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Super Scary Shorts Saturday: “Howl of a Good Time” (2015) and “Santa” (2013) Provide Chuckles with Their Chills

Filmmaker Patrick Rea, one-third of the trio that makes up SenoReality Pictures, may be best known for his feature-length disaster film/creature feature mash-up Nailbiter (2012), but he is prolific in turning out short films. Many of these fall into the horror, thriller, and dark comedy genres, and his latest title, Howl of a Good Time […]

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“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” (2015): Lacks Spirit, Originality and Enthusiasm

The latest in the found-footage supernatural franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, presented in 3D no less, is a frustrating, lackluster entry into the series, shepherding the story off into its supposed final chapter with a dreadful, groan-worthy thud. It simply stinks. Damn. As a huge fan of found-footage genre, 3D films and the Paranormal […]

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“Goosebumps” (2015): R.L. Stine’s Monsters Haunt Again

Goosebumps  may be a property long past its heyday, but now it has reappeared  thanks to the recurring trend of the time: 1990s nostalgia! In a post  Jurassic World… world, we can expect to see plenty of 90s properties get their revitalized reboots, remakes and delayed sequels to attract a modern  audience. After all, the […]

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“Yakuza Apocalypse” (2015): Expect the Unexpected

Takashi Miike is an oddity, even  within  the Japanese  film industry. Responsible for films like  Audition  and  Ichi The Killer, Miike is known for taking ideas firmly rooted in Japanese culture and twisting them in  the most brazenly bizarre  fashion. Unfortunately, I’m more of  a novice to Miike’s work, but judging from those I have […]

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“The Final Girls” (2015): A Slasher Spoof With Heart

In the time since cinematic slashers  like Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger had their heyday in the  1980s, we’ve seen plenty of comedic takes on the genre. There’s the satirically dark spins  like  Behind the Mask: The Rise  of Leslie Vernon, the more silly raunchiness with  Club Dread  or the less ambitious referential […]