Splatter Matters: TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! is Finally the Crowd Pleaser Garrett Was Expecting

Previously on Splatter Matters: I wasn’t too keen on Blood Feast and its lack of interesting characters and story, but Scum of the Earth worked surprisingly well despite my moral objections to its premise (and perhaps even its existence). I find myself wondering what kind of mad man sets out to make movies specifically to…

MACRO Value from MICROcosm

Microcosm Publishing out of Portland is a solid base of DIY spirit in the North West. For a mere sliding scale of $10-30 a month you can get books, T shirts and personal stories that will connect you to your scene and beyond. Here are just a few examples of some great reads… The Prodigal…

DEADLY VIRTUES is no DROP DEAD FRED

Growing up, Drop Dead Fred, was one of my favorite movies. I can still quote many of the lines today. The words “Hello Snotface” will always make me giggle. The fascination of imaginary friends coming to life was undeniable, even if it still meant only one person could see them. Was I too young to…

BUFF 2017: To VOID or Not to VOID, That is the Question!

Essentially a remix of various John Carpenter movies, including Assault on Precinct 13, The Thing, and Prince of Darkness, The Void is a bat-shit, wild ride that I mostly enjoyed. Some remarkable practical effects, memorable visuals, and more mysterious plot threads than the entirety of Twin Peaks, this has everything my little movie-loving heart desires.…

You’ve Been Warned: Doug’s Look at BUFF 2017’s TRIGGER WARNING Short Film Block

Fucking Freak (USA, 15 min.) Dir. Salamo Manetti-Lax A screaming migraine of a short designed to offend and confound in equal measure, Fucking Freak packs plenty of obnoxious action into its frenetic 15 minutes. It’s critique of mass media culture feels a bit half-baked, and a final surreal musical number falls flat, but the bad-taste…

It’s a Twista, a Twista! Friday Fight Celebrates Bill Paxton

Beating the other crop of movies based on Hasbro toys and games, by a good 10-15, Twister still remains the best of the bunch, by far. Somehow everyone involved managed to squeeze a cast of great characters and a rip-roaring adventure yarn out of some pretty thin source material. Give me Twister over Battleship, Transformers,…

Splatter Matters: Garrett and Herschel Get Rough with SCUM OF THE EARTH

Previously on Splatter Matters: I began my foray into the world of Herschel Gordon Lewis via The HGL Feast box set from Arrow Films, starting with Blood Feast, his first Splatter film, and found it rather boring and amateurish despite a few noteworthy flourishes. I remain hopeful that there are good things to come as…

Stranger With My Face International Film Fest’s Tasmanian Devil, Briony Kidd, Catches Up with The Farsighted

Let’s start from the beginning… who are you and what is Stranger With My Face International Film Festival? I’m a film-maker and theatre-maker based in Tasmania, Australia. I am also the director and co-founder of Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which focuses on women’s perspectives and dark storytelling (in other words, horror films…

1962: The Rat Pack in SERGEANT’S 3

The Film: Sergeants 3 Directed by John Sturges Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop IMDb Plot: In this retelling of Gunga Din (1939) transplanted to the 1870’s American West, three cavalry officers and a bugler work together to thwart a Native American chief intent on uniting local tribes against…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: THE DEVILS are Among Us

Ken Russell’s 1971 beautiful and subversive blend of high art and trash cinema, The Devils, is back in the spotlight for cinephiles, horror hounds, and other various tribes of film geekdom. This is because AMC’s streaming horror service, Shudder, released the film’s “uncut” version into their catalog this week… except that it’s not the uncut…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: A Personal Reflection on Faith, Sleaze, and the Darkness of the Soul

Full disclosure to start this one off. I was raised Christian, the son of a pastor. The churches I belonged to (two different ones, dependent on where my mother – the pastor – was working at the time) were both American Baptist, but I always identified as a Christian first, in terms of my faith,…

A Tribute to Horror’s Least Beloved Character

Franklin’s horoscope in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre reads: Travel in the country, long–range plans, and upsetting persons around you, could make this a disturbing and unpredictable day. The events in the world are not doing much either to cheer one up. Soon after mainstream cinema-goers were bearing witness to the slick, chilling religious terror…