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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Writers David Bond & Scott Swan Are Changing the Rules of Horror

The mission of this column is to challenge your definitions of horror film — and even the nature of cinema itself as a transgressive art form. That means not only shining a light on disturbing, challenging productions operating deep beneath the surface of what we consider mainstream [here are six prime examples], but also offering […]

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Three of the Year’s Best Horror Films You Can Still See in Theaters (If You Hurry!)

We’re less than four months into the year, but it’s already clear 2017 is definitely a banner year for controversial, provocative horror films. Case in point: Blumhouse’s GET OUT and SPLIT have both passed the $100 million mark in US box-office returns, and GET OUT has garnered the most positive reviews of any film released this year. But […]

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MISFITS Guitarist Starring in Remake of Cult Fave DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT

After making the rounds at drive-ins and seedy cinemas throughout the ‘70s — often paired with LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT — and a second life on countless public-domain home video releases, S.F. Brownrigg’s gritty, twisted cult classic DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT [one of our favorite DON’T! movies], is making genre headlines again this […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Watch the Outrageously Gory “Safety Film” FORKLIFT DRIVER KLAUS!

Greetings, cinematic extremists! Time to put your plastic ponchos on, ‘cuz we’re gonna get messy again. I’ve had kind of a rough week, so instead of delving too deeply into the artistic, social and philosophical aspects of extreme horror today, I thought we’d have a little splatstick fun instead… and best of all, today’s entry isn’t […]

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: More Than Just a Gross-Out Geek Show?

We all remember the first time we heard about THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE), Tim Six’s 2009 freak-out flick about a mad surgeon (Dieter Laser) who kidnapped three people and, in a fit of whimsy, surgically connected them mouth-to-anus, creating his own human centipede. We all remember the descriptions, we remember the tagline (“100% Medically […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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We Dare You Not To Cringe At This Exclusive Clip From JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD

We were just talking around the office about director Simon Rumley’s disturbing feature RED, WHITE & BLUE. Lo and behold, we just got word on his latest movie, JOHNNY FRANK GARRETT’S LAST WORD. It arrives on VOD on March 14th from Momentum Pictures, and according to the press release, is based on a true story. A […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Six Recent Extreme Horror Films You May Have Missed [NSFW]

I’ve always been a passionate supporter of filmmakers who crash the ever-shifting boundary between art and exploitation, to push the envelope a little bit more with each effort, challenging our sanity and our definitions of artistic expression. Since the Latin phrase In Extremis translates as “On the Edge,” I thought Cinema In Extremis would be an […]

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HALLS OF HORROR: The East Coast’s Most Extreme Haunt Experience

Introduction Extreme haunts and immersive horror experiences are catching the interest of mature horror fans across the country. A groundswell — perhaps even an underground movement — is beginning to push the industry into new directions that cater to horror junkies looking to experience true psychological and physical horror in a controlled environment. Endless fan […]

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TROMA QUEENS: Celebrating the Queer Flicks of Lloyd Kaufman

I was a snarky, bespectacled, under-achieving 17-year-old in my last year of school. But I ruled that year with my posse of demented hipster teens by distributing battered VHS copies of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE KINDRED, lots of DEEP THROAT-era porn, cigarettes and blackcurrant cider to keep the rival gangs (er, cliques) in line. […]

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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 […]

Music 

Extreme Metal Legends Dawn of Ashes Announce Upcoming Album DAEMONOLATRY GNOSIS

A little more than a year ago, I interviewed my friend and colleague Kristof Bathory, the founder and creative force behind iconic extreme-metal band Dawn of Ashes — as well an avid practitioner of ritual magick and a student of the occult, appointed last year as Ambassador to the Greater Church of Lucifer. Kristof has […]

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The Suburban Nightmares of Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz is largely considered an infamous and controversial filmmaker. During his career, the writer-director has enjoyed pulling back the twitching curtain on the quintessential suburban facade, revealing a gallery of the grotesque hidden behind the pristine picket fences, innocuous bake sales, pleasant PTA meetings and seemingly well-adjusted American families. The director has delved into […]