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  • “FISTFUL OF BLOOD #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    FISTFUL OF BLOOD is exactly the type of comic you would imagine would first find its audience in the pages of Heavy Metal: Blood, vampires, zombies and a thong-clad, gun-toting woman in the middle of a desert town that may or may not be post-apocalyptic. Even the genre is ambiguously Heavy Metal, a mix of western/horror/maybe sex, sets the tone for what is perhaps, the most over the top, yet, fun read on the market right now.  Definitely a mature audience title, FISTFUL OF BLOOD pulls a no punches homage to Clint Eastwood’s FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, and, despite some creative choices, does an impressive job of keeping true to the original work.

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  • “THE LARRY FESSENDEN COLLECTION” (Blu-ray Review)

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    What defines a “Master of Horror” among the fright filmmakers past and present? Is it the prolific nature of the filmmaker, having had years and years of terror title under their belts? Is it the strength of the films they make, even if they work only once in a blue moon? Or is it the originality of the filmmaker, offering something completely unique and different with each passing title that can’t be seen quite anywhere else?

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  • “TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: DEMON KNIGHT” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Even though TALES FROM THE CRYPT took pop culture by storm when it debuted at the tail end of the ’80s, it’s a damn shame that the first film under the series’ banner, DEMON KNIGHT, isn’t considered to be more of a genre classic. With one of the strongest ensemble casts in horror history, an imaginative script and brilliant practical effects work from Todd Masters, Ernest Dickerson’s first foray into fright filmmaking is an undeniably fun and impressive effort on all accounts. And yet, DEMON KNIGHT never quite carries the same weight as contemporary classics such as TRICK ‘R TREAT, NIGHTBREED and PUMPKINHEAD, although hopefully that reputation will turn around with the film’s incredible new Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

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  • “ASH VS. EVIL DEAD: Season 1, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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    When watching the pilot episode of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, one can’t help but feel that this entry into the franchise is truly a culmination of all that came before it. Whether it be the hallucinatory, slow-burn dread of the original film, the over-the-top gore and demonic possession of EVIL DEAD II, the slapstick/one-liner friendly humor of ARMY OF DARKNESS or the gut-wrenching viscera of the 2013 reboot, ASH VS. EVIL DEAD is a carefully crafted mixing pot of any and everything an EVIL DEAD fan could want from Ash’s grand return. But even beyond the carnage on display, the reason why ASH VS. EVIL DEAD evokes such a potent sense of nostalgia is that Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert are still finding new ways to have fun and fright in a universe with 30 years of familiarity behind it.

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  • “CRIMSON PEAK” (Movie Review)

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    Early in CRIMSON PEAK, Mia Wasikowska’s aspiring writer describes her first attempt at a novel by saying that it’s “not a ghost story, it’s a story with ghosts in it.” That idea is key to enjoying Guillermo del Toro’s latest, a lush, lavish masterpiece of Gothic atmosphere whose story pays homage to classic old-dark-house and romantic thrillers.

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  • “TRICK ‘R TREAT: DAYS OF THE DEAD” (Comic Book Review)

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    When TRICK ‘R TREAT first hit the movie market, the film didn’t exactly get a chance to turn a lot of heads. A direct-to-video run after a two year delay almost knocked the film into obscurity but thanks to strong reviews and a legion of dedicated horror fans, TRICK ‘R TREAT has now become a cult favorite. The anthology movie is anchored by a sack-wearing figure named Sam, who often ties together each of the seemingly unconnected short stories all occurring on one bizarre night on Halloween. From werewolves to the undead to serial killers, the movie tapped into all the deep dark fears of the when the sun goes down on the most spookiest of days and, with its folklore-ish vibe, created a great movie out of a classic subject.

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  • “GOOSEBUMPS” (Movie Review)

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    The opening logos on GOOSEBUMPS include not only the expected Sony and Columbia Pictures, but also Sony Pictures Animation. While this portends an excessive amount of CGI to follow, the filmmakers have at least made a run at hitching their wagon to their actors—at least until an excessive amount of digital FX does follow. So much so that one of the freakish creatures pictured on the poster/ad art can barely be glimpsed in the finished movie, where he (it?) is relegated to massing-monster crowd scenes.

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  • “THE MIND’S EYE” (Movie Review)

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    If SCANNERS came out today, what would we make of it? Luckily, we don’t have to ask ourselves this question with THE MIND’S EYE exploding across the festival scene (including Austin, TX’s Fantastic Fest). Informed as much by the 1994 spinoff SCANNER COP as by the iconic headbusting classic itself, THE MIND’S EYE takes the whole franchise and channels it into a bad-ass midnight movie that wears its love of David Cronenberg right on its sleeve.

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  • “MORITURIS” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

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    Crucifixion. Death by millstone grinding. Men outfitted in rotting animal hides and thrown to wild dogs. Evening garden parties lit by burning, accelerant-soaked Christians hanging from trees. Damnatio ad bestias (“condemnation to beasts”) as public entertainment in the amphitheaters. Sawing of live upside-down human beings from crotch to skull. Julian of Antioch publicly humiliated and beaten every day for a full year before being sewed up, as Wikipedia notes, “in a sack half-filled with scorpions, sand, and vipers, and cast into the sea.”

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  • “NIGHT FARE” (Mile High Horror Film Review)

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    To call NIGHT FARE a weird entry into the horror genre is one hell of an understatement. It’s an incredibly well-crafted and exceptionally thrilling film that, at times, shows shades of JOY RIDE, THE HITCHER and THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN into the mix. However, it’s also a bit of a tonal rollercoaster, and while the entire experience is a damn fun time, some of the sharp turns on display are flat-out bewildering. While a lesser filmmaker would likely make those choices in a disjointed or erratic fashion, director Julien Seri works some unabashed midnight movie magic to make NIGHT FARE work as a strange, sinister new import you’ll have to see to believe.

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  • “THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE” (Mile High Horror Film Review)

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    There’s a certain skill in creating a psychological horror film that feels ultimately human. While it was Norman Bates who reminded us that “We all go a little mad sometimes,” to tap into innately human fears that the average person can relate to is a difficult task, especially when so many filmmakers go for the explicitly surreal to heighten their scares. Yet it is the humanity of THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE that makes it so absolutely unnerving, playing up the everyday life of the characters and their unassuming normality before twisting the perspective into something much scarier.

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  • “MEDUSA” (Movie Review)

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    Mythology professor Jack Peruci is struggling to convince the academic powers that be to continue funding his unorthodox research when he serendipitously connects with a colorful witch doctor who sells him an ancient artifact—an ornate mirror that just so happens to contain the spirit of the famed gorgon Medusa.

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