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  • “ANGST” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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    We are gathered here today to celebrate an event that is difficult to truly “celebrate” in any jovial sense. Widely unreleased or banned since its debut, ANGST is the one and only film from director/co-writer Gerald Kargl, and has long been one of the most sought-after flicks on the bootleg circuit.

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  • TIFF Q&A: Director Bruce McDonald talks “HELLIONS”

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    After taking break from the genre after 2008’s cult classic PONTYPOOL, Bruce McDonald has returned to horror with his new Halloween themed feature HELLIONS and this writer couldn’t be more excited to check it out when it premieres at TIFF later this week. The film stars Chloe Rose (DARKNET), Rossif Sutherland (DEAD BEFORE DAWN) and fan favorite Robert Patrick in a tale written by Pascal Trottier.  The official synopsis states “A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door”. We visited Bruce on set on a chilly fall day way back in 2013 to learn more about the project…

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  • “THE HIVE” (Film Review)

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    THE HIVE is a bit of a difficult film to review, at least for this writer. Not because it’s a difficult movie to understand- which it’s not- nor is it because it’s bad- which it’s definitely not. In fact, THE HIVE is, for the most part, an excellent film, and the kind horror audiences should be embracing considering that it’s an original, R-rated contagion movie that has some genuinely interesting and scary concepts at play. But the reason THE HIVE is difficult to review is because the film treads very lightly with its originality, as the film gets concerningly close to many of its very apparent influences.

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  • Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse Haunted Attraction Adds “TRICK ‘R TREAT”, “KRAMPUS” Haunts!

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    Outside of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, there’s few places that fright fans can go to find officially licensed haunts based on their favorite cinematic properties. In fact, most haunted attractions have to put their legally safe spins on our favorite horror icons, like “hockey mask killer” or “creepy burn knife man”, and one can’t necessarily blame them considering how competitive the haunt game can be. However, Pittsburgh, PA’s ScareHouse has gone above and beyond the call to action by partnering with mega-production house Legendary to bring two of Michael Dougherty’s petrifying properties to their interactive attractions: KRAMPUS and TRICK ‘R TREAT!

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  • “AQUARIUS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON” (Blu-ray Review)

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    When AQUARIUS debuted earlier this year, positing itself as a genre-friendly lead-in to HANNIBAL’s third season, this writer took a shine to the show. It wasn’t the greatest procedural on television, but the characters were interesting, the writing went into curious directions and the Manson element brought a sense of perpetual horror to the show. But nevertheless, there always felt something off about AQUARIUS upon broadcast, almost as if the show was struggling to find its voice even though there appeared to be a great amount of creative freedom on display. However, upon revisiting the show on Blu-ray, where every episode is now offered in extended, unrated editions, and suddenly, it’s almost like watching an entirely new show, as AQUARIUS is clearly a premium cable show stuck in the format of a broadcast network program.

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  • “HIGH-RISE” (TIFF Film Review)

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    Through his work in films like KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS, and A FIELD IN ENGLAND, director Ben Wheatley has established himself as a twisted cinematic force. Armed with a distinctly cynical outlook, a dark wit, and a knack for unexpectedly graphic gut-punches, Wheatley delivers comedies and dramas that have the visceral shock impact of horror. Thus far, Wheatley has typically played in the realist realm that earned him comparisons to the likes of Mike Leigh (only with a blood-soaked streak); however, his latest feature is a different beast entirely. Based on a novel by CRASH’s J.G. Ballard, HIGH-RISE unfolds like a cinematic nightmare. It’s a deliberately alienating experience designed to thrust audiences into a nastily satirical vision of society and leave them in a state of disturbed awe.

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