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Films Real Life Scares 

In Search of the Lethal Banned Video SATAN’S SPHINX

Some of the most disturbing and mysterious viral tales involve alleged “lost” videos — the contents of which are often claimed to have harmful or even fatal effects on those unfortunate enough to view them. Notable examples include a crude video collage nicknamed “The Grifter,” the origin of which is still the subject of intense […]

Films Real Life Scares 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: The VHS Atrocities of Psychic TV’s FIRST TRANSMISSION [NSFW]

Not long ago, I explored the dark and mystifying lore of “snuff cinema” in its many forms — including works of alleged onscreen murder and mutilation which, though stomach-churning in their realism, were either hoaxes, misrepresented footage or works of transgressive underground “murder art.” In another feature, I examined a notorious example of the latter […]

Films Scary Fun 

Nine Useful Life Lessons (Courtesy of Jigsaw’s Deadliest Traps)

If you’re a SAW fan like me, you’re already quite familiar with the franchise’s main theme. Sure, to the uninitiated viewer, it would seem creative deaths and so-called “torture porn” are the only things these films have to offer — but I’m sure no one can deny that SAW is probably one of the most consistent […]

How Dante’s INFERNO Shaped the Modern Image of Hell

A recent article encountered in the Washington Post, studying adult reading habits from 1982 to 2015, found that there has been a steady decline of literative reading in the United States. That’s not to say that people aren’t reading, but it does say that American adults, when looking for a book to read, are less […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

A First Date Leads to True Love… But Ends in Homicidal Horror

Single and down to mingle? Can’t find anyone within your social circle? Afraid of skeevy hookup apps? There are other supposedly “safe” options available… but even those can be risky. Very risky, it turns out, for the unnamed author who submitted his tale of the ultimate dating nightmare to the Creepypasta Wiki. Working a dead-end […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Take a Chilling Subterranean Tour of Spain’s Most Terrifying Museum

From the outside, this ornate palace in the town of Ronda, within the Spanish province of Málaga, looks like a magical fairytale kingdom… but just wait until you get a look inside. The Museo Lara is a private museum boasting one of the most bizarre, fascinating and horrifying collections in the entire world — most of […]

Music 

BROKEN: The Horrifying Nine Inch Nails Movie Trent Reznor Doesn’t (Officially) Want You to See

[NSFW warning: graphic and disturbing images ahead] Not too long ago, we corralled a collection of the most extreme Nine Inch Nails music videos ever made, and you should definitely check those out pronto. But as my fellow NIN superfan Rob Galuzzo rightly pointed out in that article, many of the most eyeball-burning, stomach-churning clips featured therein […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Is “MEAT” the Work of Eccentric Filmmakers, a Sadistic Killer, or BOTH?

Many people out there claim to have solved the mystery behind this creepypasta… but most of their so-called “evidence” is still unsubstantiated and only accepted at face value… at this point, we may never know the complete truth. Even if the enigmatic YouTube user(s) known as “Meat” (aka “Meatsleep”) came forward with a rock-solid explanation […]

Music 

ANTHRAX Bring The Pain In The New “Blood Eagle Wings” Video

I love that fact that Slayer, Megadeth and now Anthrax all have new albums out and they’re all awesome. Part of the fun of this resurgence from some of heavy metal’s most celebrated titans is seeing these new music videos surface. This isn’t the old days of MTV where you’d have to censor graphic material. […]