Blaine McLaren
Bald and Beautiful / Exploitation Guru
Blaine McLaren was born in Texas, but has called Atlanta his home for over 20 years. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with cinematic oddities, with a soft spot for rubber monster flicks and gore soaked head scratchers. He is the lead writer and owner of mondomclaren.com and is a regular contributor for multiple sites and podcasts.
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The YULETIDE TERROR Fireside Chats – Paul Corupe

[Editor’s Note: This is our third interview with one of the authors from the upcoming Yuletide Terror, previously interviewing Amanda Reyes and Derek Johnston. Check out the other two and check out this great book coming out from Spectacular Optical.] How did you get involved in the project? Kier-La Janisse and I have been making…

Buried Alive’s Feature Programmer Gushes Over Exceptional Exploitation Gem BB

[Editor’s Note: I also love this film and reviewed it for The Grindhouse Channel last year. Expect that review to be post by the New Year, as I’m hoping to finally get all of the content from TGC’s blog up by then.] Expectations can be a very tricky thing, especially with movies and the internet.…

Halloween Hangover, Day 1: Justin and Blaine on Something Weird/AGFA’s THE ZODIAC KILLER

Leave it to Something Weird Video and AGFA to dig up an oddity like The Zodiac Killer. This is a bizarre film who’s own tale of production is 10x more interesting than the film itself. Tom Hanson was a San Francisco small business owner who was running into some money problems. He hatched a scheme…

31 Days, Day 20: A Real Friday Fight – Mondo and thepaintedman Don’t Even Remotely Agree About RED STATE

[Editor’s Note: Just a reminder that in October, Friday Fight becomes Friday Frights and we’ve been covering something every Friday this month. This time it’s just Blaine and I, so I mised up the formatting a bit and layed it out like a piece from our Dissenting Opinions column. I chose this one in honor…

BHFF 2017: HAGAZUSSA is a Deep, Contemplative, and Confidently Executed Nightmare (31 Days, Day 18)

It has been a while since I sat down and watched a true-blue art film. When I picked out Hagazussa – A Heathen’s Curse I assumed it was just another horror movie and was shocked by what I found. Instead of shrills and thrills, I got a nearly silent period piece about psychosis and medieval…

31 Days, Day 6: ODD THOMAS Showcases the Talents of the Late Great Anton Yelchin

[Editor’s Note: In October, Friday Fight becomes Friday Frights and we’ll be covering something every Friday this month. Next week we’ll be celebrating the life of the late George Kennedy with a lesser known 1988 horror film called Uninvited. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime.] I don’t understand how this star-studded flick flew so far under…

PUFF 2017: The Final Review Pits Iceland Against Mondo… and Iceland Wins with RIFT (31 Days, Day 4)

[Editor’s Note: Blaine is currently serving as the Feature Film Programmer for Atlanta’s Buried Alive Film Festival. He was excited… giddy even… at the chance to review Rift as part of PUFF coverage, as he’d become a big fan since screening it for Buried Alive. You’ll see that he’s quite the cheerleader for this film.…

Fantasia 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS is Good, but it Makes Blaine Feel Old

Ever since the beginning days of the internet, horror films have been trying to find an opportunity to utilize it in an interesting way. There results have been anywhere from terrible (Hellraiser: Hellworld, Feed) to the not great, but perfectly watchable range (Kairo, Unfriended). I was a little worried after seeing the trailer and started…

Fantasia 2017: KODOKU MEATBALL MACHINE Breaks Down, Leaving a Misshapen Meatwad

If you have ever seen a movie from Japanese filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura, then you know what to expect. Films like Tokyo Gore Police and Helldriver are over-the-top gore films that have little, to no concern about plot. This film is no exception and follows his “throw everything at the screen and see what sticks” attitude…

Fantasia 2017: ASSHOLES Shits the Bed

On paper, this should be my favorite movie of the year. A gross out comedy full of shit, demons, and a strong cast of young actors. What could go wrong, right? Wrong! It has been a while since I was so disappointed in a release that seemed to be made specifically for someone like me.…

Bold Decisions and Creative Camerawork Mark CRACKBABY BILLIONAIRE as Fucked Up Low-Budget Gem

John Miller has been a polarizing figure in the world of low budget horror. He burst onto the scene with a movie he co-directed with Chris Woods (of Sleaze Box) called Amerikan HoloKaust that was immediately met with love and disdain (equally). The movie was ugly, nihilistic filmmaking at its best. I saw the film…

Slow-Ass Chases Never Looked So Good: Arrow’s PSYCHOMANIA Special Edition Blu

There are very few movies with cooler ideas than Psychomania. Bikers back from the dead, raising hell in the English suburbs. It is the type of film that I have seen a few times, but only saw it under other names and awful prints. Fortunately for exploitation fans everywhere, Psychomania has received the Arrow Video…