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[Review] Maggie May (FilmQuest): Foreboding Atmosphere and the Horrors of Inaction Drive Disquieting Australian Short

Writer/director Mia Kate Russell explores the potential terrors of inaction in her Australian short film Maggie May, which offers up some of the most disturbing horrific images in recent memory, both onscreen and offscreen.  Something is dreadfully wrong with Maggie (Lulu McClatchy of the 2012 features Crawlspace and 6 Plots), and though her relatives and […]

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[Review] It: Chapter Two in 4DX – A Night to Remember

Director Andy Muschietti’s follow up to his 2017 hit, It, debuted this weekend with a bigger and “badder” clown, an older and bolder Losers’ Club, and an even more ambitious story. It: Chapter Two takes place 27-years after the “defeat” of Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) by our heroes. After a few killer clown-like deaths, Mike (Isaiah […]

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[Review] She Must Vanish (GenreBlast): A Witch Finds Herself in Terrifying Circumstances

Canadian director Kyle Martellacci is a prolific director of terrific horror shorts that tackle myriad subgenres and nail each one. He turns in what I feel is some of his finest work in his latest effort from Red Razor Pictures, supernatural shocker She Must Vanish. Martellaci wrote, directed, edited, shot, and produced She Must Vanish, […]

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[Review] Dracula’s Coffin (GenreBlast): Naughty Humor and Nasty Gore Raise the Stakes in Cheeky Vampire Short

If you are in the mood for a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy in the fangs-in-neck vein, chock full of corn and camp but also with a respectful approach to classic vampire films and lore, look no further than director Stephen Wolfe’s short film Dracula’s Coffin. From the lighting and special effects to David E. Mitchell’s score […]

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[Review] The Banana Splits Movie, Nostalgia Only Gets You So Far

As Wikipedia explains, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an American hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring the Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters: Fleegle (guitar, vocals), Bingo (drums, vocals), Drooper (bass, vocals) and Snorky (keyboards, effects). If you remember watching it back in the early 70s, the show’s […]

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[Review] Clown College (GenreBlast): Grief and Greasepaint Collide in a Mourning Woman’s Mind

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world for university student Quincy (Bailey Ingersoll), whose day starts off with a dissection lesson from an overenthusiastic professor (David A. McElroy) in her anatomy class, finds her lost in thought about her recently deceased father (Jim Dougherty), and concludes with a surreal trip to the dentist (Chad Newman) […]

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[Review] Ready or Not: Samara Weaving Delivers An Award-Worthy Performance

And the Oscar goes to… Ok, the chances of Samara Weaving winning an Academy Award statue as Best Actress for her stellar work in Ready or Not are immeasurably slim, but that doesn’t mean her performance isn’t brilliant…because it is. Not only is she compelling and believable, something too many actors have a hard time […]

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[Review] How to Be Alone (Popcorn Frights): Horrors of the Mind Haunt a Woman in Her Empty Home

Fears and anxieties about isolation and loneliness haunt twentysomething Lucy (Maika Monroe of It Follows and Villains, in another fine performance) during a long night in writer/director Kate Trefry’s psychological horror short How to Be Alone. What scares us most is often what we concoct in our minds, and Trefry combines that idea with absolutely […]

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[Review] The Obliteration of the Chickens (Popcorn Frights): Izzy Lee Tackles the Horrors and Humor of an Uncaring Universe

If you are in the mood for a brain-bending dose of existential angst and nihilist musing — and if you are not, what’s holding you back? — you need look no further than prolific filmmaker Izzy Lee’s The Obliteration of the Chickens. It is unlike any of Lee’s other works, tackling the senselessness of it […]