‘The Lodge’ Review – Overlook Film Festival (originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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I’ve never been too keen on having children, quite frankly, and thanks to Veronika Franz’s and Severin Fiala’s 2014 feature Goodnight Mommy and now their much-anticipated English-language follow up, THE LODGE, not only do I not want to have children of my own, but I sure as hell do not want to be a stepmom anytime soon either…

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Shudder’s ‘The Ranger’ is good ol’ fashioned slasher fun (with punks)

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(Shudder)

Sure, we may have had our fill of the ’80s nostalgia horror trend that has been running rampant over the last couple years, but I will never complain about a fun-loving slasher indie, set in the all-too-scary deep neck of the woods (scary for me at least, because I am terrified of the woods) with a crew of scintillating punk kids and a delectable performance from Jeremy S. Holm as a psycho ranger at its core.

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‘Sadistic Intentions’ is another awesome heavy metal + horror film pairing (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Genre standout Jeremy Gardner is gold as a conflicted metal musician in Sadistic Intentions

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From Alice Cooper’s and Black Sabbath’s occult-inspired lyrics and gory theatrics, to Rob Zombie’s foray into directing his own features, to films like Trick or Treat, The Devil’s Candy, and Deathgasm— heavy metal and the horror genre have always gone hand-in-hand.  Both genres are known for (and celebrated) for pushing their material to the limits, often relying on violence and shock value for art.  But how far is too far?  With the latest heavy metal-horror film pairing, Eric Pennycoff’s SADISTIC INTENTIONS, we have a great time finding out just how far one jaded metal musician will go to achieve levels of creativity and inspiration for his music.

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‘Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse’ is one of 2019’s first horror masterworks

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Aleksandra Cwen in Hagazussa (Courtesy of Doppelganger Releasing)

Coming off 2018– a highly sociopolitical year that contained multiple depictions of witches, femininity, and black magic within horror through the likes of Suspiria, Pyewacket, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina– Lukas Feigelfeld’s debut feature film Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, which has been circulating the festivals since fall 2017, will finally be available to audiences this month.  And although a slightly different take on witches than we’ve been seeing as of late, Hagazussa is arguably the most subtly gut-wrenching.

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Mini Reviews: Velvet Buzzsaw, The Hole in the Ground, Piercing, & Pledge

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While I was stuck in bed and dying from the stomach flu last week, I caught up with three films that I’ve been highly anticipating for this early half of 2019– and one that I threw in for good measure that has drummed up some quieter buzz amongst the horror critics circles.  (In between my fits of nausea, shaking, and pressing pause countless times to doze off into sick-induced sleep oblivion, I jotted down just a handful of notes for each, which is why they’re only getting mini reviews as opposed to a full page for each of the four.)  All are solid recommendations at the very least– with a couple being more surprising standouts over the others…

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Women In Horror Month: Toni Collette’s Contributions to the Horror Genre (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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(A24)

As Women of Horror Month befalls us, and we reflect upon all of the distinctive female actresses that make up the singularly-dubbed “Scream Queens” of the horror community, few have delivered as many grappling performances as the beloved Aussie and acting chameleon known as Toni Collette.

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‘Pinki’ Short Film Review (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Original review posted under “Short Film Reviews” on NightmarishConjurings.com

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(Panic Fest)

Do you ever sit and wonder what exactly happened to your very first Nokia cell phone from the early 2000s? Or reminisce about where exactly your old cassette player went, when you moved out of your family home? In a 21st century world, in which our computers have been upgraded into laptops, our MySpace accounts upgraded to Instagram profiles, our VHS tapes have become Netflix streaming, and our MP3 players have turned into Spotify apps, technology has become a significant marker into the various chapters of our lives. As we struggle to keep up with the various updates of the techy items that are supposed to make our lives increasingly easier, we often forget about the simpler, outdated items that no longer serve us purpose— even though they may hold years of cherished memories for us.

In Spike Hyunsuk Kim’s charming short film PINKI— which was recently shown at Kansas City’s Panic Fest— these questions about our old pieces of technology that we have since moved on from are begging to be asked.

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