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“Brain Damage” (1988): Social Commentary Served With Gore, Laughs, & A Brain-eating Monster

Writer/director Frank Henenlotter’s Brain Damage (1988) is a thoughtful and powerful exploration of the dangers of drug addiction. It also happens to be a gory horror-comedy featuring a singing, dancing, phallus-shaped, brain-eating monster. A young man awakens one day to find a strange creature somewhat attached to his body. The monster provides him with hits of its drug-like venom, but it demands to be fed human brains in exchange. Combining puppetry, stop-motion animation, practical effects, […]

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Board the “Train to Busan” With the Trailer for “Seoul Station”

South Korean zombies-on-a-train flick Train to Busan (2016) was a fan favorite when it came out last year. Now, find out where those zombies came from with the animated prequel Seoul Station (2017). Train to Busan‘s director, Yeon Sang-ho, takes directorial duties in this film as well. Let us take a look at the trailer: It looks pretty cool. Here is the official synopsis: A man sleeping in Seoul Station becomes a catalyst for the pandemonium in downtown Seoul; a […]

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“Mayhem” Set to Be Unleashed in Theaters, VOD, & Streaming

Director Joe Lynch‘s action/thriller Mayhem, which has been getting some good festival buzz, is set to be released in theaters and on VOD in late 2017. Subscribers to AMC Networks’ horror streaming service Shudder will be able to catch its streaming premier in early 2018. RLJ Entertainment and Shudder picked up the distribution rights while at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28, 2017). Steven Yeun (Glenn from The Walking Dead(2010)) and Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks (2016)) star […]

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“Caltiki: The Immortal Monster” (1959): Boring Blob but With Bits of Bava

There is a certain charm to 1950s low-budget monster flicks, though that charm can only take one so far. Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (1959) is an Italian riff on The Blob (1958). Scientists investigating possible causes for the fall of Mayan civilization discover a hidden cavern filled with treasure — and occupied by an amorphous monster. After one of their number is killed and another member maimed by the creature, they take a sample back […]

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“Dead or Alive: Final” (2002): Lackluster Sequel Proves 3rd Time Is NOT the Charm

Sometimes, it can become painfully obvious when a filmmaker loses interest in a particular series. Dead or Alive: Final (2002), the third film in director Takashi Miike’s action series featuring Shô Aikawa and Riki Takeuchi, appears to suffer from lack of interest. Set 300 years from now in a run-down city in a post-apocalyptic world, the population is kept in check and under control by forced birth control. With the help of an android fighter, […]

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Mega-City One: The World of Judge Dredd is Coming to Television

Judge Dredd fans, are you ready for more? It looks like the world of Judge Dredd is slated be made into a new television series, Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. Indie studio IM Global and game developer Rebellion have struck a deal to bring Dredd’s world to the small screen. It is early in development, so it may be a bit before it comes to fruition (anticipated for 2019). Here is the announcement: While the comic is celebrating […]

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The Stars Are Right: Guests Announced for 2017 Women in Horror Film Festival

The Women in Horror Film Festival has announced its guest list for 2017, and it looks to include a great group of filmmakers. Guests include genre favorites such as Lynn Lowry (Cat People (1982)), , Sonya Thompson (The Walking Dead (2010)), and Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). Additionally, the festival will include several panels featuring additional guests. A panel on A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) will feature series alums, Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss. Those looking for […]

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Like a Maniac . . . Cop: Catch a Double Feature of “Maniac Cop” 1 & 2 with Director Bill Lustig

What could be cooler than watching a double-feature of Maniac Cop (1988) and Maniac Cop 2 (1990) on the big screen? How about viewing them with the director William Lustig in person! If you find yourself in or around Columbus, Ohio on May 20, 2017, head on over to the Gateway Film Center to catch a Maniac Cop double-feature with an introduction and Q& A by director William Lustig. Tickets are only $15 and can be ordered online. If you […]

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“The Monster of Dread End”: Kickstarter Launched to Bring Classic Horror Comic to Life

Emmy Award-winning visual effects designer and director Ernest D. Farino is looking to bring to life the classic John Stanley horror comic story The Monster of Dread End. First published in Dell Comics’ Ghost Stories #1 in 1962, it is the creepy tale of a neighborhood that has been abandoned after a series of mysterious deaths where the victims are found crushed to death. A teenage boy returns to the neighborhood years after his sister’s death and discovers a frightful monster […]

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“Dead or Alive 2: Birds” (2000): A Return to Innocence — With a Touch of Violence

Mention the name of director Takashi Miike and bizarre visions of violence and depravity come to mind for many fans of his films. While Miike’s body of work certainly is filled with more than its share of unusual and disturbing imagery, it also has its softer moments. In Dead or Alive 2: Birds (Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha) (2000), Miike shows that he is equally skilled with displaying touching and emotional scenes as he is […]

Scottish Horror With the Return of the Owlman in the Trailer for “The Black Gloves”

A few years ago, writer Sarah Daly and director Lawrie Brewster introduced the world to a new boogieman, the Owlman, with their creepy Lord of Tears (2013). They return to the  Scottish Highlands and the world of the Owlman with their latest film, The Black Gloves. This time, instead of the contemporary setting of Lord of Tears, the 1940s are the backdrop for The Black Gloves. Shot in black and white, the filmmakers are giving a film noir spin […]

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Free Comic Book Day Brings a Free Sample of the Comic That Inspired “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Writer/director Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi flick Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) is based on the classic French comic book series Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. So, what better way to promote the movie than offering a free comic with a preview story for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017? STXfilms, EuropaCorp, and Cinebook are giving away a 32-page comic book that includes a sample classic story from Valerian and […]

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“Dead of Alive” (1999): Depravity, Violence, & Social Commentary

Director Takashi Miike is known for his often bizarre and violent films, but, as with George A. Romero’s zombies, the more exploitive aspects of Miike’s movies are generally in service to a broader social commentary. In Dead or Alive (1999), Miike throws his audience headfirst into the Tokyo underworld, where a gangster is waging a private war against both the Chinese Triads and the Japanese Yakuza. A police lieutenant with problems at home is investigating […]

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“Welcome to Willits” (Nevermore Film Festival 2017): Aliens, Campers, & Pot Farmers Make for a Well-balanced Horror Comedy

Striking the right balance of tone and genres in a horror comedy can be a tricky proposition. Writer Tim Ryan and director Trevor Ryan manage to pull this off with their alien-thriller-comedy splatterfest Welcome to Willits (Nevermore Film Festival 2017). The film, which played at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina on the weekend of February 24 – 26, 2017, recounts the tale of California marijuana farmer who has been having problems with […]

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“Donnie Darko” (2001): Enigmatic & Slyly Funny Existential Classic

When it comes down to it, life and death can be quite funny, enigmatic, and hard to classify. The same can be said for writer/director Richard Kelly’s existential comedy, mystery, science fiction thriller Donnie Darko (2001). A teenage boy begins having disturbing visions, including ones of a six-foot skull-faced rabbit that tells him that the world is ending soon. Are these simply hallucinations brought on by improper medication, signs of a mental breakdown, or is […]