31 Days, Day 30: Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, Alright?

Officer: What’s the prognosis, John? John: He’s dead, for sure. From the onset, John (Max Records from Where the Wild Things Are) presents as a young man of little affect. He seems completely unfazed by the presence of death and has a very even temperament. We soon find out that despite being a good kid…

31 Days, Day 28: The Gang was Stuck at Home, So We Watched HOUSEBOUND

[Editor’s Note: This is our last Friday Frights piece, as Halloween is Monday. This column (originally conceived as Friday Fight, but called Friday Frights in honor of Halloween) will return after we take a week or two off to iron out the details, as I noted last week. This month we restricted all of our…

Michael Meh-ers: the Myth of HALLOWEEN’s Greatness

Halloween is considered one of the most important horror films of all time. It is said to have spawned the slasher genre, creating and perfecting many of the tropes still present in the subgenre today. Despite this popular opinion, John Carpenter’s 1978 modern horror classic is not actually nearly as important as given credit for.…

31 Days, Day 27: The Disturbing, the Demented, and the Depraved Takes on CANNIBAL Motherfucking HOLOCAUST

In the world of disturbing cinema, few films have the name value that Cannibal Holocaust carries. It’s not quite a household name, per se, but despite being a 1980s Italian exploitation horror film, it has broken out of its target niche to be something that runs at a far higher name recognition than you’d expect.…

31 Days, Day 26: Johnny Galecki Pukes Out an Adorable Pet Creature in THE MASTER CLEANSE at BHFF

Winner of Brooklyn Horror Film Fest’s “Best Effects” award, The Master Cleanse, has a star studded cast that includes Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt, Anna Friel, and Kyle Gallner. On top of the incredible effects and amazing cast, the film also has a great script, a fantastic sense of humor, and legitimately great cinematography.…

31 Days, Day 23: MEMETIC Shows Us the End is Nigh

Ignorance is now a choice. We have lightning fast connection to all of human information with us at all times. It changes how we communicate and how we pass information. I still have one friend that will call me to identify an obscure Muppet or remember who played that part in what movie. But other…

31 Days, Day 21: Dr. Caligari’s Neighborhood

[Editor’s Note: This column began this month but will continue in some form after our 31 Days celebration is over, though the exacts are be ironed out. Essentially, this is where we take a movie on Netflix, watch it, and argue or agree about what we think. I kinda stole the idea from Cinapse’s Two…

31 Days, Day 19: WE ARE THE FLESH at Brooklyn Horror Film Fest, This is Not Your Average Party

Where does the flesh end and the soul begin? Is The Self an extension of the body, or an altogether separate entity? And what is left of The Self when it is untethered from the social and cultural context in which it is formed? These questions are the fuel that drives We are the Flesh,…

31 Days, Day 18: In Defense of JASON X

“This sucks on so many levels.” Where do you go after the 9th chapter of a franchise, the second chapter to be named the “Final” chapter in said franchise, completely undermines that franchise by attempting to explain what should have remained inexplainable? Especially after sending your main character to Hell (presumably – this never actually…

31 Days, Day 17: mc chris is Dreaming During This New Music Monday

In the midst of our 31 Days of Halloween celebration, I’d be remiss to leave out the brand new album from mc chris, mc chris is Dreaming. The album dropped on 9/30 and is am homage to one of mc chris’s favorite film franchises, A Nightmare on Elm Street. With standard nerd tracks and some…

31 Days, Day 15: Celebrating Half Way to Halloween with THE HORRIBLE DR. HITCHCOCK

The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock is, to modern eyes, a subtle Italian gothic horror. Released in 1962, it riffs on some taboo themes without ever highlighting them to their full squeamish grandeur. Bernard Hitchcock (Robert Flemyng) is a doctor of some repute. He lives in a cavernous mansion with his wife, housekeeper, and cat. It’s something…

31 Days, Day 14: The Gang Goes Gore Crazy with BASKIN on Friday Frights

This week on Friday Frights (aka Friday Fight), we’re taking a tour through the bowels of hell with Baskinl a harrowing Turkish export and debut film from one Can Evranol. Baskin is mean, violent, and surreal. It provokes a strong reaction. After opening on an unnerving dream sequence, the film follows a group of five…

31 Days, Day 13: Luke Ventures into THE BEYOND

Eyeball stuff gets me every time. Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond features no less than three cases of eye gouging. It features a couple face meltings, dog attacks, and a scene involving a pack of flesh eating spiders literally tearing a man’s face apart. The Beyond needs to be seen to be believed. There isn’t much…

31 Days, Day 12: WYTCHES by Snyder and Jock is a Must Read

I was fortunate enough to spend some of the weekend up at New York Comic Con. When approaching many of the booths, vendors would ask “What are you into?”. I’d usually respond “Capes, Horror…”; that’s as far as I’d ever get before the vendor would say “Have you read Wytches?”. I had not and this…

31 Days, Day 11: Garrett Writes a PUFF Piece, a Festival Wrap Up

This past weekend marked the very first Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival and I had the privilege of getting to see every show for the site. The festival was organized and directed by Madeleine Koestner and Alex Gardner who clearly put a lot of care into curating the programming, as I walked away with a few…

31 Days, Day 9: Werewolves Are Played Out… So PUFF 16’s Got Werefrogs

Screened at PUFF with this great short called MUTE, which you can watch the trailer for right here. It’s hard to be overly critical about Bad Blood, as it’s a pretty successful schlocky monster movie. Your mileage here will vary depending on how on board your are for such a thing. For me, the characters…

31 Days, Day 7: Week 1 of Friday Frights Takes on EVENT HORIZON

Every Friday this month, the team is going to take on a horror flick streaming on Netflix as a special October sub-series of Stream a Little Stream called “Friday Frights”. This week, we tackled a little 90s cult horror film called Event Horizon. This week was my selection, which I chose because somehow I’d never…