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Real Life Scares 

Say Hello to Bachelor #1: The Shocking Crimes of “The DATING GAME Killer”

Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME. Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the […]

Films 

The Story Behind SOLACE: The SE7EN Sequel That Almost Was

On December 16th, Alfonso Poyart’s supernaturally-tinged serial killer thriller, SOLACE, will finally arrive on VOD (and in select theaters) for American consumption. To say its journey to release has been a long one since production began in 2013 would be an understatement. Its history, however, is far more interesting than the constantly delayed release dates […]

Films Scary Fun 

Slashback! Why CEMETERY OF TERROR is Mexico’s Best Slasher EVER

I know you’ve been missing my regular column on vintage slasher flicks… but it’s okay, you don’t have to reveal your dark and secret shame by admitting it. If you’re familiar with my previous installments, you know I tend to focus on more obscure oddities from the often-maligned slasher subgenre, as opposed to the classic […]

Real Life Scares 

The Disturbing, Unsolved Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

On March 5, 1972, two high school students made a terrifying discovery: the nude body of a woman lying in a creek bed. The body was that of Kim Wendy Allen, a 19-year-old who had last been seen hitchhiking to school and carrying a wooden soy barrel with red Chinese characters on it. Coroners soon […]

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A First Date Leads to True Love… But Ends in Homicidal Horror

Single and down to mingle? Can’t find anyone within your social circle? Afraid of skeevy hookup apps? There are other supposedly “safe” options available… but even those can be risky. Very risky, it turns out, for the unnamed author who submitted his tale of the ultimate dating nightmare to the Creepypasta Wiki. Working a dead-end […]

Real Life Scares 

Jeffrey Dahmer And The One Who Got Away

Jeffrey Dahmer really needs no introduction. One of the “heavyweights” of serial killers, Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys between the late seventies and early nineties. He enjoyed prowling for his victims in gay clubs, decapitating them and having sex with their corpses. While most of his chosen prey succumbed to his evil desires, there […]

Real Life Scares 

Let’s Not Meet: The Horrifying Truth Behind The Man In The Yellow Rain Coat

If you’ve ever scanned the sub-Reddit “Lets Not Meet,” then you’re aware of the many close encounters people have had with danger and death. The stories are presented as real, but some are so terrifying and intense you would hope that they were made up. In one particular story, a woman comes face to face […]

TV 

Dennis Reynolds: The Sitcom Serial Killer?

A great TV sitcom, like most any show, is one that evolves over time. Little character bits, things that were clearly just quick jokes in season one, become defining traits over the years, evolving the characters into icons. Norm from CHEERS. Kramer from SEINFELD. Andy from PARKS AND RECREATION. Each of them started off as […]

Films 

The Doomed Generation: The Apocalyptic Cinema of Gregg Araki

In the opening scenes of Gregg Araki’s THE LIVING END, Luke (Mike Dytri) — a leather-clad, whiskey-swilling buff beefcake and bona fide psychopath with a death-wish — dances in the sun-scorched desert, while Jon (Craig Gilmore) — a film-critic who rips other people’s work apart for 25 cents a word — receives news of an […]

Real Life Scares 

The Boogeymen of Los Angeles

I was born and raised in Los Angeles — a fact which I am immensely proud of. Like most major cities, L.A. has a history of notorious crime, including rampant police corruption, riots, serial killers, and political assassinations. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by true crime, but three horrific […]

Real Life Scares 

The Horrific True Story of Nazi Germany’s “S-Bahn Killer”

As horror fans, we are drawn to the darker side of life — and that often includes a preoccupation with true crime. Sure, we all have seen the countless (mostly terrible) movies based on Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, the usual round-up. I have so many books on the subject of serial killers, […]

Films 

5 Reasons SANTA SANGRE Is A Great Horror Film

Earlier this week, we had David Gregory and Carl Daft, the two fellows behind genre home video label Severin Films as special guests on the Shock Waves podcast. They’ve managed to restore and put out some of the craziest, most eccentric and bizarre cult genre gems, but one of their most well celebrated is SANTA […]

Films Real Life Scares 

The REAL Story Behind THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The Notorious Killer Ed Gein

In 1974, director Tobe Hooper revolutionized horror with his film “inspired by a true story,” THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Almost immediately after the film’s release, rumors began to circulate that there was an actual chainsaw wielding madman living with his deranged family in the town of Poth, Texas. The inspired events were also said to […]