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[Review] How to Deter a Robber (Celebration of Fantastic Fest): Holiday Home Invasion Leads to Laughs, Lumps, and Learning to Grow Up Quickly

It’s not easy being 18-year-olds adrift between the worlds of the teenage years and adulthood, but you certainly have to “adult” pretty quickly when you are first suspected of being robbers and then become the victims of a home invasion — especially if you hope to make it out of the situation alive. This is […]

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Eldritch Horrors Beckon You to Join In on H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival’s Streaming Version

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival boasts more than 60 feature-length and short films inspired by the work of that very author for this year’s edition, which marks the 25th anniversary of this wildly popular cinematic event. Festival directors Brian and Gwen Callahan took Portland Horror Film Festival online this year, and now they are doing the […]

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Six Fright Films from Nightstream We Can’t Wait to See

As previously announced here at Gruesome Magazine, NIGHTSTREAM is a virtual film festival formed as a banner uniting five U.S. genre festivals — Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook, and Popcorn Frights — that have all been affected by COVID-19. The initiative, first announced last month, has announced its scheduled programming from October 8–11th, […]

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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Goes to the Drive-In for Its 20th Edition

The highly regarded Screamfest Horror Film Festival is headed outside this year for a 10-night showcase of chilling new features and shorts. Ghosts, vampires, and brains that won’t die are just a few of the eerie prospects on tap for the festival’s 20th edition. Following is the festival’s official press release. The 20th annual Screamfest […]

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[Review] Mashed Potato Face (Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension): Tater-Loving Terror Strikes a Hapless Family

Eating just before watching the mind-blowing horror short Mashed Potato Face is not recommended. Many readers can probably relate to the feeling of taking another bite of mashed potatoes when you’re already stuffed, and the queasy feeling that can accompany that decision. Well, that’s nothing compared to how viewers will feel while watching this short, […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Unleashes an Extraordinary October Cineworld Event Lineup

Arrow Video FrightFest, the United Kingdom’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, celebrates its 21st year by getting physical and returning to Cineworld Leicester Square in London. The fest has announced that it has scheduled a mind-blowing 34 new feature films, including 7 world premieres. Following is the fest’s official press release and lineup. Following […]

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Lund Fantastic Film Festival Announces Its Hybrid Version, Poster, and First Two Titles

Lund Fantastic Film Festival — a genre-film fest in Sweden focusing on top-notch horror, science fiction, and fantasy movies from around the world —  has scheduled a hybrid approach for its 2020 version. Most screenings will be online through Spamflix with a select few in-person screenings during the fest’s October 28–November 1 run.   Lund Fantastic […]

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Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension Brings an Independent Genre-Film Fest to Zoom

The first-ever online film festival to be presented entirely through the Zoom app is almost here, and it promises to be a doozy! Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension will present more than 100 feature-length and short films as it runs from September 24th through the 29th. Genre film fans will find a treasure trove of independent […]

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[Review] Breakfast (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Sickly Woman Wakes Up with a Frightening Appetite

Breakfast is a gripping Australian shocker short blending body horror with another fright-fare aspect that would be criminal to spoil here. Written by Paul Beattie and codirected by Beattie and Melanie Rios, Breakfast delivers an eerie tale featuring differing character perspectives and a chilling atmosphere throughout.  Katherine (Rebecca Smee) has been sick and bedridden for […]

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“Train to Busan” Sequel “Peninsula” to Open Arrow Video FrightFest’s October Event

Four years ago, Train to Busan was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film ever. This year, the hotly anticipated stand-alone sequel Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula will open this year’s Arrow Video FrightFest October event, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL. The film is scheduled to play on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. across three screens […]

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Twisted Dreams Film Festival Goes Virtual for Its 2020 Version

Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival has announced its lineup for this year and that, for the first time ever, it will present a completely virtual version. The festival, which proclaims that it features “the most Twisted Independent Films from around the world,” runs from October 1–4. Following is Twisted Dreams’ official press release: Twisted Dreams […]

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[Review] Guest (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Fleeing Woman Has Every Reason to Be Terror-Stricken in Chilling Short Film

Writer/director Finn Callan’s U.K. short film Guest is rich in spine-tingling atmosphere, from the bandaged appearance of its protagonist Mary (Melania Crisan) to the heavy sense of dread throughout to the decidedly creepy reason why Mary is in her current state.  Mary has entered, uninvited, the home of a woman (Jessica Munna) after being pursued […]

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[Review] I Am Lisa (Arrow Video FrightFest): A Young Woman Uses Newfound Lycanthropic Powers to Exact Revenge

The latest entry in the subgenre of young women finding power as werewolves is I Am Lisa, a film that follows such entries as Canada’s Ginger Snaps (2000) and the Danish/French coproduction When Animals Dream (2014). Prolific director Patrick Rea’s (Arbor Demon [2016]; Nailbiter [2013]) latest feature, I Am Lisa combines a powerful revenge story […]

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[Review] Death Walks on Nitrate (Portland Horror Film Festival): Giallo and the Supernatural Meld in Hallucinatory Horror Short

Old-school film stock and classic giallo techniques combine in writer/director Kevin Fermini’s horror short Death Walks on Nitrate. The result is a trippy, beautiful looking slice of cinema with an eerie aesthetic. Katie Carpenter (Disengaged from Gruesome Magazine’s own Christopher G. Moore and The Haunting of Hill House are among her 20 horror film credits) […]

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Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition: 10 Questions with Alastair Orr

Gruesome Magazine previewed Arrow Video FrightFest’s Digital Edition, which runs August 27-31. One of the fest’s intriguing offerings is Triggered, which the festival site describes as “A sick, twisted, slasher variation on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME from Alastair Orr, director of the FrightFest favourite FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET. Nine friends, all harbouring a […]