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Posts by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro


Alvaro Zinos-Amaro's non-fiction has appeared in markets like the Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, The New York Review of Science Fiction and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Curated and edited by Joshua Viola.


Venom Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 30th, 2018

Eddie Brock seems poised for greatness: he’s a successful, gritty Bay Area reporter prized by the news company for which he works, and is soon ...


Upgrade Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 28th, 2018

In a future of increasingly sleek automation and virtualization, Grey Trace likes to stay home and fix vintage cars the old-fashioned way, with plenty of sockets, wrenches and ...


Ghost Stories Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published July 10th, 2018

Phillip Goodman, whose life’s work has been to debunk the supernatural, is contacted by the once-famous paranormal investigator Dr. Charles Cameron, who challenges ...


Hereditary Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published July 10th, 2018

Miniature artist Annie Graham’s mother dies, and in her eulogy, somewhat unconventionally, Annie discusses her mother’s strange, difficult ...


The Endless Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published May 1st, 2018

The tranquil but penurious lives of brothers Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) and Justin (Justin Benson), who were once part of a doomsday ...


Shake Things Up: A Conversation with Mike Thorn

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published April 1st, 2018

Mike Thorn is the author of the short story collection Darkest Hours. His fiction has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including ...


Ravenous (Les Affamés) Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published April 1st, 2018

Mist obscures a field. Next, at a racetrack, a driver is making out with his girlfriend near his car when a young girl ...


The Ritual Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published March 1st, 2018

Five mates—Luke, Phil, Hutch, Dom, Robert—discuss vacation options at a pub. Later that evening, Luke tries... ...


Insidious: The Final Key Movie Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published February 1st, 2018

Elise Rainier, naturally attuned to otherworldly realms and a paranormal investigator for many decades, receives a disquieting call from Ted Garza, a man experiencing ...


Horror Without Apology: A Conversation with S.P. Miskowski

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published February 1st, 2018

S. P. Miskowski is a three-time Shirley Jackson Award nominee, and is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Swarthout Award. Her stories have been published in ...


Overlooked Films of 2017

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published January 1st, 2017

2017 was a very good year for cinema in general and for horror films in particular. While critically-acclaimed box-office monsters ...


Marjorie Prime Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published December 1st, 2017

Eighty-six year-old Marjorie, a former violinist of some renown, struggles with declining mental and physical faculties but finds ...


Blade Runner 2049 Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Matthew Kressel

Published October 29th, 2017

[Alvaro Zinos-Amaro] Matt, thanks for joining me for this conversation. I’m excited to talk about Blade Runner 2049! I’d like to begin by ...


It Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2017

The self-designated “Losers’ Club”—comprised of stuttering Bill Denbrough, hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak, overweight new-kid-on-the-block Ben Hanscom ...


Flapper Occultism: A Conversation with Emily B. Cataneo

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2017

Emily B. Cataneo is a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from magazines such as ...


Annabelle Creation Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 1st, 2017

For a dozen years Samuel Mullins and his wife Esther grieve the tragic loss of their seven-year-old daughter ...


A Conversation with Kristi DeMeester

Short story by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2017

Kristi DeMeester is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde ...


It Comes at Night Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2017

Trey Edward Shults, director of the riveting psychological drama Krisha (2015) ...


Alien Covenant

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published June 1st, 2017

In Riddley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the main Alien continuity, the crew of the Covenant is bound for ...


A Conversation with Michael Griffin

Interview by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published June 1st, 2017

Michael Griffin has released a novel, Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone (Journalstone, 2017), and a short fiction collection ...


From a House on Willow Street

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published May 1st, 2017

In Alastair Orr's From a House on Willow Street (alt. House on Willow Street) four misfits—Hazel, Ade, Mark and James—plan the kidnapping of Katherine ...


Life Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published April 1st, 2017

In Daniel Espinosa’s Life (2017) the crew of the International Space Station retrieves a sample of Mars soil containing dormant extraterrestrial cells. Scientist Hugh Derry is able ...


Rings: First You See It. Then You Sigh -- A Spoiler-Laden Review in Twenty Questions

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published March 1st, 2017

Why, after fifteen years, couldn’t we get a sequel to The Ring (2002) that was at least better than the confusing, plodding and uneven The Ring Two (2005)? ...


Get Out Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published March 1st, 2017

As Jordan Peele’s debut film opens, a young African American man walking by himself at night through a well-maintained suburb is abducted. ...


“Best Horror films of 2016"

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published January 9th, 2017

...here are my five favorite horror flicks from 2016, with five runners-up, three bonus picks, and four noteworthy disappointments! ...


The Monster Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published January 2nd, 2017

Bryan Bertino, the director of The Strangers (2008) and Mockingbird (2014), now brings us The Monster (2016)... ...


Arrival Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published November 18th, 2016

Dennis Villeneuve, director of twisty and somber movies like Prisoners (2013), Enemy (2014), and Sicario (2015), winningly adapts ...


“The Ripper is You"

Short story by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Horror, Published October 1st, 2016

Murder the First. [Superficial charm. Absence of delusions or nervousness. Lack of remorse or shame.] In the chilly dark, M spots her coming out of the Frying Pan Public House ...


Blair Witch Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published October 1st, 2016

Adam Wingard, the director of well-regarded movies such as You’re Next (2011) and The Guest (2014), here delivers a faithful if ...


Into the Forest Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 15th, 2016

For reasons unexplained, the power goes out. A father and his two daughters, living in a high-tech home in a remote forest ...


Lights Out Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published September 1st, 2016

The title of this horror film couldn’t be more apt, as a week ago I suffered a giant retinal tear that caused sudden vision loss in my left eye and required ...


Star Trek Beyond Review

Movie Review by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Published August 1st, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016), third in the "Kelvin timeline" movie series that kicked off with Star Trek (2009), and the thirteenth entry overall in the movie incarnation of the Star Trek franchise, will ...