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Arrow Video FrightFest’s 10 Questions with Brea Grant of “12 Hour Shift”

Brea Grant is an actress well known to horror film fans for her roles in such films as After Midnight, Beyond the Gates, and Dead Night. She is also an accomplished writer and director, as evidenced by her new horror comedy 12 Hour Shift, which is currently on the film festival circuit. It receives its […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Presents A Fear-Filled Film Festival with Its 2020 Digital Edition

Arrow Video FrightFest, the United Kingdom’s most popular horror and fantasy film festival, joins other festivals around the world this year in presenting a digital edition as it celebrates its 21st year. The fest will showcase 25 films from August 27–31st, including 7 world premieres and 16 U.K. premieres. Ten countries are represented from 4 […]

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[Review] The Witches of Bushwick (Portland Horror Film Festival): Social Media and the Supernatural Clash in Solid Horror Short

Witches more interested in their social media accounts than their craft find themselves in diabolical danger in the horror short The Witches of Bushwick. Cowriters/codirectors Catherine Delaloye and Joe Pardavila have crafted an admirable slice of supernatural cinema that sets its sights on social media influencers, poseurs looking for a big financial score, and the […]

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FilmQuest Official 2020 Selections Include Vampires, Creeps, and Brains

FilmQuest is well known as a film festival rich with genre-cinema treasures, and the fest strongly backs up that reputation with its superb 2020 official selections. The seventh annual FilmQuest will take place on dates to be determined at the Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo, Utah.  I have already seen — and can highly […]

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Brazil’s Fantaspoa’s 2020 Digital Edition Announces Its Superb Full Lineup

The sixteenth edition of Brazil’s Fantaspoa Fantastic Film Festival follows up its impressive first-wave announcement with its full lineup. The fest will host 47 feature films and 89 shorts online for free, along with a variety of incredible livestreams. Following is the full press release detailing all of the features, and explaining what viewers around […]

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Super Channel and Blood in the Snow Partner to Bring Virtual Festival to Horror Film Fans across Canada

Following is the official press release about Blood in the Snow Film Festival presented by Super Channel. Gruesome Magazine has been covering Blood in the Snow for the past few years and we are thrilled to see the fest adapting during this difficult year. Super Channel and the Blood in the Snow Film Festival (BITS), […]

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Fantasia’s Superb Second Wave Announcement Promises More Chills, Kills, and Dangerous Amusement Park Thrills

After Fantasia International Film Festival announced that this year’s edition will be an exciting virtual event composed of scheduled live screenings, a program library, panels, and workshops, taking place from August 20th to September 2nd, 2020 — along with its breathtaking first wave of films — Canada’s premiere genre-film fest unleashes its mouth-watering second wave of […]

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[Review] Ferine (Portland Horror Film Festival): Feral Woman Hunts for Hapless Prey in Italian Short Chiller

Italian short shocker Ferine is a grisly tale that borrows from nature, particularly from species that see the female kill her partner after the act of mating. It’s simply told, beautifully presented, and absolutely chilling. Anna Della Rosa stars as a feral woman who breaks into a house, bathes and dresses up, and then goes […]

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[Review] The Haunted Swordsman (Portland Horror Film Festival): Supernatural Stop-Motion Masterpiece Sees a Samurai Make a Perilous Quest

A ronin who failed to protect his deceased shogun is on a quest to avenge that master’s death in director Kevin McTurk’s brilliant, beautiful stop-motion short The Haunted Swordsman. This is gorgeous animation artistry that must be seen to be believed. The Swordsman (voiced by Jason Scott Lee) is accompanied on his journey by The […]

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South Korea’s Genre Film Showcase Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Announces Its Hybrid Approach for 2020

COVID-19 can’t keep South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) — Asia’s largest genre film fest — down, as the fest has officially announced that it will take what it calls a hybrid approach for its 2020 edition, running July 9–16. The fest will screen 174 features and short films from 42 countries on […]

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[Review] Little Willy (Portland Horror Film Festival): Driving an Actor Mad is Mere Child’s Play for a Horrific Doll

Andrew Bowser wrote, directed, and stars in the creepy, fun horror short Little Willy (2019), and he does an ace job with all three tasks. A modern spin on the plot chestnut of a ventriloquist doll driving its owner isnane— á la Magic (1978) or Devil Doll (1964) — with an obvious nod to the […]

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[FILM FEST] FANTASIA Reveals Its First Wave of Programming

FANTASIA’S UPCOMING VIRTUAL EDITION ANNOUNCES FIRST WILD WAVE OF PROGRAMMING WITH NEIL MARSHALL’S THE RECKONING TO OPEN FESTIVAL Nobuhiko Obayashi’s LABYRINTH OF CINEMA, Brea Grant’s 12 HOUR SHIFT, Makoto Tezuka’s TEZUKA’S BARBARA, Anthony Scott Burns’ COME TRUE, and Chino Moya’s UNDERGODS are among the first titles announced for the festival’s 24th edition Tuesday June 9, […]

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Portland Horror Film Festival Reveals Its Tantalizing Virtual Edition Lineup

A pandemic can’t keep a good film festival down, as film aficionados have seen in recent weeks. Portland Horror Film Festival, the Pacific Northwest’s premiere horror genre film festival, is joining the new trend of film fests going virtual this year.  Horror fans can dive into a terror-filled smorgasbord of more than 60 short and […]

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[Review] The Springfield Three (Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest): All Roads Lead to Terror for Two High School Seniors and a Mother

Horror short The Springfield Three, prolific writer/director Samuel Gonzalez Jr.’s latest effort, is inspired by the true-life missing person case involving friends Suzanne Streeter and Stacy McCall, and Streeter’s mother, Sherrill Levitt, who went missing from Levitt’s Springfield, Missouri home on June 7, 1992. It should be noted that this is a fanciful narrative short […]