Finding an Underrated Performance in ‘Hannibal Rising’ [The Silver Lining]

In this edition of The Silver Lining, we’ll be covering Peter Webber’s 2007 entry in the Hannibal franchise, Hannibal Rising. No character exemplifies our fascination with charismatic madmen like Thomas Harris’ most infamous creation, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. While the overall quality of the media he’s been featured in may vary, I’d argue that every single […]

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Danny Boyle’s ‘Sunshine’ 15 Years Later – A Shining Example of Cosmic Horror Done Right

While we often take it for granted during the rushed blur of our daily lives, a single glance up at the sky should make it pretty obvious why primitive cultures once worshipped the sun. That’s why it’s no surprise that our nearest star has been a prominent figure in storytelling all the way from Egyptian […]

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‘Silent Hill: Book of Memories’ – Replaying a Strange Little Game 10 Years Later

From the impressive production value of Homecoming to the moody ambience of Downpour, I think there’s something to love about every single game in the Silent Hill franchise. Hell, I even like to revisit the cinematic oddity that is Silent Hill: Revelation from time to time. However, despite being such a die-hard fan of the […]

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Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ – Finding the Good in a Missed Opportunity [The Silver Lining]

In this edition of The Silver Lining, we’ll be covering Tod Williams’ 2016 Stephen King adaptation, Cell. Stephen King is no stranger to the apocalypse. From the fallen worlds of his The Dark Tower series to his viral opus The Stand (which remains one of my all-time favorite literary works), the writer has an undeniable […]

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‘The Mothman Prophecies’ – Cosmic Cryptozoology Horror Movie Is Still Thrilling 20 Years Later

Cryptozoology is woefully underexplored in popular culture. Sure, we have a handful of entertaining bigfoot flicks and even Zak Penn and Werner Herzog’s experimental Incident at Loch Ness, but where’s our big budget Jersey Devil thrillers? Or how about some Chupacabra-related mysteries? Having grown up on a steady diet of late-night Discovery Channel and questionable […]

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Where the ‘Blair Witch Project’ Franchise Could Go Next

There’s no overstating the cultural impact of The Blair Witch Project. It wasn’t just one of the most profitable movies ever made (grossing nearly $250 million on a production budget of $35,000), but it was also a storytelling landmark that signaled a shift in how audiences interact with media. That’s why it’s no surprise that […]

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Don’t Think It, Don’t Say It – Finding the Good in ‘The Bye Bye Man’ [The Silver Lining]

In this edition of The Silver Lining, we’ll be covering Stacy Title’s infamous urban legend adaptation, The Bye Bye Man. From Cropsey to Bloody Mary, several horror icons have been inspired by modern folklore. To me, the most interesting part of these naturally formed bogeymen is how their mythology has no single author, as these […]

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Looking Back on the Childhood Horrors of ‘The Binding of Isaac’ 10 Years Later

Growing up in an overly religious household can really mess you up. It’s the kind of living situation that creates specific anxieties that can still have consequences years down the line, especially when mental illness is involved. After all, a childhood ruled by fear of sin can make a lot of seemingly innocuous things appear […]

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Let’s Talk About Grandpa – Exploring the Strangest ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Character

Everyone and their mothers know that the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre was a horrific and ground-breaking experience that influenced the genre for decades to come. Not only did it put audiences through a gauntlet of Texan cannibalism and surprisingly subtle violence, but it also enhanced the scares by taking advantage of a near-documentary aesthetic […]

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Finding Fun and Fan-Service in ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ [The Silver Lining]

For this installment of Bloody Disgusting’s The Silver Lining, we’ll be discussing M.J. Bassett’s Silent Hill: Revelation, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill is single-handedly responsible for my obsession with horror. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been fascinated by spooky media, but I grew up as a bit […]

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Ghostface With a Flamethrower?! – 6 Fake Horror Movies Within Real Ones!

From shining a light on contemporary social issues to offering an escape from the oppression of mundanity, there’s no understating the importance of movies in popular culture. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that meta-cinema has existed since the dawn of the artform, with storytellers exploring the impact that these films can have on […]

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Finding Blood, Guts, Family and a Fun Movie in ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ [The Silver Lining]

Watching a bad movie doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad experience. Even the worst films can boast a good idea or two, and that’s why we’re trying to look on the bright side with The Silver Lining, where we shine a light on the best parts of traditionally maligned horror flicks. This time, we’ll […]

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The Surprising Connection Between Slashers & Superheroes

In complete silence, a masked figure takes down a young group of delinquents using elaborately choreographed violence as the audience gasps and cheers. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is an excerpt from the latest Batman movie, but it could just as easily be a scene from any number of sleazy Slasher flicks. They […]

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Exploring the Exploitation of Rob Zombie’s ’31’ [The Silver Lining]

Watching a bad movie doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad experience. Even the worst films can boast a good idea or two, and that’s why we’re trying to look on the bright side with The Silver Lining, where we shine a light on the best parts of traditionally maligned horror flicks. This time, we’ll […]

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Spooky World-Building: Looking Back on the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Blair Witch’ Mockumentaries

In professional wrestling, the concept of “Kayfabe” refers to an unspoken agreement between fans and performers to never acknowledge the fictional aspects of the sport. In the horror genre, we have something similar with the way Found Footage movies invite audiences to play along with the scares to enhance their viewing experience. And when it […]

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