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“Landmine Goes Click” [2015]: Taut & Tense Thriller

Despite its comedic sounding title, Landmine Goes Click is anything but funny. Director Levan Bakhia has taken that odd sounding title, and created a genuinely serious and thought provoking thriller that doesn’t allow much down time for an audience to catch its collective breath. Unfortunately, in the end that works against it, but let’s get […]

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“The Laughing Mask” (2014): Microbudget Slasher Flick Shows Occasional Flashes of Promise

Seemingly equal parts villain and vigilante, the titular killer known as The Laughing Mask terrorizes a criminal gang while also haunting the waking hours of a man whose wife he had killed and whose young daughter remains missing. Writer/director/executive producer/co-editor Michael Aguiar has crafted an interesting tale with a fair bit of atmosphere on a […]

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“Indigenous” (2015): Monsters, Mayhem and Mishandled Narrative Make for a Muddled Mess

Director Alastair Orr and writer Max Roberts – who, oddly, does not receive an IMDb credit – weave together a combination of The Ruins (2008)  and The Descent (2015) in the vacation-gone-wrong creature feature Indigenous (2015) available now from Momentum Pictures. A group of five friends follow a local guide into the jungles of Panama […]

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“Krampus” (2015): An Instant Holiday Horror Classic, Doughtery’s Gift to Horror Fans Everywhere

Writer/Director Michael Dougherty takes another stab  at focusing on horror during the holidays with his latest fright fest, Krampus. This time he shifts his attention from Halloween to the myths and origins of jolly old Saint Nick of Christmas tales by playing with the European legends of Krampus, referred to here as the shadow of […]

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“Winners Tape All: The Henderson Brothers Story” (2015): A Damn Funny Mockumentary Celebrating the VHS Video Store Heyday

You know what I consider talent? Taking something that is normally considered subpar or poor and using those perceived disadvantages while  maximizing their full potential to actually turn them into positives. This is exactly what writers Justin Channell (also the director), Zane Crosby and  Josh Lively do in their film Winners Tape All: The Henderson […]

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“The World of Kanako” (2014): Lurid Mystery Examines the Underbelly of a Teenage Girl’s Secret Life

Director Tetsuya Nakashima’s new suspense thriller The World of Kanako is one the most visually striking films I have seen this year, and it is also one of the most violent, harrowing, and brutal films of 2015. Its characters live in a maelstrom of vices such as drug addiction, prostitution, and murder, or in quieter […]