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  • “SONNY BOY” (Blu-ray Review)

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    While there are plenty of films who turn to their lesser aspects in an attempt to wrangle the title of “cult film,” there are select others who earn it simply through existence. Robert Martin Carroll’s SONNY BOY is firmly, undeniably in the latter category as an absolute masterpiece of weird, unhinged filmmaking at its most soulful. An aesthetic mix between David Lynch, John Waters and Terrence Malick, SONNY BOY is an essential film for those who love the bizarre, surreal and trashy cinema, and Scream Factory has done the world a kindness by bringing it to a new generation on Blu-ray.

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 2” (TV Review)

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    When THE X-FILES was announced to return for a six-episode revival in early 2015, fans didn’t quite know what those six episodes would entail. Due to the limited number of installments, some automatically assumed the reboot would be akin to a mini-series with one storyline that would warrant the return of Mulder and Scully. Yet in the reboot’s second episode, entitled “Founder’s Mutation,” fans learned that wouldn’t necessarily be the case, even though the episode did present pertinent information about our heroes. Rather, the “monster of the week” framework would return this week after the mythology-building first episode, offering a nostalgic return-to-form whilst continuing the revival series’ noted mean-streak.

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  • “JACK’S BACK” (Blu-ray Review)

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    At face value, JACK’S BACK has all the trademarks of an ’80s horror/thriller: a charming lead, supernaturally-connected twins, prostitute murder and a melodramatic rock ballad kicking off both credit sequences. Hell, even the stylistic flourishes from director Rowdy Herrington (of ROAD HOUSE fame) are unmistakably representative of the era and genre. However, in spite of those timely details, JACK’S BACK is a bit more effective than it’s unassuming reputation may hold, taking advantage of its L.A. setting, high-concept narrative and solid ensemble, lead by an excellent James Spader in a rare dual role.

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  • “31” (Sundance Movie Review)

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    If one were to just compare Rob Zombie’s 31, a world premiere at the current Sundance Film Festival, to other films in the “grindhouse” genre, there is no doubt it would hold its own. It is violent and campy, with the requisite sex, blood, profanity and gore. But ultimately, it feels rushed and leaves one with the sense of an unfinished idea.

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  • “THE X-FILES: Season 10, Episode 1” (TV Review)

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    During the nine-season original run of THE X-FILES, much could be said about the men behind the curtain, but more often than not, there was a seeming benign nature to them. As monsters and extraterrestrials would encounter Mulder, Scully and Co. week after week, the casualties of the investigations often were rarely targeted; rather, they were often innocent victims via chance encounters or government agents whose lives were cost via incompetence. Yet now, in this six-episode mini-series events, THE X-FILES asserts a different perspective on the puppet masters, and one that is much more misanthropic than ever before. And while few could have guessed that THE X-FILES would return with a mean-streak, fewer can deny that it works for the show, raising the stakes for our heroes while reminding the audience that in this limited run, the truth is closer than ever before… and those who discover it are not safe.

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  • “THE GUARDIAN” (Blu-ray Review)

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    Although William Friedkin’s relationship to suspenseful and intense storytelling goes far beyond the horror genre, many of his strictly genre titles tend to be overshadowed by the macabre masterpiece that is THE EXORCIST. For the most part, that tends to be a real shame considering some of the truly transgressive, insane and unique properties William Friedkin has directed within the horror genre. And firmly within that camp would be Friedkin’s 1990 effort THE GUARDIAN, a bloody and erotic tale mixture of domestic horror and supernatural madness that shows brilliant craftsmanship paired with a reckless abandonment of logic.

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  • The Year in Horror, 2015: Fantasia’s Small Gauge Trauma Shorts

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    As we continue to look back at the year recently concluded, attention must be paid to the short films that made their way around the fest circuit. And there’s no better sampler than a look at those minimovies that played in the Small Gauge Trauma lineup at last summer’s Fantasia festival in Montreal, many of them making world or international premieres.

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