Review: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 3

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Back in 1978, writer/director Meir Zarchi came under immense scrutiny with his film I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (then known as DAY OF THE WOMAN) for its relentless portrayal of gang rape and the victim’s violent revenge. Some call it feminism, while others like Roger Ebert called it “a vile bag of garbage.” It ganged […]

Bluray Review: THE GALLOWS

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There are very specific ingredients that make a good found footage-like film enjoyable. A good story, solid style and likable characters. If a film has those elements, it’s easier to soldier through shaky cameras, a few silly choices and the insistence of continually filming, despite the worst of situations. Unfortunately, Chris Lofing & Travis Cluff’s […]

Review: CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT

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It is remarkable how horror movies can delve into different themes, utilizing horror tropes to leave audiences with an emotional response. Guillermo Del Toro is famous for making great horror movies that aren’t necessarily scary, but hold a special place in the genre for his storytelling techniques and engrossing atmosphere. He loves to incorporate children […]

Fantastic Fest review: GREEN ROOM

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Director Jeremy Saulnier made a lot of genre fans giddy with excitement, when in 2007 he unleashed one of the most lovable horror comedies around: MURDER PARTY. It seemed like the impressive debut would immediately lead to other projects, but we didn’t get a sophomore film from Saulnier until 2014’s BLUE RUIN. Where as MURDER […]

Review: THE INVOKING 2

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I have a confession to make: I have never seen THE INVOKING. I heard about it once during an episode of THE SCREAMCAST podcast, but never had the pleasure of watching (also, Icons of Fright’s Editor in Chief Jerry Smith LOVES IT). From what I gather it is a supernatural horror film that went straight […]

Review: MANSON FAMILY VACATION

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With a title like MANSON FAMILY VACATION, I expected to see a post-ironic millennial ​horror film with grisly murderers and the prey they torture during their road trip. Part of that came true, but not in the way I predicted and never have I been so pleased to have my expectations be incorrect. Instead, executive […]

Review: LAST SHIFT

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LAST SHIFT is a legitimately scary movie. One of the few movies where it is a character’s actual responsibility to investigate the strange noise coming from a dark room. This is one of the few movies where it is a character’s responsibilty to remain exactly where she is at, despite any strange occurences. This is […]

Review: BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA

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When HBO aired its vampire series TRUE BLOOD, its arrival came at just the right time. The TWILIGHT series was everywhere and horror was hitting the mainstream at every shopping mall in America. TRUE BLOOD had creator Alan Ball at its side, therefore, already providing a sense of authenticity due to his resume consisting of […]