Horror Down Under: BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)

Welcome to the 13th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia...

[Nightmares Film Festival 2019] Day Three Recap

Columbus, OH -- Saturday, October 26, day three of Nightmares Film Festival was set to be the longest day of the fest but we were there at 10am bracing ourselves for a diverse schedule of amazing features and short films that would take us to 4am by the end. For the...

[Nightmares Film Festival 2019] Day Two Recap

For Friday, October 25, day two of Nightmares Film Festival was off to an early start with the first slot programmed at 9am. On little sleep our crew from Chicago made it in time for Daniel Isn't Real (2019, dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer, USA), the first feature of the...

[Nightmares Film Festival 2019] Opening Night Recap

Nightmares Film Festival 2019 got off to a killer start on Thursday, Oct 24th at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, OH. The excitement was buzzing through the air as the cinema lobby swarmed with attendees amped for their first taste of 2019 programming. This being...

[Fantastic Fest 2019] – Second Half Highlights

Fantastic Fest is split in two and I’ve highlighted a handful of films in each half worthy of your attention. Below are the films that really made an impact.

[Fantastic Fest 2019] THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

The Mortuary Collection is a thrilling horror anthology offering a good balance between the frightful stories and grisly imagery with solid performances throughout.

[Fantastic Fest 2019] – First Half Highlights

With another Fantastic Fest Film Festival in the bag, my tenth year attending, I’m thrilled to share some of best movies from the fest. For those not familiar, Fantastic Fest is an annual genre film festival held in Austin, TX and this year was the 15th anniversary....

[Fantastic Fest 2019] Quick Bites 2: The Quickening

The new batch of mini-Fantastic Fest reviews! As before, these are 2019 releases unless otherwise noted and spoiler-free. The Ship of Monsters (1960) Directed by Rogelio A. González, written by José María Fernández Unsáin. From Mexico. Secret words: Aliens. Creatures....

[Fantastic Fest 2019] Quick Bites: The First Round

My first Fantastic Fest was jam-packed full of genre films from multiple countries, and I had the time of my life exhausting myself to see as many as possible. That ended up adding up to two screeners, 30 films in the theater, and a feature-length shorts program. I...

[Fantastic Fest 2019] SYNCHRONIC: Everything Costs

“The buildings never fall down. They are the teeth of the town. They crush us up in the grind. The meat and bone of the mind.” There are a lot of exciting things about the still-young careers of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, but a big one is how markedly stronger...
2017 Monster Fest Recap

2017 Monster Fest Recap

Hey, everyone! Welcome to my recap of Monster Fest 2017, which I rundown all the films that I saw the festival this year. For all you out there who don’t know what Monster Fest is, its an annual horror and genre themed Australian film festival that has been held in my adoptive home city of Melbourne since 2011. Every year many genre themed feature-length/short films from both here in Australia and all over the world are showcased at the festival over the course of four days in November (which was held between the 23rd to the 26th).

Horror Down Under: BOYS IN THE TREES (2016)

Horror Down Under: BOYS IN THE TREES (2016)

Welcome to the 6th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 6th edition, I take a look at the ’90s set Halloween themed fantasy horror/drama BOYS IN THE TREES…

THELMA: Under and Beyond the Skin

THELMA: Under and Beyond the Skin

There’s a specific kind of loneliness a child who was raised in a religious family feels when they leave home to enter the “secular” world. Time that used to be marked with prayer, church and bible study is now taken up by classes and social situations that test every single thing they’ve been taught. What was memorized from pages doesn’t bend and move for real situations with living people, and it’s not difficult for anyone, especially a young, introverted girl, to feel completely lost at sea.

Horror Down Under: LAKE MUNGO (2008)

Horror Down Under: LAKE MUNGO (2008)

Welcome to the 5th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 5th edition I delve into the independently made 2008 supernatural mockumentary LAKE MUNGO…

PUFF Piece: Charismata

PUFF Piece: Charismata

CHARISMATA screened at the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival. Tickets for today's showings are available by following this link. Written and directed by Andy Collier & Toor Mian Starring Sarah Beck Mather, Andonis Anthony, Jamie Satterthwaite and...

PUFF Piece: Imitation Girl

PUFF Piece: Imitation Girl

  https://youtu.be/cYZGJr3cUIM Written & Directed by Natasha Kermani Starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sanam Erfani, Neimah Djourabchi and Adam David Thompson Produced by Forrest McClain & Tim Wu Illium Pictures IMITATION GIRL opened the 2nd Annual...

Exploiting the Vault: Night Train to the Alien Zone

Digging around Exploitation.TV is fun and intriguing on its own thanks to its egalitarian treatment of sub-genres ranging from horror, smut, comedy, art-house and… other. It was also fun figuring out what would pair well together among the many varied flavors of exploitation cinema, kind of like putting together a puzzle with body parts from all sorts of unusual places.

2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 2

2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 2

Welcome back to the 2nd and final edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). After a massive first week of MIFF where I watched a total of 29 films (you can check my mini-reviews of 7 of those films in part 1 of my coverage right here), the second and final week of the festival was definitely at least a little bit more easy-going by comparison since I was only saw about 17 films that week. As great of a week as the first one was, it was actually week 2 of MIFF that I was really the most excited for since nearly all of my most anticipated titles of the festival were scheduled to be screened during that time. Some of which just happened to be genre-related films. Just like I did in part one of my MIFF coverage, I thought I’d share with you my brief thoughts on all of those titles. So without further ado, here’s my complete recap of the second batch of genre films that I watched in the second week of MIFF 2017…

2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap:  Week 1

2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 1

Welcome to the 1st edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). For those out there who don’t know what it is, MIFF is one of Australia’s biggest and most prestigious film festivals that my adoptive home town of Melbourne celebrates every year. Over the course of 18 days (the festival was held between from August 3rd to the 20th this year) MIFF showcased over 358 films of all different types ranging from many countries from around the world. This year was my 6th time attending the festival and it was without a doubt my biggest one so far.

Horror Down Under: THIRST (1979)

When I think of the most common sub-genres that most Australian filmmakers seem to tackle when they make a horror film, the main ones that I’ve noticed always seems to be either of the following: serial killers, supernatural, slashers, zombies, psychological and monsters. However did you notice which one was missing from that list? Vampires.