“Are You Even a Horror Fan?” On Toxic Fandom and Gatekeeping in the World of Horror

Fandom can be a funny thing. People become very protective of the things they love. As horror fans, most of us have likely had to defend our love of the genre a time or two…hundred, which can cause some jading over time. This is perfectly understandable considering the deep chords that horror has the ability […]

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Danger Zones: The Transgressive Nature of Horror

In my defense, I thought it might be helpful, a kind of catharsis. First of all, I must say that my wife is the purest soul I’ve ever met, unendingly compassionate and completely selfless. Honestly, I have no idea how she puts up with me, but I am grateful for it every day. She’s never […]

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Chaos Reigns: ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’ is Just as Terrifying 35 Years Later

The thirty-five years that have passed since its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October of 1986 have done nothing to diminish the impact of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It is a film about reality—truths that are in some ways distant, but in others deeply relatable. It is about chaos and […]

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A Beautiful Desolation: Poe, Price, Corman, and ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ [Gods and Monsters]

In Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Pretorius, played by the inimitable Ernest Thesiger, raises his glass and proposes a toast to Colin Clive’s Henry Frankenstein—“to a new world of Gods and Monsters.” I invite you to join me in exploring this world, focusing on horror films from the dawn of the Universal Monster movies in 1931 to the […]

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[Review] New Book ‘Puppet Master Complete: A Franchise History’ is an Exhaustive Must Own

In the introduction to his new book Puppet Master Complete: A Franchise History, author Nat Brehmer asks a question that will no doubt be on the minds of many: why Puppet Master? Even fans of the series have to admit that it’s a pretty good question. It is not one of the big franchises, has […]

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Standing in the Shadows of Hammer: Amicus and ‘The House That Dripped Blood’ [Gods and Monsters]

In Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Pretorius, played by the inimitable Ernest Thesiger, raises his glass and proposes a toast to Colin Clive’s Henry Frankenstein—“to a new world of Gods and Monsters.” I invite you to join me in exploring this world, focusing on horror films from the dawn of the Universal Monster movies in 1931 to the […]

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Mark of the Beast: ‘The Wolf Man’ at 80 [Gods and Monsters]

In Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Pretorius, played by the inimitable Ernest Thesiger, raises his glass and proposes a toast to Colin Clive’s Henry Frankenstein—“to a new world of Gods and Monsters.” I invite you to join me in exploring this world, focusing on horror films from the dawn of the Universal Monster movies in 1931 to the […]

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Requiem for a Vampire: Remembering Bela Lugosi 65 Years After His Passing

The voice, the gestures, and those eyes. Few actors in the history of cinema are so instantly recognizable as Bela Lugosi or have had such an effect on the collective imagination. Though best known for his inescapable portrayal of Dracula on stage and screen, Lugosi’s career is long and varied. From the heights of fame […]

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The Weak and the Wounded: Danvers, Demons, and the Heart of Darkness in ‘Session 9’

“We need to talk about Gordon,” as Phil (David Caruso) tells Mike (Stephen Gevedon) not long before all hell breaks loose in Session 9. But before we do, I should mention that this will not be a spoiler-free review but a deeper look into this unnerving cult film. I wouldn’t normally issue a spoiler alert […]

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Pure Celluloid Mayhem: Stephen King’s ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Turns 35

Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s my undying devotion as a “Constant Reader.” Maybe I’m just a sucker for seeing Pat Hingle fire a bazooka. Whatever the reason, I shamelessly love Maximum Overdrive. This first and only film directed by Stephen King is pure celluloid mayhem. Universally panned by critics and nearly as disliked by audiences, […]

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Slaves of Satan: Mario Bava, Barbara Steele, and ‘Black Sunday’ [Gods and Monsters]

In Bride of Frankenstein, Dr. Pretorius, played by the inimitable Ernest Thesiger, raises his glass and proposes a toast to Colin Clive’s Henry Frankenstein—“to a new world of Gods and Monsters.” I invite you to join me in exploring this world, focusing on horror films from the dawn of the Universal Monster movies in 1931 to the […]

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Feelings Change: Anger, Fear, and ‘Possession’ in Andrzej Zulawksi’s Nightmare Divorce

Few movies depict emotional turmoil as effectively and daringly as Andrzej Zulawksi’s Possession. It is a challenging and sometimes inscrutable film, both for the mind and the emotions. Zulawski struggles through a number of deep issues throughout the course of the film; issues that speak to some of humanity’s deepest pains and fears. In many […]

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