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    “THE UNWANTED” (DVD Review)

    Writer/director Bret Wood’s moody microbudget melodrama THE UNWANTED (out now on Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber) has been met with general critical indifference since its release. Too glacial in its pacing, too light on hard sex and violence for many horror movie hounds and too modestly financed to thrill those looking for a glossy arthouse piece, THE UNWANTED is certainly an anomaly and doesn’t fit comfortably anywhere, really. That, of course, is part of its fascination; it’s a film that goes against convention and has a strange power that is hard to shake.

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    Make Your Videos “SINISTER” With Sequel Site/App

    With the film a little less than a month from hitting theaters, SINISTER 2 is now in the thick of its promotional campaign, having previously roused up scares at San Diego Comic Con and TV spots all of the network landscape. However, SINISTER 2 now wants to bring your own memories into the realm of Bughuul, unveiling a site and application where horror hounds can upload their own SINISTER sightings.

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    “COP CAR” (Fantasia Movie Review)

    COP CAR, in which two preteen boys steal a cruiser from a sheriff who’s very, very anxious to get it back, is not the kind of movie you’d get from a studio taking on this premise (shenanigans ensue!), nor is it a ruthless, transgressive indie nightmare (THE HITCHER with kids!). Rather, it derives its tension from the matter-of-fact way it plays out the story’s inevitable developments.

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    Astron-6’s “THE EDITOR” Gets DVD/Blu Details, New Trailer

    For those paying attention to the renaissance of old school horror that has been coming out of Canada as of late, then one might hope that you’re familiar with filmmaking collective Astron-6. Taking cues from low-budget, high-concept horror of yesteryear but to extremes that even their most modern contemporaries might refuse, the crew has amassed an ardent following in their particular brand of horror comedy. And now, Astron-6 is almost ready to unleash one of their most wicked chapters to date, as the collective skewers giallo and Eurohorror with their upcoming Scream Factory release THE EDITOR, which now sports a brand-new trailer.

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    Mile High Horror Film Festival ’15: 90th Anniversary “PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” Screening, Chaney Tribute Announced!

    While this year’s Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado was a truly transformative experience for this writer, SFF isn’t the only game in town for Denver-area fright fans, as this year’s Mile High Horror Film Festival is just around the corner. Promising to bring a decadent dose of horror to Colorado just in time for Halloween, this year’s MHHFF is putting together some excellent programming, and revealed today that a cornerstone of the festival will be the 90th Anniversary screening of Rupert Julian’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA alongside a tribute to the Chaney family!

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    Event Report: The 16th Annual Tromadance Film Festival!

    It’s a hot, humid Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, NY, with a surprising amount of available street parking as this writer made his way towards the 16th Annual Tromadance Film Festival. The free event, celebrating its second year at The Paper Box in the heart of Brooklyn’s industrial district, has gone from schlock-centric self-promotion to a legitimate film festival in its own right, especially considering the top notch line-up of features this year. And despite lacking the glitz and glamour of other film festivals, Tromadance thrives on the independent spirit, gracious venues and enthusiastic fans that showed up in force.

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    Stream to Scream: “MURDER PARTY”

    If one were to look at Jeremy Saulnier’s contemplative revenge opus BLUE RUIN or his upcoming punks-vs-skins siege flick GREEN ROOM, you might be hard pressed to believe that his freshman outing as a filmmaking was something much more rooted in horror comedy territory. But this is most definitely the case when it comes to 2007’s MURDER PARTY, a bloody and bizarre horror story with a script that is as sharp as the murderous tools within it. And while the humor is quite often dry and pitch black, Saulnier’s directorial debut is nonetheless a hilarious skewering of pretentious modern art culture taken to extremes, and the character work on display here laid the groundwork for BLUE RUIN and beyond.

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