[Podcast] Super Dark Times – Devil’s Gate – 10/31 – Virtual Revolution – Episode 2 – Gruesome Magazine

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Welcome to the Gruesome Magazine Podcast where a vigilant team of the Grue-Crew tackle the latest VOD, streaming, and independent releases for the week. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era are joined by Rafe Telsch […]

[Podcast] The Rizen – Cannibal Farm – The Dark Military – Desolation – Pottersville – Episode 1 – Gruesome Magazine

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Welcome to the Gruesome Magazine Podcast where a vigilant team of the Grue-Crew tackle the latest VOD, streaming, and independent releases for the week. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic are joined by Rafe Telsch and […]

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

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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) […]

[Review] Dawning of the Dead (2017): A Creatively Titled Zombie Opus with Homages to Cherished Classics – by Rafe Telsch

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Out now from Uncork’d Entertainment and filmmakers Tony Jopia, Nika Braun, Yannis Zafeiriou, and Alexander Zwart is the zombie opus – and creatively titled – Dawning of the Dead (2017). Taking place primarily in a newsroom studio, the film covers the zombie apocalypse while interrupting the narrative to show other areas of the world affected […]

[Review] Thrill Ride (2017): A Lighthearted, Fun Treat For Young Horror Fans – by Vanessa

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Director Chris Parrish – along with co-writer Mason Parrish – delivers a lighthearted, fun monster-filled romp as a group of kids encounters all kinds of terrors as they explore an amusement park in search of Al Capone’s legendary hidden treasure in Thrill Ride (2017). The film has a Goonies and Monster Squad vibe in the […]

[Review] Bright (2017): A Misguided Ugly Attempt at Fantasy Worldbuilding by Thomas Mariani

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Will Smith reunites with David Ayer to create Netflix’s first “blockbuster” original, Bright (2017). With a $90M estimated budget, the fantasy horror cop thriller is a bold move for the streaming company. The film also features Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar Ramirez, and Lucy Fry in key roles. Set in an alternate universe where man […]

[Review] Downsizing (2017): The Diminishing Returns of One Size Fits All – by Doc Rotten

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Downsizing (2017) from writer/director Alexander Payne has everything going for it. It has a unique and intriguing premise: to save the planet from man, overpopulation, global warming (you name it), shrink man down to one-tenth their original size. It has a great lead cast featuring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig, Udo Kier, and – standout […]

[Review] Daguerrotype (2017): Creepy Cinematography and Good Intentions Cannot Save This Dull Feature – by Rafe Telsch

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Coming from the director of Pulse (2001) and Creepy (2016), the drama horror thriller Daguerrotype (2017) attempts to scare up some chills and goosebumps. Originally titled “Le Secret de la Chambre Noire”, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s film is heavier on the drama than the horror and may be found as a bit of sluggish chore for many horror […]

[Review] Bedeviled (2017): Misses the Opportunity to Enjoy Its Own Campiness – by Vanessa

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Modern horror likes to chase current fears and with Bedeviled (2017) that remains the case. In this feature from the writing-directing team of Abel Vang and Burlee Vang, the fear is the app on your mobile device, the little bit of software gleefully downloaded into your private world and space. Yes, it’s a horror film […]

[Review] J.D.’s Revenge (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1976): A Surprising Blaxploitation Classic – by Paul Cardullo

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In this episode of Groovy Gorey Gruesome Gold, Paul Cardullo goes back to the mid-1970s for the Blaxploitation classic J.D.’s Revenge (1976). In the 1940s, gangster J.D. Walker (David McKnight) witnesses the murder of his sister (Alice Jubert) and then is gunned down by her murderer. Flash forward to 1976 . . .  Isaac, played […]

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

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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 […]

[Review] The Follower (2017): A Creative Mix of Found Footage, Video Blogging, And Conventional Film Making – by Doc Rotten

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Dancing between found footage, video blogging, and conventional film, The Follower (2017) makes the most out of its concept of a ghost hunting Youtube celebrity, David Baker (Nicolas Shake) encountering a supposed haunting that is far more than he anticipated. The interaction between David and the homeowner Carol (Chloe Dumas) drives much of the first […]

[Review] Blood Harvest (2017): A Beautiful, Silly Mess – by Vanessa

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While the IMDb suggests that Blood Harvest (2017) is “Onus meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the film is something else entirely. It is a beautiful, silly, little film – lush, green, and vibrant with its Irish countryside locations. However, the film is full of alien vampires who have committed 36 murders that the local police […]

[Review] The Sword and The Claw (Kiliç Aslan) (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1975): A Trippy Turkish Delight – by Paul Cardullo

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In this edition of Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, Paul Cardullo gets his first taste of 1970s Turkish Action Cinema with the funky classic The Sword and The Claw (aka Kiliç Aslan and Lionman) (1975). The film is an unusual mix of Tarzan and a sword-and-sandal epic. While Tarzan is raised by apes, Süleyman (Turkish megastar Cüneyt Arkin), the hero of The Sword and […]

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

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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 […]