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CREEPYPASTA: Is Nickelodeon’s “Stick Stickly” Connected to CANDLE COVE?

The history of creepypasta wouldn’t be complete without a legacy of mysterious “lost episodes” from popular TV shows like THE SIMPSONS or SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, or even entire “lost” TV series like CANDLE COVE (the inspiration for the first season of SyFy’s CHANNEL ZERO), which may exist only in the realm of myth. But a few […]

Real Life Scares video games 

PETSCOP: The Horrific Mystery Behind This Allegedly Haunted Video Game

There’s an eerie tale unfolding right now on the Internet: Since March 12th, a  YouTuber who calls himself “Paul” has been sporadically uploading videos of PETSCOP — a previously unknown PlayStation One game. The walk-through starts as a cartoony nostalgia trip… but quickly turns into a surreal tale full of cryptic messages, dark clues, and hidden […]

Music Real Life Scares 

Marilyn Manson’s Latest Instagram Videos Are Incredibly Creepy — Even for Him

Yeah, I know — it shouldn’t surprise anyone, myself included, to discover Marilyn Manson’s Instagram isn’t exactly packed with funny cat memes and touchy-feely inspirational quotes (although I must admit that would be kind of amazing). But, it would seem, the infamous shock-rocker — or at least his PR people — has been very busy […]

Films Scary Fun 

I (Barely) Survived an All-Night ‘80s Horror Trailer Marathon!

The past weekend involved a very interesting experiment for me… and before I explain that, I’ll open with a mildly controversial statement: if there’s any medium in this world I find more entertaining than a great horror movie, it’s a great horror movie trailer. I’ll even go there and suggest that there are probably several […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Six Recent Extreme Horror Films You May Have Missed [NSFW]

I’ve always been a passionate supporter of filmmakers who crash the ever-shifting boundary between art and exploitation, to push the envelope a little bit more with each effort, challenging our sanity and our definitions of artistic expression. Since the Latin phrase In Extremis translates as “On the Edge,” I thought Cinema In Extremis would be an […]

Films Scary Fun TV 

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 […]

Scary Fun video games 

Player Beware! Looking Back at GOOSEBUMPS Game ESCAPE FROM HORRORLAND

For many kids born and raised in the 1990s, GOOSEBUMPS was their first taste of the horror genre. R.L. Stine’s successful book series spawned an equally beloved TV series, and led to a merchandising empire that wouldn’t be challenged until a certain scarred wizard came onto the scene. One of the inevitable multimedia avenues that […]

Films 

They Bite! Remembering CRITTERS 30 Years Later

When it comes to the “tiny-terror” subgenre of horror movies that rose to prominence in the 1980s, some would think first of Joe Dante’s 1984 hit GREMLINS. But for others, the mini-monster movie franchise that springs to mind will forever be CRITTERS, starring those tiny, razor-toothed, bouncing space porcupines with an attitude as voracious as their […]

Films 

Ten Horrifying Moments From the Works of David Lynch

“It’s a strange world, isn’t it?” — Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), BLUE VELVET Yes, strange indeed… strange that I’ve never heard anyone seriously describe iconic filmmaker, artist and musician David Lynch as “a horror director.” But if you were to gauge an artist’s output by how frequently they employ certain motifs and images in their […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun TV 

Ten Creepy Public Service Announcements That Scared Me (Mostly) Straight

First of all, let me preface this piece by saying I’m totally in favor of the Ad Council and public service announcements (PSAs). They’re probably the only form of advertising that actually should get stuck in your head, because they often serve a useful purpose: reminding you not to do stupid shit like littering, smoking crack, burning […]

Scary Fun video games 

Feel the Rage! Watch Rooster Teeth’s Hilariously Bizarre “RAGE QUIT” Gaming Videos

Have you ever played a video game that just made you want to flip tables? Yeah, me too. Mine was GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY. I could never get past that goddamn helicopter mission where you had to plant bombs in a three-level car garage with a limited amount of time. After about 100 failed […]

Films 

Slashback! The Creepiest Pre-HALLOWEEN Slasher Trailers

In last week’s Slashback column, we took a controversial look at the cultural impact of the slasher genre through the eyes of two of its most famous detractors: film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. It’s interesting to note that when the pair ran their notorious SNEAK PREVIEWS “Violence Against Women” episode in 1980, the […]

Films Scary Fun 

13 Classic Horror Teasers with ZERO Footage From Their Own Films

I really miss horror teasers. Not just the old trailers… I’m talking real teasers: promotional mini-movies designed to suggest the horrors awaiting audiences without actually showing any footage from the films they’re advertising. At their absolute best, teasers were full-motion versions of a movie’s poster art, giving you just enough information to tantalize your imagination, […]