Women in Horror Film Festival

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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“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 […]

[Podcast] The 18th Annual Nevermore Film Festival – Episode 11 – HNR Extra

Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss the 10 films that played during the 18th Annual Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, NC, February 24-26, 2017. Each year, the highly anticipated film festival shares some of the best the horror genre has to offer – along with some sci-fi and thriller options as well. Ten films were presented during the weekend, 9 were in competition and one (The Love Witch) was an official release included during […]

“Life” (2017): Gravity and Alien Mix Into Fun B-Movie Madness

Everything about Life (2017) – the synopsis, the trailer, the poster, and the promotions – make the film out to be a second cousin to the Alien franchise. The film sets up a cast of six astronauts on the International Space Station investigating rock samples from Mars and discovering the first proof of alien life – a small one cell creature hidden in the rocks. Before you know it, the alien grows, attacks, and escapes, […]

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“The Power” (Nevermore Film Festival 2017): Psychological Horror Spiked With More Visceral Cult Horrors

Some of the most effective horror comes from fear of the unknown. In this way, there is much overlap between horror, mystery, and suspense genres. Keeping an audience in the dark as to what is going on or as to just who is in control can increase the level of terror in a film. In some ways, writer/director Paul Hills’ The Power (Nevermore Film Festival 2017) can be considered a mystery/suspense tale, though, in the […]

2017 Boston Underground Film Festival

2017 Boston Underground Film Festival Fills Out Its Shorts Nicely

The 2017 Boston Underground Film Festival (aka BUFF) has announced its slate of shorts for this year, and it looks like there is just about something for all tastes. They have over 60 shorts lined up in 6 different themed blocks. They also have selected shorts playing in front of thematically linked features, which is a cool trend we have started seeing at some other festivals. The festival runs March 22 – March 26, 2017, so you […]

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“The Void” (Nevermore Film Festival 2017): Filled With Mystery, Suspense, Gore, Monsters, and Existential Dread

It may be called The Void (Nevermore Film Festival 2017), but the film, which played at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina on the weekend of February 24 – 26, 2017, is far from empty. On the contrary, it is chock full of horror goodness. A small group of people is trapped when the rural hospital in which they find themselves is surrounded by a silent but threatening group of hooded cultists. They […]

“The Maiden” (2016): Real Estate Agent Finds Haunted House Hard to Sell

  In the supernatural horror short The Maiden, real estate agent Lucy Wells (Alia Raelynn) is determined to sell an old house — and desperate enough to forge ahead even when a former resident makes it terrifyingly clear that she considers Lucy a trespasser. Writer/director Michael Chaves has forged a great-looking, suspenseful film that fans of haunted house cinema will relish. It’s no spoiler to say that The Maiden is a supernatural story because the […]

“Family Possessions” (2016): Inherited House Hides Terrifying Secrets

Part supernatural mystery thriller and part gory slasher movie, writer/director Tommy Faircloth’s Family Possessions is a fun ride that kept me entertained throughout. Fans of independent fright fare should also have a great time with this offering. The Dunn family is in dire financial straits; father Steve (Jason Vail) is between jobs and mother Sarah (Morgan Monnig) is doing her best to hold things together. When Steve’s mother Albertha dies, the family is shocked to […]

“Darla” (Shriekfest 2016): Homeless Man Meets Horror in an Alley in Effective Short Shocker

  Somewhere between classic Pandora’s Box-style cautions and good intentions paving their own roads to hell lies director/co-writer Eric Dresden Connelly’s Darla (2015). What begins as a human drama story with a heartwarming act of concern merges into science fiction and horror territory. A homeless man (Matt Fowler, also co-writer) is rummaging for food and other items in an alley when he suddenly hears the unmistakable sound of a baby crying. He determines that the […]

“Capture Kill Release” (2016): A Captivating Experience, A Romantic Bloodbath

Love can make you do crazy things, ranging in everything from a tattoo to an impulsive cross-country move. It’s a powerful emotion that has the ability to take you well beyond established limits, some of which are incredibly dark. For instance, would you kill someone to appease your loved one? That is the question asked by Capture Kill Release. In the latest offering of the recent tradition of found footage offerings, Capture Kill Release follows […]

“Shutter” (Shriekfest 2016): Opportunity Knocks When a Murderer Strikes in German Thriller Short

Mark (Matthias Brueggenolte) is a young man who wishes to become a professional photographer, and pictures from the scene of a murder that he witnessed may be the key to landing just such a job in director/writer/producer Robert Mueller’s grue-filled short thriller Shutter (Germany, 2015). A secretary (Leni Speidel) assists Mark with his appointment to interview with an executive editor (Caroline Stahler) who initially seems to have little time or patience for him. He recounts […]

“It’s All in Your Head” (Shriekfest 2016): Colorful Tale of Childhood Fear of Monsters Brings Nostalgic Smiles and Shudders

Monsters lurking under the bed or waiting patiently in the closet to terrorize children after their parents fall asleep are a concern to kids of all kinds around the world. Writer/director/producer Greg Jeffs brilliantly offers a new spin on this universal fear in his marvelous new short It’s All in Your Head (Canada, 2016). This film gets everything right in virtually every area, so expect a flurry of superlatives ahead. The short is narrated by […]

“Beyond the Gates” (2016 – Knoxville Horror Film Festival): Delivers with VHS Nostalgia and Blood-soaked Gore

More an homage to the VHS age of 80’s and 90’s horror films than a throwback, Beyond the Gates from director Jackson Stewart is steeped in nostalgia and retro-atmosphere. With a plot that follows a pair of brothers uncovering an old VHS game with deadly consequences, the film embraces the cheese factor and the gore – and the era. The casting of Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next, We Are Still Here) goes a […]

“The Scared One” (Shriekfest 2016): French Horror Short Magnificently Captures the Feeling of Childhood Fear

Drenched in dread and presented in shadow-filled black-and-white, the French horror short The Scared One (L’épouvanté; 2016) expertly captures the terrifying feelings that monsters exist and that they visit us at night in our bedrooms. Brothers Romain and Thibault Lafargue wrote and directed this chilling piece, which addresses these and other childhood fears in classic scary-storytelling fashion. A very young boy (Hadrien Boulme-Alberti) watches through his bedroom window as his father (Olivier Banse) puts together […]