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Metal, Madness and Murder Meet with SADISTIC INTENT in This Heavy Indie Thriller

Writer-director Eric Pennycoff has seriously deep roots in independent genre cinema; he’s an alumni of Larry Fessenden’s legendary company Glass Eye Pix, and has worked frequently with Brooklyn, NY-based production outfit Midnight Treehouse (behind the “M is for Mariachi” segment of ABCs OF DEATH 2.5 and the sci-fi short THE POD), to name just a […]

Films 

Slashback! Remembering Bill Paxton’s Short But Sweet ‘80s Slasher Career

We’re all still reeling over the untimely death of beloved actor-director and all-around cool guy Bill Paxton, whose impact on genre cinema will never be forgotten. His decades-spanning career began with early behind-the-scenes work on Roger Corman films like GALAXY OF TERROR and BIG BAD MAMA, and his first notable project as director was the […]

Perchance to Scream! Revisiting FREDDY KRUEGER’S SEVEN SWEETEST DREAMS

THE NIGHTMARES ON ELM STREET: FREDDY KRUEGER’S SEVEN SWEETEST DREAMS paperback promises the reader what they’d likely expect from an original collection of Krueger-centric short stories — death, destruction, and bad dreams. Released in 1991, the same year as FREDDY’S DEAD: THE FINAL NIGHTMARE, this book doesn’t have any hard and fast rules about the franchise’s timeline, […]

Films 

Exclusive News on the Upcoming VOLUMES OF BLOOD Anthology Sequels!

Horror anthologies are hotter than ever, and there are many more highly-anticipated omnibus features looming on the horizon. One of the more notable indie anthologies headed your way is the follow-up to 2015’s award-winning feature VOLUMES OF BLOOD. First, a little background… the original anthology was the first feature-length production from the “Unscripted Film School” program, […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

This Postmortem Photo of “Loana the Bloodthirster” Bears a Deadly Curse

According to most sources, the photograph you see here was reportedly taken in 1909, during an era where staged photographs of the recently deceased were a common practice, and at the time considered a dignified way of honoring the dead. The passing of more than a century has obscured most of the stories behind these […]

TV 

Remembering the Crazy 1976 TV Series MONSTER SQUAD!

In today’s TV landscape, horror fans are spoiled across all platforms when it comes to the type of programming they have to choose from. Long before Netflix, or even cable for that matter, horror shows weren’t produced as abundantly as they are today and finding a show with a decent amount of suspense in it could be […]

Films 

Are We Stuck in the ’80s? The Pros and Cons of Horror Nostalgia

As it has been stated by a slew of critics over the course of cinema history, horror is the one genre that will never die. In terms of mainstream cinematic entertainment, other trends fall in and out of fashion, and certain genres rise and fall at the mercy of popular opinion. Horror, however, has always […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun TV 

Ten Creepy Public Service Announcements That Scared Me (Mostly) Straight

First of all, let me preface this piece by saying I’m totally in favor of the Ad Council and public service announcements (PSAs). They’re probably the only form of advertising that actually should get stuck in your head, because they often serve a useful purpose: reminding you not to do stupid shit like littering, smoking crack, burning […]

Films 

Watch This Creepy Giallo-Style Teaser for BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN

The upcoming slasher/giallo feature from actor-filmmaker Chris Moore (PERVERSION, THE HOUSE OF COVERED MIRRORS) is sure to raise some eyebrows, given its controversial subject matter. But if this teaser trailer — which taps into the mood of ‘70s and ‘80s horror trailers and TV spots — is any indication of the film’s overall tone, it […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Gregory Burkart Explains Why This is the Scariest Movie Teaser of All Time

You might find this hard to believe, but… when I was a kid, I was too scared to even think about watching a horror movie. Any horror movie. It’s not like I wasn’t morbidly fascinated with monsters and maniacs; it’s an odd quirk of human nature that we tend to become obsessed with the things […]

Music TV 

‘80s Synth Artists Battle a Comet in ADULT SWIM’s Totally Deranged LIVE AT THE NECROPOLIS

There’s probably nothing I can say to make sense of the following clip, other than it’s the latest masterpiece of WTF from the twisted minds behind Adult Swim’s nightmare-inducing “infomercial” content — which has previously included the viral explosions TOO MANY COOKS, UNEDITED FOOTAGE OF A BEAR, and THIS HOUSE HAS PEOPLE IN IT. If […]

Scary Fun 

The Anti-Claus is Coming to Town! A Brief History of Krampus

This story originally published on FEARnet.com on December 5, 2011, but I’m reposting it here — along with a few updates — in honor of everyone’s favorite holiday demon, as well as tonight’s theatrical premiere of KRAMPUS, the new horror film from genre favorite Michael Dougherty (TRICK ‘R TREAT). We horror lovers pretty much celebrate […]

Films 

13 Kickass Japanese LaserDisc Covers

There may be some of you out there who have never heard of a LaserDisc. You make us feel old, but you were also kind of missing out. Naturally technology has evolved beyond these giant optical discs, which were about the size of a vinyl record, but there was a time when LaserDiscs represented the […]