Movie Review: THE OLD WAYS

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Rating: R Stars: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortės, Julia Vera, Sal Lopez, AJ Bowen Writer: Marcos Gabriel Director: Christopher Alender Distributor: Netflix Release Date: August 5, 2021 (theatrical/Netflix); October 12 (DVD/Blu-ray/Digital) THE OLD WAYS is in one sense, as its title suggests, folk horror. However, it also brings a fresh take to exorcism, and not just because it is set primarily in Veracruz, Mexico (THE OLD WAYS was actually shot in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles). In a prologue, we see several villagers trying to exorcise a woman whose young daughter watches the rite, uncomprehending. A few decades later, Cristina […]Read On »

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DVD Review: TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES

TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment / Image Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler, Angela Bettis, Amber Benson Writer: Tom Holland Director: Tom Holland Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014 TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES began life last year as an anthology series on FearNet. Nine episodes have been gathered on DVD, with jocular on-camera introductions by writer/director/producer Holland (of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD’S PLAY fame). The segments are of varying lengths – the longest, “The Pizza Guy,” is approximately twenty minutes – and cover a whole spectrum of horror topics, from werewolves, vampires and Satanism to […]Read On »

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VOD Review: RITES OF SPRING

RITES OF SPRING | (c) 2012 IFC Midnight

Rating: Unrated Stars: Anessa Ramsey, Hannah Bryan, Katherine Randolph, AJ Bowen, Marco St. John, Sonny Marinelli, James Bartz Writer: Padraig Reynolds Director: Padraig Reynolds Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: July 27, 2012  RITES OF SPRING is one of those horror movies where on the one hand, you have to give credit to the filmmakers – in this instance, writer/director Padraig Reynolds – for trying to spice up a formula with something a little different. Here we’ve got an annual blood sacrifice to appease a strange entity that may or may not be helping out with the local crops. At the […]Read On »

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