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Remembering “The Snacktime Kid” — The Terrifying Doll That Eats Children’s Hair

The first “hot” Christmas toy I recall from my own distant childhood is probably the Cabbage Patch Kid. Cabbage Patch Kids were launched into the world in 1982, and have been a mainstay at toy shops ever since, having produced hundreds of variants over the decades. The gimmick behind the hard-headed, soft-bodied baby dolls was […]

Remembering Obscure 1965 Grindhouse Classic WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR

Recently, an acquaintance of mine posted a thread to Facebook about “lost classics.” The term, he felt, was quickly losing meaning. Amidst the current boom of interest in grindhouse cinema and straight-to-VHS-horror, the term “forgotten” had become synonymous with “quality,” to the point every film released between 1960 and 1990 that has since slipped into […]

5 More Films that were Banned in the United States

When I first wrote about films that had been banned in the United States, I found more titles than I was expecting. These weren’t just all obscure foreign films that pitted outside values against clean-cut American norms. There were also films that were seemingly harmless cult classics, as well as some major release films that had […]

5 Movies that Were Banned in the United States

Banning a film always seems like something that’s done somewhere else, not here in America, land of the free. But America is a big country full of lots of states and towns, each one with its own moral code and belief as to what is acceptable cinema. Over the years, there have been many films that specific […]

The Weirdest Reasons Films Have Been Banned Around the World

Sorry to break it to you, dear reader, but all art is political. Historically, even the most innocuous forms of popular artistic design have, at one point or another, been the subject of suspicious government scrutiny. And while books and printed materials have been, on terms of volume, the central focus of most politically-backed censorship […]

The 10 Most Extreme Video Nasties

Last week, we discussed some of the hidden horror gems that were stashed on the United Kingdom’s notorious video nasty list of the 1980s. This week, we are looking at the extreme inclusions, the movies that were banned for a very clear reason and still have the ability to shock and disgust audiences today. But […]

The Most Controversial Movie Ever Made is Finally Available to Stream… But Which Version Is It?

Sometimes movie history is made quietly, when you least expect it… and so another landmark in boundary-busting cinema seems to have happened virtually overnight: I’m talking about the online streaming premiere of Ken Russell’s breathtaking 1971 masterpiece THE DEVILS. Recently uploaded by horror streaming service Shudder, the film is considered by many historians to be […]

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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 […]

5 Extremely Controversial Horror Movies [VIDEO]

The horror genre has always been full of controversy. Gore, death, violence, and sex are commonplace in horror stories, often attempting to push moral decency past the current boundaries. Join us below as we look at 5 horror films that have undergone heavy censorship, even to the extent of being banned.

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Revisiting Japan’s Banned & Highly Controversial HORRORS OF MALFORMED MEN

A man wakes up in a mental institution unaware of why he’s there and with no memory of who he is, only strange visions and random memories he can’t place.  When a man from a wealthy family (who happens to look exactly like him) dies, the man assumes his identity.  Posing as a dead man, […]

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Banned!: 10 Horror Movies You Weren’t Supposed to See

America…land of the free! Well, sometimes not completely free. Granted, the USA tends to be a lot more relaxed with censorship policies than many other countries (as you are about to read below), but we still have a turbulent history of decreeing that some films or scenes aren’t fit for public viewing. Here are 10 […]

10 Graphic Horror Novels So Disgusting You May Never Eat Again

Dedicated to fans of the hardest of hardcore fiction, this list should be considered with respect to all dietary plans in the New Year… or any other year, for that matter. For example, if you’re planning to keep your holiday chow session on a continued loop this year, you should not read any of these […]

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Twelve of the Most Disturbingly Awkward Horror Movie Posters Ever! [NSFW]

People always love a memorable movie poster to hang on the wall. But we horror fans will always love the fact that some of them are just so… well, gleefully f’ed-up, we just wish today’s cinemas had the guts to display them. Unfortunately, they usually don’t. But don’t despair! We’re never afraid to cross the line […]