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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: 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 […]

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, […]

CFF Review: Harry Owens Hauntingly Tackles Grief With “The Unsettling”

“I thought we were here for a break” “I thought we were here to start over?” These lines between a grieving husband and wife midway through Harry Owen’s directorial debut, The Unsettling, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of attempting to restart your life after a tragedy. Abena (Zephani Idoko) and Kwame (Bambadjan Bamba) are at entirely different stages of the grieving […]

UFF Review: Sarah Goras Peterson Explores Paranoia And Cults In ‘The Zand Order’

The Zand Order directed by Sarah Goras Peterson follows a mother searching for answers related to her daughter’s death. She believes a cult was responsible for her daughter’s death, however the police had their doubts and previously closed the investigation. The film follows Yessica (the camera specialist) and Vex (the tracker/guide) who were hired by Morgan (the mother), to help […]

UFF Review: Robbie Banfitch Unearths A New Breed of Extraterrestrial In ‘The Outwaters’

A series of pictures and general information about the victims accompanied by a horrific recording of a 911 call set the stage for the grim events that will unfold across Robbie Banfitch’s The Outwaters before temporarily thrusting the viewer into the personal lives of these travelers via memory cards recovered from their camera. Through displaying personal moments between the characters […]