Grimmfest 2021: The Pizzagate Massacre

★★★ (Written by Allison Brown) After a recent screening of Shudder’s The Scary of Sixty-First, I was keen to find a conspiracy theory satire closer to its subject matter, and less exploitative of the sensitive content it addresses. I find conspiracy theories entertaining, while being fully aware of their complete lack of fact. Enter: The Pizzagate Massacre. … Continue reading Grimmfest 2021: The Pizzagate Massacre

VIFF 2021: Lamya’s Poem

★★★★ Lamya’s Poem is an animated treasure inspired by the works of 13th century poet, Jalaladin Muhammad Rumi. This cleverly scripted classic 2D-animation weaves together the story of a modern Syrian child fleering war against Rumi’s personal tale of his hometown being overrun by the Mongols. The two storylines flow harmoniously together, complimenting each tale … Continue reading VIFF 2021: Lamya’s Poem

Fantastic Fest 2021: Slumber Party Massacre

★★★ The Driller Killer finally makes his triumphant return in the campy and subversive horror remake, Slumber Party Massacre. Having seen the original trilogy countless times (and yes, even enduring the semi-sequel Cheerleader Massacre), my excitement level for this SYFY film was moderately high. I would not call any of the original films some holy … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2021: Slumber Party Massacre

Fantastic Fest 2021: Homebound

★★★ As our first film watched from 2021’s Fantastic Fest selections, Homebound is a delightfully strange, masterfully-scored slice of thriller heaven. A simplistic setup is yet another shining example that pared-down, intimate, character-driven horror can reap the tastiest results. Holly (Aisling Loftus) and Richard (Tom Goodman-Hill) are headed to the idyllic mansion of Richard’s ex-wife, … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2021: Homebound

Fantastic Fest 2021: The Found Footage Phenomenon

★★★★ The found footage subgenre, popularized by such milestone horror films as The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity, finally gets a much-needed expansive documentary! The Found Footage Phenomenon charts the origins of this increasingly popular subgenre of horror. Talking head interviews with plentiful horror directors (including Rob Savage, Oren Peli, and more), surprising trends, … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2021: The Found Footage Phenomenon

Fantastic Fest 2021: There’s Someone Inside Your House

★★★★★ It is official: my weak spot is 90s-style horror slashers. On the heels of the excellent Fear Street trilogy, Netflix delivers a fourth slasher this year that I loved from start to finish. The new horror film from director Patrick Brice (the brilliant found-footage horror Creep) and Shazam screenwriter Henry Gayden is brimming with … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2021: There’s Someone Inside Your House