Author Archives: Budd Wilkins

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.

Stagefright (Michele Soavi, 1987)

“Birds of a fiendish feather will flock to Blue Underground’s sterling new Blu-ray transfer of Michele Soavi’s Stagefright, especially given the gaggle of bonus materials new to this presentation.” Read my entire review of Soavi’s smashing slasher debut, out recently … Continue reading

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Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

“Cronenberg’s latest, Maps to the Stars, doubles down on the dysfunction with its tragicomic take on the intersecting fortunes of two Tinseltown dynasties and the hidden histories of violence that continue to haunt them.” Read my entire review of Cronenberg’s … Continue reading

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

“Accept no substitutes: Tobe Hooper’s original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre still cuts the competition to the bone. Dark Sky Films’ deluxe four-disc package offers fans an ideal way to celebrate 40 years of bloody mayhem.” Read my entire review of … Continue reading

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Critic’s Choice Cinema Presents Screen Screams in October

Extremely pleased to announce the extension of our CRITIC’S CHOICE CINEMA IN THE CROWN at the Carolina Theatre into October with a horror series we’re calling SCREEN SCREAMS. Mondays will showcase 3 top-shelf Hammer films and Wednesdays will unleash a … Continue reading

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Curtains (Jonathan Stryker, 1983)

“Synapse’s impressive, nearly pristine Blu-ray presentation reopens Curtains for a fresh round of appreciation for its slapdash charms.” Read my full review of Canadian cult favorite Curtains, out last month on Blu-ray from Synapse, at Slant Magazine.

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Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggero Deodato, 1980)

“A cut above most Italian cannibal cinema, Cannibal Holocaust provides viewers with sufficient pluck some thematic meat to sink their teeth into. Grindhouse’s deluxe Blu-ray edition serves up a supplement-laden smorgasbord.” Read my full review of Deodat’s pioneering tropical torture … Continue reading

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The French Connection Screening Tonight at The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

It’s time for THE FRENCH CONNECTION, Yes! Weekly movie reviewer Mark Burger’s pick for the Summer Film Festival! The movie starts at 7pm with a special intro from film critic Budd Wilkins, so get your popcorn and get ready for … Continue reading

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