Among killer animal movies, sharks tend to get the lion’s share (or shark’s share?) of the attention. Sharksploitation has been a full-fledged genre for a long time now, even predating … Continue Reading A History of Crocsploitation (Crocodile and Alligator Movies, That Is)
I recently had the honor and pleasure of guest starring on the amazing Pairing Podcast to talk about movies with prominent cat characters. Listen to it here or find it on pretty … Continue Reading A Very Special Podcast Appearance!
I know that the outside world thinks it’s baffling and in some ways hilarious that there are so many different subgenres of metal when to their ears it all sounds … Continue Reading A Simple Breakdown of Metal Subgenres
This is the time of year when it seems all the people who are really passionate about movies put forth their top 10 lists and superlatives to honor what they … Continue Reading The 1st Annual Mondo Vulgare Movie Awards!
The degree of its vulgarity is ever wavering, but to the critical establishment, “horror” is still a dirty word. Skim through even most positive reviews of recent horror films published … Continue Reading On Critics and Horror
“…the whole world’s my hiding place. I can stand there amongst them in the day or night and laugh at them.” -Jack Griffin, The Invisible Man (1933) The Invisible Man … Continue Reading The Invisible Man on the Internet
Troma’s 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger is notorious for its cartoonishly extreme violence (including a little boy’s head being crushed by a car), abundance of sex and nudity, onslaught … Continue Reading 8 ’80s Horror Movies That Should Have Inspired Saturday Morning Cartoons
Despite the fact that I’d never seen any of the Universal Monster movies as a kid, I devoted four consecutive Halloweens to them. I was obsessed with monsters, and obviously … Continue Reading My Halloween History
Horror fans are a more diverse bunch than people give us credit for. Listing off the different subgenres of horror would not be unlike Bubba talking about shrimp in Forrest … Continue Reading 13 Horror Movies Every Goth Should See
If there’s a common element to the stories that have captured the imaginations of entire cultures over time, it’s rather obviously mythology. People innately respond to myths. This goes back … Continue Reading Why Horror Will Never Be as Popular as Sci-Fi or Fantasy — and Why That’s Okay
Roger Corman’s 1959 horror-tinged beatnik satire A Bucket of Blood may have been the start of one of the least likely shared universes in movie history. Well, okay. Not officially. … Continue Reading The Walter Paisley Universe: Tracking the History of Cult Cinema’s Favorite Recurring Character
“I think someone should just take this city and just…just flush it down the fuckin’ toilet.” -Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver (1976) As soon as you emerge from the stairway of … Continue Reading New York as Hellscape in Horror Cinema of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s
I remember while watching the quite good 2006 documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated, about the hypocrisies of the thinly veiled censorship committee known as the MPAA, I was … Continue Reading Cinematic Brain Freeze: ‘Ice Cream Man’ and the Phenomenon of Offbeat Tone
Neon Maniacs sounds like it could have been one of those toy lines or trading card series from the late ’80s or early ’90s. You know the ones. Garbage Pail … Continue Reading The Glory of ‘Neon Maniacs’
As much as I’m glad to have pretty much full control over what movies I watch and when I can watch them now that I have a plethora of streaming … Continue Reading USA Up All Night and the Virtue of Late-Night Trash Flicks
It’s hard to imagine in today’s movie market, but there was a time when superhero movies didn’t dominate the box office. At the time I’m writing this, the three highest … Continue Reading Putting the ‘Goth’ in Gotham: Remembering ‘Batman Returns’ 26 Years Later