Where the Wild Killings Are
Stars: Christopher Wiehl, Kym Jackson, Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith, Yohance Myles, Kennedy Brice, Brea Grant, R. Brandon Johnson | Written by Danny Kolker, Christopher Wiehl | Directed by Padraig Reynolds It’s been quite some time since I saw Padraig Reynolds’ debut feature Rites of Spring back at Glasgow Frightfest 2012 and since then Reynolds has(…)
By Phil Wheat Category: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews, Reviews Tags: Brea Grant, Christopher Wiehl, Kennedy Brice, Kym Jackson, Padraig Reynolds, R. Brandon Johnson, review, Samantha Smith, Tina Lifford, Worry Dolls, Yohance Myles
Stars: Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Jack Kesy, Rory Culkin, Leticia Jimenez | Written by T.J. Cimfel, David White | Directed by Adam Schindler Anna Rook is isolated from human contact in nearly every way, which is exactly how she likes it. Suffering from crippling agoraphobia and holed up in an old Victorian mansion on the(…)
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt, Yasuo Tobishima, Noriko Sakura, Yûho Yamashita, Lidija Antonic | Written by Nick Antosca, Sarah Cornwell, Ben Ketai | Directed by Jason Zada After her sister is reported missing, Sara (Natalie Dormer), journeys from her home in the US to Japan in search of her(…)
By Phil Wheat Category: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews, Reviews Tags: Eoin Macken, Jason Zada, Lidija Antonic, Natalie Dormer, Noriko Sakura, review, Stephanie Vogt, Taylor Kinney, The Forest, Yasuo Tobishima, Yûho Yamashita, Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Stars: Robert Carradine, Mario Ceara, Katie Savoy, Akari Endo, Tony Evangelista, Mario Arturo Hernández, Rib Hillis, Alan Nadal Piantini, Conan O’Brien | Written by Matt Yamashita | Directed by Kevin O’Neill If you thought it was only studios like The Asylum who were cranking out giant sea creature flicks for Syfy you’d be completely wrong(…)
By Phil Wheat Category: DVD/Blu-ray Reviews, Reviews Tags: Akari Endo, Alan Nadal Piantini, Conan O’Brien, DVD, High Fliers Films, Jurassic Wars: Sharktopus vs Pteracuda, Katie Savoy, Kevin O’Neill, Mario Arturo Hernández, Mario Ceara, review, Rib Hillis, Robert Carradine, Sharktopus vs Pteracuda, Syfy, Tony Evangelista
Our reviewer didn’t care much for Hush, the direct-to-Netflix new horror film from the director of Oculus. But since Hush is a horror film with a deaf protagonist, we wondered: what would a deaf person make of it. Step forward, deaf horror fan Katie Sawyer…
Bonfire of the Sanities Fear of family, of intimacy, and of letting your guard down and simply enjoying life once in a while are a few of the themes and issues you’ll find bouncing around in the offbeat, subtly effective Trash Fire, the latest tongue-in-dry-cheek horror/comedy from Richard Bates Jr., whom horror geeks should remember(…)
The post-modern Prometheus Classic literary works like Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein will stand up to all kinds of interpretation. James Whale’s 1931 film classic went wildly off-book to define cinema’s long relationship with the text, and the past few years alone have seen adaptations both faithful (Danny Boyle’s stage version, with Benedict Cumberbatch(…)
Rodney Ascher’s 2012 documentary Room 237, an examination of conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, was such a brilliantly bizarre concoction, it was difficult to imagine what, if anything, he would come up with next.
“I’m going to tell you the most incredible story you’ve ever heard, and when I’m finished, you’ll either think me a liar, or insane, or both.”
Despite the fact that they’re all very flashy and expensive and well-made, there’s not really a whole lot “to” the Jurassic Park movies. Even the 1993 original, which still holds up as a charming and entertaining blockbuster, is pretty simple stuff. Island + Dinosaurs + People = big-time, crowd-pleasing mayhem.
Legend has it that, far beyond the town of Mitchell, some 600km inland from Queensland’s coastline, an abandoned homestead – once the scene of unspeakable depravities – is now supposedly haunted. Which makes Charlie’s Farm, as the place is known, a magnet for horror-happy backpackers willing to go way off the beaten track in pursuit(…)
Not long ago we got two very cool genre films that had very similar stories. They were the British sci-fi film Dredd and the Indonesian action flick The Raid. Some fans think it’s obvious that one group of filmmakers stole the “lone hero battling his way up a building that’s absolutely packed with vicious henchmen”(…)
Anyone who covers (or at least obsesses over) the current landscape of international horror cinema should be pleased to notice when a specific country speaks up and bangs out a fresh handful of genre films. Over the years we’ve seen eruptions like these from Spain, France, Ireland, Japan, and a dozen other nations that don’t(…)
From Russia with gore Horror and fantasy films have been a constant anathema when it comes to Russian cinema and the sheer suggestion that something involving impending peril could be considered as entertainment continues to be frowned upon there. Consequently, domestically produced genre movies remain condemned to the margins of the mainstream. Whilst savvy to(…)
“They’re here.” Again. Much like a house built on top of the unrestful dead, Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist is haunted by the ghost of Tobe Hooper’s original. Few complained that the 1982 film itself drew much of its plotting from a 1962 Twilight Zone episode called “Little Girl Lost” (about a child who has slipped into(…)
There was enough of a deviously clever idea in the first Human Centipede film to warrant a positive review from yours truly a few years back, and while I got a lot of confused looks after recommending the film, I still stand by that review. What started out like a typical “young idiots get lost(…)
There’s fertile ground in the horror subgenre in which the question is posed (and not always resolved) as to whether a haunting, possession (etc.) is the result of paranormal phenomena or psychological problems.
Say it ain’t so, Joe! A new film by Joe Dante, the director of such cult movies as Piranha, Gremlins, The Howling and The ‘Burbs, should always be cause for celebration, especially as his recent credits – with the notable exception of the superb The Hole – have been forgettable TV like CSI: NY and(…)
At this point Ireland is becoming my favorite source for independent horror films. Over the last ten years or so the Emerald Isle has graced us with impressive exports like Isolation, Stitches, Dark Touch, Outcast, Citadel, Wake Wood, Grabbers, Let Us Prey, and Dead Meat – so while it’s true that you’ll find great horror films from(…)
John McNaughton comes back out to play It’s been nearly 30 years since director John McNaughton announced himself to the world with Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, which gifted us Michael Rooker, and far too long since he returned to the horror genre. So that’s reason enough to celebrate his latest film, The Harvest,(…)
While a large majority of the hardcore horror fans are content to bemoan the prevalence of the “found footage” format, a few people are out there trying to change your mind by bringing some new perspectives to the experience. And while it’s certainly true that you’ll find a lot of dry, dreary, and redundant found(…)
Originally performed in New Zealand and now coming off the back of critical success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Generation of Z: Apocalypse is a fantastic fusion of theatre and horror survival game. It bears all the hallmarks of the latter, moving from set-piece to set piece in calculated peaks and troughs of suspense,(…)
Shouldn’t death be a once in a lifetime experience? Does anyone (here in the West, at least) seriously believe in reincarnation any more? To put it glibly, the once-popular concept of past lives is not what it used to be. The New Age therapeutic process of past life regression (PLR) is now filed away with healing(…)
Any time a film undergoes a significant name change before releasing to the international market, especially one designed to capitalise on an upcoming blockbuster, it can’t help but ring a few alarm bells in the viewer. Jake Paltrow’s second feature, formerly known as Young Ones (no relation to the anarchic post-modern ’80s sitcom) has been dutifully changed to Bad Land:(…)
There’s a good reason that so many independent horror films take place in an isolated location that’s populated by only a handful of characters: because the fewer “moving parts” a low-budget producer has to worry about, the lower the odds of something going irrevocably wrong. If you have A) a creepy location, B) a decent(…)
It was only a matter of time before the filmmaking team known as “The Butcher Brothers” would drop the slightly silly moniker and start crediting themselves as normal guys, and it only seems fitting that Mitch Altieri and Phil Flores would choose to do it with a film like Holy Ghost People. The duo has(…)
The idea of a micro-budget found footage horror film shot entirely with an iPhone might be a quick turn-off for a lot of viewers – the iPhone is hardly a professional-level cinematographer’s tool, after all – but for those with an open mind, a little bit of patience, or a pointed interest in “DIY” filmmaking(…)
Kudos to any independent filmmaker who dares to brave an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation (especially the ones who try to remain relatively faithful to the author’s work), as opposed to yet another woods-bound slasher flick. As cool as Lovecraft can be on the page, he’s a remarkably difficult author when it comes to cinematic adaptations, and(…)
A found footage horror film which opens with one of its young, white, laddish protagonists throwing up into a toilet while his idiot friend films it all, incessantly jabbering about all of the girls he intends to lay during their lads’ holiday in Barcelona: if first impressions are anything to go by, Hooked Up is(…)
There are two very broad, distinct, and (fine) obvious types of horror stories being told in this 2013 indie thriller from After Dark Films (Originals). In one corner we have the “happy family in a creepy house they just bought to get away from the city” stuff and in the other is the “evil female spectre who(…)
There’s really no way to review or discuss the new Spanish suspense thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz without cutting right to the chase: it’s about a man who defiles the corpse of a recently deceased actress. And by “defiles” I mean precisely what you think: the movies deals with necrophilia in a very frank(…)
Do we ever truly “get over” the untimely demise of a loved one? How does one begin the healing process if they were directly responsible for that loved one’s untimely demise? Does guilt have a statute of limitations?
The cool thing about the old-school horror stories is how versatile they are. For every traditional vampire movie (or novel, or TV series), there’s another one that changes the rules, that subverts our expectations, or that combines a few sub-genres in clever or exciting ways.
Every time I say something positive about a “found footage” horror movie, I feel like I’m giving a speech about the awesomeness of communism: some folks might listen, but most people will just hate you. (Note: I am not a communist.)
What would happen if you combined a mid-1980s slasher flick with the “history repeating itself” hook of Groundhog Day and the highly underrated 1992 television satire Stay Tuned? Well, you might get a movie that looks a little like Todd Strauss-Schulson’s clever, strange, and consistently funny The Final Girls, but it probably wouldn’t be quite(…)
The phenomenon of cults and their followers are richly fertile ground for drama, given their inherent conflicts, insidious methods, charismatic leaders and obeisant followers, and lately they seem to be all the rage: The Sacrament, The Sound of My Voice, Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Master, and TV’s The Leftovers and The Following have all(…)
The ’60s was a time of turmoil for mental health care facilities, with many decrying the treatment of mental illness as being far more damaging than helpful. So extreme were some of these methods that many former patients banded with anti-psychiatric movements and even referred to themselves as ‘survivors.’ Whilst distorting mental patient “care” to inconceivable levels, writer/director(…)
If you’re a fan of the pulpy, silly, and sometimes gruesome pop-culture throwback movies like Larry Blamire’s The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001), Andy Fickman’s 2005 rendition of Reefer Madness, last year’s comedy/horror/musical Stage Fright, or anything that could be accurately described as campy, affectionately old-fashioned, or downright “John Waters-y,” you’ll probably find a lot(…)
If you went only from the first 25 minutes of the colorfully harsh new indie horror movie Avenged (known in the UK as Savaged), you’d probably be tempted to dismiss it as yet another effectively ugly, bleak, and unpleasant “rape / revenge” movie – but that’d be a pretty stupid thing to do. Who the hell judges a(…)
There’s low budget, there’s micro-budget, and there’s “drive into the woods on an ATV with nothing but a chainsaw and a few interesting ideas” budget, and it’s on that third chain of the ladder that you’ll find a weird little movie called Red Trail 90.
Horror fans sure do seem to love to hate clowns, don’t we? Even those who can appreciate the “traditional” sort of clown that we see at the circus, at kids’ birthday parties, or in old-fashioned TV shows have to admit that when the lights go down, there’s something irrefutably unsettling about a clown. Especially in(…)