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Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Twisted Horror-Comedy DEEP DARK Opens a Glory Hole to Hell

I’ve mentioned in previous installments of this column that extreme cinema is about more than graphic gore or explicit sex; it’s about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in ways that may shock the viewer into seeing a new perspective… whether they want to or not. The obscure but weirdly compelling 2015 horror-fantasy feature DEEP […]

Real Life Scares 

Munchausen by Proxy Murder: The Terrifying Tale of Gypsy Rose & Dee Dee Blancharde

[Warning: Potentially disturbing content ahead] Gypsy Rose Blancharde was an inspirational little girl. Bound to a wheelchair, Gypsy Rose fought leukemia, muscular dystrophy, seizures, hair loss, teeth loss, and was even displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Through many charitable organizations including Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity, Gypsy Rose Blancharde and her mother Claudinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Seven Chilling (and Totally True) Historical Inspirations for THE WITCH

The title card that ends 2015’s historical horror flick THE WITCH proclaims that the story is partially based on truth. Unlike most “true” horror movies, this isn’t just a device to make the movie seem more frightening. THE WITCH’s portrayal of the eerie power of witchcraft is based on court records, diaries and other first-hand […]

Looking Back at Horror Fiction in 2015: A Year of Highs and Lows

In the world of publishing and horror, 2015 was a year of as many highs as lows. This column is not a long one, so I’ll hit the highlights (and lowlights), then count on you to do further research on anything that may intrigue you. In a ray of light around the world, sales of print books […]

Films TV 

Alyse Wax’s Top 5 Movies & Shows of 2015

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Since you’ve been enjoying the staff’s picks for the best genre movies of 2015, we decided to invite our top contributing writers to pick their five favorite flicks as well. Look for more Top Fives between now and the end of the year!] GOODNIGHT MOMMY A tense, unique thriller that kept me guessing […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Our Ten Creepiest Real-Life Horror Stories From 2015

We all know that today’s news headlines are way scarier than anything our imaginations can conjure up — and I’m not even going to speculate on what kind of person might actually find any entertainment in the horrors of real life. But there’s a particular type of scary story — the kind so creepy it straddles […]

Films 

Check Out the Full Lineup for Shriekfest 2015!

The time is nigh, horror film fans in the Los Angeles area (or anyone dedicated enough to brave the trek out to SoCal)! The 15th Annual Shriekfest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival is up and running with a roster of all-new independent features, shorts and more from around the world. The fest will be held once again […]