Brian Reeves

This weekend the Screenland Armour is the home of Panic Fest, a horror and thriller film fest with vendors that acts as general celebration of everything creepy, crawly, and scary. It’s a great fest for people who like their horror a little more off the beaten path than the latest uninspired remake of whatever classic horror film Hollywood is butchering next.

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‘Machete Kills’ is More ‘Hot Shots’ Than ‘Grindhouse’

by Brian Reeves on October 11, 2013

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This is Machete as a comic book character, rather than just one tough hombre. He’s gone full Superman here — nothing can kill him. This Machete belongs in the kid’s toy section next to the Robocop and Predator action figures that somehow crossed over from R-rated movies to Saturday morning cartoons.

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‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ Improves on First Film But Still Lacking

by Brian Reeves on September 13, 2013

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Insidious: Chapter 2 is not as good as director James Wan’s critically acclaimed release from earlier this year, The Conjuring. It is, however, the rare sequel that surpasses its predecessor in quality and entertainment value.

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‘You’re Next’ is Home Invasion Horror Done Right

by Brian Reeves on August 28, 2013

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When it comes to home invasion, most people think of The Strangers, or maybe even this year’s The Purge. You’re Next is no different than those films from a plot standpoint, but is worlds apart in tone. This is a twisted Looney Toons nightmare.

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‘V/H/S/2′ is Hopefully the Last Found-Footage Horror Movie

by Brian Reeves on July 26, 2013

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V/H/S/2′s attempt to try and provide an overarching narrative that proves to be its biggest downfall, for two reasons. First, the multiple parts that make up this connective short film are easily the worst of this anthology. The second reason is that these “found VHS tapes” obviously don’t exist in the same universe.

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‘The Conjuring’ is Haunted-House Horror Done Right

by Brian Reeves on July 18, 2013

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‘The Conjuring’ very much feels like a 1970s horror film, before slashers were haunting teenage dreams and well before found footage became the way to make a story feel real.

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Horror Movie ‘The Purge’ Struggles After Promising Setup

by Brian Reeves on June 7, 2013

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In short, The Purge becomes just what the trailers promised — another Hollywood home invasion movie. It wants you to believe it’s more than that, and early on it is, but it doesn’t keep it up. It’s unfortunate, because somewhere inside the premise of The Purge there is a great movie, but this isn’t it.

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‘Evil Dead’ Delivers More Than Gore

by Brian Reeves on April 5, 2013

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“What a terrible idea.” That’s all I could think when I first heard they were remaking The Evil Dead. Once the credits started rolling however, a completely different phrase was in my mind: blood poetry.

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I Witnessed the Troma Double Feature with Lloyd Kaufman!

by Brian Reeves on March 7, 2013

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It was a night filled with blood splatters, laughter, demon chicken zombies, musical numbers, Toxie, and a man who deserves to be called a legend of independent film.

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The ABCs of ‘The ABCs of Death’

by Brian Reeves on March 6, 2013

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The ABCs of Death is a compilation of short films from 26 different directors, each assigned a letter of the alphabet. They were each given free reign to to choose any word they wanted beginning with that letter, and tasked with making a short film about death.

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‘Mama,’ I’m Staying Home

by Brian Reeves on January 18, 2013

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Brought to you by first-time director Andres Muschietti and producer Guillermo del Toro, this extension of Muschietti’s 2008 short film of the same name, does a number of things very well. But the script, oh my oh my, the script.

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