Genre In Film, a Coming of Age?

At one time a fan would be hard pressed to find a big-named actor at the height of his or her career in a genre film. Mostly actors whose faces were associated with genre were cast in genre — Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, etc. Oh sure, there […]

What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)

It’s hard to let Science Fiction and Fantasy History month go by without a nod to George Lucas and his epic Star Wars empire. Star Wars has been a global pop culture phenomenon for more than thirty years making more than 4.27 billion dollars in box office revenue alone. And George Lucas has made more […]

The Beginning of Genre in Film

Interesting that the first few films where a story played out were works of science fiction. Georges Melies’ A Trip To The Moon (1902) is a standout. Laughable today for its special effects, it still gave future film-makers what to look for in an unpredictable future where technology would expand the borders of entertainment. A […]

Film Review: The Nutcracker 3D by Chris Welch

THE NUTCRACKER 3-D IS FUN FOR KIDS, WEIRD FOR ADULTS

Starring Elle Fanning, Charlie Rowe, Nathan Lane, John Turturro, Yulia Vysotskaya, Frances De La Tour, Richard Grant, and Aaron Michael Drozin.

Directed by Andrey Konchalovskiy

Released by Cinemarket Films.

Review by Chris Welch

When most people hear the title The Nutcracker, they almost always […]

She-Devil: Demonic Possession, Family and Women in the Paranormal Activity Movies by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

She-Devil: Demonic Possession, Family and Women in the Paranormal Activity Movies

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Demonic possession is a female thing.

Sure, the devil usually manifests itself in a male form (The Devil’s Advocate, Constantine, etc.), but it’s women who are most often possessed and chased by demons in movies (The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily […]

Chas’ Family

Charles Addams began inking his twisted one panel cartoons in the New Yorker back in 1938 and continued until his death in 1998. While consistently steeped in black humor, the panels didn’t regularly begin to feature the cohesive family unit known and loved as The Addams Family until the forties, when apparently Addams did an […]

A Boy And His Dog–a review

Psycho Boy and His Killer Dog

A Boy And His Dog,

1969

. I often wonder what distributors are thinking about when they give films different titles to entice an audience into slapping down hard-earned cash. The above moniker was forced onto the 1975 film version of Harlan Ellison’s A Boy And His Dog for […]

DVD Review: The Road

The Road

Dimension Films

Released in 2009

Director: John Hillcoat

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi McPhee, Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron

As the movie opens, a father (Mortensen) and his son (Smit-McPhee) walk south through a post-apocalyptic landscape. An unspecified event has destroyed all plant and animal life and produced clouds of ash that […]

Movie Review: ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

REVIEW: ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) (available on DVD as part of the After Dark HorrorFest series)

After 9/11, people from the Mideast often found themselves being given a suspicious eye . That prejudice is still with us, and if anything, heightened, almost ten years later. Zombies of Mass Destruction (ZMD) takes this paranoia […]

DVD Review: Dark Heritage: The Final Descent

Dark Heritage: The Final Descent Cornerstone Films Released in 1989 Starring Mark LaCour, Clint Harrison, Tim Verkaik, Eddie Moore and Joan Parmelee

DVD Review by Chris Welch

So, when I stumble across a 21 year-old low-budget horror movie that I have never heard of, on DVD, and the back of the case says “An […]