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The First Trailer for SLENDER MAN Sparks Instant Controversy

The most notorious name in the creepypasta universe is finally coming to the big screen this year… and we now have a gruesome peek at the first official trailer for the forthcoming Sony Pictures/Screen Gems release. [If you’re not up to speed on this ever-evolving legend, check out this link for more on Slender and […]

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Remembering Tobe Hooper: Much More Than the MASSACRE

I don’t need to tell you how much influential filmmaker William Tobe Hooper changed the entire landscape of horror cinema with his 1974 feature THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE… nor do I need to tell you how much we’re all feeling the pain of this devastating loss to movie history. It’s bad enough we’re still […]

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Relive a Deadly Paranormal Incident (and its Aftermath) in the Chilling Short INTRUDERS!

Without a single word of dialogue, Quebec-based filmmaker and FX artist Santiago Menghini has conjured slow-burn chills and some seriously intense scares with his stylish, dreamlike horror short INTRUDERS — based in part on a pair of short comic-book stories by Al Columbia (“5:45 AM”) and Uno Moralez (“Jacov”), with a third tale (“Inspector”) that ties […]

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How THE BABADOOK Became a Gay Icon — Practically Overnight!

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film THE BABADOOK is one of the best in modern horror. It’s an achingly sad tale of a single mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of a partner, the erratic tantrums of her now fatherless child, and subsequent damages to her psyche — all of which manifest in the towering boogeyman […]

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Five Conspiracy Theories That Are Actually Fun to Think About

Conspiracy theories used to be fun; they use to be this wacked-out “secret” information, circulated by wild-eyed cranks through Xeroxed ‘zines. Now it’s all cynically crafted political disinformation, weaponized on Facebook. Remember these? “The moon landing was fake!” “We’ve been tuning our musical instruments the EVIL way all these years!!” “Paul is dead!” Those are awesome. […]

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Love Will Tear Us Apart in Douglas Buck’s CUTTING MOMENTS [NSFW]

Apart from his well-made but seldom seen 2006 remake of Brian De Palma’s SISTERS (which never received a theatrical release), the name of Douglas Buck is not widely known among mainstream horror audiences. Nevertheless, Buck’s reputation has persisted for nearly two decades among extreme-cinema fans as a transgressive and challenging artist with a knack for […]

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Find Out Why ILLUSION OF BIAS is One of the Creepiest Short Films Ever Made

In all my years of sifting through the sludge of the web wasteland, searching for rare flashes of macabre brilliance, I’ve seen shit nearly anyone would consider disturbing — for a wide range of reasons. I’m not talking about extreme gore sites that exploit our collective morbid fascination with death, violence and cruelty (I’ve seen […]

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The Growing Obsession With Horror Escape Games

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Southern California for the past year and a half, and during that time, I’ve experienced more things than I ever knew possible. One of those has been the countless amount of “escape rooms” that have begun to pop up all throughout the area. Given my deep love of […]

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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Behind the Scenes of EXTREMITY with Director Anthony DiBlasi

Previously in this column, the writing team of Scott Swan and David Bond revealed details about a film that looks to be the ultimate word on the “extreme haunt” trend — appropriately titled EXTREMITY. They also revealed that one of my favorite genre filmmakers, Anthony DiBlasi (LAST SHIFT, MOST LIKELY TO DIE), would be helming the […]

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The Unsettling Awesomeness of Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE

Freak shows first began to come into the public eye as early as the 16th century, when people with unusual, deformed, or extreme body types would be displayed for royalty as objects of curiosity and medical intrigue. The tradition of the freak show continued to centuries, and they became a staple of traveling circuses, offering […]

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Rochester, NY Residents Spooked by “Lady in White” in a Storm-Damaged Tree

If you live in the vicinity of Durand-Eastman Park in Rochester, New York, you may have heard eerie tales of a mysterious being known alternately as “The White Lady” or “The Lady of the Lake.” She’s been the subject of numerous sightings throughout the region as far back as the 19th century, and served as the […]

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Robert Morgan’s BOBBY YEAH May Be the Sickest Stop-Motion Film Ever Made

Happy Friday, fellow extremists! How about closing out your hectic work week with an adorable little piece of animation? Of course, your definitions of “adorable” may differ from mine… but in this case, it means a sticky, blood-smeared, hairy, screeching, slime-spurting epic of apocalyptic proportions. That is, the outrageously twisted (and award-winning) 2011 film BOBBY […]

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Watch the Outrageously Gory “Safety Film” FORKLIFT DRIVER KLAUS!

Greetings, cinematic extremists! Time to put your plastic ponchos on, ‘cuz we’re gonna get messy again. I’ve had kind of a rough week, so instead of delving too deeply into the artistic, social and philosophical aspects of extreme horror today, I thought we’d have a little splatstick fun instead… and best of all, today’s entry isn’t […]

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H.P. Lovecraft: Separating the Man from the Monster

The genre of horror has always had a lot of subversive appeal. Much like punk rock and other artistic subcultures, it dwells comfortably outside of the mainstream (save for when it’s co-opted with usually dismal results), and many of those who live and breathe horror value it as a space where society’s faults and biases […]