Category: Editors’ Choice

Why us critics aren’t just a bunch of bastards (or at least, don’t have to be)

Posted on 06/10/15 by Ben
Theatre of Blood

By Ben Bussey The jumping-off point for the diatribe to follow is also perhaps one of the most commonly-voiced sentiments of our time: I read something yesterday on Facebook which upset me a bit. Chris Alexander of Fangoria – the publication without which I think it’s fair to say the vast majority of us in […]

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Editorial: Five Shitty Modern Horror Tropes (Part 2 of 2)

Posted on 06/10/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea (Editor’s note: for the first part of Keri’s kvetching, please click here.) Right, where was I? I’d finished talking about the hideously wronged catwalk models who can thenceforth magically bend girders and all the Keepers of Knowledge who fall out of (or leap from) high buildings, or otherwise race to their deaths […]

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Editorial: Five Shitty Modern Horror Tropes (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 06/06/15 by Keri

Editorial: Yes, The Evil Dead IS a comedy.

Posted on 02/26/13 by Ben 4 Comments
Evil dead_13

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 8 Comments

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 No Comments

Editorial: Questions of Cult Pride and Independence

Posted on 12/01/12 by Ben 3 Comments

Editorial: Why Found Footage Deserves to Die

Posted on 10/11/12 by Keri 14 Comments

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

Posted on 08/25/12 by Keri 12 Comments
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 3 Comments

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 6 Comments

Editorial: When DVD Goes On The Rocks?

Posted on 06/15/12 by Ben 4 Comments

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 7 Comments
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 7 Comments
devil on screen 7

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

Posted on 03/13/12 by Ben 1 Comment
Evil Dead 2 - who's laughing now!

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 6 Comments

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

Posted on 02/27/12 by Ben 6 Comments
Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - master of puppets

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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