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Films Scary Fun 

TROMA QUEENS: Celebrating the Queer Flicks of Lloyd Kaufman

I was a snarky, bespectacled, under-achieving 17-year-old in my last year of school. But I ruled that year with my posse of demented hipster teens by distributing battered VHS copies of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, THE KINDRED, lots of DEEP THROAT-era porn, cigarettes and blackcurrant cider to keep the rival gangs (er, cliques) in line. […]

Films TV 

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 […]

Scary Fun TV 

When Jason Met Arsenio: The Weirdest Talk-Show Interview Ever

It’s kind of amazing how little the culture refers to Arsenio Hall anymore. Hall, to remind you, was a well-known actor and comedian who appeared in such films as HARLEM NIGHTS, COMING TO AMERICA, and the funniest segment of AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON. He voiced Winston on THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, and had guest appearances […]

Films Scary Fun 

Can You Face the Horror That is 2016: THE MOVIE?

Yeah, I know… 2016, right? Just a few days left and this year is still finding new ways to kick us all in our metaphorical gonads. At least it’s been a damn fine year for horror cinema… and that’s no accident, either. We create imaginary monsters to better arm us for battling the real ones. […]

Scary Fun TV 

Check Out the Trailer for Blumhouse’s New Original Series 12 DEADLY DAYS!

Holidays got you stressed out? Not only can we totally relate, but Blumhouse has the perfect outlet for your seasonal anxiety! We’re pleased as (spiked) punch to roll out the outrageous holiday-themed horror anthology series 12 DEADLY DAYS — a sinister but welcome alternative to all that sugarplum sweetness saturating malls, media and more this […]

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 Music 

What THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is Really About

The slow, steady mainstreaming of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is nearly complete. On October 20, Kenny Ortega’s new TV version of the infamous cult musical took to the airwaves on regular network television [read Alyse Wax’s comparison of the two productions here], proving that the out-of-the-way subversive grindhouse playground which the movie used to inhabit […]

Films Scary Fun 

The Slasher in WINK Doesn’t Put on a Happy Face… He IS One!

This year, horror filmmakers aren’t just employing the latest in media tech to tell their stories… they’re also conjuring a lot of creepy tales about the pervasive and often intrusive nature of modern media itself. Writer-director Alex J. Mann and production outfit Space Oddity Films have devoted numerous short-form horrors to this very topic, including the […]

Films 

Revisiting the Bizarre “Hollywood Hag” Genre

A salient line of dialogue from the rarely-mentioned 1996 comedy film THE FIRST WIVES CLUB really pinpointed the way women are treated by the Hollywood machine. In the film, Goldie Hawn — 50 at the time — plays an actress who finds that she is aging out of certain roles, and laments that Hollywood tends […]

Films Scary Fun 

A Deviant Dentist Finds THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM in This Totally Twisted Short

Some call it Odontophobia or Dentophobia. But most of us know of it simply as “Dental Fear.” A surprisingly large percentage of the population experiences at least some measure of anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist, even if it’s just for their bi-annual cleaning… but for some, it’s an overwhelming, paralyzing fear. Those […]

Scary Fun 

The Strange Ongoing Saga of “Bat Boy” and the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS

For the lovers of the bizarre and the kooky, one couldn’t do much better than The Weekly World News. For those unfortunate enough not to have heard of it, The Weekly World News was the venerable print institution that reliably graced supermarket tabloid shelves starting in 1979, and which remained in print until 2007. It […]

Films 

11 Reasons Why The New GHOSTBUSTERS Kicks Ass

Very few films have ever been met with the same degree of skepticism as Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS reboot. Whether it’s because the filmmakers dared to remake an established classic, or because the first trailers didn’t look particularly good, or because the film features a cast of female heroes (instead of the usual team of all-male […]

Films 

Watch The Full Length Feature Comedy TEX MONTANA WILL SURVIVE!

Once in a blue moon, an ambitious low-budget indie film will slip through the cracks and force you to take notice. For me, that film was THE BATTERY. Over on our pre-Shock Waves podcast, Killer POV, all 3 of us were strong advocates for this little-zombie-movie-that-could and even had a stellar, candid chat with writer/director/star Jeremy Gardner […]