Category: Featured

The Lost Weekend of Adolf Hitler and Other Stories: Alexander Sokurov’s Moloch and The Sun

Posted on 10/08/14 by Keri

By Guest Contributor Helen Creighton They say you should never, ever meet your heroes, whoever ‘they’ are. They are likely right, for a host of reasons – the risk of gushing and embarrassing yourself for life and the unpleasant shattering of a pleasantly-sustaining personal fantasy when said hero turns out to be a bit of […]

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Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht – Herzog’s Horror 35 Years On

Posted on 10/06/14 by Ben

By Matt Harries What does the vampire mean to you? Looking back through the annals of cinema we are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing our favourite manifestation of the bloodsucker. In recent times, long form television has given us vamps who look like models; sexually charged, magnetic and beautiful as in True […]

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Horror in Short: James Sizemore’s Goat Witch (2014)

Posted on 10/04/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Hopefully by now you’re well aware of James Sizemore, multi-talented filmmaker behind the highly recommended low budget monster movie The Demon’s Rook, which came to VOD and iTunes in the US earlier this week. Regardless of whether you’ve been fortunate enough to see that gore-soaked, latex-heavy demonic horror extravaganza and have been […]

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Editorial: Does Horror Spit On Your Equal Rights?

Posted on 10/03/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea As horror has become (somewhat) more seriously considered and appreciated within wider culture in the past fifteen years or so, more and more people have taken it upon themselves to look in closer detail at the make-up of horror. Just who populates the stories that make up the genre? How are the […]

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“Visions Are Worth Fighting For” – 20 Years of Ed Wood

Posted on 09/30/14 by Ben

By Quin A few years ago, when Edward Scissorhands was was having its 20th anniversary, I remember thinking at the time, “Yep, that sounds about right.” Now four years later, as Tim Burton’s Ed Wood turns 20, I find myself feeling really old and wondering where the time went. It’s so strange how two films […]

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Stir of Echoes: a 15th Anniversary Look Back

Posted on 09/10/14 by Ben
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By Karolina Gruschka Cinema “Pionier”, ulica Krakowska in Strzelce Opolskie, Poland; built in the 1960s, it suffered a crisis it could never recover from, when home entertainment arrived in the East. Slowly, the building would decay to become the derelict and atmospheric cinema I so much loved in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It […]

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The Road Leads… Somewhere? A Discussion of Last House on the Left

Posted on 09/08/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey and Keri O’Shea Here at Brutal As Hell, we have at least one bona fide Last House on the Left scholar in our midst: our beloved Nia, who penned a fairly epic tribute to Wes Craven’s breakthrough movie on its 40th anniversary in 2012. However, just to balance things out, the BAH […]

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Lovely Sorts of Death: a Brief History of LSD in Cinema (Part 2)

Posted on 09/08/14 by Keri

By Matt Harries (For the first part of Matt’s feature, click here.) Onwards, to 1978, and LSD’s uneasy relationship with public perception continues with a pair of little known films that act as the unwanted flashbacks of the acid generation. In Blue Sunshine, the plot revolves around the premise that a group of individuals who […]

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Pimp Shuei: London’s new Chop-Socky bar now open

Posted on 09/05/14 by Ben

By Nia Edwards-Behi Not your usual story for Brutal as Hell, maybe, but this is too good not to shout about. Whether you’re a London native or you just find yourself in the city soon, then you must get yourself to Farringdon, (if you spot Elm Street, you’re close – not even joking) and into […]

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Lovely Sorts of Death: a Brief History of LSD in Cinema (part 1)

Posted on 09/03/14 by Keri

By Matt Harries It is 1943. Dr Albert Hoffman of Sundoz Labs, Switzerland, sets off on one of the more notable bicycle rides in history. Through accidental absorption of the drug he synthesised in 1938, Hoffman became aware of the remarkable properties of LSD-25. He ingested a deliberate, and much larger dose, some days later […]

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Festival Report: FrightFest 2014 Round-Up, Part 2

Posted on 08/28/14 by Ben

By Stephanie Scaife If you missed the first part of Steph’s FrightFest 2014 report, click here; otherwise, read on… Life After Beth had received some fairly lacklustre reviews in the mainstream press so I went in with low expectations, only to find myself pleasantly surprised. Dane DeHaan stars as Zach, a young man who has […]

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Reflecting Terror: The Mirror, Culture and the Horror Genre

Posted on 08/20/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea “Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, and for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors.” (Alejandra Pizarnik) The mirror has a long, complex relationship with our culture, and so it’s little wonder that such a host of superstitions, anxieties and beliefs should have found their way […]

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“We live in a dangerous, hostile world…” Dreamscape Turns 30

Posted on 08/15/14 by Keri

By Matt Harries It’s 1984. During that year of Orwellian portent Hollywood warns us of the great danger that lurks in our sleeping minds. Our cosy dream-reality can in fact be usurped by others. Others who are seemingly omnipotent in their murderous intent. Others who may attack with razor sharp claws that spring from their […]

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RIP Marilyn Burns

Posted on 08/06/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea A lot of cult movie stars end up being synonymous with one of their qualities or attributes, but for me, Marilyn Burns will forever be associated with her scream. I first encountered The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on a copied VHS cassette as a teenager, just like many others (I Spit On […]

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“Hungry, cold – and hunted.” The Blair Witch Project at 15

Posted on 07/30/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea Can it really have been fifteen years since Blair Witch slipped into the modern horror consciousness? Love it or hate it – and people seem to fall into one or other of those categories – it has significantly shaped the horror cinema which followed in its wake. Since Blair Witch, nothing has […]

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Feature: Donald Cammell’s White of the Eye (1987)

Posted on 07/26/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries An abstruse and oft-overlooked final statement from the auteur Donald Cammell, White Of The Eye tells the tale of Paul and Joan White, a couple who live in Globe, a wealthy desert community near Tucson, Arizona. Paul (David Keith) makes a living as an expert installer of high-end stereo equipment. Joan (Cathy […]

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Cult Renaissance! Dual review – The Sacrament (2013) and Apocalyptic (2014)

Posted on 07/17/14 by Ben

By Tristan Bishop You wait for one found footage movie about a cult and then two come along together. Three, actually, if you count one of the episodes of V/H/S 2. It seems like an odd subgenre to suddenly blossom – horror films about cults have been surprisingly thin on the ground until now, with […]

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