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[Review] The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made (Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival): Comedy Short Serves as a Satirical Primer on How to — Or How Not to — Make a Horror Film

Writer/director/star Brandon Jordan takes a light-hearted look at the frustrations of being a filmmaker in his horror comedy short film The Greatest Horror Film Ever Made. A fun look at the creative process and at current thoughts on fright-fare tropes and trends, the short is a hilarious journey through the mind of Jordan as he […]

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[Review] Abduction (North Bend Film Festival/Nightstream): Shaming and Blaming Follow a Young Woman’s Otherworldly Experience

Australian short film Abduction combines social messages regarding shaming and victim blaming with a science-fiction setting. Frances Elliott’s screenplay and Paul Komadina’s direction masterfully balance these two elements, not allowing the science fiction elements to overpower the serious messages and vice versa. Mathilda (Alexandra Nell) enjoys a night out drinking and listening to live music […]

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Popcorn Frights Film Festival Announces Its Fright-Filled “Wicked Weekend” Virtual Event for Halloween Weekend

Popcorn Frights Film Festival, Florida’s premiere horror-themed film fest, has announced that it will hold a Wicked Weekend virtual event for Halloween weekend, from October 29th through November 1st. Wicked Weekend will feature 21 film premieres, including the world premiere of Smiley Face Killers starring Crispin Glover and the Florida premiere of supernatural thriller Spell, […]

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Lund Fantastic Film Festival Goes Hybrid for 2020 with Psychos, Science Fiction, and The Supernatural

Sweden’s Lund Fantastic Film Festival will present a hybrid edition this year, with both in-cinema and digital offerings. From October 28th through November 1st, the fest’s 26th edition will serve up a tantalizing slate of 14 feature films and 6 curated short film packages. Gruesome Magazine has reviewed the jaw-dropping Butt Boy and I have […]

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[Review] Green Cobra (Twisted Dreams Film Festival): Twisted Comic Take on Torture Amongst Criminals Features a Scintillating Star Performance

As someone with an aversion to on-screen torture, it truly means something when I say that director Sigurd Culhane’s dark comedy/thriller short Green Cobra is a hilariously uncomfortable, recommended watch. The short boasts both gut-churning and gut-busting sequences. Green Cobra is filmed using wide lenses and a thick green filter, and kicks off with a […]

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[Review] You Wouldn’t Understand (Screamfest): A Pastoral Picnic Becomes a Bizarre Situation in This Sci-Fi Comedy Short

A superb example of how to take a relatable feeling of tranquility and launch it into a surreal science fiction scenario, director Trish Harnetiaux’s short film You Wouldn’t Understand is a delightful, gorgeous-looking journey into the absurd. A man (Anthony Arkin, who also performed editing duties) is enjoying a relaxing solo picnic and reading a […]

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Frightening Ass Film Festival Promises to Live Up to Its Name This Halloween Weekend

After the success of Chattanooga Film Festival’s virtual edition in May, the fest’s organizers are readying their yearly Halloween installment, the Frightening Ass Film Fest. Having already seen director Joe Badon’s surreal mind-blower Sister Tempest, the trippy retro creature feature Sting of Death, the fun documentary about The Evil Dead fandom Hail to the Deadites, […]

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Neil Marshall Discusses His New Shocker “The Reckoning” with Arrow Video FrightFest

Among the many fine selections during Arrow Video FrightFest’s October digital edition is director Neil Marshall’s excellent return to the horror genre, the supernatural tale The Reckoning. Gruesome Magazine is pleased to share this Arrow Video FrightFest interview with Marshall about the making of this new chiller, his connection with the film festival, and more. […]

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Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival Heads to the Drive-In for Safer Screams in 2020

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival, North Carolina’s premiere fright-fare fest, heads to the drive-in this year to brings its patrons a safe, fun big-screen experience. The festival presents two fantastic features and a bumper crop of quality short films on October 21st and 22nd. From the supernatural to the super funny, from witches to slashers, […]

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Seven Sinister Films We Can’t Wait to Watch During Arrow Video FrightFest’s October Digital Edition

Arrow Video FrightFest, which had to change its original October live and online event plans to a fully digital version because of COVID restrictions in London, has announced an astounding lineup of 45 — that’s right, 45 — feature films for its October 21–25 lineup, along with an enticing array of short films. From slashers […]

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[Review] Half-Cocked (Twisted Dreams Film Festival): Two Doctors Bring a Reanimated Corpse into an Awkward Situation

Two mad doctors — well, they may not be totally made yet, but they are well on their way — reanimate a corpse in the fun horror-comedy short Half-Cocked. The problem is, they chose the wrong person to try and gift with eternal life. Dr. Grant Kirby (Pat Healy) and Dr. Gabriella Flores (Vanessa Benavente) […]

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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 […]