[NOW ON BLU-RAY] KILLER CROCODILE (1989) & KILLER CROCODILE 2 (1990)

[NOW ON BLU-RAY] KILLER CROCODILE (1989) & KILLER CROCODILE 2 (1990)


October 21, 2019    J. Tonzelli

        With CRAWL having just hit video from Paramount Pictures, it’s amusing timing that Severin have also recently unleashed KILLER CROCODILE, because really, how often do killer crocodile movies come out? (Okay, CRAWL technically has alligators, but it’s the same damn animal and you know it.) KILLER CROCODILE…

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[FANTASTIC FEST 2019] ‘KNIVES OUT’ CUTS OUT A PLACE IN THE MYSTERY GENRE

[FANTASTIC FEST 2019] ‘KNIVES OUT’ CUTS OUT A PLACE IN THE MYSTERY GENRE


October 21, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

    Rian Johnson loves a good mystery. And why not? There’s a tingly jolt of pleasure from watching a good one. There’s just something about watching an ingeniously clever genius sleuth unravel a knotty tangle of murderous deception, and there’s a certain  frisspon of satisfaction when we watch our…

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TAKE A SEAT, BECAUSE ‘KILLER SOFA’ HAS ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES FROM A PIECE OF FURNITURE EVER

TAKE A SEAT, BECAUSE ‘KILLER SOFA’ HAS ONE OF THE BEST PERFORMANCES FROM A PIECE OF FURNITURE EVER


October 21, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

    There are no actual killer sofas in KILLER SOFA; it’s actually a garden variety recliner that does all the killing. Sorry for those of you expecting a murderous loveseat to go on the rampage, slaughtering people in multi-cushioned fashion – it’s only a single seat that you get…

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‘THE MORTUARY COLLECTION’ COULD BE A NEW ANTHOLOGY STAPLE

‘THE MORTUARY COLLECTION’ COULD BE A NEW ANTHOLOGY STAPLE


October 21, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

  Anthologies have become all the rage in independent horror in the past few years, and why wouldn’t they? No film is easy to get mounted, but there’s something appealing about the “variety is the spice of life” method of storytelling for omnibus films, the way it can showcase the…

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[Mourning Jams] Day 21: “Social Mediasochist”

[Mourning Jams] Day 21: “Social Mediasochist”


October 21, 2019    Rob Dean

Yes, we’ve covered “Social Mediasochist” by Common Shiner before—but dangit, it’s the perfect funny, sweet, wall-to-wall horror referencing music video for Rocktoberfest! Directed by Zoran Gvojic, the 2014 video for “Social Mediasochist” from Before They Sold Out Part 2 is a loving ode to the genre packed on top of a zippy pop song about how the social media postings of a crush haunts someone. The Chicago band’s clever and fairly relatable lyrics, quick mall-pop with punk influence sound coupled with the genuine knowledge and seeming respect for horror flicks makes this video work so well.

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‘ALONG CAME THE DEVIL’ WITH A DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL

‘ALONG CAME THE DEVIL’ WITH A DEEPLY DISAPPOINTING SEQUEL


October 21, 2019    Johnny Donaldson

  Last year, a film came out that didn’t exactly reinvent the wheel in terms of what a devil possession film was, but did enough things right that it earned the filmmakers a bit of faith. It was called ALONG CAME THE DEVIL, and it featured Bruce Davison as an…

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[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1978) DESERVES A BROADWAY MUSICAL ADAPTATION

[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1978) DESERVES A BROADWAY MUSICAL ADAPTATION


October 20, 2019    Samantha Schorsch

Give it to me.

If there was such a thing as Mel Brooks on a budget, ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES would be it. Between really offbeat musical numbers, staff flinging actual tomatoes at people, and a literal helicopter crash, I’m not surprised this film became such a cult phenomenon that it spawned three sequels and a children’s cartoon, not to mention several NES games and a novel.

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[Mourning Jams] Day 20: “A Nightmare On My Street”

[Mourning Jams] Day 20: “A Nightmare On My Street”


October 20, 2019    Rob Dean

“A Nightmare On My Street” may be one of the best selling bootleg songs of all time. Released in 1988 by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith as a single from their second album, He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, the song not only incorporates Charles Bernstein’s familiar and haunting theme from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, but is literally about the Fresh Prince confronting Freddy Krueger after seeing an installment from the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series.

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[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] ‘THE LURE’ (2015) TOSSES DISNEY BACK IN THE KIDDIE POOL

[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] ‘THE LURE’ (2015) TOSSES DISNEY BACK IN THE KIDDIE POOL


October 19, 2019    Jedidiah Ayres

    Sometimes I enjoy watching film fans freak out over the perceived shabby treatment their childhood favorite is being subjected to in rumors of remaking and re-imagining, and I’d like to thank each and every one of you who take to the internet to voice your displeasure every time…

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[Mourning Jams] Day 19: “Poison”

[Mourning Jams] Day 19: “Poison”


October 19, 2019    Rob Dean

“Poison” is an interesting track from Alice Cooper. While it has a lot of his signature sound he developed since the early ’70s and horror imagery in the lyrics, it is also something of a re-branding for the hair metal/Guns N’ Roses L.A. rock scene at the time, trying to meld both sensibilities (while also ditching make-up not unlike his KISS compatriots). “Poison” was the first single off of Cooper’s eighteenth (!!!) album, Trash, in 1989 and ended up being one of the shock rocker’s biggest hits in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMANCE BY A MUSICIAN IN A HORROR MOVIE?

[THE BIG QUESTION] WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMANCE BY A MUSICIAN IN A HORROR MOVIE?


October 18, 2019    Rob Dean

Many famous musicians have made cameos in movies. Sometimes they play themselves—Bobby Brown in GHOSTBUSTERS 2, Digital Underground in NOTHING BUT TROUBLE, Gleaming Spires in SCHOOL SPIRIT. And sometimes they play other roles—Ice Cube in ANACONDA, Sting in THE BRIDE, Vitamin C in DRACULA 2000, etc. Which is your favorite musician in a horror movie and why?

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[Rocktober 2019] THE GATE Battles Evil with the Power of Metal and Friendship

[Rocktober 2019] THE GATE Battles Evil with the Power of Metal and Friendship


October 18, 2019    Marisa Mirabal

The ’80s were a prime time for horror and metal. It was a symbiotic marriage that piqued the interest of audiences in the height of the Satanic Panic. Suburbanites feared any music, TV show, or game that appeared to be too dark or too taboo for their precious children. Capitalizing…

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[Mourning Jams] Day 18: “Blood Of The Fang”

[Mourning Jams] Day 18: “Blood Of The Fang”


October 18, 2019    Rob Dean

In honor of their new album, There Existed An Addiction To Blood, coming out today from Sub Pop Records, here’s another video from the supergroup that kicked off Mourning Jams, clipping. Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Snipes, and William Hutson return with another dope video for a song called “Blood Of The Fang” off their upcoming album.

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[ROCKTOBER 2019] SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK’s Bloody Cell Block Tango

[ROCKTOBER 2019] SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK’s Bloody Cell Block Tango


October 17, 2019    Stephanie Crawford

“For 39 years, Alcatraz held society’s most depraved killers. Now it’s home to something even worse…”

I’ll reassure you of something important right now: The film absolutely lives up to the title SLAUGHTERHOUSE ROCK. Elvis and Kurt Vonnegut fans alike will be equally confused by 1988’s bop around Alcatraz, an ambitious horror movie that has a real fusion restaurant approach to its plot: possession over here, a very disturbing demonic rape scene there, some well-dressed historical horror setpieces, a pact with the devil, and then we got a dab of a dance number just to make sure everybody gets their nickel’s worth.

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[Slaylist] A Halloween Playlist by Ale Gonzalez

[Slaylist] A Halloween Playlist by Ale Gonzalez


October 17, 2019    Alejandra Gonzalez

No Halloween season is complete without the perfect playlist to accompany you on every haunted hayride or pumpkin patch adventure. Unfortunately for some of us living in places where it’s summer year-round, these spooky playlists are the best way to help really feel the spirit of the season. Here are 13 of my favorite songs that make it feel like the perfect fall time Halloween, even in summertime weather.

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[TV Review] American Horror Story: 1984, Episode 5— “Red Dawn”

[TV Review] American Horror Story: 1984, Episode 5— “Red Dawn”


October 17, 2019    Nathan Smith

“Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left Of Them?” This was the legendary question posed by Tobe Hooper’s ferocious film, 1974’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, and, befitting a show where the characters are dispatched with an unpredictable vigor, it’s as fitting a tagline for this season of American Horror Story: 1984. If these last four episode have been mere table prepping, getting all the pieces, characters and plots into their respective seating arrangements, then “Red Dawn” and its gut-punch of a last act makes way for one hell of a satisfying meal. All the characters, guided by Dan Dworkin’s script, are all on their way to hell in one way or another: whether it be the hell of incarceration, the hell of purgatory (more on this later) or the hell of the past rearing its ugly head and repeating itself.

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[Mourning Jams] Day 17: “Hell”

[Mourning Jams] Day 17: “Hell”


October 17, 2019    Rob Dean

Younger readers may not be aware of it, but for about 18 months or so, there was a full blown swing revival in the United States. That big band sound with walls of horns and lyrics slinging old slang crawled from its grave under an old USO Tour stage and shambled towards being a bonafide “fad” for a while. Many ska bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish got swept up in the current (what is that? a trumpet? they count!) to lucrative results, while acts like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were legitimate viable musical acts (because nothing says “this ain’t your parents’ music” like having the word “daddy” in your band name).

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[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] Robots and Rock Run Amuck in KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK

[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] Robots and Rock Run Amuck in KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK


October 16, 2019    Rich Love

  An undeniable fact is that no rock ‘n’ roll band has ever been better then KISS between 1974-1978. Early KISS is absolutely perfect—the songs, their act, just everything about them. They were the best live band on the planet, and every record up until “Love Gun” is a stone-cold…

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[Rocktoberfest 2019] THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Carols Its Way Across Spooky Boundaries

[Rocktoberfest 2019] THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Carols Its Way Across Spooky Boundaries


October 16, 2019    Andrew Belonsky

Tim Burton’s THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is all about boundaries—blurring them, breaking them and knowing when to respect them. Directed by Henry Selick and debuting just as animated films were finding crossover success, it defies genre and demographics. It’s not a kid’s movie, and it’s not an adult movie. It’s…

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[Mourning Jams] Day 16: “Want To Believe”

[Mourning Jams] Day 16: “Want To Believe”


October 16, 2019    Rob Dean

The music video for “Want To Believe” is a great example of a fun retro piece of pop culture that feels like something you remember, but isn’t directly lifting from anything. Films like TURBO KID, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, and ATTACK THE BLOCK are all great examples of throwbacks to family genre entertainment of the ’80s without having to directly live in that decade. While there are direct references and nods to kids’ horror/adventure/sci-fi films of that time, they mostly invoke the spirit and sense of storytelling without relying on cultural signifiers.

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[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FOR REAL’ BY JAMES ROMBERGER

[GRINDHOUSE COMICS COLUMN] ‘FOR REAL’ BY JAMES ROMBERGER


October 15, 2019    Ryan Carey

  If there’s one cartoonist that learned scholars of the comics medium — and even the occasional opinionated asshole such as yours truly — wishes we could see more work from, it’s James Romberger. His understanding of the unique potential and possibilities inherent to sequential storytelling is on par with…

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[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] SUCK is Campy Vampire Fun Wrapped in a Rock’n’Roll Package

[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] SUCK is Campy Vampire Fun Wrapped in a Rock’n’Roll Package


October 15, 2019    Mary Beth McAndrews

Vampire movies have always had an important place in my heart. I was enamored with their disgusting beauty, one that was maintained by taking the lives of others, as seen in INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA. But I also loved the more sadistic vampires, like the ones from 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, who never try to hide their bloodlust. I love all that is vampire, which means I’m always searching for that next good vampire flick. Enter Rob Stefaniuk’s SUCK, a film that takes every vampire trope in the book and puts them into a campy, outlandish package set to the reverberating bass of rock and roll.

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[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] The crooning and the dread of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW

[ROCKTOBERFEST 2019] The crooning and the dread of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW


October 15, 2019    John Reents

Disney isn’t really known for horror, but when they go for it, they tend to get it right. The “Night on Bald Mountain” section of FANTASIA (1940) was so intense that the studio paired with “Ave Maria.” The Horned King’s undead army in THE BLACK CAULDRON terrified enough children in…

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[A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE] ‘TUESDAY THE 17TH:’ WHEN ‘PSYCH’ BECAME A SLASHER FILM

[A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE] ‘TUESDAY THE 17TH:’ WHEN ‘PSYCH’ BECAME A SLASHER FILM


October 15, 2019    Nathan Smith

    Starting back in 2005, USA Network made the programming decision to transition away from the types of shows that the basic cable channel was known for, like the Anthony Michael Hall starring series, The Dead Zone, or the alien abduction melodrama, The 4400 to name a few. For…

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