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The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]

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Hygiene Horrors: The Nightmarish Lesson of ’70s PSA Short THE FINISHING LINE

THE FINISHING LINE was meant to teach kids about train track safety. The only thing I took away from it was that in England in the 1970s, kids were training for BATTLE ROYALE with trains. A teacher’s warning about playing on the train tracks echoes through a young boy’s head… right before he fantasizes about killing […]

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The Pope of Trash: A Tribute to John Waters

To a misfit kid, growing up on the other side of the tracks in a single-parent family and noticeably queer in an isolated part of the (pre-decriminalization) Irish countryside — an environment akin to the purgatorial villages conjured up from the dark depths of a Patrick McCabe (THE BUTCHER BOY, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, WINTERWOOD) novel — […]

BROKEN: The Horrifying Nine Inch Nails Movie Trent Reznor Doesn’t (Officially) Want You to See

[NSFW warning: graphic and disturbing images ahead] Not too long ago, we corralled a collection of the most extreme Nine Inch Nails music videos ever made, and you should definitely check those out pronto. But as my fellow NIN superfan Rob Galuzzo rightly pointed out in that article, many of the most eyeball-burning, stomach-churning clips featured therein […]

Is COWS the Most Disgusting Horror Novel Ever Written?

In the Summer of 1998, when I was living merrily through my largely-broke college milieu, I returned to my high school job as box office wonk at Mann’s Criterion, a now-defunct six-screen movie theater in Santa Monica, CA. This was a job that not only afforded me unlimited free movies (and, yes, that privilege led […]

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The Horrifying, Controversial and Secret History of the Snuff Film

[Warning: graphic images ahead] Hang on, folks — this is gonna to be a rough ride. You see, from a journalistic standpoint, it’s tricky to approach any story about so-called “snuff” films, for a couple of very important reasons. First, it’s never been conclusively proven that these films even exist at all — in the […]

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The 1979 ALIEN Toy That Was Too Terrifying For Kids To Play With

Ridley Scott made quite an impact with his second feature, unleashing the Dan O’Bannon-scripted ALIEN on audiences in 1979. Films like THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and HALLOWEEN had by that point already become ingrained in the nightmares of movie-goers, and Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece rounded out that golden age of truly terrifying films by giving rise to […]

The 13 Scariest Heavy Metal Album Covers [NSFW]

Since the dawn of rock and roll, there have been detractors who heard the devil in the music. Years later the offshoot “heavy metal” began to take shape and officially embraced the idea of horror in popular music, featuring disturbing lyrics, confrontational themes and Grand Guignol album covers that many well-intentioned parents wouldn’t even allow […]