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    “HOUSEBOUND” (SXSW Movie Review)

    Is the New Zealand horror-comedy back? At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire mock doc WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS was one of the strongest in the lineup. Little over a month later, Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND world premieres at SXSW and is almost immediately the surprise of the slate. Both pit the gothic and the modern against each other, and while SHADOWS is a purely silly and unrelentingly hilarious work, HOUSEBOUND manages to balance consistent, fantastic comedy with a properly eerie mystery and what should be a star-making turn from lead Morgana O’Reilly.

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    “AMONG THE LIVING” (SXSW Movie Review)

    The fantastic films of French filmmaking pair Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury are entirely informed by horror cinema. That sentiment and interest in homage is, of course, no stranger to the genre, but coming from the duo who debuted with something like INSIDE, it’s both more sophisticated and more punishing than one might expect from a simple tip of the hat. Within three varied films, the two boast their own singular style, one concerned with stunning aesthetic, disturbing family yarns, specific subgenres and the magic of film, be it something beautiful or utterly horrifying; be it something both.

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    Win tickets to a special “SMOTHERED” screening in NC with Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley et al.!

    Slasher stars get slain in SMOTHERED, a new horror/comedy that flips the script on fright-film standards and features a passel of popular genre stars. It’s having its premiere screening at North Carolina’s Mad Monster Party convention next weekend, and we’ve got free tickets to give away!

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    “BATTLE OF THE DAMNED” (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

    I’m sure I’m not the only horror fan who has begun to groan at the sight of the phrase “zombie apocalypse.” Since THE WALKING DEAD completed its gradual climb to media domination, it appears that every filmmaker under the sun has added zombies to their portfolio, and as a result, below-average undead offerings have littered DVD shelves week after week. However, for that very reason, when this writer discovers a secret success hidden amongst the crowd of disappointment, that’s all the more reason to celebrate, and even encourage those who break the mold of Z-grade direct-to-video horror.

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  • Twisted Terror Con is Coming to Sacramento

    The Twisted Terror is aiming to bring genre together in Sacramento like never before this month. There is an impressive guest list for the inaugural show celebrating not just current horror faves, but also our heroes from the past. You’ll be able to see Gil Gerard and Erin Gray from BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, as well as Kevin Tenney, the director of 80s classics WITCHBOARD and NIGHT OF THE DEMONS.

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