Dead West Review
I guess the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” can go in either direction. Typically, that adage is used when the proverbial ‘cover’ is deemed negative in some way, but the ‘book’ turns out to be positive. Well, in the horror genre and independent films in general, I would assume, the opposite happens quite often. So is the case with Jeff Ferrell’s Dead West.
A charismatic killer travels from town to town, picking up women and killing [...]
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Review
In my recent review of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm, I made mention of the fact that I couldn’t quite comprehend what all of the fuss over the film was really about. By the end of my second viewing, I had more of a grasp on it, but still wasn’t quite there. Another film that had the same effect on me upon my first viewing was John McNaughton’s 1986 film, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. This second viewing, however, [...]
Death Race 2050 Review
A few days ago, I made it a point to watch the Roger Corman-produced, Paul Bartel-directed Death Race 2000. It was quite different from I had built up in my mind, but pretty enjoyable, nonetheless. The reason I wanted to watch the ’75 flick was really to prepare myself for what I thought was a sequel that had just been released. It turns out G.J. Echternkamp’s Death Race 2050 isn’t a sequel, but instead a brand new re-imagining of [...]
Train to Busan Review
There were a ton of horror films released in 2016. Like every year, there are of course, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I wish I could say I’ve seen them all, but we all know that this is close to impossible with real life getting in the way of movie watching. There were, however, a few last-minute releases that were making waves amongst horror fans that I knew I just had to see sooner rather than later. One [...]
The Orphan Killer Review
It’s no secret that the slasher sub-genre is my favorite of all when it comes to horror cinema. When done correctly, these films can be both shocking and entertaining. These days, however, it is rare to watch a slasher film that isn’t merely an attempt of reproducing the 80’s golden era with the term ‘throwback’ in mind. Luckily for us diehard fans, there are still a few filmmakers out there who produce some real quality slasher material. One of those [...]
My last review (The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein) showed what Nico B. and the folks behind the scenes of ReelGore Releasing are bringing to the table, so to speak — splatter flicks for all of the gore fiends out there. While that fact does remain evident, their second official release relied less on viscera and more on atmosphere and psychological suspense. The film I’m describing is Andreas Marschall’s Masks.
After another failed audition, Stella (Susen Ermich) is [...]
The Curse of Doctor Wolffenstein Review
The fine folks at Cult Epics have been bringing the most extreme horror films to home release for years. With releases like Nekromantik and Schramm included in their discography, they’ve managed to become one of the leaders in beautiful HD remasters of some of the goriest films in cinema history. Founder Nico B., along with film producer, Steve Aquilina, have decided to keep up the brutal tradition by starting a new company, one aimed at releasing newly produced splatter films [...]
When I first started writing film reviews, I did it for pure enjoyment. I’d write about the acting performances, the special effects, and any other element that appeared on the surface of all films I was watching. Now, almost four years later, I’ve found myself using a more critical eye to try to turn films that I don’t necessarily enjoy into something that still presents some enjoyable traits. Sure, I still look at things like the actors and effects, but [...]