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  • “PENNY DREADFUL: Season 3, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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    In the history of PENNY DREADFUL, the series has often drawn praise from viewers and critics alike for embracing Gothic Horror storytelling. The show’s narrative often required as much patience as it did violence, and organically fleshed out its character relationships in a way that would drive these literary horror icons together. Yet for the third season of the series, the show’s approach takes a certain and noticeable stylistic shift that somewhat disregards its Gothic beginnings for a full-on golden age cinema revival, complete with a train robbery, more action-driven set pieces and less rumination on life-and-death.

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  • “THE STUFF” (Blu-ray Review)

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    It’s not entirely unimaginable that a college student could write a brilliant paper about THE STUFF for any number of elective courses necessary to earn a Communications degree. Sociology, advertising… But for all the very real American problems writer/director Larry Cohen addresses in the 1985 film—as he had done before and would continue to do afterward—the fact is that the man essentially made a truly fantastic hoot.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 5 & 6” (TV Review)

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    Let me start by saying Episode five of BATES MOTEL’s stellar fourth season has some of the best Norma one-liners we have heard in a long time. As Romero and she try to put the house back together after a break-in, Norma is trying to rationalize why she would be a target of such destructive vandalism. In classic Norma fashion, she says “What the hell, Alex? I have been so good. I’ve totally kept to myself, all I have been thinking about is Norman and getting him better, I’ve been busy marrying you. I haven’t had time to piss anyone off.”

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  • “DANGEROUS MEN” (Blu-ray Review)

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    In many ways, the Alamo Drafthouse brand has become a safe harbor for the odd, obscure and altogether ostracized film. While the Drafthouse Films distribution model has offered high-class art film, transgressive foreign fare and excursions into the absurd, Drafthouse locations around the country have hosted unique repertory screenings of classic and cult titles that can’t be found at your local multiplex. Yet nothing quite compares to how Drafthouse has help reinvigorate the “midnight movie” model, and by reintroducing films like MIAMI CONNECTION, ROAR and DANGEROUS MEN to the world, Drafthouse has helped cement a new legacy for insane and incompetently-made cinema otherwise lost in time.

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  • “SCHRAMM” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Expertly designed to cause discomfort, 1993’s SCHRAMM was the final feature-length film by notorious taboo-shatterer Jörg Buttgereit—a polite yet ferocious German director you may have read about here, as Cult Epics has been releasing one Blu-ray after another documenting his feared and revered career.

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  • “BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR” (Blu-ray Review)

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    It’s a damn shame that BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR doesn’t quite get the same respect as its predecessor. While the film doesn’t quite have the same pacing or script strength as RE-ANIMATOR as well as some other key elements (Barbara Crampton is dearly missed), the film is way better than its reputation would allow, which is even more impressive considering it’s Brian Yuzna’s sophomore directorial outing. And with some truly fantastic FX set pieces, solid horror comedy and a stellar cast at their behest, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR is the kind of underrated sequel that deserves to be found again… and luckily, thanks to Arrow Video, horrorheads will have the opportunity to do so in its best home video release to date.

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  • “HARDCORE HENRY” (Movie Review)

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    HARDCORE HENRY was originally called just HARDCORE, the title change presumably effected lest anyone mistake it for pornography. Yet that association is entirely appropriate; the movie is a soulless, pointless glorification of the taking of human life, to the point where it makes you wonder why you ever enjoyed violent movies.

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  • “THE HALLOW” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Back when this writer first experienced Corin Hardy’s THE HALLOW at the sorely-missed Stanley Film Festival, I felt as if I was in the midst of seeing a striking, master-class genre filmmaker on the rise. The careful twist on genre tropes, the engaging visual style, the inclusion of Irish mythology and the undeniably phenomenal marriage of practical and digital effects all pointed to one of the most promising feature debuts in recent memory, reminiscent of such contemporary horror masters Guillermo del Toro and Neil Marshall. Yet while the film picked up critical acclaim in its limited release via IFC Midnight last year, this writer hopes that Scream Factory’s new impressive new Blu-ray release will give horrorheads the monstrous goodness in stunning 1080p High Definition.

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