Twelve Days of Axe-mas: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

I am taking part in The Chicago Creepout’s Twelve Days of Axe-mas holiday viewing event. This is my day two. Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is such a stunningly horrible movie; I can only believe its existence can be blamed on a bet or a dare. More likely, it simply sprang from the brain […]

Twelve Days of Axe-mas: Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

I am taking part in The Chicago Creepout’s Twelve Days of Axe-mas holiday viewing event. This is my day one. Note: The version of Silent Night, Deadly Night that I watched contained some footage not shown in the theatrical version. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m old enough to remember the uproar […]

The Cohen Case Files: The Ambulance (1990)

Written and Directed by Larry Cohen The Ambulance is a snapshot of an industry in transition. Released in 1990, it’s the type of low-budget independent thriller that would soon start going straight to video, but still managed to make its way into theaters…barely. If not for an eclectic cast of solid character actors and a […]

Terror in the Aisles 13

Terror in the Aisles 13 took place at Chicago’s Portage Theater on November 30 with an impressive lineup and indie genre film veteran Brian Yuzna as the special guest. That Yuzna’s appearance was coordinated with a showing of Society, his directorial debut, was the main draw of the evening. While seeing that film for the […]

The Cohen Case Files: Messages Deleted (2009)

Written by Larry Cohen As the direct-to-DVD market proliferated in the ‘90s and into this century, it was only a matter of time before a Larry Cohen script was given the slapdash, bare bones treatment and dropped into the nearest bargain bin (of course, I am ignoring films like Uncle Sam that Cohen had a […]