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Films 

After This Chilling Short Film, You Will Never Get AWAY FROM IT ALL

Some of the best horror shorts are terrifying cautionary tales, often employing an extra macabre twist, in the mode of old-school horror comics. That’s the creepy vibe we’re feeling in AWAY FROM IT ALL, a moody short film that also happens to be the creation of frequent Blumhouse.com contributor and “Journalist of the Bizarre,” Stephen […]

Films Music 

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: The Mind-Bending Horror Short FACE OF 4!

You may already be familiar with the creative output of Alexander Azzi — already known to the music world as electronic music producer, DJ and composer Drop Goblin. I covered Alex’s music frequently back in the day as music reporter for FEARnet, and his horror-inspired projects have amazed EDM-loving genre fans from around the globe. Now […]

Films 

Five Reasons Why INSIDE is the Best Violent Shocker of the Past Decade

One of the great tragedies of modern horror cinema is the confounding ambivalence shown to INSIDE (A L’INTERIEUR) upon its U.S. release. The stunning 2007 French shocker generated some buzz during its award-winning festival run, but never received a proper theatrical release save for France (it was filmed in Paris) and a handful of European […]

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 

Ten Lesser-Known Spanish Shockers Worth Celebrating

While Spanish filmmakers grew quite the penchant for shocking cinemagoers in the mid-’90s, serving up solid genre productions such as Alejandro Amenábar’s THESIS, Alex De La Iglesia’s THE DAY OF THE BEAST or Agustin Diaz Yanes’ NADIE HABLARÁ DE NOSOTROS CUANDO HAYAMOS MUERTO, it wasn’t until a decade later that Spanish horror really grew wings […]

Films 

#RESPECT For Sam Loomis… The Original One From PSYCHO!

Sometimes, there are characters in genre pictures that are so darned righteous and awesome, you can’t stop thinking about them or their amazing feats long after the movie is over. This column is dedicated to those cinematic bad-asses that keep us coming back for more. And here’s one that often gets overlooked, and doesn’t get […]

Films 

Kids In Peril! Why You Need To Check Out EMELIE!

There are varying degrees of what people consider horror. With so many sub-genres, it’s really a matter of taste as to what “scares” you. What makes you feel horrified? By definition, horror is, “an overwhelming feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear.” I don’t mind that every once in a while, but that’s usually why I […]

Films 

Exclusive Interview with CURVE Director Iain Softley

Most horror fans’ first encounter with the work of Iain Softley occurred in 2005 with the moody New Orleans-set paranormal thriller THE SKELETON KEY, in which the director expertly balanced earthy realism with a dreamlike occult netherworld for a film which resonated with genre aficionados and mainstream audiences alike. Softley has finally returned to the […]