Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Chris Alexander is an internationally published film critic, writer, editor, music composer and filmmaker. From 2009 - 2015 he served as the editor-in-chief of the legendary horror film magazine FANGORIA and its sister periodical GOREZONE as well as creating the specialty line of FANGORIA LEGENDS magazines. He is the editor and co-founder of cult film magazine DELIRIUM and the co-founder and publisher of FANTASM Presents magazine and its offshoot publications. Alexander has also edited and published several licensed magazines for the iconic rock band KISS and was an editor at the film news website ComingSoon.net. Prior to this, he was a critic and columnist for RUE MORGUE magazine and a writer and critic for The Toronto Star's METRO newspaper. As a filmmaker he is the writer, director and composer of the vampire film BLOOD FOR IRINA, its follow-up/sequels QUEEN OF BLOOD and BLOOD DYNASTY and the erotic surrealist drama FEMALE WEREWOLF. As a musician he has released the albums MUSIC FOR MURDER (Giallo Disco Records) and BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (Future City Records) and has composed the music for Joseph O?Brian's horror film THE DEVIL?S MILE. More on Alexander?s film and music work can be found at ChrisAlexanderOnline.com.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Killer Nun (Suor Omicidi) (1982) Anita Ekberg screws the scenery in this wonderfully tasteless shocker. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2019
No Score Yet Toys Are Not for Children (1972) TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN is a kind of masterpiece, I'm just not sure what kind. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
No Score Yet Satan's Slave (Evil Heritage) (1976) Warren's films offer nothing save 90 minutes (or less) of pure, down and dirty phantasmagorical escapism; well-crafted genre romps made to distract, shock and titillate. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
67% The Witches (The Devil's Own) (1966) THE WITCHES is no pandering horror-hagsploitation potboiler. It's something far more evolved and interesting - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
52% The Hunger (1983) We know that the hunger of the title isn’t just a hunger for blood, it’s a hunger to hold on to life, to love, to all of those moments that make us what we are, in that brief period of our lives that we shine, when we are at our best. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
No Score Yet Jack the Ripper (1959) This is an essential piece of Ripperphilia on film and just an all-around killer bit of sordid period-piece horror. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
58% The House That Jack Built (2018) By the time the movie literally goes to Hell and stings its Baroque finale with the funniest closing credits music ever, you'll feel very much like the director has smashed you square in the face with cinema itself. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
17% Nightwing (1979) NIGHTWING isn't a great horror movie per se, but it's a pretty great movie full stop, one that deserves a much bigger cult fanbase. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
91% Mandy (2018) The film just feels alien. It feels evil. It courses with a sort of seething darkness and descends into such brain-swelling madness that you can almost smell it. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
No Score Yet Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973) An almost experimental, totally unpredictable and fever-pitched horror-western that seems beamed-in from another dimension. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
83% Psychomania (1971) From its first dreamy frames, with its gang of leather clad, skull faced bikers poured into black leather, cinema history has never seen the likes of a picture quite as unapologetically mental as PSYCHOMANIA. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
67% The Velvet Vampire (1971) It's Yarnall who draws all eyes to her like bugs to bright lights... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary (1975) Ferrare makes for an unforgettable villain/victim; when she kills, she's savage and yet we empathize with her plight. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus) (1960) The movie really works primarily because of Diffring's truly magnetic performance, a complicated turn that sees his Rossiter/Schuler veer between sympathetic and sociopathic. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) A perverse, kinetic shot of celluloid psychosis that doesn't give a damn what your expectations are or what popular tastes demand. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet The Ultimate Thrill (1974) Braeden and Ekland offer complex performances that are unsettling in their suggestiveness. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
48% Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972) It's a mean, oppressive film that feels exhaustively claustrophobic, its action centered on a sterile city block and scattered, computer-soaked offices and labs. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
No Score Yet Suffers from Jaws 2 syndrome, attempting to replicate the beats of the first film too closely with much of the same cast reprising their roles and character ticks and because of that, it simply doesn't have its own fingerprint. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
37% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973) Battle ends with a deep sense of melancholy and grace, a timeline defying notion that Caesar's decency in fact altered the course of history. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
88% Planet of the Apes (1968) Whether you've seen it 100 times or for the first time, that final shot is unforgettable, in both aesthetic and meaning. A perfect film. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
88% Strait-Jacket (1964) (Crawford) may have been mourning her glory days and miserable that the bloom was off her rose, but she remained until the end a major artist and a consummate professional. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
No Score Yet The Keeper (2004) The Keeper is junk, sure. But it's sublime and strange and hugely entertaining junk and kind of floats in its own awesomely tacky orbit. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
62% Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? (2016) It's probably the most unnecessary and unwanted remake in film history and yet Franco plays it straight (ahem) and respectful. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
75% It's Alive (1973) It's Alive is a marvel, with a solid performance by Ryan and a mesmerizing score by the late, great Bernard Herrmann. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
33% Tattoo (1981) As Kinksy, Dern offers the best of what he can do, giving us a character who is in some respects, neither man nor monster, but a different species entirely. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2018
80% Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) This is a mean, violent picture. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
75% The Brides of Dracula (1960) Fisher directs like a bat out of hell, the movie looks sumptuous...Hammer at its best. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
89% Horror of Dracula (1958) Lee is effortlessly cool, fluid and dangerous... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
78% The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) It all climaxes in one of the most affecting, tragic and strangely beautiful final acts I've ever seen a horror movie. If you can even call THE WITCH FROM THE SEA simply a horror movie. It is one, but it's so much more... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
No Score Yet Kill and Go Hide (1977) Bloody, sloppy, strange, serious, sometimes too somber but always more than a little bit spooky... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2018
No Score Yet There's so much to savor, including the lilting, romantic and delightfully tacky Garry Mills song "Look for a Star", and of course the endless array of violent, theatrical murders... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
95% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre) (1979) A stark statement about how sometimes a brief life filled with warmth, love, beauty and belonging is better than an endless one filled with nothing but want. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
No Score Yet L'éventreur de Notre-Dame (The Sadist of Notre Dame) (1979) Each one of Franco's movies is a piece of a larger puzzle, a brush stroke on a massive, complex canvas and a tapestry of passion that has never been equaled. But Sadist is certainly among his best pictures. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
No Score Yet Scalpel (1976) It's like someone hired Jess Franco to direct an episode of Love, American Style. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2018
13% Not as a Stranger (Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger) (1955) When the final moments of the movie wind down and Marsh finally fully hits the wall and Mitchum finally dissolves, it's startling and heart-wrenching. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
No Score Yet Mangiati vivi (1980) Eaten Alive is a revolting gem of cartoonish depravity and yes, the titular promise of characters being consumed while conscious does in fact play out... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
91% The Elephant Man (1980) The Elephant Man is a perfect movie and, as John Hurt once said "If you're not moved by the time The Elephant Man is over...then you're not someone I want to know." I agree. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
47% Tales From the Hood (1995) If Get Out is about the way racism now hides behind America's grinning, faux-liberal facade, Tales is about how poverty and ignorance are causing young black men and women to rage war against themselves. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2018
22% The Guardian (1990) The Guardian is a deeply strange picture with a history as tortured as the perverted limbs of the fabricated tree itself... - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018
66% Byzantium (2013) "You don't have to be a fang-fetishist to fall in love with Jordan's evocative masterpiece. This is a movie that demands to be just as immortal as its startling heroines." - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
98% Get Out (2017) Get Out teaches us to be ever-vigilant and aware and that's not being paranoid, that's just sad, bitter common sense. - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
75% The Monster Club (1980) "There's so much to adore about The Monster Club..." - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
73% Rabid (1979) "It's Cronenberg's best full-stop horror movie, I think, one where the horror comes first and the subtext is almost accidental. Later, it would be the reverse..." - Alexander On Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2018
8/10 78% Cult of Chucky (2017) The seventh Chucky film is the most personal, elegant and deranged one yet and sees franchise creative mainstay Don Mancini in top form. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet The seventh Chucky film is the most personal, elegant and deranged one yet and sees franchise creative mainstay Don Mancini in top form. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
56% The Lodgers (2018) The Lodgers is an almost pornographically Gothic movie. If you adore this sort of stuff -- and I most certainly do -- you'll eat every inch of it. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
73% The Limehouse Golem (2017) For those of us whose hearts skip beats at seeing good actors dressed in finery and speaking such eloquent prose (Jane Goldman's script is incredibly articulate), this is a must see. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
8/10 44% Jackals (2017) Saw VI director Kevin Greutert's lean, mean and rough horror movie Jackals is a dirty little gem. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2017
No Score Yet Peelers (2017) Peelers is a fun, innovative, hot and bloody bit of mayhem, professionally made with flair. Here's hoping Schelenz and DeVita team up for more stuff. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2017
7/10 20% Wish Upon (2017) Teen-oriented thriller is a serviceable and well-produced slice of supernatural horror. - ComingSoon.net EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017