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Green Hell VR (Jungle Exploitation Actual Survival Horror)

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Green Hell VR (Jungle Exploitation Actual Survival Horror)

  I heard the legends of the original first-person survival co-op Green Hell when it initially dropped and always intended on reviewing it, or having a writer do it for the site, but simply got caught in other releases and forgot about it. That was, however, until the VR version was announced by Polish developer […]

Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Häxan Sabaoth (Nebulous Occult Death Metal)

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Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Häxan Sabaoth (Nebulous Occult Death Metal)

  There were a few albums I was perusing for the second review of the week of our musick feature, and Unaussprechlichen Kulten was simply a requirement, likely to be a landmark title for 2024. If you’re not familiar with them, you’ve got a nuanced Cthulhu reference from Howard reused in German by Lovecraft? Even […]

Ghoul – Noxious Concotions (Grossover)

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Ghoul – Noxious Concotions (Grossover)

  I’m fairly surprised I never reviewed Ghoul before. I mean this shit is right up the alley I’ve built around myself and my critics on this site. We’ve branded ourselves so deep the scar went into bone. And with Ghoul we’ve got darkness, irony, vileness, sick art, gross stage presence (with bloody, burlap hoods, […]

Mother’s Day (I Love Mommy Rape Revenge Slasher)

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Mother’s Day (I Love Mommy Rape Revenge Slasher)

  Upon release in 1980, Charles Kaufman’s Mother’s Day has confused, enraged and intrigued audiences the world over with its uneasy mixture of crude humor and sheer terror. Made famous by a scathing takedown by Roger Ebert and praise from FANGORIA, the film continues to baffle with its tonal shifts. Either way, it’s an unforgiving […]

Stuporous – Asylum’s Lament (Grandiloquent Gothic Doom)

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Stuporous – Asylum’s Lament (Grandiloquent Gothic Doom)

  Ready to get stupefied? Ready to feel stupid? Well this Dutch blackened doom outfit, Stuporous, will leave you feeling just such a way. Uncertain, confused, not smart enough, overwhelmed perhaps, but certainly interested. It took me a few listens to really feel what these multi-instrument masters were doing, but I still felt stupid listening […]

No Son of Mine (Shovel to the Head Unwanted Child Horror)

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No Son of Mine (Shovel to the Head Unwanted Child Horror)

  I apologize to the dev for sitting on this one for so long but I was swamped. Ugh. Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me how often indie horror games smash the big names into the ground like so many unwanted children with shovels. If you haven’t figured out yet that’s going to be […]

Dipygus – S/T (Devonian Beast Sludge Death)

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Dipygus – S/T (Devonian Beast Sludge Death)

  This is one of the few bands that came in the promos in the past year that really nails their themes and aesthetic to a degree that deserves attention alone. I’m not sure entirely how to define what you’re about to get out of this, either, but it’s a mixture of center of the […]

Horror Vacui – S/T (Post-Goth Punk Goth)

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Horror Vacui – S/T (Post-Goth Punk Goth)

  Yes, Goth stuff. I’ve been making more of an effort to find such things for review, because I just don’t get enough. When’s the word going to get out there already that this site covers all things dark? Maybe Goth labels are simply not as proactive with publicity? That would fit the aesthetic more, […]

Cemetery Man (Grotesque and Sublime Zombie Horror Comedy)

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Cemetery Man (Grotesque and Sublime Zombie Horror Comedy)

  The last great hope for Italian genre cinema, Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte Dellmore (christened Cemetery Man by October Films upon it’s US release in 1996) feels like the end of an era on celluloid. This beautiful, haunting and elegiac story of love and loss in land haunted by the undead has been tough to find […]

Funeral Vomit – Monumental Putrescence (Molten Puke Death Metal)

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Funeral Vomit – Monumental Putrescence (Molten Puke Death Metal)

  You ever wonder what it would be like to vomit at a funeral? Or is this a question about a funeral for vomit? Can one grieve over vomit? Or, rather, is it perhaps that the entire cortège is releasing vomit at a funeral? These are only some of the questions that come to mind. […]