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Review: Disappearance at Clifton Hill

Plenty of indie films aim to be something Lynchian--a mix often combining surreal horror, melodrama, noir, and dashes of absurd comedy--by striking an odd mood or by adding splashes of the unexplainable to their own works. Often these attem...

 
 
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Review: Verotika

Making a film so terrible that it somehow twists around on itself to become a work of art often takes an outsider's total lack of skill, inability to direct actors, and brazenly bizarre decisions in the editing room and morphs them into a w...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Blood on Her Name

Blood on Her Name is a film of backroads, barns, trailers, and barrooms. It's dark, grimy, and bruised from the offset. The world it inhabits is depressed and desperate, the kind of world where everyone is a victim of their own circumstance...

 
 
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Review: We

We sells itself as a boundary-pushing work of nihilistic disturbia. It lulls us into its scenic and well-photographed slice of life for eight teens in the Netherlands. They ride bicycles to dreamy synth evocative of Stranger Things but with...

 
 
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Review: The Assistant

Corporate America is an exceptionally terrible place to find individualism. After decades of systemic abuse and routine overworking going unreported, we're finally starting to learn the truth about how employers mistreat their employees to ...

 
 
 
 
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Here are the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards winners

The 2020 Independent Spirits Awards were handed out last night. The ceremony has become an Academy Awards’ Eve tradition, celebrating the best in independent film and filmmakers, and in some ways addressing the most egregious Oscar sn...

 
 
 
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Review: Color Out of Space

Richard Stanley's 1990 cult hit Hardware and follow-up Dust Devil have careful threads that artistically weave pulp, world-building, and theme together. Hardware is at once a grimy hard rock music video of a killer robot movie and a trippy,...

 
 
 
 
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Review: VHYes

It's been an unseasonably warm winter in my corner of the world (the only one that matters), temperatures climbing to the sixties with long days of humid rain feeling more like April than January. Every once in a while I'll stop and ponder ...

 
 
 
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Saint Maud loves god like hell in official trailer

Horror, though often hated by puritans, sometimes gets knocked as puritanical itself. Teens getting funky in the back of a van? Stab 'em. Drinking and doing drugs? Stab 'em. Virginal bookworm? Nope. Stop. Put down that knife. This is a no ...

 
 
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VHYES trailer is a retro absurdist delight

The VHS format means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For me it meant the static beauty of green-and-purple tracking errors and the crushing reality that we were too poor to afford DVD--or to afford cable most months...

 
 
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VFW trailer sets up one bloody barroom brawl

We have one stylish 80's throwback, looking to be brutal in all the right ways, with the above trailer for VFW. The setup sees a group of Vietnam vets hanging at their local VFW bar celebrating a birthday when a girl storms inside with a b...

 
 
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Review: Daniel Isn't Real

A meditation on the familial nature of mental illness and the steady unwinding of a young man's psyche as he deals with an unstable mother and a broken home life, Daniel Isn't Real draws clear parallels with last year's sweaty screamathon, ...

 
 
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Top 5 movies to look forward to at Sundance 2020

Every January Park City, Utah becomes the Mecca of film. Thanks to Robert Redford and the incredible reputation and success stories of the past, the Sundance Film Festival is truly the place to be to witness what may truly be the next best ...

 
 
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Review: Away

While the definition of film will vary from person to person, no one can deny it is a visual medium. Despite featuring stories with spoken dialogue, it's entirely possible to convey emotion and drama through visuals alone. This was accompli...

 
 
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Embrace the demon in Killer Therapy trailer

I think one thing on which we can all agree is that once a teenage boy starts doing his face like The Crow it's time to give him a wide berth. In the case of the young man leading Killer Therapy, that distance might just save your life.

 
 
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Review: The Shed

As someone who has had cats, squirrels, and even a groundhog trapped inside my family shed growing up, there's a strange intimacy to that moment when you hear an inhuman sound bubble from what ought to be a closed and predictable space. It'...

 
 
 
 
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Kids are still the worst in trailer for This Is Our Home

If a horror movie has a child, then chances are that child is the entire reason the horror movie exists. Imagine if the couple in Pet Sematary just had the cat and no kids? They would've been fine. Imagine Rosemary's Baby but without the b...

 
 
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Review: Red Letter Day

Red Letter Day sets its stage like a Hallmark Original horror movie. We meet the Edwards family, a three-piece unit with dorky brother Timothy (Kaeleb Zain Gartner), goth sister Madison (Hailey Foss), and divorced mom Melanie (Dawn Van de S...

 
 
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Review: The Lighthouse

While the two-man story is almost commonplace on the stage, it's rare to see something similar come to the big screen. It's not all that shocking as there's a lot more to work with in the medium of film and therefore the more subdued story...

 
 
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IUD? More like RIP! in trailer for Marla

Sometimes protection kills (!) in this trailer for Marla, a female written/directed/led horror about an IUD gone horribly wrong. IUDs can be painful, and it's certainly more than a little eerie to have something like that installed into su...

 
 
 
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Booze and gun violence always mix in trailer for Bloody Marie

There are all sorts of ways to overcome an alcohol dependency--self-help books, therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous. One method covered much too rarely, however, is vigilante violence. Sometimes all you have to do is shoot a gangster with a flar...

 
 
 
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Review: Killer Sofa

Let's get this controversy out of the way right now: The piece of demonic furniture in Killer Sofa is (big gasp)... not actually a sofa. It's a recliner. It's a chair. As Oxford describes it, a sofa is "a long upholstered seat with a back a...

 
 
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Review: Koko-di Koko-da

A married couple attempts a camping trip, the first vacation they've had since an outing to celebrate their daughter's birthday. There is no child, now. They're alone, despondent, and aggravated as they twist through backroads before stoppi...

 
 
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Drugs are bad (but fun!) in first trailer for The Wave

Giving off some serious John Dies at the End vibes, the above trailer for The Wave reminds us that taking drugs from strangers is a terrible idea--that could also give us powers and let us hop through alternate dimensions. So maybe they're...

 
 
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The Furies trailer promises eight times the gore

As a person who pretty well only consumes horror media, I feel like I can safely say from a position of certainty and authority that this trailer for The Furies has a lot of horror in it--like maybe eight times as much as your average horr...

 
 
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Review: One Cut of the Dead

One of my favorite things about low-budget filmmaking is that when you see the strings, when you feel the quirks and inconsistencies that haven't been edited, re-shot, or focus-grouped away you get to see the people within the movie. You se...

 
 
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Review: Satanic Panic

Most horror films try to spread the idea that your average devil worshiper is some basement-dwelling white dude who lives off-the-grid, has no income of his own, and is repellent to anyone with half a brain unfortunate enough to land anywhe...

 
 
 




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Blood Quantum"Blood, gore, zombies... social commentary"

 

Capone"The Fonz freaks out"

 

Tribeca Asia"Boring me to death"

 

Tribeca Banksy Most Wanted"The real invisible man"

 

Tribeca 12 Hour Shift"A real night shift from hell"

 

Tribeca Ainu Mosir"Kuma killer"

 

The Willoughbys"Of mustaches and murder"

 

Extraction"It's all we got"

 

The Midnight Gospel"Duuuuuuuuuuuude"

 

Agent Toby Barks"That's the ticket"

 

For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close"A look behind the comedy curtain"

 

Trolls World Tour"Sing it again, Sam... but not as good"

 

Tigertail"A stroll down memory lane"

 

Butt Boy"Solid"

 

We Summon the Darkness"Attack of the evil church girls"

 

Why Don't You Just Die!"Drain-licking good"

 

Coffee & Kareem"No thank you, I'll have tea"

 

Tiger King"Quarantine with Joe Exotic"

 

Slay the Dragon"A powerful piece on political activism and the impact an individual can have"

 

The Platform"As above, so below"

 

SXSW Critical Thinking"What's your next move?"

 

Bloodshot"A bloody mess (not the good kind)"

 

SXSW Drunk Bus"Going round in circles"

 
 
 
 
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