Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.
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“The Zero Boys” (1986): Jason vs . . . Frat Boys?

What if characters in a slasher film actually make smart decisions? Better yet, what if they are also a trained paintball/airsoft team armed with submachine guns? Writer/director Nico Mastorakis and his co-writers Robert Gilliam and Fred Perry use this as the premise for The Zero Boys, their mashup of mid-1980’s slasher and action films. In […]

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“The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave” (1971): Gothic and Giallo Elements Combine to Create a Satisfying Thriller

For many people, the film The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (La Notte Che Evelyn Uscì dalla Tomba) (1971) conjures up images of disjointed, confusing, non-sensical cinema. This is likely because their primary exposure is through one of the multiple English-language versions of the film often shown by local late night horror hosts. […]

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“The Witch Who Came from the Sea” (1976): Psychological Drama in a Grindhouse Wrapper

At first glance, 1976’s The Witch Who Came from the Sea looks to be a standard low-budget exploitation film of the era, replete with bloody violence, genital mutilations, and gratuitous nudity, but do not dismiss it so quickly. Screenwriter Scott Thom and director Matt Cimber have put together a film that deals with the lingering […]

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“Earthrise” (2014): A Tense Low-Budget Sci-Fi Thriller with a Mundane Resolution

Not all science fiction films need to be big budget affairs to be successful. Often, science fiction is used as a framework to tell smaller stories. At its heart, writer/director Glenn Payne’s Earthrise (2014) is a “desert island” style mystery/suspense film set in space. In it, tensions rise amongst a small group of space travelers […]

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“Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood” (1973): A Creepy and Psychedelic Tone Poem from the Early 70s

From the title Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood, one might expect a Herschell Gordon Lewis style B-movie gore fest. Instead, one gets a creepy, atmospheric, low-budget cross between art and exploitation. A young woman and her parents discover strange goings-on at the run down carnival at which they recently began working, and they find themselves having […]

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“Return of the Killer Tomatoes!” (1988): Surprisingly Tasty Sequel to the Cult Classic

It is 1978 and writer/director John De Bello, along with his co-writers Costa Dillon and J. Stephen Peace, release Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!, a spoof of 1950’s low-budget monster movies. The movie bombs, but that is not the end of the Killer Tomatoes. In the subsequent years, the film develops a cult following with […]

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“Helga, She Wolf of Stilberg” (1978): At Least the Poster is Interesting

There are some film genres that are simply best enjoyed by viewing their trailers and not the movies themselves. “Nazisploitation” is one such genre, at least for me. There are some terms one does not want forever linked with one’s name in Google search results. Once again, “nazisploitation” fits the bill. As such, watching and […]

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“Death Walks on High Heels” (1971) and “Death Walks at Midnight” (1972): Shared Cast and Crew Makes for an Entertaining Pair of Films for Giallo Fans and Newcomers

The Death Walks Twice Limited Edition DVD/Blu Ray set from Arrow Films collects two of Italian director Luciano Ercoli early 1970’s giallo films (Italian thrillers), Death Walks on High Heels (La Morte Cammina con i Tacchi Alti) (1971) and Death Walks at Midnight (La Morte Accarezza a Mezzanotte) (1972). Along with his fellow producer Alberto […]

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“Sheep Skin” (2016): Things Are Not Always What They Appear to Be

Indie/microbudget features can sometimes have a rough, do-it-yourself quality. For his feature film debut Sheep Skin, writer/director Kurtis Spieler expands on his 2007 short of the same name and embraces the rough edges to produce an atmospheric thriller with a Punk aesthetic. Based on the cover art and description, one would think that Sheep Skin […]

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“Bride of the Re-Animator” (1989): Pieces are great, but Bride falls apart in the end

Note: The Bride of Re-Animator  is 27 years old. There will be some minor spoilers in this review. Bride of Re-Animator is the 1989 follow up to the 1985 gonzo horror comedy classic Re-Animator. This time around, Brian Yuzna, producer of the first film, takes over directorial duties from Stuart Gordon. He is joined by […]

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“The Haunting of Alice D” (2016) : A satisfying mashup of an old-school haunted house with modern low-budget horror

In The Haunting of Alice D, the modern descendant of a 19th century brothel owner celebrates the renovation of the building by throwing a wild party, complete with prostitutes and drugs. This does not sit well with the ghost of Alice D, a young woman previously sold into sex slavery and whose life ended tragically […]