Category: Editors’ Choice

Editorial: Yes, The Evil Dead IS a comedy.

Posted on 02/26/13 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey The Evil Dead remake is very nearly upon us, and emotions still run high on the subject. A good portion of fans remain as vocal in their contempt for Fede Alvarez’s film as when it was announced; others are more optimistic, persuaded by the grime and gore of the first trailers and images, up to and including the [...]

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Thinking Outside The Box, Part 2: Female Filmmakers and ‘Underrepresentation’

Posted on 02/14/13 by Keri
Fascination

By Keri O’Shea and Annie Riordan Keri: Happy Valentine’s Day. Is February still with us? It is? Jeez… Anyway, so far we’ve talked about our experiences as horror fans and misconceptions relating to that – but there’s no fandom without the films themselves after all, so it’s high time we talked about life on the [...]

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A Year in Horror: Ben on 2012 – Best, Worst & In-Between

Posted on 12/21/12 by Ben
The Raid

By Ben Bussey Ha! Still here! Suck it, Mayans/New Age fuckwits! And I’m glad of it, as it means we’re free to reflect on the year behind us, and – no joke – what an outstanding year 2012 has been for genre cinema. Normally I get a bit anxious doing these end-of-year things, and struggle [...]

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Editorial: Questions of Cult Pride and Independence

Posted on 12/01/12 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey Watch out – Ben’s been thinking again. You might have noticed just over a week ago we ran a news item on Sushi Girl, a new movie from first-time feature director Kern Saxton. At the time of writing I have not seen the film, nor do I know anything of Saxton or anyone else [...]

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Editorial: Why Found Footage Deserves to Die

Posted on 10/11/12 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea For as long as home video cameras have been around, there’s been the potential to make movies about people making movies. And, once upon a time, as hard as it is for us to believe today, this was a novel idea. You can make a strong case for Cannibal Holocaust introducing the [...]

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Editorial: When is a film so bad…it’s good?

Posted on 08/25/12 by Keri
Zombie Lake

By Keri O’Shea Here at Brutal as Hell, it’s not all fun and games. As much as we spend time reviewing movies, comics and books, we occasionally like to grapple with profound philosophical questions. Yes, it’s true; today, for instance, I’ve been pondering a very important distinction – one which affects us all, and one [...]

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Editorial: Cult versus Canon

Posted on 08/01/12 by Ben
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by Ben Bussey Have you heard the good news? Vertigo is now officially the single greatest film ever made in the history of the world. The cultural elite have knocked their heads together and decided that Citizen Kane just ain’t the slam-dunk it used to be, and have dethroned it in favour of Hitchcock’s dizzying, [...]

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RoboCop – 25 Years of The Future of Law Enforcement

Posted on 07/17/12 by Ben
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by Ben Bussey Beware of spoilers ahead – but come on, if you haven’t seen RoboCop what the hell have you been doing? We’ve seen a fair few landmark films celebrate major anniversaries so far this year: 25 years of Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and Evil Dead 2, as well as 30 years of New [...]

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Editorial: When DVD Goes On The Rocks?

Posted on 06/15/12 by Ben
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by Keri O’Shea At the time of writing, one of the things which really distinguishes horror fans from everyone else, regardless of how they look, where they are and what else they do, is the fact that they’re collectors. Often, they’re serious collectors. Come to our houses, and you’ll likely see shelves weighed down with [...]

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Warrior Week: The Days of High Adventure… 30 Years of Conan on Film

Posted on 05/14/12 by Ben
Conan the Barbarian - hearing the lamentations of the women

by Ben Bussey Between the time when the ocean drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of… a time when there was a conspicuous lack of movies featuring muscle-bound swordsmen doing battle with hideous monsters and black-hearted warlocks whilst quivering, nubile, near-enough butt naked women gripped feverishly [...]

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Satanic Cinema Week: Keri’s Top 10 On-Screen Devils

Posted on 04/29/12 by Ben
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As tomorrow is Walpurgisnacht, we at Brutal As Hell decided this would be as good a time as any to celebrate Satan on screen. Kicking things off, here’s an appropriately devilish entry from Keri O’Shea… The Devil’s relationship with cinema is a lengthy one. As the horrors of Hell have always found their way into art [...]

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Editorial: Sin City 2, Machete Kills, and a Crisis of Conscience…

Posted on 04/26/12 by Ben
Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller shooting Sin City

by Ben Bussey The long-winded blather that follows has been stewing in my skull for the best part of a week now. Some readers, I suspect, will wish I’d left it there. I know many of us feel it is good form to keep personal politics separate from entertainment; we like to think that when [...]

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“Who’s Laughing Now?” 25 Years of ‘Evil Dead 2′

Posted on 03/13/12 by Ben
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25th anniversary retrospective by Ben Bussey As is the norm with these kind of things, beware of spoilers… March 13th 2012, and it’s another silver jubilee. This time, however, I’m really not sure if I can find the words. This time it’s a film so unique, so unmistakable, that as familiar as it is it’s [...]

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Ia! Ia! Lovecraft at the Movies

Posted on 03/09/12 by Ben
I am McLovin! (...craft.)

by Keri O’Shea “We shall swim out to that brooding reef in the sea and dive down through black abysses to Cyclopean and many columned Y’ha-nthlei, and in that lair of the Deep Ones we shall dwell amidst wonder and glory for ever.” Those of you who are regular visitors to Brutal as Hell might [...]

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‘Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’ – 25 Years of Prime Time!

Posted on 02/27/12 by Ben
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A 25th Anniversary Retrospective by Ben Bussey Reader Advisory: Moderate Spoilers ahead… I’m not sure how well we all remember 1987 – blimey, some of our readership and possibly even some of our staff might not have been born back then – but it was quite a year for horror cinema, seeing the release of [...]

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Guest Editorial: Why You Really Hate Remakes

Posted on 12/27/11 by Deaditor
Rooney Mara

by Jeff Martin I got home late Wednesday night after a truly delightful date with my wife. We did a little shopping, ate some sushi (some of which was comically bad) and we saw the first movie in the theater we’ve seen in ages. It was David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. After [...]

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Creepy British Christmas Traditions

Posted on 12/19/11 by Ben
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by Keri O’Shea  At this time of year, you invariably hear a great deal about keeping the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas: it’s too schmaltzy, it’s too commercial, it isn’t what it was… well, it certainly isn’t what it was, but the idea that Christmas has always been a peaceable Christian festival is just plain incorrect. [...]

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