Blade of the Immortal (Fantastic Fest): A Gleeful Explosion of Bodies, Gore, and Violence

Starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi Directed by Takashi Miike The 100th film (!!!) of prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike, Blade of the Immortal is nothing short of pure samurai violence at its finest. An adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s… Continue Reading


Gerald’s Game (Fantastic Fest): A Stunning Tale of Survival and Growth

Starring Carla Cugino, Bruce Greenwood, Carel Struycken Directed by Mike Flanagan THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW, SO READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL! Often thought to be an unfilmable story, Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game is a story that is… Continue Reading


1922 (Fantastic Fest): Stephen King’s Novella Gets a Serviceable Adaptation

Starring Thomas Jane, Molly Quinn, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard Directed by Zak Hilditch 2017 is the year of Stephen King. The Dark Tower, IT, Gerald’s Game, “The Mist”, “Castle Rock”, “Mr. Mercedes”… The prolific author is seeing adaptations being released… Continue Reading


Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Fantastic Fest): A Noble Descent Into a Vicious Hell

Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier, Mark Blucas, Dion Mucciacito Directed by S. Craig Zahler For those of you who have seen movies at an Alamo Drafthouse, you know that there are small sheets of paper upon which you… Continue Reading


78/52 (Fantastic Fest): Equal Parts Celebration and Inspiration

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Osgood Perkins, Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, Walter Murch, Peter Bogdanovich, and more Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe After North By Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock could have made anything he wanted; and… Continue Reading


Anna and the Apocalypse (Fantastic Fest): Singing! Dancing! Zombies! Christmas!

Starring Ella Hunt, Christopher Leveaux, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire Directed by John McPhail The Christmas-themed zombie musical you didn’t know you need in your life. The story behind the making of Anna and the Apocalypse is a sad one: based… Continue Reading


Let the Corpses Tan (Fantastic Fest): A Crime Story of Passion and Precision

Starring Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbé, Hervé Sogne, Marine Sainsily, Pierre Nisse, Dorylia Calmel, Aline Stevens, Dominique Troyes, and Bamba Forzani Ndiaye Directed by Héléne Cattet and Bruno Forzani Premiering here at Fantastic Fest in… Continue Reading


Maus (Fantastic Fest): Survival Horror Gets Deeply Political

Starring Alma Terzic, August Wittgenstein, Aleksander Seksan, Sanin Milavic Directed by Yayo Herrero At its core, Maus is a horror story that we’ve all heard of and seen before. Two people get stranded in the middle of a forest and… Continue Reading


Vampire Clay Fantastic Fest Review: This Is One Bonkers Japanese Body Horror Flick

Starring Ena Fujita, Asuka Kurosawa, Yuyu Makihara, Ryo Shinoda Directed by Soichi Umezawa The debut feature of Soichi Umezawa, who created the “Y is for Youth” segment of The ABCs of Death 2, Vampire Clay is a body horror film… Continue Reading


Thelma Fantastic Fest Review: Horror Viewed Through a Lens of Poetry

Starring Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen Directed by Joachim Trier Defining horror can sometimes be a very tricky business. We all know of movies like Seven, The Silence of the Lambs, The Witch, and other titles… Continue Reading