Film

The Friday Fighters Take a Bloody and Animated Trip to the SEOUL STATION

Confession Time: I haven’t seen Train to Busan yet (I know, I know). [Editor’s Note: When I read this, I can’t help but hear Luke reading this confession as if John Cusack’s below question in High Fidelity] I’m probably going about this backwards, watching the prequel first, but considering the quality of Seoul Station, I’ll…

We Caught Up with Harry of GARAGEHOUSE and EXHUMED… He’s Pretty Awesome

You may have noticed me blab about releases coming out via a boutique releasing company called Garagehouse Pictures hailing from my home city of Philadelphia. If you haven’t keep watching, because they’ve got many more that interest me releasing in coming months. And, I’ll be reviewing their latest, a 1962 regional horror comedy called The…

Rachael’s Not Scared! Texas Frightmare is All That and a Bag of Severed Limbs!

Festivals are normally my go-to events, not conventions. I’ve been to the Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Tribeca, Milwaukee Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, and I’ve volunteered at Sundance for the past two years (and continue to do so). Each of these festivals, I go to dig deeper into all the genres…

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…

THE SHADOW EFFECT is Held Back by Tonal Issues and an Awkward Twist, But is Ultimately a Pretty Good Time

Assassinations, explosions, gene rejuvenation. These are just a few things you’re going to see in The Shadow Effect. These components are very exciting to think about in a movie, however; ultimately a neutral feeling was felt during the roll of the end credits. Gabriel (Cam Gigandet) is having vivid dreams triggered from a song that…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Predestination, Free Will, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Over the past few weeks, I rewatched 2 films that have always hit me hard, one is considered a classic and the other is pretty well regarded by the horror community but not many beyond that specific demographic: the first being Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel A Clockwork Orange and the latter…

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…

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.…

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…

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,…