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Films 

Escape From Development Hell: The Lost Adventures of Snake Plissken

Despite Snake Plissken’s status as one of the most iconic anti-heroes in genre cinema, he hasn’t had that many outings. Since arriving in 1981’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK he’s fronted two movies and some comic spin-offs, but little else. It says a lot about Kurt Russell’s performance and the world John Carpenter crafted around him […]

Comic Books Films 

See You, Space Cowboy: Why COWBOY BEBOP is Anime For People Who Don’t Like Anime

Last week you may have seen a bunch of hubbub about a show called COWBOY BEBOP. Word on the web is that the classic anime is destined for a live action remake and that has a lot of people feeling a lot of different stuff. Some of you are worried. Some are angry. Some are […]

Films TV 

The Political Timeliness of SEOUL STATION — Animated Prequel to TRAIN TO BUSAN

SEOUL STATION. No, it’s not where the Soul Train departs from. It’s the animated prequel to the smash hit zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAN, from South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho. Released just a month after BUSAN, the director’s live action debut, SEOUL STATION depicts ground zero of the outbreak: a train station that serves as […]

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 TV 

Techno Terror: Examining the Anime Horror SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN

“People only have substance within the memories of others. That’s why there were all kinds of me’s. There weren’t a lot of me’s. It was just inside all sorts of people, that’s all.”   —Lain Chisa, a uniformed high school student, commits suicide by jumping off a building in the middle of a busy night. […]

Films TV 

Animation Aberration, Part 2: Ten More of Japan’s Goriest Anime

Japanese anime has proven to be a very flexible medium — especially when it comes to animated violence and gore. That may explain why the horror genre has found a nice little niche within the anime domain, as opposed to western animation. I previously covered ten bloody and disturbing horror anime [here’s that list, if […]

Films Scary Fun 

Animation Aberration: The 10 Goriest Japanese Anime

Beautifully rendered and vividly colored, there’s just something about seeing violence in an animated form that can make it even more effective. So, it’s no wonder the horror genre translates so well into anime. And there have been a number of series that have pushed the limits of just how much death, destruction, and gore […]

Music 

Talkin’ Tracks – The Soundtrack Of The Anime Classic PERFECT BLUE

The truth is that today more than ever, I wanted to have a good time with you. – Mima Kirigoe. I can probably count on one hand the amount of ‘firsts’ I’ve had when it comes to movies. As I’ve mentioned in previous columns, I came to horror late and didn’t watch my first full-blown […]

Scary Fun TV 

Five Fantastic & Frightening Horror-Themed Anime Shows on Hulu

If there is a problem with Japanese animation – popularly known as “anime” – it’s that there’s too danged much of it. Over the last 20 years in particular, the medium has exploded in popularity in here the west, and it’s been nearly impossible to keep track of it all… particularly if you have anything […]