[Review] Never Leave Alive (2017): Levity Kills Suspense In This Most Dangerous Game – by Vanessa

Vanessa straps in to tackle an action thriller from director Steven LaMorte called Never Leave Alive (2017). The film expands on the “most dangerous game” themes where characters Rick (John Hennigan) and Anna (Michelle Taylor) find themselves being hunted by the villainous Zaroff (Eric Eterbari). Vanessa shares the humor in the script from J. Amanda Sabater tends to undermine the suspense from the action but that Hennigan delivers and that Eterbari is a gem. Never Leave […]

[Review] Season of the Witch (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1972): Romero’s Unsung Witchcraft Classic Between Night and Dawn – by Paul Cardullo

Paul Cardullo sits down with Doc Rotten to review one of the unsung classics found in the George A. Romero collection from Arrow Video, Between Night and Dawn. The film is Season of the Witch (1972) originally called Jack’s Wife and released under the title Hungry Wives. Paul shares the strange and unusual history of Romero’s “witchcraft” offering. He praises actress Jan White who plays the lead and encourages horror fans – especially Romero fans […]

[Review] The Night Whispered (2016): Horror Short Hearkens Back to Classic Supernatural Tales – by Joseph Perry

Talented actor Nicholas Vince, who played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed, makes his horror short writing and directorial debut with The Night Whispered. This short will remind viewers of classic supernatural tales, perhaps ones that they read or viewed in their younger years or even today. Check out Joseph’s full audio review below, and then rent or buy The Night Whispered at http://www.nicholasvince.com/the-night-whispered! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheNightWhispered/ The Night […]

[Review] Downrange (Cinepocalypse, 2017): Gripping But Poorly Timed Thriller Undone By Unhinged Final Act – by Doc Rotten

Doc Rotten dives into another film from the fantastic Cinepocalypse Film Festival held in Chicago from November 2nd through the 9th. Downrange (2017) proves to be a gripping thriller from director Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Godzilla: Final Wars, The Midnight Meat Train) featuring Kelly Connaire, Stephanie Pearson, and Rod Hernandez. The plot is extremely minimalistic with a group of friends stranded on an isolated stretch of rural country road with no cell reception. Soon, they discover that a sniper […]

[Review] Skybound (2017): Implausible Details Derail a Promising Airborn Disaster Film – by Jeff Mohr

Tackling another Sci-fi/Horror film, Jeff Mohr discovers Skybound (2017) is more an action-thriller with an interesting plot, a good mystery, and solid cinematography but with weak acting and cringe-worthy dialogue. Writer-director Alex Tavakoli guides his cast Scarlett Byrne, Gavin Stenhouse, and Rick Cosnett through his disaster-filled in-flight feature. Jeff shares his thoughts, his score, and his favorite scene with another much-anticipated Gruesome Magazine review. Skybound (2017) http://traffic.libsyn.com/docrotten/Skybound-JeffMohr.mp3Podcast (gruesomemagazine): Play in new window | Download

[Review] Justice League (2017): Charismatic Leads Defeat Another Dull Villain – by Doc Rotten

Vanessa invites Doc Rotten to reveal his thoughts on the latest film in the DC cinematic universe, Justice League (2017). The film is directed by Zack Snyder (with some reshoot help from Joss Whedon) with a script by Chris Terrio and Whedon. The story has Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) forming a team to defeat Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds, voice), providing Jack Kirby a “New Gods” credit. Sadly, the world is in a […]

[Review] The Car (Groovy Gory Gruesome Gold, 1977): Best Jaws Rip-off…Ever – by Paul Cardullo

In the annals of killer car movies, one film stands out – The Car (1977) from director Elliot Silverstein and screenwriters Dennis Shryack, Michael Butler, and Lane Slate. Sure, Killdozer is older (though, technically, that is about a killer bulldozer, not a car) and John Carpenter‘s version of Stephen King‘s Christine (1983) may be more well-known, but The Car outshines those other films in at least two ways – it is a lot more fun and it has James Brolin. Catching this […]

[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 […]

[Review] Mannequin (2017) – Horror Comes Delivered to Your Doorstep in Eerie Short Film – Joseph Perry

DND Creations, a two-man team consisting of Dante Aubain and Danny Summonte, has crafted a short film rife with tension and dread. Mannequin (2017) tells the tale of a young man (Summonte) who receives a box from his uncle that contains the top part of a mannequin. He doesn’t think much of it until he is awoken that night by strange sounds. He goes to investigate, and filmmakers Aubain and Summonte ratchet up the suspense. […]

[Review] The Elf (2017): The Holiday Gift That Goes Better Unopened – by Vanessa

Vanessa returns to review the holiday cheer fear flick, The Elf (2017) from writer-director Justin Price. You’d think this would be a slamming good time ala Leprechaun or Krampus or similarly crafted horror films. But, sadly, Vanessa shares this is not so. The effects are all over the place. The story is confusing and has Vanessa stumped, “You don’t know what you’re going to get.” Check out Vanessa’s entertaining review below. The Elf (2017)   […]

[Review] Mayhem (2017): – Joe Lynch Delivers the Gory, Gruesome Goods – Christopher G. Moore

Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore steps into the reviewers’ circle to tackle the latest epic from director Joe Lynch, the violent action-comedy gorefest Mayhem (2017) featuring Steven Yuen and Samara Weaving in the lead roles. Christopher sings high praises for the film, championing the direction, the acting, the script, and the…mayhem. It’s the best Joe Lynch film yet, displaying his maturing into becoming a top-tier action genre filmmaker. Steven Yuen proves he can carry a […]

[Review] Sightings (2017): Three Words For The Win – Alien Vampire Bigfoot – by Dave Dreher

Fans of HNR know that Dave Dreher loves him some alien films, even more than that he loves Bigfoot films. He also enjoys a good vampire film. So he is thrilled to review the sci-fi mystery thriller Sightings (2017) from writer-director Dallas Morgan. Dave also loves a good bad movie and this film fits that bill. Dante Basco, Kevin Sizemore, Boo Arnold star in the picture where Bigfoot’s kryptonite is Aloe Vera. Woot! Check out Dave’s review below, […]

[Review] Radius (2017): A Layered Sci-Fi Thriller With WTF Plot Twists – by Jeff Mohr

Jeff Mohr jumped at the opportunity to review Radius (2017) when he saw it on the Gruesome Magazine review board. The film was right in his wheelhouse: a Sci-Fi thriller with a WTF premise and a couple WTF plot twists. Either or both of the two stars – Diego Klattenhoff (The Blacklist, Homeland, Pacific Rim) and Charlotte Sullivan (Chicago Fire, Rookie Blue, The Colony) – are on screen for nearly the entire film and do excellent […]

[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, […]