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  • Ananse: Part 1

    Ananse: Part 1

    Trying to rationalize the existence of these two 40-minute movies is like asking me to give up ice cream for one weekend -- it’s just not possible. Stylistically, the subtly dark themes and unreal production values of ANANSE feel similar to WHO KILLED CAPTAIN ALEX? (the hand-made action epic from Uganda) and 666: BEWARE THE END IS AT HAND (one of dozens of shot-on-video morality-horrors from Nigeria). But this webhead’s adventures are even further removed from reality. Like SON OF…

  • They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore

    They Don't Cut the Grass Anymore

    Writer, director, and producer Nathan Schiff got inspiration for THEY DON’T CUT THE GRASS ANYMORE after working at a hotel in Manhattan. I don’t know what happened at that hotel, but it sounds wilder than anything that went on at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. I, for one, am glad he worked there. This film is a triumph of backyard special effects, from firecrackers exploding heads to a torso filled with rotisserie chicken that the family dog just can’t…

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  • Halloween Party

    Halloween Party

    HALLOWEEN PARTY is a minimalist slasher that features stolen music from HALLOWEEN, 8-bit text crawls, and a cast of real-life teenagers who talk very fast. While it follows the basic template of other shot-on-video hangout slashers like BLOOD LAKE, HALLOWEEN PARTY is less of a “real movie” and more of a “home movie.” That’s what makes it cross the threshold from a charming curiosity to a time-warp treasure chest that overflows with Halloween mood. Like GIRLS AT THE CARNIVAL and…

  • The Cat

    The Cat

    THE CAT is epic. That’s really the only word for it. Everything about this film is larger than life, from the endless, fiery explosions to the throbbing alien that digests bodies until there’s nothing left but grisly skeletons. The practical effects are nonstop, each more stunning than the last. There are melted bodies, oozing eyeballs, and severed limbs. Also a cat. There are stop-motion alien beasties, writhing tentacles, and a gun deal that goes horribly right. Also a cat. There…