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Films 

From Broke to Blockbuster: Indie Directors That Deserve Studio Films

We live in the age of the remake, sequel, prequel and spin-off. Fans like us have to delve deep into the smaller independent circuits to find new and original horror films and we drudge through a lot of crap, but we do happen upon some gems from some really cool new talented filmmakers. Lately there’s been […]

Films 

Everybody Be Cool: How to Rise Above Genre-Fan Backlash

As horror lovers and fans of all things curious and strange, we’ve all probably met with backlash sometimes — from family members who worry about your mental health, to strangers who give you weird looks when you walk around sporting your favorite horror fashion. Perhaps weird looks and whisperings don’t happen as often in big […]

Films 

10 Horror Movies That Really Need a Sequel

We tend to see more sequels than necessary. But if fans call out for more of their favorites, eventually studios begin to listen. For one reason or another, the following 10 films haven’t garnered the creation of further installments which is mystifying. These movies are incredible, and every last one of them is more than […]

Films Scary Fun 

Ten Horror Franchises You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

I love sequels. There’s something fantastic and chaotic about returning to a character or a world that you love and watching it ramp itself up until it’s totally out of control. I especially love forgotten sequels that nobody but the most devoted cinema nerds have dug up, like THE BIRDS II: LAND’S END or SCANNER […]

Films 

Crime & Dismemberment: A Look Back at MANIAC COP

From the twisted minds of genre exploitation gurus Larry Cohen (Q THE WINGED SERPENT) and Bill Lustig (MANIAC) comes the most demented tale of law and disorder that ever ignited the caramel covered floors of ’80s grindhouse picture palaces. Shot on location in New York during the late 1980s than at the height of its […]

Films 

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE: More Than Just a Gross-Out Geek Show?

We all remember the first time we heard about THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (FIRST SEQUENCE), Tim Six’s 2009 freak-out flick about a mad surgeon (Dieter Laser) who kidnapped three people and, in a fit of whimsy, surgically connected them mouth-to-anus, creating his own human centipede. We all remember the descriptions, we remember the tagline (“100% Medically […]

Films 

Are Horror Sequels Getting Better Than Their Predecessors?

A number of successful horror movies have come out in recent years that have taken audiences by surprise, giving rise to a surge in sequels (we’re talking 4 or 5 here) due to insatiable popularity. The odd thing here is, their sequels were even more popular than the original – a rarity compared to earlier […]

Films 

They Bite! Remembering CRITTERS 30 Years Later

When it comes to the “tiny-terror” subgenre of horror movies that rose to prominence in the 1980s, some would think first of Joe Dante’s 1984 hit GREMLINS. But for others, the mini-monster movie franchise that springs to mind will forever be CRITTERS, starring those tiny, razor-toothed, bouncing space porcupines with an attitude as voracious as their […]

Films 

Superhero Reboots and Sisyphus: Keep Pushing that Boulder!

A brief primer: Sisyphus was a figure in Greek mythology who was, for his craftiness, punished by the gods by being forced to push an enormous boulder up a hill. When it reached the top, it would roll to the bottom, and he’d have to start again. Sisyphus is a symbol for futile work. This […]

Comic Books Films 

Seven Superhero Movies That Made Us Feel Dirty

“Superheroes aren’t just for kids anymore,” that’s what they used to say. The olden days of costumed crime-fighters filling funnybooks with their wholesome shenanigans were, supposedly, a timeless era of good humor and good morals. And sure enough, it didn’t last, if it ever properly existed in the first place. Our superheroes got more disturbing, […]

Scary Fun TV 

Remembering the Many Strange Spin-Offs of TALES FROM THE CRYPT!

Let us all fondly remember the time when TALES FROM THE CRYPT dominated the horror landscape like a hedonistic pagan god. It sat on its mighty throne of pop culture skulls, feasting on mutton, providing for the gore-thirsty populace the most visible and accepted outlet for blood-soaked horror. For a few years in the early […]

Films Scary Fun 

5 Horror Movies that Really Deserve a Sequel

Practically any horror movie can get a sequel nowadays. We’re all familiar with popular series like HALLOWEEN and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, but those are just the mega-successes. Consider that there have also been five LAKE PLACID movies, including one where LAKE PLACID fought ANACONDA. Yup, just about any horror movie. I say “just […]

Films Scary Fun 

Horror Sequels… In… SPACE!

Horror sequels are just like every other kind of sequel, in that eventually the filmmakers behind them get bored and just start throwing their heroes/villains into progressively sillier situations to keep themselves (and their audiences) interested. Team-ups with other monsters, traveling to unusual locations, 3-D glasses and found footage diversions are just some of the […]