[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 […]

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 […]

[Review] The Terror of Hallow’s Eve (Cinepocalypse, 2017) – by Doc Rotten

Chicago was home to Cinepocalypse from November 2 through November 9, 2017. One of the 60 films screening at this incredible film festival was The Terror of Hallow’s Eve (2017) from director Todd Tucker along with co-writers Ronald L. Halvas and Zack Ward. The film features Eric Roberts as neighbor Ed and Doug Jones under the make-up of two top-notch creations, The Trickster and a creepy Scarecrow. The film stars Caleb Thomas, Sarah Lancaster, Annie Read, […]

[Review] Family Possessions (GenreBlast, Wreak Havoc Film Festival, 2017) – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo returns to discuss another Film Festival Favorite, Family Possessions (2017) from director Tommy Faircloth. We’ve covered the film before online and in our Gruesome Magazine print edition but Paul provides a new perspective from not only GenreBlast Film Festival but from Wreak Havoc Film Festival as well and compares the two experience giving this review a unique perspective. The film feature two familiar genre names from the Eighties, Mark Patton from A Nightmare on […]

“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 […]

Born Again (2016): Festival Favorite Horror-Comedy Lands a Halloween Eve Premiere on Short of the Week

Featuring Ellie Church and Randall Greenland, the horror-comedy short Born Again has been delighting horror fans at film festivals for some time now, and for good reason. The Grue-Crew have caught the film a number of the film festivals and it always proves to be a highlight of the event. Now, you too can see what everyone is talking about. The film from Hands Off Productions and director Jason Tostevin is making its online premiere […]

[Review] Close Calls (New York City Horror Film Festival, 2017) – by Doc Rotten

Close Calls (2017) from writer-director Richard Stringham lands on the Gruesome Magazine desk via the New York City Horror Film Festival. The movie is part of the festival’s opening night, October 27, 2017. Doc Rotten joins Paul Cardullo with a review of the film, citing its heavy Eighties feel and approach as one of the film’s stronger qualities. The film has fun with its gore and story, planting its tongue firmly in its cheek but […]

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 […]

[Film Festival] Close Calls (2017) – The Psychological Horror Film from Richard Stringham Is Set to Terrify Audiences at the New York City Horror Film Festival 2017

The New York City Horror Film Festival approaches quickly this week, beginning October 26, 2017, running through October 29, 2017. As you may know, Horror News Radio co-host and Gruesome Magazine contributor Santos Ellin, Jr. was a part of the festival committee and spoke about the festival often. We will be spotlighting a number of the films playing at the festival throughout the week. Up first is Close Calls (2017) from writer/director Richard Stringham. The […]

[Film Festival] Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2017 Announce Award Winners

2017 SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS ANNOUNCED “TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID” & “THE LAPACE’S DEMON” Among Top Winners Marianne Maddalena Honored with Career Achievement Award HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2017 – America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers, and actors Thursday during the fest’s closing night. Screamfest, which ran from Oct. 10 – 19, 2017 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, has launched careers […]

[Film Festival] New York City Horror Film Festival Announces Lou Simon’s “3” As Their Opening Night Feature Presentation

The New York City Horror Film Festival approaches quickly this week, beginning October 26, 2017, running through October 29, 2017. As you may know, Horror News Radio co-host and Gruesome Magazine contributor Santos Ellin, Jr. was a part of the festival committee and spoke about the festival often. We will be spotlighting a number of the films playing at the festival throughout the week, beginning with their announcement of their Opening Night Feature Presentation of […]

“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 […]