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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 […]

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“Victor Frankenstein” (2015) – A Cobbled Together Creature

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  has been reinterpreted countless times.  Just in terms of cinema, the tale of man playing God has been adapted endlessly  since the Thomas Edison produced short silent film version in 1910. Now over 100 years later, we have  Victor Frankenstein, a 21st century revamp of the iconic tale from director Paul McGuigan […]

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“The Conductor” (2015): Masked Force of Malevolence Drives Young Woman to Violence

SUPER SCARY SHORTS SATURDAY Director Jared Bentley’s short film The Conductor is a taut science fiction/horror thriller that brings modern technology to Mabusean machinations. Helen (Jessica Richards) wakes up one morning with a strange electronic device on her back. Suddenly the gadget fires up and she finds her body being controlled by a mysterious force. […]