Review: Jan Svankmajer’s Alice

A young girl sits next to her older sister in front of a creek, casually tossing stones into the bubbling waters out of boredom. Her sister quickly grows tired of this, and slaps her on the hand. She angrily stares dead on at the audience. This young lady is Alice. This is Lewis Carroll’s beloved […]

Review: The Duke of Burgundy

The good folks at Shout Factory are releasing a pristine Blu-ray/DVD combo of Peter Strickland’s brilliant erotic fantasy, The Duke of Burgundy, in September. It is a must-own for any serious film buff. The Duke of Burgundy’s opening moments set the tone for the rest of the piece, as a woman cycles through a neighborhood […]

Review: Suspiria

Suspiria is a big, bloody rainbow of a horror film. It doesn’t make much sense at all, but it is loads of fun. The film, which was released in 1977, concerns a young ballet dancer, Suzy Banyon (played by Jessica Harper), who travels to a prestigious school of dance in Germany. Things begin to go […]

Shout Factory presents: Manhunter

Shout Factory has finally released Michael Mann’s Manhunter in a pristine collector’s edition Blu-ray set. Several years before Anthony Hopkin’s would appear in his iconic role as Hannibal Lector in Jonathan Demme’s masterpiece, The Silence of the Lambs, Michael Mann would adapt Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, casting Brian Cox as everyone’s favorite cannibal. William Peterson […]

Review: Belladonna of Sadness

The long lost 1973 Animerama film, Belladonna of Sadness, has been released on Blu-ray, courtesy of CineliciousPics, SpectreVision and The Cinefamily. When the lovely Jeanne is raped several times on her wedding night, she sells her soul to Satan, and becomes the most powerful and beautiful woman in the village. As her husband becomes an […]

Review: Missing Child

Luke Sabis’ feature film, Missing Child, is a small gem of a thriller that is definitely worth your time. Missing Child focuses on an aspiring fashion designer named Gia (Kristen Ruhlin) – a young lady whose life has been shrouded in mystery for as long as she can remember. Possibly abducted at the age of […]

Review: Goodnight Mommy

When their mother arrives home after reconstructive surgery, twins Elias and Lukas immediately notice that something is not quite right. With her face completely wrapped in bandages, their mother has become short-tempered and emotionally distant. Soon, the boys begin to suspect that the woman behind the bandages may not be their mother at all, but […]

Review: The Witch

Robert Eggers’ The Witch is the type of horror film that I have been anxiously awaiting for quite some time. It is, simply put, one of the best films of the year – maybe even the decade. Perhaps the century. That is not hyperbole, it is merely the truth. The film opens in the 1600s, […]

Review: The Upper Footage

Justin Cole’s The Upper Footage is a small masterpiece. It is one of the best films of 2013 – and it just so happens to be a “found footage” film. Yes, it’s one of those. Before all of the haters chime in, know that The Upper Footage is one of the most effective films of its […]