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  1. Film Review: "The Dark Below" (2015)

    A woman (Lauren Mae Shafer) struggles for survival beneath a frozen lake while a metrosexual killer (David G. B. Brown) stalks her from the surface and we slowly find out they are not strangers.

    The mad genius behind this film is writer-producer-director Douglas Schulze, who has been a rising force in the world of indie horror. But although we tend to associate a film mostly with the director, Jonathan D'Ambrosio really deserves as much credit for "Dark Below", with his ...
  2. Film Review: "The Devil's Candy" (2015)

    A struggling painter (Ethan Embry) is possessed by supernatural forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas (just north of Austin), in this creepy haunted-house tale.

    First and foremost, this film deserves credit for working in the metal-horror connection. You don't have to enjoy metal to enjoy this movie, but I think it helps. One reason the 1980s were a great decade for horror is because it was also a great decade for punk and metal. "Devil's ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Solace" (2015)

    A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), works with an FBI special agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an FBI special agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer.

    First of all, the casting of Anthony Hopkins is a bold move. While Hopkins is a great actor and makes any film better by his ...
  4. Film Review: "Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word" (2016)

    According to the prosecution, on the morning of October 31, 1981, Johnny Frank Garrett raped, strangled, and killed 76-year-old Sister Tadea Benz in the St. Francis Convent of Amarillo, Texas. This film asks: what if he was innocent, and what is he was able to affect his accusers from beyond the grave?

    The concept behind this film is an interesting one. The case is real, and was the subject of a documentary from director Jesse Quackenbush. What the writers did here was take the documentary ...
  5. Interview with Simon Rumley, “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word”

    Simon Rumley has been a rising star in the world of cinema, both in the horror genre and beyond. He was described by Screen International as “one of the great British cinematic outsiders, a gifted director with the know-how to puncture the conventions”. Let’s be honest. He’s one of the great outsiders, period, not just in Britain.

    Since 2005, he has been making increasingly well-received feature films: “The Living and the Dead”, “Red, White and Blue” and “Little Deaths”. His biggest ...
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