They’re Dead, They’re All Messed Up

When it comes to horror it seems as if it has been dissected and bisected and pulled apart and examined under the brightest lights. Every movie that comes out is part of a subgenre or a subsubgenre. It falls into this category or is dropped into that bucket.  When it comes to horror, we fans… Continue reading They’re Dead, They’re All Messed Up

THE DEATH OF APRIL – found footage review

I say it all the time but man alive do I love it when filmmakers tackle a style of found footage and keep to it. I love when they take that level of seriousness in hand and see it through.  Much of the time this happens you end up seeing a more compelling film.  Not… Continue reading THE DEATH OF APRIL – found footage review

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 2 – Book of Shadows – and such…

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 2 was sorta doomed from the outset, wasn’t it? It was the sequel to a film that had been a touchstone for indie horror and had lit up pop culture.  It rekindled a dormant sub-sub genre and had birthed a thousand imitators and parodies.  The trouble with success is that it… Continue reading THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT 2 – Book of Shadows – and such…

TERROR TRAIN 2 – review

Choo-Choo, all aboard the murder express! I guess.  Someone used that in a review, right? Tell me they did.  SOMEONE HAD TO HAVE.  Other than me, that is.  Maybe not.  So many folks try to be Clever Dans but just come off as snarky or mean. It isn’t even that it’s clever, it’s just, I… Continue reading TERROR TRAIN 2 – review

OUR TRIP TO BERRIBROOK – found footage review

I admit that I am a little surprised that the Lost In The Woods sub-sub-genre is still on fire but I do understand it. There’s something primal about it, about the idea of being in the middle of nowhere and being lost without any idea how to find your way back to safety. There’s a… Continue reading OUR TRIP TO BERRIBROOK – found footage review

THE FLOCK – found footage review

I am a sucker for the ‘THIS IS FOOTAGE FROM A POLICE DEPARTMENT ‘sort of found footage films. It lends a pseudo-authenticity to the film that makes you all tingly and scratches that murder-mystery itch.  We KNOW this isn’t police property, but it’s fun to sorta believe it.  The problem with this is, like found… Continue reading THE FLOCK – found footage review

THE WILD MAN – SKUNK APE – found footage review

If there is a simple lesson in found footage films it’s to ‘keep it simple’. One of the draws to the subgenre is that these films feel as if they ‘could be real’.  There is a reason so many of the good ones are very cut and dried - it works.  The problem is that… Continue reading THE WILD MAN – SKUNK APE – found footage review

THE MOTHMAN TAPES – found footage review

Like any artform where you are the sole creator (or one of very few), and are the one that believes in your work enough to put it out into the world, there comes an endless amount of derision to those of us creating these works. Though these were once seen as vanity projects, they are… Continue reading THE MOTHMAN TAPES – found footage review

HALLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN KILLS – HALLOWEEN ENDS – All This Trouble And Here We Are

**HERE THERE BE SPOILERS, MATEY!** In many ways, a lot of the horror fans of my age bracket and generation were raised on HALLOWEEN and the films of that era. HALLOWEEN you could catch on television around that holiday. Same with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was a little more elusive but… Continue reading HALLOWEEN – HALLOWEEN KILLS – HALLOWEEN ENDS – All This Trouble And Here We Are

I’M HAUNTED – found footage film review

There is something fascinating about found footage films and how they can capture a moment in time. Even as small as the fact that found footage is such an accessible point of entry for filmmakers just getting into making movies, it still captures that. Once upon a time it was gore films, or raunchy comedies… Continue reading I’M HAUNTED – found footage film review

So Funny That It’s Scary – horror comedies

If there’s one subgenre that is either Pass/Fail with very little wiggle room it’s the horror comedy. You either get it right or you fail miserably.  If you lean too much to one side and not the other everything can get derailed.  Too funny, then it’s seen as a comedy.  Too scary and it’s not… Continue reading So Funny That It’s Scary – horror comedies

Terror Unimaginable

Along with reviewing found footage and all the other fun stuff I do, I also write books. If you're in the mood for a late year chill, or an early winter thrill, look no further friend. I have just what the demon ordered... https://spookychris.com/haunted-bookstore/

A Festival of Film

It feels strange to say this but I have been a part of putting  seven film festivals together (eight if you count my involvement for the Flint Film Festival in 2005). Heck, I met my wife through a film festival. It started with the horror group I was a part of and our showing short… Continue reading A Festival of Film