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Popcorn Frights Review: Carter Smith’s ‘Swallowed’ Crosses The Border With A Belly Full Of Bugs

Cringe-inducing body horror delivered via a tightly-paced, timely thriller about a queer couple smuggling drugs across an international border surely isn’t something anyone had on their horror movie bingo cards, though it’s exactly what Carter Smith’s Swallowed shoots for and achieves with flying colors. The film opens with a hypnotic credits sequence intercut with the leads dancing in a club, […]

Popcorn Frights Review: John Ainslie Bites Into Love, Flesh & Peyote With ‘Do Not Disturb’

A superbly edited travel montage doubling as an opening credits sequence stylishly opens John Ainslie’s sophomore feature film Do Not Disturb, as viewers are effectively introduced to the South Florida setting and lead characters in the process. Chloe (Kimberly Laferriere of In The Dark, injecting a great deal of nuance into her show-stealing performance) and Jack (Rogan Christopher of 2018’s […]

Popcorn Frights Review: ‘Peppergrass’ Serves Up Undercooked Thrills With A Lack Of Depth

Rather strangely, truffles (the fungus, not the chocolate) have become hot fodder for independent films as of late due to the existence of some evidently rather violent and treacherous black market trading. Brought to the mainstream by Michael Sarnoski’s triumphant anti-revenge film Pig starring Nicolas Cage, Steven Garbas and Chantelle Han are now taking a shot at their own version […]

Popcorn Frights Review: Sylvia Caminer Comments On Influencer Culture With Debut Thriller ‘Follow Her’

The idea of a social media influencer has taken off greatly within the last couple decades but it’s never been at more of the forefront than it is right now in 2022. Sylvia Caminer’s feature length directorial debut, Follow Her, takes the idea of a social media influencer and places it firmly into a psychological thriller when an aspiring actress […]

Popcorn Frights Review: Scott Slone’s Hybrid Found Footage ‘Malibu Horror Story’ Hides It’s Strengths Behind Tired Tropes

Scott Slone’s decade-plus-long endeavor Malibu Horror Story opens by revealing a team of young paranormal researchers in a remote Malibu Canyon cave who are recording the pilot episode of their web series. They’re preparing for the inaugural EVP session and in the process describe their roster of standard spirit hunting tech, including the spirit box they’ll use to communicate with […]

NBFF Review: James Morosini’s Weird Past Is A Hilariously Heartfelt Dramedy In ‘I Love My Dad’

After the words “The following actually happened. My dad asked me to tell you it didn’t.” flash across the screen viewers get their first glimpse of the lead as Chuck (Patton Oswalt of Young Adult and Ratatouille delivering another heartfelt and hilarious performance) finds a puppy in the park while on a walk with his son Franklin. He’s seen ripping […]

NBFF Review: Mali Elfman’s Next Exit Addresses Difficult Topics Via A Unique Lens

When a research scientist makes national headlines by seemingly proving the existence of an afterlife and opening a facility that facilitates the peaceful transition to the other side for research purposes, people from all over the country travel to be the first ones to experience it. Two lost souls, Rose (Katie Parker) and Teddy (Rahul Kohli) arrange travel plans with […]