Category: Splatteriffic Reviews

RENT-A-PAL

RENT-A-PAL is definitely a horror film that hits all the nostalgic media buttons. Writer and Director Jon Stevenson based the film on real-life phenomena: a VHS curiosity called “Rent-A-Friend” that was circulating in 1987. The tape was based on the idea that lonely people needed a “friend” who would listen to them, and it’s literally

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND

An ominous sound croaks through the darkness. A fisherman awakens on his boat in the middle of the ocean, not remembering the night before. Dead fish are washing up on the beaches; birds fall out of the sky, and there’s just a general feeling of unease rippling through the locals. Something is going very, very

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: BLEED WITH ME

Writer and Director Amelia Moses has crafted a beautiful slow burn of psychological terror in BLEED WITH ME.  Rowan (Lee Marshall) is tagging along on a weekend getaway with couple Emily (Lauren Beatty) and Brendan (Aris Tyros). The three shack up together in Emily’s isolated family cabin, cozying up with wine and conversation as a

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: SPECIAL ACTORS

Wow wow wow. Shin’ichirô Ueda’s follow up to ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is fantastic! SPECIAL ACTORS has all the charm and comedy of DEAD, and while OCOTD was a love letter to indie filmmaking, ACTORS is an equally compelling love letter to performers.  Aspiring actor Kazuto (Kazuto Osawa) has a major problem standing in

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

WHAT A RIDE. Friends, I am so excited to share that THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is absolutely the most fun I’ve had watching a movie in forever.  Mysterious Raven’s End Mortuary proprietor Montgomery Dark (Clancy Brown) is surprised when a young woman named Sam (Caitlin Fisher) arrives at his doors to inquire about a Help Wanted

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: HAIL TO THE DEADITES

HAIL TO THE DEADITES gives fans of THE EVIL DEAD trilogy a spotlight. Director Steve Villeneuve introduces us to “Deadites” – fans named after the demons who possess humans in the ED universe – across the country, giving us a glimpse of them at horror conventions and also taking a look at their stunning EVIL

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: MORGANA

“I want my films to act as a reminder to myself and others that there is no expiration date on our sexual pleasure”. – Morgana Muses I know this is not a horror movie (other than the horror of what happened to Morgana in her marriage), but holyshit, folks, we need to talk about this

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FANTASIA 2020 REVIEW: THE COLUMNIST (De Kuthoer)

“Don’t read the comments.” is a great piece of advice for writers, but it’s also IMPOSSIBLE to follow. In THE COLUMNIST, we find out what happens when you let those comments dig in and use them to fuel your rage.  Controversial writer Femke Boot (Katja Herbers) is struggling with the comments about her on social

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SPLATTER INTERVIEW: JAY BARUCHEL ON ADAPTING RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

Y’all! I loved RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE so much and was stoked to be able to ask Jay Baruchel a question about it during a press roundtable, First of all, let me say that this was one of the best press roundtables I’ve been to (virtually, of course), and Jay was gracious and kind and

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RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE

Jay Baruchel is not fucking around! RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE is a genuinely terrifying film, and a must-see for genre fans.  The film is an adaptation of the 2010 one-shot graphic novel by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, a meta-horror story of two comic book creators whose character inspires a real serial killer to replicate

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