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Films Scary Fun 

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 […]

Films 

The Most Controversial Movie Ever Made is Finally Available to Stream… But Which Version Is It?

Sometimes movie history is made quietly, when you least expect it… and so another landmark in boundary-busting cinema seems to have happened virtually overnight: I’m talking about the online streaming premiere of Ken Russell’s breathtaking 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS. Recently uploaded by horror streaming service Shudder, the film is considered by many historians to be […]

Films 

Examining “Gay Panic” Themes in the Vampire Classic, FRIGHT NIGHT

In Harvard Professor Marjorie Garber’s invaluable 2000 work BISEXUALITY AND THE EROTICISM OF EVERYDAY LIFE (one of the only notable scholarly works on bisexuality, although Kenji Yoshino’s THE EPISTEMIC CONTRACT OF BISEXUAL ERASURE also comes recommended), she posits (to make a generality about her work) that bisexual women are typically eroticized in films to directly […]

H.P. Lovecraft: Separating the Man from the Monster

The genre of horror has always had a lot of subversive appeal. Much like punk rock and other artistic subcultures, it dwells comfortably outside of the mainstream (save for when it’s co-opted with usually dismal results), and many of those who live and breathe horror value it as a space where society’s faults and biases […]

Films Scary Fun 

Have You Tried “The GET OUT Challenge” Yet? Maybe These Clips Will Inspire You

Few memes explode quite like “challenge” videos — and social media is always on the lookout for the latest bizarre stunt, not to mention participants willing to rise to the occasion. For example, remember when Blumhouse went all-in on the “Mannequin Challenge,” but with our own bloody twist? I’m dead 💀💀💀😂😂😂 bruh got out of […]

Films Scary Fun 

The Incredibly Bizarre World of Ghana’s Horror Movie Posters

Horror movie posters from Ghana are amazing. Painted by local artists to promote roadshow screenings of bootlegged foreign movies, these totally unauthorized images have a rawness and power that the slick Hollywood promotional materials can’t touch. In the 1980s and ’90s, “video clubs” sprung up all over the West African nation of Ghana. They screened […]

Films 

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 […]

Films TV 

Five Classic Horror-Edged Episodes of the Anime Series CASE CLOSED

Playing out like some kind of odd fusion of Scooby-Doo, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes (with the occasional detour into slasher and giallo territory), the Japanese anime CASE CLOSED is an incredibly addictive show that more US-based horror fans should take the time to dig into. With 25 seasons under its belt, the continuing series […]

Films 

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, […]

Films video games 

The Horror! Francis Coppola is Developing the APOCALYPSE NOW Video Game

Get ready for some some crazy news: There’s a new survival horror-style video game in development based on Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic APOCALYPSE NOW. Before you mentally throw it into the dungheap of shovelware games that crap on classic movies, consider this: Coppola himself is behind the project, and has compiled a development team […]

Films Music Scary Fun 

A Rare Glimpse at Kurt Cobain’s Homemade Horror Movies

Nirvana was one of the defining bands of the 1990s, and a staple in the CD players of Generation X-ers like myself. The day lead singer Kurt Cobain shot himself to death is still a fresh memory, even more than twenty years later. It plays like a horror movie in my mind: coming home from […]

Real Life Scares 

The Bizarre Link Between Head Trauma and Nymphomania

In 2004, John Waters made his wholly underrated film A DIRTY SHAME — a film that, given Waters’ general difficulty in finding financing, may prove to be his last. In it, a prudish Baltimore everywoman named Sylvia Stickles (the inimitable Tracey Ullman) sustains a horrible blow to the head in a car accident, and as a result […]

Films 

When Godzilla ALMOST Fought Frankenstein!

I’m never sure. How seriously am I supposed to take Godzilla? Don’t get me wrong. I love Godzilla movies. In fact, I’ve probably seen more than most people, having – more than once – written holistic retrospectives of the whole series. That means I’ve seen over 30 Godzilla movies. Some are great, some are awful, […]