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Reflecting Terror: The Mirror, Culture and the Horror Genre

Posted on 08/20/14 by Keri
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Editorial: The Problem With The Soulmate Cuts…

Posted on 07/14/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Editor’s note: this editorial discusses plot elements in detail and as such contains spoilers. One of the last of the Brutal As Hell team to get to see Axelle Carolyn’s most recent film, the feature-length Soulmate (2013), it had been my intention to just write a straightforward review – side-stepping the censorship [...]

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Interview: MurderDrome director Daniel Armstrong on roller derby, horror and indie filmmaking

Posted on 07/14/14 by Ben
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Interview conducted by Ben Bussey As regular BAH readers may have noticed, one of my favourite films of 2014 thus far has been Daniel Armstrong’s MurderDrome. A light-hearted, low-budget comedy horror set in the world of roller derby, it aims to capture a very specific niche audience and, in my estimation, does a fine job [...]

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Comics Review – The Goon: Occasion of Revenge + Free Preview!

Posted on 07/13/14 by Ben
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By Svetlana Fedotov After a long wait through delays, notices, and wishing-upon-stars, the newest Goon mini-series has finally arrived on a pillow of stardust and dreams into the eager hands of fans across the world. Titled Occasion of Revenge, this newest addition features everyone’s favorite bad boy twosome, Goon and Frankie, as they stomp their [...]

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Horror in Art: Harry Clarke & Edgar Allan Poe

Posted on 07/12/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea For many horror fans who first came into contact with Edgar Allan Poe via an illustrated volume, it’s likely that, in their minds, Poe’s fiction is forever associated with one artist in particular. Other artists before and after the illustrator in question have turned their hand to Poe, not least the great [...]

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“New York is filled with creatures…” Re-visiting Jacob’s Ladder (1990)

Posted on 07/12/14 by Keri
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By Matt Harries When I consider the word ‘horror’ in cinematic terms, I think almost instantly of Marlon Brando’s Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now. “The horror! The horror!”, his utterance perhaps an expression of a kind of resigned revulsion at the depths of the human condition, witnessed by and yet simultaneously perpetuated by him. Regarding [...]

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‘Our love can destroy this whole f***ing world.’ Tetsuo: The Iron Man at 25

Posted on 07/01/14 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi Twenty five years have passed since Shinya Tsukamoto unleashed his hellish vision of society on us, in the form of his techno-body horror masterpiece Tetsuo. Arguably the ur-film of Japanese body horror, Tetsuo rightly stands the test of time to remain eerily relevant and one of the finest abstract horror films ever [...]

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Magic, Mischief and Mayhem: Celtic Folklore & Horror Part 2

Posted on 06/29/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea Strange Aeons: Celtic Magic and Rational Response (For the first part of this feature, click here). It was not just during Samhain that the Celts believed they could communicate with the forces which lay beyond the fringes of the real. Druidic belief asserted that man could commune with the gods; the underworld [...]

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Jodorowsky’s Santa Sangre at 25

Posted on 06/26/14 by Keri
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By Liam Cannon It seems to me that we live in an era of senseless hyperbole, when too many people have lost their sense of proportion. Kanye West terms himself a genius after penning some dull chart-topping dross and terms like “epic” and “awesomeballs” are hurled about with gay abandon in praise of the most [...]

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Editorial: Reboots, Renaissances and Nostalgia, those Ugly Motherf***ers (Updated)

Posted on 06/25/14 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey In case you missed the monumental sucker punch that hit internet fandom square in the face in the past 24 hours, Fox are rebooting Predator. But that’s not all: they’re rebooting Predator with Shane Black directing and Fred Dekker writing. What a curious mix of emotions this news brings forth: on the [...]

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“The Beauties of Terror” – the 50th Anniversary of The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Posted on 06/23/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea There’s been a strange sort of circularity to the career of Roger Corman. Whilst as a young man he made films about anything and everything he could (as did many directors and/or producers of his generation and longevity) he definitely seems to have had a soft spot for no-budget, turn-a-buck creature features: [...]

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Magic, Mischief and Mayhem: Celtic Folklore and Horror, Part 1

Posted on 06/20/14 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea “I’m Welsh, and the Celtic twilight sometimes descends at odd moments.” Vincent Price Horror draws its influences from a diverse range of sources, in particular borrowing from the legends and lore of the past to conjure its contemporary demons. One of the richest seams for such forgotten horrors, ripe to terrify new [...]

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