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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HITLER

Here was have what is probably the most controversial work in a career that has seen no shortage on controversy

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IF I WERE A SPY

The second film directed by France’s Bertrand Blier was this eccentric black and white noir thriller from 1967

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CLOUDS

Filipino horror trash that was apparently marketed as a porno flick in its native land—a designation that isn’t entirely off the mark given the copious sex scenes and trashy overall vibe

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Funnybook Flashback: XOMBI

The nineties were a banner era for weird media, comic books in particular

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MARS AND APRIL

Science fiction from Quebec that isn’t perfect (far from it!) but deserves points for effort

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GRANDMOTHERS RECHARGE WELL!

This Czech satire owes more than a little something to Ray Bradbury’s I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!/THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, but taken on its own terms it’s pretty good

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THE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN

One of the most interesting translations to appear in some time, this is the first-ever English version of a short novel that was originally published in Italian back in 1977

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Ranking The Rankings: The “Best” Canadian Films

It’s been claimed that a third of the world’s most depressing films emerge from Canada and, having viewed many a Canadian film, I believe it

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On THE INTERFACE SERIES

Here’s something interesting: a horror-science fiction “novel” related entirely in the form of Reddit posts

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THE MAGIC TOYSHOP

THE MAGIC TOYSHOP evinces all the qualities that defines Angela Carter’s fiction, namely a fair amount—though not nearly enough in this case—of perverse invention

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LITTLE HEAVEN

Here Nick Cutter, of the well-received horror thrillers THE TROOP and THE DEEP, tries his hand at a genre epic of the type popularized by Stephen King and Robert McCammon, with mixed results

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Quite popular among the literati and the winner of at least one prestigious award, it’s a relentlessly contemplative and intellectual treatment of material that will seem quite familiar to most horror fans

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Cult Films In Search of A Cult

Having written about the subject for the past 20 years, I can discern what marks out cult films, and the following, I believe, are all prime candidates

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PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: THE TWISTED HISTORY OF ’70s AND ’80s HORROR FICTION

Now here’s a subject I know a bit about: paperback horror novels of the so-called “horror boom” of the 1970s and 80s

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THE JUDAS FISH

The late Kenneth Cook was never more inspired than has was in this novel

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THE JOURNEY INSIDE

An amalgamation of educational drama and grade-Z science fiction that was the first ever non-documentary film made expressly for IMAX

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Books You Should Be Reading

Many will disagree, but I say it’s a fact that my book reviews have in many cases helped inspire cults

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SCHOOL TIES

This 90s Hollyweird product is pretty good, albeit burdened with a crummy third act.  These days it’s best known as an early showcase for quite a few future stars

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JEFFERY DAHMER: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF A SERIAL KILLER

This was perhaps the most infamous underground comic of the nineties

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DEATH RITE

This French-Italian-German co-production, pivoting on clairvoyance and murder, is definitely peculiar, and for that reason alone deserves a look

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GRANDMOTHERS RECHARGE WELL!

This Czech satire owes more than a little something to Ray Bradbury’s I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!/THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, but taken on its own terms it’s pretty good

read more

THE JOURNEY INSIDE

An amalgamation of educational drama and grade-Z science fiction that was the first ever non-documentary film made expressly for IMAX

read more

SCHOOL TIES

This 90s Hollyweird product is pretty good, albeit burdened with a crummy third act.  These days it’s best known as an early showcase for quite a few future stars

read more

LITTLE HEAVEN

Here Nick Cutter, of the well-received horror thrillers THE TROOP and THE DEEP, tries his hand at a genre epic of the type popularized by Stephen King and Robert McCammon, with mixed results

read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Quite popular among the literati and the winner of at least one prestigious award, it’s a relentlessly contemplative and intellectual treatment of material that will seem quite familiar to most horror fans

read more