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    “CITY OF LUST” (Movie Review)

    The indie thriller CITY OF LUST was shot under the title YELLOW; you know, “Giallo” in Italian. Obviously that titular nod should spell out exactly what kind of films were going through writer/director David A. Holcombe’s head when he began sculpting this stylish, sensual and amusing sex-stained psychodrama. A deliberate quote on some of the early 1970s, non-Argento (think more Martino) murder mysteries that overflowed from Italy like a cauldron of spaghetti, CITY OF LUST is bereft of budget but high on energy and imagination, and is absolutely worth a look.

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    “THE STRAIN” (Pilot Review)

    Part fantasy, part medical horror and part vampire odyssey, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s THE STRAIN was always going to be a complicated adaptation. Considering Hogan and del Toro are both executive producers on the series however, there was a confidence from horror fans that the series would at least be faithful to its source material. And it was. Despite inspired visuals, impressive performances and high ambition, THE STRAIN’s faithfulness and tonal inconsistencies may be the biggest obstacle keeping it from being the next truly great horror show.

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    “THE TWILIGHT ZONE: ESSENTIAL EPISODES” (DVD Review)

    As we’ve articulated many times on this site and in the pages of FANGORIA magazine, we adore THE TWILIGHT ZONE. And really, what right-minded scholar of horror and dark fantasy doesn’t? This writer has often said, with conviction, that Rod Serling’s immortal and groundbreaking television series can be appreciated much like sex from a teenage boy’s point of view: even bad TZ episodes are awesome and welcome TZ episodes.

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    “DEVIL’S KNOT” (DVD Review)

    The case of the West Memphis Three, the trio of Arkansas boys falsely accused and convicted of the murder of three little boys over 20 years ago, has been discussed, debated and chronicled in exhaustive detail in four masterful documentaries. Though free men now (sort of), theirs is a true tragedy and one of the most revolting miscarriages of justice in American history.

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    “TROPHY HEADS” (Web Series Review)

    In a quest to position Full Moon Streaming as a kind of underground, B-Movie version of Netflix, famed producer and filmmaker Charles Band has taken the next logical step: creating fresh episodic content exclusive to the online channel, namely a gruesome new show called TROPHY HEADS.

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    “RESURRECTION: Season One” (DVD Review)

    Robin Campillo’s 2004 French horror film LES REVENANTS (anglicized as THEY CAME BACK) is a confounding, beautiful picture. A sort of anti-zombie film in which inexplicably, dressed all in white, the dead return to a small French town en masse and are reunited with their disoriented families. It’s a slow, sad and moody film that never goes for cheap scares and instead builds tension by suggesting that the dead are connected somehow and their motives are not entirely virtuous.

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    “THE DANCE OF REALITY” (Film Review)

    Experiencing a new film from a great, veteran filmmaker is always one of wariness and excitement, especially when you devote the time to see their work in the theater among equally nervous fans. Even understanding that the greater experience of filmmaking often makes master cinematic storytellers into bitter and passionless journeymen, every cinephile turns to their inner skeptic that hopes for another riveting return to form. And when it comes to genre movies, these filmmakers are all the more volatile considering just how important imagination is to the construct of horrific or fantastical cinema.

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    “MARIANNE” (Movie Review)

    The original posters for MARIANNE, the debut feature by Swedish writer/director/producer Filip Tegstedt (see one below), are redolent of classic ’80s VHS covers, and suggest a project born of nostalgia for the shriekers of that era. Instead, the movie, now available on VOD, harks back to an earlier tradition of quiet supernatural dramas.

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