Author: Amie

JAKOB’S WIFE

Dutiful wife Anne (Barbara Crampton) spends her days supporting — well, let’s be honest, more like serving — her husband and town Pastor Jakob (Larry Fessenden). She cooks, she cleans, and she gardens, all while keeping her hair in a tidy bun while wearing a demure skirt and buttoned-up top. But it’s clear Anne is

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NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL 2021 SHORTS SELECTS

I love a collection of weird, wonderful — and of course, BLOODY shorts — and North Bend Film Fest is delivering this year! Here’s a list of my faves from their 2021 Shorts Packages: FROM SHORTS 1: BEYOND THE VOID STUFFED, Directed by Theo RhysA dark musical about a taxidermist who solicits a human volunteer

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NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEW: SUPERIOR

SUPERIOR is a lovely little surprise! Director Erin Vassilopoulos has crafted an engaging thriller in a vintage 1980s wrapper — shot on 16mm film and immersed in bold colors and style. On the run from her abusive husband, Marian (Alessandra Mesa) arrives on the doorstep of her twin sister’s home. Having been separated from Vivian

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NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEW: TAILGATE

I mentioned this in my preview, but just to reiterate: the idea that someone could snap while I’m on the road and RAGE at me is honestly one of my greatest fears. In TAILGATE (Bumberkleef), Writer/Director Lodewijk Crijns flips that scenario by having the person who rages become the victim.  We’re introduced to our villain,

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NORTH BEND FILM FESTIVAL 2021 PREVIEW & PICKS

Something strange is coming to North Bend, WA, July 15-18, 2021! I’m thrilled to see North Bend Film Festival back in action this year with a hybrid of virtual and in-person programs. Full passes are just $95, and get you access to both In-Person and Virtual offerings. There’s a ton of great stuff to dive

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PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN

Written and Directed by Steven Kostanski, PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN is an absolutely hilarious 80s throwback that mashes up sci-fi and comedy with extreme gore.  Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) triumphs over her brother Luke (Owen Myre) in her made-up game of “Crazy Ball,” with the loser agreeing to be buried alive — this really sets up the

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SPIRAL (2021)

SPIRAL, aka SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, is the much-anticipated 9th chapter in the SAW franchise, Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman who also helmed SAW II, III, and IV. I say “much-anticipated” partly because I, despite knowing many of the films are not great, still have great love for all things SAW.  That said,

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THE RECKONING

Charlotte Kirk as Grace Haverstock in the horror film, THE RECKONING, a RLJE Films/Shudder release. Photo courtesy of RLJE Films/Shudder.

The Great Plague, demons, and witches – when I first heard about the thematic elements of Neil Marshall’s latest film, THE RECKONING, I was ALL IN.  It sounds promising enough: Grace Haverstock (played by Charlotte Kirk, who also co-wrote the movie with Marshall) lives in an idyllic country cottage with her husband, Joseph, and their

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BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL

The opening scene of BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL definitely makes an impact! An elderly Irish couple enjoys their evening program when suddenly the woman notices blood dripping into her cuppa and turns in alarm to her husband with a gusher of a bloody nose, and sees his eyes start gushing blood out of them as

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