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Review: Us

A few years ago we were all laughing our asses off with Jordan Peele on Key and Peele, but since the director hit us with the bombshell of perfectly-paced horror/social commentary that was Get Out the world has been salivating to see w...

 
 
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Review: Relaxer

Nostalgia-baiting is something I'm not too familiar with. I'm not fond of superheroes, and I wasn't alive in the 80's, so I figured myself to be pretty well nostalgia-proof when it comes to the film industry. I can't be manipulated. I can't...

 
 
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Review: Book of Monsters

Book of Monsters is the first Kickstarter funded film I've seen. This one billed itself as the horror movie where YOU could choose the monsters -- a novel enough idea in which backers could choose from six categories: The monsters, a charac...

 
 
 
 
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Contest: Win a Blu-ray copy of The Greasy Strangler

Enter our contest for a Blu-ray copy of The Greasy Strangler. I don't have many words for this one, so just play along with me, here. I've got a Blu-ray copy of The Greasy Strangler. Why? I don't know. I'm just plain broken, I gue...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Red 11

In 1992, an aspiring filmmaker spent a month as a lab rat in exchange for a $7,000 paycheck. He flipped that check into El Mariachi and from there Robert Rodriguez’s career took off. Now, 25 years since the film’s rele...

 
 
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Review: Starfish

If one thing's going to strike you straight off the bat with Starfish, it's going to be that this movie is perhaps too hip for its own good. You got cassettes, rotary phones, plaid shirts, old movie theater tickets, tea, Victorian-era furni...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Porno

I love a good horror/comedy mashup like Porno, which debuted at SXSW this year, and when you splatter the screen with gore I'll probably love it even more. Take my glowing review of Snatchers, which also debuted at SXSW, as proof if you nee...

 
 
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DOOM: ANNIHILATION trailer is getting annihilated on YouTube

I think it's safe to say that so far the upcoming video game adaptation, DOOM: ANNIHILATION has opened its own little portal to hell (har har), since at the time of writing it sits at 300 likes to over 3,000 dislikes on YouTube. This is ex...

 
 
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Nicolas Cage has some weird-ass movies, here's 10 of them

There's no doubt Nicolas Cage has been in some weird stuff, and after Between Worlds it looks like he's just getting weirder and weirder. A glance ahead has him starring in Primal, a movie where a big game hunter (for zoos?) is on a shippin...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Body at Brighton Rock

Body at Brighton Rock is a unique horror film in that nearly nothing actually horrific happens in it. And yet, the film can be terrifying to an extreme. A movie that plays more on fear than it does on actual scares is a rare bird, but ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Snatchers

I've seen one horror movie already this SXSW that used the genre to discuss deeper issues, but Us and Snatchers take very different directions in how they do this. That's pretty evident from the trailer below but it was an interes...

 
 
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Review: Between Worlds

Sometimes a truly weird Nicolas Cage film can slide between the cracks, slip beneath the floorboards, never to be discovered. This is a pitiful shame that needs to be avoided at all costs. Between Worlds recently released on DVD and has bee...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: The House

Watching The House reminded me of college, of the days when filmmakers were producing slick but low budget horror shorts for YouTube in the hopes that these efforts would open the door to recognition and funding to make feature films. Every...

 
 
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Review: Greta

Greta is in the tradition of those wonderfully bad thrillers that made B-movies in the 80s so fun to watch. A simple film with a creepy-ass antagonist and a young, beautiful protagonist. There's something welcoming to a premise so basi...

 
 
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Review: The Cannibal Club

The Cannibal Club has a strong opening that blends convention and originality with something of a sinister smirk. Otavio (Tavinho Teixeira) and Gilda (Ana Luiza Rios) are a wealthy married couple in Brazil. Otavio owns a security firm and l...

 
 
 
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Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho adds some new faces

Edgar Wright might be my favorite director working today. His sense of humor and layered shots in his movies are so well constructed that rewatches are a necessity. He has cast Thomasin McKenzie from Leave No Trace and Matt Smith ...

 
 
 
 
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Starfish trailer catches the eye with surreal wonder

My favorite animal as a child was a wolf, because I was a little boy, and wolves are objectively the coolest thing a little boy could like. As an adult I still find them very rad, and films featuring wolves (or weird deer) tick up about ei...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Happy Death Day 2U

Happy Death Day, for me, was a movie that was crushed under expectations. What I wanted was a bloody slasher film that took Groundhog Day and turned it into an excuse for increasingly ridiculous death sequences. What I got was a P...

 
 
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Contest: Win a Blu-ray copy of Arrow Video's Audition

You've got the part in today's contest for a Blu-ray copy of Arrow Video's release of Audition. I don't feel like Takashi Miike or any of his films really need a whole lot of words to describe them. If you've seen them, you know what's...

 
 
 
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Dean Cain sells sex robots in trailer for 2050

If someone were going to sell me a sex robot, I'd hope it would be Dean Cain. Like any good Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he has a palpably greasy smarminess, but you kind of like it. That's sort of how I feel about all of 2050 from this tr...

 
 
 
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Review: The Amityville Murders

How do you go about making a movie that's at once a based-on-a-true-story exploration of a murder mystery that most people have heard in one version or another, and also a cash-grab prequel to a horror classic that's nearing its fortieth an...

 
 
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Tommy Wiseau teases Big Shark as his next directing effort

Tommy Wiseau, director and star of the cult classic The Room is back in the driver's seat after what I would declare was much too long an absence. If only he made a few more movies before being "discovered" by bad movie hounds for his biza...

 
 
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Us Nightmare trailer lives up to its name

It's a little weird to be so early into the year and already have a pretty dead-on idea of what the best horror movie of the year will be. Jordan Peele's latest, Us is shaping up to be something pretty special as a straight horror film. It...

 
 
 
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Review: Crossbreed

Everyone has a moment when they realize they've peaked. Maybe the so-called midlife is a reflex from this. You're sitting on the couch, watching Jeopardy, still trying to figure out why they ask with answers and answer with questions, and i...

 
 
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Review: Piercing

The 1994 novel Piercing by Ryu Murakami remains one of my favorite stories. It's a tense, lurid, and disturbing tale. Its mechanics are straightforward enough as a sort of bizarre game of cat-and-mouse where the main character and the woman...

 
 




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Shazam!"Say my name"

 

Arrested Development - Season Five Part Two"They've Made a Huge Mistake"

 

Us"Turns out, the real monsters were us all along"

 

Relaxer"Sit back and relax (and also probably vomit a bunch)"

 

SXSW The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash"What is a man if he doesn't have a spirit"

 

Dragged Across Concrete""Anchovies...""

 

Book of Monsters"Horror by committee"

 

SXSW Tread"Too true crime"

 

SXSW Strange Negotiations"One man's search for meaning"

 

SXSW Mr. Jimmy"When the music strikes a chord "

 

SXSW Olympic Dreams"I wish I could watch it again every day "

 

SXSW Red Dog"Lives from the rowdiest, most infamous strip club in Oklahoma"

 

SXSW Bluebird""It will help you find where your soul is located""

 

SXSW Pig Hag"The film I wish I'd made"

 

SXSW Museum Town"Behind the museum"

 

Triple Threat"They brought guns to a fist fight"

 

SXSW Adopt a Highway"Some laws are just ridiculous"

 

SXSW La Mala Noche"Compelling subject matter, promising direction"

 

SXSW Frances Ferguson"A bored wife finds a boring affair"

 

Who Let the Dogs Out"Art creation through popular music"

 

SXSW Them That Follow"Subtle, tense, and lasting"

 

SXSW South Mountain"An affair to remember"

 
 
 
 
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