Author Archives: Steve Mars

Film Review: Gut (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Family man Tom has seen something he can’t forget, a mysterious video with an ugly secret that soon spreads into his daily life and threatens to dismantle everything around him REVIEW: “Gut”, the second feature film from director Elias, offers a complex look into the queasy voyeurism of gonzo splatter cinema, nestled snug in an expressionist crime thriller. While there are a number of scenes featuring up-close and nasty violence, they are almost incidental … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scary or Die (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: There’s a cliche regarding horror movie audiences that we feel compelled to shout advice at the screen. “No don’t open that door,” or “he’s only playing dead”, and suchlike. I found myself doing something along those lines while watching “Scary or Die,” only my warnings were aimed at the writing and direction rather than the hapless characters. REVIEW: “Scary or Die” is an anthology film in five segments, presented as videos offered up on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. REVIEW: There is a scene, early on in “Berberian Sound Studio“, in which an hirsute Foley artist mutely and mercilessly bludgeons a watermelon to a shattered pulp, while his partner hacks and stabs a second melon. The whole thing is shot with the kind of fetishistic close-ups and aggressive editing of a slasher film. What we hear, … Continue reading

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