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Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Watch the Creepy Original Short That Inspired EXCISION

In our previous article on underrated horror films from the current decade, one of the most perplexing, disturbing, humorous and heartbreaking titles to make the cut (no pun intended) is Richard Bates, Jr.’s feature debut EXCISION — which also quite rightly made several horror sites’ Top 10 lists during its release year of 2012. Though […]

Films 

The Awesomeness of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s VAMPYR

The best horror films resemble dreams, and the best dream-like horror films come from the 1920s and 1930s. One can’t get through a screening of ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, THE MAN WHO LAUGHS or NOSFERATU without being marked. Tod Browning’s DRACULA remains powerful to this very day for its stagey qualities, which deeply infuse it […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Twisted Horror-Comedy DEEP DARK Opens a Glory Hole to Hell

I’ve mentioned in previous installments of this column that extreme cinema is about more than graphic gore or explicit sex; it’s about pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling in ways that may shock the viewer into seeing a new perspective… whether they want to or not. The obscure but weirdly compelling 2015 horror-fantasy feature DEEP […]

TV 

Die Laughing: The Nightmarish Humor of ADULT SWIM’s “Informercials”

The comedy and horror genres often cross over, though in theory they target completely different demographics… so why is this so commonplace? Maybe it’s the way they both explore the extreme and absurd, even if their approaches vary; that’s why works that can successfully embody both categories are so impactful — laughing and screaming come […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: The Beautiful Body Horror of HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME

Many works of surreal cinema bear equally baffling titles, but I can confidently say the title of Ben Aston’s 2014 short film HE TOOK HIS SKIN OFF FOR ME represents 100% truth in advertising. It’s also a pretty amazing work of “extremist drama” that’s more touching than you might expect. Adapted from a short story […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Short Film THE EEL is a Journey Into Mind-Bending Tentacle Horror

After a fun little diversion into DIY underground splatter via last week’s marathon of Andreas Schnaas’ VIOLENT SHIT series (recently compiled on a new DVD from Synapse Films), it’s time once again to take a hard left turn on our journey through the world of extreme cinema and its many twisted forms… and they don’t […]

Films 

Good Bad Habits: Director Mariano Baino on Nunsploitation Epic DARK WATERS

The sunken depths of Manhattan’s Lovecraft bar seem like the perfect place to talk to Mariano Baino, whose 1994 film DARK WATERS is resurfacing as a long-awaited Blu-ray from Severin Films today. Severin and publicist Josh Johnson (dressed for the occasion in a nun’s habit) set up an interview op with Baino last night in […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Robert Morgan’s BOBBY YEAH May Be the Sickest Stop-Motion Film Ever Made

Happy Friday, fellow extremists! How about closing out your hectic work week with an adorable little piece of animation? Of course, your definitions of “adorable” may differ from mine… but in this case, it means a sticky, blood-smeared, hairy, screeching, slime-spurting epic of apocalyptic proportions. That is, the outrageously twisted (and award-winning) 2011 film BOBBY […]

Films 

Exploring the True Horror of David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE

It’s arguable as to whether well-regarded artist and filmmaker David Lynch should be considered a horror filmmaker — he certainly deals with nightmares and nightmarish imagery, but horror fans don’t typically consider him a “Master of Horror” alongside names like Carpenter, Romero, Craven, Cronenberg and the like. While many of his films tend to hover […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Watch the Latest Blumhouse.com Original CREEPYPASTA Video — A LITTLE NIGHTMARE!

We’re literally digging into the vaults of cinema history for our next original creepypasta short: specifically, the earliest days of experimental filmmaking, avant-garde art and the surrealist movement that reached a peak in the 1920s, thanks in part to the larger-than-life personalities of eccentric geniuses like Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. Among these pioneers of […]

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What a Trip: Revisiting the Mind-Blowing Epic BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW

Sci-fi is better when it’s freaky. I’m all in favor of a good, rollicking spaceship adventure (who isn’t?), but science fiction, as a genre, tends to function more naturally when it’s dealing with freaky abstracts and barely-graspable Big Ideas. The promise of the sciences, after all, is to help humanity come to a much deeper […]

Films Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Trigger Happy: The Hallucinogenic Horror of Shaye Saint John

Back up, boys and girls… this is gonna get weird. In a way, the following story fits into the pantheon of creepypasta without necessarily being labeled as one; that’s mainly because the mythos which has grown up around the utterly bizarre, surreal and morbidly fascinating character named Shaye Saint John has long since overshadowed the […]

Films 

Exclusive Premiere: The Surreal Short PERDITION Conjures a Grisly Existential Nightmare

Some short-form horror films serve up concentrated shocks, while others creep inside your head and make you question everything you’ve seen. Writer-director Jake E. Sampson’s moody horror short PERDITION falls into the latter category, and we’re honored to host its online premiere, just in time for Halloween. PERDITION finds desperate protagonist Alan (Dan Heyerman) inexplicably transported […]