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Right Place, Wrong Time: Nostalgia and the House of 1000 Corpses

Back in 2001, Rob Zombie, global heavy metal star, directed his first feature film, House of 1000 Corpses. Its schlocky exploitation soul was abandoned by producers to the whims of post-production purgatory for three years: shelved because of its freakish nature. 

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EIFF 2017Festival Coverage

Guardians – EIFF 2017

Whilst Marvel sustains a stranglehold on action adventure films and continues to monopolise the superhero genre, reactionary releases are appearing more and more. Sarik Andreasyan’s Russian  super soldier mash up The Guardians is an enjoyably barmy example of a pulpy under-dog reaction to Marvel’s expanding universe. 

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EIFF 2017Festival Coverage

Bad Kids of Crestview High – EIFF 2017

Bad Kids of Crestview High, the sequel to 2014’s Haunting at Crestview High (aka Bad Kids Go to Hell), is every bit as daft and inane as it’s predecessor. Based on Barry Werwick’s graphic novel, its a silly slasher

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DbD 2016Festival Coverage

Antibirth – DbD 2016

Danny Perez’s colourful stoner horror Antibirth is the kind of post 9/11 Rosemary’s Baby update a lot of people will really enjoy. With a cast of cult regulars like Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Meg Tilly, and Marc Webber Antibirth is packed with charismatic, dedicated performances that charm from start to finish.

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DbD 2016Festival Coverage

Der Bunker – DbD 2016

Nikias Chryssos’ Der Bunker is the kind of film Dead by Dawn is made for; a dysfunctional family drama whose more outré parts will make it a hard sell for mainstream audiences. Distributed by Artsploitation, the provocative company behind Bunny the Killer Thing, Der Samurai (also starring Pit Bukowski), and Cub, Der Bunker is as […]

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DbD 2016Festival Coverage

K-Shop – DbD 2016

Horror films, like most films, can really benefit from acidic social commentary and Dan Pringle’s K-Shop is one acidic film. The UK’s relationship with booze has always been a problematic one and Pringle turns on the debate with feverish zeal, presenting a bleak glimpse at one town’s struggle with a perilous drinking culture.

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Festival CoverageGlasgow Frightfest 2016

Baskin – Glasgow FrightFest 2016

Can Evrenol’s Baskin was, hands down, the most impressive feature at Glasgow Frightfest 2016. Adapted from Evrenol’s short of the same title, Baskin marks the Turkish filmmaker’s debut feature after a slew of superb shorts (worth checking out here at Evrenol’s website) which have garnered the young director a steady cult following. The film follows […]

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Festival CoverageGlasgow Frightfest 2016

Patchwork – Glasgow Frightfest 2016

The campest feature at Frightfest 2016, and the only horror comedy on a bill, was Tyler MacIntyre’s Frankenstein update, Patchwork. The film follows three women (Tory Stolper, Maria Blasucci, and Tracey Fairaway) who, after being butchered and sewn into one body, work “together” to take revenge on the mad scientist (Corey Sorensen) responsible for their […]

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Festival CoverageGlasgow Frightfest 2016

The Hexecutioners – Glasgow FrightFest 2016

Jesse Thomas Cooke, the Canadian cult filmmaker who brought us Monster Brawl and Septic Man, reunites with Septic Man writer Tony Burgess for his latest feature, The Hexecutioners. The film follows two girls who work for a euthanasia firm, newbie Malison (Liv Collins) and seasoned field agent Olivia (Sarah Power), as they venture into rural […]

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The Last Shift – Blu-Ray

Anthony DiBlasi’s latest offering is the Assault on Precinct 13-inspired Last Shift, a relatively solid excursion into supernatural territory with some great scares up its sleeve and some nice references on its mind.

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