Author Archives: Kirby Nelson

It Comes At Night (2017) – Review

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  It Comes At Night Directed by Trey Edward Shults A24 www.itcomesatnight.com “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

Review: The Void (2017)

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The Void Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski From the Great White North enclave known as Astron-6 (“Manborg,” “Father’s Day”) and an extremely successful IndieGoGo campaign is born a horror that is equal parts homage and homegrown madness and

Review: The Fate of The Furious (2017)

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The Fate of the Furious Directed by F. Gary Gray www.fastandfurious.com Another year, another run down the track with “The Fast and Furious” crew in the latest installment of this long running series that is showing some major tread wear

Rings (2017) – Review

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Rings Directed by F. Javier Gutierrez https://www.facebook.com/RingsMovie/ While not unintentionally hilarious as the recently reviewed “The Bye Bye Man,” a far worse fate is in store for the purveyors of “Rings” – complete and utter boredom.

The Bye Bye Man – Review (2016)

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The Bye Bye Man Directed by Stacy Title https://www.facebook.com/thebyebyeman/ 2016 in cinema began for me with a venture into “The Forest”, a tale of terror set in the suicide addled sea of trees that is Aokigahara, which was such an

Review: Bad Santa 2 (2016)

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Bad Santa 2 Directed by Mark Waters www.badsanta2.com Dashing in to theaters more than a decade after its predecessor, Billy Bob Thornton and his motley merry band deliver another installment of unfiltered holiday comedy that manages to match and occasionally

REVIEW: Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

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Whatever one’s view of sequels may be, especially in horror and its related subsets which are well known for a glut of garbage, Blumhouse may have finally found the formula for cinematic cold fusion, mainlining into their many franchises, including

Review: Phantasm Remastered & Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

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      Phantasm: Remastered & Phantasm: Ravager Directed by Don Coscarelli & David Hartman Egyptian Theater, October 1 2016 http://phantasm.com/ Making its way across the world like the Tall Man exhuming his unearthly army, “Phantasm” a franchise that began the year

Review: Kings of Cult (2015)

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Kings of Cult Full Moon Pictures www.fullmoondirect.com Icons of independent entertainment, Roger Corman and Charles Band star as the titular royalty and while their films may be first rate cult, this is little more than bargain bin fodder that would

Review: Blair Witch (2016)

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Seventeen years have passed since the release of the film that firmly rooted the found footage genre into the cinematic landscape and has found its true sequel in Adam Wingard’s new vision of the landmark franchise. Is it worth venturing

Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)

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Equal parts classic Hitchcock and modern horror, “Don’t Breathe” doesn’t reinvent the home invasion subgenre but it certainly provides some much needed renovations.

Review: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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The Purge: Election Year (2016) Within three years (one shy of a full, traditional US presidential term), “The Purge” franchise has finally found it’s voice and vote with “Election Year.” It’s the finale of a series that started as a

Review: The Shallows (2016)

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In the aftermath of “Jaws” which not only created the summer blockbuster but launched a cottage industry of enough “homages” to populate the entire island of Amity, the beach got pretty packed with the likes of “Orca,” “Great White,” and

Review: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

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The Conjuring 2 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFsmuRPClr4 Director: James Wan Since the release of “The Conjuring” just three short years ago, this sleeper hit has become a booming franchise with a spin off, a sequel and with more than a half billion dollars

Review: H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival – San Pedro 2016

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Lovecraft Film Festival, San Pedro April 29th-May 1st 2016 San Pedro, CA Though I believed 2015 to be my final journey to the seaside port of San Pedro, the stars were right and I found myself drawn to the depths

Review: Green Room (2016)

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Barely a quarter into 2016 and one studio has already cornered the market with the two best films of the year; A24 emerge victorious with a double dose of dramatic terror with the classic New England folk tale, “The Witch”

Review: Uncaged (2016)

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When it comes to the Universal Monsters, those classic cinema giants, on screen time has been less than equitable. The marquee Monsters – Dracula and the romanticism of vampires, the sorcery and science that made Frankenstein’s Monster, the ancient unstoppable

Review: Hardcore Henry (2016)

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Everyone has an ideal paradigm; for a previous colleague of mine, the first person perspective was clearly that view. On numerous occasions, his pronounced zeal for the popular mode of gaming was clear but during a discussion of video game