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GROUND ZERO: Helping to plan your escape from the apocolypse. by DARK SIDE

Posted on March 5th, 2009
GROUND ZERO: Helping to plan your escape from the apocolypse. by DARK SIDE

In the spirit of trying to keep a slow news week from making the site boring, here’s one for all you fans of nuclear disaster movies. It’s also a bonus because “Watchmen” (which premiere’s on Friday) has an apocalyptic element to its story. See? I made it relevant. Powered by Google Maps, Ground Zero (not […]

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PONTYPOOL. Another zombies vs. radio host movie? by DARKSIDE

Posted on March 1st, 2009
PONTYPOOL. Another zombies vs. radio host movie? by DARKSIDE

Here’s a zombie movie with a title that’ll make a lot of people scratch their heads. “Pontypool.” According to trailer, I’m guessing it’s the name of a small town where a lot of mean stuff went down. I really dig the star, veteran character actor Steven McHattie (soon to be seen as retired Night Owl […]

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An Oscar-related message from Dark Side…

Posted on February 18th, 2009
An Oscar-related message from Dark Side…

Man, I’m about to burst over here. Coop’s got all his high-‘n-mighty Oscar stuff going on, I can’t sneak a word in edgewise. I’m gonna have to cut loose next week after the big stinkin’ awards show so I can get you guys some good content out there. Until then, chew on this. It’s a […]

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ANGUISH!!! Weirdo 80’s horror flick to get a Ghost House remake? by DARK SIDE

Posted on February 14th, 2009
ANGUISH!!! Weirdo 80’s horror flick to get a Ghost House remake? by DARK SIDE

Another one out of left field… In 1987, Michael Lerner and genre goddess Zelda Rubinstein starred in “Anguish,” a unique (at the time) horror film that blurred the line between the horror on the screen and the fright of the audience. Now Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures intends to remake the classic to appeal to […]

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URGENT!!! Watch SPLINTER on the Sci-Fi Channel this weekend before it arrives on DVD! by DARK SIDE

Posted on February 14th, 2009
URGENT!!! Watch SPLINTER on the Sci-Fi Channel this weekend before it arrives on DVD! by DARK SIDE

The Sci-Fi Channel, despite creating a good series or two (“Battlestar,” “Eureka”), always has the crappiest movies programmed into their lineup, ESPECIALLY on the weekends. I swear every time I turn it on it’s usually some moronic, cheap-ass, giant animal movie like “Boa vs. Python 2” or “Ice Spiders.” Usually, Lou Diamond Phillips stars. This […]

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What does FRANKLYN mean to you? by DARK SIDE…

Posted on February 10th, 2009
What does FRANKLYN mean to you? by DARK SIDE…

This news is weeks old, but dang if this doesn’t look interesting. Like “Ink” and “9” and the other recent gothic fantasy tidbits we’ve been getting, this one fits right in. Who is “Franklyn” and what’s his mythology? Dunno, but I can’t wait to find out. Word is this film will screen soon overseas but […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC reviews great horror films that YOU may NEVER get to see! PART TWO…

Posted on January 25th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC reviews great horror films that YOU may NEVER get to see! PART TWO…

THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES (2007) **** Another delayed release that’s taken its sweet time getting to the theater. Here’s a clue… It never will, but you’re in luck: Its DVD release is (finally!) scheduled for January 27th. Yep, that’s this upcoming Tuesday. This grisly “mockumentary” chronicles the career of the Water Street Butcher, a still-at-large serial […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC reviews great horror films that YOU may NEVER get to see! PART ONE…

Posted on January 20th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC reviews great horror films that YOU may NEVER get to see! PART ONE…

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (2006) **** No, you’re not reading the date wrong. Director Jonathan Levine made this movie a few years ago but it never saw U.S. distribution. It seems the always fickle Weinsteins had a knee-jerk response to the box office failure of “Grindhouse” and decided to cancel the release of […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC sez: “STOPS COPIES ME!”

Posted on January 17th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC sez: “STOPS COPIES ME!”

You’re gonna have to forgive the self-indulgent post here, but this has been cracking me up all day. My love for “Metalocalypse” is no big secret but sometimes when an episode strikes me as hilarious, I can’t stop laughing for days. Take the episode “Dethcarraldo,” in which the band, Dethklok, hears about a drug called […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC sez: With My Last GASP… I… BOYCOTT and CURSE the 2009 GOLDEN GLOBES…***UPDATE! FRESH SCANDAL!!!***

Posted on January 11th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC sez: With My Last GASP… I… BOYCOTT and CURSE the 2009 GOLDEN GLOBES…***UPDATE! FRESH SCANDAL!!!***

You heard me… (UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM!!!) By the way, hey Coop… “To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee; For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.” – Khan from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” I hear Khan stole that from from a jerk […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC… MUST… GET ONE LAST REVIEW IN!!!… Music from RHYTHM NUN!!!

Posted on January 10th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC… MUST… GET ONE LAST REVIEW IN!!!… Music from RHYTHM NUN!!!

I feel… the pull of Coop… THE SMALL TOWN CRITIC is about to take power during the eminent awards season. Whatever, I hijacked this site before and I can do it again. I’ll be back, and I suspect you’ll be ready for me when horror/exploitation reigns supreme. Until he breaks my final barrier, check out […]

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METALOCALYPSE!… THE DARK SIDE CRITIC finds something to love. Awww…

Posted on January 9th, 2009
METALOCALYPSE!… THE DARK SIDE CRITIC finds something to love. Awww…

Cartoon Network’s ADULTSWIM has outdone itself with this crazy little addition to its lineup. Did I say little? I meant GINORMOUS. These 15 minute shorts have become so popular, they’ve accomplished three unlikely feats: 1. Produced an album that debuted #21 on the Billboard’s Top 100 2. Spawned a concert tour in 2008 with sellout […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC stars in his own horror short!!!

Posted on January 6th, 2009
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC stars in his own horror short!!!

Ha. I wish… Actually, I’ve found a creepy little short film by the psychos over at Fewdio. It goes by quick but it’ll raise those sensitive little baby hairs on the back of your neck. This is what the web is all about people. Showcasing the creative process. These guys take simple concepts and use […]

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MULTIPLE MOVIE ROUND-UP by THE DARK SIDE CRITIC

Posted on January 1st, 2009
MULTIPLE MOVIE ROUND-UP by THE DARK SIDE CRITIC

1. DEATH RACE (2008) *** now available on DVD Jason Statham can kick my ass any day. Taking the role of “Frankenstein,” the death racer who can’t be killed (made famous by David Carradine in “Death Race 2000”), Statham once again plays a tough dude who can whoop tail and drive cars like a maniac. […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS from THE DARK SIDE CRITIC…

Posted on December 24th, 2008
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from THE DARK SIDE CRITIC…

Hehehehehehe, this commercial warms my blood. Nothing says Merry Christmas like Darth Vader and Freddy Krueger in a holidays Direct TV ad. Only in a non-English-speaking country could you get away with this level of yuletide wrongness. If they had thrown Ronald McDonald in and you’d have kids screaming and spilling hot cocoa on each […]

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SPLINTER (2008) *** movie review by THE DARK SIDE CRITIC

Posted on December 16th, 2008
SPLINTER (2008) *** movie review by THE DARK SIDE CRITIC

Here’s a derivative, yet nasty little number that mooches from a few classic horror flicks but wins out on simplicity and quality. Skinny biology PhD pansy-dude (Paulo Costanzo) and his unbelievably hot and fit survivalist-type girlfriend (the sublime Jill Wagner) go camping in the wilderness near some sort of experimental research lab. They get carjacked […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC LIVES!!!

Posted on December 15th, 2008
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC LIVES!!!

You can view the proto-site here. Before my reign of terror begins… Lemme inject some humor into your miserable life… There’s a show that’s been tickling my funnybone of late. It’s called “>Estate of Panic” on the Sci-Fi Channel. It’s a nutty gameshow where a-holes get sent to this mansion in hells-knows-where to go into […]

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THE DARK SIDE CRITIC is born…

Posted on December 13th, 2008
THE DARK SIDE CRITIC is born…

Coop here. Apparently, I’ve been struggling with a shadowy part of myself I was unaware of. In between my regular review postings, others have pointed out to me that I’ve done a lot of B-movie, horror, grindhouse, direct-to-DVD trashy reviews. I was alarmed to look back at the archives and realise… I HAD. My “Dark […]

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Trailer for the award-winning short PRISMA…


A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a brain-altering signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk...

WINNER: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, 2017 Oxford Film Festival

WINNER: BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

SEMI-FINALIST: 2017 NanoCon International Science-Fiction Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST ANIMATION, 2017 End of Days Film Festival

NOMINEE: BEST GRAPHICS, 2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2017 Nightmares Film Festival
2017 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival
2017 Oxford Film Festival
2017 Crossroads Film Festival
2017 Clarksdale Film Festival
2017 Twisted Dreams Film Festival
2017 Tupelo Film Festival
2017 NanoCon International Sci-Fi Film Festival
2017 FantaSci Short Film Festival
2017 End of Days Film Festival
2017 Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
2017 Shiver International Film Festival

Trailer for the lost short GOD MAKER…


Northern Mississippi 1932:
In a cabin in the woods, a blind blues guitarist will discover his destiny from a lovesick goddess who seeks to corrupt his soul.

GOD MAKER remains unfinished and in limbo for now, but the trailer expresses the mood and imagery intended for the project...

Coop’s award-winning 48 hour short film trailer for REGRESS…


Told in reverse, this experimental made-in-48-hours film begins with a shocking murder then backtracks (like a viewer rewinding a VHS tape) to reveal the chilling origins of this tragedy.

WINNER: BEST SHORT FILM at the 2013 Clarksdale Film Festival...
NOMINATED: BEST DIRECTING by the 2012 48hr. Guerrilla Film Challenge (international contest)...
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Crossroads Film Festival

Watch Coop’s award-winning short film THE BEST DAY…


WINNER: 2012 MAGNOLIA FILM FESTIVAL "Best Homegrown Film"
WINNER: 2012 SEATTLE TRUE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL "Best Scream"

OFFICIAL SELECTION:
2012 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL
2012 CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL
2012 NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FILM FESTIVAL
2012 ATLANTA INDIE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
2012 OTHERFEST
2012 MISSISSIPPI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2012 SUN AND SAND FILM FESTIVAL

Morgan Freeman asks Coop a question at THE BEST DAY premiere! Video below…


My short film THE BEST DAY premiered in October 2011 at the Delta Cinema in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Little did I know I had a special guest in the audience who was about to ask me a question during the Q&A. Yep, I got a little flustered when I saw who it was.

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