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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Cautionary Tale or Sick Exploitation? The Controversial MEGAN IS MISSING

[Warning: Some screenshots below are quite disturbing and not safe for work.] There are many movies, across all genres, that have historically generated controversy and public outcry for tackling topics that seem on the surface to be at cross-purposes with the filmmakers’ intent. Often it’s the same old “art or exploitation?” argument that’s hounded certain […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This Mysterious Phone Call Contains a Terrifying Hidden Message

The recording has come to be known as “Hypno’s Lullaby” — but its origins remain a total mystery since it was first discovered 30 years ago this month, at the site of a grisly crime which also remains unsolved to this day. According to police reports, the following message was left on the answering machine […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Whatever You Do… DON’T Call This Phone Number

I’ll bet you read that headline, hit the link and looked for the number immediately, didn’t you? Next question: Did you dial the number without reading the rest of this article? Seriously? Well, I did warn you right up there in the headline, so I can’t be held accountable for what might happen. Now, let me […]

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Blood is Blood: Queer Subtext in THE LOST BOYS

The first time I saw THE LOST BOYS, I was too young to acknowledge the reasons for its charm over me. It was a fun, subversive vampire movie with a rocking soundtrack. But as I got older, and started figuring things out about myself, the film took on new meanings for me. It was an allegory […]

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Why Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN Is a Powerful Nod to Femininity

A few weeks ago, while perusing through Shudder, I accidentally put on Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN.  At the time, I was supposed to be watching a different movie and in my exhausted state of mind, mixed the two up.  Having heard praises for the film within the horror community, I figured, what the hell, let […]

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Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

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In Defense of M. Night Shyamalan’s THE HAPPENING

It’s good to see M. Night Shyamalan return. With the release of SPLIT, the once-famous-and-then-despised filmmaker has made two quite good films in a row (the other being THE VISIT), and audiences are beginning to acknowledge his talents as a filmmaker never left him. After a string of badly-reviewed and notorious genre films, Shyamalan is […]

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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 […]

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A Woman Received This Chilling Voicemail from Her Father — Months After His Death

We’ve been noticing a spike in reports of unexplained audio phenomena over the past couple of weeks… but one mysterious and particularly disturbing recording sent shivers through the Reddit community following a recent post by user heaveninherarms. The user started an urgent-looking thread to Reddit’s /r/paranormal board late last week (then cross-posted to /r/creepy), shortly […]