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Check Out the Ultra-Chilling Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s MOTHER!

It’s been ages since director Darren Aronofsky delved into the realm of dark fantasy and surreal psychological horror with the critically-acclaimed and multi-award-winning BLACK SWAN… but if the first full-length trailer for his upcoming feature MOTHER! is any indication, it looks like he’s going even darker for this new project. After unveiling this gorgeously macabre […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Cautionary Tale or Sick Exploitation? The Controversial MEGAN IS MISSING

[Warning: Some screenshots below are quite disturbing and not safe for work.] There are many movies, across all genres, that have historically generated controversy and public outcry for tackling topics that seem on the surface to be at cross-purposes with the filmmakers’ intent. Often it’s the same old “art or exploitation?” argument that’s hounded certain […]

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Ten Overlooked Horror Film Scores That Deserve Your Love

Every horror enthusiast knows the importance of atmosphere in genre film — when done effectively, camera work, color and auditory cues are utilized to manipulate audience emotions. Many horror films would not have their desired eerie effect without a solid musical score to accompany the viewer on their journey; when it comes to horror scores, […]

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THE JESTER Has a Deadly Trick Up His Sleeve in This Chilling Short

Ready for a little taste of Halloween in July? No problem! THE JESTER can deal you in… but the stakes in his game are higher than you think. Directed and co-written by Colin Krawchuk and the filmmaking team of MakeDo Entertainment, this slick and stylish short is more of a tone poem than a narrative […]

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Celebrating 40 Years of Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES

It’s a bit tough wrapping one’s head around it, but it’s actually been four decades since Wes Craven’s censorship-defying chiller THE HILLS HAVE EYES arrived and left viewers sitting in stunned silence. While the enthusiastically gritty LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT differed significantly in premise, it did serve as a bit of a precursor of […]

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Five Shocking and Awesome Horror Movie Alternate Endings

Ever pick up a DVD or Blu-ray and learn that the horror movie you’ve been aching to see happened to have an awesome alternate ending? This phenomenon isn’t entirely uncommon, but it’s always an interesting experience. One would automatically assume that an official theatrical release, or a standard home-release edition, would feature, by default, the […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Watch the Creepy Original Short That Inspired EXCISION

In our previous article on underrated horror films from the current decade, one of the most perplexing, disturbing, humorous and heartbreaking titles to make the cut (no pun intended) is Richard Bates, Jr.’s feature debut EXCISION — which also quite rightly made several horror sites’ Top 10 lists during its release year of 2012. Though […]

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The Awesomeness of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR

The best horror films resemble dreams, and the best dream-like horror films come from the 1920s and 1930s. One can’t get through a screening of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS or NOSFERATU without being marked. Tod Browning’s DRACULA remains powerful to this very day for its stagey qualities, which deeply infuse it […]

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Escape From Development Hell: The Lost Adventures of Snake Plissken

Despite Snake Plissken’s status as one of the most iconic anti-heroes in genre cinema, he hasn’t had that many outings. Since arriving in 1981’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK he’s fronted two movies and some comic spin-offs, but little else. It says a lot about Kurt Russell’s performance and the world John Carpenter crafted around him […]

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A Tribute to George A. Romero: Father of Modern Horror

The grief you and I are feeling today is beyond measure, as the passing of legendary filmmaker George Andrew Romero impacts each of us uniquely — just as his iconic works have changed our lives and careers in so many different ways. Whether you’re a horror fan who grew up on Romero’s classics, a filmmaker […]

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Power Through Slavery: HELLRAISER’s “Chatterer” and BDSM Culture

Clive Barker fans swooned when it was announced that the graphic novel HELLRAISER ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2 will feature an origin story for the “Chatterer” Cenobite; what’s more, the story is being written by Nicholas Vince, the actor who made that same character iconic in HELLRAISER (1987) and HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988). The intimidating, semi-mute member […]

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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 […]

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Is CHILD’S PLAY the Greatest Genre Franchise of All Time?

There are a ton of horror franchises out there, and the one thing they all seem to have in common is constant fluctuation in quality. The first few HALLOWEEN flicks were amazing, and then things began to spiral around the fifth film; FRIDAY THE 13th was a blast early on, and then PART 3 came […]