Festival

Buried Alive 2017: THE JERRY SHOW and ROSALITA, Two More of the Fest’s 50+ Great Short Films

The Jerry Show, written and directed by Stephen Stull, works better if viewed as a comedy than as a horror film. I’m a fan of the classic horror movie Basket Case, about the guy who carries his demonic, previously-conjoined twin around in a basket. The Jerry Show is like Basket Case meets Nazi gay porn.…

Ithaca Fantastik 2017 Presents… TOP KNOT DETECTIVE – A Comedy Gem that Gets the Genre Film Seal of Approval from Our Resident Extreme Horror Afficionado

[Editor’s Note: Kenny is all about horror and metal, but is open to writing about all different stuff. So, this was his first piece here about a non-horror film… and with that, I think it’s a pretty great look at an interest movie.] Before we began this review I feel I must offer this disclaimer:…

Halloween Hangover, Day 3: Ithaca Fantastik 2017 Presents… TRAGEDY GIRLS!

Social media sites are some of the most highly visited sites on the Internet. People have friends far and wide thanks to sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. Sometimes they’re a gateway for people and they help advance some socialization skills prior to human interaction. You can air your grievances, profess your love, or…

Halloween Hangover, Day 2: Ithaca Fantastik 2017 Presents… HAGAZUSSA – A Horror Movie About Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse is a beautifully filmed, claustrophobic period piece filled with enough dread and horror to keep you watching even though it is nearly a silent film and what little dialogue it has is sub-titled. Hagazussa is so well-made that my jaw dropped when I read that this was writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld’s FILM…

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…

BHFF 2017: It Sure Ain’t The Newlywed Game – GAME OF DEATH (31 Days, Day 17)

Foreign directors Sébastien Landry and Laurence Morais-lagacé break into the American film scene with their new horror film, Game of Death. With a slew of “written by” and “adapted by” credits, the story seems to have been a true joint effort. Under the direction of Landry and Morais-lagacé, this story takes shape through the pair’s…

BHFF 2017: Rachael Travels TO HELL AND BACK with Kane Hodder (31 Days, Day 15)

Being a horror fan, you know of the major horror icons. Though this man did not star in the first Friday the 13th, when someone says “Jason” in regards to that series, many minds think of Kane Hodder. He’s iconic. His posture, boldness he brought to the character, and one of the most famous and…

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: FASHIONISTA is a Gorgeous Film, but Fails to Tell its Story

Revenge and jealousy are common in films about relationships and women being the main character. Fashionista holds no different substance. However, it has added vulnerability, rage, sexual favors, and cloth. You heard that right, cloth. Fashionista is about a woman named April, played with perfection by Amanda Fuller, who runs a vintage clothing store in…

SWMFIFF 2017 Short Film Roundup

Unfortunately, none of our staff live outside of North America, with most of us residing of what Borat would call the “U-S-and-A”. This means that we weren’t able to get our asses down under to Tasmania’s premier film festival, the amazing Briony Kidd’s Stranger With My Face International Film Fest. Yet, we were lucky enough…

CFF 2017 Presented DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE

[Editor’s Note: This film was presented as part of Chattanooga Film Fest last month. It’s currently making rounds all over. We apologize for the delay in covering it, but with Lynch helming the grand return of Twin Peaks later this month, we didn’t want to miss getting some coverage on this great film about an…