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Slashback! Why CEMETERY OF TERROR is Mexico’s Best Slasher EVER

I know you’ve been missing my regular column on vintage slasher flicks… but it’s okay, you don’t have to reveal your dark and secret shame by admitting it. If you’re familiar with my previous installments, you know I tend to focus on more obscure oddities from the often-maligned slasher subgenre, as opposed to the classic […]

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A Horrifying Fate Awaits Those Who Read “The Book of Names”

Today’s tale may have disseminated widely on social media, but its origins can be traced back more than a century ago, to one fateful day when a single ancient volume was donated to a library in Archangel, Virginia — a massive tome whose history is mysteriously bound to that of the town itself. The book’s […]

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Five Famous Scientists Who Dabbled in the Occult

Casual skeptics are annoying. They rarely know enough about whatever phenomenon they’re “debunking” to have a worthwhile opinion on it, basing their dismissal of other people’s experiences on a half-read Wikipedia article, an old episode of PENN & TELLER’S BULLSHIT, and a pathological need to feel smug. The next time one of these joyless dinks […]

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Two Spooky Magic Rituals to Perform on Halloween… If You Dare

In keeping with our Halloween theme, which we began with the creepypasta tale entitled “The Clown With Bloody Teeth,” I’d like to continue the trend today by giving you two spooky seasonal entries for the price of one. Both these creepypastas involve a kind of magical “game” [in line with our earlier list of Five […]

Films 

No, THE CRAFT is Not a Feminist Film

Spiked collars. Heavy eye makeup. Upside-down cross earrings and rosaries worn as necklaces. These are timeworn cultural symbols of rebellion and outsiderhood. The 1996 film THE CRAFT was full of these juicy plastic goodies – superficial signifiers of otherness that sang to my adolescent spirit at the time of the movie’s release (I was fourteen […]

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Check Out a Sneak Preview of Pilot Podcast HALF PAST MIDNIGHT!

Want a pre-Halloween treat of the auditory variety? Then here’s a fun-size morsel for your goodie bag: an exclusive test run of our pilot podcast HALF PAST MIDNIGHT! While the SHOCK WAVES podcast you all know and love is primarily devoted to news and interviews from the world of horror-themed entertainment, HALF PAST MIDNIGHT would be dedicated to creepypastas, […]

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Watch the “Dead Kids Club” Summon the GIVERTAKER in This Spooky New Short!

The Halloween hits just keep coming, and we’re just getting warmed up with our non-stop gallery of short, sharp and shocking films to add to your lights-out viewing playlist for October. Next up is GIVERTAKER, which taps into the spirit of the 1990s young-adult horror fiction phenomenon (including R.L. Stine’s GOOSEBUMPS), as you can clearly […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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31 Horror Films for October: Blumhouse.com Senior Writer Gregory Burkart’s Picks

If you’re familiar with my writing on this site, you’ve probably figured out my tastes don’t exactly fall within the confines of mainstream entertainment… which roughly translates as “Greg’s into weird shit.” Yeah, so you got me there. But when Halloween season comes around, I’m also brimming over with nostalgia for all the amazing horror movies […]

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Five Chilling Creepypastas Involving Deadly Occult Rituals

We’ve previously examined a particularly disturbing viral legend reported by a user known as InfernalNightmare333, who broke down a specific set of rules for an extremely spooky party game, through which the player(s) could allegedly summon Satan himself. But it’s been a while since we visited other nightmarish so-called “games” and similar arcane rituals circulating […]

Films 

Fame is a Bitch From Hell: A Horror Fan’s Perspective on NEON DEMON, STARRY EYES & MULHOLLAND DRIVE

[Note: Mild spoilers and NSFW images ahead] What film buffs term “Hollywood Noir” or “Hollywood Gothic” is certainly not a new genre in itself; the concept of Tinseltown as a soulless, ravenous beast devouring the hopes and dreams of the innocent — especially young women with visions of stardom — is prime material for gothic […]

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Before CONJURING 2, There Was GHOSTWATCH: A Terrifying TV Special About the “Enfield Poltergeist”

I’m ashamed to say it took me almost a week to catch up with CONJURING 2 — hey, life happens — but once I emerged from the darkened theater (smiling, because it was an excellent film), I immediately headed home to dig out my DVD copy of a notorious early ‘90s UK Halloween TV special […]