It isn’t often that you find documentary reviews here on Bloody Good Horror, but when a truly creepy one comes along, you know we have to talk about it. Well folks, do I have a creepy one for you. The movie is The Blackout Experiments, and it follows a group of individuals who have elected (of their own volition, they remind us several times) to participate in something called Blackout. If this is making your skin crawl already, it should be.

Apocalyptic disease films seem to be making a strong push into the horror genre consciousness. And it’s not hard to figure out why. With the Zika virus coming to infect our beaches and Olympic sporting events, and the ability to create a pseudo-scientific excuse for monsterfication on a low budget, it’s a functional twist to engage the audience in a threat that can feel both plausible and gritty.

Backtrack Review

Ghost stories have been around since the beginning of time and are among the most commonly told tales in all cultures and civilizations. Their popularity comes and goes in the world of cinema. Films about hauntings have been hot for the last few years, though, and Backtrack is a film that seems to be riding that particular wave. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Not being familiar with Dan Wells' novel one can assume while watching Billy O'Brien's adaptation of I Am Not a Serial Killer that Jeff Lindsay's Darkly Dreaming Dexter as well as the accompanying Showtime series played heavy inspiration in this particular slice of macabre fiction. The title in and of itself seems like it could be something Bart Simpson is seen writing repeatedly on the chalkboard in the intro of a Treehouse of Horror episode.

Johnny Depp and Heather Graham in From Hell

Two important periods of human existence are depicted in 2001’s From Hell. There’s the Victorian era, during which London is held transfixed by the unspeakable crimes of Jack the Ripper. While the Ripper and his carnage are central to the film, he isn’t the main character. Instead, From Hell follows the clairvoyant detective tasked with capturing the monster, Inspector Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp). This brings us to the other of humanity’s great time periods: late 90s/early 00s Johnny Depp – arguably the Golden Age of Depp.

Some end of the world stories are about monsters both mythical and true, some about civilization or about political agendas crumbling beneath the feet of those that formerly prospered. Or in the case of Into the Forest they can also be about relationships and what love means.

Inconsistent walking speeds, celebratory high fives, sound cuts, and haphazard money transactions- it's all par for the course for a James Nguyen joint. Birdemic Shock and Terror certainly earned the "so bad it's good" label, but does simply copying the formula extend the good will to a sequel. It shouldn't, but it does...kinda.

The Presence Review

If you’ve been dying to know what a German found footage horror movie would look like, The Presence will scratch that itch. But you may be disappointed to learn that this particular German take on the genre is nearly identical to every other found footage movie ever made.

Viewers of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier’s films know that delivering traditional stories in the typical way is just not his bag. Green Room completes what Saulnier has called his “inept protagonist trilogy” which started with the release of Murder Party in 2007. The two films are bridged, of course, by his indie darling Blue Ruin, released in 2013.

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