Category: Splatteriffic Reviews

SPIRAL

You know I’m here for “terror in the suburbs” stories, and SPIRAL offers that up with a queer focus and some great surprises.  Malik (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and his husband Aaron (Ari Cohen) move to a small town to get away from noisy city life and Aaron’s toxic ex-wife with Aaron’s 16-year-old daughter Kayla (Jennifer Laporte)

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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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