Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nightstream Review: 'May The Devil Take You Too'

The Mo Brothers (Headshot), Indonesian directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, are all over the inaugural Nightstream Film Festival with solo films. And damn, do they hate orphanages. Kimo checked in with dark horror The Queen of Black Magic. Not to be outdone, here comes Timo with May the Devil Take You, Too. The sequel to his 2018 demonic horror film, this time out he drops more Evil Dead-inspired craziness; he goes full Raimi and it freaking rules.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Nightstream Review: Kimo Stamboel's 'The Queen of Black Magic'

An Indonesian remake of an early ‘80s witch-drenched horror tale from director Kimo Stamboel (Headshot, DreadOut) and writer Joko Anwar (Satan’s Slaves). I’m already in the bag for The Queen of Black Magic. Add to that influences ranging from Mystics of Bali to Evil Dead to J-Horror and more, and you’ve got something. It doesn’t hurt that the execution is creepy, dark, and bleak, with a decided mean streak running through the entire film.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Nightstream Review: 'Lapsis'

Using the lens of science fiction to examine current real-world predicaments and ills is a staple of the genre. Writer/director Noah Hutton’s indie sci-fi outing Lapsis settles neatly into this category, looking into the pitfalls of the gig economy, while sparing enough time to hurl barbs at the healthcare industry that forces people to choose between massive debt and medical attention. And all of this in the guise of a dystopian mystery, a sci-fi story that executes big ideas on a budget with inventiveness and creativity.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Nightstream Review: 'Anything For Jackson'

A sweet, adorable older couple in an idyllic, snow-strewn location, from a writer and director best known for their extensive resume of Hallmark movies, specifically Hallmark Christmas movies. Because of this, one might be forgiven for expecting certain things from Anything for Jackson. But this isn’t a Hallmark elderly couple, this is Audrey and Henry Walsh (Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings), a pair of septuagenarian Satanists who kidnap a pregnant woman, Shannon Becker (Konstantina Mantelos), to perform an ancient ritual to implant the spirit of their dead grandson into the unborn child.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

'Possessor: Uncut' (2020) Movie Review

The name Cronenberg conjures up images of creeping body horror, twisted psychological pressure, and real nightmare shit. And apparently it’s a familial trait. David Cronenberg delivered classics like ScannersThe FlyEastern Promises, and many more, and his son, Brandon Cronenberg, has fully picked up his mantle. And the body horror apple doesn’t fall far from the body horror tree, illustrated to perfection by his sophomore feature, Possessor: Uncut.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Nightstream Review: 'Shock Value: The Movie'

A horror anthology, but collect rare, lost or little-seen early short films from filmmakers who went on to become influential in the industry. That’s the basic set up for Shock Value: How Dan O’Bannon and Some USC Outsiders Helped Invent Modern Horror.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Nightstream Film Festival: 11 Must-Watch Movies

COVID-19 has caused havoc all over the place. One specific area is in the realm of film festivals. Across the globe, these cinematic showcases have been cancelled or forced online. It’s tough for these fests, especially smaller ones, to make a go of it with their usually limited resources. To combat this, a handful of niche genre fests have banded together to create the Nightstream Film Festival, an online horror film celebration that kicks off this week. It’s not an ideal situation for anyone, but the lineup is super rad and definitely one to check out for horror fans.