Camila Dodik

Camila Dodik is a graduate student researching horror and the weird in Japanese literature and media.

GenreBlast Festival Showcases Dynamic New Independent Genre Films

Between August 30th and September 2, 2018, the international independent genre film festival, GenreBlast, landed at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia. Filmmakers from around the globe were in attendance. Teams from Psyborgs (dir. David Hiatt, 2016), Canada’s comically absurd riff on children’s adventure shows, and Australia’s hilariously crass Lieutenant Jangles …

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Movie Review – ‘Sacred Heart’ (2016) Grapples with Questions of Faith and Justice

Sacred Heart

Written and directed by debut filmmaker Kosta Nikas, Sacred Heart (2016) has been released in the US this month by Gravitas Ventures. This Australian indie drama focuses on the protagonist Robert, played by Kipan Rothbury (Hill End 2014). and the crisis of faith he has following the hit-and-run death of his …

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A Look Back At ‘Body Bags (1993) On Its 25th Anniversary

This past August 8th was the 25th anniversary of the 1993 made-for-television movie Body Bags. The film, produced by Showtime, is made up of three unrelated segments originally intended as episodes of a series that was never released, similar to Tales from the Crypt or The Twilight Zone. Directed by John …

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The Enduring Visual Appeal of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’

Alien (1979) is my favorite horror movie, and I’m not alone; according to IMDb, this sci-fi classic appears on lists of the best films of all time and has been selected as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress. Why is Alien so compelling? It appeared post-Star …

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