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Jan 17 2018

Delirium

12 hours have passed since my viewing of Johnny Martin’s Delirium, and I’m still unsettled by it. The film – a low-budget but super-slick mix of found footage and traditional narrative camerawork – spooks and jolts in all the right spots, yet has the temperance to be more shaded and subtle with its frights and […]
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Oct 10 2014

Spooky Movie Festival 2014: “Exists” reviewed

Wherever this resurgence of interest in the Bigfoot legend spawned from, it seems to be working in favor of found-footage horror films. Last year, it was Bobcat Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek”, a suspenseful, surprisingly charming slow-burn that followed a young couple into the titular Pacific Northwest wilderness in hopes of capturing the beast on video. While of the same […]
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Jan 3 2014

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Much like the Saw franchise before its demise, it seems we can’t go a year without seeing a new Paranormal Activity movie. Shot on the cheap with not much in the way of special effects and sound design, the four previous movies in this series have been Paramount Pictures’ annual reason to go to the […]
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Nov 2 2012

The Bay

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on November 2, 2012.) Eco-horror movies have been around for ages. One could conceivably call the Godzilla films eco-horror films, as the giant lizard was born in a hostile environment, emerging to wreak havoc upon an unsuspecting populace; likewise with The Hills Have Eyes and Piranha (the […]
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Oct 5 2012

V/H/S

(This review was originally published on October 5, 2012 at Reel Film News) Hmmmm…. an exclusively ‘found footage’ horror anthology. There’s an interesting concept. Like many compilations of its genre, “V/H/S” is hit or miss; sometimes it’s delightfully disturbing, and other times it feels recycled and uninspired. Consisting of five tales shot in the POV style […]
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Aug 31 2012

V/H/S

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on August 31, 2012.) Anthology films can be a lot of fun. 1982’s Creepshow, directed by George A. Romero (of Night of the Living Dead fame) and written by Stephen King, took us through as many as five stories of the macabre and terrifying – depending on […]
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