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UFF Review: Intergalactic Voyeurism With Patrick Donnelly’s ‘The Alien Report’

“Based on reports of extraterrestrial encounters” is the first thing you see when starting Patrick Donnelly’s 2022 found footage sci-fi film “The Alien Report” and it’s a message that attempts to root this story within reality. Pentagon footage, abduction reports and questions of the aliens intentions with humanity quickly set the stage for the story to kickstart with the narrator […]

Fantastic Fest Review: Phil Tippett’s ‘Mad God’

After being presented with the text of an ancient scroll followed by establishing shots depicting the hellish landscape surrounding a sinister spire that looms over a monster-infested dystopian wasteland, it’s quite clear Phil Tippett’s epic stop-motion adventure Mad God is going to be an incredible sight to behold, a sentiment that remains true right up until the credits roll. This […]

CFF Review: Timothy Covell’s ‘Blood Conscious’

Timothy Covell’s “Blood Conscious” is a brilliantly executed, cerebral exercise in managing paranoia that within the first few minutes has the characters juggling with who they can trust, what’s actually going on, and deciphering how they’re going to get out of this situation without being killed or suffering an even worse fate. It’s a film that submerges the viewer in […]

CFF Review: Jacob Gentry’s ‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’

Presenting the viewer with a mesmerizingly layered narrative that’s brought to life by great performances, Jacob Gentry’s “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” is a deeply unsettling and highly engaging thriller that’ll have you completely engrossed in it’s mystery by the end of the first act. The story unfolds rather slow as it begins, but quickly picks up pace it never loses as […]

CFF Review: Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s ‘Teddy’

Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s “Teddy” coming of age tale that’s really about the trials and tribulations of being a teenage boy, but cleverly framed around a rural French town dealing with a series of farm animal attacks that rumor has was a werewolf’s doing. The meat of the movie is a character-driven teen dramedy, but with an ominous turn of events […]

CFF Review: Robert Woods’ ‘An Ideal Host’

A very inventive and well-crafted debut from director Robert Woods, who has done some effects work on films prior to this, but decided to “go out to a farmhouse with some friends and see what we could put together” as he worded it in the intro. If this is what Robert can do with a few friends and a farmhouse, […]