Deadwax Review

“If there is no one there to hear the falling rain in the garden, what sound does it make?”  “If there’s nothing, it could be anything.”  This is Etta’s response to a philosophical question pertaining to the manipulation and dangers experienced from sound– a concept that is deviantly explored in Shudder’s upcoming series, Deadwax. Inspired by the Satanic Panic of the ‘70s where people demonized backmasking, a technique for playing the record backwards to reveal hidden messages, Shudder provides its own spin that will make audiences want to turn the volume way up. Read More »

Fantastic Fest 2018 Recap - Day 7

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day seven. In this diary entry: a hilarious and tragic examination of what happens when your 15 minutes of fame are up and a brutal, shallow look at the American nightmare.

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Tenacious D in Post-Apocalypto Review

Tenacious D isn’t widely know for writing heavy political objection into their goofball brand of musical entertainment, but Post-Apocalypto is a different, three-headed penis beast. Set in a dystopian future where humanity has been nuked to hell, “The D” must save what’s left of Earth from Nazis, KKK soldiers, Crackalackadingdong monsters, “The Gorgon,” Amazonian cave women thirsty for KG and JB’s seed, Johnny Depp, Elon Musk, Donald Trump Jr. – those of you in legalized marijuana states, you know what to do. “The D” return for an epic adventure of relentless phallic imagery and poignant arguments promoting racial equality as only the planet’s greatest (self-proclaimed but true) rock ‘n’ roll superteam can immaturely wax poetic over.

Get hammered, smoke something, and ride this crazy train into a harmonious reality where “The D” rise once again. Read More »

Holiday Review

“She secretly likes the attention.” “If she didn’t want it, why would she dress that way?” “She should have known this would happen.” “Why won’t she just leave?” You don’t have to be a female to hear these kinds of statements and questions. Although, if you identify as a female, you probably hear them often. The mentality behind systemic rape culture and victim blaming is a dizzying conversation that is slowly but surely coming into focus both in the news and in art. While stories of trauma and abuse can be displayed through a dark, dingy lens, Danish writer-director Isabella Eklöf addresses these horrors with a brightly stylish world of violence and luxury in her new film, Holiday. Read More »

Fantastic Fest Recap Day 6

(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day six. In this diary entry: Nicole Kidman is a desperate cop on the edge, a shift at a gas station goes terribly wrong in more ways than one, demons invade the prairie, and Director Timo Tjahjanto delivers his brazenly insane take on The Evil Dead.

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The Night Comes for Us Review

When writer/director Timo Tjahjanto introduced The Night Comes For Us to an eager Fantastic Fest crowd, he promised “a truckload” of dead bodies would stack tall in his “Asian-on-Asian” Triad brutalizer. Carcasses maimed, mangled, and beaten to pulpy piles of mush by a cast of The Raid and Headshot veterans. Maybe a Ford F-150 sized “truckload,” I wondered? Not even close. The Night Comes For Us is a bloody, action-packed gangland punch-a-minute thriller that might as well be The Raid 3 based on style and body count. Tjahjanto kicks infinite ass and beats boredom into a sniveling oblivion.

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(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day five. In this diary entry: a Brazilian horror movie that doesn’t know what to do with a strong premise, a strange coming-of-age mystery, and a nasty slasher flick starring Seann William Scott as a serial killer.

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Suspiria Review

In order to properly understand the overall tone and style of writer/director Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, one must first address its setting: 1977 Berlin, during which a series of violent events occurred that became known as “The German Autumn.” An insurgent group called the Red Army Faction partook in a series of bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, bank robberies, and shootouts with the local police force. They raged a revolutionary war against the West German government with an anti-fascist and anti-imperialism ideology.

Another notable event in 1977 – Dario Argento released the original Suspiria.

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(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)

Welcome to Fantastic Fest, day four. In this diary entry: one of the best horror remakes ever, the most violent action movie I’ve ever seen, and a long-lost cult classic in the making.

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The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Review

Henry Dunham’s The Standoff At Sparrow Creek will split a furious political divide like most, if not all, of production company Cinestate’s as-now-released slate. Gun rights, civilian militarization, police corruption – unquestionably blurred ethics, but spectacularly intensified nonetheless. On-edge interrogations and stonefaced deceit. Reservoir Dogs in lumber safehouse. Every second tiptoes over pins-and-needles as the slightest slip-up might land you in a hangman’s noose, each character planted in their defense like a 300-pound lineman who wouldn’t budge for a wrecking ball. A chess game complete with pawns, time-clocks, and strategy – with martyrdom on the line. Read More »