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Film Review: Interrogation (Przesluchanie) (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she’s there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of. REVIEW: Polish director Ryszard Bugajski’s 1989 film, Interrogation (or Przesluchanie), is not so much a horror movie as it is one great big metaphor. It was originally filmed in 1982 (when most of the country was under martial law), but the Stalinist … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cadavres (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: One Halloween, the alcoholic mother of good-for-nothing Raymond suddenly dies, and he throws her body in a ditch. Repenting, he calls his sister Angelie, an actress who he has not seen for ten years, to help find the corpse. But the corpse they bring back in the ruined family home is not that of their mother. The brother and the sister start a sinister adventure involving two gangsters in dire straits, two chilling dealers, … Continue reading

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Book Review: After the People Lights Have Gone Off – Author Stephen Graham Jones

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If you’re a fan of horror fiction, and you aren’t familiar with the work of Stephen Graham Jones (which you should be, since I interviewed him here back in April of 2013), now’s the time to get started. He’s got fifteen novels (including Demon Theory, The Last Final Girl, and The Least of My Scars), five story collections (Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth being one of my favorites, both in content and in title), and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens’ leader’s girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it’s Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is hellbent on revenge and arranges the murder of the girlfriend. That ticks off the boyfriend, who wreaks havoc with the two gangs, who have joined forces in order to pull off a security truck heist. REVIEW: The story of making … Continue reading

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Film Review: Niku Daruma (Psycho Snuff Reels) (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: Kana tries to end her starring role in an abusive porno. For her, the end comes only after she’s been reduced to a “Tumbling Doll of Flesh”. REVIEW: Tamakichi Anaru is a Japanese director with a very disturbing vision. I really can’t think of a better way to start this review, so I’ll just reiterate that this man has some sick thoughts going through his head. He is the director of such movies as … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Splatterpunk – Issue 5

I don’t know about you, fellow horror reader, but as soon as I finished reading issue 4 of Jack Bantry’s Splatterpunk zine, I immediately began my impatient wait for issue number 5 to come off the presses. My impatience wasn’t due to any kind of lag between issues (actually, the next one came out pretty quick), but rather because that issue was so good, so full of great writing and visceral images, that it left … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jamais Vu – Issue 2 – Editor Paul Anderson

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With issue number one, Jamais Vu established itself as a strong newcomer to the dark fiction scene. We got short stories and poetry, movie and book reviews, and a few articles covering a little bit of everything. What they did was not only bring some great new as well as veteran voices together, but also set high expectations for issue number two of what is, admittedly, an experiment, a test run, if you will. So, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Toobox Murders (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: A historic Hollywood hotel houses a supernatural evil. It’s been subdued for decades – but when renovations start, a series of murders take place. It’s up to our heroine to solve the mystery. REVIEW: The 2004 version of Toolbox Murders is a very loose remake of Dennis Donnelly’s 1978 film of the same name (strangely enough, it was Donnelly’s only movie, as he was mostly a television director, having worked on everything from Adam-12 … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gag (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Two professional thieves break into a house in search of a safe, only to discover a man beaten beyond recognition, tied down to torn mattress in a hidden room. They decide to help, only to become trapped by a serial killer whose torture methods will have them begging for death. REVIEW: Gag opens up with a dark scene of a girl, chained up, bound, naked, and scared. A tube is strapped to her mouth. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Experiment in Torture (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Lured by the smell of easy money, beautiful, exotic dancers agree to spend the weekend at the remote mountain getaway of a wealthy voyeur. Once there, the girls are drugged, tied up and slowly tortured to death with everything from a blowtorch to an electric drill by a killer who uses their bodies as a canvas for his sadistic, twisted art. REVIEW: Since the label of “torture porn” started getting slapped on to horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: Violent Shit 2 (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: Drilled by his deranged mother, Karl the Butcher jr. takes revenge for the gruesome death of his father. Anyone who sets foot on the forest has to die. Hold on to your limbs as Karl jr. slaughter his victims to some amazing tunes of terror. Decapitation is just the beginning… REVIEW: I could probably just go ahead and say something like “Violent Shit 2 is an early 1990’s, shot on video, German splatter movie … Continue reading

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Interview: Author Tiffany Scandal

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HorrorNews: Tiffany Scandal is a writer, as we know, but what else? What do you want all the readers to learn about you from this interview? Tiffany Scandal: I’m a good for nothing broad who dabbles with too much creative shit for her own good. Hahaha. I’ve done model and photography work for Suicide Girls since 2007. I also paint, having had some of my more recent work exhibited in a tribute to Twin Peaks … Continue reading

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Interview: Hannah Neurotica

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Hannah Neurotica is the creator of the feminist horror zine Ax Wound, as well as a key figure/leader in the Women in Horror Month celebration. She was kind enough to take some time and share some of her insight and experiences with us. HorrorNews: So, who is Hannah Neurotica? Hannah Neurotica: I am a neurotic, bipolar, fat Jewish grrrl artist & writer who loves horror and long walks on the beach. . . .

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Film Review: Exitus Interruptus (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Der Tod ist erst der Anfang, Exitus interruptus – Exit death is just the beginning. Another gory exploitaton film by Andreas Bethmann REVIEW: I’m beginning to believe that Andreas Bethmann has really only made two movies, but just keeps remaking each one with different actors and extended scenes. Of course, I’m exaggerating, but he definitely does have his favorite plots, doesn’t he? On the one hand, we’ve got the demon/zombie horror films (Die Insel … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Pigs (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Ninety nine percent of the worlds has been destroyed by a bio-chemical war. Technology is obsolete and the soil has been polluted leaving people with barely any food. The survivors try to continue on by hunting and consuming the living dead which has dire results as the dead flesh begins to mutate with the bio-chemical still in the atmosphere. People’s digestive systems begin to evolve and force their way out of victims mouths to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Vulgar (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: A man who performs as a children’s birthday party clown tries to piece his life back together after being gang-raped. REVIEW: For a movie that has such a cool intro – credits roll over a disembodied clown nose, while subtle, creepy music plays under the visuals, making you think of a number of 1980’s slasher classics – Vulgar certainly is a clunker. Think Clerks, with all the ridiculous dialogue and pseudo-edgy attempts to offend … Continue reading

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About seanofthedead

In 1987, after hearing Poison’s “Look What the Cat Dragged In” for the first time, Sean decided he wanted to play drums. After realizing all rock stars wore leather pants, he traded in his dreams of fortune and fame for 80’s sitcoms, horror movies, and punk rock. Sean has spent his recent years trying to recover from Catholic guilt while searching for an idea worth writing.