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A Ghost Story (2017) Movie Review

I saw Requiem for a Dream when I was 13 years old. My sister had just gone away to college and she was telling me about this great movie and how I needed to see it. I begged my dad to take me to the mall to get the DVD at FYE. I watched it every day for almost two weeks …

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Dave Made a Maze (2017) Movie Review

I’ve really been looking forward to Dave Made a Maze since I initially wrote about the trailer. Fantasy can be hit or miss for me, and I was really excited to see where this quirky fantasy flick ended up. I’m really happy to say that Dave Made a Maze surpassed all of my expectations.  Directed by Bill Watterson in his directorial debut, the …

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Review: ‘The Thing Artbook’ is a ‘Thing’ of Beauty!

The Thing Artbook

John Carpenter’s The Thing is my favorite horror film of all time. It may be my favorite movie, period. I said as much in the retrospective I wrote for The Thing‘s 35th anniversary. It goes without saying that when I heard they were doing an illustrated tribute to the film called The Thing Artbook, I was beyond excited! Of course, …

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Union Furnace (2015) Movie Review

Movies that follow the “battle royale” type of format are always hit or miss. You know the sort… so many people enter and have to fight for survival with only one person left standing. Often times, I find that these types of films fall into the action genre more than the horror genre. Nicholas Bushman’s Union Furnace is different than those movies. Union …

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Population Zero (2016) Movie Review

Part found footage film, part haunting mockumentary, Population Zero manages to balance the two movie genres deftly. Documentary filmmaker Julian Pinder (also the film’s director) is sent an article from an anonymous source about a murder that took place in Yellowstone Park several years earlier. Three young men were camping in the area of the park that extends into Idaho. All …

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Review of the Six Part CBC Series ‘Pure’

In the heart of a quiet Mennonite community, the dark thriller Pure (directed by Ken Girotti) explores a seething underbelly of drugs, family, faith, and murder. Based on true events, the story revolves around a group of Mennonites who have been recruited and sometimes coerced into the drug trade by a ruthless Mexican cocaine cartel. At the center of the …

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Del Playa (2017) Movie Review

Calling Shaun Hart’s latest film, Del Playa, controversial would probably be a bit of an understatement. Del Playa bears a striking resemblance to 2014’s awful Isla Vista killings, as they both center around a killer who was scorned by females.  Before we get to my thoughts on the film, here’s the official summary from IMDb: “Struggling with a horrific past, Claire Rhodes must …

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Poor Agnes (2017) – Fantasia Film Festival Review

Poor Agnes just saw its premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and I had the privilege of viewing it. Starring Lora Burke and Robert Notman, Poor Agnes is an intense and unpredictable film. The relationship between victim and killer is never viewed as much more than one killing the other. These are still people, however, and relationships can be explored and …

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Romero’s ‘Day of the Dead’ (1985): A Thought Provoking Classic

By sheer coincidence, George A. Romero — the iconic horror director — passed away just days before the 32nd anniversary of his classic Day of the Dead. The movie was released on July 19, 1985, and he died on July 16, 2017. Normally, I don’t say much about celebrity deaths, but this coincidence has an eerie ring to it, given the …

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