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Bears Rebecca & Sundance 2019

Bears Rebecca & Sundance 2019

I’ve been Sundancing for 7 years now and while this was a particularly strong year for the festival, it was not a strong year for genre films.

Other Worlds Goes to Sundance 2019

Other Worlds Goes to Sundance 2019

I never realize how much of a Texan I am until I get to Sundance and fill the 10-degree air on my face. The good news is most of the time I’m there, I’m in a warm theater watching some great films. Unfortunately, there was an equal lack of Science Fiction films at the festival this year.

Loss & Other Cosmic Mysteries

Loss & Other Cosmic Mysteries

ASCENSION frames mental illness as a dark and sinister force from the stars. It makes the behavior understandable on some level. The person you know and love isn’t doing these terrible things. It’s that dark entity. That thing.

Catch This Ghost Film

Catch This Ghost Film

So what do you get when you take THE FRIGHTENERS, GHOSTBUSTERS, and contemporary irreverent humor and blend it together? You get DEADTECTIVES

When Words Won't Do

When Words Won't Do

So what is there to say about A QUIET PLACE?  It feels somehow wrong to use words to describe a film that is so devoid of them itself.  

Next Door Nightmares: The Best and Worst Neighbors of Horror.

Next Door Nightmares: The Best and Worst Neighbors of Horror.

It’s never easy moving into a new apartment. Besides the hours of unpacking and settling in, there’s always the question of your neighbors. Will they be nice? Will they play music until four in the morning? Will they be sociopathic killers? Unfortunately, when the protagonist of Gnaw, Jennifer, moves into a new home, she finds that her new neighbors include both the best, and worst, of what you can experience.

The Invitation Deadly Dinners: An Interview With Juan Antonio Gonzalez-Jimenez

The Invitation Deadly Dinners: An Interview With Juan Antonio Gonzalez-Jimenez

Last night, the shocking news broke of the tragedies that befell affluent sections of the Los Angeles area. News has been spreading that this was not an isolated incident and that the same type of event has happened throughout the country.  Details are still scarce, but it appears that individuals associated with a controversial program known as “The Invitation” held dinner parties where the attendees were comprised of their close friends and people special to them.

The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

Cults and the Occult have always been a fixture in horror stories.  Lovecraft, ROSEMARY’S BABY,  the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s and on into today, these kinds of stories keep popping up, not only in our fiction, but they bleed into our real lives.

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

The following letter was discovered during Michael's annual pilgrimage to the long defunct Camp Crystal Lake. It appears to be a letter written by a young Jason Voorhees to his mother, Pamela Voorhees.

THE WICKER MAN and Human Superstition

THE WICKER MAN and Human Superstition

Not ALL superstition leads down a path of murder. But, as in the case of THE WICKER MAN, it does make for a great Horror film. All-in-all let’s leave the scary ritualistic superstitions to cinema and stick to things like eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.

After Danielle's Party

After Danielle's Party

“I said you were perfect.  But I was wrong.  You were perfectly flawed.”  I couldn’t quite understand what he meant so I just watched as he opened up a cabinet and produced a revolver.

The Biggest Little Show on Earth

The Biggest Little Show on Earth

It was about three weeks ago when I first started watching my neighbor across the way. He looked like any other person in the neighborhood--maybe a little beardier than most--but a regular guy all the same. Normally, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought, only he crossed my sights more than the others.

They Can't Get Out

They Can't Get Out

As I got closer, I noticed he looked pretty rough. Greasy hair, dirty sweat-stained shirt, muddy work boots.  His face was gaunt and ashen.  His eyes were sunken but wild, like he hadn’t slept in days.  

“What can’t get out?”

He said nothing, just put down the hose, walked up to his door and held it open.

Get Out to Get Out

Get Out to Get Out

This weekend is a very important weekend for genre film.  Jordan Peele’s original Horror film GET OUT hits theaters nationwide.  I was lucky enough to get into the surprise screening of it at Sundance and it delivers on so many levels.  Beneath of all the tension and laughs lies some great subtext about liberal racism.

So, why is it important to see this film at the theater?  Here’s a list