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“Getting Schooled” (Wreak Havoc 2016): Breakfast Club With Murder, but With Neither Laughs nor Scares

Not to generalize, but horror fans are a fairly thick-skinned lot; they do not take offense easily. A film labelled “horror” or “comedy” – or better yet “horror/comedy” – usually can get away with things considered distasteful in other genres. The one caveat to this is, for a film to be given the leeway to […]

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“Coffin Baby” (Wreak Havoc – 2016): Partially Formed Film With Gory Set Pieces Suffers From Its Difficult Birth

The history of cinema is littered with “lost films” and unfinished projects. With all of the obstacles filmmakers face, from funding to rights issues, it is surprising there are not more stillborn projects. As such, filmmakers should be given some credit when they manage to rescue a picture from an early grave. Unfortunately, sometimes the […]

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[Podcast] Interview: William Mahaffey director Knoxville Horror Film Festival — Episode 9 — HNR Extra

The Horror News Radio grue-crew continue their 2016 journey to a series of amazing horror film festivals up and down the East Coast. Next up for Doc Rotten and, for this festival, Chad Hunt is the jam packed Knoxville Horror Film Festival in Tennessee playing October 21 – 23, 2016. Doc sits down with the […]

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Scream Queen FilmFest Tokyo Spotlights Women Fright-Fare Filmmakers

Horror-heavy Scream Queen FilmFest Tokyo (SQFFT) is dedicated to showcasing and promoting feature-length and short-film genre works by women  filmmakers from around the world. The 2016 edition kicks off on October 22 at Uplink Factory and runs through October 28. SQFFT director Mai Nakanishi has selected an outstanding lineup of offerings for this year’s festival. […]

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“Frankenstein Created Bikers” (GenreBlast 2016): An Instant Cult Film Fueled on Alcohol, Gratuitous Nudity and Spatterific Gore

No one has a clearer vision of the film he wants to create than director James Anthony Bickert. His latest film, the amusingly titled Frankenstein Created Bikers, is a throwback to the drive-in, grindhouse horror films of the 1970s. The film blends horror and biker genres of that age together in a bloody, exploitation fueled […]

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“Night of Something Strange” (GenreBlast 2016): Offensive In Every Way, Entertaining With Every Frame

Director Jonathan Straiton, along with co-writers Ron Bonk and Mean Gene, may have created the most distasteful, objectionable and vulgar horror film of the past decade. And, it is absolutely magnificent. The film is Night of Something Strange and it should not be missed. It will offend everyone in some shape or form. Count on […]

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“A Different Set of Cards” (GenreBlast 2016): An Engaging Crime Thriller Whose Unusual Structure Compliments Its Theme

Our future depends upon not only the cards that Fate deals us, but also upon how we play the hand that we are dealt. If the same people were swap hands, would the outcome be different? That is the premise behind the German crime thriller A Different Set of Cards (GenreBlast 2016), which played at […]

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“Capsule” (GenreBlast 2016): A Tense, Dynamic, Character-Driven, Science Fiction Drama Well Worth Watching

Sometimes all it takes is a lone actor in a single location (coupled with a talented technical crew) to create a compelling film; such is the case with Capsule (GenreBlast 2016), which played at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia the weekend of 2016 August 19-21. Writer/director Andrew Martin’s science fiction drama, based […]

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“The Master Cleanse” (BIFAN 2016): Retreat Goers Let Out the Monsters Inside Them

Often the things that frighten us most are creations of our own making, yet when given the opportunity to rid ourselves of these fears and frustrations, many of us are reluctant to eliminate the negativity, as evidenced in writer/director Bobby Miller’s The Master Cleanse (Canada/USA, 2016). Combining elements of body horror, new-age-philosophy satire, and wry […]

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“Blood of the Tribades” (GenreBlast 2016): A Retro-style Homage to Early 1970’s Gothic Horror and Exploitation Undermined by an Inconsistent Tone

Early 1970’s exploitation is alive and well in Blood of the Tribades (GenreBlast 2016), which was shown at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia the weekend of 2016 August 19-21. Co-writers/co-directors Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein have put together a low-budget horror piece that feels as if it could be a “lost […]

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“Bloodsucker’s Handbook” (GenreBlast 2016): A Quirky Surreal – Film Noir Mashup for Fans of the Weird

“What the heck did I just watch?” Sometimes one finds oneself asking that after viewing a film – and that is not necessarily a bad thing. When a filmmaker is shooting for the surreal, this is often the desired response. Such is the case with Bloodsucker’s Handbook (GenreBlast 2016), which showed at the inaugural GenreBlast […]

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“Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex” (Fantasia 2016): Creepy Crawly Creature Creators

Full disclosure: practical creature effects  are geek  porn for me. As far back as I can remember, practical creatures represented true magic. This probably started with Disney and Universal Theme Park attraction animatronics, but really translated into creature heavy movies and their making of specials. I remember watching the VHS of the behind the scenes […]

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“Dry Blood” (GenreBlast Film Festival 2016): A Brutal, Bloody Nightmare, Destined To Be A Future Festival Favorite

One of the great things about film festivals is the opportunity to discover a new film that catches you completely by surprise. Dry Blood from Kelton Jones and Clint Carney is just that film. The film is a disturbing nightmarish exploration into addiction, paranoia and horror. The cast, direction and script, along with top notch […]

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“Dinner with the Alchemist” (GenreBlast 2016): A Rich and Enjoyable Tale of Murder and Mystery in Old New Orleans

New Orleans has an interesting history with innumerable stories to tell, both true tales and local legends. Dinner with the Alchemist (GenreBlast 2016), which was shown at the inaugural GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia, combines many of these legends and true accounts to present an entertaining tale of murder and mystery in New Orleans […]

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“Don’t Breathe” (BIFAN 2016): Home Robbery Goes Haywire in Pulse-Pounding Thriller

American horror thriller Don’t Breathe is a fast-paced, nerve-wracking ride filled with suspense. I hadn’t felt as tense watching a film on the big screen in too long a time as I did seeing this one. The basic plot from director/cowriter Fede Alvarez and cowriter Rodo Sayagues (both of whom performed the same duties on […]