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Breaking Surface
Underwater survival thriller scales down the disaster movie but not the tension
"...The difference between a survival horror and a survival thriller is simple: do those in..."

Jan. 8, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

AFS Invites You to a Sundance at Pioneer Farms
Festival brings drive-in screenings plus special streaming panels
" at once darkly beautiful and entirely terrifying. Blending horror and fantasy, this film is imaginative and gutsy, painting..."

Jan. 7, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Top 10 Festival Films of 2020 You Haven't Seen Yet
The best of the fests from Austin and beyond
"...Amelia Moses unleashed a double-fanged assault on horror this year with her two radical reinventions of the..."

Jan. 1, 2021 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Shadow in the Cloud
WWII creature feature is a Frankenstein’s mess
"...interior coms system. The other is an absurd green-screen action-horror that is as cartoonish as anything Warner Bros. turned..."

Jan. 1, 2021 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Justin G. Dyck Would Do Anything for Jackson
Christmas romance movie maker delivers this year's chilliest horror
"...niche can be very inward-looking. It's as true for horror as any other genre, so when Justin G. Dyck..."

Dec. 30, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Party Never Stops with the Uncaged New Year's Eve Bash
Meet the Cheddar Goblin in an 8-Bit Alamo as South Lamar goes virtual
" commentary track of Panos Cosmatos’ mindwarping psychedelic revenge horror, and afterwards the duo will be lurking in one..."

Dec. 27, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Latest retelling of the children's classic gets tangled in its own strings
"...enough, that it seems like he’s in his own horror film). As the title character, Federico Ielapi embodies Pinocchio..."

Dec. 25, 2020 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Qmmunity: Make the Yuletide Gay
The best way to spread queer cheer is giving thanks, supporting QTs who keep Austin queer
"...Bulimianne Rhapsody's Holiday Horrors: Gremlins A teenager's furry little pet of mysterious origins..."

Dec. 25, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

Tired of the Same Old Christmas Movies? Try These Instead.
7 unconventional picks to scratch your holiday itch
"...There’s no shortage of Christmas horror movies to choose from, but there’s only one teen..."

Dec. 22, 2020 Screens Post

Top 10 Most Read Film Reviews of 2020
The pandemic picks you wanted to read about
"...Hulu's Black horror-comedy about a possessed 'do and the myth of the..."

Dec. 19, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Monster Hunter
The beast-slaying game gets the Paul W.S. Anderson treatment
"...Captain Artemis (Jovovich, continuing her dominance as queen of sci-fi-action-horror), falls through a portal in a storm, right into..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Gerard Butler brings back the classic disaster movie
"...meditation on regret and impending disaster. There is genuine horror in watching Garrity interact with his neighbors for the..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

To the Ends of the Earth
Japanese travel story captures the isolation of culture shock, with fear and levity
"...pulsate through the screen. While it is not a horror movie, Yoko’s fear throughout it is still tangible. It’s..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Top Fiction of 2020 for the Angry Girls
Rosalind Faires chooses several tales of righteous indignation
"...Morrow) Vintage sapphics meets Hollywood dyke drama meets meta horror in Emily M. Danforth's novel, with illustrations by Sara..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Arts Feature by Rosalind Faires

Josh Kupecki's Top 10 Films of 2020
"The outrage, the tragedy, the surprise"
"...I see the outrage, the tragedy, the surprise, the horror, the recognition, and above all, the joy that cinema..."

Dec. 18, 2020 Screens Feature by Josh Kupecki

Friends to the End (of the World)
Ric Roman Waugh and Gerard Butler reunite in Greenland
"...Waugh: I was looking to do something in the horror space, or the disaster space, but I wanted to..."

Dec. 16, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Short and Sweet: "A Grievance With Gravity"
Filmmaker Kelli Horan on wrestlers, breezeblocks, and Barophobia
"...KH: I really love genre films – scifi, fantasy, horror. From the visuals to the inferred meaning behind how..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Review: Sweet River
Australian supernatural thriller follows a mother's pain
"...another addition to the recent trend of isolated rural horrors like The Dark and the Wicked and Relic to..."

Dec. 11, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Other Worlds Goes to Infinity ... Well, Next Sunday
Fest adds a whole week for virtual screenings, plus awards
"...Other Worlds, Austin's dedicated science fiction, fantasy, and horror festival, already shed the bonds of the physical to..."

Dec. 9, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

All My Life
True-life cancer romance is tepid chicken soup for the soul
"...One of this year’s most exciting horror films is Anything for Jackson, a sinister tale of..."

Dec. 4, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Qmmunity: Gifting Here to Keep Austin Queer
Plus, Bulimianne Rhapsody's Holiday Horror and more queer cheer
"...inviting y'all along for the ride. Watch the holiday horror with Bulimianne and friends, and enjoy a digital drag..."

Dec. 4, 2020 Column by Beth Sullivan

Staging Human Resources: The Musical Despite the Pandemic
Mallory Schlossberg knew she'd face challenges staging her new musical now, but she decided to just do it and figure it out
"...workplace training videos. Schlossberg describes the work as a horror-comedy, and the plot synopsis certainly lends a double meaning..."

Dec. 4, 2020 Arts Feature

Lucky Seven for Sci-Fi Film Fest Other Worlds
Interstellar picks for the festival's seventh year
"...Bleed With Me Representing the Under Worlds horror sub-strand, Amelia Moses raised chills at Fantastic Fest with..."

Nov. 27, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Toward the Skylin3s With Liam O'Donnell
How the alien invasion franchise took the fight into space
"...reason. When Liam O'Donnell wrapped shooting on his 2017 sci-fi-action-horror fusion Beyond Skyline, he had no idea he was..."

Nov. 24, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist
The master filmmaker revealed, under the guise of examining his film.
"...of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist possesses streaming horror service Shudder from Nov. 19...."

Nov. 20, 2020 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Austin Horror Crew Launch Bloodoath Filmmaker Consulting
Paper Street creatives join forces with genre experts
"...genre scene, have founded a new consultancy firm for horror filmmakers, and they've called it Blood Oath...."

Nov. 19, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
What we’re listening to
"...Howard/Michael Moorcock's sword and sorcery and H.P. Lovecraft's existential horror oeuvre, tales of Arginor have been told in print..."

Nov. 20, 2020 Music Feature by Michael Toland

It's Gonna Get Pitch Black at Other Worlds
David Twohy named this year's Defender of the Universe
"...2020 online version of the SF fest with a horror streak...."

Nov. 17, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Lucky McKee Heads to Paper Street for Old Man
Texas horror crew team up for new Stephen Lang thriller
"...Two big names of Texas indie horror are teaming up for a new collaboration: According to..."

Nov. 14, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Overstuffed indie horror is like watching an OSHA violation
"...abandoned mental hospital? The producers of Habitual, a new horror film from Charlestown, Mass. native Johnny Hickey (Oxy-Morons), are..."

Nov. 13, 2020 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

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