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Why ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is the Most Important Horror Film of 2014

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After watching The Purge: Anarchy last week, I knew that I wanted to write something about the film and its commentary on today’s society.  I knew that to properly explain myself, I should probably re-watch the film now that I knew what was going to happen and could really zone my focus in on the social situations.  About halfway through the Ouija trailer, an older white couple sat in the row behind me, a few seats to my right.  Now that I didn’t have the theatre to myself, I was polite and put away my cell phone (I was going to take notes since I was alone) before the start of the film.  I like to think that I’m a rather easy-going theatregoer.  If people audibly respond to what’s happening on screen, I can easily tune it out and focus on the film at hand.  However, »

- BJ Colangelo

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Fantasia Review: Cybernatural

25 July 2014 1:31 AM, PDT

While the found footage/pov sub-genre has seemingly been done to death, this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival has done its best to prove otherwise, with completely solid efforts such as the Patrick Brice/Mark Duplass horror-comedy Creep (review soon), and now, Leo Gabriadza’s Skype-based horror film Cybernatural.  The technology-led horror film not only provides viewers with enough shock and terror to keep you on the edge of your seats, but also gives genre fans a film that keeps the twists coming, right up until the very end.

Taking place entirely via a series of internet conversations between a group of six”friends”, Cybernatural revolves around the group speaking on the one year anniversary of a classmate committing suicide following an embarrassing video being posted about her online. When a frisky Skype video call between the film’s lead, Blaire, and her boyfriend Mitch, is interrupted by the rest of their friends, »

- Jerry Smith

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Exploitation Alley: Contamination .7

24 July 2014 6:08 PM, PDT

I decided to ask a friend for a recommendation recently (said friend being  Jerry) , and he suggested this epic, train wreck of a film. After viewing it, I still don’t know if I want to punch him and revoke my friendship, or bake him cookies, and give him a high five.  I mean, this film is so bad, it has like three different names (Contamination .7, The Crawlers and Troll 3), because I’m pretty sure the movie is actually embarrassed of itself, and wants to remain anonymous. All joking aside though, I am a fan of anything that is so bad,  it’s good, and even those that are just so bad they are bad. And because of that, Contamination .7, may just be my new favorite movie. Maybe.

Contamination .7 was released straight to video in 1993, and is directed by Joe D’ Amato, and Fabrizio Laurenti. The »

- Natty

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Fantasia Review: At The Devil’S Door

23 July 2014 6:01 PM, PDT

Nicholas McCarthy hit the horror scene hard with his 2012 feature debut, The Pact, catching viewers off guard and getting tons of praise within the horror community as well. With such a strong first film, the pressures of following up that debut could make a lesser man cave under the pressure, but alas, McCarthy obviously didn’t let that pressure get to him. His follow up, At The Devil’S Door (formerly titled Home) not only gives horror fans another solid film from the talented filmmaker, but also provides an unsettling and completely unforgettable experience, instantly getting under your skin and well, scaring the living hell out of you.

Focusing at first on a young woman who sells her soul to the devil in exchange for a hefty bit of cash, At The Devil’S Door is able to instantly set forth a tone that is ripe with tension, and a »

- Jerry Smith

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Event Report: Texas Chainsaw Screening with William Friedkin & Tobe Hooper!

23 July 2014 5:46 PM, PDT

Monday evening, July 21st, 2014 was a very special night for horror fanatics based in the Los Angeles area! The Vista Theater in association with the fine folks over at the Cinefamily  held a very special screening of the legendary horror classic ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre‘ to celebrate it’s 40th (!) anniversary. This version boasts a brand new 4K scan of the original 16 mm film elements, coupled with a new impressive & monstrous 7.1 sound mix, seeing this Dcp presentation was like experiencing Chain Saw for the first time all over again! The icing on the cake? Chainsaw writer/director Tobe Hooper would be in attendance to take part in a pre-show Q & A moderated & hosted by acclaimed filmmaker William Friedkin! How’d this pairing happen?! We’ll explain momentarily.

As lines of fans waited outside the theater, both for the doors to open and to get a glimpse of the famed director, »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Phantom Of The “______”: A Brief History

23 July 2014 11:13 AM, PDT

“In sleep he sang to me, in dreams he came…”

It’s not a secret that I’m a jazz-handing, jazz squaring, belt singing musical theatre fangirl.  Pair my love of horror movies with my obsession of musicals and it’s no surprise that one of my favorite horror movie characters is the famous “Phantom of the ______.”  First brought to us in the form of the french novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the tortured story of a man forced to hide in the shadows and choosing to create chaos from his anger of being unloved has been retold, revamped, re-imagined, and remounted for over a century.  Often, the story is told of the scorned man obsessing over something (usually a woman) and despite being presented as the villain, audiences always end up loving the elusive Phantom. In honor of Scream Factory’s release of Phantom Of The Paradise on Blu-Ray, »

- BJ Colangelo

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Review: Ragnarok

23 July 2014 7:31 AM, PDT

I will never understand why Hollywood insists on continuing to crank out the basic-ass bible story movies with whitewashed casts, when they could easily tell riveting stories by borrowing tales from Norse Mythology.  Save for the “less-than-accurate” portrayals of Thor and Loki, the Norse mythos don’t get nearly enough cinematic love.  Luckily for us, director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose gives us a fix of the Viking lore with the creature-feature, Ragnarok.  Ragnarok roughly translates to “final destiny of the gods.” In Norse mythology, Ragnarok was basically the Game Of Thrones “Red Wedding” but with Viking gods.  Despite the misleading title, Ragnarok was a genuinely fun and family-friendly monster flick.

The story follows an a single father/archaeologist named Sigurd Svendsen that makes new discoveries within the runes found on the Oseberg (a real Viking ship that was somehow preserved in excellent condition) that predicts the possibility of Vikings having traveled »

- BJ Colangelo

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Giveaway: Win A Signed Halloween 4 Bluray!!

22 July 2014 12:13 AM, PDT

While fans of the Halloween franchise are anxiously waiting for the release of the Halloween: The Complete Collection Bluray boxset, we’ve got a special giveaway for you fright fanatics that dig winning horror related swag. Up for grabs, is a Bluray copy of Dwight H. Little’s Halloween 4, signed by a decent amount of folks having to do with the film/franchise. For the exact info, read on!

Halloween 4 Bluray, signed by:

Dwight H. Little (Director) Alan Howarth (Composer) George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers) Erik Preston (young Michael Myers) John Carl Buechler (SFX) Justin Beahm (Commentary, Author)

To enter, send us an e-mail here with Halloween 4 as your subject, along with your name and address! The winner will be chosen and notified on July 29th, so enter now and good luck!

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- Jerry Smith

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Nicolas Cage Revenge Film Rage Heading To DVD/Bluray This August!

21 July 2014 11:47 PM, PDT

Nicolas Cage has done a great job choosing roles lately, with great turns in films like David Gordon Green’s Joe and the Paco Cabezas revenge film, Rage (formerly titled Tokarev). The latter, an exceptionally written and directed take on how one’s past can and most likely Will catch up with them is set to hit DVD/Bluray this August 12th, via Image Entertainment. Having seen the film earlier this year, on its VOD run (here), we can definitely vouch for this one, as it’s a pretty intense and emotional, tough as nails thriller. If Cage keeps putting out films like these, then the internet meme persona he’s unfortunately acquired in recent years can finally fade away, making people realize that he’s an exceptional actor (you’re lying if you say that you’re not a fan of Raising Arizona, and his Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas »

- Jerry Smith

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Anchor Bay/Scream Factory releases full specs/special features for Halloween: The Complete Collection!

21 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT

Fans anxiously waiting to hear the full specs/special features for Anchor Bay/Scream Factory’s upcoming epic Halloween: The Complete Collection Bluray set can now throw celebration parties, as word has arrived, fully detailing what goodies new and old are in store, when the set is unleashed September 23rd! Taking a look at the special features, there is no way that this set isn’t the Bluray release of the year. Will you fright fanatics be picking this one up?

 

Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

Bonus Features:

HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey New Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick Castle Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis. “The Night She Came Home” Featurette “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette TV Version Footage Television Spots Theatrical Trailer TV and Radio »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: Aftermath

21 July 2014 2:40 AM, PDT

There is something fascinating about the end of the world. Obviously, not in a positive way. The reason we don’t see too many people welcoming the thought of the apocalypse with open arms, is because…well, the idea is downright terrifying. However, a film channeling humanity’s biggest fear is the next best thing, and well fright fanatics, Aftermath is that film.

From the beginning, Aftermath draws the audience in with a powerful beginning that properly sets up the plot of the film. Hunter (Cj Thomason), is determined to find shelter from the nuclear attack on the world that has begun, and often feels the need to go into hero mode to help out anyone who crosses his path. When he comes in contact with others who are desperately attempting survival,  they quickly find a place to stay in a basement, thanks to Jonathan (Ross Britz). The shelter is cramped, »

- Natty

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Bluray Review: Ginger Snaps

21 July 2014 2:21 AM, PDT

Always doing a hell of a job releasing either cult classics or long sought after genre films to special edition Blurays, Scream Factory once again does a great job with their July 22nd new Collector’s Edition Bluray release of John Fawcett’s 2000 werewolf fan favorite, Ginger Snaps. Fans wondering whether or not a double dip is necessary can rejoice, as not only does the film look better than ever, but the disc boasts enough special features to please fans and newcomers alike.

The Movie:

When Ginger Snaps first arrived in 2000, it gave fans of the werewolf subgenre a breath of fresh air. Instead of the standard person gets bit, then turns into lycanthrope every full moon, what set the film apart is how interesting and original its story was. Focusing on two sisters (played excellently by It‘s Emily Perkins and American Mary‘s Katherine Isabelle) who are already »

- Jerry Smith

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