A review of the new film, on the festival circuit now

Last year I wrote that I was tired of stories of queer pain, of the majority of our romances on screen being ill-fated and sad. …


A review of the new horror movie, at the Fantasia Film Festival now

warning: this review contains frank depictions of suicide and self-harm, as does the film.

The internet is a scary place. One minute you can be looking at videos of cute cats, and the next, Lana Del Ray messages you a Google Maps link to the place where you need to…


A review of the new horror film, at Fantasia Festival now and in theaters August 20th

On the first night after his funeral, she hears two knocks in the night, and then three. The next morning the gate to the dock is wide open, even though she’s sure she closed it the night before. A boat bobs gently on the lake. …


An interview with the director of the new coming-of-age film, in select theaters and virtual screening rooms now

I vividly remember the night I promised myself I would come out to all of my best friends from high school. It was a holiday break, and everyone was back together for the first time after all going our separate ways for college. I felt like a different person. I…


A review of the new action movie, at the Fantasia Festival now

South African crime thriller Indemnity, which premiered today at the Fantasia Film Festival, feels familiar. You’ve seen movies like this before: a guy is accused of a crime and must go on the run, dodging police while he tracks down the shady underworld criminals who might be able to clear…


A review of the new horror film, at the Fantasia Film Festival now

Prolific, self-taught filmmaker Mickey Reece has directed almost 30 films since his 2008 debut. Nearly all were made in Oklahoma for nearly no money, starring local actors, and most haven’t been shown anywhere except his hometown. However, over the last few years, the buzz has been building. Last year, his…


What I’ve Already Seen at Fantasia Festival 2021

The 25th edition of Fantasia Festival, one of the biggest genre film festivals in North America, kicks off later this week with a fantastic slate of films sure to be full of excitement. …


I went to the beach that makes you old, and all I got was hotter. Honestly. I’m not even sure what everyone was complaining about. All around me, people were yelling things like, “There’s something wrong with this beach!” and, “Someone, please remove this sudden tumor sticking like a baseball…


A review of the new film, at the Chattanooga Film Festival now

One of my favorite overlooked horror subgenres is the psycho-biddy movie, or “Grand Dame Guignol”. These movies feature older actresses hamming it up in roles that both make a spectacle of aging and sometimes, at their best, find some subversive empowerment in it, too. Examples include Whatever Happened to Baby…


A review of the new film, screening at the Chattanooga Film Festival

There’s a tense sequence in David Fincher’s Zodiac where two young lovers having a picnic are startled by the appearance of a black-clad figure holding a pistol. I think of that scene often when I listen to true crime podcasts or watch one of those Investigation Discovery shows about senseless…

Eric Langberg

Interests: bad horror movies, queering mainstream films, Classic Hollywood.

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