You can also catch Popcorn Frights from the comfort of your own home! From August 12-19, you can catch the big second wave of films that can arrive straight to your living room. Twenty-one feature films and a plethora of live and animated horror shorts for your entertainment. And, if you fest at home, the popcorn will be so much cheaper!
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Joseph’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Reviews: The Barcelona Vampiress, The Lift, and Shadows
Here are three reviews from South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, for a highly artistic Spanish historical chiller, a moody Vietnamese horror based on Asian urban legends, and a fine Hong Kong psychological horror thriller.
The 2021 Portland Horror Film Festival Movie Announces its Film Slate! (And for a short time you can still get a Patron of Horror Pass)
Our beloved local Portland Horror Film Festival has announced its feature film roster for 2021. And for ONE MORE DAY, you can get the Patron of Horror Pass that gets you all of the fantastic swag that PHFF is famous for! The festival is doing a hybrid streaming and theatrical event this year, and you can pick and choose how you want to see the movies.
Eric’s North Bend Film Fest Review: Tailgate (2021)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
The ultimate road rage movie that collides with a nail-biting home invasion film. This Dutch film absolutely pours the intensity on in a way unseen in many a year. A rude and headstrong man picks the wrong enemy in a highway tailgating incident, subjecting his entire family to the revenge of a nuanced killer who uses rat poison as his weapon of choice.
Arrow Video FrightFest Reveals Its 2021 Poster Design
The United Kingdom’s superb Arrow Video FrightFest is one of the highlights each summer for scare-fare fans, and the fest has just presented its stunning poster this year, designed by Graham Humphreys. Following is the official press announcement.
Joseph’s Review: He’s Dead and So Am I (Chattanooga Film Festival)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
This horror comedy about two ghosts trying to work their way out of purgatory features humor that ranges from the broad to the uncomfortable, and is brought to cinematic life by a game cast.
Fantasia’s Second Wave Announcement Includes the Supernatural and Supeheroes
The Fantasia International Film Festival has outdone itself with today’s mind-warping second-wave announcement. Featuring horror titles such as #BLUE_WHALE, Ghosting Gloria, and Hellbender (to name but a few) along with a plethora of science fiction, dark comedy, thriller, and other horror-adjacent genres, Montreal’s premiere genre-film fest promises to be a blast, as it is every year.
Joseph’s Review: The Nowhere Inn (Slash ½ Film Festival 2021)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Where does Annie Clark end and her St. Vincent rock star persona begin? Her friend Carrie Brownstein attempts to document that until the answer to that question winds up in an absurd, sometimes surreal blur in this ambitious mockumentary.
North Bend Film Festival Announces the Lineup for Its 2021 Hybrid Edition
Washington’s North Bend Film Festival is back, and it is serving up a hybrid in-person and virtual version this July. […]
Joseph’s Review: Agnes (Tribeca Festival 2021)
Destined to be one of the most talked-about and divisive fright-fare films of the year, auteur Mickey (Climate of the Hunter) Reece’s possession-horror feature brings “But is it horror?” to a whole new level.
Liz’s Review: Censor (Panic Fest 2021)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond Enid (Niamh Algar) is a film censor in London who’s job it is […]
Joseph’s Reviews: Twisted Dreams Film Festival Online 2021 Horror Shorts: Possessions; Goodbye; and Sundown Trail
Along with the terrific feature-film lineup from Twisted Dreams Film Festival’s 2021 virtual version, the festival serves up plenty of short-form fright fare, too. Here is a second set of capsule reviews of just a few of the short films on offer.
Joseph’s Reviews: Twisted Dreams Film Festival Online 2021 Horror Shorts: Momma, Don’t Go; Make a Wish; and The Guard Station
Along with the terrific feature-film lineup from Twisted Dreams Film Festival’s 2021 virtual version, the fest serves up plenty of superb short-form fright fare, too. Here are capsule reviews of just a few of the short films on offer.
Horror Shorts: Finley (2019)
Dolls are creepy. Ventriloquist dummies add on the extra creep factor. Finley takes advantage of all the established history of the evil dummy tropes that came before it and flips all expectations in the most amusing and satisfying way.
Twisted Dreams Film Festival Goes Virtual Again for Its 6th Edition
The fine folks behind Milwaukee’s Twisted Dreams Film Festival have done it again, booking an incredible array of pulse-pounding cinema for the fest’s sixth edition, and its second virtual version. Following you will find what’s playing, how to see it, and more . . .
Slash ½ Features Shocks Aplenty and Gore Galore
Austrian film festival Slash ½, presented by the fine folks behind Slash Filmfestival, returns to cinemas after an absence last year, and the slate of 11 incredible films is highly impressive. The fest, which runs June 17–20, 2021 at Filmcasino in Vienna, Austria, features the gory trappings of The Stylist, the gross-out horror comedy Cyst, the supernatural shocker Son, and much more.
Horror Shorts: We Got a Monkey’s Paw (2018)
“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” The most accursed of curse tropes is brought to hilarious proportions in one of our favorite horror shorts from the Portland Horror Film Festival in 2019, now released on Alter… and now The Scariest Things!
South Korea’s BIFAN Film Festival Invites You to “Stay Strange” for Its 25th Birthday
One of life’s highlights for me each year is attending South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), which I […]
The Supernatural, Subversiveness, and Strangeness Highlight Fantasia’s First Wave Announcement
Every year, the staff members of The Scariest Things look forward to the Fantasia International Film Festival — North America’s premiere genre-film fest — and the first wave announcement for the fest’s landmark 25th edition shows exactly why!
Joseph’s Review: Vurdalak Blood (Fantaspoa 2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The vurdalak legend finds new blood in this exciting, top-notch chiller.
Liz’s Review: My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To
How far would you go for your family?
Portland Horror Film Festival: A Call for BIPOC Horror Directors
Are you an aspiring horror movie director, and happen to be from an underrepresented ethnic minority in filmmaking? Well now is a golden opportunity chance for your work to be seen! The Portland Horror Film Festival is offering FREE film submissions for BIPOC film creators. Deadline is May 4.
Liz’s Review: Keeping Company (Panic Fest 2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The insurance game has never been more cut-throat than it has in Keeping Company!
Warped Dimension Online Film Festival Features Death Wishes, Desert Monsters, and Darker Places
Zoom-based Warped Dimension online film festival, presented by the fine crew responsible for San Francisco’s Another Hole in the Head […]
Liz’s Review: The Djinn (Panic Fest 2021)
★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Be Careful what you wish for…
Liz’s Review: The Stylist (Panic Fest 2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Prepare to get more than a trim from The Stylist!
Liz’s Review: Below the Fold (Panic Fest 2021)
A missing girl, a grisly murder and two journalists eager to uncover the story Below the Fold.
Liz’s Review: An Ideal Host (Panic Fest 2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Appetizers, party games…and Aliens. All part of an epic evening with An Ideal host!
Zombie Comedy “Brain Freeze” Kicks Off Fantasia’s 25th Edition This August
Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival follows up its massively successful virtual version in 2020 with another online fest this year as it celebrates its 25th edition from August 5 through August 25, 2021. Opening Fantasia this year will be Québécois zombie comedy Brain Freeze from director Julien Knafo. Fanstasia has also revealed the super cool poster for its 2021 edition.
Mike’s Review: Offseason (2021) (SXSW Festival)
★★.5 out of ★★★★★ Pulling the perfect Lovecraftian film is a feat like no other. It’s been tried again and again. You might even say film makers repeated attempts to crawl inside Mr. Lovecraft’s tortured brain is rife with peril, failure, and madness. Or more to the point, it’s a cursed mission. Many have attempted to bring Lovecraft to the silver screen and most have failed. In the case, of 2021’s Offseason, it’s not so much a failure, but a dull attempt.