Nikki VonFrankenstitch

Movie Review: SUNSET SOCIETY (2018)

Movie Review: SUNSET SOCIETY (2018)

Who would win in a fight between Lemmy and god? 
Trick question - Lemmy is god.

Women In Horror Month Short Film Review: THE FAMILY WAY: COMING HOME

Women In Horror Month Short Film Review: THE FAMILY WAY: COMING HOME

THE FAMILY WAY: COMING HOME, directed by Shiva Rodriguez, will take you to the heart of the matter... or remove it, depending on how you look at it. 

FilmQuest Movie Review: MUSE

FilmQuest Movie Review: MUSE

If you know anything about fairy tales, then you know fairy is in truth a slight against the fae, mocking their ugly appearance, and that fairies weren't kind to humans, using them for sport, or sometimes, even for food. Leannán Sí (le ‘non she) (or Seelie) takes on the version of beauty desired by their victim/lover, in John Burr's MUSE

Fantasia Film Festival Short Review: BORN OF SIN

Fantasia Film Festival Short Review: BORN OF SIN

Julie (perfectly performed by Bella Anderson) is ten, and is clearly the adult in the relationship with her feuding, and inebriated parents. After watching her father wander into a bar 'just for 10 minutes', we wait with her as she kills time playing games on her phone

Portland Horror Film Festival Short Review: ELEGY

Portland Horror Film Festival Short Review: ELEGY

Elegy
Noun el·e·gy \ˈe-lə-jē\
A song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead.

Portland Horror Film Festival Short Review: BLACKBIRD

Portland Horror Film Festival Short Review: BLACKBIRD

Just when Rose thought she was safe from her nightmare, she woke up right back in it. 

Boston Underground Short Film Review: STUDDED NIGHTMARE

Boston Underground Short Film Review: STUDDED NIGHTMARE

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the title STUDDED NIGHTMARE? Yeah, whatever you thought of, that's not it, and it's definitely not what I thought of either, and I was pleasantly surprised. Directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc, and written by Sébastien Huberdeau and Maude St-Pierre, they packed a serious punch in just over 9 minutes, while dragging your emotions through a grinder. 

Shudder Movie Review: THE DEVILS

Shudder Movie Review: THE DEVILS

After three false starts, I'm delving once again, into this review of Ken Russell's THE DEVILS. The film, originally released in 1971, had major problems getting released without a lot of editing. The version on Shudder is still missing this scene that can be found on YouTube (please be aware this video is NSFW, and I wouldn't watch it if children are around. It depicts "possessed" nuns having sex with a life sized Jesus on a Crucifix):

Shudder's WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH Movie Review: The Velvet Vampire

Shudder's WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH Movie Review: The Velvet Vampire

Released in 1971, Stephanie Rothman's THE VELVET VAMPIRE (also known as "The Devil is a Woman" and "Cemetery Girls"), has a unique feel; perhaps because I'm mostly unfamiliar with the exploitation films of the Seventies, but of the few I've seen, THE VELVET VAMPIRE truly seems to have its' own look and feel.  What I immediately noticed was the soundtrack, which starts off with an onscreen performance by blues guitarist Johnny Shines (who has a rather large selection of recordings available on iTunes), and throughout the rest of the film, we're treated to what can be described as the best album "The Doors" never recorded, matching up perfectly with the films dreamlike desert setting. 

Shudder's "A Woman's Touch" Collection Movie Review: DEAREST SISTER

Shudder's "A Woman's Touch" Collection Movie Review: DEAREST SISTER

Released in 2016, California-born daughter to Loatian parents, director Mattie Do brings us her second horror film, DEAREST SISTER.  A slow burn psychological thriller, Do returned to Laos to create this tale of family, classism, and ghosts, written by Christopher Larsen

Ana (Vilouna Phetmany) is going blind, and local Lao doctors are at a loss as to why.  Her handsome, yet distracted husband, Jakob (Tambet Tuisk), hires Nok to come help Ana in their home.  Nok (Amphaiphun Phommapunya) is a cousin of Ana's from a poor village and her family sends her because they need money.  From the beginning, Nok is treated as an outsider by everyone - by Ana who considers her help and therefore shouldn't be living in the house, to the maid (Manivanh Boulom), and the gardener (Yannawoutthi Chanthalungsy), both of whom are openly jealous of her house privileges, while sleeping outside in a covered shelter.