Friday, October 30, 2020

'Willy's Wonderland' Teaser: Nicolas Cage Battles Amusement Park Animatronics Come To Life

Nicolas Cage certainly makes choices when it comes to movie roles. Some are obviously driven by his well-publicized financial issues, where he only shows up for a paycheck. Other times he’s more invested, like Mandy or Color Out of Space. Regardless of the why, he’s insanely busy, has dozens of ridiculous sounding movies on the way, and we’re excited for many of them. This includes Willy’s Wonderland, where he plays an amusement park janitor tormented by animatronic creatures come to life. Check out a brief new teaser below.

Monday, October 26, 2020

'Wolfman's Got Nards' (2018) Movie Review

As a horror-obsessed kid, I adored The Monster Squad. I was ten when it came out in 1987 and it falls into a category of movies like The Goonies and a handful of others that are about kids, and aimed at kids, but that don’t marginalize them, which was always an issue I had with this type of film growing up. Here, the young characters are smart, capable, and complicated; in legitimate peril; and don’t rely on the parents swooping in at the last minute to save the day—the kids are the heroes and have the heroic moments they earn. Among other things, this is what I loved about it. This is basically a long-winded way of saying Andre Gower’s documentary, Wolman’s Got Nards, is 100% made for me.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

'Synchronic' (2019) Movie Review

In the wake of movies like Spring and The Endless, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have become a must-watch filmmaking duo. Their latest, Synchronic, follows two New Orleans paramedics, Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan), who find themselves on the front lines in a battle against a new designer drug that has an especially unexpected side effect, time travel.

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.

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.