Ben Umstead
East Coast Editor; Los Angeles, California

Born in New England, bred around the Capital Beltway, and schooled in the heart of Hollywood, Ben joined Team Twitch in the summer of 2009 when he moved to NYC. He can once again be found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.

Haunted People, Haunted Places: The Films Of The Berlin School At MoMA

Despite having one of the richest and most influential cinematic histories of any nation, current German cinema's star rarely shines beyond its borders. The films that make the rounds and get the spotlight or any awards attention are the ones... More »

Mórbido Fest 2013, Dispatch Numero Dos: The Hitchcockian Spectacle Of GRAND PIANO, The Manic Terror Of PANIC 5 BRAVO

This weekend saw two of Mórbido Fest's biggest draws: Eugenio Mira's English language thriller Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood as a pianist with a particularly strong case of stage fright, and actor Kuno Becker's Ambulance-set  horror Panic 5 Bravo.... More »

Mórbido Fest 2013, Dispatch Numero Uno: Opening Night

It's 1 AM in the lakeside town of Pátzcuaro, Mexico and I am witnessing for the first time a particularly spirited sight that has become something of a legend on the genre festival circuit: Nacho Vigalondo is dancing. It's the... More »

Indie Beat: Old Ways And New Directions With Filmmakers Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs

I met Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs (collectively/creatively known as Lauren Edward -- their middle names) the night their documentary I Send You This Place screened at WestFest, an experiment in micro-festing put on here in Los Angelese by the... More »

DOCTOR WHO: 40 Seconds Of Actual Footage From The 50th Anniversary Excites

With the 50th anniversary special of everyone's favorite time lord broadcasting worldwide November 23rd, it's damn well about time we actually got a look at the actual extended episode. And while showrunner Steven Moffat and his gang, along with the... More »

ROBOCOP: America Is "Robo-Phobic" States New Trailer. Then Things Go Boom

Money is the name of the game. And a product that the American people can believe in is the path to said money... at least that's according to the big wig business types played by Samuel L. Jackson and Michael... More »

Marvel Teams Up With Netflix For 4 New Shows (And A Mini-series)

Daredevil is headed to the small screen. With Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones to follow close behind.After weeks of speculation on the who and where, Marvel announced today that the recently reacquired Daredevil will be getting a fresh... More »

Spike Lee's OLDBOY: Get In Shape With Josh Brolin In This New Featurette

It just dawned on me that Spike Lee's version of Oldboy is set for release in the United States on November 27th, a day before Thanksgiving. Which I find to be kind of hilarious. And so I will say this... More »


The Fall 2013 edition of Night Visions, Helsinki's horror, fantasy and sci-fi festival that usually runs more than once a year (!), came to a close this past weekend, with Jodorowsky's Dune taking home the audience award.Other Twitch faves to... More »

Lou Taylor Pucci To Star In SPRING, The Next Film From The RESOLUTION Directors

There are many fans of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's deconstructionist horror flick Resolution here at Twitch. And judging by it's mega long and successful festival run and VOD release plenty more fans out there in the rest of the... More »

Who Wants To Win The OLDBOY 10th Anniversary Blu-ray?

Well, if you're a resident of the United States or Canada you're in luck. Our pals at Palisades Tartan are celebrating ten years of Park Chan-wook's seminal Oldboy and we have some goodies to give away.In one corner we have... More »

Lars Von Trier's NYMPHOMANIC Gets Down And Dirty With Bach In The Latest (And Totally NSFW) Clip

When last we checked in with Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, we got a swatch of posters that were no less than... striking. Before that we got a clip from chapter 4 of the film that was far more somber, and... More »

Indie Beat: Top 5 Most Intriguing Indies In November

When we get down to awards season, it becomes even harder to discern the nature of so-called independent and limited releases. Like October, many of November's limited releases, start out as such, but are in fact "high-pedigree" studio films (or... More »

Full Disclosure: Twitch's Lists Of Shame - October

As we enter the final quarter of 2013's Full Disclosure, I was hoping to have all our contributors check out something at least vaguely horror-related knowning that this feature would publish close to Hallowe'en. Well, the trials and tribulations behind... More »

L.A. Happenings: (More) Halloween Flicks, Agnes Varda And Kris Kristofferson

Get the scoop on special and repertory screenings happening in Los Angeles this October 25 weekend and beyond.  ... More »

J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan Are Now Writing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

The well for any real solid news on the next installment in the Star Wars saga has been very, very dry as of late. While rumors on casting have been flying this way and that, it's still proved to be... More »

AFI Fest 2013 Includes Films From Ti West, Ari Folman, Kim Ki-duk, Plus BORGMAN!

The fine folks at the American Film Institute announced the rest of their line up for the 2013 edition of AFI Fest today and it's a mighty pretty looking bunch of 2013 festival faves from every corner of the globe.... More »

"Save The Day": DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Teaser Hits

The 50th anniversary of BBC's seminal sci-fi series is fast approaching, with the special episode celebrating half a century of the mad man with a box broadcasting in most corners of the globe, November 23. So with that, a very... More »

COMMUNITY Returns January 2nd

Even after all the Behind-the-scenes drama and low (by every other network's standard) ratings, Community is now, along with Parks And Recreation, a veteran sitcom at NBC. I'll let you soak that all in for just a second longer. The... More »

James Franco Will Happily Pour Gasoline Down Your Throat Unless You Watch This Red Band Trailer For HOMEFRONT

I'm sorry Jason Statham, but when your gravely-voiced tough guy type is put up against villains played by James Franco and Winona Ryder, well, buddy, you're automatically sent to second-tier status in your movie.And the movie in question is Homefront.... More »
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