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Remembering Tobe Hooper: Much More Than the MASSACRE

I don’t need to tell you how much influential filmmaker William Tobe Hooper changed the entire landscape of horror cinema with his 1974 feature THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE… nor do I need to tell you how much we’re all feeling the pain of this devastating loss to movie history. It’s bad enough we’re still […]

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A Tribute to George A. Romero: Father of Modern Horror

The grief you and I are feeling today is beyond measure, as the passing of legendary filmmaker George Andrew Romero impacts each of us uniquely — just as his iconic works have changed our lives and careers in so many different ways. Whether you’re a horror fan who grew up on Romero’s classics, a filmmaker […]

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How THE BABADOOK Became a Gay Icon — Practically Overnight!

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film THE BABADOOK is one of the best in modern horror. It’s an achingly sad tale of a single mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of a partner, the erratic tantrums of her now fatherless child, and subsequent damages to her psyche — all of which manifest in the towering boogeyman […]

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Listen to Vincent Price’s Infamous Album of Spells and Incantations!

Along with starring in some of the creepiest movies ever made (and some of the cheesiest), horror icon Vincent Price’s eclectic body of work includes numerous cookbooks, musical theater appearances, a novelty record where you can “act” in famous movie scenes with him, and a Muppet Show guest spot. But my favorite piece of Price […]

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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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He Is Legend: The Legacy of Genre Icon Richard Matheson

There are certain names within the world of classic horror that embody the genre and its essence: Stephen King, John Carpenter,Vincent Price… and of course, author and screenwriter Richard Matheson. Though he passed away in 2013, Matheson’s indelible influence on the genre continues to endure.   Stephen King, Anne Rice, Brian Lumley, Harlan Ellison, Neil […]

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Robert Morgan’s BOBBY YEAH May Be the Sickest Stop-Motion Film Ever Made

Happy Friday, fellow extremists! How about closing out your hectic work week with an adorable little piece of animation? Of course, your definitions of “adorable” may differ from mine… but in this case, it means a sticky, blood-smeared, hairy, screeching, slime-spurting epic of apocalyptic proportions. That is, the outrageously twisted (and award-winning) 2011 film BOBBY […]

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Saluting the All-Time Creepiest “Monsters of the Week” From THE X-FILES

It’s winter… and if you’re like me and you live in the Midwestern US, chances are things have been pretty gray. See, starting in November, Ohioans retreat to our homes, where we grow very pale and irritable. We long to go outside, but shudder at the idea of even crawling out of bed if it’s […]

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A Brief History of Groundbreaking Horror Video Games

Horror is a medium that permeates all forms of popular media. Luckily for us fans, that means we have a neverending supply of scares at the tips of our fingers — including novels, television shows, movies, comic books, haunted houses… and, of course, video games. With the recent release (and return to form) of RESIDENT […]

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How Dante’s INFERNO Shaped the Modern Image of Hell

A recent article encountered in the Washington Post, studying adult reading habits from 1982 to 2015, found that there has been a steady decline of literative reading in the United States. That’s not to say that people aren’t reading, but it does say that American adults, when looking for a book to read, are less […]

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Celebrating the Hilarious Horrors of MONTY PYTHON!

Genre cross-pollination has always been a concept that — unintentionally or not — can push audiences into directions they might not otherwise go. For horror fans, Monty Python was always a source of humor that traversed the boundaries of acceptability on both TV and at the movies… and consequently, the British troupe’s output helped its […]

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Five Ghosts and Creepy Anomalies Found in Feature Films and TV Shows

There is a ton of home-shot footage on the Internet that purports to capture ghosts, monsters, or UFOs, but shaky cellphone footage is easily faked, and hoaxers are plentiful. For lasting paranormal gravitas, you have to capture inexplicable phenomena in a feature film or TV show. Since no one wants a spirit to mess up […]

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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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The Most Chilling Horror Trailer Narrators of All Time

If you’re familiar with my editorial output on this site, you’ve probably become aware of my obsession with vintage horror movie advertising and promotional campaigns — particularly trailers, television ads and radio spots. Well, I’m about to take you on yet another stroll down Memory Lane… but this time I’m going to ask you to listen […]

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This Supercut of Movie Jump-Scares Might Make You Pee a Little

Recently compiled by the creative duo of Andy Schneider & Jonathan Britnell (known to the YouTube community as Burger Fiction), this nine-minute edit of 40 infamous jump-inducing scenes from a wide assortment of films (from more than just the horror genre) will undoubtedly be provoking two very different types of reaction. First, there are your […]