Blood in the Reel

Film and Television Reviews

  • Coming of Age in The Third Reich in Jojo Rabbit
    by Steven Wandling New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is definitely best known to mainstream movie going audiences as the man behind one of the most exciting and innovative films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok (2017). The auteur/actor has been around quite a … Read more
  • Horror Icon Chris Alexander Scores With Surreal, Gothic Feature Necropolis: Legion
    by Steven Wandling The term reimagining gets tossed around a lot in the film world as of late. When audiences were finally tired of hearing the word remake, marketing executives everywhere quickly wised up in all the wrong ways and collectively said 'it isn't … Read more
  • Men, Gods, Madness and The Sea: Robert Eggers Returns with The Lighthouse
    by Steven Wandling Filmmaker Robert Eggers arrived on scene seemingly out of nowhere with The Witch (2015), a bold and powerful period piece that was instrumental in kicking off the current folk horror revival happening in cinema. The Witch was a film that could … Read more
  • Doctor Sleep Shines All On Its Own
    by Steven Wandling Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Hush) has proven himself once again to be one of the most compelling and unique storytellers within the horror community with his Stephen King adaptation Doctor Sleep, a followup to The Shining that manages … Read more
  • In Search Of Darkness Is The Only 80s Horror Doc You’ll Ever Need
    by Steven Wandling It's amazing that a documentary that clocks in at about ten minutes shy of 4 and half hours feels like such a breeze to get though, but In Search of Darkness never outstays its welcome. If anything the documentary only skims … Read more
  • Zombieland: Double Tap Remembers Its Own Rules And Adds A Few For A Fun Familiar Sequel
    by Steven Wandling Ten years ago, Zombieland was an absolute smash horror-comedy from first-time director Reuben Fleishcer. Featuring a cast of then up-and-comers Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Emma Stone (La La Land), and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), and anchored by veteran Woody … Read more
  • Riot Girls Goes All The Way to 11 In Punk Rock Dystopia
    by Steven Wandling Jovanka Vuckovic is already a legend in the horror genre. She was the editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine for over six years before making her first short The Captured Bird (2012), co-produced by none other than Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, … Read more
  • Joker Is Haunting, Devastating and Beautiful Film
    by Steven Wandling After all of the media contrived controversies, the angry comic-book purists screeching into the wind, the forced political talking points, and the good old debate of art being responsible for violence Joker finally opens to the general public this weekend after … Read more

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