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Infestation: Fantastic Fest 2021 – The Black Phone, Freaks Out, V/H/S 94

Infestation: Fantastic Fest 2021 - Ep 2


Our coverage of this year’s Fantastic Fest continues with Chris, Alan, and Drew discussing:

-The new horror film from C. Robert Cargill and Scott Derrickson, “The Black Phone”. Based on a Joe Hill short story, this takes place in the 70s and tells the story of a scary child killer (Ethan Hawke) and his latest young abductee who gets help through a disconnected phone in his cell through the ghosts of his previous victims.

– A seriously epic Italian WWII weird superheroes film called “Freaks Out”. Four gifted mutant circus performers use their abilities versus a precognitive six-fingered circus pianist Nazi who is trying to gather them together to fight for the Reich instead of against it (and yes, it’s as batshit as it sounds).

-The newest entry in the found footage anthology series “V/H/S 94” that we conclude might even be the best of the entire series.

Check out our fun discussion and watch for many more in the days/week to come!




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



Chris HAlan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)

Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.



” width=Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)

Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.




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