasher grindhouse movie and a zombie apocalypse tale, a sort of The Last Serial Killer on Earth by way of George S. Romero and Lucio Fulci. I Make Corpses is a grim, unrelenting look at at the life and crimes of serial killer Ben […]

[Review] The Child Remains (Blood in the Snow, 2017): Chilling Tale of a House Haunted by Infanticide Delivers Eerie Atmosphere and Fine Performances   

Canadian independent horror offering The Child Remains borrows from the heartbreaking, true story of the “Butterbox Babies” — a series of murders and illegal adoptions at a Novia Scotia maternity home in the 1920s through 1940s — as a jumping-off point, and puts a supernatural spin on things. The result is a brooding, atmospheric chiller that delivers a whopper of a third act. Writer/director Michael Melski’s story concerns married couple Rae (Suzanne Clément) and Liam […]

[Review] Red Spring (Blood in the Snow 2017): Post-Apocalyptic Vampires Target Band of Survivors in Canadian Indie Effort

Jeff Sinasac has an impressive string of credits as an actor, and with the Canadian independent horror film Red Spring, he offers an accomplished debut as a feature-film writer and director, as well. He takes some tried-and-true scare fare elements and puts enough original spins and, more importantly, heart into the movie to deliver a satisfying slice of vampire scare fare. In a post-apocalyptic area in and around Toronto, a small band of survivors travels […]

[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 […]