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PiFan Film Fest, Day 4: Baal’s Flowers, Asmodexia, Whispers Behind the Wall, Housebound

Rate This MovieEach year I see at least 36 films at the Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and thankfully only about 2 out of that number are usually clunkers. I don’t enjoy writing negative reviews without discussing some positive aspects, but Baal’s Flowers leaves me with pretty much nothing to recommend. This Italian production is a loosely woven, slow-paced piece …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 72

Life After Beth (2014) proves that a zombie romcom is a difficult proposition regardless of how fantastic the cast may be. Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza,  John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Anna Kendrick cannot save this humorless, lifeless horror comedy from writer/director Jeff Baena. All the pieces are there, they just never assemble into a cohesive whole. Sad. Afflicted (2013), on the other …

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PiFan film fest, Day 3: Blood Glacier (AKA The Station), SPEC: Close, and What We Do in the Shadows

Rate This MovieI kicked off my third day at the 18th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) with the most fun creature feature I have seen in quite a while. Make no mistake, Austrian offering Blood Glacier (AKA The Station) is by no means a horror comedy, but it does infuse its intensity with occasional dashes of humor. Four scientists …

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PiFan Film Fest, Day 1 Reviews: Darkness by Day, When Animals Dream, The Zero Theorem

South Korea’s Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), July 18, 2014 Aficionados of art-house horror will find much to like in the brooding Argentinian vampire film Darkness by Day and the Danish werewolf/coming-of-age tale When Animals Dream. Darkness by Day, rich with dreamlike, brooding atmosphere, focuses on Virginia (Mora Recalde), who lives in an old mansion in a remote coastal …

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Preview: The 18th Annual Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

South Korea’s 18th annual Pucheon International Film Festival (PiFan) — perhaps the largest film fest in Asia dedicated to horror, science fiction, fantasy, and similar genre films — will be held this year from July 17 through July 27. I will be covering the festival for both Horrornews.net and the Horror News Radio podcast. Each July, PiFan presents more than …

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