Life After Beth – review

Like its titular zombie, this film makes a good first impression, but before long you can tell the neurons are not quite firing correctly. If your girlfriend died after you had been having problems, leaving you morose and regretful because you never got to say you were sorry, you might think the greatest good fortune …

Varsity Blood Finger Puppet Theater – Video

If it was up to me, more previz– those dry-runs filmmakers create of sequences using story board drawings — would actually be done using finger puppets. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and you get to wiggle your digits in front of the camera, which has to be fun. For now, the makers of the upcoming VARSITY …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES got nothing to worry about. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES doing quite well, thank you very much. Got the big-budget, Michael Bay treatment (he’s the producer on this one; Jonathan Liebesman directed); came in #1 at the box office this past weekend; has the almost inevitable sequel already in the works. Yup, …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Into the Storm – Dossier Fantastique 5:30

* In Dossier Fantastique 5:30, Lawrence French reviews TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and INTO THE STORM; Steve Biodrowski offers a 50th anniversary look back at THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH (1964), starring Barbara Steele; and the podcasting duo team up to discuss the week’s home video releases, including A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 and ONLY LOVERS …

Guardians of the Galaxy – Dossier Fantastique 5:29

Let the hate mail begin! In the grand tradition of Cinefantastique (dating back at least to the magazine’s review of STAR WARS), Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski rake the blockbuster box office hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY over the coals in this week’s Dossier Fantastique Podcast. Sure, it’s far from the worst movie ever made,  …

Guardians of the Galaxy – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Welcome to August, the month when studios, having already fired off all their high-profile (not to mention high concept) summer guns, unleash what amounts to their second tier of releases, the stuff that doesn’t automatically trigger broad media attention, things with a more… “culty,” shall we say?… appeal, and things that are, let’s just say …

Hercules, Lucy, I Origin, Hemlock Grove – Dossier Fantastique 5:28

Dossier Fantastique Volume 5, Number 28  opens to reveal data on this week’s horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies, television, and home video. Cinefantastique podcaster Lawrence French out-muscles HERCULES and explores the optics of I ORIGIN. Meanwhile, Steve Biodrowski attempts to apply 100% of his brain to LUCY, then visits HEMLOCK GROVE for its second …

The Black Torment (1964) – 50th anniversary review

“Terrror Creeps from the fringe of fear to the pit of panic! And horror piles upon suspense as evil plunges into…THE BLACK TORMENT.” Sounds pretty trashy, right? Like the excessive hyperbole associated with some deservedly forgotten exploitation film from decades past. Well, that assessment is half right: THE BLACK TORMENT is almost forgotten but not …

The Purge: Anarchy – Podcast 5:27

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Volume 5, Number 27 explores the dystopian horrors of THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This sequel takes the premise of THE PURGE (2013) and plays it out on a larger canvas, exploring territory that the original only suggested. Is that enough to satisfy those frustrated by THE PURGE’s home invasion scenario? Listen in …

SHARKNADO 2's Dante Palminteri – The CFQ Interview

It’s raining sharks, hallelujah! Or maybe whether you’re making that exclamation depends on how highly refined your appreciation of irony is. Yes, SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE is here, moving the mayhem to New York (to the producers’ credit, largely the real New York), larding the proceedings with copious cameos (hallloooo Andy Dick, Perez Hilton, …