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Dead Ringers

Truth and Fiction Aren’t Identical in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers

In Death: On July 19th, 1975 Stewart and Cyril Marcus—the twin gynecologists who inspired Bari Woods and Jackie Gleasand’s novel Twins, which in turned inspired David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers — were ...

Jack Frost 2

Why Anyone With a Sense of Humor Should Appreciate Jack Frost 2

Horror films are the ultimate form of escapism. And with that in mind, one of my favorite ways to escape is  by indulging in a campy horror film. I am particularly fond of the titles that fall into th...

pet sematary - Unearthed & Untold

Looking Back on Pet Sematary After Nearly 30 Years

1989’s Pet Sematary is a timeless tale of terror that has earned its reputation as one of the best horror films of its era. Adapted from Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Pet Sematary...

They Live

They Live Is Still Just as Relevant 30 Years Later

Socioeconomic disparity, unemployment,  oppressive government and police violence. No, I am not talking about the world today. I am talking about John Carpenters seminal classic They Live. Celebrating...

Body Bags

Mixed Bag: Why Body Bags is a Rough Around the Edges Anthology (That’s Still Absurdly Fun)

Despite the Scream Factory collector’s edition Blu-ray for Body Bags, it’s still easily one of the most overlooked titles John Carpenter has directed. It’s far from the classic status of Halloween or ...

Puppet Master III

Why Most Nazi Horror is Terrible (Unless it’s Puppet Master III)

Horror movies about Nazis are inherently problematic because Nazis represent an evil that is in many ways the distilled essence of all bigotry. Anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, the Nazis were all of ...

found footage films

Found Footage Films: A Brief and Twisted History

It’s July 17th, 1999 – 11:50 PM. It’s an oppressive summer night across the United States. The seasonal heat lays thick in the air, and somehow the July night has stuck to the flesh of movie-goe...

Poltergeist - Horror movies that are surprisingly family friendly - Movies you can watch with your non-horror loving parents

How Poltergeist Destroyed the American Dream (And Why That’s Great)

Filmmakers in the 1980s had a serious obsession with the American dream. Part of it, I think, was due to the fetish-like obsession with ‘50s Americana. People wanted a very Norman Rockwell view of mid...

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Should be Remembered as One of Tim Burton’s Best!

Almost everything Tim Burton has done in his career has been influenced by Gothic horror. His influences stretch back from the Hammer era to silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. While he ...