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Hotel Inferno 3: The Castle of Screams (FPS Horror Stuff in Film)

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Hotel Inferno 3: The Castle of Screams (FPS Horror Stuff in Film)

  Splattermeister Giulio de Santi made his name in the gorehound underground with his first film, 2012’s Taeter City. On the heels of that opus came Hotel Inferno, an audacious experiment in film mimicking video games, and the start of a tentpole franchise. The crowdfunded third chapter checks all the series boxes: it’s shot entirely […]

Coming Home in the Dark (Killer Drifter Daymare Fuel Film)

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Coming Home in the Dark (Killer Drifter Daymare Fuel Film)

  There’s a chilling line of dialogue early in Coming Home in the Dark, the debut feature by New Zealand filmmaker James Ashcroft, that lays bare the film’s themes. It’s a standard thriller scene: the near, but missed, opportunity for rescue. As villain Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and his accomplice hold a vacationing family led by […]

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Loneliness Creepypasta Glitch Horror Film)

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Loneliness Creepypasta Glitch Horror Film)

  The avenue connecting horror cinema and creepypasta culture has generally been a one-way street. Creepypastas take plenty of influence from horror films, but the only mainstream stabs at adapting them are Sony’s 2018 Slender Man and Syfy’s Channel Zero series. There’s assorted indie Youtubers, exploitation mockbusters, and scaremongering docudramas, but We’re All Going to […]

Violation (Naturalistic Rape Revenge Film)

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Violation (Naturalistic Rape Revenge Film)

  With a few isolated exceptions (1986’s The Ladies Club), throughout the 20th century the rape-revenge subgenre was the exclusive province of male filmmakers. But since the Soska sisters threw open the doors in 2012 with American Mary, a wave of female-directed reimagined rape-revenge films has touched every corner of the cinemaverse, from New French […]

The Deep Ones (H.P. Lovecraft Lo-Budget Stank Horror by Chad Ferrin)

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The Deep Ones (H.P. Lovecraft Lo-Budget Stank Horror by Chad Ferrin)

  Ask most horror nerds why there’s never been a truly successful Lovecraft adaptation, and they’ll tell you it’s because Lovecraft never described his monsters, but chose to keep them in the shadows, and once you drag something ineffable into sunlight it loses its power. I call bullshit on that for a few reasons. First, […]

Koko-Di Koko-Da (Groundhog Day Murder Grief Film by Johannes Nyholm)

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Koko-Di Koko-Da (Groundhog Day Murder Grief Film by Johannes Nyholm)

  When The Babadook exploded in 2014, along came the usual flurry of thinkpieces praising an intelligent horror movie that dealt with the thorny topic of grief. Although labeling this a new development ignores the long history that horror has with bereavement, the recent trend of “elevated horror” films that explicitly address grief is undeniable. […]

The Yellow Night (Brazilian Grind Art Horror)

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The Yellow Night (Brazilian Grind Art Horror)

  Stop me if you’ve heard this: a group of teenagers travels to an isolated island for a debauched graduation party weekend. Disregarding oblique warnings from vaguely menacing locals, they arrive at one of the teens’ family estate. When someone goes missing, it becomes evident that something terrifying lurks in the shadows enshrouding the island. […]

The Wild Goose Lake (Modern Chinese Gangster Noir is Okay)

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The Wild Goose Lake (Modern Chinese Gangster Noir is Okay)

  Wuhan before the coronavirus; murky, rainy, with an underlining current of deception. Street gangs steal motorcycles and drugs are dealt in shady parking garages with a large lake featuring uncharted perfect for hiding. Directed by Diao Yinan, this modern neo-noir tale opens with a dispute between two rival gangs on who’s more pro at […]

Yummy (Plastic Surgery Zombie Film)

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Yummy (Plastic Surgery Zombie Film)

  Plastic disasters are on the table in Belgiun director Lars Damoiseaux’s Yummy. A woman and her mother seek out shoddy plastic surgery at an Eastern European hospital; the woman wanting a breast reduction and the mannequin-faced mother needing another face lift ala Jocelyn Wildenstein, while the big-breasted woman’s boyfriend is dragged along for moral […]

Blood Machines (Vapid Sci-Fi Horror Synth Cheese)

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Blood Machines (Vapid Sci-Fi Horror Synth Cheese)

  Those uninitiated in synthwave and unfamiliar with one of the forefathers of the genre, Carpenter Brut, can now be exposed to it all through bloody 80s nostalgia with the release of Blood Machines on Shudder. The three episode “epic” by Seth Ickerman involves the discovery of an entity who escapes her spaceship, turning into […]

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