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Cults, Crooks, Creeps – and A New Mythos Here and There…Keri’s Top Ten Films of 2014 (Part 1 of 2)

Posted on 12/20/14 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea It’s become customary, as we approach the end of a year, to complain about the dearth of good cinema in said year.  It’s almost a new Christmas tradition for film writers. There were no classics; there were too many lazy efforts; why do we still have to contend with all these remakes? […]

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Happy Birthday, Joe D’Amato! Three Films Make a Feature…

Posted on 12/15/14 by Keri

Terror Australis: Australia and its Cult Cinema (Part 2)

Posted on 11/26/14 by Keri

By Matt Harries Editor’s Note: for the first part of Matt’s special feature, click here. So, Australia’s Outback can inflict lethal damage on the unwary. What, though, about the most dangerous beast of all? What happens to the man who lives there, far from the reach of the western world and its focus on ease […]

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Terror Australis: Australia and its Cult Cinema (Part 1)

Posted on 11/22/14 by Keri

By Matt Harries For a country which has often courted an image of a roguish bonhomie and raffish conviviality, Australia seems also to possess a dark heart, which lies perhaps in the great vastness of the continent away from the densely populated coastal regions and their cosmopolitan modernity. Since being sighted by Dutch explorer Willem […]

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Abertoir 2014: Ben and Keri talk Tusk

Posted on 11/20/14 by Ben

By Ben Bussey and Keri O’Shea After seeing Kevin Smith’s Tusk at Abertoir Horror Festival 2014, your illustrious editors reflect on the experience. In case you haven’t heard about it, in a nutshell it’s about sleazy podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) who goes to interview wacky old seafarer Howard Howe (Michael Parks) about his life […]

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The 20th anniversary of Interview with the Vampire

Posted on 11/11/14 by Ben

By Karolina Gruschka Every generation “embraces the vampire it needs, and gets the one it deserves.” As US scholar Nina Auerbach points out in the quote above, vampires often reflect certain aspects of culture and current society. This means the image of the vampire is an ever shifting one that adapts to the requirements of […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street: 30 Years of Fear

Posted on 11/10/14 by Ben

“Something Terrible is Happening”: Godzilla at 60

Posted on 11/03/14 by Keri

The End Of The World As We Know It: Threads (1984)

Posted on 11/02/14 by Keri

By Guest Contributor Claire Waddingham Claire discusses how British nuclear horror Threads is the most terrifying film ever made – especially from the perspective of a historian. This week, I watched a film called Hot Tub Time Machine. I needed some mindless entertainment. And it was mindless. A group of men get in a hot […]

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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
Stir of Echoes

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

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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