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[Review] Devil’s Junction: Handy Dandy’s Revenge – It’s Rare a Movie Gets So Much Wrong

Directed by Jeff Broadstreet, as Roy G. Biv., Devil’s Junction: Handy Dandy’s Revenge is the latest killer puppet flick to hit the horror-scene. The director listed under a pseudonym should have been a red flag for what I was about to see, but I went in with bloody-colored glasses. Watching low-budget horror movies you expect […]

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[Review] Glass Cabin (Screamfest): Isolation Leads to Unsettling Thoughts and Actions

Seclusion in snowy climes is often a fine springboard for horror movies, with The Abominable Snowman (1957), The Shining (1980), and this year’s The Lodge springing to mind. Writer/director Can Türedi places the protagonist of his new short film Glass Cabin in just such an environment, and the result is a fine slice of psychological […]

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[Review] Red Moon (H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival): Celestial Phenomenon Sets Off a Night of Terror

If you subscribe to the notion that full moons can affect human behavior, just wait until you see what happens when the titular phenomenon occurs in eerie Canadian short film Red Moon (2019). The film, which won the Best Short award at this month’s H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, stretches beyond what are usually considered common […]

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[Review] Bathroom Troll (Fantastic Fest): School Bullying and Satanism Collide

After androgynous high school student Cassie (Bianca Sanchez) is bullied by a quartet of mean-girl classmates in a campus bathroom, her mother (Melissa Connell) calls upon satanic forces to seek revenge in writer/director Aaron Immediato’s Bathroom Troll. This short film pays homage to Brian De Palma’s 1976 screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie while giving […]

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[Review] 9:40 (Fantastic Fest): All Aboard for a Bizarre Bus Ride

The Mexican horror short 9:40  plays like a classic episode of The Twilight Zone with a climax on steroids. The story may feel a bit familiar, and many genre film fans might well guess where it is headed, but writer/director Jorge Morrell and his cast and crew make the ride an intriguing one, nevertheless. Kristyan […]

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[Review] Nocturne (Wreak Havoc Horror Film Fest): Doorbell Cam Gives First Glimpse at Potential Danger

Nocturne, the latest short film from writer/director Michael Trainotti, is a superb effort that takes the “Don’t open the door to strangers” motif to terrifying extremes.  Erin (Sabrina Howells, who has appeared in previous Trainotti short films Beneath the Surface [2017] and One Dark Night [2018]) has just had a rough night arguing on  a […]

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[Review] Clownado – Slick Title, Cool Poster, Crappy Film

There’s a great scene in the Tim Burton movie Ed Wood where the fledgling director meets with a sleazy Hollywood producer about a new project. “Is there a script,” Wood asks. “(Expletive) no,” the producer says. “But. there’s a poster.” It’s impossible to say if a similar conversation happened when the idea for Clownado first […]

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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 […]