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Metal, Madness and Murder Meet with SADISTIC INTENT in This Heavy Indie Thriller

Writer-director Eric Pennycoff has seriously deep roots in independent genre cinema; he’s an alumni of Larry Fessenden’s legendary company Glass Eye Pix, and has worked frequently with Brooklyn, NY-based production outfit Midnight Treehouse (behind the “M is for Mariachi” segment of ABCs OF DEATH 2.5 and the sci-fi short THE POD), to name just a […]

Films 

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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Remembering Obscure 1965 Grindhouse Classic WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR

Recently, an acquaintance of mine posted a thread to Facebook about “lost classics.” The term, he felt, was quickly losing meaning. Amidst the current boom of interest in grindhouse cinema and straight-to-VHS-horror, the term “forgotten” had become synonymous with “quality,” to the point every film released between 1960 and 1990 that has since slipped into […]

Films Scary Fun 

GORE AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

Once upon a time in the chop-socky grindhouse days of yore, gore with all of its crimson spewing and  maggot chewing was the sole stock in horror designed to shock and awe theatre goers. But now sadly gore is as ubiquitous as SCREAM QUEENS. Think I’m joking – I’m not. Back in the 1950s Hammer […]

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Robert Rodriguez Tackling ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Remake; John Carpenter Approves!

On Friday afternoon, word started spreading online that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was “in talks” to direct the long in development remake of John Carpenter’s cult classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. I held off on posting about it here, because “in talks” means just that. In talks. And that’s never a sure fire, done deal. In […]

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First Trailer For Edgar Wright’s Latest Cinematic Insanity, BABY DRIVER!

Although he’s only technically dabbled in the horror genre with his debut feature film SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and briefly again with his hilarious DON’T faux trailer in between the GRINDHOUSE movies, Edgar Wright is someone whom most genre fans turn to for something off-kilter, new, and exciting. And his latest feature looks like it […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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R.I.P. Director & B-Movie Mogul Ted V. Mikels

The year 2016 has been ruthless to some of the horror genre’s most beloved names, and even the hardest-working, most prolific writers, filmmakers and performers in the industry have been taken from us seemingly without a second’s warning. It saddens me to add yet another name to this year’s long In Memoriam list — a […]

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This Faux Trailer Show’s Us What Quentin Tarantino’s SUICIDE SQUAD Would Be Like

What is it about the concept of “team-up” movies that gets us all so excited? I guess it’s those hypothetical scenarios that we used to debate about with our friends when we were younger. For me as a comic book lover, it was fairly easy to wonder aloud, “Who’d win in a fight? The Incredible […]

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Here’s a Look at the New, Very Limited CAT IN THE BRAIN Theatrical Poster!

Lucio Fulci’s gory meta movie CAT IN THE BRAIN is currently making its way through theatrical rerelease across the U.S. courtesy of Grindhouse Releasing. The company came up with a special poster exclusively to accompany the big-screen play, which you can see below. “We only made a handful of these for the theaters; we’re not […]

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Slashback! Australia’s LADY STAY DEAD Blends Home-Invasion Horror and Slasher Sleaze

If you assumed that Greg McLean’s WOLF CREEK was Australia’s first legit entry in the serial-killer subgenre, a majority of horror fans would probably agree with you… and the assumption would be totally understandable, because that film’s Outback psychopath Mick Taylor (played with sadistic skill by John Jarratt, pictured below with Cassandra Magrath) is one of the […]

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Slashback! Beyond Reason, Beyond Help: 1982’s Banned and Baffling UNHINGED

When the notorious “Video Nasties” witch hunt swept across the UK in the 1980s, plenty of slasher movies made their shit-list — but some of the titles which gained that dubious distinction were not nearly as controversial as some that I’ve covered in this column previously; for example, Tobe Hooper’s 1981 THE FUNHOUSE, a nearly […]

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Revisiting The Double Bill Spectacle That Is GRINDHOUSE!

When you stop to think about it, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 2007 GRINDHOUSE double feature was one of the most ambitious and radical ideas intended for the general theatergoing audience. After all, if you live anywhere near a good revival house, it’s not uncommon to catch pairings of two similarly-themed movies, share in the […]