[PANIC FEST] Reviews, Vol. 1: Benny Loves You, Red Snow, An Ideal Host

I "attended" my very first Panic Fest via their virtual screenings this year, and I was incredibly impressed by the wide variety of films on offer, both feature-length and short. I'll be doing a collection of reviews from the fest right here, so be sure to check back!...

[SXSW] Cleave Unto JAKOB’S WIFE

JAKOB'S WIFE TRAVIS STEVENS Pastor Jakob Fedder’s wife does have a name. Unfortunately, Anne (Barabara Crampton) suffers from Perfect Wife Syndrome. She’s a supportive force at her husband’s (Larry Fessenden) church, she works out every morning, and she makes sure her...

[SXSW] BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION: Come for the References.

"BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION" Dir. JACOB GENTRY James (Harry Shum Jr.) has a tedious job of cataloging old broadcast tapes as a video archivist, often of local news stations. One night, strange and disturbing footage of someone wearing a wig and rubber mask and using...

[SXSW] “WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED:” A New Standard in Horror Documentaries

"WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR" KIER-LA JANISSE SEVERIN FILMS Directed, written, and produced by film scholar Kier-La Janisse (founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and author of a stack of essential film books, including...

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.

Horror Down Under: UNDEAD (2003)

Horror Down Under: UNDEAD (2003)

Welcome to the 9th 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...

Horror Down Under: PATRICK (1978)

Horror Down Under: PATRICK (1978)

Welcome to the 8th 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...

Horror Down Under: DARK AGE (1987)

Horror Down Under: DARK AGE (1987)

Welcome to the 7th 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...

SXSW 2018: Thursday through Saturday

SXSW 2018: Thursday through Saturday

Back at SXSW again covering the film festival for The Screamcast. I’ll be posting brief rundowns, in order seen, of the screenings. I will try not to reveal too much (most of these films have not yet been made available to outside audiences), but rather give a general...

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...