The Queer Undertones of Stanley Kubrick’s Masterful ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Kubrick Edging June proved to be a wild month: we talked about the wacky space antics of Leprechaun 4: In Space (listen), the underseen-but-very-good trans vampire film Bit (listen), the first half of Grindhouse’s double-bill, Planet Terror (listen) before closing the month with Shinya Tsukamoto’s Japanese cyberpunk masterpiece, Tetsuo: The Iron Man (listen). Now it’s […]

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The Familiar Class Critique of ‘The Inheritance’ [Review]

There’s a mystery at the heart of The Inheritance, the new thriller from director Alejandro Brugués. Or at least that what the screenplay by Joe Russo & Chris Lamont seems to believe. When the film opens, the estranged adult children of billionaire Charles Abernathy (Bob Gunton) have assembled at the isolated family estate for the […]

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‘Amityville Frankenstein’ Isn’t Worth Reanimating [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” This editorial series has spilled a lot of digital ink analyzing how IP is the driving factor in the vast majority of Amityville films. This is hardly […]

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The Male/Male Metal Romance Behind ‘Tetsuo: The Iron Man’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Audio Assault. June proved to be a wild month: we talked about the wacky space antics of Leprechaun 4: In Space (listen), the underseen-but-very-good trans vampire film Bit (listen), and Robert Rodriguez’s first half of the Grindhouse double-bill, Planet Terror (listen). To kick off July, we’re racing over to Japan to discuss the 35th anniversary […]

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‘Amityville Death Toilet’ Flushes the “Franchise” Even Further Down the Toilet [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to crown a top five worst Amityville film of all time. Clocking in at an excruciating 72 minutes, writer/director Evan Jacobs‘ Amityville Death Toilet […]

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‘Bit’ Is a Little Vampire Film With Plenty of Bite [Horror Queers Podcast]

Trans-formative After ending last month with Lisa Brühlmann’s female coming-of-age tale Blue My Mind (listen), we’ve spent June discussing Danny Boyle’s Sunshine (listen) and Brian Trenchard-Smith’s 1997 sequel Leprechaun 4: In Space (listen). Now we’re back in YA territory with Brad Michael Elmore‘s trans vampire tale Bit, but the 2019 film is quite a bit more fun […]

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Lifetime’s ‘Death Down the Aisle’ Is All Business and Red Herrings [Review]

Death Down the Aisle begins with the tantalizing image of a bride, Malorie (Jess Brown), dressed in a wedding dress splattered with blood. This is a brief (unnecessary) in media res opening before writer Audrey C. Marie jumps the action back to earlier in the day. It’s the day of the wedding, Malorie is preparing […]

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Is ‘Amityville Ride-Share’ Secretly Self-Aware? [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” We’ve finally arrived at the first of ten 2023 Amityville titles! First up is writer/director Jack Hunter II’s Amityville Ride-Share, a ~60 minute found footage film featuring […]

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Defending the Controversial Last Act of Danny Boyle’s ‘Sunshine’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Payload. After heavy discussions of Gregg Araki’s Mysterious Skin (listen) and Lisa Brühlmann’s Blue My Mind (listen) – with a stop-over to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien (listen) – we’re headed to space with Danny Boyle‘s 2007 collaboration with Alex Garland: Sunshine. The film features an all-star international cast, including Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Michelle […]

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Culinary Thriller ‘What You Wish For’ Is a Dish Worth Dying For [Review]

Who among us hasn’t secretly yearned for someone else’s life? Whether it’s a famous celebrity or just a well-to-do friend, coveting someone else’s seemingly perfect life is commonplace. The concept takes a dark twist in writer/director Nicholas Tomnay’s feature, What You Wish For. And while the title may eschew the first few words of the […]

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‘Daddy’s Deadly Secret’ Is One of the Year’s Best Lifetime Thrillers [Review]

One of the reasons that Lifetime films are so pleasurable is because they’re inherently familiar. The conflict typically centers around rich (often white) women whose lives are embroiled in adulterous and/or murderous affairs. There’s a plucky, overly supportive best friend; a cop who does nothing; and a therapist or red herring who gets killed to […]

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‘Ghosts of Amityville’ Unleashes the ‘Amityville Clown’ [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” It’s time to finally cross the last Amityville title of 2022 off the list and what better title to close out the year than Jt Kris’ Ghosts […]

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The Prescient Politics of Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

The Perfect Organism. After kicking off May with discussions of Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy (listen), Trace and I have checked out Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark (listen) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gregg Araki‘s Mysterious Skin (listen). Now we’re crossing a classic title off our list: Ridley Scott‘s Alien. Alien tells the story of the […]

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‘Amityville Thanksgiving’ Fails to Cook Up a Tasty Meal [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” Co-written and co-directed by Will Collazo Jr and Julie Anne Prescott (who acted in Thomas J. Churchill’s The Amityville Harvest), Amityville Thanksgiving is something of a curiousity. […]

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Ableism, Representation, and Perverse Sexuality in ‘Wait Until Dark’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

After concluding April with discussions of Ciarán Foy’s Eli (listen) and David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (listen), we kicked off May with a revisit of Stephen Sommers’ delightful 1999 film, The Mummy (listen). Now we’re headed into the past with Terence Young‘s adaptation of Frederick Knott‘s “disabled woman in danger” play, Wait Until Dark (1967). In the film, recently blind […]

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