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Films Scary Fun 

Peaches Christ: International Drag Superstar and Cult-Movie Maven

Introducing: Peaches Christ and the Children of the Popcorn! Towering at 7-foot-10 (The Heels! The Hair!), drag superstar and bon vivant Peaches Christ (think the lovechild of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Leatherface) is a fuchsia-tinged fusion of “Hagsploitation,” FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!, VEGAS IN SPACE, and obscure VHS cult-titles condemned to blood-caked bargain bins in […]

Films 

Are We Stuck in the ’80s? The Pros and Cons of Horror Nostalgia

As it has been stated by a slew of critics over the course of cinema history, horror is the one genre that will never die. In terms of mainstream cinematic entertainment, other trends fall in and out of fashion, and certain genres rise and fall at the mercy of popular opinion. Horror, however, has always […]

TV 

Past Due: Five Genre TV Shows That (May) Have Overstayed Their Welcome

In the past couple of years, an interesting trend has been settling in on genre television: We have seen more series take a “less is more” approach, in regards to longevity. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the third and final seasons of both PENNY DREADFUL and HANNIBAL. Whether by choice or by network […]

Films 

Five Classic Horror Movie Archetypes (and Why They’re Essential)

Consider, if you will, the following scenario: You’re going on a summer road trip with a group of friends. Your best friend’s boyfriend has this brother who just bought a cabin located in the middle of nowhere. It’ll be fun to get away for the week — to drink, go swimming, and relax with friends […]

Films 

Is Disney’s MALEFICENT Actually a Rape-Revenge Movie?

Warning: We’re about to talk about some uncomfortable topics. Imagine this: you have to write a film in which the hero is a woman who puts a death curse on an infant. That’s a tough job. How do you tell that story and make her sympathetic? Well, if you’re Disney, you give her a past […]

Films 

Are These Five Horror Subgenres Clinically DEAD?

The recent release of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION has instigated numerous online think-pieces and casual genre-related conversations about the current cultural presence of the “found-footage” subgenre of horror films. Some people have said that the genre is still going strong, and will continue for the foreseeable future. Others have said that found-footage is already […]