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  • “ZOMBIE HIGH” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The one thing this writer will always give to specialty distributor Scream Factory is that they have an inherent penchant for finding the most odd and obscure cult titles from throughout horror history. Whether it’s the weird and wild BLOOD AND LACE or the effortlessly bizarre DEADLY EYES, Scream Factory has given fans of vintage viscera no matter how underrated or lowly in the horror pantheon. Yet few Scream Factory releases are as strange as a whole as ZOMBIE HIGH, a horror comedy that’s as conceptually confused as it is fascinating as both entertainment and as a launchpad for many of today’s top hollywood talents.

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  • “NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER” (TV Pilot Review)

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    As a fan of the twisted, often transgressive programs on Adult Swim, it’s quite amusing to see the shades of horror that pop up throughout their programming. From ultra-violent fare like EAGLEHEART and METALOCALYPSE to surreal, pitch black comedies such as TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! and GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, Adult Swim has never been shy about allowing their series to weave in and out of genre territory. However, with NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER, Adult Swim, in an unholy allegiance with WONDER SHOWZEN’s PFFR, explicitly embrace their monstrous side, although with their humor clearly ahead of their horror.

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  • “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: SEASON THREE” (Audio Review)

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    It’s been two years since TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE clawed its way into the ears of fright fans, with select live outings to satiate the interested while Season Three of the radio play series was in development. However, luckily for purveyors of audio horror, the wait was not in vain, as the months of development have led to TALES strongest season to date, providing bold, wickedly entertaining stories that stir up one’s imagination with mischievous glee. And furthermore, with an assembly of terrific performers and storytellers by their side, there’s an inherently unique air about this season of TALES that certainly separates it from season’s past, offering a structural and tonal continuity that impressively feels much more carefully curated than previous iterations.

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  • “THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The extraordinary lives of objects, of doll babies and of medical tools are presented in this assemblage of works by the famed Quay Brothers, transferred to high-definition in the first time. Over four hours of material—including 12 stop-motion animated films and five commentary tracks—create a sublime experience of intense imagery and sound.

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  • NYC Horror Film Fest Review: “ALL I NEED”

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    When a film decides to employ a big twist in its third-act, the film by proxy makes it more difficult for the content of the first two acts to stand on their own merit. Like it or not, that twist will polarize most viewers depending on how receptive to the twist they are, if they understand the twist, or if they saw the twist coming at all. And while the bold twist that ALL I NEED takes in its third act with the subtle drop of a name and philosophy is certainly unpredictable, it’s recontextualizing of the action that came before it makes it perhaps more problematic than one might like.

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  • “SOUTH OF HELL” (TV Pilot Review)

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    The exorcism subgenre has always been one of horror’s most trickiest to navigate, considering the bar was set so high so early in the genre’s inception. Hell, there’s rarely- if ever- been a film about exorcism that hasn’t referenced, homaged or been influenced THE EXORCIST, and for good reason. However, while there is an obvious EXORCIST influence flowing throughout SOUTH OF HELL, the series’ does twist all the familiarities of demonic possession to do something a bit different, even if the pilot does substitute substance for world-building.

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  • “BLOOD FEUD #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    No one can tell a southern ghost story quite like Cullen Bunn. Author of such down-home tales as Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY and Oni Press’s THE SIXTH GUN (as well as a very impressive resume with Marvel and DC), Bunn has been spinning scary yarns for most of his career. So it’s no surprise that when Oni Press was offered a WEIRD TALES version of the classic vampire story by Mr. Bunn, they jumped at the chance. What emerged was BLOOD FEUD, a story of monsters, good ol’ boys, and a centuries old family feud that threatens to take over an entire time. Currently on its second issue, the BLOOD FEUD continues onto a fateful showdown between man and beast.

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  • NYC Horror Film Festival Review: “III”

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    Right from the get-go, Pavel Khvaleev’s III is a film uninterested in presenting a straightforward narrative, instead opting for a gothic, surreal puzzle that blends fantasy and reality with a mind towards the bigger picture. In fact, as a whole, III is the kind of film that makes bold choices in almost every regard: plot points, cinematography, FX and subject matter all present something a bit more in the vein of risky, stark art house fare as opposed to what genre fans may expect. And while there is something refreshing about that attitude, especially considering how gorgeous the film’s fantastical elements can be thanks to these gambles, there is also an overall lack of life in the quixotic, polarizing narrative of III.

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  • “TROLL” / “TROLL 2” Double Feature (Blu-ray Review)

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    When it comes to the various scare fare fright fans subject themselves on a regular basis, there are only about three different categories these films can fall into. The first would be “good”, which would describe well-crafted, entertaining stories that can be a masterpiece at its best or, at the very least, fairly decent. The second would be “bad”, as in poorly-written and clumsily executed that can range from dull, lifeless dreck to the promising yet criminally flawed. The last would likely be “the weird”, comprised of the fantastical, bonkers, illogical, surreal or off-beat which is objectively not for everyone but could subjectively be some viewer’s favorite films. And it’s firmly in the latter category that Scream Factory’s Blu-ray double feature of TROLL and TROLL 2 exist, offering two movies that, while not necessarily the cream of the crop, are far too insane and imaginative to disregard.

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