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Depraved (What the Fest!?): Larry Fessenden Creates a Millennial-Era Prometheus

Writer/director Larry Fessenden’s Depraved is a gory, thrilling modern adaptation of the Frankenstein mythos, replete with commentary on today’s society and many of its shortcomings. Like the majority of Fessenden’s directorial efforts, it’s a thinking person’s horror film, but one that pulls no punches in the visceral shocks department. Alex (Owen Campbell of Super Dark […]

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While Highly Entertaining, Us May Baffle Audiences With Mysteries and Rabbits

“Oscar-winning horror movie” are four words genre fans don’t see strung together very often, but in 2017 they were deservedly wrapped around Get Out, the multi-layered masterpiece written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele. The film was nominated in four categories — Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by […]

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The Rusalka (AKA The Siren), Freaks, and The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Female Monsters and Mutants Abound

Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow featured three films highlighted by powerful, mysterious female characters for its March 2nd screenings. These films ranged from subtle and understated to violent and gory. The Rusalka (AKA The Siren) Writer/director Perry Blackshear’s The Rusalka (retitled The Siren for its U.K. release), his follow-up to his terrific debut They Look Like […]

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Dead Ant (AKA Giant Killer Ants) and Level 16 (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Film Festival Features Rampaging Ants and Boarding School Terror

Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow offered up horror, comedy, and deadly serious dystopian drama with its Friday, March 1st screenings. Besides the world premiere of the terrific British indie shocker Here Comes Hell, this reviewer also had the opportunity to watch the American metalheads vs. giant ants movie Dead Ant (retitled Giant Killer Ants for its […]

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Here Comes Hell (Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow): Revelers Raise Diabolical Forces in Spirited British Horror Film

Black-and-white independent U.K. feature Here Comes Hell starts off as a British comedy of manners mashed up with classic old dark house elements before suddenly rocketing into full-on horror territory. First-time director Jack McHenry and his cast and crew serve up a fun, frenetic helping of supernatural chaos. George Walker, Jr., (Tom Bailey), son of […]

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Pappy’s World: Killer Doll Creates Christmas Havoc

Director Matt Wisniewski’s short film Pappy’s World (2018) is a surreal, jaw-dropping, pleasantly confounding blend of live action and animation. It’s bizarre yet wholly accessible in its telling of the carnage of an evil doll secretly unwrapped before Christmas. A girl (Jaz Frazier) uses her sleeping grandfather’s cane to reach a box at the top […]

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Asian Girls (Final Girls Berlin): Proximity Breeds Distance — and Terror

Writer/director Hyun Lee’s Australian short Asian Girls is an enigmatic, wholly arresting look at two young neighbor women who live highly contrasting lives — and who haunt each other’s dreams. Striking visuals and a striking soundtrack drive this dialogue-free piece. Chan (Rainbow Chan) is a Chinese seamstress who subsists on instant noodles and boiled black […]

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Nancy (Final Girls Berlin): Spellbinding Psychothriller Follows a Delusional Enigma

A young woman seeking to escape the doldrums of a dreary life often pretends to be something she is not in the engaging psychological thriller Nancy. When she sees a newscast about a long-missing kidnap victim, however, reality blurs even further for her. Andrea Riseborough, who played the haunting title character in last year’s gonzo […]

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[Review] Kiss the Devil in the Dark: Betrayal and Demons Rule in Dark Fantasy Tale

Bohemian Industries’ short film Kiss the Devil in the Dark is an eye-popping visual feast that blends a dark Faustian fantasy with shades of classic Hammer Film Productions and Eurohorror vibes. Fans of practical creature effects will find plenty to enjoy here, as well, with the legendary Doug Jones on hand in dual roles. The […]

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Foxwood: Blind Date Turns into a Night of Terror

Blind dates are perfect fodder for horror films, and the short Foxwood takes that notion to highly entertaining levels. Claire (Kalen Marie George) and Nick (cowriter/codirector Ian Hock) meet in person at a bar after some online introductions. After Claire reluctantly accepts a drink after Nick insists, they take a for-hire van to her rather […]

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[Review] Lunch Ladies (FilmQuest 2018): Death Can’t Dash the Dreams of Two Sisters Obsessed with Johnny Depp

Nothing can get in the way of two sisters who have dreams of becoming Johnny Depp’s personal chefs — not even a crime of passion — in the hilarious, glop-ridden horror comedy short Lunch Ladies. This colorful, energetic romp is a fun blast of feel-good horror comedy. Seretta (Donna Pieroni) and LouAnne (Mary Manofsky) are […]

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[Review] Dementia Part II (FilmQuest 2018): Unsettling Humor and Fine Performances Drive Senior Citizen Terror Tale

With Dementia Part II, co-writers and co-directors Mike Testin and Matt Mercer have crafted a horror film with darkly comic moments, filled with imagery and situations that will make even seasoned scare fare veterans squeamish. Most viewers will likely be constantly alternating between grinning and grimacing. The facts that the often comic film is a […]

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[Review] Lay Them Straight (The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival): Counting Keeps the Bad Things Away

Sometimes working on overcoming an obsession can lead to possibilities beyond a person’s imagination. In the case of Parker (Charlotte Lindsay Marron), the young teenaged protagonist of the Canadian short film Lay Them Straight, those possibilities can even lead to a terrifying new path. Parker is diagnosed with arithmomania, a disorder in which people feel […]

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[Review] The Whistler (The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival): Terror from Centuries Past Stalks Two Sisters

Folklore-based horror meets babysitter-in-peril fright fare in the Canadian short film The Whistler. Writer/director Jennifer Nicole Stang offers up an intriguing spin on Pied Piper tales, introducing a creepy villain who deserves a full-length expansion of his story. Lindsey (Karis Cameron) is charged by her parents with a sudden evening of babysitting her younger sister […]