Author: Ryan Sheehan

Overlord: Action horror that’s better than it should be

Imagine an action film set during WWII about a small squad of paratroopers sent behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied France on the eve of the D-Day landings.Imagine that it’s also part horror film as the squad comes across monsters created by evil Nazi experiments. The squad now has to battle through these monsters and their… Read more »

Green Room: A great thriller

Released in 2015, “Green Room” is a horror/thriller that was overlooked at first but has since gained high critical acclaim, some calling it a great movie. And it is. “Green Room” was written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who earlier in his career directed the well-received revenge thriller “Blue Ruin.” Set in the backwoods of… Read more »

Remembering Stan Lee

No comic book personality was more well-known than Stan Lee. You didn’t have to know comic books to know his name or his characters. Some have mixed feelings about him concerning whether or not he took more credit for creating certain superheroes than he should have. Which certainly he did do; he took the lion’s… Read more »

Film student travels to Iowa to make documentary

A documentary film about a commune in southern Iowa by a UCM film student provided some insight about his family’s little-discussed past. As a project for his documentary class, Zach Nowlin, a senior digital media production major, visited this secluded, religious community known as The Brotherhood of Christ Church, also commonly referred to as The… Read more »

Venom: A good blockbuster that tried to be something more

Sony Pictures has tried to create their own “Spider-Man” universe in recent years. There was “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 2012 starring Andy Garfield as the Wall Crawler. It was a solid movie. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” followed in 2014 with the hopes of more movies to come, but it was a bad movie and it… Read more »

The “Batman Damned” incident: A weird moment in Batman’s history

In general, every iconic superhero has experienced some weird moments in their history. Batman, the Caped Crusader himself, is no exception. For example, in 2008, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros were sued over “The Dark Knight” by Huseyin Kalkan, the mayor of Batman, Turkey. The mayor argued the film used the name “Batman” without permission… Read more »

Halloween: An awesome reboot or an awesome sequel

Here is another remake of a classic film – but wait, this one is actually good. “Halloween” is one of the iconic slasher films made by the duo of director/composer John Carpenter and producer/writer Debra Hill. “Halloween” has been remade before. Rob Zombie’s 2003 “Halloween” received mixed reviews and made the franchise even more confusing… Read more »

The Halloween franchise: A confusing history

This October, “Halloween” returns with another reboot of the classic horror film. Simply titled “Halloween,” this newest version seems promising, featuring the return of lead actress Jamie Lee Curtis as franchise character Laurie Strode, and John Carpenter, who directed the original. Released in 1978, the original “Halloween” followed the mysterious killer Michael Myers, who is… Read more »

Matthew Dunehoo: Kansas City filmmaker

Matthew Dunehoo is a filmmaker living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. From May 7-28, Dunehoo wrote and directed his first feature film “Wretch.” Dunehoo previously wrote and directed the short films “No Margettes” and “The Vetting” in 2015 and 2017 and collaborated on another short, “Drifters,” in 2017. “Wretch” is a horror film, but… Read more »