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Scary Fun TV 

This Clip Replaces WONDER YEARS Narration with Horror Music… and It’s Hilariously Creepy

This awesome little experiment was first mixed by comedian Jon Friedman nearly a decade ago… and its source material, of course, is way older still. But for reasons no one can explain, it’s suddenly experienced a viral resurgence. I’m going to assume you have at least a passing familiarity with THE WONDER YEARS, an incredibly […]

Films 

Stay Cool By Watching These Summer “Slashers!”

Are you ready for the summer? Sorry, couldn’t help myself. And having recently revisited MEATBALLS, I was reminded of what a classic piece of comedic cinema it is. But alas, you’re on a horror site! You want to get into the season by watching the gory stuff, no? Well, luckily, there are plenty of ’80s […]

Films 

Slashback! Remembering Bill Paxton’s Short But Sweet ‘80s Slasher Career

We’re all still reeling over the untimely death of beloved actor-director and all-around cool guy Bill Paxton, whose impact on genre cinema will never be forgotten. His decades-spanning career began with early behind-the-scenes work on Roger Corman films like GALAXY OF TERROR and BIG BAD MAMA, and his first notable project as director was the […]

Films Real Life Scares 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: 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 […]

Films Scary Fun 

10 More Obscure 1980s Horror Movies You Need to See

A few weeks back, I explored ten obscure horror films from the 1980s that many fans may have over-looked or missed. Check out the first list here. Today, we are exploring another ten titles, all from the 1980s, and all much in need of a rediscovery, especially if you are a diehard 80s horror fan. […]

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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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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: I (Barely) Survived a VIOLENT SH*T Marathon! [NSFW]

Happy Friday, fellow extremiacs! Put on those rain ponchos, ‘cuz you’re gonna get a little red on you again. When I first launched this column a couple of months ago, I made a point of emphasizing the concept of extreme horror movies as “outsider art,” expressing some bold and unconventional ideas through the medium of […]

Films 

THE QUEST is the Best 1980s Young Adult Adventure Horror You’ve Never Seen

I’d like to tell you about a story, one steeped in 1980s era nostalgia that makes direct references to E.T., JAWS, and POLTERGEIST all in the first 15 minutes. It’s a story about young adults forging bonds like the gang from STAND BY ME with a motley crew embarking on a mission more dangerous than […]

Films Scary Fun 

I (Barely) Survived an All-Night ‘80s Horror Trailer Marathon!

The past weekend involved a very interesting experiment for me… and before I explain that, I’ll open with a mildly controversial statement: if there’s any medium in this world I find more entertaining than a great horror movie, it’s a great horror movie trailer. I’ll even go there and suggest that there are probably several […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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Slashback! Why CEMETERY OF TERROR is Mexico’s Best Slasher EVER

I know you’ve been missing my regular column on vintage slasher flicks… but it’s okay, you don’t have to reveal your dark and secret shame by admitting it. If you’re familiar with my previous installments, you know I tend to focus on more obscure oddities from the often-maligned slasher subgenre, as opposed to the classic […]