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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 […]

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Donors Wanted! Remembering That Cannibal Restaurant in Germany [NSFW]

Cannibalism is, to make light of it, perhaps the silliest of all taboos. There is something absurd about the thought of eating another person. At one moment, they are an intelligent and well-spoken peer, full of thoughts and emotions, and the next, they are mixed into your morning waffles. Does anyone else giggle at that […]

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The Five Most Bizarre and Horrific Serial-Killing Groups Ever

We usually think of serial killing as a solitary vocation, practiced by loners driven by unspeakable personal demons, but sometimes groups of people come together to kill — and when they do, their motivations are fascinating. Whether they killed for pure profit, love, or some weird group madness, the five death-squads below are among the […]

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VIDEO: The Twisted Tale of American Cannibal Alfred Packer

Join us below to hear the true tale of Alfred Packer, American cannibal and the inspiration for many future horror films including RAVENOUS and CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL.

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The True Story that Inspired the Horror Movie RAVENOUS: Cannibal Alfred Packer

If you’ve ever driven cross-country, you know how hard it is to find a place to eat on the road. As signs of civilization become even more scant as, you find yourself praying to the elder gods to make a Carl’s Jr. or even a Denny’s appear over the next horizon. But fate and franchising doesn’t always […]

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Euro-Sleaze: Landmarks in European Queer Cinema

The blame for my indoctrination into the human despair, psychological violence and sadistic glee of European Queer Cinema lies entirely with French writer, filmmaker and rape-survivor Virginie Despentes. In my boyhood I went along to a screening in Dublin’s IFI (Irish Film Institute) of her vengeance-themed and violently pornographic BAISE-MOI. The tagline piqued my morbid […]

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War, Poverty and Desperation Lead to the Horror of “The Blind Man’s Favor”

Today’s tale may be brief, but its historical background is just as horrifying — because it reveals the lengths desperate people will go to in order to survive. In the days after World War II, the city of Berlin was reeling from its invasion by the Soviet Red Army. While first-stage relief efforts were underway […]

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The Ghastly Tale of Real-Life Cannibal Leonarda Cianciulli

Here’s a piece of free advice for the world’s aspiring serial killers: You gotta have a gimmick. Thanks to a generation of serial killer thrillers (i.e., the decade of films that were released following the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), most people tend to think of serial killers as sensational, gimmick-obsessed madmen with […]