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Films 

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 […]

Films Scary Fun 

Ten Horror Franchises You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I love sequels. There’s something fantastic and chaotic about returning to a character or a world that you love and watching it ramp itself up until it’s totally out of control. I especially love forgotten sequels that nobody but the most devoted cinema nerds have dug up, like THE BIRDS II: LAND’S END or SCANNER […]

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When Dracula Discovered Kung Fu: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN DEADLY VAMPIRES

When Christopher Lee finally decided to hang up his cape and fangs at Hammer after the box office flops, DRACULA A.D. 1972 and THE SATANTIC RITES OF DRACULA, things got really weird. For the second time Hammer decided to make a Dracula film sans Lee — the first being BRIDES OF DRACULA — the immediate […]

Films Scary Fun 

Nine Useful Life Lessons (Courtesy of Jigsaw’s Deadliest Traps)

If you’re a SAW fan like me, you’re already quite familiar with the franchise’s main theme. Sure, to the uninitiated viewer, it would seem creative deaths and so-called “torture porn” are the only things these films have to offer — but I’m sure no one can deny that SAW is probably one of the most consistent […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: I (Barely) Survived a VIOLENT SH*T Marathon! [NSFW]

Happy Friday, fellow extremiacs! Put on those rain ponchos, ‘cuz you’re gonna get a little red on you again. When I first launched this column a couple of months ago, I made a point of emphasizing the concept of extreme horror movies as “outsider art,” expressing some bold and unconventional ideas through the medium of […]

Films TV 

It’s Official: THE PURGE Television Series is Coming to USA and SyFy!

It’s been known for a while that a TV series spinoff of Blumhouse’s now-iconic PURGE franchise is now in development… but new details about the show have recently emerged, so it’s time we brought you up to speed. Writer-director James DeMonaco, creator of the PURGE universe, will act as a showrunner for the cable TV […]

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I NEED ME GOLD! Revisiting (and Ranking) the LEPRECHAUN Movie Franchise

This St. Patrick’s Day, this self-proclaimed horror superfan tasked himself with watching all seven films of the LEPRECHAUN movie franchise. It is a task that I have put upon myself a number of times… but I always end up cowering out about three movies in. In fact, over the last two years, I’ve only watched […]

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: More Than Just a Gross-Out Geek Show?

We all remember the first time we heard about THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE), Tim Six’s 2009 freak-out flick about a mad surgeon (Dieter Laser) who kidnapped three people and, in a fit of whimsy, surgically connected them mouth-to-anus, creating his own human centipede. We all remember the descriptions, we remember the tagline (“100% Medically […]

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Terror Toys: Five Horror Franchises Worthy of Their Own Action Figures

Toys. Action Figures. Collectibles. If there’s a movie or TV series with even a modicum of popularity, chances are there’s some form of plastic totem, ranging from the cute and kitschy Funko figures to the insanely articulated and intricate work from Hot Toys. But while superhero franchises and sci-fi blockbusters take up a sizable chunk of real estate at […]

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Why George Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Deserves a Second Look

For many of us who grew up during the 1970s and the ’80s, the original George A. Romero zombie trilogy — NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD — was where it was at if you were a horror fan. Rumors of George doing a fourth movie in […]

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Jason Voorhees’ Top 10 Kills From the FRIDAY THE 13TH Films

Over decades of FRIDAY THE 13TH films, Jason Voorhees has become the modern equivalent of a Dracula, Wolf Man or Mummy. While those legendary monsters will never be usurped as the masterful creations they are, we still need to recognize that Universal monsters aren’t the talk of contemporary times; those honors go to the likes […]

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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 […]

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What the Hell is Going on in THE HOWLING: NEW MOON RISING?

Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING is one of the most-watched horror films of the 1980s, and certainly counts as one of the best of all werewolf movies — a subgenre that remains surprisingly trim. THE HOWLING, starring Dee Wallace and Robert Picardo, is largely a criticism/satire of the touchy-feely wave of share-your-emotions therapy camps that had […]