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Horror author Thomas S. Flowers - image source: Amazon March 27

Glimpses behind the Veil: Thomas S. Flowers’ THE HOBBSBURG HORROR

Reading THE HOBBSBURG HORROR, I hear Thomas Flowers’ voice. I can see his influences, mostly because they are mine too, but I hear HIM. Underneath the supernatural in this story collection are real ghosts and demons.

February 07

Demons of Fear: “UNDER THE SHADOW” (2016)

Fear and anxiety have a way of unsettling us: sometimes bringing out our worse natures, and sometimes forcing us to find our better selves. Writer/director Babak Anvari explores this in his Iranian horror, UNDER THE SHADOW. He also shows how fear, anxiety, and war can unearth darker powers in Nature. The look of the film is simple but with a growing oppression, a sometimes claustrophobic feel. The main characters are at the mercy not only of the external unrest but also of what is lurking in their minds.

January 18

Indie Horror: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT (2014)

After watching THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, not only was my aversion to clowns solidified, but I felt the need to watch something else before going to bed.

January 09

PET (2016): Caged Indie Horror

The strength of PET is in how it takes a predictable story in an unexpected and disturbing direction.

top 5 movies December 30

My Top 5 of 2016

Everybody loves lists. I like to use them to see if there are any movies I may have overlooked, and there always are. I in no way have seen all the horror movies I wanted to see that came out this year, so please forgive me if I miss out on some you think should […]

November 22

Terror Tuesday: Nicholas Winding Refn’s “NEON DEMON” (2016)

It is tempting to compare NEON DEMON to STARRY EYES, but I think that would sell both films short. Both films deal with the predatory nature of fame and are strong visually, but they each have their focus. The lead in STARRY EYES, Sarah, understands what she has to sacrifice and does it willingly. But there is, at least in the beginning, a genuine naïveté and original drive about her.

October 13

Jean Rollin’s “THE IRON ROSE” (1973) – Garden of Sex and Death

It is the imagery that makes THE IRON ROSE stand out – more than a story about a couple getting lost in a cemetery, it’s Rollin’s fever-dream version of the Garden of Eden.

September 21

James Wan’s “THE CONJURING 2”

There is no disputing James Wan is one of the top architects of the mainstream horror movement. He has written, directed, produced, or done a combination of all three on many of the big name horror films that have come out since 2000. Being the creator of the SAW franchise is enough to cement his legacy, but one look at his IMDB shows he has many irons in the fire. He has a formula, and he works it well.

Still from BASKIN (2015) - image source: http://afifest.afi.com/2015/sections/T3524 September 07

Can Evrenol’s “BASKIN” (2015)

There are some movies that will never make complete sense no matter how many times you watch them. It doesn’t stop you from liking them. For me, BASKIN is one of those films.

Detail from theatrical release poster for THE LORDS OF SALEM (2012) August 26

Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem” (2012)

Rob Zombie gets horror. He understands the genre the way only a die-hard fan does. Yet his movies always seem to provoke strong reactions of love and hate. THE LORDS OF SALEM is such a film. Kim McDonald explains why she loves this movie.