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City of the Living Dead 1981

City of the Living Dead: Fulci’s Strangest or Most Effective Movie?

Lucio Fulci did not make movies with traditional plot or character arcs. He wasn’t interested in these things. His films relied heavily on atmosphere. They showcased gory effects that would shock and ...

female killers Asami (Eihi Shiina) getting ready to engage in some torture in Takashi Miike's Audition.

Audition: Disturbing Torture Film or Black Romantic Comedy?

Audition is fairly widely regarded as one of the most disturbing Japanese horror films, if not simply one of the most disturbing horror films, worldwide. And that is a valid statement. Directed by Jap...

Alien 3 H.R. Giger Design

Why Alien 3 is the Most Unsung of the Entire Franchise

Alien 3 is a movie that gets a lot of hate. Even now, after twenty years, most people do not consider it good. Director David Fincher has gone onto stardom and numerous Academy Award nominations. He’s...

How Near Dark Explores the Dark Side of Family Structure

Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark is a horror movie about family. That does not make it a family horror movie, mind you. But its center focus is on the structure of the modern family dynamic. The protagonis...

Why Twilight Zone: The Movie is One of the Most Overlooked Anthology Films

[soliloquy id=”17249″] Horror anthology films were very successful in the 1980’s in a way that they have not since been, unfortunately. Some of the best of the sub-genre came about during ...

Poster art for Lucky McKee's May

How May Explores the Horrors of Becoming an Adult

Lucky McKee‘s May is occasionally referred to as Carrie for the next generation, which is a term often tacked on to horror movies with a female protagonist. Other than the fact that their lead c...

Killer appears in A New Beginning

Why A New Beginning is the Most Unsung Friday the 13th Movie

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is, as I have written before, is the ultimate Jason Voorhees movie. It’s the perfect embodiment of all things Friday the 13th. It did not, however, deliver on the pr...

Hellraiser. Pinhead is the master of torture and pain in Clive Barker's Hellraiser.

Hellraiser – Making Beauty Out of Body Horror

Hellraiser is what cemented Clive Barker as a powerhouse figure in the horror genre. It is as revolutionary and as visionary as the movies that John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Tobe Hoper used to propel...

Cover art for Video Violence on VHS

Overlooked and Underrated: Video Violence

Video Violence is probably the best of the shot-on-video horror sub-genre, which is not great by definition. It’s a different mentality, it’s true no-budget filmmaking and the movies alway...