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  1. Interview with Legendary Director Larry Cohen

    Larry Cohen is probably best known for his genre films: “Q: The Winged Serpent”, “It’s Alive”, and “The Stuff”, to name a few. He was also a pioneer in the blaxploitation genre, and continues to write scripts that become hugely successful movies like “Phone Booth” and “Cellular”. His time as a writer goes back over five decades (and counting), and he was already a well-established scribe in the 1960s.

    Recently, director Steve Mitchell made a documentary on Cohen’s career, called “King ...
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  2. Fantasia Film Review: "Indiana" (2017)

    Michael no longer wants to partake in the paranormal business he and partner Josh started together. But Josh convinces him to take on one last case, far more troubling than anything they have ever worked on before and possibly the one that changes Michael's life forever.

    The film hooked me in with the very first line: a priest saying he gets more people to attend church with a sermon about Satan than one about Jesus. While that introduction really has little bearing on the rest of ...
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  3. Fantasia Film Review: "Fashionista" (2017)

    A woman (Amanda Fuller) who uses clothes as an emotional crutch discovers her life is not as ideal as she thought...

    Director Simon Rumley has assembled a small stable of actors well-known for their recent horror contributions. We have both Alex Essoe (“Starry Eyes”, “Tales of Halloween”) and the perennial favorite Ethan Embry (“Late Phases”, “Devil’s Candy”). Leading the way is Amanda Fuller (Rumley’s “Red, White and Blue”, “Starry Eyes”, “Cheap Thrills”, and more recently “Last ...
  4. Fantasia Film Review: "Better Watch Out" (2017)

    On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter (Olivia DeJonge) must defend a twelve-year-old boy (Levi Miller) from intruders, only to discover it is far from a normal home invasion.

    The early reviews on this film seem to be coming in mixed-to-positive. For those that are mixed, the concern seems to be how the film switches motives and tone approximately one-third of the way into the story. This is a fair issue to raise, but also somewhat misguided. With all the other crazy things going ...
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  5. Fantasia Film Review: "Fritz Lang" (2017)

    Filmmaker Fritz Lang (Heino Ferch) seeks inspiration for his first sound film, “M”, by immersing himself in the case of serial killer Peter Kürten.

    While there is no denying that Lang is one of the all-time great directors, it may not be said that he is one of the greatest human beings. This film offers a not so flattering portrayal of Lang – as a sexual deviant, spiteful, and so on, but it may be quite possibly accurate. Lang even almost identifies with the killer, at least on some ...
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