10th Aug2022

‘The Dead Girl in Apartment 03’ VOD Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Bryan Manley Davis, Laura Dooling, Jennie Osterman, Jasmine Peck, Frank Wihbey, Adrienne King, Michael Schantz | Written and Directed by Kurtis Spieler Let’s clear one thing up before we start, The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 is billed as being “From the director of New York Ninja”. But it’s directed not by John Liu […]

09th Aug2022

‘Of the Devil’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Lucas Sequeira, Jonathan Stoddard, Daniela Palavecino, Eileen Dietz, Robert LaSardo, Roslyn Gentle, Vernon Wells, Devanny Pinn, Vicki Gunvalson | Written and Directed by Kelton Jones Of the Devil sees actor Kelton Jones (Miranda Veil, Escape from Area 51) return to the directors’ chair five years after helming his disturbing first feature, Dry Blood. This […]

09th Aug2022

‘Safe House 1618’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Jasmine Day, Matison Card, Brittney Carpenter, Jesse Davis, Andrew Hook, Ryan Fredericks | Written and Directed by Calvin T. Shepherd Safe House 1618 is the latest film about criminals on the run taking refuge in a house that turns out not to be nearly as safe as they thought. From Fight for Your Life […]

04th Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Blue Sunshine’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Brion James, Richard Crystal, Zalman King, Robert Walden, Mark Goddard, Charles Siebert, Stefan Gierasch, Alice Ghostley, Ray Young, Bill Adler | Written and Directed by Jeff Lieberman Showing as part of this year’s Fantasia Midnights program, Synapse Films premiered their restoration of writer/director Jeff Lieberman’s (Just Before Dawn, Satan’s Little Helper) cult favorite Blue […]

03rd Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Killer’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Jang Hyuk, Lee Chae-young, Lee Seo-young, Bruce Khan, Lee Seung-joon | Written by Nam Ji-woong | Directed by Choi Jae-hun Not to be confused with John Woo’s classic film of the same name, The Killer (Jugeodo Doeneun Ai) is the new film from Choi Jae-hun (The Hypnosis, The Swordsman) and written by Nam Ji-woong […]

02nd Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Cult Hero’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Ry Barrett, Justin Bott, Tony Burgess, Liv Collins, Jess Vano, Matt Griffin | Written by Kevin Revie | Directed by Jesse T. Cook Cult Hero opens with the credits presented as those of a reality TV show called Cult Buster which may have been the film’s original title. Revolving around the exploits of deprogrammer […]

29th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Fight Machine’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Greg Hovanessian, Michael Ironside, Dempsey Bryk, Greg Bryk, Noah Dalton Danby, Ted Atherton, Natasha Henstridge | Written by Craig Davidson, Andrew Thomas Hunt | Directed by Andrew Thomas Hunt The Fight Machine is the second of two very different movies based on novels by Craig Davidson that Raven Banner debuted at this year’s edition of […]

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29th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Orchestrator of Storms: The Fantastique World of Jean Rollin’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Orchestrator of Storms: The Fantastique World of Jean Rollin, from here on simply Orchestrator of Storms, is a long overdue examination of the works of French filmmaker Jean Rollin, a man who has been labelled everything from an auteur to a pornographer and a hack. Writer/directors Dima Ballin and Kat Ellinger have worked together on […]

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28th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Breach’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Allan Hawco, Emily Alatalo, Adam Kenneth Wilson, Wesley French, Natalie Brown, Mary Antonini, Alex Lifeson | Written by Nick Cutter, Ian Weir | Directed by Rodrigo Gudiño Making its world premiere at Fantasia, The Breach, not to be confused with Breach, is the second feature from Rue Morgue founding editor Rodrigo Gudiño (The Last […]

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28th Jul2022

‘The Reef: Stalked’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Teressa Liane, Saskia Hampele, Tim Ross, Ann Truong, Kate Lister, Saskia Archer  | Written and Directed by Andrew Traucki Despite the title and presence of writer/director Andrew Traucki, The Reef: Stalked is not a sequel to The Reef. Rather, like his films Black Water and Black Water: Abyss they’re unrelated films that share only […]

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27th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Space Monster Wangmagwi’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Han Eun-jin, Kim Hie-gab, Won Namkung, Kim Seon-kyeong | Written by Byeon Ha-yeong | Directed by Gwon Hyeok-jinn Long thought lost the Korean kaiju film Space Monster Wangmagwi made its first North American appearance at this year’s edition of the Fantasia Film Festival. If Shin Ultraman was the festival’s tribute to old-school kaiju, Space […]

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22nd Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Shin Ultraman’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Kenjirô Tsuda, Kôji Yamamoto | Written by Hideaki Anno | Directed by Shinji Higuchi Shin Ultraman is, for those unaware of it, a reboot of the original 1966 TV show Ultraman. That show launched a massively popular franchise in its native Japan and, reruns of the dubbed American version helped […]

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22nd Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Special Delivery’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: So-dam Park, Kim Eui-Sung, Yeon Woo-Jin, Jung Hyun-jun, Song Sae-Byeok, Han Hyun-min | Written and Directed by Park Dae-min Special Delivery (aka Special Cargo), which recently made its North American debut at Fantasia, could best be described as a female-fronted cross between The Transporter and Leon the Professional. Eun-ha (So-dam Park; Parasite, The Silenced) […]

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21st Jul2022

‘Moloch’ Review (Shudder)

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Sallie Harmsen, Noor van der Velden, Fred Goessens, Anneke Blok, Alexandre Willaume | Written by Nico van den Brink, Daan Bakker | Directed by Nico van den Brink Moloch opens in 1991 as a young girl feeding a mouse is frightened by the sounds of what sounds like an extremely violent attack in the […]

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20th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Blood of the Dinosaurs’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Vincent Stalba, Stella Creel, Tiffany Christy, Miles Hendler, Jeff Pearson, Kali Russell | Written by Joe Badon, Jason Kruppa | Directed by Joe Badon The new short from director Joe Badon (Sister Tempest, The God Inside My Ear), The Blood of the Dinosaurs, took me about eighteen minutes to watch. It may take a […]

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20th Jul2022

‘Infrared’ VOD Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Jesse Janzen, Ariel Ryan, Randy Nundlall Jr., Leah Finity, Greg Sestero | Written and Directed by Robert Livings, Randy Nundlall Jr. Infrared begins with footage, shot for the never aired show of the same name, of Wes (Jesse Janzen; Art of Deception, Cry Wolf) performing a rather dull-looking exorcism. Then, in footage we’re told […]

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18th Jul2022

‘Wrong Place’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Bruce Willis, Lauren McCord, Ashley Greene, Massi Furlan, Adam Huel Potter, Michael Sirow, Texas Battle  | Written by Bill Lawrence | Directed by Mike Burns The last of Bruce Willis’ films continue to trickle out, and the most recent one to come our way is Wrong Place, which reunites Willis with music supervisor turned […]

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15th Jul2022

‘The Fall of Usher’ VOD Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Riker Hill, Michael R Mcguire, Savannah Schafer, Spencer Korcz | Written and Directed by Brian Cunningham Immediately after the title The Fall of Usher, pops up a second title card. This one looks like something from a silent movie and informs us that what we are about to see is “Told in the Style […]

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13th Jul2022

‘Death Hunt’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Riley Lewis, Omar Tucci, Michael Coughlan, Marlene Malcolm, Greg Johnston, Terry McDonald, Rick Amsbury | Written by Neil Mackay, Sean McAulay | Directed by Neil Mackay Death Hunt opens as a young TJ (Riley Lewis) is taking some target practice. His father explains to him how to calculate the effect of the wind on […]

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13th Jul2022

‘The Bloody Man’ VOD Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: David Daniel, Lisa Wilcox, Tuesday Knight, Jeremy Carr, Sam Hadden, Olivia Sanders | Written by Daniel Benedict, Casi Clark | Directed by Daniel Benedict The Bloody Man begins with a night shot of assorted Masters of the Universe toys on a table, telling us that it’s another throwback to the 80s. Granted if you […]

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12th Jul2022

‘American Carnage’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Yumarie Morales, Brett Cullen, Jenna Ortega, Jorge Diaz, Bella Ortiz, Allen Maldonado, Eric Dane, Troy James | Written by Diego Hallivis, Julio Hallivis | Directed by Diego Hallivis Opening with a voiceover and montage of political speeches and news broadcasts on the topic of immigration, American Carnage immediately introduces us to […]

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12th Jul2022

‘Corrective Measures’ Blu-ray Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Bruce Willis, Dan Payne, Michael Rooker, Brennan Mejia, Tom Cavanagh | Written and Directed by Sean Patrick O’Reilly Corrective Measures, an odd mix of action, prison, science fiction and monster movies, opens with a parking garage execution gone wrong as a band of goons led by what appears to be a werewolf are wiped […]

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