Boys from County Hell Review

Some things are older than science, older than God; the earth has its own secrets, whispers a local Irishman named William. As two Canadian travelers carefully approach an ancient gravesite, Williams friend jumps out from around the tombstones scaring the hell out of the tourists who wanted to get a glimpse at a real piece of historic horror. That is one of the great things about folklore. Stories are passed down through generations that cause people to travel all over the world to see the sites that inspired mythological creatures, and locals love to lean into it all for a scare or a laugh.

Embracing small town antics and camaraderie, writer/director Chris Baugh summons a new story on the traditional vampire lore and takes a stab at marrying comedy and horror with his film Boys from County Hell.  

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Honeydew Review

Science and religion unite in an unconditional manner with writer/director Devereux Milburns Honeydew. Making its world premiere at Nightstream Festival, Honeydew is as auditorily savory as it is visually sadistic. A blend of horror sub-genres, Milburn proves that he has a talent (and an appetite) for serving audiences a disturbing new take at an exploration in the countryside gone wrong.

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Bloodthirsty Review

The notion of hunger is vast and can be applied to an array of different desires. For the stereotypical starving artist, hunger usually comes in the form of fame, success, and basic needs. Writer/director Amelia Moses creatively applies the concept of hunger and desire to the werewolf sub-genre with her latest film, Bloodthirsty.

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How to Deter a Robber Review

Boredom and stress are a dangerous combination during the holidays. Dealing with an overbearing family, a lingering assignment for college applications, and trying to entertain an aloof partner can make anyone search for an escape. Writer/director Maria Bissell alleviates holiday doldrums and the stress of growing up by crafting a uniquely comical home invasion movie with her feature debut, How to Deter a Robber

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The Boy Behind the Door Review

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an estimated 460,000 children go missing every year in the United States. Kids can disappear in the blink of an eye and are sometimes never found. Its a terrifying and heartbreaking concept that writer/director team David Charbonier and Justin Powell tackle with sharp and savage precision. The duo delivers a harrowing look at child abduction and everlasting friendship in The Boy Behind The Door

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Its difficult to open up to people, isnt it? We all have our secrets and if theyre disclosed, the person listening can either tell others, judge you for it, or use it against you. And yet, as humans, we yearn for a personal connection with someone that we can trust with our innermost thoughts, desires, and secret personal lives. Writer/director Jill Gevargizian fervidly addresses this need for connection through the lonely life of a hairdresser in The Stylist

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Teddy Review

The only constant thing in life is change. A simple statement but profoundly complex given the effects time has on our emotions, physical bodies, and maturation. Werewolf stories utilize physical transformation on a thematic level in various ways, but at the heart of their stories is an aspect of the uncontrollable loss of self through physical alterations. This sub-genre of horror gives glimpses into our resistance to change and is one reason why it resonates with audiences multiple times over. Despite change being a universal experience, there are still parts of ourselves we claw to hold onto. Twin directors (Ludovic and Zoren Boukherma) explore these themes in their sophomore film, Teddy. A thirsty intensity of young angst and love, Teddy is a tale of ravenous revenge and resistance towards change.  Read More »

More than 100,000 small businesses have met their demise as a result of the Covid pandemic. Independent businesses represent multiple aspects of freedom and supporting local is more important now than ever before. Freedom of expression is of utmost importance and allows work to become a place of solace because of the supportive, collaborative environment among coworkers.

Upon its release 25 years ago, Empire Records typified independent business culture by providing a glimpse into first jobs, first loves, and an anthem that still resonates today as a group of passionate misfits fight for their company to not sell out.

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Improvisation takes a hell of a lot of talent and grit. There is a particular sort of flexibility and creativity that is required in order to continue a story or work through a challenge. The act of improvising is being utilized in a variety of ways in 2020, but the skill only truly brings a smile to someones face when its witnessed within a performative setting on stage or on screen. Twenty years ago, writer/director Christopher Guest gifted audiences with a combination of two of the most vital things necessary to alleviate our emotional woes in todays stressful era: improv and dogs.

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If there is a perfect year for escapism, its 2020. Among the feelings of despair associated with the spiraling pitfall of a global pandemic, people are craving comfort. One coping mechanism is to return to the simple pleasures in life that generate feelings of nostalgia. For many of us, film is a comfort and revisiting old movies from youth is a gratifying experience. And one of the defining features of a film is, of course, the music.

After a recent study of musics effect on the brain, neuroradiologist Jonathan Burdette, M.D. states that music is primal. It affects all of us, but in very personal, unique ways.Writers Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas fully understand this fundamental notion and have compiled a new hardcover book spotlighting the most iconic sci-fi and fantasy film scores that have ever graced the screen (and our childhoods). Read More »