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Interview: R.L. Stine and the scary hamsters

Horror Story
For a man who's spent the past 20 odd years writing about psychotic cheerleaders, undead ex-boyfriends, and all manner of creatures ghoulish and gruesome, R.L. Stine is a cheery guy.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 14, 2012

Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House

Quietly sinister
Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 08, 2012

Review: Battle Royale

Review: Battle Royale (2000)

A not-so-distant future society
In a not-so-distant future society that has devolved into chaos, Japan's youth run amok, Clockwork Orange –style, and the government has passed an act decreeing that one unruly grade-school class will face off in a battle from which only one will emerge. Sound familiar?
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 21, 2012


Review: The Woman in Black

James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story
After 10 years battling supernatural creatures, you'd think Harry Potter would be better equipped to deal with the paranormal pests he faces in James Watkins's old-fashioned ghost story.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  February 02, 2012


50 shows to get you through the long freeze

Get off your ass and out the door
Ward off the winter doldrums with Boston Fun Shit’s top 50 reasons to bundle up and get the eff out on the town.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 24, 2012

The Devil Inside short take

Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 10, 2012

Inside Hana's Suitcase - Short Take

Review: Inside Hana's Suitcase

Larry Weinstein's stirring documentary
When Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo, is given charge of a child's suitcase found in the rubble of Auschwitz — a rarity, as most such belongings were lost — it piques her interest. She and her students decide to find out who Hana Brady — the name painted on the suitcase — was.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 08, 2011


Interview: Ski-film stars Jen Hudak and Caroline Gleich talk about hematomas, avalanches, and mountain culture

From Slope to Screen
We chatted up pro skiers 25-year-old Caroline Gleich and native New Englander 25-year-old Jen Hudak (in town this week to host the Boston Ski & Sports Club's annual "Blizzard" ski season kickoff event).
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 08, 2011

the catechism

Review: The Catechism Cataclysm

Todd Rohal's strange IFC film
A priest and a washed-up heavy metal drummer step into a boat. . . . This isn't the start of a joke, but rather the plot of Todd Rohal's strange IFC film.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  November 01, 2011

The Thing 3

Review: The Thing

Alien meets 30 Days of Night
It's Alien meets 30 Days of Night when a crew of Americans and Norwegians dig up something otherworldly in the Antarctic ice.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 18, 2011


Review: The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

Tom Six's version of a love train
Those who lost their cookies over "Two Girls, One Cup" should stay away from Tom Six's twisted follow-up to one of the sickest — and most ingenious — contributions to torture porn in some time.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 13, 2011


Interview: Michael Ian Black's death-defying comedy

Despite the title of the much lamented comedy series he shared with Michael Showalter, it turns out that Michael Ian Black does not have all that many issues after all. He's just deeply strange.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2011


Girls | Father, Son, Holy Ghost

True Panther Sounds/Matador (2011)
The reason Father, Son, Holy Ghost is so uniquely, imperfectly swell is because the band plainly give fuck-all about convention or stylistic uniformity.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 13, 2011


16 comedy events to heckle this fall

From Andrew Dice Clay to Kids in the Hall, Fall heaves a bucket of yuks at Boston
What are you laughing at?
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 14, 2011

The 24 concerts you’ll be moshing to for the next three months

Our guide to the fall’s best touring shows
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Foster the People, Deadmau5, and more.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 14, 2011


The concerts you need to see this October

 The Horrors, Neon Indian, Smashing Pumpkins, and more
The 14 concerts you’ll be moshing to this month
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 30, 2011

don't be afraid of the dark

Review: Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Don't call it a comeback
Katie Holmes plays Kim, a wannabe stepmom, in this lame remake of the 1973 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark .
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 23, 2011


Review: Final Destination 5

3D splatter-fest
Are we dead yet? It would appear not, as the Final Destination franchise keeps slogging on, like a cross-country family road trip from hell (spoiler alert: somewhere around mile 600, Mom's going through the windshield).
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 16, 2011

fright night 3

Review: Fright Night

Friendly neighborhood vampire
Set in the sun-bleached city of sin, Las Vegas — where many of the strip's denizens are already dead inside — Fright Night plays upon elements of darkness and indulgence.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 16, 2011

atrocious movie

Review: Atrocious

A dizzying, bumpy ride
When a central character spends enough time looking through the distorting lens of a camera, eventually something very nasty is going to show up.
By: ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 09, 2011
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