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  • Reviews

    Reflections of Evil (2002)

    In 2007, my marriage and career both ended within a six month timeframe. My entire identity was erased before my eyes. I got used to the fact that insomnia, pills, and…

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    Epitaph (1987)

    Mothers. Everyone has at least one. Of course, not all moms are good—there’s a spectrum. On one end, there’s Joan Crawford from Mommie Dearest and on the other end, there’s Carol…

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    Flesh Freaks (2000)

    Someone went on vacation and brought us a souvenir called Flesh Freaks. FLESH FREAKS!!! College students Barry and Stan have a lot on their minds. Barry has just returned to Toronto…

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    Anyab (1981)

    Dracula gazes sexily into the camera and into your eyes. His gleaming white fangs catch the light just right. He’s got a full head of luxurious black hair, perfectly conditioned and…

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    Acne (2000)

    Chicago experienced a golden age of repertory film screenings in the early 2000s. And since I had just moved to the city proper, I took full advantage of the situation. From…

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    Blue Murder (1985)

    Blue Murder is about a serial killer in a clown mask who guns down filth peddlers in order to rid the world—or at least Toronto—of sin. That’s my two-cent summary. But…

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    Son of Dracula (1999)

    A 1951 issue of the comic book Darling Love featured a story of love-gone-wrong at a costume party that ended with the protagonist saying: “Thanks to you, my fickle friend, I’m…

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    Las Vegas Bloodbath (1989)

    Sam is a very successful businessman who has just secured a big deal. Money’s coming his way and he’s giddy with dollars. I see too much cocaine in his future. Sam…

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    Cannibal Hookers (1987)

    Cannibals. Hookers. Cannibal Hookers. The title tells you everything you need to know. A hooker struts down the Sunset Strip. A john picks her up. They go back to her place…

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    Where Evil Dwells (1985)

    In Where Evil Dwells, every night is Halloween. On June 19, 1984, Long Island teenager Ricky Kasso went to the woods, smoked PCP, ate acid, and stabbed his friend Gary Lauwers…

  • Home Video

    BLOOD LAKE (AGFA-012)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase the Blood Lake Special Edition DVD here. Blood Lake is the most fascinating — and…

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    Blood Sisters (1987)

    It begins with garden-variety bullying. A little girl calls a little boy a pervert because he doesn’t have a father (pretty sure she means “bastard,” but the girl is six so…

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    Centipede Horror (1982)

    Every single time it rains, centipedes descend upon my apartment, much like white people heading to Burning Man. If you’ve never seen a centipede, then imagine Eugene Levy’s eyebrows, only with…

  • Reviews

    Unhinged (1982)

    In 1972, progressive dad-rockers Yes went on tour to promote their album Close to the Edge. This tour marked the first time that keyboardist Rick Wakeman would wear a sequined Dracula…

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    Lost Faith (1983)

    Lost Faith is written by Joel D. Wynkoop, directed by Joel D. Wynkoop, produced by Joel D. Wynkoop, edited by Joel D. Wynkoop, and stars Joel D. Wynkoop. It also stars…

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    Narco Satanico (1984)

    Diff’rent Strokes was a 1980s sitcom about a white guy named Phillip Drummond who adopts two black kids named Willis and Arnold Jackson. Most people are familiar with the show’s famous…

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    G.B.H. (1983)

    Cliff Twemlow is many things. He is first and foremost a bouncer. He is also a stuntman. And a generous lover. And an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, composer, and novelist. He…

  • Reviews

    Black River Monster (1986)

    Black River Monster opens with this onscreen message: “This production was filmed in its entirety, using all natural settings, at the Black River Farm and Ranch in Croswell, Michigan, an operating…

  • Reviews

    Copperhead (1983)

    Copperhead is a movie for people who really, really hate snakes. It’s also a movie for people who really, really love guns. It’s also a movie for people who really, really…

  • Reviews

    Blood Brothers (1989)

    There is no greater horror sub-genre than the one known as “shitty kids.” And no shitty kids are shittier than the shitty kids in Blood Brothers. In the sun-bleached wasteland known…

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    Mind, Body, & Soul (1992)

    Wings Hauser is a god among men. A hero. A legend. A king. He is also a criminal defense attorney going up against a satanic cult that’s responsible for grisly human…

  • Reviews

    Satan War (1979)

    It is an indisputable fact that Satan War is the greatest title in motion picture history next to Violent Shit. It is also an indisputable fact that someone in Satan War…

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    Ozone! Attack Of The Redneck Mutants (1986)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. “If we lose the ozone layer, we’ll all become mutants.” Well, there you go. In 1986, writer-director Bret McCormick and partner Matt…

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    Zombies Invade Pittsburg (1988)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. You might as well forego formalities and just take off your pants. Because Zombies Invade Pittsburg will enter your home, make love…

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    Woodchipper Massacre (1989)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Cannibal Campout was Jon McBride’s debut shot-in-Connecticut SOV film. Someone ate a fetus in that film. Woodchipper Massacre is McBride’s direct follow-up.…

  • Reviews

    Video Violence 2 (1987)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. How do you follow up the despondency of Video Violence? Exactly. COMEDY. Due to the success of Video Violence, Camp Video was…

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    Video Violence (1987)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. A woman, with her two kids in tow, grabs a copy of I Dismember Mama off the shelf of a New Jersey…

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    Trampa Infernal (1989)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. R U ready for Freddy? “Whoever kills the bear will be the winner. It’s about showing the town who’s the best!” Say…

  • Reviews

    Srigala (1981)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Did Jason Vorhees ever drive a speedboat? Srigala is an Indonesian rip-off of Friday the 13th. But instead of a killer exacting…

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    Revenge Of The Living Dead Girls (1987)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Mes joues sont rouges! Translation: Boy, are my cheeks red! When I think French trash-horror, I think Jean Rollin. Then, I think…

  • Reviews

    Night To Dismember, A (1983)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Doris Wishman’s gory experiment in necessity isn’t so much a misconstrued slasher as it is a boon to mankind. In the early…

  • Reviews

    Escape From The Insane Asylum (1986)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. I once ate a slice of concession stand pizza before playing a little league game. This was third grade, maybe fourth. A…

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    Las Vegas Serial Killer (1986)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. No one photographs people jumping into pools, delivering pizzas, or staring at neon signs like Ray Dennis Steckler. In the 1960s, Steckler…

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    Killer Workout (1986)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. A woman has been chosen to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Therefore, she needs a tan before the photo shoot. We…

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    Invitation To Hell (1982)

    Originally published in Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Pro tip: If a man wearing a plastic Incredible Hulk mask asks you to come over to his house and watch him…