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Films TV 

The Political Timeliness of SEOUL STATION — Animated Prequel to TRAIN TO BUSAN

SEOUL STATION. No, it’s not where the Soul Train departs from. It’s the animated prequel to the smash hit zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAN, from South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho. Released just a month after BUSAN, the director’s live action debut, SEOUL STATION depicts ground zero of the outbreak: a train station that serves as […]

Films 

The Politics and Hyper-Relevancy of Stephen King’s THE MIST

THE MIST presents an “end of the world” scenario and, without attributing it to anything specific or plausible, the potential for analogies is endless. Films about a nuclear holocaust carry more weight during times of nuclear threats, and zombie films about a viral apocalypse can scare a little more after outbreaks like H1N1. In THE […]

Real Life Scares TV 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Goes Political in Season 7: What Are the Possibilities?

If it’s one thing Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY has taught us it’s to always expect the unexpected… and nothing could have been more unexpected than Murphy’s recent announcement that the show’s seventh season would be covering a recent slice of terrifying history: the 2016 presidential election. Murphy later went on to […]

Films 

Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

Films 

This Week On SHOCK WAVES, We’re Talking Social Commentary And Political Horror!

This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and special guest co-host Brea Grant (BEYOND THE GATES, DEAD AWAKE, HALLOWEEN 2) as the group analyze social commentary and political horror in the genre! But first, the latest horrors! Bekah checked out the 80’s horror anthology DEADTIME STORIES […]

Films 

Mick Garris, John Landis, And Joe Dante Talk Politics In Horror On POST MORTEM!

A few weeks back, we told you about the launch of Podcast One’s new horror interview show POST MORTEM, hosted by Mick Garris. He kicked it off with a great, candid chat with Rob Zombie, and now the second episode has just dropped with John Landis and Joe Dante where the “masters of horror” discuss […]

Author Terry M. West Channels Political Fears in Apocalyptic Fable ALL OF THE FLESH SERVED

For many of us, each day’s news headlines bring another wave of anxiety as we look to an uncertain future, and as genre fans, we often divert our attention to tales of the fantastic — on the page or the screen — as temporary escape from the harsh realities of the world around us. But […]

Films 

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Freaky New Trailer for BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN!

2017 is already shaping up to be the year when the horror genre goes all-in to tackle hot-button social and political topics, and while studio releases like Blumhouse’s own GET OUT are likely to inspire a lot of intense conversation soon, don’t forget that independent horror filmmakers have been in there swinging for a long, […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Video Editorial: Why MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is a Perfect Metaphor for Today’s Political Apocalypse

Okay, here goes… over the past year or so as head writer for this site, I’ve managed to steer clear from explosive socio-political topics in my work. But events of the past few months have forced my hand, and also serve to remind me how my duty as a writer, artist and journalist includes using […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Is There Anything Scarier Than… Political Horror?

The scariest time of year is just around the corner. When all the creatures come out of their homes for one night looking to fill our pants with fear-created poop. Parents will hold their children closer as the cold, dark night descends upon them. Reporters will stand in random locations looking for survivors willing to tell their […]

Films 

A SERBIAN FILM: Combating the Horror of Fascism With Extreme Cinema

Some films are so disgusting, repellent, ugly, violent, prurient, and awful that audiences are unable to define them. Films like Pier Paolo Pasolini’s SALÒ, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, Lars Von Trier’s ANTICHRIST, Gaspar Noë’s IRREVERSIBLE, Ruggero Deodato’s CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Takashi Miike’s ICHI THE KILLER, Tom Six’s THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE trilogy, or even John […]

Films 

Ten Classic Horror Movies With Powerful Socio-Political Undertones

With the release of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, we’re about to return to one of the more challenging and unsettling horror franchises to deal with the concept of class warfare in a very literal sense. Where the first film presented the horrific downside of the false utopia presented by the New Founding Fathers, the second […]