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Films 

Revisiting Japan’s Highly Controversial & Banned HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN

A man wakes up in a mental institution unaware of why he’s there and with no memory of who he is, only strange visions and random memories he can’t place.  When a man from a wealthy family (who happens to look exactly like him) dies, the man assumes his identity.  Posing as a dead man, […]

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Films Scary Fun 

Banned!: 10 Horror Movies You Weren’t Supposed to See

America…land of the free! Well, sometimes not completely free. Granted, the USA tends to be a lot more relaxed with censorship policies than many other countries (as you are about to read below), but we still have a turbulent history of decreeing that some films or scenes aren’t fit for public viewing. Here are 10 […]

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Scary Fun 

10 Graphic Horror Novels So Disgusting You May Never Eat Again

Dedicated to fans of the hardest of hardcore fiction, this list should be considered with respect to all dietary plans in the New Year… or any other year, for that matter. For example, if you’re planning to keep your holiday chow session on a continued loop this year, you should not read any of these […]

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Films Scary Fun 

Twelve of the Most Disturbingly Awkward Horror Movie Posters Ever! [NSFW]

People always love a memorable movie poster to hang on the wall. But we horror fans will always love the fact that some of them are just so… well, gleefully f’ed-up, we just wish today’s cinemas had the guts to display them. Unfortunately, they usually don’t. But don’t despair! We’re never afraid to cross the line […]

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Films 

The Banned MASTERS OF HORROR Episode: Looking Back at Takashi Miike’s IMPRINT

In 2006, I was working at Fangoria Magazine, and each week the staff waited with excited glee for new episodes of MASTERS OF HORROR. This anthology show, conceived by director Mick Garris, allowed legendary horror filmmakers to craft their own one hour stand-alone stories. Some of the episodes were amazing and some not so much, […]

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Real Life Scares 

The True Story of “The Town That Banned Halloween”

If you’re familiar with the later sequels in the HALLOWEEN franchise, and I’m sure you are, you know there’s a point where Haddonfield completely bans the holiday. While Oil City, PA may not have experienced a rampant serial killer, they did endure something equally awful: On October 27th, 1992, 11-year-old Shauna Howe went missing two blocks […]

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Films 

Exploring the Banned Nickelodeon Halloween Special CRY BABY LANE

For a sizable chunk of the population, the cable network Nickelodeon was a significant part of our childhoods. Whether your adolescent years include fond memories of YOU CAN’T DO THAT ON TELEVISION from the 80s, SALUTE YOUR SHORTS from the 90s, or my young daughter’s current love of PAW PATROL, many of us have warm […]

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Films 

A SERBIAN FILM: Combating the Horror of Fascism With Extreme Cinema

Some films are so disgusting, repellent, ugly, violent, prurient, and awful that audiences are unable to define them. Films like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Gaspar Noë’s IRREVERSIBLE, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER, Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE trilogy, or even John […]

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Scary Fun Toys 

THE VICTIM: The Story of the Most Depraved Plastic Model Kit Ever Sold

Normal scale model fans enjoy building replicas of expensive cars and military airplanes, but things got weird back in the 1970s, and the model-makers at Aurora really keyed into the cultural strangeness by releasing “The Victim,” as part of their Monster Scenes series of models. Basically, the toymakers marketed a snap-together torture porn kit and […]

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Films 

Slashback! Is 1978’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS Based on a Real-Life Crime Spree?

[Warning: NSFW content ahead] Before we get into the seedy, grimy and straight-up deranged exercise that is Dennis Donnelly’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, let’s jump all the way to the film’s dubious one-paragraph epilogue (don’t worry, no serious spoilers here), which begins with the following statement: “The events dramatized in this film actually took place in […]

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Films 

Never Forget Your Mama: Looking Back at the Still-Controversial MOTHER’S DAY

Sure, there’s a dedicated day for it on your calendar, but you really shouldn’t need a reminder to do right by your mom… even if you’re a homicidal inbred psycho who collects human heads and eats cereal and cat food from a bucket. That’s the gist of Charles Kaufman’s controversial backwoods horror and rape/revenge flick MOTHER’S DAY — […]

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Music 

BROKEN: The Horrifying Nine Inch Nails Movie Trent Reznor Doesn’t (Officially) Want You to See

[NSFW warning: graphic and disturbing images ahead] Not too long ago, we corralled a collection of the most extreme Nine Inch Nails music videos ever made, and you should definitely check those out pronto. But as my fellow NIN superfan Rob Galuzzo rightly pointed out in that article, many of the most eyeball-burning, stomach-churning clips featured therein […]

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Films 

Slashback! Beyond Reason, Beyond Help: 1982’s Banned and Baffling UNHINGED

When the notorious “Video Nasties” witch hunt swept across the UK in the 1980s, plenty of slasher movies made their shit-list — but some of the titles which gained that dubious distinction were not nearly as controversial as some that I’ve covered in this column previously; for example, Tobe Hooper’s 1981 THE FUNHOUSE, a nearly […]