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[Review] BEAST WITHIN (2020) Falls Short of the Mark

Whether it’s a closeup of Lon Chaney Jr’s face getting hairier and hairier using lapse-dissolve photography in his various Universal Monster Movies or Rick Baker’s Oscar-winning full body transformation of David Naughton in An American Werewolf in London, the measuring stick for all werewolf films is the transformation scene. A good transformation scene not only […]

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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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[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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[Review] THE FACELESS MAN (2020) Inspired Madness with a Dash of Confusion

The Faceless Man is a confusing mess. The first 10 minutes feel like a high school theater production of an angst-filled father/daughter melodrama that takes place in the middle of a crowded cancer ward. It’s badly acted, badly written, and almost bad enough to make you stop watching altogether.  But please don’t. When the action […]

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[Review] “The Last Thanksgiving”: A Horror Sure To Satisfy your Turkey Day Appetite

Ever wonder where all the love for Thanksgiving horror is?  Well, so do I.  Thanksgiving is that lost holiday right between Halloween and Christmas, heck even the decorations in my household go directly from ghosts, monsters and pumpkins to Santa, snowmen and reindeer.  Well thankfully this gory serving of Thanksgiving horror from  up and coming […]

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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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[Review] THE SILENCING a frustratingly messy movie filled with twists and turns that lead nowhere

The body of a teenage girl is found washed up by the banks of a river. Police arrive, look around for a bit and deduce that she wasn’t just killed. She had been hunted. It’s unclear how they leap to this conclusion given the minimal investigation, but it’s still just the opening minutes of The […]

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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 […]