Daily Grindhouse

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Rating Title/Year Author
6/10 Knocking (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews KNOCKING is an admirable addition to the canon of queer horror and brings another director into the spotlight of genre directors to watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
5/10 Pleasure (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews In its attempt to create an honest portrayal of sex work, PLEASURE becomes another narrative about the cruelty of the men in power. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
8.5/10 We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD'S FAIR is contemplative and therefore uses much of its runtime to build tension and establish Casey as a person rather than as a vessel for fear. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
7/10 Wrong Turn (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews WRONG TURN is Nelson's swing for the fences and it is an admirable feat, especially with the franchise's rocky reputation. EDIT
Posted Mar 20, 2021
Ten Minutes to Midnight (2020) Preston Fassel If for nothing else than Williams' performance, TEN MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT is destination viewing, preferably on a Friday night with a bowl of popcorn and a storm outside. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2021
5/10 Cryptozoo (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews CRYPTOZOO is for the cryptid-loving stoners out there that want to get lost in a colorful world of chaos. All of the pieces are there to create an animation staple, but unfortunately doesn't stick the landing. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2021
8.5/10 Censor (2021) Mary Beth McAndrews In this homage to 1980s B-horror, Bailey-Bond shows that this type of filmmaking is not just for the boys. EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2021
The Vast of Night (2019) Mary Beth McAndrews Between its two leads and fast-paced storytelling, THE VAST OF NIGHT is a dazzling tribute to the science fiction of the 1950s and the art of radio. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Relic (2020) Mary Beth McAndrews James is not just interested in scaring you with RELIC. She wants viewers to just feel something so deeply, whether that is fear, sadness, or even both. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2019) Mary Beth McAndrews While THE VICE GUIDE TO BIGFOOT does seek to imbue its story with heart, it doesn't lose sight of its comedy. The film's climax is the perfect blending of comedy, gore, and mockery of the state of online journalism. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Color Out of Space (2019) Mary Beth McAndrews COLOR OUT OF SPACE holds nothing back. Stanley enthusiastically dives into his source material to create a dazzling technicolor nightmare, complete with deranged alpacas. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Synchronic (2019) Mary Beth McAndrews Now they've been trusted with a bigger budget and bigger stars for their latest film, SYNCHRONIC. They stay true to their themes of brotherhood and cosmic happenings, but on a much larger scale that proves their talents as filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Resin (2019) Mary Beth McAndrews Even with its strange subject matter, RESIN is a beautiful film. Borgman balances shocking images with moments of introspection where the camera follows Liv as she wanders through the forest alone, playing games of make believe. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Mary Beth McAndrews With his latest film, THE DARK AND THE WICKED, Bertino solidifies his spot as the king of American nihilism. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
The Wanting Mare (2020) Mary Beth McAndrews THE WANTING MARE is sheer excellence and I cannot wait to wander into its world again. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Jourdain Searles Moretz is incredible as Maude, using vulnerability as her greatest weapon. With a strikingly emotive face, a cathartic scream, and the steely eyes of a much older performer, Moretz gives the performance of her career. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2020
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Rob Dean There is a lot to like about PENINSULA, with co-writer/director Yeon refining his ability for staging action that was already engaging. EDIT
Posted Nov 27, 2020
Lucky (2020) Stephanie Crawford It's fascinating and quite vulnerable, with a skin-pricking sense of unease and tension throughout. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
The Mortuary Collection (2019) Johnny Donaldson Cements Spindell's promise as a new voice in horror, and gives us a new slice of midnight movie comfort food to savor. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Aundria Parker I absolutely love this movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2020
1BR (2019) Brett Gallman 1BR is a reminder that some movies need every bit of their runtime to really grab you and leave a mark, not to mention a warning to carefully read your lease agreement. EDIT
Posted Sep 16, 2020
Hail to the Deadites (2020) Stephanie Crawford HAIL TO THE DEADITES is a pure clubhouse movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2020
La llorona (2019) Samantha Schorsch A powerful, important, and almost spiritually cathartic film... EDIT
Posted Aug 3, 2020
The Rental (2020) Rob Dean Instead of synthesis that expands on what came before, Franco's film is a jumble of negativity and pieces of other movies that produces nothing truly new or engaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2020
Slaughterhouse Rock (1987) Stephanie Crawford The movie being in on the joke doesn't take away from its fun, thankfully, and the intense carnage makes it a classic Saturday night rental. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Murderock - uccide a passo di danza (Murder Rock - Dancing Death) (1984) Stephanie Crawford Murderock really does pack in plenty of both Fulci's sanguineous fervor and his mastery of nightmarish but seductive imagery. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
Color Out of Space (2019) Stephanie Crawford Color Out of Space is, yes, a truly fantastic Lovecraft movie, but it's also the Richard Stanley movie that Richard Stanley fans have been waiting for. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Christmas Evil (1980) Stephanie Crawford There's no real question that Christmas Evil is an exploitation film, but it's one of the rare ones that's even more concerned with mood and pathos than nudity or blood. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Stephanie Crawford Horror Noire is pure fun for horror fans both experienced and new, but I have no doubt that it's also going to become a go-to informational gateway. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Scream and Scream Again (1970) Stephanie Crawford I hate being uncharitable about Scream and Scream Again's weak and chaotic bits because it's still just so much fun. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Invisible Agent (1942) Stephanie Crawford Invisible Agent Dissolves in the Air but Not in Our Hearts EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
We Are Little Zombies (2019) Rob Dean [WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES is] a full-throated barbaric yawp of an impressive and new major talent arriving on the cinematic scene...[delivering] a joyful movie about being isolated, forgotten, and even feeling devoid of happiness... EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2020
Blood Quantum (2019) Samantha Schorsch In a genre full of death and trope-y conflict and cyberpunk disease labs, Blood Quantum is hauntingly natural, well-rounded, and refreshingly human. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Hush (2016) Jeremy Lowe Nothing makes me happier than a bit of originality in a film style normally filled with clichés. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2020
Corbin Nash (2018) Matt Wedge Really, I wish it tried to be something more than just product-because that is exactly what it feels like. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2020
Don't Run (2019) Rob Dean While DON'T RUN may not be a stellar movie and most people should probably pass it by, I still can't wait to see what the filmmaker does next. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2020
Cry Havoc (2019) Rob Dean [CRY HAVOC] sounds like an incredible collision of schlock ideas that should be...fodder for a decent future cult film. ...in execution, the film ends up bogged down by bad technical elements...and an inability to recognize where [its strengths] lie. EDIT
Posted May 1, 2020
Tapeworm (2019) Rob Dean While not as surreal as their shorts, TAPEWORM still traffics in similar sense of aloof absurdity that darts back and forth between bathos and pathos, leaving viewers not entirely certain how they should feel about what they just watched. EDIT
Posted Apr 24, 2020
Butt Boy (2019) Jeremy Lowe If you're like me, and you adore absurd cinema, then BUTT BOY is a must watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2020
Disappearance at Clifton Hill (2019) Matt Wedge Embraces the odd through its very unreliable protagonist, one particular goofy (but inspired) casting choice, and a vision of Niagara Falls...that makes it a memorable flick-even if its mystery element largely feels under-developed. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Gretel & Hansel (2020) Justin Yandell Deliciously dark and gleefully grim, GRETEL & HANSEL is measured enough for youngbloods ready to graduate from Goosebumps for a taste of the good stuff, but also pushes enough buttons to chill and surprise those of us already inoculated to such things. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
2.5/5 Cargo (2019) Rob Dean CARGO, from writer/director Arati Kadav, is an impressively made film that looks great and has a ton of ideas and emotions it wishes to capture and explore-but unfortunately there is a lack of coherence to these threads. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (2020) Brett Gallman The big-budget decorum doesn't do much to outrun the silliness, though, and you have to hand it to everyone involved for not making this some grim, gritty take. FANTASY ISLAND is also goofy as hell, which is arguably the only thing it has going for it. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Tomboy (2020) Stephanie Crawford TOMBOY's...parade of intimate portraits instead work to frame what it means to be an artist, and what that translates to when you balance that with the expectations of womanhood. Like the best music, it's as heartbreaking as it is affirming. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
My Darling Vivian (2020) Sarah Jane The movie is worth a watch if only to see the archival footage of the Cash family along with footage from early in Johnny's career. In MY DARLING VIVIAN, Liberto's side is finally shown to the world. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Once Upon a Time in Uganda (2020) Justin Leon Wakaliwood is living proof that films can be made through great adversity. ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA is an inspiration to frugal filmmakers and artists. You don't have to be rich to make da best of da best action movies. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Drive Me Home (2018) Jeremy Lowe Catania (who also co-wrote the script Fabio Natale) crafted an enjoyable, touching, and sincere film. The finale proves that true friends will always stand by you, no matter where life takes you; and for that I would definitely recommend DRIVE ME HOME. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
Same Boat (2019) Rob Dean ...There is a lot of impressive talent on display that shows a lot of promise for the cast and crew in their future endeavors. SAME BOAT is flawed and could have been great, but it will just have to settle for being truly unique and fairly entertaining. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Rob Dean The Hunt...[has] a lot of excellent action sequences, surprising splatter, fun banter, and strong performances by all involved. While it nails those subgenre targets, [it] completely whiffs on any sense of political depth. EDIT
Posted Mar 13, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Rob Dean Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN takes...conversations happening in our society now and marries them to a vividly tense and creepy atmosphere...[for] a stockpile of new possibilities, emotional urgency, and thrilling filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 27, 2020