American Horror Story – Apocalypse, Episode 6: “Return to Murder House”

Madison and Chablis go to Murder House looking for answers about Michael Langdon

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Meta-Horror in BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON

One of the best intertextual horror films out there: a deconstructionist look at the slasher sub-genre.

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LIVID: A House of Tricks & Gruesome Treats

Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury give us another terrifying vision of horror, this time in a dark fantasy like some forgotten fairy tale.

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House of 1000 Corpses: Homage and Throwbacks to the 1970s

House of 1000 Corpses. 2003. Directed & Written Rob Zombie. Starring Sid Haig, William Bassett, Karen Black, Erin Daniels, Joe Dobbs III, Dennis Fimple, Gregg Gibbs, Walton Goggins, Chris Hardwick, Jennifer Jstyn, Irwin Keyes, Matthew McGrory, Jake McKinnon, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Robert Allen Mukes, Walter Phelan, Tom Towles, Harrison Young, & Rainn Wilson.Continue reading “House of 1000 Corpses: Homage and Throwbacks to the 1970s”

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 5: “Pumpkin Patch”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 5: “Pumpkin Patch” Directed & Written by Brad Falchuk * For a review of the previous episode, “Haunted House” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Seven Minutes in Hell” – click here The fifth episode of Scream Queens kicks off with Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts) and theContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 5: “Pumpkin Patch””

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week” Directed by Brad Falchuk Written by Ian Brennan/Brad Falchuk/Ryan Murphy * For a review of the previous episode, “Pilot” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chainsaw” – click here The “Pilot” ended with the Red Devil – masked and mysterious – running overContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 2: “Hell Week””

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Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

FOX’s Scream Queens Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot” Directed by Ryan Murphy Written by Ian Brennan (Cooties)/Brad Falchuk/Ryan Murphy * For a review of the next episode, “Hell Week” – click here Just to start, I loved Ian Brennan’s writing and acting in Cooties, as well as the fact I’m a huge fan of the Brad Falchuck-RyanContinue reading “Scream Queens – Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot””

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Carpenter, Cults, & Cruel Hauntings in Last Shift

Last Shift. 2015. Directed by Anthony DiBlasi. Screenplay by Anthony DiBlasi & Scott Poiley. Starring Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel, J. LaRose, Natalie Victoria, Sarah Sculco, Kathryn Kilger, and Mary Lankford Poiley. Skyra Entertainment. Rated R. 90 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★1/2 Marketing has dubbed Last Shift as a cross between Satanic style horror and John Carpenter’s amazingly tense/lowContinue reading “Carpenter, Cults, & Cruel Hauntings in Last Shift”

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The Solid Action & Suspense of Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible. 1996. Directed by Brian De Palma. Screenplay by David Koepp & Robert Towne from a story by David Koepp/Steven Zaillian; based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, and Rolf Saxon. Paramount Pictures.Continue reading “The Solid Action & Suspense of Mission: Impossible”

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MACABRE is Brutal & Fun & Wears Hooper on its Sleeve

Macabre. 2009. Directed and Written by Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto (as The Mo Brothers). Starring Shareefa Daanish, Julie Estelle, Arifin Putra, Sigi Wimala, and Ario Bayu. Gorylah Pictures. Unrated. 95 minutes. Horror ★★★★ Only discovering Timo Tjahjanto through V/H/S 2 and The ABCs of Death, as well as the fabulously deranged recent outing Killers,Continue reading “MACABRE is Brutal & Fun & Wears Hooper on its Sleeve”

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COLD PREY II Gives Homage & Stays Brutal

This sequel to COLD PREY homages HALLOWEEN 2, though stays fresh in its own right.

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The Devil’s Rejects: Old School Horror a la Manson

The Devil’s Rejects.  2005.  Dir.  Rob Zombie.  Starring Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Ken Foree, Matthew McGrory, Leslie Easterbrook, Geoffrey Lewis, and Priscilla Barnes.  Rated R.  Maple Pictures.  107 mins. ★★★★ (Film) ★★★1/2 (Blu ray release) I’ll start off by saying I really love this movie. Not only that, I thinkContinue reading “The Devil’s Rejects: Old School Horror a la Manson”

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