WHY STEPHEN KING’S CHRISTINE IS AN UNDERRATED PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES

WHY STEPHEN KING’S CHRISTINE IS AN UNDERRATED PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES


June 8, 2021    Preston Fassel

It’s time for me to make a concession that’s probably going to result in my losing some major horror cred, but, I’m tired of hiding. I’ve long thought of myself as someone who’s unashamed of the stuff I’m interested in, and have encouraged others to have the same attitude, so…

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MOM N’ POP AIMS TO LOOK AT THE VIDEO STORES BLOCKBUSTER LEFT BEHIND

MOM N’ POP AIMS TO LOOK AT THE VIDEO STORES BLOCKBUSTER LEFT BEHIND


May 21, 2021    Preston Fassel

For a generation of film lovers, the word “Blockbuster” is something of a litmus test. For roughly half the population of the United States, it conjures up nothing but the happiest of memories– neon blue-and-yellow decor as far as the eye can see illuminating many an idyllic childhood Friday night,…

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‘SPONTANEOUS’ TAKES AN INDIRECT — AND INTELLIGENT — LOOK AT THE HUMAN COST OF MASS SHOOTINGS

‘SPONTANEOUS’ TAKES AN INDIRECT — AND INTELLIGENT — LOOK AT THE HUMAN COST OF MASS SHOOTINGS


May 19, 2021    Danielle Ryan

The mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 shocked and horrified the people of the United States. Promises were made to stop it from ever happening again, to keep our kids safe. In the time since that horrible day, there have been more than 230 school shootings…

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YOUR VICE HAS YOU LOCKED IN A ROOM AND ONLY YOU HAVE THE KEY: THE GIALLO INFLUENCE ON THE ‘SAW’ FILMS

YOUR VICE HAS YOU LOCKED IN A ROOM AND ONLY YOU HAVE THE KEY: THE GIALLO INFLUENCE ON THE ‘SAW’ FILMS


May 12, 2021    Brett Gallman

    Franchises have been synonymous with the horror genre for nearly a century now. Universal lit the torch with its stable of iconic monsters, and it’s been passed down through the ages to series that have endured for decades, their numerous sequels stretching across multiple generations. So the fact…

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WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES: HOW RESIDENT EVIL’S DOORS SUBVERT EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT A SAFE SPACE IS

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES: HOW RESIDENT EVIL’S DOORS SUBVERT EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT A SAFE SPACE IS


May 5, 2021    Audric Figueroa

  In 1996, the Resident Evil series had its first of many iconic moments: zombie dogs jumping through the window to attack the player. This started a design philosophy that would become a core pillar of the franchise for 25 years: the concept of temporary safety. Your first lesson: you…

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[PREMIERING THIS WEEK!] SLASHENING: THE FINAL BEGINNING

[PREMIERING THIS WEEK!] SLASHENING: THE FINAL BEGINNING


April 28, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

  Troma — you know them, you love them, perhaps hate them, but cannot ignore them. They’re a legendary exploitation film production company that has launched the likes of cult classic monster icon The Toxic Avenger and creator of the upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD reboot James Gunn through the watchful, batshit-crazy…

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WHERE RESIDENT EVIL WENT WRONG: HOW THE FILM SERIES FAILED GAMERS AND RESHAPED A FRANCHISE

WHERE RESIDENT EVIL WENT WRONG: HOW THE FILM SERIES FAILED GAMERS AND RESHAPED A FRANCHISE


April 28, 2021    Nathan Smith

From the moment of its release on the first PlayStation console on March 22nd, 1996, RESIDENT EVIL had been stirring the imaginations of its many players, making them wonder just how they planned to adapt the gripping survival horror saga to the screen so that audiences who didn’t dig into…

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THE 2020 BIZARRO OSCARS! BY THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE STAFF

THE 2020 BIZARRO OSCARS! BY THE DAILY GRINDHOUSE STAFF


April 25, 2021    Jon Abrams

  Welcome to the Daily Grindhouse Bizarro Oscars. This is our way of celebrating less conventional aspects of popular films, but even better, to spotlight those films we love that most definitely won’t be recognized at the “real” Academy Awards tonight.   This is the Somethingth Annual Bizarros — an…

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TRASHTERPIECE THEATER: TELEVOID

TRASHTERPIECE THEATER: TELEVOID


April 23, 2021    Preston Fassel

As someone who’s been writing about movies for almost a decade now, I’m often asked what’s the worst film I’ve ever seen. The question isn’t necessarily asked to get my honest opinion: The pastime of watching bad movies is so widespread now, and so many even casual filmgoers have an…

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SALEM HORROR FEST ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GEORGE A. ROMERO FOUNDATION

SALEM HORROR FEST ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GEORGE A. ROMERO FOUNDATION


April 20, 2021    Jon Abrams

  We don’t often get the time to run news at DG, but occasionally it’s time to make time. As if Salem Horror Fest wasn’t already doing enough important work, here comes the news of this partnership with the George A. Romero Foundation to support the development of indy filmmakers….

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‘THE EL DUCE TAPES’: GOOD DOCUMENTARY, NAUSEATING SUBJECT

‘THE EL DUCE TAPES’: GOOD DOCUMENTARY, NAUSEATING SUBJECT


April 19, 2021    Pat King

    Directed by Rodney Ascher and David Lawrence from VHS footage shot by Ryan Sexton, THE EL DUCE TAPES is a well put together documentary about an insufferable “rape-rock” musician. The man’s name, as you might guess, is El Duce (real name Eldon Hoke). During a short time in…

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[REMEMBERING RICHARD RUSH] THE STUNT MAN (1980)

[REMEMBERING RICHARD RUSH] THE STUNT MAN (1980)


April 13, 2021    Jon Abrams

  There’s a whole lot of strange business right up from the very start of THE STUNT MAN, Richard Rush’s brash, bawdy, throroughly virtuosic “lost film” from 1980. It begins with the image of a buzzard, which literally comes to life off the title logo, swooping down to a busy road,…

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] ‘WITCHBLOOD’ #1-2 BY MATTHEW ERMAN & LISA STERLE

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!] ‘WITCHBLOOD’ #1-2 BY MATTHEW ERMAN & LISA STERLE


March 30, 2021    Jessica Scott

  If you’re in the market for some punk witches and vampire bikers — and really, who isn’t? — Vault Comics has the book for you. WITCHBLOOD is a neon- and blood-soaked saga that is equal parts BIRDS OF PREY, NEAR DARK, and a mixtape from your friend who used…

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RETURN OF THE GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!

RETURN OF THE GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN!


March 30, 2021    Jessica Scott

  Comics are a medium uniquely suited to stories that terrify, shock, disturb, and disgust, and as such I’m thrilled to bring regular comics coverage back to Daily Grindhouse. I’m a lifelong horror fan who became obsessed with comic books in college, so a horror comics column is a dream…

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE KAIJU?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE KAIJU?


March 30, 2021    Mary Beth McAndrews

    We can all agree that giant monster fights are some of the best cinematic moments to grace the big screen. Whether it’s mechs fighting creatures from the ocean’s depth a la PACIFIC RIM, or watching the King Of The Monsters himself wiping out creatures from land, sea, and…

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[AN INVESTIGATION] IS MISTER STAY-PUFT A KAIJU?

[AN INVESTIGATION] IS MISTER STAY-PUFT A KAIJU?


March 30, 2021    Jon Abrams

    With GODZILLA VS. KONG arriving this week, we thought it was important to finally answer a question that maybe nobody has been asking. What makes an individual a “kaiju?” First: What is a kaiju? So… again: What makes an individual a “kaiju?” Is it just their height?  …

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‘THE EMPTY MAN’ (2020) IS A FUTURE CULT CLASSIC — SEE IT TODAY!

‘THE EMPTY MAN’ (2020) IS A FUTURE CULT CLASSIC — SEE IT TODAY!


March 29, 2021    Brett Gallman

  Boogeymen have haunted horror since time immemorial. They’re perhaps our most elemental fiends: shadowy, malleable “others” hailing from the nether-reaches of our unconscious, avatars giving form to our most inexplicable fears. Their elusiveness makes them frightening and compelling in equal measure: a boogeyman exists in the space between fact…

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[SXSW 2021] THE SPINE OF NIGHT AIMS FOR INSTANT CULT STATUS

[SXSW 2021] THE SPINE OF NIGHT AIMS FOR INSTANT CULT STATUS


March 22, 2021    Rob Dean

For a long time, cult films were those that weren’t initially successful, financially and/or critically, but which, over time, time naturally attracted audiences that loved the misfit movie without any coaxing by studios, influencers, or the like. While every filmmaker would love to have a group of devotees praising their…

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[SXSW 2021] ‘WOODLANDS DARK & DAYS BEWITCHED’ IS AN ESSENTIAL HORROR DOCUMENTARY

[SXSW 2021] ‘WOODLANDS DARK & DAYS BEWITCHED’ IS AN ESSENTIAL HORROR DOCUMENTARY


March 21, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

    Folk horror is one of the most nebulous subgenres in horror. While modern folk horror like THE WITCH and MIDSOMMAR wear the moniker on their sleeve, there are dozens if not hundreds of films throughout the history of horror that have been discussed or labeled as such retroactively…

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[SXSW 2021] GAIA IS A COVID-ERA PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES

[SXSW 2021] GAIA IS A COVID-ERA PARABLE FOR OUR TIMES


March 19, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

It’s a foregone conclusion that we’ll be inundated with COVID-19 media for, at minimum, the next five to ten years. How could we not? It’s the worst pandemic that many of us have seen in our lifetimes; a swath of ongoing death and the growing fanaticism and death cults that…

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[SXSW 2021] A STAR IS BORN IN PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK

[SXSW 2021] A STAR IS BORN IN PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK


March 19, 2021    Rob Dean

There were a lot of conversations/debates about subverting expectations when THE LAST JEDI came out—some praised the sequel for taking bold strides while others were frustrated by its anticlimactic curveballs. PAUL DOOD’S DEADLY LUNCH BREAK is built on subversion, finding new ways to zig at every opportunity to zag. The…

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[SXSW 2021] LUCHADORAS LOOKS AT THE MANY BATTLES MEXICAN WOMEN ARE FIGHTING

[SXSW 2021] LUCHADORAS LOOKS AT THE MANY BATTLES MEXICAN WOMEN ARE FIGHTING


March 18, 2021    Rob Dean

   One of the best things about SXSW Online 2021– and all previous SXSW Film Festivals– is that it puts human faces on issues the audience may not necessarily know about. Reading statistics, seeing the names of the dead, footage of the aftermath—these acts all inform people but do very…

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[SXSW 2021] NINJABABY IS A SURPRISE ATTACK OF AWESOME

[SXSW 2021] NINJABABY IS A SURPRISE ATTACK OF AWESOME


March 18, 2021    Rob Dean

Despite centuries of societal change, intellectual evolution, and untold numbers of permutations, there’s still a lot of specific imagery and assumed elements when discussing families. There are, of course, certain basic ingredients of biology shared in producing a baby, but everything else but those few (literally tiny) building blocks varies…

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[SXSW 2021] THE PILOT OF HULU’S SASQUATCH DELIVERS IN SPADES

[SXSW 2021] THE PILOT OF HULU’S SASQUATCH DELIVERS IN SPADES


March 18, 2021    Samantha Schorsch

It’s no secret that true crime is booming. An ever popular genre, the advent of streaming moved it from a niche on cable networks and HBO specials to a worldwide phenomenon with such titles as Netflix’s Making a Murderer, Tiger King, and Don’t F**k With Cats. Now, streaming giant Hulu…

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