WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND

Speaking of violent moments, gorehounds will find a lot to satisfy their twisted appetites. Highlights include limb severings, cannibalism, gouging, stabbings, and some good old fashion bludgeoning; and the best part is that nearly all of it comes by way of some very convincing practical effects work.

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IMITATION GIRL

(Imitation Girl) is an abstract introspective character study, framed with the complexities of the human experience, one that's propelled by Lauren Ashley Carter's stunning breakout performance, and masterfully orchestrated by Natasha Kermani in this, her directorial debut

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TERRIFIER

Terrifier is a bare-bones straightforward slasher that cuts right to the chase, gets right to the point, and does so while assassinating the senses.

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CHIMERA

Suffice to say, Chimera is a special kind of "horror", one that - like its own subject matter - refuses to fit into or be defined by clear genre delineations. Its profound, intelligent, earnest

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RED EYE

If you're of the mindset that art - effective art - is characterized by its ability to make those who observe it, thoroughly uncomfortable, then Tristan Clay and Destinie Orndoff, mission accomplished!

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STIRRING

Troy Escamilla has developed something of a trademark style. Beginning with Party Night, an emphasis on the gruesomely gory deaths as a sort of money shot, carries over to greater effect in this, his gleefully violent tribute to holiday horror.

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Neverknock

Maybe I'm just too old for these teeny bopper wannabe horror movies, which try to live up to some sort of expectation, set by no one. Jury's still out on that. One thing's for sure; Neverknock?

More like never watch.

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M.F.A.

So color me surprised to find that Natalia Leite's particular entry, while patterning some of its narrative against this familiar beat, spends a lot more of its time examining the parts of "rape-revenge" that aren't as easily glamorized. This is easily MFA's greatest strength

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SPIDARLINGS

Spidarlings has plenty to say with regards to the male gaze, female oppression, and the sad necessity to compromise one's self in order to survive, but a lot of the impact and poignancy is dulled by the film's many technical and directional problems. I say give it a shot anyway, despite the problems, if not just for the sake of experiencing a fairly unique Troma film, one scored with some incredibly catchy tunes.

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