Friday, August 25, 2017

Join Me for Looks at Gold Key Comics' "The Twilight Zone," Godzilla Movies, and 1970s-1980s Professional Wrestling!

Hello! Although I am swamped with ongoing film festival coverage (not complaining, mind you; I'm having a blast checking out tons of great new genre films), I have made time for a few other projects.

First up is my When It Was Cool piece about issues five and six of Gold Key Comics' The Twilight Zone series from the early 1960s. If you are a fan of the classic television series, these comics should be an absolute delight.

My Uphill Both Ways podcast co-host Mike Imboden and I always have a blast recording our shows, and we hope our listeners have fun listening to them. Episode eight takes a look at some of our favorite Godzilla movies, while  episode nine focuses on our favorite professional wrestling memories from the 1970s and 1980s. Have a listen at

Thanks for checking in! More next week!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Amazing Fear Fare Lands on VOD; Gruesome Magazine Reviews Go Audio

This week is a big one for two reasons: Two films that are destined for many "Best of 2017" lists have just been released on VOD, and Gruesome Magazine has announced a new review format with short audio reviews.

I first saw the indie vampire horror drama The Transfiguration at South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival in May and really loved its unique approach to vampire cinema. It is now available on VOD and well worth seeking out. Here's my When It Was Cool review:

One of the most unique, fun films of 2017 is the sweet, humorous Dave Made a Maze (pictured above). This quirky comedy with a huge heart is filled with loving homages to horror, fantasy, and adventure films and has some of the most intriguing set designs in recent memory. Here's my Scream review:

Always seeking to be on the cutting edge, Gruesome Magazine has launched a new audio review format. Feedback has been great so far. It's a cool way to hear about new releases to help decide whether certain films are for you. My first entries include my takes on Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's incredible The Endless and the outstanding dramatic thriller Super Dark Times, both of which just played at Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami.  Here are the links:

"Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" Podcast Pays Tribute to George Romero

On our brand-new episode of the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast, my co-hosts Jeff Moore, Erin Miskell, Chad Hunt, and I honor the late, great George Romero with a look at his iconic film Night of the Living Dead. We share our memories of first-time viewings and look at the film's historical and cultural significance. Join us!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Film Reviews and Podcast Episode

On the brand new episode of the Uphill Both Ways podcast, co-host Mike Imboden and I discuss Godzilla --- our introductions to Godzilla, our favorite Toho movies, childhood toys, and more. I also talk about some of my favorite films from both South Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Canada's Fantasia International Film Festival, both held in July.

Speaking of those two festivals, I have written several reviews of films screened there, including one for the fantabulous Italian offering The LaPlace's Demon for When It Was Cool, and reviews for Christmas-themed chiller Better Watch Out and science fiction mind blower Sequence Break for Scream Magazine.

The next two weeks are busy ones for yours truly, so expect more updates soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Join the "Uphill Both Ways" Podcast for a Trip to the Drive-In Theater!

Co-host Mike Imboden and I wax nostalgic about nights at the drive-in theater on the new episode of our Uphill Both Ways podcast. Join us as we talk about films we saw there, snack bar food we ate there, and other fun memories. We also go off on a side trip or two including lake monsters and paranormal interest in the 1970s.

Listen now, exclusively at When It Was Cool!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Zealand Science Fiction/Horror Short "REM" is A Terrific Effort

Writer/director/star April Phillips has fashioned a chilling science fiction/horror short that is currently making the film festival rounds. Here's a link to my Gruesome Magazine review of the film:

We Cover "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" on Our Latest "Decades of Horror: The Classic Era" Podcast

My co-hosts Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, and Jeff Mohr and I take a fun, fact-filled look at the classic silent German film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the lucky thirteenth episode of our Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast! Please join us!