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Scary Fun 

Event Report: The Grand Opening of Jason Egan’s Vegas Haunt FRIGHT DOME!

Las Vegas local Jason Egan likes to cover all his bases when it comes to horror. Having served as Executive Producer on 2015’s BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, and more recently THE NEIGHBOUR, Egan — also somewhat of a haunt maestro — is the brainchild behind battleship U.S.S. Salem’s haunted ghost ship experience in Boston, another haunt that […]

video games 

Horror Wins Big! The Ten Scariest Video Games of E3 2016

2016’s Electronic Entertainment Expo ended last week, and while every possible kind of video game was represented, horror was the big winner. Below is a list of ten horror games that really impressed us.  OUTLAST 2 Horror fans that played Red Barrels’ surprise hit OUTLAST were nearly universal in their praise for the claustrophobic, stripped […]

Films 

Slashback! THE DUMB WAITER Packs a Feature’s Worth of Suspense Into 16 Minutes

I’m going to try something a little different for this week’s column, and bring your attention to an almost-forgotten 1979 short film from UK writer-director Robert Bierman. I’m going to argue that this short sums up everything that works in slasher cinema — without resorting to attention-grabbing techniques like graphic violence, sleazy exploitation or a short-attention-span […]

Films 

Slashback! “Chalmers the Embalmers” Run a B&B to Die For in 1980’s FUNERAL HOME

It’s a wonderful time for fans of slasher cinema’s Golden Age — whether you first made the genre’s acquaintance while browsing lurid VHS box art in your favorite Mom & Pop video stores, or are just now discovering the bizarre bounty of early indie slasher titles. Over the last few years in particular, fan-operated labels are […]

video games 

The Release of DOOM 2016 Reminds Us That Nostalgia Has Value

There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, but basing our entire popular culture around it probably isn’t a very good idea. The occasional remake or reboot is undeniably fine, but if we continue to eschew original content in favor of repeated trips to an increasingly dry well, that’s all we’re going to get. Recycled ideas, […]

Films 

Slashback! A Carnival Killer Scores a Massive Body Count in 1982’s HOUSE OF DEATH

I’m going to preface this week’s installment with an important caveat: HOUSE OF DEATH — also known as DEATH SCREAMS and NIGHT SCREAMS — is not a well-made film. In fact, if you called total bullshit on this flick, you wouldn’t get much of an argument out of me. With that said, there’s a certain […]

Films 

Slashback! A Mad Professor Creates Collegiate Killers in 1981’s STRANGE BEHAVIOR

There’s a good chance you might have overlooked this weird little horror hybrid; it got a bit more love outside the US (under the wonky title DEAD KIDS), but saw very little exposure stateside. Released at the peak of the slasher genre’s Golden Age, this bizarre fusion of teen body-count horror and mad science shenanigans […]

Films 

The Kids Are All Fright: The SONS of FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA!

Over three decades after the Frankenstein Monster was “blown to atoms” at the climax of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, Dr. Frankenstein’s son Wolf returns to his father’s estate with his wife and young son. Unfortunately, the villagers can hold a grudge for a really long time, so they’re not so pleased that a bona fide Frankenstein […]

Films 

Is IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS the Scariest Film of the 1990s?

If one may make a broad generalization about the bulk of the genre, horror movies tend to be about the fear of pain and death, usually by violent means. As audience members we can all relate, on a gut level, to the fear of being stabbed by another human being. Hence, it doesn’t take much […]

Looking Back at Horror Fiction in 2015: A Year of Highs and Lows

In the world of publishing and horror, 2015 was a year of as many highs as lows. This column is not a long one, so I’ll hit the highlights (and lowlights), then count on you to do further research on anything that may intrigue you. In a ray of light around the world, sales of print books […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Our Ten Creepiest Real-Life Horror Stories From 2015

We all know that today’s news headlines are way scarier than anything our imaginations can conjure up — and I’m not even going to speculate on what kind of person might actually find any entertainment in the horrors of real life. But there’s a particular type of scary story — the kind so creepy it straddles […]

Films 

ERASERHEAD: The Scariest Film of the 1970s

“Horror movies don’t scare me.” This is a mantra I have heard from almost every one of my horror-loving peers at one point or another. Many of the horror fans I know openly declare that fright flicks have never, for them, had their intended effect. I have heard stories about how some of these people […]

Music Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Blumhouse.com was Invited to Try ‘THE DREAM’ Experience…And Found Fear

With Halloween behind us, it would be easy to assume that haunt season has come to an end. Fortunately, for me, the ride continues. Throughout September and October, I have witnessed many of the new mutations that have sprung up and evolved with the various adaptations of haunts that exist in Los Angeles, yet I […]