Hillbilly Elegy (2020)Based on the J.D. Vance best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy is, at its essence, the simple story of a man trying to find himself amongst the clutter and distraction of family dysfunction. But on an even broader – and more important – level, it attempts to depict a family’s difficult ...

FreakyWhile watching Freaky, the new horror from the guy who brought us the Happy Death Day movies, the lyrics to a Smashing Pumpkins song kept running through my head. You know, the one that goes "the killer in me is the killer in you?" That’s most likely because in Freaky, the bodies of a teenage girl  ...

Playhouse

Legends live again! With a focus on unsettling locations and strong production values, Playhouse arrives to do all sorts of unspeakable horror upon its audience.  It is primarily concerned with an author who digs up the past for profit ...

CicadaGriffith Park.  2001.  That’s when and where Cicada, the new horror/comedy from writer/director David Willis, takes place.  What follows is yet another win for Wild Eye Releasing and horror/comedy hybrids everywhere as giant insects take flight over Los Angeles and start wrecking ...

DerelictsIt was only a matter of time before Thanksgiving got ruined, too, by the Horrid Hounds of Horror who put films together.  This time, though, it isn’t by a random knifing.  Nor is it from some shady stalkery from a Babysitter Killer who roams the neighborhood in a Kirk mask. No, this chiller  ...

Let Him Go (2020)Whether it’s Shelley Winters literally sponge-bathing her sons with motherly attention in Roger Corman’s Bloody Mama, or Jackie Weaver’s “Smurf” gleefully reminding her sons of all the bad things they’ve done in 2010’s Animal Kingdom, there’s just something ghoulishly alluring about ...

All Joking AsideThe first time is always the hardest.  That’s what everyone says, isn’t it?  And it is true, especially when you are staring into the void of darkness on a stage and all you hear is a lone voice telling you to go someplace else ...

The RetreatWith long and often stirring shots of the mountainous wild, The Retreat - now available to stream thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment - scores BIG with the terror as something waits out in the darkness.  We are warned early.  We are chilled by the cold.  Even the art on the wall sends shivers  ...

Sasquatch Among the Wildmen

Sasquatch Among The Wildmen is a true story.  Get that through your thick head first, dear readers.   That’s right, filmmaker Darcy Weir dares to begin his documentary about Sasquatch with a disclaimer that - surprising none - states that, yes, this film is all about TRUE encounters ...

Marital ProblemsThat well-worn independent vibe is flowing all throughout director Dia Taylor’s Marital Problems.  From the opening seconds when a fist knocks upon a “Do Not Knock” sticker, viewers know that, without a doubt, they are in for an endlessly charming ride through hangovers and heartaches.  Truthfully, the film ...

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