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Andy B

Andy has been a horror enthusiast/journalist for close to two decades. He has written for numerous horror outlets, and currently works as a programmer for a prestigious horror film festival.

Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017

It’s been a little while since I’ve been totally fucking blown away by a horror film; something I would legitimately call a good movie regardless of its genre’s connotation. I’m happy to say that The Devil’s Candy is that film. It also sits somewhere in the sweet spot for me, because it includes a few of the Kvlt’s favorite things…horror & metal! Aw hell, why not throw in some strong satanic overtones just for good measure? It’s certainly not the first film to combine these elements; it’s just the first to do it so damn successfully in my eyes. This is why we love horror movies! It’s rare to get a taste of something so fresh, and to have that taste carry through until after the credits have rolled.

 

As I said, it’s not the first film to blend metal and horror together. In fact, for the initiated, there’s a whole “metalsploitation” genre dating back to the 80’s. Films like Black Roses, Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Trick or Treat and even sillier entries like The Gate paved the way for the dark side of metal to permeate the collective psyche of suburbia. Metal music was a little more taboo in the Continue reading “Movie Review: The Devil’s Candy 2017”

Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)

We all have those movies that we just end up missing in the theatre. It’s not that there’s a lack of motivation, but sometimes life just gets in the way of spending your hard earned money at the Cineplex. For this reviewer, The Belko Experiment is one of those instances. I wanted to see it, and the trailers looked great, I just never got around to it. Now that the film has been released for home audiences, do yourself a favor and check it out. I promise you it’s the ultra-violent office massacre comedy you didn’t know you needed.

The film starts off at a break neck pace, with only mere minutes of exposition before diving head first into the carnage. The story revolves around a large multi-national corporation that Continue reading “Movie Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)”

Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn has been something of an enigma since he burst onto the scene with his violent 1996 Danish crime thriller Pusher. Since then, his films have only gotten stranger and more violent, which is saying something if you seen his films Drive or Valhala Rising. Although the films are weird, they’ve also gotten better. His latest film The Neon Demon is no exception to the rule. It’s nothing short of a visual masterpiece, while also showcasing the vapid and cutthroat world of modeling.

 

I would not describe Refn as a mainstream filmmaker, however he does have some broad mainstream appeal. As his career continues to flourish, his name continues to attract some of Continue reading “Movie Review: The Neon Demon (2016)”

Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)

The Greasy Strangler has got to be one of the most bizarre cinematic experiences I can recall having in years.

I’ve seen a lot of weird shit, but this one is almost off the spectrum in terms of strangeness. The film is definitely worth watching if you’ve got a fairly high tolerance for abstract thinking. In fact, The Greasy Strangler seems to exist in its own little universe. Think of the strangest sketches from Tim & Eric meeting at a crossroads with the film Hobo With a Shotgun.

If you can put that image together, you might enjoy the strangeness that ensues. If you’re not familiar with those two properties, or don’t like them, abandon hope all ye who enter here. Jim Hosking wrote and directed this film, which is also his feature debut. He is also responsible for one of the most memorably disturbing segments from The ABC’s of Death 2…”G is for Grandad.” Frankly I’m not sure how this film exists, but thanks to Spectrevision and a few other Continue reading “Movie Review: The Greasy Strangler (2016)”

Review – Francesca (2015)

I don’t consider myself to be an “expert” on too many things in life. However, when it comes to the horror sub-genre of Italian giallo films, I’ll go ahead and say that I know more than most. In fact, it was a big part of my graduate studies while in film school. One of my professors also had a strange affinity for late ’70s euro-trash, and we would constantly try to one-up each other. We would even go so far as to screen rare 35mm prints during his office hours. That sounds tough, I know. This led to the exposure of probably hundreds of films that neither of us would’ve seen on our own. It was a wonderful learning experience, and probably the highlight of my time in the program.

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In Defense of The Walking Dead & Negan

For those of you NOT caught up on the most current season of The Walking Dead, be warned… spoilers ahead!

 

We’ve all seen the posts stating that the past season of The Walking Dead was losing viewers at a rapid pace. In fact, it was reported that the season 7 mid-season finale had the lowest viewership numbers since season 3. That being said, it’s still the highest rated show on basic cable. It’s a troubling phenomenon, especially since The Walking Dead is still one of the best horror properties currently running on TV.

 

Why the loss of viewership? Frankly, I think the show is becoming too bleak for some. Many Continue reading “In Defense of The Walking Dead & Negan”

Pet (2016)

Working within the horror genre is often a tricky endeavor. As someone who screens movies on a regular basis, I get to see hundreds of films and on average I see between 2-300 a year. That’s a pretty heavy undertaking for even the most seasoned of viewers. When I worked at a video store in my younger days, I used to rent EVERY single horror film that came through the door. My friends and co-workers used to ask me how I could suffer through so much nonsense. My reply: “1 out of 10 is superb, so good that it makes the 9 other bad ones worth it”. I’m sorry to say that with the more recent popularity of the horror genre, that number has gotten closer to 1 Continue reading “Pet (2016)”

Andy’s Best Of 2016 Horror List

It’s that time of year again…the horrible holiday music filled with fake cheer and obligatory gift giving. Cynical you say? I’m not a huge fan of December in general. However, what better way to offset the phony holiday spirit with a nice collection of year-end horror films. 2016 was not necessarily a landmark year for horror, but it isn’t without its gems. Here is my end of the year “best of” list.

 

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This is a film that I’ve already written about in a lengthy review. It has almost everything one Continue reading “Andy’s Best Of 2016 Horror List”

Raw (2016)

I recently had the opportunity to see something…disgusting. Keep in mind that I consider myself a connoisseur of “disgusting” films. This is not a term that I just throw around. I was recently invited to a secret screening, where the audience was unaware of the film to be screened until your ass was in the seat. We were promised it would be worth the suspense, and it would be something that hasn’t been screened outside of some very small film festival audiences.

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