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Film Review: Uber Ex
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Uber Ex short film

Uber Ex
Directed by Matt Braunsdorf
Written by Jonathan Marballi
Starring Jonathan Marballi, Paige Lindsay Betts, Jeremy Michaels
Runtime: 16 minutes 30 seconds
Jonny Marbles Films
Release date: February 14, 2019 (Amazon Video Direct & Vimeo)

I first spoke with director Matt Braunsdorf a few years back when his short horror film John the Carpenter played at the New York City Horror Film Festival. I enjoyed the heck out of it and reviewed it for this site. Proving that he can excel in multiple genres, Braunsdorf’s latest short film is far from the monster-in-the-woods thriller of JtC, and rather a romance right in time for Valentine’s Day. Uber Ex is 16 minutes and makes for a good cuddle session with your significant other. It’s realistic, but ultimately charming, with three solid performances and an excellent score.

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Horror Short ‘The Last Seance’ To Premiere On Alter
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The Last Seance horror film short

Last December, at the New York City Horror Film Festival I met filmmaker Laura Kulik, and experienced her short film The Last Seance. The film runs 15 minutes, but packs a punch, reminiscent of Insidious and Ouija 2: Origin of Evil. Alisa Levinson is Anna, a young girl who’s been connected the other side since youth and Lauren Finley is Grace, her sister using her sister’s abilities to run scams on grieving families. That is until Anna comes face to face with something real and sinister.

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New Geeky Valentine’s Day Selections From Ghost Girl Greetings
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Jurassic Park Valentine's Day Ghost Girl Greetings

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for the special geek in your life, look to no one but the Ghost Girls, Laurie and Toni at Ghost Girl Greetings. In business over a year, the ladies have their own Etsy store where they sell pop culture and horror-themed greeting cards for all occasions, and celebrations. They gained some great momentum in 2018 when their cards were endorsed by Dana DeLorenzo, who played Kelly Maxwell on Ash vs Evil Dead and they even did an AvED collaboration with her.

Their latest series for the upcoming holiday of love features beautiful artwork as well as pun-tastic messages.

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Watch The Trailer For ‘Polybius’ – A Short Horror Film Starring Tom Atkins
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“But what 13-year-old boy isn’t obsessed with arcade games?”

As the father of a 14-year-old son who regularly pounds his desk in anger after being sniped in Fortnite, that is a good question. It’s also the question posed by Jimmy Kelly and Michael Tuite, the co-writers of Polybius, a short horror film directed by Kelly and based on a real urban legend about the titular 1981 arcade cabinet game that drove people mad in the Portland, Oregon area. Who better to investigate and get to the bottom of this than horror legend Tom Atkins!

Tom “Thrill Me” Atkins made a name for himself in early to mid ’80s starring in cult horror classics like John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) and Escape From New York (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and my personal favorite Atkins film, 1986’s Night of the Creeps. Always a man who commands attention and respect, Atkins plays Sheriff Atkins in the film, and is trying to solve the mystery of young boy’s apparent suicide after playing the game.

The synth score and Stranger Things vibe puts you right into an ’80s arcade. Check out the trailer below.

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Dr. Zaius’s Top 20 Horror & Genre Films Of 2018
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Top Horror Movies of 2018

This past year was one of the best for horror. In the world of film there were big-budget blockbusters and critical and financial successes. On TV and the various streaming services we were treated to a bevy of soon-to-be classic series. Eli Roth hit it out of the park with his phenomenal History of Horror on AMC. Netflix went back to the Mike Flanagan well and struck gold again with The Haunting of Hill House. Hulu is releasing new horror films every month as part of their Into the Dark series, along with the Stephen King-inspired Castle Rock. Shudder is dominating the horror streaming world providing the horror fan the closest experience to walking the video store aisles (you’ll hear the words “Shudder Exclusive” a few times in this list). Speaking of Shudder, we got the epic return of Joe Bob Briggs, who did three separate Drive-In marathons for the network, breaking the internet with his first. We even got the return of horror-staple Fangoria magazine!

Compiling my top genre (horror/sci-fi/thriller/etc.) list of 2018 proved difficult. The original idea of a Top 10 quickly spiraled out of control and ballooned into a Top 20, plus Honorable Mentions. In an amazing coincidence, a ton of these films were done by first-time feature directors. So without further ado, let’s get to my list of Top 20 Horror & Genre Films of 2018.

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Dr. Zaius’s Top 10 Movies Of 2018
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Top 10 Movies of 2018

2018 is over and as we head towards award season, it’s LIST TIME!!! This will not be a traditional Top 10 “Best of” list as there are plenty of Golden Globe nominees and potential Oscar contenders still on my must-see list. Instead this will be a straight up Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2018 list. I for one thought 2018 was a stellar year in film. A lifelong horror geek, my Top 10 horror list ballooned into a Top 25 extravaganza. Genre films did make my Top 10 favorites, but the list also features theatrical blockbusters, straight to Netflix offerings, and an incredible five films from first-time feature-length directors. Here we go!

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Walker Stalker Con 2018: ‘The Walking Dead’ FanFest Takes NJ
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All reports of The Walking Dead’s demise have been greatly overstated. By 9:15am on Saturday (over an hour before doors opened to the general public), the parking lot of the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center was jam packed and lines were forming outside for this year’s Walker Stalker Con. When the doors opened at 10:30am, it was as if the zombies had broken through the gates! Fans of the AMC television series, which is currently in its ninth season, packed the convention hall to meet their favorite stars, get autographs, take photos, and sit for Q&A panels.

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NYCHFF 2018: NYC Horror Film Festival Day 3
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NYC Horror Film Festival 2018 NYCHFF

The NYC Horror Film Festival had a huge day planned on Saturday. The third day of the festival opened at noon and played all through the night with a main event featuring the Candyman, Tony Todd, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 16th year of the festival originated by the late Michael J. Hein saw packed houses this year since Thursday and already set their festival attendance record. I got to the Cinepolis Chelsea at around 4:00pm, right in time to catch two awesome programs including a feature that is likely to end up in my Top 10 horror films of 2018.

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NYCHFF 2018: ‘Candyman’ Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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NYCHFF Tony Todd Candyman NYCHFF 2018: Candyman Actor Tony Todd Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year for over a decade and half, the New York City Horror Film Festival has handed out its Lifetime Achievement Award to an icon of horror cinema. The festival was created and organized by the late Michael J. Hein back in 2002 and the first two recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were George A. Romero and Tom Savini.

Perhaps fittingly this year’s recipient was Tony Todd, who broke into the horror genre in Savini’s 1990 remake of Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. Two years later, he became a true horror legend when he played the titular hook-handed Candyman in Bernard Rose’s film based on the Clive Barker story The Forbidden. Since then Todd has used his massive 6’5″ frame, size-16 shoe, and deep voice to leave a lasting impression on the horror industry with appearances in the Final Destination franchise, Hatchet 1 & 2, Masters of Horror, and more. Saturday night at the Cinepolis Chelsea, The Candyman showed up to a sell-out crowd (with probably 50+ others standing in the aisle) to accept his award and partake in a Q&A.

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NYCHFF 2018: NYC Horror Film Festival Day 2
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NYC Horror Film Festival 2018 NYCHFF

While others are getting ready to light the menorah and decorate the tree, the fine folks at the New York City Horror Film Festival are still in pure Halloween mode. The 16th annual film festival, which started Thursday night, November 29th, was dedicated to its late founder and director Michael J. Hein, and emanated out of the Cinepolis Chelsea. Opening night saw an appearance from acclaimed horror producer/writer/director Mick Garris (The Stand, Masters of Horror), who was there to help kick off the festival with the horror anthology Nightmare Cinema, to which he contributed. Also there was Tony Timpone, longtime editor of Fangoria magazine. I made it in time for night 2 and was treated to an amazing evening of short- and feature-length horror from the cerebral to the emotional to the utterly insane.

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