Little known fact about me: before taking up the call to metal for Nine Circles, I used to write about movies. A lot. Since 2005 I wrote film reviews for various blogs and sites, and for the past three years have been participating in a massive horror marathon over on Letterboxed called Hoop-tober, where under a strict set of guidelines around what you could watch hundreds of horror fans would attempt to watch and review 31 horror films in 31 days (you can see my picks for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and if you love horror, I encourage you to give it a shot). So when our Stalwart Editor™ asked if I was interested in doing some type of horror column I jumped at the chance. With so many streaming options and even some services dedicated to curating horror there’s a lot to wade through, so each month I’ll be spending some words talking about new releases, streaming picks, and some of my favorite classics, cult or otherwise.
We’ll play around a bit with format, but for today I want to talk about a trio of films definitely worth a watch and readily available for your discerning eye: The Girl with All the Gifts, Under the Shadow, and the remastered classic Phantasm. Continue reading