‘Hell Fest’ Is Hell to Sit Through

At the very least, there have been worse excuses to make a $5.5 million slasher flick for nearly 2,300 theaters-worth of patrons, and perhaps even worse excuses for starting one’s annual October horror binge a few days early – though this still isn’t a very good one. With six different pairs of hands and eyes…

‘A Simple Favor’ Twists and Turns Until Your Brain Is Delightfully Numb

In this moment and perhaps evolving trend – knock on wood the latter doesn’t come to pass – of producer-driven, profit maximizing and screenplay notes-based filmmaking concerned most with broad consumer-friendly ubiquity than originality some writers would decry as a matter of course (though not entirely without good reason), it increasingly feels like an intriguing…

‘Mandy’ Is the Bloody, Hypnotic Lovecraftian and Near-Shakespearean Revenge Epic You’ve Been Waiting For

In recent years, it would seem that Nicolas Cage’s mainstream internet, and thus modern popular culture reputation as Millennials’ benevolent memelord, and perhaps the most meme-ified of all thespians, has often transcended the plethora of big and low budget works he’s supplied appearances for, especially if their premises are off-the-wall enough to gain anxious recognition…