Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. A native of the (less) swampy parts of Florida, Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and the basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s. Some of his favorite horror films include Evil Dead II, Poltergeist and An American Werewolf in London. He already has experience writing and podcasting about pop culture, which you can read/listen to on sites like www.oneofus.net, www.horrornews.net or even on twitter as @NotTheWhosTommy.
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“Goosebumps” (2015): R.L. Stine’s Monsters Haunt Again

Goosebumps  may be a property long past its heyday, but now it has reappeared  thanks to the recurring trend of the time: 1990s nostalgia! In a post  Jurassic World… world, we can expect to see plenty of 90s properties get their revitalized reboots, remakes and delayed sequels to attract a modern  audience. After all, the […]

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“Yakuza Apocalypse” (2015): Expect the Unexpected

Takashi Miike is an oddity, even  within  the Japanese  film industry. Responsible for films like  Audition  and  Ichi The Killer, Miike is known for taking ideas firmly rooted in Japanese culture and twisting them in  the most brazenly bizarre  fashion. Unfortunately, I’m more of  a novice to Miike’s work, but judging from those I have […]

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“The Final Girls” (2015): A Slasher Spoof With Heart

In the time since cinematic slashers  like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger had their heyday in the  1980s, we’ve seen plenty of comedic takes on the genre. There’s the satirically dark spins  like  Behind the Mask: The Rise  of Leslie Vernon, the more silly raunchiness with  Club Dread  or the less ambitious referential […]

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“Hotel Transylvania 2” (2015) Has Solid Accommodations

It may be late September, but the Halloween style monster mashes are already in full swing with the recent release of  Hotel Transylvania 2. The original film was a surprise success upon its release in 2012, bringing together various popular monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man and The Mummy in kinetic animated […]

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[Film Review] “The Green Inferno” (2015): Roth Can’t Stoke the Fire

Eli Roth is in the business of shock value.  Cabin Fever  made an initial splash because of its sudden jolt of sexually themed skin crawling gore, splicing in  non sequitur bits of comedy and dude bro characters that allow audiences to lack sympathy for the characters when they meet their fates. The same goes for […]

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[Film Review] “Goodnight Mommy” (2015): Duality Signifies Little

The Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy  relies on one of the most recurring cinematic metaphors: mirrored  imagery. Film by its nature is based in reflective visuals, given that cameras record  as a literal mirrored image of those who are performing in front of them. It’s a concept that dwells deep within the most iconic images […]