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Metal, Madness and Murder Meet with SADISTIC INTENT in This Heavy Indie Thriller

Writer-director Eric Pennycoff has seriously deep roots in independent genre cinema; he’s an alumni of Larry Fessenden’s legendary company Glass Eye Pix, and has worked frequently with Brooklyn, NY-based production outfit Midnight Treehouse (behind the “M is for Mariachi” segment of ABCs OF DEATH 2.5 and the sci-fi short THE POD), to name just a […]

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A Tribute to George A. Romero: Father of Modern Horror

The grief you and I are feeling today is beyond measure, as the passing of legendary filmmaker George Andrew Romero impacts each of us uniquely — just as his iconic works have changed our lives and careers in so many different ways. Whether you’re a horror fan who grew up on Romero’s classics, a filmmaker […]

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Find Out Why ILLUSION OF BIAS is One of the Creepiest Short Films Ever Made

In all my years of sifting through the sludge of the web wasteland, searching for rare flashes of macabre brilliance, I’ve seen shit nearly anyone would consider disturbing — for a wide range of reasons. I’m not talking about extreme gore sites that exploit our collective morbid fascination with death, violence and cruelty (I’ve seen […]

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Ten of Horror Cinema’s Greatest Actor-Director Duos

It’s no secret that directors often find comfort in working with certain performers. Directors trust these particular actors, so they tend to cast them as often as possible. There are a slew of examples we can point out, but we wanted to place the focus on ten of the most accomplished and recognizable genre duos out […]

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I Was a Witness to the GET OUT “Garden Party Massacre!”

Nestled into the leafy hills of Universal City, CA lies a cul-de-sac called Colonial Street — a set of seemingly innocuous suburban houses which have served, over the years, as the location for shows like LEAVE IT TO BEAVER and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. It was against this backdrop that Universal Pictures decided (with no small amount […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Behind the Scenes of EXTREMITY with Director Anthony DiBlasi

Previously in this column, the writing team of Scott Swan and David Bond revealed details about a film that looks to be the ultimate word on the “extreme haunt” trend — appropriately titled EXTREMITY. They also revealed that one of my favorite genre filmmakers, Anthony DiBlasi (LAST SHIFT, MOST LIKELY TO DIE), would be helming the […]

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Why a Good Filmmaker Can Turn Any Concept Into a Scary Movie

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people claim a movie is great just because it has a great premise. Whether it’s “Come on! Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig are cowboys who fight aliens!” or “How could you not love a movie where the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE girls fight zombies?” Some people seem to think that […]

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The Insanity That Is TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION

Here’s a question for the philosophers and art critics: If an artist sets out to make something that is deliberately terrible, and they succeed… have they really succeeded? It was 1996. I was a mere 18 years old. I was going to college in Tacoma, WA, and I was slowly becoming a movie obsessive. A […]

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Five Horror Movies ALMOST Directed by Tobe Hooper

This history of the horror genre is one littered with “almosts” — those movie and director match-ups that came so close to happening, but never saw the light of day. In some alternate reality, there are movie theaters and drive-ins in the ‘80s playing Joe Dante’s HALLOWEEN III and John Carpenter’s FIRESTARTER; George Romero should […]

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THE EVIL WITHIN: Deep Inside Andrew Getty’s Real-Life Nightmares

As our Senior Editor Rob G noted recently, Amazon and other movie services have now made the horror movie THE EVIL WITHIN available for rental. Released with little fanfare alongside the usual Z-level, straight-to-streaming horror dreck, THE EVIL WITHIN might have escaped notice were it not for the story of its production. It began with […]

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What’s Under Your Sofa Right Now? Watch the Short DO WE PLAY and Find Out!

You’re never too old to play a little game of hide-and-seek, but this nightmarish three-minute horror film from award-winning filmmaker Tony Morales will make you more cautious about whom you choose to play with… assuming they haven’t already chosen you first. Once I saw stylish and spine-tingling DO WE PLAY, an entry in Spain’s 15th […]

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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, […]

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You’d Better Watch Out, or Santa and Krampus Will Make You Their CHRISTMAS B***H!

At this point, not only have horror fans totally embraced the infamous Germanic holiday demon known as Krampus [thanks in part to eye-opening articles like these, thank you very much], but popular culture has also managed to catch up with the Krampus Kraze… but in the process, the monstrous hell-spawned punisher of naughty children might […]