Cunanan, Portrait of a Serial Killer: “American Crime Story” Details Real Life Horrors

On July 15th, 1997, famed fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down outside of his opulent Miami home by 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan. Versace’s death swept through the media like a wildfire. I was eleven at the time, and while I didn’t pay attention to the specifics of the case, I remember the incessant news coverage playing out in my periphery. A crazed fan murdering a celebrity? That was a straightforward narrative I was … [Read more...]

Fast Facts: ‘Army of Darkness’ and 25 Years Worth of Trivia

February 19th, 1993 saw the long-delayed release and epic continuation of Sam Raimi’s beloved Evil Dead franchise. With Army of Darkness, Sam and his screenwriting partner (and brother), Ivan Raimi, leaned heavily into the comedy, more so than even the Tex Avery inspired Evil Dead 2 before it. While Darkness wasn’t the biggest success financially (read: it pretty much tanked), it’s safe to say that AoD has gone on to garner … [Read more...]

[Through the Cracks] You May Have Missed 1982 Valentine’s Slasher ‘X-Ray’

As hardcore horror fans, sometimes it feels like you’ve seen it all. There are no surprises left to discover, no classic slasher film waiting around the corner to thrill you and slap a childlike grin on your face. You try to feed the fix by searching through lists of “The Scariest Films You’ve Never Seen” only to come across titles like “May”, “The Descent”, and “Suspiria”. These are, of course, films that us diehards know and love all too well. … [Read more...]

10 Romantic Horror Flicks to Set the Valentine’s Day Mood

When it comes to epic romances that tug at your heartstrings and bring a tear to your eye, horror films don’t normally come to mind. Of course, true horror fans know that the genre can encapsulate a wide array of emotions and themes. Trying to pigeonhole horror into a tiny little box of blood and guts is not only reductive, but it’s disrespectful to the long heritage of filmmakers who have managed to use the genre as a platform for a … [Read more...]

Extremely Bloody Valentine: Origins of the Holiday

Valentine’s Day is a day for swooning lovers to throw themselves at one another with all the passionate heat of a Hallmark card…or Hallmark movie, for that matter. It’s also a day where lonely hearts find a mutual connection (or call up the guy you went on one date with who you kind-of-sort-of didn’t hate) to spend some quality time with. It’s a day for people who work in the food service industry to angrily decry … [Read more...]

A Waste of Good Suffering: The ‘Hellraiser’ Franchise [Part 2]

In “Part 1” of our retrospective on the Hellraiser franchise we chronicled the impetus for Clive Barker’s decision to move from author to filmmaker. The focus was placed solely on the first four films in the series, all of the theatrical releases. When we left off, Dimension Films had “Harvey Scissor Handed” Hellraiser: Bloodline so much in post-production that director Kevin Yagher ultimately had his name removed … [Read more...]

A Waste of Good Suffering: The ‘Hellraiser’ Franchise [Part 1]

Hellraiser was a vividly original feature debut from a young British author who tired seeing his work translated [poorly] to the big screen by other filmmakers. Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart was the basis for what would go on to become one of the longest-running horror film franchises. The story of an enchanting puzzle box with the power to open a portal to hell and call upon demonic beings with the sole purpose of torment and … [Read more...]

[Listicle of Death] It’s National Pizza Day! Top 5 Horrific Pizzas

We’ve all seen them. They’re inescapable. Their headlines draw us like a moth to flame with their promise of economic, streamlined order. “They” are The Listicle. A collection of items in article form, listed, that serve a purpose of unifying themselves within a specific category. Sometimes they’re listed in the order of worst to best…sometimes they piss you off. One thing they all have in common? They exist as … [Read more...]

What Lurks in ‘The Fog’ 38 Years Later

You may be surprised to hear this, but a teeny-tiny movie called Halloween was released in 1978 to less than favorable reviews. Writer-director John Carpenter, along with his producing partner Debra Hill, assumed the film would quickly fade away from the public conscious soon after release. Of course, that film has gone on to become an establishment in and of itself within the horror genre, specifically the slasher film. At the time, though, it … [Read more...]

Home ‘Sweet Home’: The Kiyoshi Kurosawa Film that Inspired ‘Resident Evil’

Kiyoshi Kurosawa‘s most recent film, Before We Vanish, was released here in the states only a few days ago and has been garnering rave reviews. Of course, a positive reception is something the 62-year-old director should be accustomed to by now. Many horror fans regard 2001’s Pulse as a bonafide J-horror classic. However, things weren’t always so rosy for the filmmaker. In fact, there’s one film on his resume that … [Read more...]

[Blu-ray Review] ‘Opera’: A Stylish Later Entry in Argento’s Filmography

Dario Argento, as I’ve said many times before, is a part of my Filmmaker Holy Trinity which is rounded out by George Romero and Wes Craven. My personal reverence for this trifecta of brilliant minds cannot be overstated. Not only did they shape my love for the horror genre but together they helped define my cinematic palette – however scattershot it may be. So, with every modern re-release of their work, I get excited by the … [Read more...]

[Review] ‘Day of the Dead: Bloodline’ More Fulci Than Romero

My love for Romero and his legacy of flesh-munching living dead knows no bounds. Of all my favorite films, the original “Dead Trilogy” is a collection of films that I return to more than almost any other. As I write this, I have Romero’s Day of the Dead, much maligned for years before reappraisals began labeling it the classic it truly is, projected onto my wall. Miguel is getting his amputated arm stub painfully cauterized at … [Read more...]

These Secret Netflix Genre Categories Will Help You Binge Horror With Ease

You’ve just finished binging the entirety of Stranger Things Season 2. You stare blankly at the red glow of the Netflix logo on your screen. Surely, you can just find something else to watch amongst the myriad of titles offered through the streaming platform. We’ve all been there, though. We start perusing through “Suggestions For You.” Nothing there sparks your interest. We move to browsing various genres, typically … [Read more...]