Patrick Dolan

Patrick Dolan Born and raised in the suburbs that surround Ottawa, our nation’s capital, Patrick hit his peak early when as a teenager he scored a job at a mom and pop video store. He now attempts to relive these glory days by scouring pawn shops and thrifts store for obscure video oddities and mining for gold among the independent and ignored in picture-show purgatory.

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Blood on a Budget

Blood on a Budget: Last Slays of Summer

on September 12, 2014 | Leave a comment

Getting laughs out of a genre audience isn’t especially easy, and indie horror-comedies are a case-in-point for this. What might seem to be knee-slapping hilarity to the filmmakers often translates to groan-worthy cheese at best, and at worst, sexist, offensive tripe. Proving my point are these two aspiring gut-busters, Vampire Camp and Fat Chance; both of which, despite some charm, don’t come off quite as funny as intended.

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Blut auf einem Etat (“Blood on a Budget”)

on August 20, 2014 | Leave a comment

Germany’s reputation for extreme horror, brought about by gritty underground films Violent Shit and Nekromantik, can be hard to live up to. Thankfully, our no-budget buddies across the Atlantic are up to the challenge, and with entries like Voyage to Agatis and Necronos: Tower of Doom, they prove there’s still plenty of extremity left in das Vaterland.

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Blood on a Budget: Rock N’ Roll is here to slay

on July 21, 2014 | Leave a comment

In this entry of Rue Morgue’s column on cheap chills, we look at music in horror with the killer guitar tale Music Store Massacre and Death Rot where Death Metal meets cannibals.

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Blood on a Budget: Red, White and Grue

on June 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

While most films covered in covered in Blood on a Budget are American, some of them, like Amerikan Holokaust and An American Ghost Story, feel it necessary to state their patriotism in their title. Ironically, these films don’t always depict our best friends to the south in the most favourable light. Read on!

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Blood on a Budget: One by One

on May 14, 2014 | Leave a comment

This week we focus our D.I.Y. eye on slashers, with newcomer Roman Jossart’s The Campground and the seasoned Chris Seaver’s Phantom of the Grindhouse.

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Blood on a Budget: Gore at Golgotha

on April 17, 2014 | Leave a comment

Rue Morgue’s number one column for homemade horror celebrates Easter with the heresy-filled horrors Easter Casket and The Holy Sound.

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Blood on a Budget is Best Served Cold

on April 2, 2014 | Leave a comment

Your favourite column for shockers on a shoestring is back to examine two vengeful videos: the trippy throwback Time to Kill, and the Portuguese zombie-western Beyond the Grave.

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Blood on a Budget: The Ghouligans!

on March 21, 2014 | 4 Comments

Although Blood on a Budget is dedicated to indie features, a group of people who truly embody the DIY spirit are The Ghouligans. Beginning in the mid 2000s with a handful of no-budget web shorts, that put Universal-inspired Monsters is cheesy comedy sketches, these ghastly goofs have been dedicated to their hand-made horror-comedy for years, producing two DVDs and tirelessly touring conventions. Finally they landed a TV show which highlights what The Ghouligans are best at: classic horror-humour with a ton of heart. Though all 6 half-hour episodes of the first season, which can be best described as a cross between The Munsters and SCTV, you can truly see how much fun, love, and elbow grease this ghoulish gang have put into this project, and on such a criminally low budget.

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Cinemacabre Movie Nights Presents: 5 Medical Perversions

on March 19, 2014 | Leave a comment

This Thursday, March 20, we will return to Cinemacabre’s new (licensed!) venue, The Royal Cinema, with the sexy horror thriller Nurse 3-D. In honour of this deviant healthcare horror, we’ve put together five of our favourite medical perversions.

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Blood on a Budget: More Psycho Sick Lunatics

on February 25, 2014 | Leave a comment

Featuring Bludgeon and Shism

Psychoses are a tricky subject. When presented on film, people who suffer from this rarely get the politically correct treatment. Their portrayal tends to fall into one of two categories: the family of diverse, kindhearted kooks of a psychiatric facility (Girl, Interupted, The Princess and the Warrior, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) or the solo psycho on the verge of -or in the midst of- a killing spree (Maniac, Pieces, Psycho). Sometimes the two are even combined (Don’t Look in the Basement). Few films venture out of these stereotypes, and even fewer horror films.

Although the films of this entry tend to gravitate near the solo psycho and the sympathetic clan of crazies categories -not to mention playing fast-and-loose with political correctness- they still manage break out of the box in they portrayals of psychiatric disorders.

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