Ti West’s ‘Sacrament’ Plays Like 90 Minute Commercial About Vice Magazine


Review by BILLY RUSSELL Ti West is one of the most innovative directors in modern horror. If such a word as “auteur” could be assigned to any director with a unique, personal style of storytelling, Ti West would fit the bill. Here’s a fun drinking game: Read a review of a Ti West movie and […]

Oculus, A Great Drive-in Movie


Review by Billy Russell Going to the ol’ drive-in is still one of the most fun ways to experience a movie. You don’t go to the drive-in if you’re obsessively concerned with having the best possible sound and audio quality surrounding you with such pristine remasterings that any flaw or error will stand out like […]

Movie Review: “You’re Next”, Goofy, Derivative Horror Fun

You're Next

*Guest post by Billy Russell You’re Next is the new-ish horror movie directed by Adam Wingard (director of the “wraparound” story segments in 2012’s V/H/S, which was originally filmed and completed in 2011, toured on the film festival circuit, and finally saw a release this year in 2013. The plot of the film concerns an […]

The Conjuring: James Wan’s Horror Masterpiece

The Conjuring

Guest Post by Billy Russell Tonight is a perfect night for a horror movie. From my window, I can see flashes of lightning illuminating a half-dead tree with dying, brown needles shedding off of it and decaying on the ground below. There’s a stillness, an electricity in the air and the smell of rain is […]

Movie Review: Martin, George Romero’s Forgotten Vampire Film


Guest post by Billy Russell In 1976, sandwiched between Dawn of the Dead and The Crazies, George A. Romero directed a little-known movie called Martin. In some ways, I find Martin to be similar to Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, The Conversation, the other brilliant movie he made in the 1970s between The Godfather, Part II […]

Movie Review: V/H/S 2 and the Horror Panopticon


We’re in the Golden Age of the found footage genre. In the empire of the panopticon, horror movies thrive off 24/7 street surveillance, surgical cameras, security cameras, microscopic cameras, smartphones, webcams, etc. We live in a hunted, stalked society, consumed and regurgitated like a freshly turned zombie’s black bile. Cameras are everywhere–watching our carefully scripted […]

Movie Review: The Purge

The Purge

Guest Post by Billy Russell The premise in The Purge is a pretty original one: For twelve hours in one day of the year, all crime is legal. Because of this, all Americans have the opportunity to purge their sins without legal repercussion and violent crime is at an all-time low. Things are going well […]

Evil Dead Remake: Bloodlust, Gore, and A Dog Named Grandpa

Evil Dead remake review

There’s something decidedly un-scary about a horror movie with a plot that eschews mystery in order to lay out a diabolical, supernatural plan. In Evil Dead, the remake of the beloved cult classic original, The Evil Dead (dropping the titular “The” is about the closest this film gets to original deviation), it’s made clear that […]