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Films 

WTF Was That? Revisiting Larry Cohen’s Bizarre GOD TOLD ME TO

Filmmaker Larry Cohen is a well-regarded figure in the horror film community, mainly because of the weird ups-and-downs of his varied career. Cohen started out with raw exploitation dramas like BONE, and eventually worked his way through a few horror cheapies like Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, the three amazing IT’S ALIVE movies, and the outrageous killer […]

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How JACOB’S LADDER Explores Buddhist Concepts Through Cinematic Horror

WARNING: This essay will discuss the ending of the 1990 film JACOB’S LADDER. If you haven’t seen the film, and wish for its conclusion to remain a surprise, do not read this essay. If you do know the ending — or are righteously flippant about endings — then read on, adventurer. “And he dreamed that […]

Films Music 

Jack Black & Die Antwoord Go Rat-Sh*t Insane in the Short Film TOMMY CAN’T SLEEP [NSFW]

“Yo, you wanna see something cool? Come look inside the Rat Hole…” That’s the eerie bedside invitation given by Yolandi Visser of South African rap duo Die Antwoord to a young boy named Tommy (16 Jones), who apparently hasn’t slept for days because — and this is a direct quote from the YouTube description — […]

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R.I.P. Simon Sayce, Designer of the Original HELLRAISER Puzzle Box

It’s one of the most iconic and beautiful works of art in the history of horror cinema: The Lament Configuration — also known as “Lemarchand’s Box” — originally crafted for Clive Barker’s 1987 classic HELLRAISER by phenomenal artist, designer and effects expert Simon Sayce. Regrettably, we must share the announcement that Sayce passed away earlier this […]

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How THE BABADOOK Became a Gay Icon — Practically Overnight!

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film THE BABADOOK is one of the best in modern horror. It’s an achingly sad tale of a single mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of a partner, the erratic tantrums of her now fatherless child, and subsequent damages to her psyche — all of which manifest in the towering boogeyman […]

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Watch Sigourney Weaver Battle a New Alien Foe in Neill Blomkamp’s Apocalyptic Short RAKKA!

Even if you’ve given up hope on seeing Ellen Ripley’s return to the xenomorph universe in the perpetually-postponed (and very likely doomed) ALIEN 5, with DISTRICT 9 director Neill Blomkamp behind the camera, this is still very big news indeed… and hints at something perhaps even bigger. Blomkamp chose to kick off his new experimental […]

Films Scary Fun 

Watch Horror Films and Live: A Survival Guide

Every now and then, a random fact picked up very unceremoniously and unintentionally along the way can come in handy — for example, I once got a free cup of coffee because I knew what the capital of South Dakota was. It’s a fleeting but magnificent feeling of vindication when all that seemingly superfluous knowledge […]

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Check Out the Teaser and Exclusive Info on Stylish Indie Slasher ANGEL!

The next feature project from award-winning filmmaker Tory Jones — whose previous old-school slasher THE WICKED ONE garnered praise from fans and press alike — is already back at work on the new feature ANGEL, which hints at even more stylish suspense, possibly on a grander scale. The tale is primarily set in the abandoned […]

Films TV 

Rediscovering SOMETHING EVIL — Steven Spielberg’s “Lost” Film!

Long before Steven Spielberg found his groove directing award-winning biopics and big-budget family films, it seemed like — if only for a moment — the young auteur might settle comfortably into a life of delivering audiences straight up genre pictures. It may be hard to believe now, young readers, but the sprawling blockbusters we associate […]

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Shake, Rattle and Roll: A Second Look at CLUE

CLUE was released on December 13, 1985, underperforming at the box office and receiving mixed reviews. It was the first and pretty much only of its kind: a movie with multiple endings. Depending on which theater you saw it at, the ending might have been different than the one showing at another theater across the […]

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The Bizarre Story Behind Sleazy Exploitation Oddity POOR PRETTY EDDIE

What is the consummate exploitation film? With the subgenre still enjoying a fantastic comeback, it’s a question begging to be answered; and while there may be several contenders for the definitive horror film, exploitation — with all its various subgenres, facets, and incarnations — presents an altogether unique problem: What criteria do we use? After all, […]

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Check Out This Rare 1981 Teaser for POLTERGEIST

In a previous feature, I’ve delved into the strange but fascinating phenomenon of vintage horror trailers which feature little-to-no actual footage from the films they’re designed to promote, and in some cases become strange little experimental films in themselves, shot by separate directors and often featuring music borrowed from other film scores. This trend was […]

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Five More Completely Bizarre Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

Inspired by previous lists of bizarre, hard-to-find movies recently posted here [if you missed our first and second installments, check those out ASAP], I’ve compiled my own collection of obscurities. The five films below are rarely seen and mostly unknown, but cinematic explorers who seek ‘em out will be rewarded with strange delights unknown to the average person. […]