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Films 

The Delightful Insanity of MADHOUSE

Last month, something happened that I never could have predicted in a million years. Arrow Video released 1981’s MADHOUSE on Blu-Ray. Frankly, up to this point, I was convinced that it wasn’t real, and I had only seen it in a fever dream. But now, with a crisp 2K restoration, this is either the longest […]

Films video games 

How Italian Horror Cinema Inspired Survival Horror Video Games

Survival horror video games have changed a lot over the years — especially as the technology evolved along with our sensibilities. Soon, we’ll be able to play RESIDENT EVIL 7, OUTLAST 2, and DEATH STRANDING with VR options, putting players in the midst of total terror. But to understand where the subgenre is today, we […]

Films Scary Fun 

SNARK WEEK! Before SHARKTOPUS, There Was MONSTER SHARK!

It’s time to bid a moist farewell to another Shark Week… and with it, my goofy little theme of alternative shark programming (which began with an ode to the gloriously awful SyFy opus GHOST SHARK and a re-examination of JAWS 2 from a slasher fan’s perspective). But I’m not going down without a fight… even if […]

Films 

Slashback! This Gory Italian HALLOWEEN Clone Lives Up to its Name: ABSURD!

This splattery oddity goes by about half a dozen different names — most of which, not surprisingly, have little to do with the content of the notorious film itself, which earned a dubious spot on the UK’s infamous “Video Nasties” list of banned titles. Many fans of vintage Euro-horror first discovered ABSURD during the bootleg tape-trading […]

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 […]