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Twisted Dreams Film Festival Presents Another Virtual Version with Vicious Visions

Milwaukee’s Twisted Dreams Film Festival is going virtual for the second year in a row for its sixth edition, and the lineup includes human monsters, weird creatures, supernatural terror, and horror of all kinds! Following you will find film descriptions, ticket information, and other important info, gathered from the fest’s official announcement and website. Twisted […]

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Slash 1/2 Announces 11 Shockers for Its June Film Festival

Austrian film festival Slash ½, presented by the minds behind Slash Filmfestival, returns to cinemas after an absence in 2020, and its slate of 11 incredible films is nothing less than mouth-watering. The fest, which runs June 17–20, 2021 at Filmcasino in Vienna, Austria, features the paranoid trappings of Knocking, the topical shocker Bad Hair, […]

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[Review] Changeling [FilmQuest]: A Fatigued Mother Is Plagued by an Otherworldly Terror

The cries of a baby and the slow but caring response of the child’s weary mother kick off a sense of dread in Scottish writer/director Faye Jackson’s U.K. short horror film Changeling. That sense builds ever more relentlessly during the film’s 10-minute running time, leading to a gut-wrenching climax featuring a novel approach to the […]

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“Stay Strange” with South Korea’s BIFAN Film Festival As It Celebrates Its 25th Birthday

My highlight of Korea’s hot, humid summers is attending South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), which I have done every year that I have lived in Korea since arriving in 2008. As a matter of fact, I got my start with Gruesome Magazine’s Grue-Crew by covering BIFAN for Horror News Radio. This year, […]

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The Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 Announces First Wave of Titles

FANTASIA’S 25TH EDITION ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF PROGRAMMING FOR UPCOMING VIRTUAL FILM FESTIVAL Richard Bates Jr.’s KING KNIGHT, Tsutomu Hanabusa’s KAKEGURUI 2: ULTIMATE RUSSIAN ROULETTE, Mark O’Brien’s THE RIGHTEOUS, Daigo Matsui’s REMAIN IN TWILIGHT, Edoardo Vitaletti’s THE LAST THING MARY SAW, and Shunji Iwai’s THE 12 DAY TALE OF THE MONSTER THAT DIED IN 8 […]

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Fantaspoa 2021 Announces the Award Winners for Its Second Online Edition

Brazilian genre-film festival Fantaspoa served up an amazing array of horror, science fiction, thriller, and other exciting movies for its second online edition, as the fest’s 2021 awards attest. Following is the official press announcement for Fantaspoa’s wrap-up of this year’s edition. The seventeenth edition of Fantaspoa was again a landmark for the long-running Brazilian […]

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Same Mission, Broader Reach – WIHFF is now the RENEGADE FILM FESTIVAL

One of our favorite film festivals in the past few years is the WOMEN IN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL spotlighting horror films directed and created by women. Vanessa Ionta Wright and her team quickly crafted one of the most supportive, friendly, and encouraging festivals on the East Coast, located in and around Atlanta. Truly a festival […]

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[Review] GOLEM [Warped Dimension Online Film Festival]: Clay Avenger from Jewish Folklore Rises Again in Effective Horror Short

In only about 4 minutes not counting credits, writer/director Ryan Cauchi’s Australian short horror film Golem spins an action-packed tale about the titular anthropomorphic clay creature from Jewish folklore while also setting the stage for a much larger story. The result is a gripping short creature feature boasting some fun monster effects. The set-up is […]

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Another Hole in the Head Announces Second Edition of Its Online Warped Dimension Film Festival

Warped Dimension, a Zoom-based online film festival from the fine folks behind San Francisco’s Another Hole in the Head film fest, returns for its second edition May 7th through 9th this year, and horror, science fiction, and genre-film fans of all stripes will want to dive into the offbeat, quirky, and unusual features and shorts […]

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[Review] BAD GIRLS (Grindsploitation Film Fest 2021): This Tale of Criminal Gals on the Lam Is Modern-Day Exploitation Done Right

Director Christoper Bickel blew minds with his 2017 feature film debut The Theta Girl, but his new follow-up Bad Girls is even more wild, warped, and wacky. Imagine classic bad-girl movies such as Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! on steroids and amphetamines, and in lurid color, and you are on your way to getting […]

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[Review] Slashlorette Party (Grindsploitation Film Fest 2021): Slashers, Strippers, and Psychos Topline This ‘80s Horror Homage

Eighties slasher throwback Slashlorette Party is a valentine to direct-to-video horror fare of that decade. It’s chock full of gory kills and naked gals, and is an impressive independent effort that rises above being mere pastiche. Brie (Molly Souza) is engaged to controlling, full-on chauvinist jerk Dolph (Andrew Brown). After consulting with her therapist Dr. […]

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[Review] HISTORY OF THE OCCULT (Fantaspoa 2021): Real-Time Telecast Approach Adds Immediacy to Argentinian Horror Outing

Argentinian horror offering History of the Occult (Historia de lo Oculto; 2020) is a tantalizing puzzle that takes place just before and during the final broadcast of a television news show. Cristian Ponce makes an intriguing feature-film debut as a writer/director, combining elements of fear fare, film noir, and mystery. Sixty Minutes Before Midnight is […]

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[Review] Bloodshot Heart (Fantaspoa 2021): Trippy Australian Chiller Delves into a Man’s Anguish over Loss

Writer/director Parish Malfitano’s Australian feature film debut Bloodshot Heart examines the themes of obsession, loss and the trauma it can cause, depression, visions of grandeur, and other psychological issues in its tale of the downward mental spiral of lonely Italian driving instructor Hans (Richard James Allen). The film uses multiple actors in one role à […]

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Fantasia Announces Virtual Event for Its 25th Edition; Opens with Québécois Zomcom “Brain Freeze”

After its wildly successful online edition last year, The Fantasia International Film Festival will once again go the virtual route as it celebrates its 25th edition from August 5 through August 25, 2021. The festival has announced its opening night feature film, the world premiere of Julien Knafo’s Québécois zombie comedy Brain Freeze, and revealed […]

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[Review] The Moogai (SXSW Online 2021): Child-Stealing Supernatural Entity Terrifies an Indigenous Couple in Eerie Australian Horror Short

Australian short film The Moogai won this year’s SXSW Jury Prize in the Midnight Short section, and for good reason. Writer/director Jon Bell’s harrowing short film is rich in spine-tingling atmosphere, with a gripping, meaningful story and solid performances. Sarah (Shari Sebbens) and Fergus (Meyne Watt) have a newborn baby, and Sarah begins seeing haunting […]