Somnium Review

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Director: Racheal Cain

Writer: Racheal Cain

Stars: Grace Van Dien, Johnathon Schaech, Gillian White

Somnium, the 2024 directorial debut of Racheal Cain, takes viewers on a mind-bending journey through dreams, ambition, and the darkness that can lurk beneath the surface of human desire. Led by a powerful performance from Chloë Levine, the film weaves together elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and horror, offering a thought-provoking exploration of the lengths we’ll go to achieve our dreams.

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Insane Like Me? Review

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Director: Chip Joslin

Writers: Britt Bankhead, Chip Joslin

Stars: Britt Bankhead, Eric Roberts, Grace Patterson

Insane Like Me? is a 2024 supernatural thriller that delves into the harrowing journey of Jake Morgan, a combat veteran portrayed by Britt Bankhead, who returns home only to be ensnared in a nightmarish scenario. The film, directed by Chip Joslin, weaves a tale of mystery, horror, and a quest for vindication that spans over nine years.

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Pandemonium Review

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Director: Quarxx

Writer: Quarxx

Stars: Arben Bajraktaraj, Hugo Dillon, Ophélia Kolb

Pandemonium, the latest film from the enigmatic French director Quarxx, is a genre-bending exploration of grief, guilt, and the nature of the afterlife. While it stumbles in a few areas, the film’s ambition, striking visuals, and strong performances make it a thought-provoking and unsettling watch.

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The Coffee Table Review

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Director: Caye Casas

Writers: Cristina Borobia, Caye Casas

Stars: David Pareja, Estefanía de los Santos, Josep Maria Riera

Caye Casas’ The Coffee Table is a masterclass in uncomfortable hilarity. This 2022 Spanish dark comedy isn’t for the faint of heart. It plunges us into the crumbling world of Jesús (David Pareja) and María (Estefanía de los Santos), a couple on the brink in the wake of a new baby. Their attempt to revitalize their home with a sleek new coffee table sets the stage for a series of disastrous encounters that spiral into the absurd.

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Easter Bloody Easter Review

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Director: Diane Foster

Writer: Allison Lobel

Stars: Diane Foster, Kelly Grant, Allison Lobel

Easter Bloody Easter throws its hat – or rather, its floppy ears – into the horror-comedy ring, aiming for a cult classic status.  Directed by Diane Foster, the film pits a Texas housewife against a murderous Jackalope and its demonic bunny brigade on Easter weekend.

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Mad Heidi Review

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Directors: Johannes Hartmann, Sandro Klopfstein

Writers: Sandro Klopfstein, Johannes Hartmann, Gregory D. Widmer

Stars: Alice Lucy, Max Rüdlinger, Casper Van Dien

If ever the word “ridiculous” could be used as a descriptor in a positive light, it would have to be when referencing the movie Mad Heidi. It is certainly a wild ride. It felt like Quentin Tarantino and the Zucker brothers got together, smoked a joint or ten and began spitballing ideas.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Review

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Director: David Blue Garcia

Writers: Chris Thomas Devlin, Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

Starring: Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham

Well, here’s a big fat dose of what the fuck. This movie was so ridiculous that I was surprised to not see Anthony Michael Hall in it. I felt like I was sitting through a work meeting just to write this review. If there had been dance numbers performed by today’s modern equivalent of Prince and company I would have remained entirely nonplussed.

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To Your Last Death Review

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Director: Jason Axinn

Writers: Jim CirileTanya C. Klein

Starring: Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Ray Wise

Wow. This movie was genuinely all over the place. That’s not to say it didn’t make sense or come together nicely at the end, but holy crap, what a rollercoaster ride it took to get there. Under normal circumstances I don’t recommend a movie in the first paragraph, but here you go: see To Your Last Death. You almost certainly will not be let down.

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By Night’s End Review

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Director: Walker Whited

Writers: Sean McCane, Walker Whited

Starring: Michelle Rose, Kurt Yue, Michael Aaron Milligan

Just to clear things up a bit right off the bat: By Night’s End is not a horror film. This isn’t a negative because it was actually a pretty good movie. That being said, this is a pretty straightforward home invasion thriller. Don’t expect there to be any supernatural boogeymen, vampires, zombies or a tremendous amount of gore. Instead, go into this movie expecting a stylish nail biter.

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Legend Of The Muse Review

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Director: John Burr

Writer: John Burr

Starring: Riley Egan, Elle Evans, Kate Mansi

“Romantic horror.” There, I said it. I know that when I personally think of the concept of romantic horror, aside from a few exceptions images conjure in my brain of leather-clad vampires a-la early 90s era Cinemax. Maybe it’s a very close-minded point of view (and I can readily admit that it is) but I have never been able to really wrap my mind around something heartfelt also being overtly gory.

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The Tell Tale Heart Review

By: Midnight Movie Mama

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Director: McClain Lindquist

Writers: John LindquistMcClain LindquistEdgar Allan Poe

Starring: Sonny Grimsley, James C. Morris, Mikah Olsen

“Art is Long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating,
Funeral marches to the grave.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Tell Tale Heart starts with the poem of Longfellow, which we all can appreciate pertaining to this infamous story. Much appreciated is the retro-yet-recent feel of the movie. It is something to behold. We follow the caretakers journey in this short film caring for an old man, murder, and a descent into complete madness. Everything one could love about one of Poe’s infamous thrillers, really.

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Between The Darkness Review

By: Christina DelPrete

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Director: Andres Rovira

Writer: Andres Rovira

Starring: Lew Temple, Danielle Harris, Nicole Moorea Sherman

Sprout Grady is a 13 year old girl who is convinced that there is a monster lurking in the nearby woods. She goes on a mission with her younger brother to destroy this being but instead she uncovers many secrets that change the outlook on everything she thought she once knew.

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Butterfly Kisses Review

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Director: Erik Kristopher Myers

Writer: Erik Kristopher Myers

Starring: Rachel Armiger, Reed DeLisle, Matt Lake

Synopsis: Found footage and urban legend come together in chilling fashion in this unsettling film, shot on location in Ellicott City, Maryland. Gavin York, a wedding videographer sorting through used tapes, uncovers hours of footage shot by two student filmmakers obsessed with an apocryphal figure known as Peeping Tom. Followed by a documentary film crew, Gavin pursues the truth of the students’ fate, while also seeking fame and fortune by editing their “”found footage”“ into a film of his own. What he discovers instead is doubt and ridicule from all who view it, and allegations of a hoax designed to launch Gavin’s filmmaking career. As his obsession grows, Gavin leads the documentary film crew down the same dangerous path taken by the student filmmakers eleven years prior, all while a terrifying urban legend lies in wait.

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Inoperable Review

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Director: Christopher Lawrence Chapman

Writers: Christopher Lawrence Chapman, Jeff Miller

Starring: Danielle Harris, Jeff Denton, Katie Keene

When I first heard about Inoperable and saw the trailer, I was honestly looking forward to seeing it.  It sounded and looked interesting.  The concept seemed new and fresh.  It also didn’t hurt that lifelong scream queen Danielle Harris was in the starring role. Unfortunately, all of these elements combined still resulted in a film that is slightly above mediocre. That’s not to say it was completely unwatchable; it just wasn’t the movie I had psyched myself up for.

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Desolation Review

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Director: David Moscow

Writers: Craig Walendziak, Matthew McCarty

Starring: Raymond J. Barry, Cailey Fleming, Dominik Garcia

There’s a feeling you get when you sit down to view a movie and you’re under the impression that you have a pretty good idea of what you’re about to watch, only to find out that no, you in fact were not adequately prepared for this movie. This is what Desolation did for me, in leaps and bounds.

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Better Watch Out Review 

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Director: Chris Peckover

Writers: Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover

Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould

Every now and again, a horror movie comes along that really knows how to push every single one of your buttons in just the right way.  Whether it brings the perfect amount of suspense or gore, it just really makes you happy that you took the time to watch it.  Better Watch Out definitely serves that purpose.

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