Deaf Sparrow : film murder
16  novembre     12h24
Dachra (What Not to Do Witchcraft Film)
Stanley Stepanic    Criticizing horror movies for stupid character behavior is often wishful thinking humans do silly things under stress, and nobody knows how we’d react in extreme situations until we’re in them. But poor decision-making by movie characters serves a dramatic purpose: it makes us feel superior to them...
23  octobre     02h05
The Inferno Index (Eurotrash Horror Reborn)
Stanley Stepanic    Cosmotropia de Xam is best known for founding music collective Mater Suspiria Vision, pioneers of the witch house genre. It seems de Xam (henceforth CdX) uses the same techniques when making films as when making music: drones, backmasking, sampling, genre-hopping, heavy filters and effects,...
15  septembre     11h17
Hotel Inferno 3: The Castle of Screams (FPS Horror Stuff in Film)
Stanley Stepanic    Splattermeister Giulio de Santi made his name in the gorehound underground with his first film, 2012’s Taeter City. On the heels of that opus came Hotel Inferno, an audacious experiment in film mimicking video games, and the start of a tentpole franchise. The crowdfunded third chapter checks all...
10  août     12h08
Coming Home in the Dark (Killer Drifter Daymare Fuel Film)
Stanley Stepanic    There’s a chilling line of dialogue early in Coming Home in the Dark, the debut feature by New Zealand filmmaker James Ashcroft, that lays bare the film’s themes. It’s a standard thriller scene: the near, but missed, opportunity for rescue. As villain Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and his accomplice...
19  mars     13h27
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Loneliness Creepypasta Glitch Horror Film)
Stanley Stepanic    The avenue connecting horror cinema and creepypasta culture has generally been a one-way street. Creepypastas take plenty of influence from horror films, but the only mainstream stabs at adapting them are Sony’s 2018 Slender Man and Syfy’s Channel Zero series. There’s assorted indie Youtubers,...
23  février     14h26
Violation (Naturalistic Rape Revenge Film)
Stanley Stepanic    With a few isolated exceptions (1986’s The Ladies Club), throughout the 20th century the rape-revenge subgenre was the exclusive province of male filmmakers. But since the Soska sisters threw open the doors in 2012 with American Mary, a wave of female-directed reimagined rape-revenge films has...
12  janvier     13h55
The Deep Ones (H.P. Lovecraft Lo-Budget Stank Horror by Chad Ferrin)
Stanley Stepanic    Ask most horror nerds why there’s never been a truly successful Lovecraft adaptation, and they’ll tell you it’s because Lovecraft never described his monsters, but chose to keep them in the shadows, and once you drag something ineffable into sunlight it loses its power. I call bullshit on that for...
16  novembre     03h48
Koko-Di Koko-Da (Groundhog Day Murder Grief Film by Johannes Nyholm)
Stanley Stepanic    When The Babadook exploded in 2014, along came the usual flurry of thinkpieces praising an intelligent horror movie that dealt with the thorny topic of grief. Although labeling this a new development ignores the long history that horror has with bereavement, the recent trend of elevated horror ...
15  octobre     02h08
The Yellow Night (Brazilian Grind Art Horror)
Stanley Stepanic    Stop me if you’ve heard this: a group of teenagers travels to an isolated island for a debauched graduation party weekend. Disregarding oblique warnings from vaguely menacing locals, they arrive at one of the teens’ family estate. When someone goes missing, it becomes evident that something...
11  août     13h47
The Wild Goose Lake (Modern Chinese Gangster Noir is Okay)
Stanley Stepanic    Wuhan before the coronavirus; murky, rainy, with an underlining current of deception. Street gangs steal motorcycles and drugs are dealt in shady parking garages with a large lake featuring uncharted perfect for hiding. Directed by Diao Yinan, this modern neo-noir tale opens with a dispute between...