The Wicker Tree Burns Down

In honour of Burns Night which celebrates Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, today we look at Scottish horror film The Wicker Tree. Unfortunately, unlike the Scot’s famous bard, this film is nothing to be proud of. The Wicker Tree’s story is loosely tied to the classic The Wicker Man which was also directed by Robin... Continue Reading →

We’ll Tear Your Soul Apart

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in March of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is thicker than water.) I’m a little ashamed to say that prior to 2013, I had not seen Hellraiser.  When it came out back in 1987, I was certainly aware of it.  I can remember the hype about... Continue Reading →

Burn for Your Sins

The mid-eighties saw the appearance of the consumer camcorder and with it a whole new generation of amateur movie makers.  Andrew, my Maniacs and Monsters co-host, and I spent many a weekend, late night, and summer break creating cinematic masterpieces with our friends.  Most commonly, the artistic process involved the realization that we had a... Continue Reading →

Safe and Secure from All Alarms

My dear, dear friends.  My brethren.  I am here to denounce my transgressions before ye.  I have sinned the sin of misdirection.  For while the movie on which I am about to speak  boasts a villain most heinous, and while it is true that numerous characters suffer both physical and psychological terrors, yet this work... Continue Reading →

The Legendary Last Man

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in October of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is people!) I suspect most horror and science fiction enthusiasts are fans of the late writer Richard Matheson (1926 – 2013), although many may not realize it.  As author and/or screenwriter, Matheson was responsible for many genre favourites... Continue Reading →

Call Evil by Its Proper Name

I have always been fascinated with the concept that faith and belief are the precursor to deities rather than, as is usually assumed, the other way around.  The theory is that faith is what brings the gods into existence and what gives them power in a literal sense.  Humanity looks to the gods for guidance... Continue Reading →

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