Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Noah Levine

“The Suicide Squad” pulls out all the stops with unhinged action sequences, extreme gore, and iconic characters

July 29, 2021

A shark, rat whisperer and polka-dot man walk into a bar … “The Suicide Squad” has finally blasted back onto the big screen with James Gunn’s highly anticipated soft reboot of the 2016 hit....

“American Horror Story” star Naomi Grossman talks playing Pepper, spin-off series and working with prosthetics

“American Horror Story” star Naomi Grossman talks playing Pepper, spin-off series and working with prosthetics

July 25, 2021

Drive-Ins are coming back with a vengeance on the newest episode of “American Horror Stories.” HULU series “American Horror Stories” presents a new terrifying story each week set in the world...

Sierra McCormick talks role in ‘American Horror Stories,’ working in horror genre

Sierra McCormick talks role in ‘American Horror Stories,’ working in horror genre

July 18, 2021

The Murder House is opening its doors again. “American Horror Stories” is a brand new spinoff of the iconic anthology series “American Horror Story.” The new show, premiering exclusively on...

Lin Manuel Miranda, ‘In the Heights’ cast talk differences from show, set memories, dance boot camp

Lin Manuel Miranda, ‘In the Heights’ cast talk differences from show, set memories, dance boot camp

May 27, 2021

A film adaptation of Broadway’s “In the Heights” is finally hitting theaters and HBO Max in early June. The award-winning story follows Usnavi, a young bodega owner in Washington Heights, while he...

‘Spiral’ director Darren Lynn Bousman talks designing traps, ‘Leprechaun’ hopes, puppets

‘Spiral’ director Darren Lynn Bousman talks designing traps, ‘Leprechaun’ hopes, puppets

May 14, 2021

The newest installment in the iconic horror series “Saw” has arrived with “Spiral: From the Book of Saw.” The new film follows Detective “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) as he scrambles to track down...


‘The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness’ presents chilling narrative through journalist lens

May 5, 2021

“The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness” is a brand new Netflix docuseries chronicling the infamous Son of Sam killings that occurred in New York City during the 1970s. Throughout the four-episode...

‘Mortal Kombat’ film entertains with excessive action but struggles narratively

‘Mortal Kombat’ film entertains with excessive action but struggles narratively

April 25, 2021
While the new “Mortal Kombat” film, based on the popular video games series, features effective action sequences and character moments, the overall narrative and presentation leaves much more to be desired.
Production crew of Apple TV+ series ‘Servant’ talks working with M. Night Shyamalan, collaboration

Production crew of Apple TV+ series ‘Servant’ talks working with M. Night Shyamalan, collaboration

April 11, 2021

The Apple TV+ series is back for more thrilling chills. “Servant” is an Apple TV+ original series currently in its second season on the streaming service. The suspenseful show, led by showrunner...

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ stars Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry talk acting with monsters, character inspirations, returning to theaters

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ stars Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry talk acting with monsters, character inspirations, returning to theaters

March 31, 2021

The time has come for iconic monsters Godzilla and King Kong to face off yet again on the big screen. Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Godzilla vs. Kong” is in theaters and available to stream on HBO Max...


What to check out if you’re going to SXSW

March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   The Daily Texan’s team of South by Southwest Online reporters have created a list of must-sees for students...

Clerk Courtesy of TCB Productions

‘Clerk’ documentary director Malcolm Ingram talks interviewing Stan Lee, being friends with Kevin Smith

March 20, 2021

“Clerk,” which premiered at South by Southwest 2021, is a documentary revolving around the life of iconic filmmaker, actor, public speaker and comic book fan Kevin Smith. The film features...

Sound of Violence Interview Courtesy of You Know FilmsIjpg

‘Sound of Violence’ director Alex Noyer and star James Jagger talk fake blood, killer instruments

March 20, 2021

Editor’s Note: There are minor spoilers in this interview “Sound of Violence” is a new horror film that premiered at South by Southwest in the Midnighters category. The film follows...

Sound of Violence Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures

‘Sound of Violence’ wows with twisted horrors, stunning visuals

March 19, 2021

This mixtape is killer.   “Sound of Violence” is a horror film that premiered at South by Southwest in the Midnighters category. The film follows a young adult named Alexis who is pursuing...

Broadcast Signal Intrusion Courtesy of Queensbury Pictures

‘Broadcast Signal Intrusion’ TV terror, throwback mystery

March 19, 2021

Finding the remote won’t save you now Inspired by the real-life (and unsolved) broadcast interruptions that struck Chicago in the late 1980s, horror film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”...

3-16_The Feast_Courtesy of SGRECH

‘The Feast’ serves up a foreboding, twisted experience

March 18, 2021

All dinner parties could use a severed leg to spice up the evening.  “The Feast” is a horror film featured in the South by Southwest 2021 Midnighters category. The film, set in the...

Woodlands Courtesy of Severin Filmsw

Q&A: ‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched’ film team talks folk horror, editing, documentary production

March 18, 2021

“Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched,” a new documentary that premiered at South by Southwest 2021 on Wednesday, focuses on the evolution and history of the folk horror subgenre. The film features...

Jakob's Wife Interview Courtesy of AMP International

Q&A: ‘Jakob’s Wife’ director talks working with Barbara Crampton, rat actors, practical effects

March 17, 2021

Once again, Barbara Crampton is covered in blood.  Horror legends Crampton and Larry Fessenden unite in “Jakob’s Wife,” a new film directed by Travis Stevens (“Girl on the...

Gaia Courtesy of Film Initiative Africa

‘Gaia’ plays with intriguing concepts but lacks in narrative

March 17, 2021

Definitely not Fun-Guy.  “Gaia” is another installment in South by Southwest 2021’s Midnighters collection. The film follows a park ranger who stumbles upon a father and son living...

Billie Eilish Courtesy of Apple TV

‘Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry’ presents intimate, emotional portrait of young fame

February 26, 2021

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” is an Apple TV+ original documentary centered around the 19-year-old singing sensation Billie Eilish. Spanning multiple tours, music video...


UT Alum horror film ‘The Dark and the Wicked’ brings terrifying visuals, ominous story

February 23, 2021

Director Bryan Bertino dips his toes back into the horror genre with Shudder’s upcoming film “The Dark and the Wicked.”  The UT alumnus, best known for directing horror classic...

Brea Grant Interview, Courtesy of Shudderw2

UT alumna Brea Grant talks acting in horror film “After Midnight”

February 22, 2021

From minor guest roles on iconic shows “Friday Night Lights” and “Dexter,” to writing and starring in her own horror film “Lucky,” UT alumna Brea Grant is paving her...

Judas Interview Courtesy of Warner Bros

Actors Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback talk ‘Judas and the Black Messiah,’ genre work, acting

February 10, 2021

“Judas and the Black Messiah” hits HBO Max and theaters this Friday. The film follows the powerful and relevant true story following Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), his...


“Judas and the Black Messiah” tells emotional, relevant story via superb cast

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. In a moving character study that explores an important point in America’s racial history, Daniel...

Blazing World_Courtesy of Greenbelt Films

‘The Blazing World’ producer Brinton Bryan talks quarantine filmmaking, working with Carlson Young

January 29, 2021

“The Blazing World” is a new feature film produced by Brinton Bryan that follows a young woman who accidentally finds herself in a twisted alternate dimension. The film, created on location...

little things review_Courtesy of Warner Bros

‘The Little Things’ spins up entertaining murder mystery with iconic cast

January 28, 2021

The Joker, Mr. Robot and Alonzo from “Training Day” unite for an unsettling crime investigation premiering in theaters and on HBO Max starting Friday.  “The Little Things”...


Here is some new content to watch over winter break

December 2, 2020

The year 2020 has certainly been a weird one for the movie industry. As studios move away from theatrical distribution, many are looking toward various streaming platforms to debut their next big hit....

call of duty Courtesy of ActivisionWEB

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ brings familiar, refreshing gameplay to franchise

November 16, 2020

Black Ops is back.  “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is the newest installment in Activision’s long-running first person shooter series. This time around, “Call of Duty”...

Mortal Review_Courtesy of Saban Films

‘Mortal’ takes grounded approach to superhero-esque origin story

November 5, 2020

In the spirit of Amazon’s “The Boys” and James Gunn’s “Brightburn,” “Mortal” is here to make you rethink your superhero fantasies.  “Mortal”...


A creeptastic guide to ensuring your 2020 Halloween is ‘un-boo-lievable’

November 3, 2020

The scariest day of the year isn’t far off, and The Daily Texan is here to help you celebrate. Move your eyes to the rest of this guide to figure out how to send chills down your spine.  The...

unsolved mysteries courtesy of netflixWEB

Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reboot offers mixed bag of mystery

October 21, 2020

Just in time for the spookiest day of the year, Netflix has dropped Volume 2 of their “Unsolved Mysteries” reboot. This installment features another six chilling cold cases ranging from the...


‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ delivers half-baked family thrills

October 19, 2020

Maybe babysitters should just stick to babysitting.  “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” is a film adaptation of the young adult novel series of the same name. Author Joe...


Fantastic Fest 2020: Director of ‘The Stylist’ Jill Gervagizian talks horror influences and pre-production

October 5, 2020

After succeeding as a short on the festival circuit in 2015, Jill Gervargizian’s “The Stylist” has been adapted into a feature film. The stylish slasher premiered at 2020’s Celebration...


Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘The Stylist’ presents gruesome character study

September 28, 2020

Dandruff is the least of these characters’ hair worries.  “The Stylist” is a new horror film from writer-director Jill Gervargizian, based on a 2016 short film of  the same...


Fantastic Fest 2020: ‘Teddy’ brings visual feast to werewolf genre

September 28, 2020

This werewolf film is a visual feast.  Kicking off Fantastic Fest’s virtual 2020 celebration, “Teddy” brings werewolves back onto the big screen. The French film, written and...


‘Antebellum’ fails to leave mark on horror

September 21, 2020

“Antebellum” is a new horror film from directing duo Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. The story follows a successful Black businesswoman named Veronica (Janelle Monáe) who suddenly...

The Devil All The Time Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’ presents dark, twisted character study

September 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This review discusses religious and gruesome imagery as well as suicide. If you or somebody you know are at risk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour...

Get Duked courtesy of Amazon Studios

‘Get Duked!’ director talks horror, music video influences

August 31, 2020

After a 2019 premiere at South by Southwest, “Get Duked!” (formerly “Boyz in the Wood”) landed on Amazon Prime on Friday. The wild, genre-defying film follows a group of boys who...

REVIEW Chemical Hearts courtesy of Amazon Studios

Coming-of-age film ‘Chemical Hearts’ explores love with delicacy, stars Lili Reinhart

August 22, 2020

While high school life is often romanticized in modern media, Amazon Studios’ newest film embraces the dark reality that lies between the lockers. “Chemical Hearts,” based on the novel...

Chemical Hearts QA Courtesy of Amazon Studios

‘Chemical Hearts’ stars Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, director Richard Tanne discuss new Amazon Prime film

August 22, 2020

Director and writer Richard Tanne’s “Chemical Hearts” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The coming-of-age story, based on the novel “Our Chemical Hearts” by Krystal...

Courtesy of NEON

‘She Dies Tomorrow’ explores unknown with tragic beauty

August 6, 2020

With this new foreboding flick, director Amy Seimetz shines a light on the fragility of life and certainty of death. “She Dies Tomorrow” follows a group of people who encounter a mysterious...

RELIC Q&A Courtesy of IFC

‘Relic’ cast, director talk horror, female representation

July 10, 2020

The new horror film “Relic” from director Natalie Erika James is now playing at drive-in theaters across the country. The film stars Bella Heathcote and Emily Mortimer as a mother-daughter...

Relic Review courtesy of IFC films

‘Relic’ portrays familial terror with honesty, grace

July 9, 2020

The suffering of a loved one becomes sinister in this terrifying genre offering.  “Relic” is a chilling horror film from director Natalie Erika James. The twisted tale follows a mother...


The fate of summer 2020’s film slate

May 9, 2020

Hot Film Fan Summer will never be the same.  When COVID-19 forced movie theaters to shut down worldwide, studios quickly adjusted theatrical release dates for upcoming films. The Daily Texan has...

Ben Q&A Courtesy of Some Good News

UT senior gets surprise visit from Steven Spielberg on John Krasinski’s ‘Some Good News’

May 6, 2020

With days left before his virtual graduation, an aspiring UT screenwriter received personal advice from a Hollywood legend.  After the Twitter account for John Krasinski’s (“The Office,”...

Hollywood COURTESY of Netflix

Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ shines with strong narrative despite hiding harsher reality

May 5, 2020

Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood” seeks to reinterpret the harsh reality of 1940s Dreamland.  Part of a multipicture deal, “Hollywood” is a Ryan Murphy-Netflix collaboration....


Upcoming films, shows starring your favorite ‘Star Wars’ actors

May 4, 2020

As the final entry in “Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga” came to a close last winter with “The Rise of Skywalker,” the franchise’s greatest stars are seeking out new opportunities...

Courtesy of HBO Latino

UT alum talks newest short film on HBO, advice during quarantine

April 20, 2020

UT alumnus Eman Esfandi is usually in front of the camera, but after taking a spin in the director’s chair, his work is now streaming on HBO.  Eman Esfandi directed a short film called “Pepito”...


RTF students’ thesis film productions disrupted by COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Daniel Hurtado de Mendoza was supposed...

quibi courtesy of quibi

4 shows to watch on new streaming app Quibi

April 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story mentions suicide. If you or somebody you know are at resk of self-harm, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24-hour support at 1-800-273-8255. As attention...

Gentleman Courtesy of STX Films

From the Forty Acres to the big screen: UT alumni movies to watch in quarantine

March 31, 2020

Looking for more movies to add to your ever-expanding watch list? The Texan has compiled a list of films featuring UT alumni that are available to stream from the comfort of your home. “Time Trap”...


‘Blow the Man Down’ deep dives into thrilling small-town mystery

March 21, 2020

Gone Fishing … forever. “Blow The Man Down” is a new Amazon original film, written and directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole. The unsettling thriller follows two sisters as they...


7 films to watch while quarantined

March 20, 2020

With countless hours of TV time seemingly in everyone’s future, the Texan has put together a list of must-watch films that embrace the spirit of being quarantined, each in a unique way. The Shining  In...

SXSW director Courtesy of gray hat

Q&A: Lynn Chen on how SXSW cancellation impacts her film ‘I Will Make You Mine’

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. “I Will Make You Mine”...

silent film waadi animations

Silent ‘Sitara: Let Girls Dream’ speaks volumes

March 10, 2020

Young ambitions fly sky high in this colorful Netflix experience. “Sitara: Let Girls Dream” is an animated short film written and directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy alongside Pakistan-based...

Invisible Man Courtesy of Universal Pictures Blumhouse

‘The Invisible Man’ reinvents classic tale of terror

March 2, 2020

Universal Classic Monsters is back from the grave yet again, this time with horror powerhouse Blumhouse behind the wheel.  “The Invisible Man,” directed by Leigh Whannell (“Upgrade”),...

I am not okay with this COURTESY of Netflix

‘I Am Not Okay with This’ sprinkles coming-of age-drama with telepathic powers

February 28, 2020

Sophia Lillis is once again drenched in blood, but this time a killer clown is the least of her problems.  “I Am Not Okay With This” is a new Netflix series from director Jonathan Entwistle...

Brahms COURTESY STX Entertainment

‘Brahms: The Boy II’ offers generic, enjoyable slice of PG-13 horror

February 24, 2020

"Annabelle” is officially canceled.  “Brahms: The Boy II” is the sequel to 2016’s “The Boy.” The film follows a new family that moves into the guest house...

Wendy COURTESY of Searchlight Pictures

‘Wendy’ excels in magical coming of age tale

February 17, 2020

The island of eternal youth is returning to the silver screen in the visionary tale “Wendy.”  “Wendy” is a retelling of the classic “Peter Pan” story through...

Zeitlin COURTESY of Searchlight Picures

Interview with Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin

February 17, 2020

Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin is back with a new film titled “Wendy.” The film is a loose adaptation of the classic story “Peter Pan,” focusing on young Wendy as she discovers...

Fantasy Island COURTESY of Blumhouse

‘Fantasy Island’ leaves viewers in a nightmare

February 17, 2020

Audiences should stay on the plane.  “Fantasy Island” is the newest genre film from horror production company Blumhouse. The film, loosely based on the original TV series from the 1970s,...

Fantasy_island_Lucy Hale Courtesy of Blumhouse

Student journalists chat with Lucy Hale, director Jeff Wadlow about horror, directing

February 13, 2020

“Fantasy Island” is horror production company Blumhouse’s twisted reimagining of the classic show of the same name.  The Daily Texan, along with several other student-run publications,...

Locke and Key courtesy Netflix

‘Locke & Key’ serves up generic fun along with tonal inconsistencies

February 11, 2020

Maybe opening this locked door was a bad idea. “Locke & Key” is a new Netflix original based on the horror fantasy comic series of the same name by Joe Hill, acclaimed writer Stephen...

Horse Girl Courtesy of Netflix

‘Horse Girl’ underwhelms with lackluster handling of subject matter

February 10, 2020

As the credits roll on Jeff Baena’s “Horse Girl,” it becomes very apparent that all the film did was showcase a girl struggling with mental illness and then end her story in a worse state...

Birds of Prey Courtesy warner bros

‘Birds of Prey’ is the best kind of insanity

February 7, 2020

In a franchise seemingly dominated by the Joker, Harley Quinn is back to steal the spotlight with twisted pride.  “Birds of Prey” marks the return of Margot Robbie’s iconic Harleen...

Billie Video Director Q&A Courtesy Billie Eilish VEVO

Billie Eilish’s frequent music video editor talks working with Billie, student filmmaking, advice for industry

February 3, 2020

Billie Eilish’s newest music video, “everything i wanted,” released Jan. 23, has already garnered over 29 million views. Music video editor John Paul Horstmann (“everything i wanted,”...

GRETEL AND HANSEL courtesy of director oz Perkins

‘Gretel & Hansel’ director Osgood Perkins dishes on new movie, directing Jordan Peele’s upcoming ‘Twilight Zone’ episode

January 31, 2020

In a reinterpretation of the original Grimm tale, director Osgood Perkins (“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”) has brought fairy tale nightmare “Gretel & Hansel” to cinematic...

Gretel and Hansel Courtesy of Orien pictures

‘Gretel & Hansel’ whips up twisted tale of childhood terror

January 31, 2020

If Jack and Jill tumbling down a hill wasn’t harrowing enough, Gretel and Hansel are here to live among a cannibalistic witch. “Gretel & Hansel” is a twisted fairytale horror film...


Q&A: Matthew McConaughey discusses filmmaking at Hogg Auditorium

January 23, 2020

After facing an onslaught of syllabi on UT’s first day of spring session, some students also received a special screening of “The Gentlemen,” followed by a Q&A from the minister of...

THE WAVE REVIEW courtesy Epic Pictures

‘The Wave’ is a time-twisting, visually engaging treat

January 22, 2020

Get lost in a time-bending trip with director Gille Klabin’s “The Wave.” “The Wave,” which premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, revolves around lawyer Frank (Justin...

THE WAVE Q&A Courtesy of Epic Pictures

Writer, director of ‘The Wave,’ talk screenwriting, casting

January 22, 2020

“The Wave” is a brand new time-twisting comedy from director Gille Klabin and writer and producer Carl Lucas that premiered at Austin’s very own Fantastic Fest. The film follows a lawyer...


Catnip to lightsabers: Guide to films released during winter break

January 21, 2020

As UT closed its doors for the winter session, cinemas were bombarded with new films ­— some box office hits and a few disappointments. The Daily Texan has put together a review recap for some...

Safdie Bros Courtesy of A24

Safdie Brothers talk ‘Uncut Gems,’ directing, student filmmaking and screenwriting

December 2, 2019

Josh and Benny Safdie have slowly paved a way for themselves in Hollywood with critically acclaimed films like “Heaven Knows What” and “Good Time.”  The directing duo is back...

Irishman Courtesy Netflix

‘The Irishman’ is another masterfully crafted piece of cinema from Martin Scorsese

December 2, 2019

The legendary trinity of Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino finally share the screen in the newest high-stakes, city-set nightmare from Martin Scorsese.  Acclaimed director Scorsese’s...

Knives Out review_courtesy of FilmNation Entertainment

“Knives Out” sharply upholds mind-bending script

November 25, 2019

Throw away the Clue board — it’s time for a real mystery.  “Knives Out” is a modern take on the classic whodunit' genre from director Rian Johnson (“Star Wars:...

Uncut Gems review_Courtesy of A24

“Uncut Gems” treats audience to signature Safdie Brothers thriller

November 25, 2019

If audiences have ever wanted to see Adam Sandler fight against a famous R&B singer in the middle of the VIP room of a club, now is the time.  “Uncut Gems” is another film from...

frozen 2 review_courtesy of Disney

Lush musical atmosphere of ‘Frozen II’ falls flat despite initial hype

November 20, 2019

Forget “Let It Go.” It’s time to get “Lost in the Woods” with “Frozen II.” “Frozen II” is the highly anticipated sequel to Disney’s animated...

AHS 1984 review_courtesy of FX

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ brings mindless slasher frenzy to small screen

November 15, 2019

The ‘80s are back, and they’ve brought aerobics, short shorts and a blood-splattered sleepaway camp with them.   “American Horror Story” has concluded its ninth season,...

Dali exhibit_courtesy of Johnna Krantz

Q&A: Director of Ao5 Gallery discusses Salvador Dalí exhibition

November 15, 2019

Attendees won’t have to rely on the “Persistence of Memory” if they decide to take home one of these pieces for themselves.  From Nov. 9 to Dec. 10, Austin’s Ao5 Gallery...

DRSLEEP_Doctor Sleep courtesy Warner Bros

‘Doctor Sleep’ attempts to meld twisted worlds of King, Kubrick

November 7, 2019

The Overlook Hotel has opened its doors once again and two little twin girls are the least of Danny Torrance’s problems. “Doctor Sleep,” directed by Mike Flanagan, is both the film...

Once Upon A Time Q AND A COURTESY of Eric Charbonneau

Quentin Tarantino, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio talk “Once Upon a Time” in special livestream interview

November 4, 2019

Once upon a time … the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s newest film were interviewed.  This past weekend, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”...

DARKNESS_courtesy CreatorVC studios copy

‘In Search of Darkness’ director David A. Weiner talks John Carpenter, ‘80s Horror, open-ended future of his 4-hour long documentary

October 31, 2019

“In Search of Darkness” is a documentary that details the rise and impact of 1980s horror films. Over the four-hour run time, director David A. Weiner conducts interviews with a vast array...


‘The VICE Guide to Bigfoot’ provides shallow yet entertaining mockumentary of the creature

October 28, 2019

The only thing scarier than Bigfoot is millennials. “The VICE Guide to Bigfoot” is the feature directorial debut for Zach Lamplugh and stars writer and producer Brian Emond. “VICE...

In Search of Darkness COURTESY of CreatorVC

‘In Search of Darkness’ deep dives into fascinating history of ‘80s horror

October 24, 2019

While many people fear the darkness, some search for it. “In Search of Darkness” documents and analyzes the history and impact of horror films in the 1980s. Featuring a slew of absurd films...

Zombieland interview_courtesy of Gary Miller

Director Ruben Fleischer, Jesse Eisenberg talk ‘Zombieland,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ student filmmaking

October 18, 2019

Audiences stepped foot into “Zombieland” in 2009, and a decade later the original cast and director have returned to the iconic undead stomping ground. To celebrate the release of “Zombieland:...

Zombieland courtesy columbia pictures

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back comedic mayhem in signature undead style

October 17, 2019

According to the second survival rule of Zombieland, one must always Double Tap, even if it takes 10 years to do it.  The gang returns in the long-awaited sequel to 2009’s “Zombieland,”...


House of Torment adds to fearsome experience with axe throwing, haunted mazes

October 16, 2019

House of Torment is back from the grave once again for its 2019 haunt season. Eager thrill-seekers will be pleasantly surprised to discover the notorious attraction has brought with it a plethora of...

Joker courtesy Warner Bros

‘Joker’ is everything but a laughing matter

October 3, 2019

The highly anticipated and extremely controversial “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”), has arrived, detailing a complex, mesmerizing and terrifying story about...

knives out q&a_courtesy of Jack Plunkett

“Knives Out” director Rian Johnson takes stab at Texan’s questions

September 30, 2019

At the Fantastic Fest premiere of “Knives Out” on Sept. 25, The Daily Texan spoke to director Rian Johnson from “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Looper” about his newest...

in the shadow_courtesy of Netflix

Director of Netflix thriller ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ discusses filmmaking process

September 25, 2019

The Daily Texan sat down at Fantastic Fest with Jim Mickle, director of Netflix thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon,” to discuss the filmmaking process.  The Daily Texan: As a director,...

in the shadow of the moon cast_courtesy of Rick Kern

Fantastic Fest: The cast of “In the Shadow of the Moon” talk inspirations, acting, Willy Wonka

September 25, 2019

“In the Shadow of the Moon” is a time traveling thriller from Netflix. The Daily Texan discussed various aspects of the filmmaking journey with cast members Michael C. Hall, Boyd Holbrook and...

fractured cast_courtesy of Rick Kern

Fantastic Fest: The cast, director of “Fractured” talk Hitchock, storytelling, genre

September 25, 2019

“Fractured” is a psychological thriller directed by Brad Anderson that follows the harrowing journey of a man whose wife and daughter disappear from a hospital. The Daily Texan attended the...

Jojo rabbit_courtesy of Fox Searchlight

“Jojo Rabbit” miraculously balances heartfelt, hopeful tone amongst bleak setting

September 24, 2019

“Jojo Rabbit” is a WWII dramedy from director Taika Waititi that focuses on a young boy who idolizes Hilter and his reaction to finding out his mother has been hiding a young Jewish girl in...

in the shadow_courtesy of Netflix

‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ expertly navigates a finely-tuned script

September 24, 2019

This is what happens when the moon sees its shadow. “In the Shadow of the Moon” is a time-bending thriller from director Jim Mickle. The film follows a murder investigation in Philadelphia...

Mondocon_Mondo-con, courtesy Mondo

MondoCon: Toymakers discuss inspiration, process of bringing imagination to life

September 17, 2019

At MondoCon, toymakers went back to their roots to discuss their inspirations. On Sept. 14 and 15, Mondo, an art house which produces toys, vinyl records and screen printed shirts and posters, hosted...

astra review_courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

‘Ad Astra’ thrusts viewers into a beautiful space-fueled nightmare

September 16, 2019

With Brad Pitt in space, clearly nothing can go wrong. “Ad Astra” is a space thriller directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt in the leading role of Roy McBride. The film follows an...


After premiering at the Venice Film Festival, “JOKER” reactions are no laughing matter

September 11, 2019

Unlike the character, this film is no joke. On Aug. 31, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” film premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it won the “Golden Lion” award. Critics...


Volunteers ‘Scare for a Cure’ for cancer

September 10, 2019

Behind the remnants of an old Western ghost town in Manor, Texas, something ghoulish resides.  Scare for a Cure is a nonprofit, haunted attraction that donates its net proceeds to cancer research....

IT 2 review_courtesy of Warner Brothers Studios

‘IT Chapter Two’ conjures a mesmerizing, twisted circus of entertainment

September 9, 2019

After a two year wait, the sequel to “IT” has finally floated into theaters.  “IT Chapter Two” takes viewers to the small town of Derry, Maine, where the Losers’ Club...

Midsommar Directors Cut - Courtesy A24

‘Midsommar Director’s Cut’ amplifies Ari Aster’s sun-soaked nightmare

September 3, 2019

Many people are scared of the dark, but what they should really fear is what lies in broad daylight.  Ari Aster brought his horror chops back to the big screen with his sophomore film, "Midsommar." Recently,...


What is going on with Spider-Man in the MCU?

August 30, 2019

“I don’t feel so good, Mr. Stark” has a whole new meaning. On Aug. 20, film news site Deadline reported that Disney and Sony were unable to reach a financial agreement on the deal...