In the upcoming wave of programming starting this week from SyFy you can take your pick of fighting robots, stranded paranormal investigators and paranormal interventions. Robot Combat League WWE wrestler Chris Jericho hosts what is essentially Rock 'Em Sock 'Em... More »

Blu-ray Review: THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN, The Porno Pygmalion, Is A Revelation In HD

The 1970's were probably the most revolutionary decade of the modern era of cinema. Those ten years saw the invention of the blockbuster (Jaws), the introduction of the fan-friendly space opera (Star Wars), the emergence of the men who are,... More »

Short Film, Short Review: LATE LUNCH Offers Up A Charming Picnic Basket Of Dark Comedic Delights

Often in film, whether short or feature, we're presented with a moral fable, a lesson and a warning to show us just how wrong humanity can be, just how vile and terrible someone can get. The naughty mustn't go unpunished... More »

IFFR 2013 Review: F*CK FOR FOREST Tries To Spread Love And Peace!

(It's a documentary about f*cking hippies... No, I'm not being reactionary! They're really hippies and they're really f*cking!) This year there were several feature documentaries at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, but few had a subject (or a title) as... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Sundance 2013 Review: STOKER Is A Triumph Of Beauty And Violence

Around these parts, a new Park Chan-wook film is an event to be highly anticipated. So I was quite excited to have the chance to see the maestro's latest film, Stoker, his first in English to boot, at Sundance last weekend. His uber-violent... More »

Black Movie 2013 Review: Carlos Reygadas Brings the Devil Home in POST TENEBRAS LUX

As I review more and more films out of festivals, I'm beginning to notice a pattern: I'm much more forgiving and enthusiastic about films that shoot the moon and fall somewhere short than with serviceable movies trodding well-worn territory that... More »

Slamdance 2013 Review: Atmospheric JUG FACE Is Ultimately Half-Baked Horror

The Deep South can be a very strange place for outsiders. Mired in traditions and rituals which may now seem foolish or outdated, it is still a ripe place to cull old legends anew, projecting them up on the silver... More »

DVD Review: THERMÆ ROMÆ, The Animæ.

(Are time-travelling hot-tubs a new general topic for comedies?) Before Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo broke records a few weeks back, the most successful Japanese film was Thermæ Romæ, a ribald and silly live-action comedy about bathing habits which... More »
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Blu-ray Review: L'AGE D'OR / UN CHIEN ANDALOU Show Buñuel In Bloom (BFI)

I am by no means an expert on the work of Luis Buñuel, but I know what I like. Having plowed my way through roughly half a dozen of his films, I can say that his debut feature, L'age d'or,... More »
By J Hurtado   

Blu-ray Review: EEGA Is The Best Film Of 2012, So Why Such A Crappy Blu-ray?

I've made no secret of my love for SS Rajamouli's Eega. Back in July I called it the best film of the year, and now, halfway though November, I don't feel any differently. The film was recently released on Blu-ray,... More »
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Blu-ray Review: BASKET CASE: THE TRILOGY Is The Only Way To Go! (Second Sight Films)

Frank Henenlotter is a filmmaker and film lover who holds a very special place in my heart. His tireless dedication to the preservation of sleaze and exploitation history is nearly unparalleled, as a filmmaker, his work is instantly recognizable for... More »
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Blu-ray Review: Nicholas Ray's WE CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN Shows How The Rebel Found His Cause

Nicholas Ray is one of the most respected filmmakers in Hollywood history, and with a CV that includes films like Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, In a Lonely Place, and many more, it's no surprise. What impresses me the... More »
By J Hurtado   

Review: MIAMI CONNECTION, Baby, is More Than a Diamond in the Rough

Dear Miami Connection, You're the one for me. I've loved you since the first time I saw your trailer. I don't know whether it was the insanely acrobatic Tae Kwon Do or the incredible friendship-themed power pop that first got... More »

Review: HELLS ANGELS (HERUZU ENJUERUZU) Is The Greatest Story Ever Told

Fans of Dead Leaves and Redline, rejoice. From out of nowhere Madhouse releases Heruzu Enjueruzu (Hells Angels), a wicked, manic and no-boundaries anime that may feel like a Studio 4°C project but has its roots firmly in the Madhouse foundation.... More »

Sitges 2012 Review: THE SECOND DEATH Finds New Terror in Religion

Argentinean director Santiago Fernández Calvete's The Second Death is an oddity: A hard-boiled, supernatural mystery that revolves heavily around Catholic dogma. Its engagement with religion is far more complex than the slew of exorcism movies we've been subjected to as... More »

Sitges 2012 Counterpoint Review: THE LORDS OF SALEM Turns a Satanic Cult into a Snoozefest

Goofy. That's the word that kept popping into my head through the entire running time of Rob Zombie's baffling Polanski rip-off, The Lords of Salem. Not weird, not bizarre, not hallucinogenic, and certainly not Lynchian, as some critics (including our... More »


Third Window's Blu-ray debut of Tsukamoto Shinya's breakout feature, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, has been one of my most anticipated titles of 2012 since we broke the news earlier this year. Tetsuo is a film that transcends its bizarre and... More »
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This fourth batch of Nikkatsu Roman Porno discs from Impulse Pictures is, in my humble opinion, the finest of the series so far. Between the genuinely joyous sexual exploration of Nympho Diver: G-String Festival and the proper melodrama and thrill... More »


Jess Franco on Blu-ray.Four words I never thought I'd type, but here we are. While this is obviously proof that the Mayans' Doomsday calendar is right, I suppose it's only just that we enjoy the spoils of the apocalypse while... More »

Fantastic Fest 2012 Review: HELLFJORD Is a Delightfully Surreal Descent Into Norway's Fishy North

From the creators of Dead Snow, Cold Prey and You Said What (so pretty much every talented Norwegian currently making movies) comes this delightfully weird and wonderful television series, following a disgraced city police officer as he sees out... More »
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