[Review]: ‘Bloodmoon: I’ Displays the Brilliance and Musical Intrigue of Converge, Chelsea Wolfe & Stephen Brodsky!

Being the metalcore force that they’ve been for more than three decades, Converge has always been interested in experimentation. The band’s most iconic release, Jane Doe (which came out 20 years ago), is a testament to that; going beyond the realm of hardcore song structure, Converge laid out an experience that hammers and throttles away […]

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Netflix and ‘Train to Busan’ Director’s New Series “Hellbound” Stands Tall Alongside “Midnight Mass” [Review]

Editor’s Note: Joe Lipsett had previously reviewed the show’s first three episodes. Belief is a gray element within life – belief can inspire good or evil. Belief can allow us to find hope or stir others with fear. In the wrong hands, people can craft belief into a weapon. The latter is very much at […]

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[Interview] ‘Dying Light 2’ Lead Designer Tymon Smektala on Overcoming the Monsters and Horrors of Night

Throughout my time playing Dying Light 2 Stay Human, I felt drawn into the world. Everything from the monsters I faced to the NPCs I interacted with all came together to create this authentic apocalyptic setting. Humanity’s struggle to survive against these horrific creatures and each other moved me, especially considering the more emotional writing and […]

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[Hands-On Preview] ‘Dying Light 2: Stay Human’ Shows Great Promise For Techland’s Zombie Epic

In building upon previous mechanics and providing a more personal story with impactful player choice, Dying Light 2 Stay Human offers a grim world with much to explore. In having the chance to spend several hours playing the game, I have found that developer Techland has not only significantly improved upon what was laid out […]

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[Review] Vampire Movie ‘Dead & Beautiful’ Hesitates to Bite Deep

With exceptions, many vampires are presented in a light (though not literally) of wealth. Class and vampires aren’t that far a stretch when it comes to topical overlapping; given the castles, decadent wardrobes, and fancy lifestyles, vampires have been accustomed to portrayals of high society. The monsters are a brilliant means to explore the corruption […]

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[Review] 200 Stab Wounds’ ‘Slave to the Scalpel’ Is Vicious, Gory Death Metal #HauntedRiffs

The noise that 200 Stab Wounds have been making is far from subtle. The Cleveland, Ohio death metal outfit are relatively new to the scene – having formed in 2020 – but have been rattling the underground. Their impressive EP Piles of Festering Decomposition bursts with ferocious sounding riffs and pummeling presentation. Compared to other […]

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How Existential Horrors and New Villains Could Shape the Future of Godzilla Movies

For nearly 70 years, Godzilla has reigned supreme as a primal force of destruction. Though the mighty King Kong made his debut a couple decades prior to the nuclear dinosaur, Kong’s compassion for humankind is what has kept him at bay from being the top titan. Alongside his size and incredible power, it is Godzilla’s […]

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Into the Abyss of Existentialism: An Interview With Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth

There’s a decent chance you’ve had an existentialist thought or two in life. Why do humans act as cruel as they do? What’s the point of existence? What happens when we die? These huge thoughts that involve layers and layers of thought and have gone through decades of examination are but a small taste of […]

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[Review] Cradle of Filth Bring Spectacular Thrill and Despair on ‘Existence Is Futile’

Within black metal, Cradle of Filth has always been an (ahem), black sheep of sorts. Yet in taking parts of the genre’s conventional sound, they’ve carved out an exciting path for their material. In providing a symphonic edge to their blackened speed, the band’s exploration of the occult and fantastical is nothing short of theatrically […]

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Behind the Music That Kills: An Interview With the Master of Horror, John Carpenter

For over 40 years, Michael Myers has existed as one of the greatest icons in horror. Coming into existence in 1978’s Halloween, Michael’s violence and terror have only been rivaled by few slashers in the genre. “He is supposed to be the boogeyman, a force of evil,” says director, writer, and music composer John Carpenter. […]

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The Mind Behind ‘The Guardians of Justice’: An Interview With Adi Shankar – Part 2

Welcome back to part-two of my interview with Adi Shankar, creator, producer, writer, and director on The Guardians of Justice (which made its debut at Cannes this week and will release on Netflix next year). Though the show takes shape in the form of a superhero narrative, its scope goes beyond that of generic superhero […]

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The Mind Behind ‘The Guardians of Justice’: An Interview With Adi Shankar – Part 1

Adi Shankar is a remixer of media. While the producer/showrunner/storyteller has had his name attached to several films, it is that of his Bootleg Universe that stands out among his work. In taking iconic characters throughout pop culture, Shankar crafts narratives around them that subvert their source material. His Power/Rangers short, one of his most […]

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Of Lonely Hells: Looking Back On ‘Silent Hill 2’ Through The Lens Of OCD

*Author note: Given the subject matter of this article, I would like to state that I absolutely acknowledge everyone has their own experiences with mental illness. What I go through may not be what you go through and vice versa. Please note that the personal experiences below are my own, and do not necessarily reflect […]

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Iconic Villains, Atmospheric Darkness, and Horror Lyricism: An Interview With Aborted’s Sven de Caluwé

For two and a half decades, Aborted have been a constant force of death metal ferocity. With their 11th studio album ManiaCult having released last week, the band once again delivers a visceral presentation of bloodthirsty riffs, skull annihilating blast beats, and soul-splitting shrieks. Among their contemporaries, Aborted not only stands as one of the […]

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For All the Poetic Rage, Carnifex’s ‘Graveside Confessions’ Plays It Too Safe [Haunted Riffs]

The trajectory of Carnifex’s musical growth has been both promising and odd over the years. Always a band to count on when it comes to vicious sounding music, a major component that has set them apart from other deathcore acts is their approach to atmosphere. With their past few records, Carnifex has woven elements of […]

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