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Marisa Mirabal

Hailing from the Lone Star State, Marisa is a cinephile who possesses a zeal for horror, Halloween, and playing her records backward more times than she probably should. Her love for the macabre and creature features can be traced back to the video store aisles of the late '80s. She is also a contributing writer for Birth.Movies.Death., /Film, Collider, and The Austin Chronicle.

Fantastic Fest Interview: 1922

1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, he …

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: Thoroughbreds (2017)

Rate This Movie  SYNOPSIS: Two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be, and that a murder might solve both of their problems. REVIEW: Director: Cory Finley Writer: Cory Finley Starring: Anya- Taylor Joy, Olivia Cooke, and Anton Yelchin The still …

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Fantastic Fest Film Review: Gerald’s Game (2017)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS:  While trying to spice up and ultimately save their marriage with a trip to their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly leaving her handcuffed to the bed frame. REVIEW:  Director: Mike Flanagan Writer: Stephen King, Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard Starring: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood If you’ve read Stephen King’s …

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What Nightmares Are Made Of – The Real-Life Inspiration Behind Freddy Krueger

Historical events directly impact what filmmakers create and monsters notoriously tend to reflect the perils of the times. Blending fact with fiction, film draws inspiration from folklore, various cultures and universal humanistic themes, to world events in order to create stories that allow audiences to escape reality for fun as well as fear. Common influences in horror films tend to …

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