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“Caltiki: The Immortal Monster” (1959): Boring Blob but With Bits of Bava

There is a certain charm to 1950s low-budget monster flicks, though that charm can only take one so far. Caltiki: The Immortal Monster (1959) is an Italian riff on The Blob (1958). Scientists investigating possible causes for the fall of Mayan civilization discover a hidden cavern filled with treasure – and occupied by an amorphous […]

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“Deathly Presents” (2015): Family Discovers a Gift That Keeps on Taking

  Although many folks get irritated when stores start setting up for Christmas even before Halloween, I posit that any time of year is a fine time to watch Christmas-themed horror. The UK short film Deathly Presents is a superb offering in this subgenre. Written and directed by the team of Ben Franklin and Anthony […]

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“The Birch” (2016): Supernatural Vengeance Lurks in the Forest

  The masterminds behind UK-based production company Bloody Cuts present a superlative achievement with their latest effort, the folk-horror creature feature The Birch. The otherworldly atmosphere in this short film is palpable and a sense of dread drips in each frame. Shaun  (Aaron Ward) is viciously bullied by fellow student Kris  (Charlie Venables). Shaun’s ailing […]