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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ successfully resurrects childhood fear

August 13, 2019

The illustrations that haunted ‘90s childhoods are back, more alive than ever.  “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a film adaptation of the eponymous collection of short stories...

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ brings back 1960s Hollywood with unique Tarantino flair

July 30, 2019

Mr. Tarantino is back, and he’s brought cowboys, pitbulls, crazy cult members and — of course — more feet.  Acclaimed film director Quentin Tarantino has finished his ninth feature...

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‘Crawl’ swallows audiences with horrid writing, pacing

July 23, 2019

For a film all about alligators, this sure lacks bite. “Crawl” is a horror film directed by Alexandre Aja that follows competitive swimmer Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her father (Barry Pepper)...


‘Far From Home’ brings zany superhero fun, yet leaves much to be desired

July 9, 2019

Who would’ve thought that Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing a fishbowl-wearing sorcerer in a Spider-Man movie? Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is back in “Far From Home,” a sequel to...

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‘Child’s Play’ becomes your new best friend with gore-filled fun

June 25, 2019

Alexa, please don’t kill me.  “Child’s Play” is a reimagining of the 1988 horror classic of the same name. The remake, helmed by director Lars Klevberg, revolves around...


‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 mostly satisfies fan craving

June 11, 2019

“Black Mirror” is back in full force with its signature social commentary, but some of the stories aren’t as strong as they could be.  The fifth season of Netflix’s futuristic...


Bundy biopic “Extremely, Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” respectfully addresses source material

May 6, 2019

The new Ted Bundy biopic is wicked, evil and vile in its excruciating visual accuracy, yet it remains respectful of his victims. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” directed by...

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‘Scary Stories’ documentary analyzes frightening book series

April 30, 2019

In a time before “Goosebumps,” another book had the honor of bringing children’s nightmares to life. “Scary Stories” is a 2019 documentary directed, edited and produced...

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is ultimate love letter to Marvel Universe

April 24, 2019

“Endgame” wields a powerful gauntlet of nostalgia, heartbreak and resolution.  “Avengers: Endgame” is the culmination of over 10 years of Marvel storytelling, starting with...

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Writer of “Shazam!,” Henry Gayden, talks about the film’s popularity, writing process

April 17, 2019

DC’s newest film “Shazam!,” directed by David F. Sandberg, is currently in theaters, and The Daily Texan had the pleasure of speaking with the film’s writer (and UT alumnus) Henry...


Horror fans, journalists combat stigmas of the genre

April 11, 2019

The horror genre has frightened moviegoers since the early twentieth century. With recent hits such as “It” and “Us,” the genre shows no signs of receding success. Stigmas toward...

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Thriller ‘Long Lost’ sends viewers down dizzying hole of seduction, suspense

April 3, 2019

Maybe being an only child isn’t so bad.  “Long Lost,” released on March 29, is an erotic thriller from director, writer and editor Erik Bloomquist. This is Bloomquist’s...


UT affiliates analyze evolution, appeal of ‘The Clown Prince of Crime’

March 26, 2019

Two Jokers in a deck of cards? Try six.  The Joker, arguably Batman’s most iconic foe, has graced everything from comics to the world of film and television. Over the last 50 years, the Joker...

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The Daily Texan sits down with the director and cast of ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

March 17, 2019

"The Curse of La Llorona" recently premiered at SXSW. The film follows a single mother as she does whatever it takes to protect her children from the evil spirit of La Llorona. The Daily...

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‘Pet Sematary’ digs up a ghoulish time

March 17, 2019

In the famous words of Jud Crandall, sometimes, dead is better. "Pet Sematary" is the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The film, directed by Kevin Kölsch...

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‘The Curse of La Llorona’ scares with its recycled horror clichés

March 16, 2019

Move over Bloody Mary — there’s a new child-killing spirit in town. “The Curse of La Llorona” is Michael Chaves’s feature length directorial debut and another entry in...

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‘Get Duked!’ is absolute blast from start to finish

March 16, 2019

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the new title of the film, "Get Duked!" Apparently, farmers are big into hip-hop. “Get Duked!” is the first feature...


‘Snatchers’ disappoints in attempt at throwback horror

March 15, 2019

“Snatchers” is a horror comedy from directors Stephen Cedars and Benji Kleiman that is adapted from the short film and web series of the same name. The film follows friends Sara and Hayley...

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‘Body at Brighton Rock’ brings dread but doesn’t exactly deliver

March 14, 2019

Dead bodies, maggots, and bears — oh my. “Body at Brighton Rock” is the feature directorial debut for Roxanne Benjamin. The film follows a young park ranger who comes across a corpse...

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‘Teen Spirit’ is an electrifying pop-filled journey that turns down the volume a little too early

March 14, 2019

When music and film are effectively combined, the result is truly special. “Teen Spirit” is a film revolving a small-town girl’s rise to fame directed by Max Minghella. The film follows...

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‘Tales from the Lodge’ has cool stories to tell, but that’s about it

March 14, 2019

An anthology film where the anthologies themselves are more interesting than the overall plot. “Tales from the Lodge” is the directorial debut for Abigail Blackmore. The film follows a group...

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‘Villains’ brings out the best in the bad guys with successful dark humor

March 12, 2019

It turns out the best movies are the ones with no heroes at all. “Villains” is a dark comedy directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen that follows a criminal couple who breaks into a home that...

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‘Little Monsters’ shines a heartwarming light on the zombie genre

March 12, 2019

“Little Monsters” is the beacon of undead light in a time where zombie films have been done to death. This is Abe Forsythe’s third feature film and he surely delivers with a heartwarming...

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‘Good Boys’ delivers outrageous, bittersweet comedy that highlights impact of childhood relationships

March 12, 2019

From the team that brought you “Superbad” comes a film that is super good (boys). “Good Boys” is a coming-of-age comedy directed by Gene Stupnitsky (“The Office”)...


SXSW’s third installment of their ‘Shorts Program’ is full of laughs and pure emotion

March 11, 2019

SXSW has selected its top short films out of a pool of over 5,000 entries. These are some of the best narrative shorts within “Shorts Program 3.” Milton “Milton,” directed...

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‘I’m Just F*cking with You’ is a mediocre installment in Blumhouse’s ‘Into the Dark’

March 11, 2019

Only Blumhouse Television could make April Fools scary. “I’m Just F*cking with You” is the seventh installment in Blumhouse’s “Into the Dark” Hulu series. This entry...

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“Extra Ordinary” fails to reach its full potential but offers some spooky laughs along the way

March 11, 2019

Who ya gonna call? Rose the driving instructor apparently. “Extra Ordinary,” directed by Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, follows a driving instructor named Rose who is uncomfortable using...

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‘J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius’ is a fascinating deep dive into an eclectic cult

March 11, 2019

This is a documentary, believe it or not. “J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius” is a wonderfully strange documentary that follows the cultivation of a strange cult...

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The SXSW 2019 “Midnight Shorts” are as weird as ever

March 10, 2019

Each year, SXSW selects some of the weirdest shorts filmmakers have to offer and screens them as part of their “Midnight Shorts” lineup. Here is a taste of what they have to offer: Deep...

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‘Darlin’ is effective, morbid directorial debut for Pollyanna McIntosh

March 10, 2019

It’s amazing the lengths to which an animalistic woman will go to save someone she loves. “Darlin’” is Pollyanna McIntosh’s directorial debut and third time playing the...


Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do In The Shadows” is worth the five-year wait

March 9, 2019

The latest installment of “What We Do In The Shadows” is an FX series, whose pilot premiered at SXSW. The premiering pilot is based on the film of the same name, released in 2014. The mockumentary...

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Jordan Peele further cements himself as a master of horror with ‘Us’

March 9, 2019

“I Got 5 on It” is also a song about how many times people will want to see this movie. Academy Award-winning director Jordan Peele’s second film “Us” is a psychological...


Bleed for the Throne brings the world of Game of Thrones to Austin

March 8, 2019

The Great War is coming. In collaboration with the Red Cross and South by Southwest, HBO’s Game of Thrones continues its #ForTheThrone campaign with an immersive blood drive. The drive is open...

Horror invades SXSW 2019

March 8, 2019

SXSW 2019 is continuing the trend by shining a spotlight on films that feature evil doppelgängers, reanimated cats and even a sex demon, whatever that is.  Here is some of the best horror...

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Black horror films are on the rise

February 26, 2019

For decades, the horror genre has faced backlash for racial insensitivity and stereotyping black characters in its films. Only recently has there been an increase in black-led horror content featuring...

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Film reviews have varying effects on moviegoers

February 19, 2019

Moviegoers often take into account reviews before seeing a film, but for some it may not have that big of an effect. Critics have served as gatekeepers of the movie industry for decades. Gone are the...


The forbidden fruit of the film industry: inside Rotten Tomatoes

February 14, 2019

Move over critics, a fruit has more power than individualized opinions. As of late, two simple words have had an enormous effect on the film industry — “rotten” and “fresh.”...

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‘The Prodigy’ will have you running from daycare

February 7, 2019

If you think the terrible twos are bad, beware the homicidal eights. “The Prodigy” is a new horror film from "The Pact" director Nicholas McCarthy that brings every parent’s...


The eyes of the Academy are not upon these 5 films, unfortunately

February 4, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards Ceremony is broadcasting on Feb. 24 and several of the year’s most incredible creators in film are up for the award of a prestigious Oscar trophy. As opposed to recounting...


Showtime invites students to Shrek X Shrekwest

December 3, 2018

Shrek fans are about to be head ogre heels when Dec. 4 rolls around. As students are swamped with finals, Campus Events + Entertainment Showtime provides an escape to happily ever after. “Shrek...

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‘Creed II’ is powerful addition to ‘Rocky’ series

November 27, 2018

Sequels don’t suck after all. “Creed II” is the sequel to 2015’s well-received “Creed.” This follow-up film takes Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of iconic...


Hollywood’s latest reboot trend reflects different business model

November 20, 2018

Yes, this has definitely been done before. Recently, Hollywood has witnessed an onslaught of reboots, remakes, sequels and franchise revivals. Within the last couple of months, we’ve seen reboots...

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Film school alumni Mark Dennis, Ben Foster discuss latest feature film ‘Time Trap’

November 14, 2018

Only radio-television-film alumni could successfully warp time and space. Radio-television-film alumni have brought their time-twisting fantasies to life in a brand new feature film. Mark Dennis...


Robert Englund reprises the role of Freddy on The Goldbergs, prompting hopes for new Nightmare

October 31, 2018

1, 2 Freddy’s … on “The Goldbergs?” Actor Robert Englund reprised the iconic role of Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on a recent Halloween-themed...

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‘Goosebumps 2’ brings thrills, chills and a bare-bones plot

October 16, 2018

Only in the world of Goosebumps could gummy bears be scary.  “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” is the follow-up to 2015’s “Goosebumps” starring Jack Black. While...

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‘The Body’ brings well-executed bloodshed to All Hallows’ Eve

October 10, 2018

Halloween night is the perfect time to cover up a murder. Into the Dark, a brand new horror series from genre king Blumhouse Productions released its first episode on Hulu, with a new short film added...


House of Torment amplifies the fear in its 2018 season

October 3, 2018

What better way to start the spookiest season of the year than with a chainsaw-wielding clown? The House of Torment is Austin’s premier haunted attraction during the Halloween season, featuring...


Festival revokes award after gun-toting laurel receives complaint from semi-finalist

October 1, 2018

Every film student looks forward to the day a festival recognizes their work. For UT radio-television-film alumnus Scott Cobb, this dream became a reality, and then quickly became a nightmare. In June...

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HBO series “Sharp Objects” delivers a refreshing take on the murder mystery genre

September 5, 2018

Amy Adams + a sharp object + murder = Fantastic television. Step into the twisted town of Wind Gap and uncover its dark secrets with HBO’s series “Sharp Objects.”   “Sharp...