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Author Terry M. West Channels Political Fears in Apocalyptic Fable ALL OF THE FLESH SERVED

For many of us, each day’s news headlines bring another wave of anxiety as we look to an uncertain future, and as genre fans, we often divert our attention to tales of the fantastic — on the page or the screen — as temporary escape from the harsh realities of the world around us. But […]

Real Life Scares 

GRAVE ROBBING FOR MORONS: Is This Creepy VHS Footage for Real?

“This Video is for Fun.” Thus reads the unofficial cover art for this notorious half-hour video, allegedly sourced from a VHS tape in the late 1980s or early 1990s, then dubbed and re-dubbed for circulation and sale among bootleg collectors, often (literally) under the table at horror conventions and through mail-order tape trading communities. It’s […]

TV 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Shocker: Season 7 Theme Will Be the 2016 Election

Yes, you read that right… and come to think of it, I can’t imagine a more terrifying topic for the controversial TV series to tackle next. AHS Showrunner Ryan Murphy broke the startling news last night during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, revealing that the 2016 election cycle will indeed […]

Films 

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Freaky New Trailer for BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN!

2017 is already shaping up to be the year when the horror genre goes all-in to tackle hot-button social and political topics, and while studio releases like Blumhouse’s own GET OUT are likely to inspire a lot of intense conversation soon, don’t forget that independent horror filmmakers have been in there swinging for a long, […]

Real Life Scares 

The Bizarre Link Between Head Trauma and Nymphomania

In 2004, John Waters made his wholly underrated film A DIRTY SHAME — a film that, given Waters’ general difficulty in finding financing, may prove to be his last. In it, a prudish Baltimore everywoman named Sylvia Stickles (the inimitable Tracey Ullman) sustains a horrible blow to the head in a car accident, and as a result […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Video Editorial: Why MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is a Perfect Metaphor for Today’s Political Apocalypse

Okay, here goes… over the past year or so as head writer for this site, I’ve managed to steer clear from explosive socio-political topics in my work. But events of the past few months have forced my hand, and also serve to remind me how my duty as a writer, artist and journalist includes using […]

Real Life Scares 

The Shocking Story of SYNANON: Drug Rehab Cult of the Damned

On March 3, 1975 Ronald Pearson and Michael Clancy stepped out of their normal lives and into a horror movie. After an afternoon flying model airplanes on a remote wooded property in Marin County, CA, the pair returned to their pick-up truck to drive home. The truck’s tires had sunk into the soft mud and […]

Scary Fun 

After School Satan: The Devil Is (Not Really) Coming for Your Children!

The only after school program I had as a kid was breaking bottles down by the crick… but 2017’s kids have a range of edifying après-elementary school choices, from Drama Club to Mathletes to Bible societies. Now, thanks to The Satanic Temple, school kids can attend After School Satan club too. METAL! Since they launched […]

Films 

Reflecting on Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, 25 Years Later

It was 1991, I was 11 years old and anxious, even sitting next to my father. Thanks to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films, I was familiar with Wes Craven’s work to a certain extent, and that familiarity was precisely what had me on edge. In a matter of moments Craven’s new film, THE PEOPLE […]

Films TV 

Animation Aberration, Part 2: Ten More of Japan’s Goriest Anime

Japanese anime has proven to be a very flexible medium — especially when it comes to animated violence and gore. That may explain why the horror genre has found a nice little niche within the anime domain, as opposed to western animation. I previously covered ten bloody and disturbing horror anime [here’s that list, if […]

Real Life Scares 

Donald Ewen Cameron: The CIA’s Mad Doctor of Mind Control

Deep in the bowels of a foreboding Victorian mansion called Ravenscrag, Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron, a world-renowned psychiatrist, spent years in the 1950s and early 60s perfecting brutal techniques designed to annihilate the human mind. Cameron, the president of the World Psychiatric Association, spent five years as head of McGill’s Allen Memorial Institute in Montreal, […]

Real Life Scares 

Monsters Make News: Human Re-Animation, “Real” JURASSIC PARK and More Harrowing Headlines

It’s been quite the intense struggle keeping up with all the bizarre and horrifying things making the news lately (and that’s not counting political news, which is a horror unto itself), but as always, instead of hiding from things that creep me out, I tend to charge headlong into them. This week, of course, is […]

Films 

Feminism and Body Horror in Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST

It takes a rather strong constitution to make it through Lars Von Trier’s rough-hewn horror session ANTICHRIST. Even if one has a taste for extreme gore (and who doesn’t love DEAD ALIVE?), some of the violent images folded into Von Trier’s bleak cinematic tapestry of depression will likely have even the strongest of viewers wincing […]