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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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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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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 […]

Real Life Scares 

Watch This “Makeup Tutorial” Video Go Suddenly, Horribly Wrong

Beyond that headline, I don’t think I really need to give you too much setup for this shocking clip — although I do have a detailed (and spoiler-filled) follow-up afterward, which may be enlightening for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. It was originally posted in 2014, and has racked up over six […]

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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: Erotic Artists INSIDE FLESH Blur the Line Between Sex and Horror [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave readers… this week, I’m going to be testing your tolerance in a slightly different way by daring to enter the endless, often hostile debate over the vague and ever-changing definitions of art and obscenity. I’m not going to recap the history of that argument; you can easily look up the works of […]

Scary Fun Toys 

These Wild Asian Horror Collectibles Will Rip Your Wallet Apart!

My fellow horror collectors: after you’re finished with this article, you may find yourself compelled to pack your bags, ditch the family an fly straight to Asia for these to-die-for horror collectibles. Genre fans can now rejoice with some of these (probably) never-before-seen horror figures and toys that mash up Hollywood’s favorite horror icons and […]

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EYES WITHOUT A FACE: The Thin Veil of Illusion

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960) is a film not only about a deranged doctor kidnapping and disfiguring women, it’s also about a father’s love for his daughter and a quest for repentance. There is a duality to the film — a horrific fable that floats between fantasy and reality. Aesthetically, director Georges Franju combines two […]

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Five Food Scenes from Horror Movies That Will Spoil Your Appetite Forever [NSFW]

As Stephen King once famously said, there are basically three tiers of horror, all of which are valid: “[If] I cannot terrify the reader, I will try to horrify,” King writes, “and if I find I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out.” This article is all about that last part… but more specifically about […]

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Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Violently Subversive Writing of Dennis Cooper

There is subversive, there is controversial… and there is Dennis Cooper. I can think of no other writer better acquainted with the language of violence. A latter-day Marquis de Sade, he scrutinizes the pain, guilt and fear of gay teens, amplified by human horror and the predatory older men who speak that language fluently. What […]

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Watch the Terrifying New Trailer for Mike Flanagan’s OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL!

Need a quick jolt of adrenalin to get you through a grueling summer day? We’ve got a little clip that should do the trick better than a cold shower. The follow-up to 2014’s surprise box-office hit OUIJA is headed your way, with one of our all-time fave directors Mike Flanagan (OCULUS, HUSH) at the helm, collaborating […]