Empathy, Inc: A Tense Tech Noir Thriller

Empathy, Inc marks the second collaboration between director Yedidya Gorsetman, writer Mark Leidner, and producer Josh Itzkowitz. It’s a clever ‘tech noir’ thriller that blends elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and film noir. The film made its east coast premiere earlier tonight at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to […]

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Summer of 84 Takes Horror Fans Back to the ’80’s

Few indie horror films can lay claim to the buzz that has surrounded the release of Summer of 84. From the same Canadian trio that brought us the delightfully strange Turbo Kid, Summer of 84 has built up a tidal wave of goodwill among horror circles prior to its release on VOD platforms this week. […]

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A Fully Loaded Thriller: Calibre is Smart and Suspenseful Storytelling

Over the last week, Netflix (the Canadian version) has added several thrillers to its streaming platform. Among this new batch of suspense films, Scottish film Calibre popped up on my ‘Recommended List’. With no instantly recognizable actors, a first-time director, and a familiar storyline, I had guarded expectations for Calibre. SPOILER ALERT: I was very […]

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Mommy Issues: Kaleidoscope Twists A Strange Mother-Son Tale

In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]

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The Endless: An Engaging Fusion of Horror, Mystery, and Science Fiction

In 2012, a science-fiction–horror hybrid called Resolution hit VOD services. Directed by the duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Resolution followed two old friends holed up in a run-down house out in the desert and stalked by an unseen entity. It boasted an intriguing premise that was masterfully executed with the kind of growing tension that […]

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They Remain (2018): …Audiences May Not

This week delivers another independent horror/thriller film available on several streaming platforms – They Remain. Based on a short story by horror author Laird Barron entitled “-30-“, They Remain’s trailers promises quiet chills, atmosphere, and Lovecraftian themes for patient horror fans. Philip Gelatt, whose only other previous directing credit was a 2011 film called The Bleeding House, […]

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Bad Girl An Emotionally Engaging Indie Thriller

Troubled teen movies haven been a Hollywood staple since James Dean donned that famous red leather jacket in Rebel Without a Cause. Each generation seems to get their own take on ‘alienated adolescence.’ Thought it flew under the radar, Australian indie-thriller Bad Girl is now streaming on several VOD-platforms. Based on promotional materials, the Aussie […]

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