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Bone Mother (Baba-Yaga Pronounced Correctly Folk Horror)

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Bone Mother (Baba-Yaga Pronounced Correctly Folk Horror)

  The horror industry should really dig into folklore more, from anywhere, and lose the jumpscares. I don't mean dig in there, steal some stuff, and then claim it as one's own, I mean let it reveal itself. Case in point this recent, animated, true-to-the-original short, Bone Mother, which draws on Russian folklore, in particular […]

La Noira (Broken Heart Horror by Carlos Baena)

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La Noira (Broken Heart Horror by Carlos Baena)

  La Noira received tons of praise before I even looked at it, and since my suggested viewing kept bothering me about it I figured "okay, fine." Directed by mainstream (gasp) powerhouse Carlos Baena (ahem Jurassic Park III and Toy Story 3, among many others) La Noira (which translates to "The Ferris Wheel") has been […]

Seeds (New England Insect Incest)

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Seeds (New England Insect Incest)

  Take a psychological creature-feature thriller and throw in inappropriate sexual desire so that it’s clear keeping it in the family is not always best and you get Seeds, a haunting debut from writer-director Owen Long. When a night of debauchery spirals out of control, a young man named Marcus retreats to the isolation of […]

Apparition (Actually Scary Ouija Ghost Hunt)

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Apparition (Actually Scary Ouija Ghost Hunt)

  Okay this game freaked me out. When Fat Dog Games first told me about Apparition after I contacted them about a different game, I was disinterested because of how pathetic the theme seemed but I figured eh free play, review, move on. I was wrong. So very wrong and so very scared. Who would […]

Oakwood (Dinosaur Horror WTF)

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Oakwood (Dinosaur Horror WTF)

  I saw some people ripping on this game and was like why? Dinosaurs come with gore, why not make a horror game from that? Or movie. I think part of the challenge lies in the vapidity that is the Jurassic Park series (III is the best STFU), which turned dinosaurs into something fearsome, but […]

Upgrade (Death Wish + Linux = )

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Upgrade (Death Wish + Linux = )

  Upgrade is the second film by the Australian Leigh Whaddel, a co-creator of the Saw franchise. Thankfully this film represents a movement away from Whaddel’s earlier gory shenanigans and is a venture into the holiest of holies: science fiction. As opposed to exploring a world where a pig mask wearing grandpa gets hard from […]

Blue My Mind (Little Mermaid Body Horror)

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Blue My Mind (Little Mermaid Body Horror)

  The “coming of age” theme has been exploited in so many films over the years that I’d probably have a brain aneurysm in the process of trying to name them all. Cynical elitism aside, however, at times a healthy dash of artistic flair combined with strong cinematography can give even the most cliched of […]

Defense: Abominations (First-Person Survival Turret Chaos)

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Defense: Abominations (First-Person Survival Turret Chaos)

  You know, when I first caught some pics of Defense: Abominations I expected an entry-level first-person shooter (FPS) effort from some Eastern European cyberflunk who can barely hack his own email. What I found was more of a mid-grade network spy who can almost hack this site's email but gives up because he's in the middle of programming […]

Mandy (2018) (Big Chainsaw Duels Are Cool)

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Mandy (2018) (Big Chainsaw Duels Are Cool)

  Panos Cosmatos is a name that should definitely be known to fans of more off-the-wall cinema. Boosting up an undeniably old-school touch with modern cinematography and sound techniques, the young Canadian director should have been on indie film fans’ radar already his dazzling Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010). In 2018, he’s back again with […]

Witch Hunt (First-Person Flintlock Horror Pursuit)

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Witch Hunt (First-Person Flintlock Horror Pursuit)

  Boy I struggled to figure out some sort of synonym for 'hunt' to title this, and 'pursuit' is all I had for today, but it's rather fitting for Witch Hunt. I wish I was a bit smarter while writing this, but I've had a long month of job interviews, conferences, and things other than playing […]

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