There are movies that are sometimes too much even for the seasoned horror fan – for the 2012 version of myself, one such movie was the remake of William Lustig’s Maniac starring Elijah Wood, one that felt so downright evil that it seemed like a snuff film. It took me 8 and a half years

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When Norman Graysmith is invited into the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendle to be exact, he believes he has the subject for a career defining documentary. However, the documentary crew soon learn of a few crucial issues with the production. Notably, the professed murderer has yet to take a life. Under the

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Shot in the Dark Film Review

Shot in the Dark is the directorial debut of Keene McRae. Co-written by Kristoffer McMillan and Lane Thomas, it should be noted that all three also perform roles in the film. Perhaps most notably, McMillan takes on the lead role as William Langston. Will has abandoned his small town roots for the glamorous life of

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Shiver AKA Skin Collector Film

“Wendy Alden, a young secretary in Portland lacking in self-confidence, becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow, Wendy finds the resources of courage to fight back and escape” Steeped in a love of true crime, Shiver, aka Skin Collector, presents the familiar structure of

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Midnight 2021 Film Review

South Korean cinema has carved out an incredible niche releasing thrillers tinged with a deliciously dark tone. From brutal revenge-fueled classics like Old Boy to soul-destroying crime thrillers often focused on serial killers like I Saw the Devil, these films have made a noticed and beloved impact on the genre that is here to stay.

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Eri's Murder Diary Film

Proposing itself as an intimate look at a killer, Eri’s Murder Diary caught my attention among the many titles at Japan Film Fest Hamburg. Directed by newcomer Koji Degura, I was excited to take a deep dive into the mind of a killer and see what I would find. What Is It About? Looking to

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Cure 1997

 In this short article, I want to write something about Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure (1997). Yet, I do not want to present a common review, but I want to offer a somewhat more poetic piece on the rather scandalous truth of Kiyoshi’s mystery-horror masterpiece. Cure follows detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) as he is tasked to

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The Forest of Love is Japanese psychological horror and crime drama from the eminently brilliant director Sion Sono. The Japanese filmmaker is exceptional at depicting the drama of stranger facets to life, conveying dark poetry from said drama. This film follows a psychopath, who is based on a real life serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga, as he seduces, manipulates, terrorizes and coerces various impressionable people into his absolute control.