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  • “BITE” (Film Review)

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    Since the heydey of body horror in the late ‘80s/ early ‘90s, the gruesome subgenre has resurfaced sporadically in recent times. As CGI becomes less of an industry standard among the low-budget horror realm, horror titles such as AMERICAN MARY, TUSK, and ANTIVIRAL have taken advantage of the power of practical FX work when applied to malevolent body modification. Yet while many of these films rely on surgery-gone-mad or flesh rotting away to the elements, few modern body horror offerings go truly beyond the pale for their main mutation. However, if Chad Archibald’s BITE is any indication, that tide could be turning in favor of the bold and ambitious side of the subgenre.

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  • “BATES MOTEL: Season 4, Episode 7” (TV Review)

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    There was something unique about last week’s episode of BATES MOTEL, entitled “There’s No Place Like Home” after the mantra repeated by Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ to help her come back to reality. Directed by Nestor Carbonell (who plays Sheriff Romero on the series), “There’s No Place Like Home” offers an interesting dynamic and perspective, especially considering Carbonell is someone who has crafted a vital character on the show. Nestor’s vision is absolutely stunning, and this episode, much like Romero himself at times, has a very sweet tone to it.

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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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