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    Found Footage Friday: ‘The Sacrament’

    Just when I thought there weren’t any great filmmakers working in horror anymore, Ti West just scared the shit out of me. West bust out on the scene with the moody throwback The House of the Devil showing that he could replicate period aesthetic with ease. His first several films were shot standardly, but for The Sacrament, West dips his toes in the waters of the found footage genre. More

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    Satanic Sunday: ‘The House of the Devil’ a suspenseful brand of evil that stays with you

    In Ti West’s The House of the Devil, an earnest college student tries to get rent together by taking on a last minute babysitting job. Samantha (Jocelin Donahue of The Burrowers and The End of Love) willfully ignores the inherent danger in going out to a remote house to provide care for complete strangers. Her clients are incredibly desperate for help but the promise of fast cash is far too enticing for the young woman. Samantha’s job provides a quiet, creeping evil that makes the audience hold its collective breath for a protracted time before the action kicks in. It’s effective in sustaining a lasting dread of harm of the unknown and accomplishes what most movies associated with the Devil fail to do- convince us that followers of Satan and their ultimate goal are a genuine threat without edging into cheesy or overwrought territory that is well-worn. More

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    Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

    10. Poltergeist Directed by Gil Kenan Written by David Lindsay-Abaire USA Release Date: November 14th Production recently wrapped on the Poltergeist remake with Gil Kenan (Monster House) in the director’s chair and Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) producing. Little is known as they continue to put the movie together in post-production, but we do have a few details, beginning […] More

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    Ricky D’s 20 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014

    In case it isn’t obvious, I’m a pretty big fan of the horror genre, and so I wanted to spotlight some of my most anticipated horror films of 2014. Between the big studio releases and the crop of independent features from some of our favourite directors, 2014 looks to be a great year. Note: I […] More

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    Without Theatres: ‘Silver Bullets’ a romance of werewolves and art

    The term “mumblecore” is usually evoked as a derisive umbrella-term for the films of Joe Swanberg, the Duplass brothers, Andrew Bujalski, and several other twentysomething directors of the 2000s working with little to no budget and a lot of talking. Critics such as Vadim Rizov reject the labeling entirely, noting their disparate qualities, yet the term […] More

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    ‘V/H/S’ and ‘V/H/S 2’: Sordid Cinema Podcast #60

      The horror anthology has a long history, if not necessarily the greatest track record of success. So it’s with a mixture of trepidation and excitement that Sordid Cinema tackles V/H/S and V/H/S/2, both of which tackle the anthology concept through the specific stylistic prism of another troubled subgenre: found footage. Ricky, Edgar and Simon tackle all of […] More

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