Violence

31 Days, Day 27: THIS IS NOT A REVIEW – Adam Loves OLDBOY

I need to post about Oldboy. It’s an amazing movie. My friend introduced me to it 15ish years ago. Part of the Trilogy. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance. I recommend watching them all. I don’t remember Mr. Vengeance and only remember a beautiful snow scene in Lady Vengeance. Oldboy is a tragic…

31 Days, Day 22: SPLATTER MATTERS, But Garrett is Pretty Pissed About It

Previously on Splatter Matters: I watched a shitload of Herschel Gordon Lewis movies and fell in love with the man, despite not necessarily loving his movies. But today, that may change. In his introduction to Just For the Hell of It on the HGL Feast Box Set from Arrow Films, Herschel claims the film was…

A Few Badass Monks Set Forth on a PILGRIMAGE

Despite an almost complete and total submersion into the world of horror and Halloween for the month of October, I do welcome the occasional break from guts and gore. This is what I expected when popping in the newly released Blu-ray of Pilgrimage. With a cast of action stars like Spiderman: Homecoming‘s Tom Holland, The…

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,…

ATROZ: Battery Acid for the Soul

Atroz feels like battery acid getting spilled all over your soul. It corrodes through your fraying sanity; it takes no prisoners. “Psh,” you scoff. “I’ve seen Cannibal Holocaust. I am desensitized.” Maybe that’s true. You’ve seen all of the fucked up shit. You are a god of Fucked Up Shit Cinema. Pat yourself on the…

True Ethical Dilemma

As someone who considers himself a sociologist, it’s probably not surprising at all how extremely fascinating I found my first viewing of The Purge.  The stratified system of gender, race, and class is present in virtually all of the themes of the film.  From the mass execution and complete disregard of the homeless to interesting…

Gun Violence and Compassion

“I always tell them ‘when you hear shots don’t look around to see where it’s coming from – just get down… I never thought I’d be coming out here for my child.” These are Chris “Quest” Rainey’s words from a short film by Jonathan Olshefski that was screened on Saturday night at Circle of Hope…