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The Asian Western

Last week celebrated the American DVD/Blu-ray release of Ji-woon Kim’s The Good, the Bad, the Weird. The film is more or less a remake of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western of a similar name involving three mercenaries in hot pursuit of buried treasure and get caught in the midst of a civil war. Here, it’s 1930s Manchuria and the Imperial Japanese …

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Extreme Cinema: Top 25 Most Disturbing Films of all time – part3

11) (TIED CHOICES) “Scrapbook” (2000), “The Girl Next Door” (2007), “Breaking Her Will” (2009), “Poughkeepsie Tapes” (2007) (straight from Wikipedia) Scrapbook is a horror film about a young woman who is kidnapped, held captive, and repeatedly beaten and raped for several days. The title refers to a scrapbook that her captor uses as a record of the ordeals of his …

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Extreme Cinema: Top 25 Most Disturbing Films of all time – part2

__________________THE LIST___________________   1) “The Guinea Pig Collection” (1980’S) – 7 FILMS This collection has long been the reigning champ for its purely visceral lack of humanity. Extreme torture, extreme gore….it really doesn’t get much more bare bones than this. The trouble either is that the films are not that good. They are simply pieces for extreme sake only. Viewers often …

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Extreme Cinema: Top 25 Most Disturbing Films of All Time – part1

The most disgusting, SHOCKING, depraved, EXPLOITATION, GORIEST, unsettling, sickest, disturbing films of all time!  “When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” – Nietzsche.   Disclaimer: The fictional films mentioned in this list range in  just about every twisted perversion imaginable. They should only be viewed by adults with strong stomachs and minds. They ARE NOT …

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Fred Vogel and ToeTag Pictures: The Good, the Gory, and the Disturbing

ToeTag Pictures.  Ever hear of it?  They are the film company behind the August Underground trilogy, The Redsin Tower, Maskhead, and Murder Collection V.1.  If you only watch mainstream horror releases then chances are you haven’t heard of them.  Formed by Fred Vogel and Jerami Cruise on April 1, 2004 ToeTag Pictures and Vogel are, I believe, the most important …

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Scream 4: screaming for more?

There seem to be some problems emerging with SCREAM 4/SCRE4M which are setting alarm bells  ringing with fans around the world. With creator Kevin Williamson either on or off the project  (depending what you read) and rewrites of the script having taken place, it’s easy to lose track  of what’s actually happening. The film is now shooting., and there seems …

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Fear

What is fear? We hear the word and already our heart starts pumping a bit faster, we can feel our sweat glands begin to open, our palms get sweaty and get that all too familiar gross clammy feeling. FEAR can be broken down into an acronym, False Evidence Appearing Real. This is something any and all motivation speakers will tell …

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Reality Scares Me

Do you know what happens when someone watches horror films for years on end? They turn into me. Hello, I am the product of a life spent watching gore and innards flying in all directions, and contrary to the beliefs of a great many people who would call me the spawn of the devil, or a serial killer in waiting, …

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Teens and Horror

Every horror fan is familiar with the typical slasher film plot. A group of teens get into mischief and invoke the rage of some psycho killer. Most of them end up brutally dismembered with the exception of the virginal hero/heroine. Yes, we are very much ‘in the know’ about this particular story but the question that arises: why are teens …

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In Praise of Heathens

Earlier this week I received a somewhat anonymous email from someone regarding my Kickstarter campaign for my series Death’s Doormaking some fairly interesting accusations and suggestions. I decided to correct some of the copious spelling errors he made in the interest of readability, other than that, here it is word for word. “You must be aware that your God will …

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Horror Movies: The Next Step

What will be the next step in the evolution of the horror movie? There are any number of permutations of the horror genre available for movie lovers to indulge in right now, ranging from your average slasher to your full-blown gore epics, psychological thrillers to twitching torture p*rn. All of these things exist under the umbrella of horror, but the …

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