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Films TV 

The Political Timeliness of SEOUL STATION — Animated Prequel to TRAIN TO BUSAN

SEOUL STATION. No, it’s not where the Soul Train departs from. It’s the animated prequel to the smash hit zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAN, from South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho. Released just a month after BUSAN, the director’s live action debut, SEOUL STATION depicts ground zero of the outbreak: a train station that serves as […]

Films 

Satan as a Feminist Instrument: Exploring THE LORDS OF SALEM

I don’t need to tell Blumhouse readers that Rob Zombie has had a textured and fascinating career. Rob first rose to fame as frontman for well-regarded metal band White Zombie in the 1980s and ’90s, and began mixing techno with metal as part of a well-regarded solo career that spans nearly 20 years and six […]

Films 

Why Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN Is a Powerful Nod to Femininity

A few weeks ago, while perusing through Shudder, I accidentally put on Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN.  At the time, I was supposed to be watching a different movie and in my exhausted state of mind, mixed the two up.  Having heard praises for the film within the horror community, I figured, what the hell, let […]

Real Life Scares TV 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Goes Political in Season 7: What Are the Possibilities?

If it’s one thing Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY has taught us it’s to always expect the unexpected… and nothing could have been more unexpected than Murphy’s recent announcement that the show’s seventh season would be covering a recent slice of terrifying history: the 2016 presidential election. Murphy later went on to […]

Films 

Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

Author Terry M. West Channels Political Fears in Apocalyptic Fable ALL OF THE FLESH SERVED

For many of us, each day’s news headlines bring another wave of anxiety as we look to an uncertain future, and as genre fans, we often divert our attention to tales of the fantastic — on the page or the screen — as temporary escape from the harsh realities of the world around us. But […]

Films 

EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Freaky New Trailer for BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN!

2017 is already shaping up to be the year when the horror genre goes all-in to tackle hot-button social and political topics, and while studio releases like Blumhouse’s own GET OUT are likely to inspire a lot of intense conversation soon, don’t forget that independent horror filmmakers have been in there swinging for a long, […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Video Editorial: Why MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is a Perfect Metaphor for Today’s Political Apocalypse

Okay, here goes… over the past year or so as head writer for this site, I’ve managed to steer clear from explosive socio-political topics in my work. But events of the past few months have forced my hand, and also serve to remind me how my duty as a writer, artist and journalist includes using […]

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 […]

Scary Fun 

Why Everyone Should Listen to the Chilling NoSleep Podcast

Imagine the scariest piece of fiction you’ve read — perhaps a creepypasta on the r/nosleep subreddit — and let a group of talented voice actors bring the text to life. It’s like a modern day audiobook, but good, and without all that self-motivational crap. This is what the NoSleep Podcast is all about. In 2010, the […]

Films 

Reflecting on Wes Craven’s THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS, 25 Years Later

It was 1991, I was 11 years old and anxious, even sitting next to my father. Thanks to the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films, I was familiar with Wes Craven’s work to a certain extent, and that familiarity was precisely what had me on edge. In a matter of moments Craven’s new film, THE PEOPLE […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

CREEPYPASTA: The Slenderman Saga Continues in These Chilling Spinoff Tales

With HBO’s new documentary feature BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN arriving next month [watch the interactive trailer here], the most infamous figure in the creepypasta canon has taken yet another long-legged step into the world of popular culture… but unless you’ve been a regular reader and/or contributor in the creepypasta community, you may not know how many […]

Films Music 

What THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is Really About

The slow, steady mainstreaming of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is nearly complete. On October 20, Kenny Ortega’s new TV version of the infamous cult musical took to the airwaves on regular network television [read Alyse Wax’s comparison of the two productions here], proving that the out-of-the-way subversive grindhouse playground which the movie used to inhabit […]