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A demon carries out a teen’s revenge but takes it too far in Kandisha.

Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have always been the filmmaking team I wanted to root for even when they weren’t at the top of their game. For every essential contribution to New French Extremity like Inside, they have a middling shrug of a film like their Texas Chainsaw Massacre series prequel, Leatherface, but I would assure friends their genius just takes time to digest. Sit with some of their more bizarre story decisions, (I’m looking at you Among the Living,) for a day or two and the good stuff they bring to each picture begins to outweigh the bad. I…


Siblings Brittney (DeShawn White) and Kevin (Oghenero Gbaje) alongside Brittney’s boyfriend Tony (Lenny Thomas) do their best to judge who can be trusted.

Chattanooga Film Festival has a reputation for introducing audiences to new filmmakers with interesting artistic voices. Many fans were introduced to Ana Lily Amirpour, for example, when her film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, played the fest five years ago. Timothy Covell might not be a name you are familiar with yet, but if the filmmaker’s CFF entry, the 2021 psychological horror film, Blood Conscious, is any indication of the kind of work he intends to continue making in the future then he will be on every horror fan’s list of directors to keep an eye on in…


Teddy (Anthony Bajon) is going through some pretty wild changes.

The modern werewolf film, like many other kinds of monster movies, demands that the filmmakers give us more than the rules of the curse, some shots of the creature and a few archetypal characters fighting for their lives. The cinema of lycanthropes in the 2020’s demands increased spectacle, absurdity, and ideally some meaningful subtext for viewers to stick around. The French writer/director team of twin brothers Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma crafted Teddy, one of the most peculiar films I watched at this year’s Chattanooga Film Festival and it somehow manages to deliver on all three of the aforementioned fronts…


Diane (Sarah Paulson) will do anything to support her daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen).

In the first few moments of writer/director Aneesh Chaganty’s (Searching) sophomore feature Run we are introduced to a list of medical conditions, an extremely loving mother and a very ill child. Moments later we are taken into the future and watch the mother, Diane (American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson) make a declaration of her daughter’s strength and resourcefulness at a group meeting of parents preparing to send their homeschooled children off to college. Diane’s daughter Chloe (Kiera Allen in a star making feature film debut) is an intelligent young woman who doesn’t let her asthma, diabetes, difference in physical ability…


Ashley (Quinn Jackson) has one hell of a vacation.

Christmas is a time of year that is particularly special for children, so it’s fitting that Ashley (Quinn Jackson) would choose that time of year to talk to goofball boyfriend Sam (Charles Gould) about the possibilities of marriage and kids. On a trip to Sam’s hometown over the holidays Ashley attempts to bridge the conversation while Sam continues to make light of things and clown around. …


Wiebke (Nina Hoss) meeting Raya in the orphanage.

It takes a moment to acclimate to what we are watching. The owner of a ranch looks on as a group of rodeo clowns antagonize an animal. Though it’s not a bull they’re riling up, but a horse. And these aren’t actually rodeo clowns we’re watching, but protesters in a state of pandemonium. Cops in full riot gear tighten their legs stiffly around their steeds as they push forward into the mob. The pieces start to come together. These police officers are breaking in horses that will be ridden into scenes of civil unrest. This horse ranch will be our…


Friday The 13th — Jason Voorhees

In the summer of 1957, at a summer camp called Camp Crystal Lake, two camp counselors were having sex and not paying attention to a mentally disabled camper, Jason Voorhees, who was drowning in the lake. In 1979, as the long closed camp is preparing to finally reopen, the new staff of camp counselors is slowly being killed off by Mrs. Voorhees, the mother of the drowned camper. …


The mid 70’s to the late 90’s gave audiences some of the most iconic images of terror in the form of blade wielding maniacs with a tendency to make victims of reckless teenagers. Despite these films very quickly outwearing their welcome for many audiences who grew tired of their perceived formulaic approach and shallow characters, for dedicated genre fans slasher movies weaved epic sagas of life and death on par with the most fantastic myths and ancient lore.

Consider some of the powerful gods and goddesses of Greek mythology: Zeus, Poseidon, Artemis, Helios; imbued with forces of nature, (lightning, water…

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