TAD Film Fest Review: Why Horror?

Published on November 15th, 2014 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Documentaries, Film Festivals, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Why Horror? is for every person who’s been mocked for loving everything encompassed within horror film fandom. Horror writer and hardcore fan Tal Zimerman is the subject of this documentary from Nicholas Kleiman and Rob Lindsay that explores why people are drawn to one of the more maligned, misunderstood genres in popular culture.

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Music Review: Timeworn, Luminescent Wake

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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Oslo, Norway’s Timeworn has barreled out of the gates with a blockbuster album called Luminescent Wake. It combines elements of thrash metal and ’90s hardcore, in a wholly exciting way. I keep hearing comparisons to Converge, and I guess I hear that, too, but I’d compare them more to a meatier sounding Bloodlet.

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Podcast Alert: The ScreamCast

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Action Movies, Movies, Reissues, Retrovirus, Science Fiction, Underground/Cult |

By Less Lee Moore

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Our very own Brad Henderson has been unusually busy these last few months. When he’s not writing reviews for Popshifter, he’s also working on movie scripts, and producing a podcast called The ScreamCast, along with Sean Duregger and Brian Saur (a.k.a. Bob Freelander and Rupert Pupkin).

Although The Screamcast was initially created to review horror and other genre releases from Shout Factory, they have expanded the scope to cover releases from labels like Synapse, Vinegar Syndrome, Cult Epics, and others. The podcast also includes special guests, celebrity interviews, top ten lists, and more.

Now on Episode 36, The ScreamCast is something you really should be listening to. We’ll be updating you every time they put up a new podcast, so stay tuned!

Here are the most recent episodes:

Episode 36Soultangler (1987): Podcast includes Joe and Zach from Bleeding Skull Video who brought the movie back from VHS hell.

Episode 35Nekromantik (1987): Podcast includes Nico B. founder of Cult Epics.
(Check out Brad’s Popshifter review of Nekromantik, too.)

Reverse: This Sci Fi Short Needs Your Help

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Kickstarter Projects, Movies, Science Fiction |

By Less Lee Moore

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If you were lucky enough to catch After when it screened at Toronto After Dark Film Festival in 2012 (review), you will be excited about this news. Director Ryan Smith has new short film he’s working on called Reverse. It stars Mike Vogel (Cloverfield, Bates Motel, Under the Dome) and the pair has started a Kickstarter to help fund it. The executive producers on Reverse are Chad and Carey Hayes, who recently brought us The Conjuring and are currently working on San Andreas with Dwayne “The Rock” Johsnson.

So what is Reverse about?

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DVD Review: President Wolfman

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Culture Shock, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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Ambitious. That is the word that constantly comes to mind when trying to describe President Wolfman.

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DVD Review: Misfire

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Action Movies, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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What do you say when a film doesn’t have any redeeming qualities at all? Ugh.

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Blu-Ray Review: Drive Hard

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Action Movies, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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I first discovered Brian Trenchard-Smith when I saw Night Of The Demons 2. I didn’t know it was him at that time but I later recognized his name when I saw a film called Turkey Shoot (a.k.a. Escape 2000) and since then his name has been imbedded into my mind.

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DVD Review: Autumn Blood

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Action Movies, Current Faves, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Brad Henderson

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Autumn Blood is another film that suffers from a silly looking cover and not enough publicity. I probably wouldn’t have heard of Autumn Blood if I didn’t receive a review copy and an email stating what it was. The plot sounded OK and it does have Peter Stormare who is great even in bad movies. I knew I would be entertained at least.

Holy crap.

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Music Review: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, A New Orleans Creole Christmas

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Current Faves, Holidays, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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On their first, and hopefully not last, Christmas album, New Orleans’ own Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse takes Christmas standards and lets them breathe. A New Orleans Creole Christmas rewards careful listening and attentiveness with unexpected grace notes, bent phrases, and excellent playing. While his name is prominently featured, Irvin Mayfield has surrounded himself with supremely talented musicians who complement his brilliance as a trumpet player.

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Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2014: Feature Reviews

Published on November 14th, 2014 in: Comedy, Current Faves, Film Festivals, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Jeffery X Martin

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The Editor

Most of the movies screened at the Knoxville Horror Film Fest are now available for either VOD rental or disc purchase. They weren’t at the time, though; technology moves quickly, and so does consumable product. Here’s a quick rundown of what was shown, with a humbly presented opinion on each.

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