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The Deeper You Dig Blu-ray Review: A Terrific Low-budget Horror

A perfect addition to your Halloween viewing schedule.
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In a small, dark bar, in a small New York hamlet, Kurt (John Adams) eats a grubby little dinner and has a few too many beers. It is snowing and pitch-black when he drives home. He swerves to miss a few deer, running across the road and then hears a bump bump. He's hit something. That something turns out to be 14-year-old Echo (Zelda Adams), who was out sledding. Kurt is visually upset, he's not a psychopath after all, but he's also been around. He knows the score. If he calls the cops, they'll give him a drunk test and

Possessor Movie Review: Layered with Terror

Brandon Cronenberg's sophomore effort is ridden with anxiety, distress, and shock. But you'll crave for more.
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When someone asks me what a film is about, I’m often puzzled whether to share the synopsis of the film, or tell what the film is actually about. Take the case of Parasite, for instance. It’s the story of a poor family infiltrating a rich family to make money. What is it actually about, though? The persistent, wide gap between classes in a capitalist world. A layered screenplay bestows such depth, the duality, or what we call, subtext. Ignore the subtext, you still have a coherent film. Likewise, I can surely tell the story of Brandon Cronenberg's sophomore effort, Possessor.

Shivers Blu-ray Review: My Favorite Horror Film Ever

David Cronenberg's controversial and super underrated 1975 feature debut celebrates its 45th anniversary.
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Cronenberg, the master of "Body Horror", has more than any other director in the history of cinema, expertly showcased, through film, how we have completely lost control of our bodies, and they can turn on us at any minute. When you think about his legendary oevure, you always hear discussions of Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, and even his later (non-horror) works, including A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises. However, you rarely hear about his shocking 1975 cult classics Shivers (aka The Came From Within), which was the one that started it all. The film takes place at

Entwined Movie Review: An Ingenious yet Underdeveloped Horror Pic

An atmosphere creepy woods picture with masterful ideas that often become tangled up.
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When our main protagonist Panos (Prometheus Aleiferopoulos) enters the ominous town of Alyti, he’s informed that he’s the only and first ever doctor to reside there. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Entwined aims to weave us into its eerie trap. A “creepy town” horror film that transcends into “creepy woods” subgenre territory, Entwined often spins an intriguing web even if at times it gets caught up in it. As Panos spends his time in Alyti, he collides with the townspeople who don’t rely on the familial medical procedures that Panos practices and instead prefer more spiritual healing processes.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things Movie Review: Charlie Kaufman's Eccentric Foray into Horror

A slow-burn melancholic horror romance only someone like Charlie Kaufman can pull off.
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things has a seemingly straightforward plot. Woman goes on a road trip with her partner to meet his parents. Seems pretty simple. However, because it is in the hands of the wonderfully bizarre Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is anything but straightforward. Kaufman is a master at the weird and the melancholic and this film proves to be no different. When the film begins, a nameless woman (Jessie Buckley), known simply as the Young Woman, and Jake (Jesse Plemons) begin their journey to meet Jake’s parents. At that point is when the picture

5-Movie Collection from the Written Works of Stephen King Blu-ray Set Arrives September 15

These five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween
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Press release: Prepare for terrifying suspense and bone-chilling thrills with this new 5-Movie Collection arriving on Blu-ray September 15, 2020. Based on the written works of Stephen King, these five films offer perfect entertainment for Halloween: Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary (2019), Stephen King’s The Stand, The Dead Zone, and Stephen King’s Silver Bullet. Pet Sematary (1989) Written for the screen by Stephen King and based on his iconic bestseller, director Mary Lambert’s thrilling Pet Sematary electrified audiences upon its release. When tragedy strikes, a grief-stricken father sets off a perilous chain of events that unleashes unfathomable evil in this

Dream Demon Blu-ray Review: Newly-Unearthed '80s Horror Fantasy

Rarely scary, but visually gripping, an unsuccessful attempt to copy Nightmare on Elm Street scores as a fantasy film.
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An obscure British release from 1988 that never made it to the states theatrically, Dream Demon's major problem is that it is not a good horror movie. It has horror elements, some fun gore bits, and a very spooky atmosphere but Dream Demon isn't very scary. It doesn't have a relentless sense of dread that great horror evokes. It's at best a pretty mediocre horror movie. It is a really good fantasy movie, however, and should be looked at in that light. Jemma Redgrave in her film debut plays Diana, simultaneously a small town teacher and a daughter of great

Relic (2020) Movie Review: Gritty Familial Horror with Supernatural Elements

Natalie Erika James' directorial debut offers a blend of lingering frights and melancholia.
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Relic is a rare example of an atmospheric horror film that opts for sadness rather than scares. While it does present usual haunted house conventions, Relic mainly thrives due to its emphasis on putting the past away and how we make our loved ones indeed feel like artifacts of the past. One could even say it’s an exaggerated telling as to why a nursing home might not be a good place for our grandparents. Once the illness-stricken Edna (Robyn Nevin) returns home after being missing, both her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) decide to take care

The Flesh and The Fiends Blu-ray Review: Selling Corpses in Scotland

Donald Pleasence steals the show.
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For centuries the science of anatomy lagged behind other fields of study due to cultural norms and religious beliefs concerning the handling of corpses. By the 18th Century, things were changing and medical schools across Europe were allowing the dissection and study of the human body. But while the scientific institutions pushed forward, the laws regarding which bodies were acceptable to desecrate lagged behind. Edinburgh, Scotland had become one of the premier cities in the study of anatomy and yet the law still only allowed for the bodies of criminals and suicides to be used as cadavers for study. During

The Woman Blu-ray Review: Dares to Depict the Dark Side of the American Family

The great folks at Arrow continue their amazing streak with Lucky McKee's notorious 2011 shocker in a new 4K restoration.
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On one side, I see why most people don't hold kindly to "torture porn", the infamous phase of the horror genre that started in the early 2000s, which combines elements of splatter and slasher film. There have been many movies that have illustrated this often maligned category of cinema, including Hostel, Saw, A Serbian Film, and The Human Centipede series that detailed rape, mutilation, nudity, disenbowlment, and even necrophila, quite graphically. However, the other side of me thinks that there is some serious overreaction to it all, especially films that have been given the stamp of disapproval make a lot

The Invisible Man (2020) Blu-ray Review: We Needed to See More of Him

It's like watching Jaws without the shark.
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It’s been twenty years since director Paul Verhoeven gave us Kevin Bacon as Hollow Man, which allowed Bacon to return to his slasher film roots. Hollow Man is a slasher film at its core, with superior special effects to that of a Friday the 13th outing, and Jason is Invisible! Writer and director Leigh Whannell gives us a story with more depth and a film with stronger performances in his The Invisible Man, though the Hollow Man cast had little to work with. Whannell wastes no time in setting things up for us. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) is escaping the Tony

In Search of Dracula Blu-ray Review: A Bloody Good Documentary

Before he was Saruman, Christopher Lee starred ten times as Dracula. He narrates this informative feature-length exploration of the infamous count and the history of the vampire.
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In Search of Dracula, originally released in 1975, and directed by Calvin Floyd (Terror of Frankenstein, The Sleep of Death), has been remastered in 2K by Kino Lorber. A feature-length exploration of the infamous count and the history of the vampire, the documentary features archival footage, artwork, location photography (principally of Transylvania), as well as film clips from popular vampire films. Narrated by actor Christopher Lee, the film is both informative and entertaining. Before he was Saruman, Christopher Lee starred ten times as Dracula, starting in 1958 with Horror of Dracula (widely considered one of the best Dracula films), and

The Wolf House Movie Review: Child's Imagination Meets Real-life Horror

Masquerade as propaganda, the Chilean film marries horror with a child's imagination, and the result is equally appalling and spectacular.
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The Wolf House is 73 minutes of "Wow! How did they pull off?". The startling stop-motion animation, which bestows 'awe!' after 'awe!' every minute is only one of the pillars that hold this astonishing form of story-telling. Masquerading as a propaganda film to cleanse the ill-reputation of Colonia Dignidad, an isolated community formed by German fugitive Paul Schäfer, there's more to the film than what appears, although it draws little from the real-life incidents, on the surface. The community, which was legally bound for agriculture activities, became infamous for the torture, internment, and murders that came to light a few

The Other Lamb Movie Review: A Surface-Level Lucid Nightmare

A flawed yet nostalgic homage to '70s horror lore and simultaneous grim allegory for the trials of adolescence.
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The Other Lamb follows the journey of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a girl who was born into an all-female cult called The Flock led by a man known only as Shepherd (Michael Huisman). But once the police visit their commune in the woods far from civilization, Selah suddenly starts questioning both her place within the cult and Shepherd’s ulterior motives. Selah’s journey of self-discovery ends up becoming an amalgam of classic '70s religious horror films. With its storyline involving an insidious cult, The Other Lamb is almost like The Wicker Man but strictly from the cult’s point of view and without

Paramount Pictures Announces 'A Quiet Place' Double Feature Fan Event in Advance of 'A Quiet Place Part II' Opening

In A Quiet Place Part II, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence.
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Press release: Paramount Pictures today announced that on Wednesday, March 18th, it will be offering fans of A Quiet Place the chance to relive the original film in select theatres and be the first to go beyond the path and experience the next installment, A Quiet Place Part II before it arrives in theatres nationwide, Friday, March 20th. Tickets for the double feature go on sale today, as ticketing launches nationwide for A Quiet Place Part II at https://www.aquietplacemovie.com/ Tickets can also be purchased at the box office at participating locations. The start time for the double feature is 7:00PM

Deadly Manor Blu-ray Review: A Complete and Total Dud

I'm not one prone to hyperbole but Deadly Manor might be the stupidest movie I've ever seen.
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A group of teenagers decides to go camping at the lake. Four of them are in a Jeep, two drive a motorcycle (this will be important later). None of them seem to know where it is. The one guy who has been there before only has vague notions. No one even knows what the lake is called. They can’t find it on a map. Someone suggests that maybe it is too small to be on one. They pick up a scraggly looking hitchhiker. He says he knows where that lake is. He doesn’t say where he is going but he

My Bloody Valentine (1981) Blu-ray Review: Superb Slasher Restored

One of the best '80s slasher films, My Bloody Valentine returns to Blu-ray with newly restored video and audio.
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My Bloody Valentine was, if not quite a box-office bomb, a severe disappointment. It was released right at the height of the slasher craze, a year after Friday the 13th had directly copied the formula of John Carpenter's wildly successful Halloween, upped the gore factor, and turned what was a phenomenon into an entire genre. Cheap and easy to make, most slasher movies were throwaways, only interesting in their sometimes innovative and gruesome special effects. And despite hitting the basic tropes spot on (takes place on a holiday, has a masked killer in an interesting costume, and plenty of "teenagers"

Edge of the Axe Blu-ray Review: Careful with That Axe, Psycho Killer

Arrow Video presents this late entry into the slasher genre that spends too much time developing character when it should be chopping up bodies with an axe.
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It is always fascinating to me when the makers of low-budget slasher films try to inject their films with an actual story and well-developed characters. This seems rather pointless when all fans of the genre want is attractive people being hacked to death in creative ways. This is especially interesting as the majority of people who make low-budget slasher films wouldn’t know an interesting story if it slapped them in the face with a black leather glove, nor a well-developed character if it stabbed them in the eye with a shiny, sharp knife. Edge of the Axe is a Spanish-American

Rabid (2019) Blu-ray Giveaway

The Soska Sisters’ new take on David Cronenberg’s classic.
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Press release: Cinema Sentries has teamed up with Scream Factory to award one lucky reader Rapid on Blu-ray. For those wanting to learn more, read the press release below: Rabid comes to Blu-ray from Scream Factory on February 4, 2020, and includes an audio commentary with directors & writers Jen & Sylvia Soska, an interview with actress Laura Vandervoot, and the theatrical trailer. A gruesome accident ... an experimental treatment ... an unstoppable nightmare. Jen and Sylvia Soska bring you a terrifying new take on the legendary David Cronenberg's Rabid. Demure and unassuming fashion designer Sarah (Laura Vandervoort, Jigsaw), horribly

Zombi Child Movie Review: A Slow Exploration of Voodoo and Adolescence

A meditative zombie flick that revitalizes the genre while simultaneously exploring its origins.
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With Zombi Child, director Bertrand Bonello pulls off both a reinvigoration of the zombie genre and a reclaiming of its origins. Over the years, people have associated zombies with their hunger for human flesh and loss of morality and consciousness once they become zombified. But Bonello aims to make a meditative horror drama about colonialism and adolescence. Zombi Child follows two different storylines. One set in Haiti 1962 involving Clairvius Narcisse (Mackenson Bijou), the most famous victim of the practice called zombieism who was drugged and sold into slavery while in a susceptible mind set. The other storyline is set
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