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The Alliance Lately: Issue No. 66

It was a mix of horror movies and Oscar contenders being reviewed by members of the MNFCA recently.

Several critics concluded special Halloween series and reviewed recently released horror pictures. Many also reviewed films likely to earn recognition during award season, with several screened at the Twin Cities Film Festival.

Here’s what the Alliance has been up to lately.

Joe Botten

At his site, Botten concluded his 31 Days to Scare series with pieces written about 1985’s “Silver Bullet,” 1972’s “The Victim,” 1980’s “Windows,” 1969’s “Eye of the Cat,” 1966’s “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” 1981’s “Venom,” 2005’s “Cursed,” 1969’s “Berserk, 1965’s “I Saw What You Did,” 1985’s “Fright Night” and 1944’s “The Uninvited.”

He also reviewed new releases “Run” Sweetheart Run” and “Black Adam.”

Brian Eggert

At Deep Focus Review, Eggert reviewed new films “Black Adam,” “Run Sweetheart Run,” “Nanny,” “Armageddon Time,” “Causeway,” “Aftersun” and “She Said.”

He also published recaps of the Twin Cities Film Festival on Oct. 22, 24 and 30. Additionally, he wrote a piece about 1998’s “Practical Magic.”

Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl

On their podcast Horror Rewind, Florence and Hafdahl discussed the tour for their new book “The Science of Witchcraft,” which explores witches in works of fiction. They also released another episode where they reviewed “Halloween Ends.”

Hunter Friesen

For The Cinema Dispatch, Friesen reviewed “Women Talking,” “She Said,” “Till,” “My Policeman,” “Black Adam” and “Enola Holmes 2.” He also released an updated post regarding Oscar predictions.

Joseph Froemming

For his Joe-Down series, Froemming reviewed the “Evil Dead” remake.

Jay Gabler

At the Duluth News Tribune, Gabler interviewed screenwriter Matthew Dressel, who wrote the new film “Daniel’s Gotta Die.”

Kyle Goethe

At his site, Goethe concluded his 31 Days of Horror series with 1959’s “The Wasp Woman,” 2014’s “You Me and Her,” 1981’s “Bloody Moon,” 1990’s “Jacob’s Ladder,” 1963’s “Paranoiac,” 1963’s “The Kiss of the Vampire,” 1988’s “Black Roses,” 2012’s “ATM,” 2003’s “House of 1,000 Corpses,” 1999’s “Blood Dolls,” “1961’s “Mr. Sardonicus” and 2007’s “Halloween.”

He also reviewed new films “Till,” “Armageddon Time” and “Speak No Evil.”

Paul McGuire Grimes

For his series Paul’s Trip to the Movies,” Grimes reviewed “The Good Nurse” and ranked the killers featured in the “Scream” franchise. He also appeared on Twin Cities Live on Oct. 21, 27 and 28.

Matt Hambidge

At News From the Couch, Hambidge reviewed new films “Ticket to Paradise” and “Black Adam.” His podcast Cinema Stubs also featured discussions on “Halloween Ends” and “Black Adam.” They had another episode focused on horror movies for Halloween.

Danny Haslach

On his podcast FilmBird, the latest episode revolved around the best horror movies in the last decade. Another episode released earlier focused on the new film “Amsterdam.”

Frank Lee

For the Brainerd Dispatch, Lee reviewed “Prey for the Devil” and “Ticket to Paradise.” He also wrote a recommendations piece for horror movies to watch during Halloween.

Matthew Liedke

At his site, Liedke reviewed new movies “Black Adam,” “Tár,” “Armageddon Time” and “She Said.”

Ruth Maramis

At FlixChatter, Maramis reviewed the new film “Ticket to Paradise” and also wrote about films shown at the Twin Cities Film Festival, including “The Unknown Country,” “Black Daddy: The Movie, Origami in the Garden” and “Overheated.”

Mark McPherson

On his site, McPherson reviewed the new drama “Tár.” He also wrote a review of “Hocus Pocus 2” for FilmInquiry and produced a video essay about disengagement on horror movies.

Nicholas Palodichuk

On the series Kyle and Nick on Film, Palodichuk was joined by Goethe to discuss 1960’s “Peeping Tom,” 1974’s “It’s Alive,” 1982’s “The New York Ripper,” 1985’s “Lifeforce,” “1987’s “Hellraiser” and 1991’s “Popcorn,.” They also reviewed “X,” “Barbarian” and the new “Hellraiser,” all from 2022.


Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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