J Hurtado
Contributing Writer; Dallas, Texas

J Hurtado is Twitch's connection to the world of Indian cinema. Located in the South Asian diasporan capital of Dallas, Texas, J is able to keep tabs on Bolly, Kolly, Tolly, Molly, Sandal, and Lollywood for your reading pleasure. In addition to being among the only mainstream writers focusing on South Asian cinema, he is an avid supporter of independent and cult home video.

Blu-ray Review: Finally, THE APU TRILOGY Receives The Attention It Deserves

I've been writing about Indian cinema for a little over five years now. I've been a fan of Indian cinema for right around ten years. Yet, until a couple of weeks ago, I had never seen any of the films... More »
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The Dude Designs Does It Again With This YOUNG/VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN Mash Up

With Paul McGuigan's Victor Frankenstein hitting theaters Wednesday, November 25 in the US, we thought it would be cool to check a little what-might-have-been with this mash up poster from one of our favorite artists, Tom "The Dude Designs" Hodge.... More »
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Review: DANGEROUS MEN? Enema On Drugs!

Dangerous Men's Iranian born director John S. Rad (Jahangir Salehi Yeganehrad) left only this odd cinematic totem of his existence on earth when he died in 2007, soon after the film's belated (and extremely limited) theatrical release in 2005. While he'd... More »
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Blu-ray Review: SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS From Camera Obscura (Ger)

Camera Obscura is one of the finest cult home video labels that most people have never heard of. Over the last three or four years TwitchFilm has been fortunate to jump on board the Camera Obscura train to see them grow... More »
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Arrow Video's Feb 2016 Slate Looks Glorious: Miike, Grier, Kosugi, Bava, American Horror And More

Arrow Video has unveiled their amazing February 2016 slate, and TwitchFilm HQ is salivating over the amazing collection of releases coming to both sides of the Atlantic.Since Arrow Video opened up shop in the U.S., they've increased the number of... More »
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Siddharth Grabs A Gun In The Teaser For JIL JUNG JUK

Two years ago Tamil film star Siddharth made a big splash with his performance as a desperate novice filmmaker in Karthik Subbaraj's magnificent Jigarthanda. Now he's back in Jil Jung Juk, a brand new crime comedy from director Deeraj Vaidy.... More »
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Blu-ray Review: SOME KIND OF HATE Puts A Novel Twist On Slashers

With a healthy festival run that included appearances at the Stanley Film Festival, Fantasia, and FrightFest, along with a limited theatrical run in September, Adam Egypt Mortimer's debut feature Some Kind of Hate has a lot to be proud of.... More »
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Giveaway: Win Indonesian Wu Xia Film GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR From Well Go USA And TwitchFilm

TwitchFilm has teamed up with our good friends at Texas-based Well Go USA to bring you another fantastic giveaway! We've got three copies of Indonesian wu xia film The Golden Cane Warrior on Blu-ray to give to some lucky TwitchFilm... More »
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Exclusive Clip: THE GOLDEN CANE WARRIOR Delivers Old School Wu Xia Thrills On Blu-ray November 3

Indonesian wu xia The Golden Cane Warrior flies onto Blu-ray and DVD November 3 in North America from Well Go USA. Our pals at WGUSA have given TwitchFilm an exclusive clip and it gives you just a taste of the... More »
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The Many Faces Of Halloween

Today, instead of our regular thespian-of-the-week screenshots quiz, we are going to do something different. Today it is Halloween! First we thought about doing a Michael Myers gallery, like we did with Jason on a Friday the 13th, but... let's... More »
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Exclusive Clip: BLOODY KNUCKLES Plays With Fire. On Blu-ray Today!

Today on Blu-ray Artsploitation films is releasing Matt O.'s Bloody Knuckles. Bloody Knuckles is a bit of a left field choice from Artsploitation, who've made their name straddling the line between high-minded art films and genre films. This film, on... More »
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Giveaway: Win Albert Maysles's IRIS On Blu-ray From Magnolia Pictures And TwitchFilm

When documentary legend Albert Maysles passed away in March of 2015, the world of cinema lost a giant. Working as a team with his brother David, The Maysles Brothers made some of the finest documentary features ever seen. Films like... More »
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Take A Deadly SHOPPING TOUR In The Debut Release From Sharp Teeth Films

For many years Terracotta Films in the UK has provided some of the Far East's films fans around the globe. Now, Sharp Teeth films sees Terracotta's head honcho branching out into genre films from other parts of the world for... More »
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Giveaway: Win SKIN TRADE On Blu-ray From Magnet Releasing And TwitchFilm

Thanks to our friends at Magnet Releasing, TwitchFilm readers now have an opportunity to win Skin Trade on Blu-ray! Skin Trade is an all out martial arts action film starring Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren (who also wrote the film's story),... More »
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Blu-ray Review: CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT Comes Calling From Artsploitation Films

Of all the monsters in the long history of cinema, no creature has been explored more often or in more detail than the vampire. From his cinematic genesis as a hideous rat-like creature in F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu to his numerous... More »
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Now On Blu-ray: A SNAKE OF JUNE Is Still A Masterpiece

A bit of a spoiler alert up front, A Snake of June is my favorite Tsukamoto Shinya film. While I haven't seen all of them just yet, of the eight or so that I've managed to ingest, A Snake of... More »
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Texas Frightmare Weekend Adds Robert Englund To Its 2016 Roster

The Southwest's largest horror convention, Dallas's Texas Frightmare Weekend, has given TwitchFilm an early look at their latest guest additions, and this one is a major catch! TFW has confirmed Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund, to an already stellar list... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Wrap - All Our Reviews & TwitchFilm Awards

Wow. Fantastic Fest ended last Thursday but we are all still recovering from 8 (8!) days of magical mayhem. There were a ton of good movies and very few stinkers (not counting some of us on day 8). But it's... More »
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This Is Arrow Video's Happening, Man, And It Freaks Me Out! BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Coming To Blu-ray

Arrow Video continues to bring the thunder with the astonishing announcement of a UK only Blu-ray release of Russ Meyer's big studio opus, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls!The UK distributor announced their January releases this morning, and while the... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: DOGLEGS, An Intimate Look Into An Extreme World

Doglegs is a documentary that examines the inner lives of some of Japan's strangest wrestlers. The name refers to an underground wrestling circuit that pits disabled and able-bodied performers against each other in the ring, often to horrifyingly uncomfortable ends.... More »
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