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Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Prepares to Blow Minds Once Again with Incredible Fright Fare Films

Cinepocalypse, Chicago’s outstanding film festival focused on genre fare running from the terrifying to the hilarious, returns for what promises to be another amazing edition at the Music Box Theatre from June 13 to June 20. Among the stellar lineup of shorts and features, from eight world premieres to a few old favorites, are the […]

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Stay Out Stay Alive (Portland Horror Film Festival): There’s Doom in Them Thar Hills!

A group of young hikers finds that the opportunity for sudden wealth leads them down dangerous paths in the horror outing Stay Out Stay Alive. Greed motivates some members of the party, but the lust for riches proves to be no match for supernatural forces in the forest in this engrossing thriller. Amy (Christina July […]

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Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters (Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival): Fading Actress Faces Macabre Terror

Director Chris Roe blends a classic cinematic melodrama approach with a healthy dose of EC Comics-style horror in his black-and-white short film Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, the first installment in a planned Cemetery Tales series. This 1949-set tale stars Traci Lords (Not of This Earth, 1988; Skinner, 1993) as Victoria Chastain, a […]

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Finley (Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival): Devilish Dummy Stalks College Students in Terrific Short

When you find a ventriloquist dummy chained, gagged, and sealed in a crate in the attic of a house into which you just moved, common sense dictates that you either leave the dummy alone, get rid of it, or better yet, break the lease and get out tout de suite. Luckily for viewers of the […]

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Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival Looks to Scare Charleston, SC Once Again

Every year film makers Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel pack a small theater in North Charleston, South Carolina with as many scary features and creepy shorts as inhumanly possible providing horror fans with a truly unforgettable weekend. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and the crowd is incredible – it feels more like a family […]

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The Pool (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival): Thai Survival Nailbiter Delivers

When a film kicks off with a cold open of an injured man (Day, played by Theeradej Wongpuapen) groggily waking up in an empty swimming pool — six meters deep, with no ladder — being attacked by a huge crocodile, it has my attention. Thai survival horror/thriller The Pool is heavy on the suspense, if […]

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Blue Velvet Revisited (Imagine Film Festival, 2019)

Imagine Film Festival, which runs April 10–20 at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is loaded with amazing genre film fare from around the world. Among the outstanding slices of cinema offered during the fest’s first few nights this year were two films dealing with different types of domestic horror, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about […]

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Domestik (Imagine Film Festival, 2019)

Imagine Film Festival, which runs April 10–20 at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is loaded with amazing genre film fare from around the world. Among the outstanding slices of cinema offered during the fest’s first few nights this year were two films dealing with different types of domestic horror, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about […]

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All the Gods in the Sky (Imagine Film Festival, 2019)

Imagine Film Festival, which runs April 10–20 at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is loaded with amazing genre film fare from around the world. Among the outstanding slices of cinema offered during the fest’s first few nights this year were two films dealing with different types of domestic horror, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about […]

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Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival Reviews: “The Next Kill” and “The Lake Michigan Monster”

The 2019 edition of the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival took place from April 4–7 at Times Cinema. Among the diverse range of features and shorts that screened there were two decidedly offbeat offerings, the animated crime film The Next Kill and the quirky creature feature comedy The Lake Michigan Monster. The Next Kill A […]

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Depraved (What the Fest!?): Larry Fessenden Creates a Millennial-Era Prometheus

Writer/director Larry Fessenden’s Depraved is a gory, thrilling modern adaptation of the Frankenstein mythos, replete with commentary on today’s society and many of its shortcomings. Like the majority of Fessenden’s directorial efforts, it’s a thinking person’s horror film, but one that pulls no punches in the visceral shocks department. Alex (Owen Campbell of Super Dark […]

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The Rusalka (AKA The Siren), Freaks, and The Witch: Part 1 — The Subversion (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Female Monsters and Mutants Abound

Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow featured three films highlighted by powerful, mysterious female characters for its March 2nd screenings. These films ranged from subtle and understated to violent and gory. The Rusalka (AKA The Siren) Writer/director Perry Blackshear’s The Rusalka (retitled The Siren for its U.K. release), his follow-up to his terrific debut They Look Like […]

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Dead Ant (AKA Giant Killer Ants) and Level 16 (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Film Festival Features Rampaging Ants and Boarding School Terror

Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow offered up horror, comedy, and deadly serious dystopian drama with its Friday, March 1st screenings. Besides the world premiere of the terrific British indie shocker Here Comes Hell, this reviewer also had the opportunity to watch the American metalheads vs. giant ants movie Dead Ant (retitled Giant Killer Ants for its […]

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Here Comes Hell (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Revelers Raise Diabolical Forces in Spirited British Horror Film

Black-and-white independent U.K. feature Here Comes Hell starts off as a British comedy of manners mashed up with classic old dark house elements before suddenly rocketing into full-on horror territory. First-time director Jack McHenry and his cast and crew serve up a fun, frenetic helping of supernatural chaos. George Walker, Jr., (Tom Bailey), son of […]