[Review] Still/Born (Popcorn Frights, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

Popcorn Frights Film Festival featured the Florida premiere of postpartum-themed chiller Still/Born on August 16, and Gruesome Magazine’s Joseph Perry checks in with his thoughts on the film. Director/co-writer Brandon Christensen‘s psychological horror film stars Christie Burke as Mary, a new mother, and Jesse Moss as her husband Jack. The couple is the proud parents of a boy, but the baby’s twin was stillborn. Mary becomes suspicious that the non-surviving baby is making its presence […]

“Goodnight, Gracie” (2017): Death Climbs the Family Staircase in Discomfiting Short Film

A young girl finds herself caught between her religious beliefs and a very Earthly evil in writer/director Stellan Kendrick’s horror short Goodnight, Gracie (2017). Though less than four minutes long, the film creates a looming sense of dread and packs quite a wallop in a stunningly presented effort. Elementary school-aged Gracie (Caige Coulter) is resting in her room when she hears a commotion downstairs. Clutching her stuffed lamb and Jesus flashlight, she investigates, only to […]

[Review] The Bride (Popcorn Frights, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

The Russian supernatural horror film The Bride (Nevesta, 2017) had its North American premiere at Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami, Florida on August 17, and Gruesome Magazine’s Joseph Perry has one of the first English language reviews for the movie. Victoria Agalakova stars as Nastya, a young woman who rushes into marriage, only to find that her in-laws harbor a country house filled with dark, deadly secrets. Joseph gives his thoughts on what this […]

“Admonition” (2017): Diabolical Presence Stalks a Dying Woman and Her Deaf Daughter

Admonition, director Alexander Mattingly’s eighth and latest short film, is an eerie work that hangs heavy with dread throughout. Low-key lighting and effective use of shadows — as well as portraying something just beyond those shadows — helps mount a macabre atmosphere, and having one of the lead characters being deaf adds a sense of confusion to the proceedings.   Adrienne King of Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2 fame plays a […]

“Redwood” (FrightFest, 2017): Couple Encounters Vampiric Forest Dwellers in UK Creature Feature

Like many a horror movie character before them, the young couple at the forefront of UK production Redwood does exactly what they are warned not to, going off the main trail during a camping trip in the forest. Naturally, they stumble onto a deadly situation. What makes writer/director Tom Paton’s (Pandorica, 2016) eerie film different than similar “creature in the woods” genre offerings is the reason for the trip, as well as the monstrosities that […]

[Review] The Heretics (BiFan, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry reports from BiFan (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival) about the latest Chad (Bite) Archibald horror film, The Heretics. Featuring Nina Kiri, Jorja Candence, and Ry Barrett, the film features a cult that returns from the dead to terrorize a young girl who once escaped their grasp. Joseph chimes in on the direction, the acting, and the horrific terror that lies within. Check out his review below. The Heretics d. Chad Archibald w/ Jayme […]

“It Began Without Warning” (Fantasia, 2017): Scary Kids and Creepy Creatures Run Amok in Brazen, Breakneck-Paced Short  

Approximately five minutes’ worth of the bloodiest, creepiest horror you’re bound to see this year await you in the short film It Began Without Warning. This real-time shocker opens with what looks to be the murder of a wife by her husband with their child in danger, and then takes viewers in a whole other direction. The second short for the writing/directing team of Jessica Curtright and Santiago C. Tapia after their 2013 effort Territorial […]

“Girl #2” (Fantasia, 2017): The Slasher Isn’t the Most Dangerous Character in This Excellent Horror-Comedy Short

When, in classic slasher movie fashion, a maniac runs rampant through a sorority house bludgeoning its residents to death, viewers might think that things couldn’t get worse for the protagonists. They would be wrong, though, in the case of director David Jeffery’s incredible short film Girl #2. The short opens with Jenn (Katy Yoder) coming out of her hiding place and surveying the carnage that has taken place so far. She finds another surviving sorority […]

[Review] Better Watch Out (Bifan / Popcorn Frights, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry shares his thoughts on a film he caught at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival called Better Watch Out (2017). The film will also screen at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival. It also took the “gold prize” for “Best North American, South American, or European Feature Film” at the 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival. Better Watch Out is from director Chris Peckover and features Levi Miller, Olivia DeJonge, Virginia Madsen, Ed Oxenbould, and Patrick Warburton. […]

[Review] Super Dark Times (Popcorn Frights, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry shares his thoughts about the coming of age thriller Super Dark Times (2017) which played at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival. The film is directed by Kevin Phillips and written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. The cast includes Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, and Elizabeth Cappuccino. Joseph champions the direction, the acting, and the thrilling, tight script. Listen below to check out his review. Super Dark Times (2017) Synopsis: Teenagers Zach and Josh […]

[Review] Pronoia (2017, Super Scary Shorts Saturday) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry reviews the short film Pronoia from Marevan Pictures and writer/director Nick Efteriades. The short features Stelio Savante as Jeff, Hannah Jane McMurray as Camille, and Lou Mastantuono (AKA Lou Mast) as a policeman, in an enigmatic neo-noir mystery thriller with science fiction elements. Jeff and Camille meet on a stormy night in a posh hotel, but a news report about a missing government official (Marston Allen as Lt. Griswold) alters the course of […]

[Review] The Endless (BIFAN, 2017) – by Joseph Perry

Joseph Perry joins Doc Rotten to discuss The Endless from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Joseph caught the film at the Bucheaon Internation Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) in Bucheon, South Korea recently. The film also played at the Fantasia International Film Festival (July 12 – August 2, 2017) in Montreal, Canada and again at the upcoming Popcorn Frights Film Festival (August 11-17, 2017) in Miami, Florida. Listen below to hear Josephs thoughts on the […]

“For a Good Time, Call . . .” (Fantasia 2017): Sexual Power Play Leads to Petrifying Retribution

In her latest horror short For a Good Time, Call . . ., director Izzy Lee tackles the topic of posting Internet sex tapes without the willing consent of both victims. The victim in this case makes a wish that results in a terrifying situation for the perpetrator and a nifty slice of scare fare for viewers. Alex (Sean Carmichael) sets up a hidden camera in the bedroom, unbeknownst to Alice (frequent Lee collaborator Diana […]

“Undress Me” (2017): Haunting, Metaphorical Body-Horror Short Boasts Disturbing Special Effects

Writer/director Amelia Moses tackles body horror, social anxiety, and the potential aftermaths of unsafe sex straight-on in her unnerving, disturbing short film Undress Me. Although these themes may have been explored in both feature-length and short films before, Moses makes her mark with a chilling character study featuring truly disturbing special effects, and offers food for thought regarding different interpretations of her short. College freshman Alice (Lee Marshall) seems to be a loner who is […]

“REM” (2017): A Woman Tries to Help a Stranger with a Terrible Gift in New Zealand Shocker Short

Gail Morris (writer/director April Phillips) is a security guard who discovers the chilling, but potentially world-changing, secrets of a mute homeless man in the New Zealand horror/science-fiction thriller REM. This offering packs a lot of drama and emotional weight in its running time of approximately 14 minutes. On her rounds one night, Morris discovers a vagrant man (Chris Ryan) in an abandoned building. He is surrounded by newspaper clippings and wall scrawlings about disasters. Although […]