The 13th Floor

The 10 Best Cinematic Living Dead Dolls

Mezco’s Living Dead Dolls continue to grow, including these brilliant and disturbing takes on film favorites. For as long as anyone can remember, kids have played with small, sometimes cuddly toy takes on humans. And since then, these playthings have offered plenty of scare potential for anyone who’s stumbled across those beady black eyes in […]

THE BIRDS is Alfred Hitchcock’s Best Horror Movie

THE BIRDS is a pea soup horror movie – you either love it or you hate it. There’s no in between. But if you’re in the “hate it” camp, I’m here to help swing your pendulum the other way. Because THE BIRDS is Alfred Hitchcock’s best horror movie. Now, before you start scrolling to the bottom […]

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How BATES MOTEL Restored The PSYCHO “Legacy”

There was a very distinct reason I took it upon myself, with no actual filmmaking experience, to make THE PSYCHO LEGACY documentary. And the finale for A&E’s hit series BATES MOTEL solidified that reason. Plain and simple, I wanted the PSYCHO “legacy” to continue and I feared that, at the time that I started it, […]

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The Finale of BATES MOTEL: A Eulogy

***Spoiler Alert! Do not read this is you have not watched the series finale of BATES MOTEL*** This is the third eulogy I’ve had to write for a genre show this season (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and GRIMM were before this). But this one is hard for me. I loved BATES MOTEL. Like everyone else, I wasn’t sure […]

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New Audio Podcast Brings You INSIDE PSYCHO!

I’m going to get personal for a paragraph or two here, if you guys don’t mind. Back in 2007, I began work on a extensive documentary about the PSYCHO movies, in particular the sequels which all starred Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, a role that made him famous. In a time of special edition box […]

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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Norman Bates Is Coming To Dallas! BATES MOTEL’s Freddie Highmore Added To TEXAS FRIGHTMARE!

This is an exciting addition to the already incredible line-up of guests for the upcoming Texas Frightmare convention. Blumhouse.com and the Shock Waves gang will all be there. And now it looks like Norman Bates is coming to Dallas! Freddie Highmore from A&E’s BATES MOTEL joins his fellow cast mates Max Thieriot and Nestor Carbonell. […]

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Plight Of The Platinum: The Impact of Blonde Women in Classic Horror on Society

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” — Alfred Hitchcock To be a person of virtue, one must possess the characteristics of being morally just and kind-hearted. It’s easy to determine whether or not a person is virtuous based on interactions with them, but to be able […]

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The BATES MOTEL Soundtrack Vinyl Release Is To Die For!

BATES MOTEL is currently airing it’s fifth and final season. And just in time for the grand finale of this modern take on PSYCHO, we’re finally getting proper releases of composer Chris Bacon’s terrific score! Now available on both digital and CD, you can find BATES MOTEL: Original Television Soundtrack, a collection of 26 tracks […]

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From BATES MOTEL To PSYCHO: The Sad Existence Of Norman Bates

Although considered a disappointment upon its initial release, both critically and commercially, I look back on 1986’s PSYCHO III in retrospect as the linchpin of the entire franchise. Helmed by Norman Bates himself Anthony Perkins, the sequel picked up immediately following the events in PSYCHO II, but did something that the franchise hadn’t really ever attempted before […]

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You Are What You Eat: Food in Horror Cinema

Horror films exploit the things we fear not only by the use of the horrifying creatures of our imaginations, but also at the most basic levels. Everyday occurrences that we often see as meaningless activities are quickly turned into something only our nightmares would think to torture us with. JAWS made us fear the beach […]

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How Do YOU Consume Horror? That’s The Topic On The Latest SHOCK WAVES!

Join your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Ryan responds to the recent new HALLOWEEN movie announcement. Valentine’s Day just passed, so Ryan talks about the 2001 “slasher” VALENTINE, while Rob brings up his favorite moment from MY BLOODY VALENTINE […]

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Meet 4 Fellows That Unfortunately Happened To Be Named Norman Bates!

This is great! As a life long PSYCHO fan, I’m both excited yet slightly saddened that BATES MOTEL on A&E will be wrapping up with their upcoming 5th and final season. However, in honor of their grand conclusion, they’ve been putting together some fun promotional videos for their Facebook page, and here’s an idea I […]