In an age of torrents, gossipy websites and photo hacks, what has become of hero worship? This is a question Nacho Vigolando ponders with his new film OPEN WINDOWS. Though truthfully, he should have pondered it a bit longer. The … Continue reading OPEN WINDOWS, or: Where Curiosity Ends and Victimization Begins
What is the most disturbing horror film you’ve ever seen? That was the question that was leveled at a group o critics and filmmakers on a recent episode of THE SPOILER ROOM. Mark “the MovieMan” Krawczyk gathered a massive group of … Continue reading The Most Disturbing Horror Films Ever Made?
Episode 6 of MOVIOCRITY is here and man, is it ever a wacky one. The focus on this episode is the 1982 haunted house flick, SUPERSTITION (a.k.a. THE WITCH). In this film, an evil witch is killed by an … Continue reading MOVIOCRITY Episode 6 – SUPERSTITION
There used to be some sense of pride and accomplishment when it came to marketing your film. The poster or cover art used to be a key element that drew people in. In this age of digital downloads and mass … Continue reading MASTERSTROKES AND PHOTOFAILS: The Best and Worst Release Art – Week 1
Have you noticed that the people you used to depend on can’t be depended on anymore? I’m not talking about people who have made a few bad films, I’m talking about something much more serious. In this episode of Moviocrity, … Continue reading MOVIOCRITY: Episode 5 – Have These People Stopped Trying?
Johnny Depp once made a western about a man who was in a sense a walking ghost, a man on a quest for his ultimate destiny, as guided by a loyal Native American companion. The year was 1995 and the film was Jim Jarmusch’s DEAD MAN. It was a brilliant and unconventional film, one that probably wouldn’t appeal to the masses. Nevertheless, I found the film to be alternately thought-provoking, beautiful and funny. That was when Johnny Depp made good movies. Now, once again Johnny Depp has made a western about a man who is in a sense of … Continue reading THE LONE RANGER Stumbles Between Cynicism and Buffoonery
Consider me a convert to the cult of Victor Crowley and a proud supporter of the Hatchet Army. About six years ago, Adam Green’s HATCHET was released. It may have just been a passing curiosity to mainstream filmgoers. But to a die-hard horror fan like myself, it peaked my interest. This was a time when most of the horror films being released to theaters were severely lacking in creativity (not that we’re necessarily in a golden age now). And HATCHET’s poster stated bluntly, “It’s not a remake. It’s not a sequel. And it’s not based on a Japanese one.” … Continue reading Review – The HATCHET Trilogy
People are always looking for the next thing. As the elder Masters of Horror have already advanced to legendary status (and yet still can’t seem to get their films in production), the focus recently shifted to the next generation. To this end, Herner Klenthur of the website Horror-Movies.ca solicited suggestions on Facebook, asking what should make up a list of the new Masters of Horror. The writer took suggestions and published the results. The list was a mix of established named (Eli Roth, Rob Zombie), rising stars (Ti West, Adam Green, Pascal Laugier) and some controversial choices (Steven Miller). But no controversy was as … Continue reading Review – AMERICAN MARY (2013)
Moviocrity takes a trip to the Asylum for our fourth episode. We look at our most recent film yet, the fantasy flick DRAGON CRUSADERS. It’s a fantasy epic about a bunch of Knights Templar defending a town against pirates. No … Continue reading MOVIOCRITY: Episode 4 – Dragon Crusaders (2011)
Moviocrity episode 3 is finally here, and this is where we really dig into the fromage, celebrating even some of the campiest motion pictures. The spotlight this time is on the 1983 science fiction epic, SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN … Continue reading MOVIOCRITY: Episode 3 – Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone