Category: Splatteriffic Reviews

NIGHTSTREAM 2020 REVIEW: ANYTHING FOR JACKSON

Audrey and Henry Walsh love their grandson and will do ANYTHING FOR JACKSON — which is why they’ve kidnapped a pregnant woman and plan to perform a ritual in order to swap Jackson’s soul into the baby and resurrect him from the dead. But, as Audrey says at one point, the Walsh’s have gotten in

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NIGHTSTREAM FILM AND EVENT PICKS

Y’all – NIGHTSTREAM is finally here! ICYMI, this amazing festival is made up of five different genre festivals from around the US: Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, Overlook, and Popcorn Frights.  This year has been … well, A YEAR. But I’m so thrilled we have some amazing virtual film fests to help us get

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THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW

THE CURSE OF AUDREY EARNSHAW introduces us to Agatha Earnshaw (Catherine Walker), a woman living in a small community plagued by dying crops. Every one of the townspeople is suffering from starvation because they can’t get anything to grow — everyone, that is, except Audrey. Agatha keeps to herself on the edge of town for

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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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