BAFF 2017: BORLEY RECTORY

Before Shirley Jackson and Richard Matheson wrote their chilling tales of historically grand haunted houses, there stood a manor so feared that the people of England could not even whisper its name without quaking with fright. “Borley Rectory.” Those two words – fine on their own, but when put ...

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Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Power pop band Berwanger‘s new album, The Star Invaders, comes out next week on Halloween. The new album features members of Broncho, Limbeck, Flaming Lips, Sam Cohen, and Eva Gardner (Mars Volta, Pink, Tegan and Sara).  This is a first for Josh Berwanger as it is his third album, marking the ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD

The classic grindhouse-style horror thriller is a subgenre in film with an impressive back catalog to pore over, but not so much in the world of comics. Decades before what we consider grindhouse movies were even made, publishers like EC Comics were planting the seeds by releasing titles like Tales ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: SLAYER: REPENTLESS

What follows, dear reader, is one random miscreant’s thoughts regarding the new comic book based on the music and the members of the massively popular thrash metal band SLAYER. Since this unique work of fiction is dangerously straddling two worlds notorious for strong opinions, constant infigh ...

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Bookshelf: WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ

At their heart, David Wong’s books set in the town of Undisclosed are about perception. His first novel, John Dies at the End, its sequel, This Book Is Full of Spiders, and the latest, What the Hell Did I Just Read, all deal with the fact that what we’re seeing with our eyes might not actually be wh ...

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Exploitation.TV Party: SEXTOONS

Launching in 2013 with the release of the Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Vinegar Syndrome quickly cemented themselves as one of the most important and exciting companies in the recent boutique home video boom. Presenting high quality transfers — of which they create in-house — of rare and ove ...

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Hail mother!, Full of Grace

  “Blessed art thou among women/ And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,/ Jesus.” -Hail Mary “The whole book’s gender biased…Read that book again sometime. Women are painted as bigger antagonists than the Egyptians and Romans combined. It stinks.” -Salma Hayek, Dogma Spoilers to follow As of this ...

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Review: SLIMED

Slimed, an independent blast of schlock wonder was finished nearly ten years ago, and it’s packed with everything writer/directors Eric Manche and Jeff Nitzberg wanted in a movie: “absurdity, action, comedy, apocalyptic stakes and evil hand puppets.” Yep. Hand puppets. This movie has everything you ...

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In Theaters: mother!

My original plan for this review, since I was hoping to Mandate it, was to get the best of both worlds by recording my own immediate thoughts on the film and then transcribing them into a review. It would have been easier and a different take on your standard babble trying to describe what you just ...

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Netflix Weekly: LITTLE EVIL

Is there such a thing as the “feel good” horror sub-genre? I think there is. You know what I mean, right? You put on a horror movie sometimes, not to be scared, but to chill and get lost for a couple of hours. Take Little Evil as a recent example. Little Evil tells the story of Gary (Adam Scot ...

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Review: IT (2017)

I’ve often spoken of how nostalgia is a very powerful factor in how we view art. It is a lens that is both effective and unreliable when consuming art; if we develop an attachment to something at an age that we might not be too discerning between good art and bad art, that attachment lingers. I mean ...

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WE GOT ISSUES: Aleister & Adolf

This graphic novel, quite simply, is a treatise on belief and magic, delivered through storytelling and torn from history. Bookended by events which transpired during the rise of the internet in the mid-1990s, the meat of this narrative takes place over the course of World War II, when Aleister Crow ...

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Films from the Void: OGROFF

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense ...

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Bookshelf: LIGHTS, CAMERA, GAME OVER!

In his new book, Lights, Camera, Game Over: How Video Game Movies Get Made (out now via Schiffer Publishing), writer Luke Owen tackles a diverse array of film adaptations. From 1993’s Super Mario Bros., all the way through 2015’s Adam Sandler vehicle, Pixels, it’s a remarkable set ...

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7 MEXICAN INDIE ACTS AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW

When I moved to the Rio Grande Valley from Tennessee, I must say nothing prepared me for the unexpected culture shock of deep south Texas. If that sounds like a complaint, please believe it isn’t: proud Latin culture is one of the greatest components to the RGV, and the full immersion of Mexican art ...

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Netflix Weekly: DEATH NOTE

Death Note is unfamiliar territory to me, in a sense. Personally speaking, I don’t fall into the tug-of-war that is medium comparison that often. What I mean is, I usually don’t know a movie’s source material before I see it. I rarely read the book beforehand (a lot of times afterwards), and, while ...

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Remembering BRAIN DAMAGE

I love it when I go into a movie knowing little to nothing about it. Really, truly nothing about it. All I knew before I popped in Arrow’s blu-ray to Brain Damage was that it has a cult following, and growing up, it was featured on a lot of lists for most disgusting horror movies. One of the things ...

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Netflix Weekly: WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY

The latest of Netflix’s offerings, What Happened to Monday, is a mighty peculiar film. While the themes of identity in a futuristic setting aren’t something new, the story it weaves within said themes is undeniably interesting, and it has the potential to craft something emotionally deep and complex ...

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Films from the Void: JUNGLE TRAP

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses, and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere, and the slop from the past and try to make sen ...

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Netflix Weekly: OKJA

I can’t help but think (briefly) about the controversy Okja met at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (I’ll just say I understand the mentality, but don’t concur with the actions taken). I just want to look at Okja the way that it should be seen as: a film. It’s great I get to talk about it for Netfli ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TIGER GIRL

You may remember director Jakob Lass from the buzz surrounding his 2013 indie hit, Love Steaks – the film that initiated the director’s practice of what he himself refers to as the FOGMA Manifesto. It’s a technique of filmmaking that gives a definite wink to the Danish film renaissance of Dogm ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS

I’m not sure where I stand with Tragedy Girls. Maybe I’ll have a better understanding by the time I finish this review. I have always been a proponent of films that make you root for the bad guys, and films that make you question yourself in how you’re reacting to certain characters and situations – ...

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FANTASIA 2017: PORK PIE

You know what can be just as fun as seeing a movie that’s either really good or really bad? A movie that has a surprise, within a surprise. And I’m not referring to big plot twists or insane character revelations, I’m talking about the movie’s level of condition. Just when you think it’s going to zi ...

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FANTASIA 2017: TOKYO IDOLS

Japanese idol culture isn’t a new fad by any means, but its popularity has been steadily increasing in the last few decades. You can attribute a myriad of reasons to that popularity, but it’s mainly due to the dedication and enthusiasm of the culture’s young stars. Although some boy groups do exist, ...

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