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Screamfest 2018: First Wave Announced

The first wave of films have been announced for this year’s Screamfest, America’s longest running horror film festival. Lin Shaye has been chosen as this year’s festival ambassador, which will be

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I’ll likely piss off some readers, especially horror fans, when I say the slasher genre has pretty much been dead for the last two decades. It has been one of the weakest and most under-utilized subgenres of horror film lore, and looking back, it’s been nothing more than remakes, sequels to remakes and cookie-cutter, cliché-riddled schlock.

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Screamfest 2014: DARK WAS THE NIGHT Review

Who doesn’t love a good monster movie?

The creature feature. It’s a genre that hasn’t received much attention as of late. In the last decade, horror movies have primarily focused on crazed killers, self-mutilation, supernatural entities and recently unearthed, never-before-seen footage. Every now and then genre fans would love nothing more than to see a good old-fashioned monster movie.

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Screamfest 2014: SEE NO EVIL 2 Review

I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t like Gregory Dark’s 2006 horror-thriller See No Evil. While it introduced a new crazed psychopath, Jacob Goodnight, to genre fans, it didn’t leave much of an impression. The film arrived when torture-porn horror films were beginning to reach their peak. Films like Saw and Hostel were pushing the envelope in terms of what horror films can get away with or even show. At the time, the genre became more about shock, blood and just how brutal and gross can you get. After a while you can become so desensitized that it becomes boring. That pretty much summed up my opinion of the original – all shock and brutality and little substance – to the point it was forgotten. It’s 2014 and here comes See No Evil 2, and much to this viewer’s surprise, it’s better than the original and is a pretty well made slasher film.

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Release Date: June 10, 2014
Director: Jordan Barker
MPAA Rating: NR

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”

Jordan Barker’s Torment opens with this Friedrich Nietzsche quote.  It’s a quote that

Screamfest 2013: GOLDBERG & EISENBERG Review 6

Screamfest 2013: GOLDBERG & EISENBERG Review

DIRECTED by:                                                                             Film Pulse Score: 6/10

Being single and living in the city sure can be tough.  You never know who you’re going to meet as you walk down that street or stroll through

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Screamfest 2013: CHIMERES Review

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Like the zombie genre the vampire genre has been mined so much to the point of exsanguination.   Unfortunately nowadays to most people vampire lore equals Twilight and its

Screamfest 2013: SCHISM Review 7.5

Screamfest 2013: SCHISM Review

DIRECTED by:                                                                   Film Pulse Score: 7.5/10

Film Noir is a type of film that is often recognized by stark light/dark contrasts, skewed visual angles, a dark foreboding mood, disorienting compositions, a voiceover narration and

Screamfest 2013: THE GAUNTLET Review 4.5

Screamfest 2013: THE GAUNTLET Review

DIRECTED by:                                                                    Film Pulse Score: 4.5/10

The Saw franchise was all about making choices.  Do this and this will happen or do that and that will happen?  Often times it was something unpleasant for

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Screamfest 2013: 308 Review

Release Date: TBD
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 6/10

Things that go bump in the night, the shriek heard deep in the woods, the footsteps coming from the attic.   These

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