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Tetsuo: The Bullet Man review

Tetsuo: The Bullet Man review

Two decades after TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, writer-director Shinya Tsukamoto returns to the franchise that he last visited in TETSUO II: BODY HAMMER. The results should please fans eager for another helping of science-fiction body horror, featuring a hapless human transforming from mere flesh and blood into a mutant metallic hybrid, but despite the addition [...]

Shaun the Sheep Movie – review

Despite some forays into computer-generated animation (Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas), Aardman Animations remains committed to the art of stop-motion, as evidenced by their most recent theatrical release, 2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie, which sees the company struggling but ultimately succeeding at expanding their television series a feature film. The movie lurches to a shaky start, as if uncertain [...]

King Kong (1976) - Temple of Bad

King Kong (1976) – Temple of Bad

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the film that changed the entertainment industry as we know it, the film the rewrote the rules on action entertainment, that dazzled audiences with its innovative special effects, that forever lodged in popular culture the notion that exciting adventures awaited audiences a long time ago, in a galaxy far, [...]

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – The Joyous Case for Merely Good

As presented on HOUR OF THE WOLF.
I’m going through a terminal case of the Christmas blues right now, and the last thing I want to talk about is STAR WARS EPISODE SEVEN: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Not because it’s a bad film, because it isn’t — J.J. Abrams isn’t God, but he is a good director, [...]

The Bloody Judge (1970) review

“You are all condemned, for crimes against king and kingdom, to hang… to dangle until you are but dead, to be then cut down still alive, to have your entrails drawn out and thrust into your own mouths, to be further hanged, then quartered like the carcasses of beef you are. You number five hundred, [...]

Psycho-Circus (1966) review

Psycho-Circus (1966) review

With a title like Psycho-Circus, not to mention the presence of two Count Draculas (Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski), fright fans will probably expect this to be some kind of lurid horror-thriller filled with circus acts gone horribly wrong (lion tamers mauled, knife thrower’s assistant stabbed) along the lines of 1960’s Circus of Horrors (stock footage from which appears [...]

The House of Exorcism (1975): restrospective review

The House of Exorcism (1975): restrospective review

In cults circles (especially among fans of Italian horror cinema in general and director Mario Bava in particular), THE HOUSE OF EXORCISM is probably the most (in)famous alternate film version in existence – a complete do-over of Bava’s excellent and ethereal LISA AND THE DEVIL (1973) with added scenes of (you guessed it!), exorcism and [...]

SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

We’ve just finished Halloween, gained an extra hour on the proverbial space time continuum and El Nino is going to hit Southern California with inclemency worse than Sharknado 4. What more could possibly make So-Cal the place to be? As nature warns Pacific Coast residents to buy flood insurance, San Diego announces the arrival anon [...]

Peter Walker Interview

English producer-director Pete Walker answers questions from David Del Valle at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on September 9, 2015. Walker was attending the American Cinematheque’s double bill of two of his horror films, HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS and SCHIZO.

Tokyo Gore Police (2008) – review

If you are expecting an exciting, tongue-in-cheek thrill ride with gallons of ridiculous gore, you are one-fourth right.
If you sit down to watch a film called Tokyo Gore Police, you certainly have no one to blame but yourself, right? It’s not as if you had no idea what you were in for. Or maybe you [...]