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The Ghastly Tale of Real-Life Cannibal Leonarda Cianciulli

Here’s a piece of free advice for the world’s aspiring serial killers: You gotta have a gimmick. Thanks to a generation of serial killer thrillers (i.e., the decade of films that were released following the success of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), most people tend to think of serial killers as sensational, gimmick-obsessed madmen with […]

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THE DUMB WAITER Packs a Feature’s Worth of Suspense Into 16 Minutes

I’m going to try something a little different for this week’s column, and bring your attention to an almost-forgotten 1979 short film from UK writer-director Robert Bierman. I’m going to argue that this short sums up everything that works in slasher cinema — without resorting to attention-grabbing techniques like graphic violence, sleazy exploitation or a short-attention-span […]

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 […]

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Sea Monster Finally Discovered in Loch Ness — But It’s Not What You Think

The legend of “Nessie” has kept monster-seeking tourists flocking to Scotland’s Loch Ness since the 1930s… and while dozens of well-equipped exploration teams have used just about every kind of technology available to explore the massive lake over the past several decades, none of them have come up with indisputable proof of a giant monster […]

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The Five Scariest Real-Life Cults in Modern Times

Cults are terrifying. The idea that one person can convince dozens — or even hundreds — of people to take part in heinous crimes to serve some ludicrous idea that no normal person would consider rational makes my skin crawl. The following cults are all lesser-known than, say, the Manson Family or Jonestown, but are […]

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The Ten Most Haunted Places in India

Set in India, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR sees American mother Maria (Sarah Wayne Callies) desperate to reconnect with the son who died in a tragic accident. Of course, the only way to do this is through a haunted Hindu temple, and it wouldn’t be a movie if things didn’t go horribly, horribly wrong. In […]

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The Terrifying Mystery of Russia’s “Devil’s Pass” Just Got Scarier

The so-called “Dyatlov Pass Incident” is considered one of the strangest, most controversial unsolved death cases of the past century… and now, after 57 years, a new disturbing epilogue to the story seems to be unfolding. In February of 1959, a group of nine graduate students disappeared while hiking Russia’s Ural Mountains en route to […]

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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 […]

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The Horrifying Story of the Haunted Beach Tape

It’s that time of the week, dear creepers! I’ve got my feelers out (so to speak) in search of creepypasta: horrific, skin-crawling and unnervingly convincing tales of terror from the inter- and under-webs. This week I’ve been given a tip from reader Jennifer Hodgson, a mutual creepypasta connoisseur who stumbled across a literally nightmare-inducing account from […]

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Watch the Making of Blumhouse’s Interactive Slasher FIFTEEN!

Blumhouse recently made horror history with a Halloween’s launch of FIFTEEN – the first interactive POV slasher film to use the Periscope app, allowing audiences to actually determine the outcome of a killer’s reign of terror in real time. While the end product appears totally spontaneous and improvisational (and much of it was), it’s also […]

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Watch Him Kill Again! Relive Our Interactive Horror Event FIFTEEN

Last night we made horror history by inviting you, the audience, to participate in a real-time interactive horror experience: the POV footage short FIFTEEN dragged terrified viewers along with a masked killer on a Halloween excursion in search of human prey; anyone with the Periscope app was able to tweet messages directly to the madman himself, […]

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Man Watches INSIDIOUS in Virtual Reality… and Freaks the Hell Out

A man named Jason recently decided to watch a movie on a virtual-reality headset, which offers the user a completely immersive audio-visual experience that can be disorienting and sometimes intensely frightening. So naturally, he picked a film that is already frightening enough on its own. As shown in the following video, this gentleman was not […]