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The VHS Atrocities of Psychic TV’s FIRST TRANSMISSION [NSFW]

Not long ago, I explored the dark and mystifying lore of “snuff cinema” in its many forms — including works of alleged onscreen murder and mutilation which, though stomach-churning in their realism, were either hoaxes, misrepresented footage or works of transgressive underground “murder art.” In another feature, I examined a notorious example of the latter […]

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Everybody’s Got a Bomb: The Most Horrifying Nuclear Apocalypse Movies Ever Made

Those who grew up during just about any phase of the Cold War know exactly how it feels to have the ever-present possibility of total extinction hovering over our heads like the Sword of Damocles. That metaphorical blade, of course, is the very real concept of global nuclear war — a conflict that, regardless of how or […]

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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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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 […]

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The Time Rocker Joan Jett Helped Apprehend a Killer

Any ’90s punk kid worth their weight in black leather likely knows all about the short-lived punk band The Gits. To offer a brief introduction for the unfamiliar, The Gits were formed in Ohio in the mid-1980s, and eventually relocated to Seattle to take advantage of the then-burgeoning early-’90s music scene. This was a time […]

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‘80s Synth Artists Battle a Comet in ADULT SWIM’s Totally Deranged LIVE AT THE NECROPOLIS

There’s probably nothing I can say to make sense of the following clip, other than it’s the latest masterpiece of WTF from the twisted minds behind Adult Swim’s nightmare-inducing “infomercial” content — which has previously included the viral explosions TOO MANY COOKS, UNEDITED FOOTAGE OF A BEAR, and THIS HOUSE HAS PEOPLE IN IT. If […]

11 Unintentionally Scary as Hell Music Videos from the 1980s 

In the 1980s, videos were a new and experimental frontier that the industry was not quite sure what to do with. And not unlike today, many music video makers were young film students filled with avant-garde ideas and outlandish concepts. However, sometimes experiments can go awry, and art can transform into a nightmare in a […]