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  • Red Roses of Passion

    Red Roses of Passion


    Carla (Patricia McNaire) is tired of her prudish aunt and cousin cramping her style when she brings men home. A friend takes her to meet Martha (Helena Clayton), a fortune teller who runs an all-female cult that worships "the spirit of Pan" out of the back room of her storefront. Martha suggests a way for Carla to put Tracey (Laura London) and Julie (Bella Donna) in their place, and at first Carla is pleased with the results. Her aunt and…

  • Seeds



    In Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker, a small group of hardcore cinephiles and one poor date who happened to be along for the ride watch a newly-unearthed film by the mysterious director Max Castle. It is described as a black and white nightmare, not overtly horror-themed but oppressive, bleak, and disturbing. When discussing the film afterward, the young woman whose primary interests lie outside cinema flatly states that the film was "enough to put you off sex for life."

    Vinegar Syndrome's…

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  • Crisis Jung

    Crisis Jung


    From my coverage of Fantasia 2018 for Film Monthly:

    Just as young couple Jung and Maria find idyllic happiness, the monstrous alien giant Little Jesus arrives and turns the Earth into a blasted wasteland. He tears off Maria’s head and turns it into the cornerstone of his Tower of Suffering, and with a flick of his massive fingers sends Jung hurtling off into oblivion. But a huge fist explodes out of the ground and catches Jung, sending him to a…

  • The Night Eats the World

    The Night Eats the World


    From my coverage of Fantasia 2018 for Film Monthly:

    Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) unwittingly walks into a house party while trying to get some tapes his ex-girlfriend accidentally packed during their split, but after several drinks he locks himself in a room and dozes off. When he wakes the next morning, he finds the house wrecked and splattered with blood–the zombie apocalypse started in earnest while he was sleeping. Trapped in the building, Sam must figure out how to keep…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch


    After seeing a lot of people inexplicably claiming that this movie--in which a supernatural evil terrorizes a family isolated in an unforgiving wilderness--is "not a horror movie," I felt compelled to write a piece on horror gatekeeping:

  • Song of the Blind Girl

    Song of the Blind Girl

    A list of 20 things filmmaker Tom Charley ("ctom") does not appear to know, understand, or believe, based on the content of this film:

    1. Generally speaking, night is the part of the 24-hour cycle when it is dark outside.

    2. The human gestational period is 9 months.

    3. Waterboarding.

    4. Hospitals.

    5. Fall and Winter are the seasons when the weather is coldest.

    6. Props.

    7. Abortion.

    8. The difference between "thousands" and "millions."

    9. It is considered poor…