Rafe Telsch returns to writing about the entertainment world after a four year hiatus. Previously, Rafe wrote for CinemaBlend and his own site, WidescreenWarrior, as well as hosting and producing the Weekly Blend Audio Show, one of the first independent entertainment podcasts. A child of the '80s, Rafe has had a long time love-affair with horror and is thoroughly enjoying the current trend of homages and influences of '80s genre pictures on the current pool of filmmakers.
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[Review] Dawning of the Dead (2017): A Creatively Titled Zombie Opus with Homages to Cherished Classics – by Rafe Telsch

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 […]

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

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 […]

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[Review] Lou Simon’s 3 (2017) – by Rafe Telsch

The selection at the 2017 edition of the New York City Horror Film Festival was spectacular. Opening the Halloween weekend event is the psychological horror thriller 3 (2017) from director Lou Simon. Rafe Telsch steps in to provide his take on this little gem praising the film as a model of what other independent filmmakers […]

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[Review] Jigsaw (2017) – by Rafe Telsch

John Kramer returns – as does the Saw series – with Jigsaw (2017) from the Spierig Brothers (Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig), the directors behind Undead, Daybreakers, Predestination, and the upcoming Winchester: The House That Ghosts Builts. Tobin Bell returns in the title role while his costars Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Hannah Emily Anderson, […]

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[Review] The13th Friday (2017) – by Rafe Telsch

Rafe returns to review another indie horror film haunting your VOD and DVD outlets. Arriving from Uncork’d Entertainment and director Justin Price is the supernatural offering The 13th Friday (2017). Struggling to decipher the true intention of the film’s narrative, Rafe points out some technical issues with the film while appreciating the effort and intentions […]

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[Review] Mother! (2017) – by Rafe Telsch

The Grue-Crew welcomes Rafe Telsch to the fold to review Darren Aronofsky’s latest cinematic wonder Mother! (2017). The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfieffer. Rafe confirms that if you are an Aronofsky fan, you will want to see Mother!; however, he warns the film goes a bit insane for its […]