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The U.K.’s Horror-on-Sea Film Festival Announces Its Fear-Fare Lineup for January 2022 

Horror-on-Sea returns in January with a tantalizing array of international independent horror features and short films. From ghoul-fests to gorefests and creatures to comedy, there’s something for every fright-fare fanatic at the Southend fest. Following is the official press release. Following a hiatus in 2021 due to the pandemic, Horror-on-Sea will be making a welcome […]

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Austria’s SLASH Filmfestival 2022 Is Currently Accepting Submissions

Attention, filmmakers: SLASH Filmfestival — home to weird, wild, and wonderful genre cinema in Austria — is now accepting submissions for its 13th edition next year. Gruesome Magazine had the pleasure of reviewing such terrific SLASH entries as You’re Dead Hélène and Tale of the Deaf for this year’s edition, and we can’t wait to […]

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Winter Chills at NYC’s Film Forum

New York City’s Film Forum www.filmforum.org (209 West Houston; [212] 727-8110) will be presenting a double dose of great genre films as part of its Winter season repertory program. Best of all, you can catch the stars themselves talking about their work after these special shows. First up is Otto Preminger’s 1965 mystery thriller BUNNY […]

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[Review] Mudmonster [A Night of Horror]: Unexplained Mysteries Burden a Young Girl in Eerie Italian Horror Short

What’s a young girl to do when she has a mother that isn’t big on communication and interaction, a teen sister who worships H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional Old Gods, her father has recently passed away — and she begins seeing a strange, frightening creature outside her window? Writer/director O.B. De Alessi explores these questions and others […]

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[Review] He Comes at Night [FilmQuest]: Eerie Canadian Short Brings Back Memories of Childhood Bedtime Fears

It must be getting increasingly difficult to make effective “monsters under the bed” and “monsters in the closet” horror shorts, with so many variations on the theme in both short-film and feature-length outings. Writer/director/editor Joseph Covello shows that it is still possible, however, in his Canadian short film He Comes at Night. Covello does this […]

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[Review] You’re Dead Hélène [SLASH Film Festival]: Does This Romance Have a Ghost of a Chance?

Writer/director Michiel Blanchart’s Belgian/French short film You’re Dead Hélène (T’es morte Hélène; 2021) is a remarkable genre-blending effort that takes viewers on a ride through three different storytelling genres and a wide range of emotions.  Hélène (Lucile Vignolles) is in a complicated relationship with Maxime (Théophile Roux). She is having a hard time letting go […]

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[Review] An Ideal Host [FilmQuest]: Australian Genre-Bender Brings an Invasion of Laughs and Chills

The Australian feature An Ideal Host (2020) is a horror/science fiction/comedy hybrid that delivers on all three fronts.  Liz (Nadia Collins) and Jackson (Evan Williams) are planning the ideal dinner party at which Jackson will “spontaneously” propose to Liz — something that the couple has rehearsed well — surprising all the guests. We all know […]

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Canada’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival Announces Its In-Cinema Lineup for November

Canada’s Blood in the Snow Film Festival (BITS), which is running a virtual festival this weekend (information at https://www.bloodinthesnow.ca/) from October 29-31, has announced the in-theater lineup for its November 18-23 run at Toronto’s Royal Cinema. Along with the hilarious horror comedy Vicious Fun and the dark Canadian folk horror The Family (Gruesome Magazine’s review […]

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[Review] The Family [Busan International Film Festival]: Period-Piece Canadian Folk Horror Impresses But Has One Major Issue

The latest entry in the folk horror/religious cult subgenres of cinema is the Canadian offering The Family (2021) and it is a dark film, indeed. It offers top-notch acting and a heavy sense of dread from the opening scenes, but unfortunately recalls films — one in particular that I won’t spoil here — that have […]

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Nightmares Film Festival Reveals Its Secret Sunday Screenings

Columbus, Ohio’s Nightmares Film Festival has announced what’s in store for its three secret Sunday screenings scheduled for October 24, 2021: The first two episodes of SYFY’s new series Day of the Dead, Bruce Campbell’s new horror comedy Black Friday, and A24’s new feature film The Humans are all now on tap. Full details are […]

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[Review] Colossus [H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival]: A Man’s Quest for What Lies Beyond Damages His Life on Earth

A young fighter pilot’s encounter with an unidentified craft sets him on a life-altering quest in Colossus (2021), an outstanding science fiction/cosmic horror short from writer/director James Roe. The short film opens with an unnamed man (John Neisler) armed with a rifle protecting himself in his home from something outside — something that sounds large […]

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[Review] LAKE OF THE DEAD [NIGHTSTREAM]: 1950s Norwegian Chiller Is Old-School, Thinking Person’s Cabin in the Woods Fare

Writer/director Kåre Bergstrøm’s Lake of the Dead (De dødes tjern, 1958), stated by some sources as being Norway’s first horror film and voted by critics in 2001 as one of the country’s top five films of all time, is a superb folk horror film filled with haunting black-and-white imagery. It boasts top-notch acting and intelligent […]

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SCI-FI-London Film Festival 2021 Offers Dystopias, Dream Archives, and Parallel Dimensions

SCI-FI-London Film Festival 2021 has announced its full line-up, with speculative narrative films and intriguing documentaries. Following is the official press announcement. Today the SCI-FI-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2021 launches its cosmic 21st annual programme, which will run from the 19 OCTOBER until 26 OCTOBER 2021 with seven days of fabulous film. It will showcase a […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween Event Presents Pennywise, Possessed People, and Other Perils

Arrow Video FrightFest celebrates Halloween with nine cinematic shockers from around the globe, from Pennywise: The Story of It, a behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the making of the 1990 miniseries, to Australian supernatural chiller The Possessed, and far beyond. Following is the official press announcement. Following on from its hugely successful August five-day event, Arrow Video […]

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NIGHTSTREAM Offers an At-Home Virtual Film Festival with Genre-Film Goodness Galore

After banding together last year to present the inaugural NIGHTSTREAM online-only film festival, the four film festivals behind NIGHTSTREAM — Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, and Overlook — have joined together again to present a second edition from October 7th-13th. With 31 feature films and 4 blocks of short films on tap, the virtual […]