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Films 

In Defense of Tobe Hooper’s THE MANGLER

Director Tobe Hooper comes from a generation of genre filmmakers commonly referred to as the Masters of Horror. His name is often listed alongside his peers Wes Craven, John Carpenter, George Romero, Joe Dante, and John Landis as one of the most significant of all horror directors. The horror community will forever be in his […]

Films 

Slashback! The Creepiest Pre-HALLOWEEN Slasher Trailers

In last week’s Slashback column, we took a controversial look at the cultural impact of the slasher genre through the eyes of two of its most famous detractors: film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. It’s interesting to note that when the pair ran their notorious SNEAK PREVIEWS “Violence Against Women” episode in 1980, the […]

Films 

Slashback! Is 1978’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS Based on a Real-Life Crime Spree?

[Warning: NSFW content ahead] Before we get into the seedy, grimy and straight-up deranged exercise that is Dennis Donnelly’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, let’s jump all the way to the film’s dubious one-paragraph epilogue (don’t worry, no serious spoilers here), which begins with the following statement: “The events dramatized in this film actually took place in […]