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DVDanger: All This Horror Business

Ruggero Deodato is a delightful dining companion. I broke bread with the legendary 75-year-old Italian director last year during the Housecore Horror Film Festival, and he insisted on taking iPhone pictures of everyone at the table, like a proud and tech-savvy grandfather. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Sat. Jul. 26, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: NSFW

Sex sells, as the saying goes. It also horrifies people, and makes them laugh. But while American film makers seem ever more prudish on the topic, it's up to their European cousins, as always, to grab the bull by the, ahem, horns. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Sat. Jul. 19, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Death Rattle Shakes

You! I want to take you to a Death Spa! I want to take you to a death spa! I want to take you to a death spa, death spa, death spa! Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Sun. Jul. 13, Richard Whittaker

DVD Watch: 'Jodorowsky's Dune'

There are a thousand movies that remain unmade every day. It takes a pretty special film to bother making a documentary about a film that never happened. That's the core argument behind Jodoroswky's Dune. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Tue. Jul. 8, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Heavy Metal Movies'

We understand. If you love gruesome movies, the holidays suck. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Jul. 5, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Enemy'

Remember when Jake Gyllenhaal became famous with Donnie Darko, and then he became replaced by a guy that looked like Jake Gyllenhaal, but did big studio bullhooey like Prince of Persia and The Day After Tomorrow? Well, both Gyllenhaals are in Canadian psychological creepfest Enemy (LionsGate). Kinda. Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Sat. Jun. 28, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Almost Human'

Remember when aliens didn't engage in full-scale, all-CGI invasions, but just stuck to picking up hillbillies in the ass-end of nowhere? Almost Human (IFC) does. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Sun. Jun. 22, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Of Flesh, Blood and Boners

If films teach us one thing, it's that the human body is a frail thing, and that the greatest myth we teach ourselves is that we are eternally inviolate. Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Tue. Jun. 17, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Asian Exchange

There was a time when the terms "Asian cinema" and "cult" were virtually synonymous. You got what you could, when you could ("Don't like tentacle hentai? Tough luck. The only release this week is Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend. And it's dubbed.") Now, mercifully, there's enough imported Eastern cinema that there's actually a selection. Read More | Comment »

8:00AM Sat. Jun. 7, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Robert Hiltzik on 'Sleepaway Camp'

It's the ending to beat all. Sleepaway Camp wraps up with a deliciously unexpected final shot. Writer/director Robert Hiltzik explained, "Since it's a horror film, my thinking was, you need a good beginning so you grab the audience right away, and then you need a really good ending, so when they leave, they remember." Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Sat. May. 31, Richard Whittaker

Vulcan (Video) Mind Meld

Vulcan Video rules me once more. Late last millennium, mending a broken heart, I plundered the rental magnate’s French/Spanish film wall like a privateer. Catherine Deneuve, Penelope Cruz, Agnes Varda – my ransoms. With their forever West Campus hub at 29th and Guadalupe relocated to North Loop, I’m now within walking distance. Suck it, Netflix. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. May. 30, Raoul Hernandez

DVD Watch: '24 Exposures'

Adam Wingard is an obsessive about perversion. That's probably why he's the inspiration and star of the latest flick from Joe Swanberg, 24 Exposures. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Tue. May. 27, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Zoe Bell on 'Raze'

Zoe Bell has done some tough things in her life. But beating up Doug Jones, the nicest man in acting, may be the toughest. "That's when you know I'm learning chops as an actor," said Bell, "because Doug is the sweetest, loveliest man on the planet." Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Sat. May. 24

DVD Watch: 'Grand Piano'

If musical thriller Grand Piano teaches you anything, it's this: Learning "Chopsticks" could save your life. Read More | Comment »

5:36PM Tue. May. 20, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: School's Out!

School's out! But before everyone packs away their pencils, it's a battle of the campus slaughterhouses in this week's home releases, as the mass murderer stalking Lanier Collage in Final Exam goes up against the demonic cult over at Evilspeak's West Andover Military Academy. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Sat. May. 17, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Blackness And Shadows

There's no effect cheaper, and maybe none more effective, than opening a film in blackness with spooky sounds. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Sat. May. 3

DVDanger: 'Flowers in the Attic'

Gahd, the 70s were weird. Get your heads around this: One of the most successful novel franchises of the era was about incest among the rich. Mercifully, we have the Lifetime Network to remind us how unbelievably strange that decade was with Flowers in the Attic. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Sat. Apr. 19, Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: 'Holliston' / 'Knights of Badassdom'

Most cult films become cult films. But once in a while film arrives, a film foretold with ill-augur, that has the dedication, fascination and weirdo subject matter that pushes it into cult status. And that film is Knights of Badassdom. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Sat. Apr. 12, Richard Whittaker

What Would Werner Do?

Obsessive, borderline-mad – or, y’know, just batshit-crazy – behavior has long been a hallmark of Werner Herzog's heroes; think Fitzcarraldo pushing a boat up a mountain, or Timothy Treadwell’s misguided Grizzly Man aspirations. Now you, too, can do obsessive, borderline-mad from the comfort of your own couch and cram 16 Herzog films in as many weeks. Read More | Comment »

10:30AM Tue. Apr. 8, Kimberley Jones

DVDanger: Larry Fessenden Goes 'Beneath'

If there's a dark patron saint of modern indie horror, it's probably director, producer, actor and writer Larry Fessenden. He said, "I'm eager to show the depravity of human nature." Read More | Comment »

8:31AM Sat. Mar. 29, Richard Whittaker

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