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Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Twisted Horror-Comedy DEEP DARK Opens a Glory Hole to Hell

I’ve mentioned in previous installments of this column that extreme cinema is about more than graphic gore or explicit sex; it’s about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in ways that may shock the viewer into seeing a new perspective… whether they want to or not. The obscure but weirdly compelling 2015 horror-fantasy feature DEEP […]

Films Scary Fun 

Welcome to O’Blivion: Revisiting the VIDEODROME TV Cut

David Cronenberg has always brought a cerebral edge to his movies, starting with his scuzzy debut of the sex parasite creature feature SHIVERS. He infuses his work with rich subtext and meaning , intending to give viewers something to chew on while grossing them out. Since most of his early films were laced with gore and subsequently […]

Films Music 

Quintessential Vinyl: The Howard Shore Scores for David Croneberg

One of the advantages of being a writer and getting the opportunity to work from home, primarily, is that I have access to my entire record collection. For me, there’s nothing more comforting or soothing than writing while the scores to some of my favorite films spin in the background. And with the vinyl craze on […]

Films 

The Directors We Want to See Make a Found Footage Film

Most fans have gotten over their desire to drop a steaming pile on any film shot in a home video, or handy-cam format. It’s evident at this stage that a new style of film was popularized by Eduardo Sanchez in 1999, and enough young filmmakers jumped at the idea of getting rich and famous with […]

Films 

Wilmywood: How FIRESTARTER Sparked DAWSON’S CREEK

As a proud North Carolinian, I can say that my home state has it all: Mountains, beaches, a perfectly-measured dosage of metropolitan culture, small-town bucolic charm, and a pretty impressive dossier of film locations. However, back in the early 1980s, all of these except the last one rang true — I can’t say absolutely nothing […]

Films 

The 10 Most Underrated Horror Movies of the 1990s

Last week, we ran a list of the 10 Most Underrated Horror Movies of the 1980s. This week, we’re focusing on the 1990s with another list of often-missed and underappreciated genre gems. While only a few of these films can be found on Blu-ray, they can all be found on DVD (or can be streamed) […]

Films 

10 MORE Criterion Recommendations

Oh, it’s that glorious time of year again! 2 months out of the year, Barnes & Noble offers the entire Criterion library for half off of the retail price. That’s not to say that Criterion titles aren’t worth the extra cash, but knowing that Barnes & Noble gives us the half off option in August […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Is There Anything Scarier Than… Political Horror?

The scariest time of year is just around the corner. When all the creatures come out of their homes for one night looking to fill our pants with fear-created poop. Parents will hold their children closer as the cold, dark night descends upon them. Reporters will stand in random locations looking for survivors willing to tell their […]

Films 

Exploring VIDEODROME: The Perfect Horror Film for the Modern Media Age

At this very moment, probably from right where you are sitting, you currently have direct and immediate access to more televised/filmed entertainment than you could perhaps watch over the course of a hundred lifetimes. Thanks to the internet, popular online streaming services, and an explosion of constantly-running cable TV networks, there is more entertainment being […]

Films 

Luxury Apartment Horror: Examaining HIGH-RISE and SHIVERS

I first heard about HIGH-RISE because Tom Hiddleston gets naked in it. Well, nearly naked, but one ticket sold right there. Then I realized that it was based on the dystopian political horror novel by J.G. Ballard, a scathing critique of the British class system that pops up on every “sci-fi must read” list. The […]

Films 

We Chat With SCREAM FACTORY’s Jeff Nelson About Their Recently Announced Comic-Con Slate!

Like a lot of you out there, we here at Blumhouse.com are huge fans of what the fine folks at Scream Factory do. And one of the best things about the annual San Diego Comic-Con is that we can expect them to announce a huge batch of titles to get us through the remainder of the […]

Films 

10 Recommended Criterion Releases

It’s once again that time of year. For all you savvy movie enthusiasts out there, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Twice a year, Barnes & Noble bookstores run a month-long 50 percent off sale for all Criterion titles. That’s right, for a short window of time, they’re actually priced normally for once! I […]

Films 

Fame is a Bitch From Hell: A Horror Fan’s Perspective on NEON DEMON, STARRY EYES & MULHOLLAND DRIVE

[Note: Mild spoilers and NSFW images ahead] What film buffs term “Hollywood Noir” or “Hollywood Gothic” is certainly not a new genre in itself; the concept of Tinseltown as a soulless, ravenous beast devouring the hopes and dreams of the innocent — especially young women with visions of stardom — is prime material for gothic […]