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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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Five Horror Movies With Totally WTF Concepts

Besides the well-designed posters and intriguing trailers, another element that draws my interest in a horror movie like a magnet to the fridge is a uniquely original, out-of-this-world concept that will eventually make me say “Fuck yeah, bring it on!” If you’re like me, seeking something entirely refreshing, weird and over-the-top in your genre viewing — […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Watch the Creepy Original Short That Inspired EXCISION

In our previous article on underrated horror films from the current decade, one of the most perplexing, disturbing, humorous and heartbreaking titles to make the cut (no pun intended) is Richard Bates, Jr.’s feature debut EXCISION — which also quite rightly made several horror sites’ Top 10 lists during its release year of 2012. Though […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Twisted Horror-Comedy DEEP DARK Opens a Glory Hole to Hell

I’ve mentioned in previous installments of this column that extreme cinema is about more than graphic gore or explicit sex; it’s about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in ways that may shock the viewer into seeing a new perspective… whether they want to or not. The obscure but weirdly compelling 2015 horror-fantasy feature DEEP […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Exclusive Images from Anthony DiBlasi’s EXTREMITY!

In previous installments of this column, I’ve offered some tantalizing behind-the-scenes information on the making of EXTREMITY, a sure-to-be-controversial work of transgressive cinema from talented director Anthony DiBlasi (LAST SHIFT, DREAD), including interviews with the director and his creative collaborators David Bond and Scott Swan, who share an enviable list of genre credits (including John […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Ten Extreme Horror Films Now Streaming on Shudder

[WARNING: Disturbing Content Ahead] We’ve previously derived some must-see lists from the library of horror-movie streaming network Shudder, but I thought it was high time I explored their titles with an eye for extreme cinema… and unless you’ve done a fair amount of digging through their ever-expanding vaults, you might be surprised at how many […]

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Documentary on A SERBIAN FILM in the Works (and Possibly an Extended Cut)

Even if you’ve never dared to see it, you probably know about it… and maybe you’ve even heard the shocking details from those who managed to survive A SERBIAN FILM. Immediately following its 2010 release, the highly-controversial (and still widely banned) creation of director/co-writer Srđan Spasojević raced to the top of nearly every movie site’s […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Love Will Tear Us Apart in Douglas Buck’s CUTTING MOMENTS [NSFW]

Apart from his well-made but seldom seen 2006 remake of Brian De Palma’s SISTERS (which never received a theatrical release), the name of Douglas Buck is not widely known among mainstream horror audiences. Nevertheless, Buck’s reputation has persisted for nearly two decades among extreme-cinema fans as a transgressive and challenging artist with a knack for […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Marian Dora’s CANNIBAL [NSFW]

You’ve probably heard fans of extreme or outsider cinema describing their favorite films as “an acquired taste” — much like a gourmand might share their fondness for escargot, or a connoisseur of modern art may find enlightenment in the scribbles and splatters of abstract painter Cy Twombly. But when it comes to highly controversial German […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: The Beautiful Body Horror of HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME

Many works of surreal cinema bear equally baffling titles, but I can confidently say the title of Ben Aston’s 2014 short film HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME represents 100% truth in advertising. It’s also a pretty amazing work of “extremist drama” that’s more touching than you might expect. Adapted from a short story […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: The VHS Atrocities of Psychic TV’s FIRST TRANSMISSION [NSFW]

Not long ago, I explored the dark and mystifying lore of “snuff cinema” in its many forms — including works of alleged onscreen murder and mutilation which, though stomach-churning in their realism, were either hoaxes, misrepresented footage or works of transgressive underground “murder art.” In another feature, I examined a notorious example of the latter […]

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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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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Short Film THE EEL is a Journey Into Mind-Bending Tentacle Horror

After a fun little diversion into DIY underground splatter via last week’s marathon of Andreas Schnaas’ VIOLENT SHIT series (recently compiled on a new DVD from Synapse Films), it’s time once again to take a hard left turn on our journey through the world of extreme cinema and its many twisted forms… and they don’t […]