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Films 

Exclusive Interview With Director Mark Pellington On THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES 15th Anniversary!

In 2002, a different kind of ‘horror’ film appeared on movie screens. A loose adaptation of the paranormal book of the same name from author/journalist John Keel, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is a meditation on grief and loss, and the desperation that loss can provoke. It is equally an utterly disturbing, disorienting look into potentially supernatural […]

Films 

CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Marian Dora’s CANNIBAL [NSFW]

You’ve probably heard fans of extreme or outsider cinema describing their favorite films as “an acquired taste” — much like a gourmand might share their fondness for escargot, or a connoisseur of modern art may find enlightenment in the scribbles and splatters of abstract painter Cy Twombly. But when it comes to highly controversial German […]

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CREEPYPASTA: This Attempt to Recreate “The Ganzfeld Experiment” Produced Nightmarish Results

The following information comes from a series of posts by user EvraVon53, who reveals how he tried his own replication of the controversial “Ganzfeld Experiment” while in college. Though the date of the attempt is not given (it’s assumed to be during the past decade), this particular test has been around since 1974. The goal […]

TV 

Ryan Murphy’s FEUD and the Resurrection of Hagsploitation Horror

With the FX series FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN, AMERICAN HORROR STORY creator Ryan Murphy’s pathological adherence to cult affiliations continues with his immersive, semi-biographical exhumation of two of the most iconic figures in the narrative history of cinema — Joan Crawford and Bette Davis — and in the process resurrects a brief and bygone cinematic […]

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THE EVIL WITHIN: Deep Inside Andrew Getty’s Real-Life Nightmares

As our Senior Editor Rob G noted recently, Amazon and other movie services have now made the horror movie THE EVIL WITHIN available for rental. Released with little fanfare alongside the usual Z-level, straight-to-streaming horror dreck, THE EVIL WITHIN might have escaped notice were it not for the story of its production. It began with […]

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San Francisco’s Unsolved Santeria Murder of 1981

On February 7th, 1981, LeRoy Carter Jr., a twenty-nine-year-old African American was walking through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco searching for a place to sleep. He found a secluded spot next to Alvord Lake where he slipped into his sleeping bag and went to sleep. The papers didn’t say much about the murder, those […]

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The Twisted, True Tale of Serial-Killer Nurse “Jolly” Jane Toppan

If history has taught us anything, it’s that serial killers come in all shapes, sizes and nationalities. Oh… and genders, as well. Case in point: prolific serial killer Jane Toppan (born as Honora Kelley, known to law enforcement and the public as “Jolly Jane”), who, by her own admission, killed 33 people. Honora was quite […]

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Spiders, Sharks, Scorpions and More Horrors from the Headlines

Face it, folks: the world we live in is getting weirder by the minute. Seriously, at this point, the urge to retreat into a world of fictional monsters is nearly impossible to resist. But journalists still have a job to do (even if we’re just writing about demon sightings, botched exorcisms and… uh, Florida?). Honest, well-researched […]

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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 […]

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The Bizarre and Gruesome Saga of Linda Hazzard: “The Starvation Doctor”

Doctor Linda Burfield Hazzard was many things to many people: A wealthy socialite. A female doctor in a time when there were almost none. A pioneer in alternative medicine before the term had even been invented. And one of the deadliest female serial killers in history. Her murder method was as unique as her life […]

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The True Story of “The Town That Banned Halloween”

If you’re familiar with the later sequels in the HALLOWEEN franchise, and I’m sure you are, you know there’s a point where Haddonfield completely bans the holiday. While Oil City, PA may not have experienced a rampant serial killer, they did endure something equally awful: On October 27th, 1992, 11-year-old Shauna Howe went missing two blocks […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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The Horrifying True Story Behind the “Pig-Men Hunts” of Colonial New England

The term “prodigy” once meant a monster — a hideous abnormality, an unnatural being. The kind of prodigies that Colonial New England feared the most came from the suspected sexual liasons of men with female beasts, resulting in creatures of the imagination that we now know to be scientific impossibilities, but in the 1600s were […]