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Films Scary Fun 

Watch Horror Films and Live: A Survival Guide

Every now and then, a random fact picked up very unceremoniously and unintentionally along the way can come in handy — for example, I once got a free cup of coffee because I knew what the capital of South Dakota was. It’s a fleeting but magnificent feeling of vindication when all that seemingly superfluous knowledge […]

Films 

Shake, Rattle and Roll: A Second Look at CLUE

CLUE was released on December 13, 1985, underperforming at the box office and receiving mixed reviews. It was the first and pretty much only of its kind: a movie with multiple endings. Depending on which theater you saw it at, the ending might have been different than the one showing at another theater across the […]

Films 

Check Out This Rare 1981 Teaser for POLTERGEIST

In a previous feature, I’ve delved into the strange but fascinating phenomenon of vintage horror trailers which feature little-to-no actual footage from the films they’re designed to promote, and in some cases become strange little experimental films in themselves, shot by separate directors and often featuring music borrowed from other film scores. This trend was […]

Films TV 

Nine Lesser-Known Horror Titles Currently Streaming on Hulu

It might not be the most popular streaming service around, but Hulu is a force to be reckoned with, especially now that their limited series THE HANDMAID’S TALE is drawing HOUSE OF CARDS-level buzz. So if you’re thinking of jumping on the Hulu bandwagon, I’m here to be your handy guidepost to the genre material […]

TV 

The Five Most Brilliant Episodes From Season 2 of THE TWILIGHT ZONE

Continuing on in our coverage of Rod Serling’s groundbreaking series THE TWILIGHT ZONE [be sure to check out our previous entry here], we arrive at Season Two with plenty of top notch footage to sort through. This is a season loaded with iconic episodes and imagery, stunning twists and gorgeous production… but what episodes remain high […]

Films 

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 […]

Films 

Holy Blood: Revisiting Alejandro Jodorowsky’s SANTA SANGRE

Alejandro Jodorowsky, the brilliant Chilean-born film director, once said in an interview that he wants his audiences to experience his films the same way they would LSD — cinema, for Jodorowsky, is one of the better means to providing a transcendent mental and psychedelic experience. If you’ve seen any of his works, you know this to […]

Music 

A Piercing Scream! Five Terrifying King Diamond Albums for the Uninitiated

I had the greatest Halloween night in 2014, at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, bearing witness to an event I’d feared I would never see again.  King Diamond, the ghoulish metal demon who has fronted his own eponymous act for over three decades, was playing his first SoCal date in almost a decade after suffering […]

Films 

The Terrifying Hellscape of F.W. Murnau’s FAUST

If you know your film history, you know the Universal Horror boom of the 1930s looks the way it does because of German cinematographers like Karl Freund, who brought the darkness with them as they emigrated to America. Alfred Hitchcock also studied the German filmmakers of the ‘20s — his visit to Murnau’s set for […]

Music Scary Fun 

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 […]

Films 

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 […]

Scary Fun 

Mondo Announces an Epic Board Game Based on John Carpenter’s THE THING!

It was only a matter of time before the masterminds at creative collective Mondo got on board (pardon the pun) with the movie-centric tabletop game craze — a trend which so far has spawned insanely cool board games like the slasher-flick-themed MIXTAPE MASSACRE and a game based on John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA… […]

Films Scary Fun 

Nine Useful Life Lessons (Courtesy of Jigsaw’s Deadliest Traps)

If you’re a SAW fan like me, you’re already quite familiar with the franchise’s main theme. Sure, to the uninitiated viewer, it would seem creative deaths and so-called “torture porn” are the only things these films have to offer — but I’m sure no one can deny that SAW is probably one of the most consistent […]