Wake Wood: Three Days in Dismay

Released in 2009, Wake Wood was one of the first films produced by Hammer Films after it was relaunched following a decades long hiatus in 2007. Like the other recent Hammer projects, such as The Resident and The Lodge (which I reviewed last year), it varies considerably in style and subject from the early Hammer... Continue Reading →

Dynasty of Fear

In 1972, Hammer Film Productions released a double bill titled Women in Terror.  With some influence from the giallo all'italiana film genre popular at the time, both films were psychological horrors including mystery elements.  As the title of the double feature implied, the films focused on terrorized women and how a lack of comprehension about... Continue Reading →

Crimson Peak: This House is Not a Home

Guillermo del Toro, director and co-writer of Crimson Peak (2015) would be the first to tell you it is not a horror film.  Actually I take that back.  The first person to emphatically state what Crimson Peak is not, is the film’s protagonist, Edith Cushing.  In an early scene, when Edith’s manuscript is dismissed by... Continue Reading →

The Lodge: A Slow-Burning Chiller

Released in 2019, shortly before the start of the pandemic, The Lodge is a movie for our times. Co-directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, the film centres around a broken family who travel for a holiday at an isolated lodge to try to regain some semblance of normalcy after the mother's sudden suicide. After... Continue Reading →

October Fast Cuts: The Final Slash

Another Halloween season has come and gone and, despite everyone wearing masks, it was not as festive as we would have liked.  I hope you all still managed to sneak in a little ghoulish fun…at a safe social distance of course.  For me, while I missed being able to attend the horror conventions and film... Continue Reading →

October Fast Cuts: The Middle Slice

Welcome to the second part of my October horror movie extravaganza (part one can be found here).  I, along with nearly every other horror fan in the world, have decided to ring in the Halloween season by watching a horror movie every night this month.  Unlike about 20% of those other fans, I have a... Continue Reading →

October Fast Cuts: The Initial Hack

We horror aficionados have always claimed October as our own.  Unfortunately, the state of the world has put a definite damper on all horror and Halloween related festivities.  But, if we cannot go out to haunt the land, we can use the opportunity to shutter ourselves away in a dank dungeon and watch as much... Continue Reading →

Deadball: Take Me Out in the Ballgame

Major League Baseball is officially returning later this month (I am personally counting the days) so I thought this would be the perfect time to review Deadball, perhaps the finest Japanese baseball-horror film ever made. Released in 2011, Deadball is as much a comedy as a horror film. The "story" centres on Jubeh (Tak Sakaguchi),... 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 →

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 →

Do You Wanna Paaaar-tay!

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in July of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  All hail the Cheese-Magnet!) In 1968, Night of the Living Dead had a profound impact on the cinematic world.  Not only was it the catalyst behind the splatter and slasher subgenres of horror filmmaking, it lead to an expansion... Continue Reading →

What Evil Drives…

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in June of 2014 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Long live the Cheese-Magnet!) I should probably preface this article by stating that I am a big fan of The Car (1977).  I have watched it over a dozen times and I own a 1:18 scale die-cast of... Continue Reading →

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