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Films Real Life Scares 

Los Angeles: Don’t Miss SLASHED! THE MUSICAL

If there is one thing I learned growing up in the 1980s, it’s that summer camp is always the site of violent accidents and bloody slashers. FRIDAY THE 13TH, SLEEPAWAY CAMP, THE BURNING, CHEERLEADER CAMP… I’m fairly sure that this steady diet of slasher flicks is what kept me out of the woods.  Opening this […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Theatre is Not Safe: Horror-themed Stage Productions with Deeper Social Messages

Theatre is not safe. Theatre has never been safe. And long before movies, TV, or the Internet were born, theatre was considered mass media and one of the the best ways to open dialogue about beliefs, controversies, and yes- politics. Today theatre is still a powerful tool for expression, even in the horror genre. Like all […]

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 […]

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Author Grady Hendrix Explores the Spiritual and Supernatural in SUMMERLAND LOST

With his popular novels HORRORSTÖR and MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM, Grady Hendrix has put satirical spins on the supernatural as it pertains to some of life’s most commonplace routines. Lately, however, he has demonstrated his skill for not just the written word but the spoken one, and exploring a couple of extraordinary lives, with SUMMERLAND […]

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THE PUPPETMASTER’S REGIME May Be the Deadliest Stage Play Ever Performed

For today’s tale of the macabre, we’re not merely digging deep into the darkest corners of the web; we’re also rummaging through the vaults of musical theatre’s golden days, and drawing back the curtain on a mysterious musical whose author remains unknown to this day… a show which was allegedly performed only once, at New York’s long-abandoned […]

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THE SHINING is Now an Opera!

Last week saw the opening of a rather strange theatrical debut as the Minnesota Opera House began their run of THE SHINING OPERA. Stephen King’s book THE SHINING is a cornerstone of horror literature, and the Stanley Kubrick film adaptation is heralded by many of as canon horror cinema. So how did this strange marriage […]