April 04

Steven Soderbergh Goes “Unsane” (2018)

Unsane…hums along with an aggressively engaging energy that hooked me from the start.

Still from TAG (2015) March 25

Sion Sono’s TAG (2015): An Action-Filled, Surrealistic, Gore-tastic, Japanese Horror-Fantasy Feature

Anyone who’s a fan of J-Horror and/or Sion Sono’s filmmaking style and nihilistic worldview should check it out.

Still from SECONDS (1966) March 15

John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS (1966), starring Rock Hudson

What would happen if you were “reborn” as your ideal self? Ahead of its time, John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS (1966) gives a frightening answer to this question.

Still from CREEP (2014) March 05

Strange Attractions: Patrick Brice’s CREEP and CREEP 2

CREEP (2014) and CREEP 2 (2017) are deceptively simple yet highly disturbing films that demonstrate why independent horror deserves more attention and respect.

March 02

Inside the Mind of “Psychopaths” (2017)

I wanted to curl up and die in this beautiful, horrible world.

Still from BEFORE I WAKE February 05

The Persistence of Fairytales: Mike Flanagan’s “BEFORE I WAKE” (2016)

Mike Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE has the feel of a modern fairytale along with horror and an undercurrent of sadness.

January 29

THE SHAPE OF WATER (2017): Aquatic Lust Letter

Del Toro gorges his artistic appetite from all possible angles, but makes the strongest, most human elements secondary to all the visual candy.

Theatrical Poster for LIVING AMONG US (2018) January 25

Indie Film Review: Vampire Mockumentary “Living Among Us” (2018)

Living Among Us (2018) is the second feature-length horror movie by indie writer/director/producer Brian A. Metcalf (The Lost Tree, 2016). It’s a competent production. The film boasts a cast that includes Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, 2011-3), James Russo (Donnie Brasco, 1997), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994), and the late John Heard (Home Alone, 1990). Yet, its story is familiar and weak, as is its POV video aesthetic. Its production design and acting also could have been better, even given the limitations of its low budget. The film’s negative aspects outweigh the positives, especially for the seasoned horror fan.

January 17

The Ill-Advised Methods of MAYHEM (2017)

The script and direction lean so heavily on wanting to appease a built-in audience that it never tries very hard, despite the exasperating visuals.

Still from INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018) January 10

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018): The Last Flight of the Insidious Express

The source of evil in this film is as interesting as its personification in demonic form.