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A brief discussion of The Human Centipede franchise, with opinions on the trailer of The Human Centipede 3: The Final Sequence

When filmmakers push the envelope, test limits and do that which no one before them has done, we often call it art.  But when filmmakers push the envelope and then shove the contents of the envelope down your throat, it often loses its luster and shifts to an altogether different genre.  666 more words

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Ex Machina (2015), playing on your sympathies as powerfully as your suspicions, this is a sci-fi artificial intelligence thriller told in a manner you have not seen before.

MY CALL:  An artificial intelligence thriller told in a manner you have not seen before. It will play on your sympathies as powerfully as your suspicions.  564 more words

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John's Horror Corner: The Voices (2014), a gory dark comedy with Ryan Reynolds as a likable schizophrenic whose cat urges him to kill people.

MY CALL:  Definitely not for everyone.  This film is sweet and funny, but it has its Texas Chainsaw moments, too.  It’s a cute little murderous movie. 650 more words

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John's Horror Corner: Absentia (2011), a quietly scary adult fable melding the Billy Goats Gruff with a hauntingly melancholy atmosphere.

MY CALL:  This minimalist, quietly scary adult fable melds the Billy Goats Gruff with a hauntingly melancholy atmosphere.  The budget is low, but the film does not rely on effects as characters and eeriness drive this movie.  509 more words

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"That Awkward Moment" in Horror: Part 1: Classic Horror, Sexuality and Dating

Horror is a genre rich in recycled concepts, cookie-cutter plots and trope-y character archetypes.  But if you wind things back to the classics, there was a time when horror was doing things for the first time.  1,406 more words

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John's Horror Corner: It Follows (2015), entrancing and unsettling, this gritty timeless film serves as a powerful cautionary metaphor to the consequences of unprotected sex.

MY CALL:  Entrancing and unsettling, this gritty timeless film serves as a powerful cautionary metaphor to the consequences of unprotected sex.  Beautifully executed and a unique experience; quite an unusual combination in the horror genre. 691 more words

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Trailer Talk: Other Halves, about a strange dating app that causes strange and evil side effects.

Other Halves features Mercedes Manning (Strictly Sexual, Zipper) and Lauren Lakis (Hybrids, Gun Woman) as the developers of a revolutionary new dating app called Other Halves. 344 more words

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