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Scary Fun 

A Closer Look at the Amazingly Weird “Fantasy Coffins” of Ghana

Ghana is my favorite nation. Besides its history of creating bizarre promotional posters for horror movies from the 1980s and 90s, the East African nation also throws the best funerals on earth. When someone important dies among the Ga people of Ghana, they don’t just shove ‘em in a pine box. Ghanaian artists carve and […]

Films 

Five Filmmakers You Didn’t Know Were Masters of Horror!

While there are cinematic greats in every genre, there’s nothing quite like the relationship between horror fans and the “Masters of Horror” — filmmakers who have remained loyal to the genre throughout their prolific careers, churning out memorably macabre movies that helped shape the fandom and identities of fright fans around the world. In return, […]

TV 

Five Reasons to Finally Catch Up with Slasher Series HARPER’S ISLAND

Premiering in April of 2009, CBS’s hour-long drama HARPER’S ISLAND was, alongside SUPERNATURAL, one of the earliest examples of a TV show going for broke providing hardcore horror of a kind that had previously been absent on prime time for quite a while — if at all. A slasher film masquerading as an Agatha Christie-style murder […]

TV 

The Five Most Brilliant Episodes from Season 1 of THE TWILIGHT ZONE

Picking favorite episodes of Rod Serling’s brilliant late ’50s to mid ’60s hit THE TWILIGHT ZONE is a daunting task. Every single season of the show has a few groundbreaking tales — but believe it or not, there’s a slight dearth of sublime episodes in its debut season. That said, the greats of season one are […]

Films Scary Fun 

You Lose — You Die: Ten Movies About Deadly Games of Survival

In THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, 80 American employees of the Belko Corporation are locked in their office building in Colombia (“where life is cheap!”) and are told over the loudspeaker that the new rule is “Kill or be killed.” Thirty people must die at the hands of their coworkers — or 60 will die when their […]

Comic Books 

Remembering Five Legendary Horror Comic Book Hosts

Let’s just be as real as we can here: The Crypt Keeper’s popularity is virtually unrivaled among hosts of classic horror comics… and classic horror comics are just about essential to the evolution and advancement of story told in both print and on celluloid. Comics predate EC and Tales from the Crypt (which, if memory […]

Films 

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 […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Dangerous Toys: The Five Deadliest Children’s Toys Ever Made

The five toys listed below are killer. Not killer in the sense of being awesome… in the sense of actually being potentially deadly. It may be hard to believe these were actually designed for children, considering what we now know… but yeah, they totally were. While you can no longer purchase any of these accursed playthings at […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Can You Handle This List of the World’s Six Creepiest Spiders?

Nature is disgusting and just wants to kill us. Look at spiders. Totally natural and totally horrible. All of the 40,000 types of spiders on earth are enemies to man. I don’t want to hear about biodiversity, or “spiders kill other, worse insects.” Bah.  Just look at their terrible soulless eyes and consider their spindly […]

video games 

A Brief History of Groundbreaking Horror Video Games

Horror is a medium that permeates all forms of popular media. Luckily for us fans, that means we have a neverending supply of scares at the tips of our fingers — including novels, television shows, movies, comic books, haunted houses… and, of course, video games. With the recent release (and return to form) of RESIDENT […]

Films Scary Fun 

Ten Lesser-Known Horror Comedies You Should Watch ASAP!

The horror genre has seen some outstanding and hilarious horror comedies over the decades — from the 1948 Universal classic ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN to 2004’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD, these films have become beloved titles, and in many cases box-office blockbusters. But several other horror comedies flew beneath the mainstream radar — independent […]

Films 

Five Slasher Villains You Can Take Home to Mom

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and a lot of people are feeling the pressure to get out there and find someone to share a box of chocolate-covered strawberries with. Yes, it’s unfair and fueled by corporate whims — but sometimes it’s inescapable. So when your little black book is empty, and all the eligible bachelors […]

Films Scary Fun 

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. […]