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Films 

A Tribute to George A. Romero: Father of Modern Horror

The grief you and I are feeling today is beyond measure, as the passing of legendary filmmaker George Andrew Romero impacts each of us uniquely — just as his iconic works have changed our lives and careers in so many different ways. Whether you’re a horror fan who grew up on Romero’s classics, a filmmaker […]

Films 

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 

Slashback! Remembering Bill Paxton’s Short But Sweet ‘80s Slasher Career

We’re all still reeling over the untimely death of beloved actor-director and all-around cool guy Bill Paxton, whose impact on genre cinema will never be forgotten. His decades-spanning career began with early behind-the-scenes work on Roger Corman films like GALAXY OF TERROR and BIG BAD MAMA, and his first notable project as director was the […]

TV 

Five Criminally Underrated Horror TV Series You Need to Watch

With the amount of awesome horror programming on television these days, it’s easy for genre gems to fall through the cracks, and even easier to ignore some of the more fantastic fright fare from horror TV’s past. In fact, there’s so much good horror television that one rarely gets inspired to look beyond the streaming […]

The Unsettling Awesomeness of Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE

Freak shows first began to come into the public eye as early as the 16th century, when people with unusual, deformed, or extreme body types would be displayed for royalty as objects of curiosity and medical intrigue. The tradition of the freak show continued to centuries, and they became a staple of traveling circuses, offering […]

video games 

A Brief History of Groundbreaking Horror Video Games

Horror is a medium that permeates all forms of popular media. Luckily for us fans, that means we have a neverending supply of scares at the tips of our fingers — including novels, television shows, movies, comic books, haunted houses… and, of course, video games. With the recent release (and return to form) of RESIDENT […]

Films 

Universal’s Most Iconic Movie Monsters: Where Are They Now?

When classic movie monsters are brought up, everyone knows the usual suspects. The fanged DRACULA and misunderstood Frankenstein’s Monster often head up the back followed by the cursed Wolfman. If you dig a little deeper, though, you round out the roster, and encounter perennial favorites such as THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE INVISIBLE […]

Films 

The Kids Aren’t Alright: The Anarchist Cinema of Harmony Korine

If one was to reverse-follow a timeline of Harmony Korine’s filmography — to track back over some of the writer-director’s most significant films, screenplays, and side-projects — the movie that most of us would arrive at, the one we’ve seen and survived, is the Larry Clark-directed and Korine-scripted KIDS: a Dogma 95-style “day-in-the-life” drama about a […]

Films 

Why George Romero’s LAND OF THE DEAD Deserves a Second Look

For many of us who grew up during the 1970s and the ’80s, the original George A. Romero zombie trilogy — NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and DAY OF THE DEAD — was where it was at if you were a horror fan. Rumors of George doing a fourth movie in […]

Films Scary Fun 

Why My Inner Child Loves VAN HELSING (and Yours Should Too)

Hey, remember that time Dracula hired Doctor Frankenstein to build a monster, one that could be used to bring Dracula’s army of stillborn bat children to life? It was up to Van Helsing to stop him, but Van Helsing totally turned into a werewolf and had to team up with the Frankenstein monster to destroy […]

Films 

Childhood Captured: Revisiting MONSTER HOUSE!

Some of the best films ever made are the ones that manage to capture — with accuracy — a universal childhood experience. If there’s one thing every human being can relate to, it’s being a child, and an enriched and enhanced cinematic exploration of childhood can only bring out the intensity of that time. Whether […]

Films 

The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]