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  • Prescribed Nightmares: Healthcare in Horror Cinema

    Medical quackery, mad doctors, and unorthodox lab experiments are the stuff science fiction nightmares are made of. The medical horror trope is rich with enough sub-genres to petrify patients for decades. With an endless supply of entries, this article gives a routine examination to notable healthcare horror films. Side effects may include chills, paranoia, and […]

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  • Maniac Mansion: The Point & Click Horror Comedy Game

    Graphical adventures were the rising star of gaming in the 1980s. A genre defined with interactive storylines driven by exploration and puzzles. Many offered players a text parser to input commands. This could become a vexing experience to get the precise arrangement of words to advance the game. Eventually the point-and-click interface was adapted as […]

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  • Red Asphalt: Examining Road Horror

    At the dawn of the twentieth century, the role of vehicles became highly important. Serving as a symbol of freedom, one can simply get behind the wheel and control your destiny by roaming the open highways, Joining the ranks of celebrated wanderers like Jack Kerouac. However, these liminal byways and ley lines that connect us […]

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  • Splatterhouse: History and Inspiration Behind The Classic Arcade Game

    Before there was a video game content rating system, the creators of Dig Dug and Galaga were blazing trails with a different kind of game, dripping with graphic content. In the late 80’s, Namco unleashed the gore-fest known as Splatterhouse into arcades and home ports. Setting the cornerstone for the future of horror gaming and […]

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  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors: 90’s Kid Horror at Its Finest

    In early 1994, I was tired of renting the same old Super Nintendo games for the weekend. Unable to afford the popular titles at $50-60 each, I picked through a “sale” crate at Toys-R-Us. This was my introduction to the comedy horror game known as Zombies Ate My Neighbors. A sleeper success video game that […]

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  • Under the Spell of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins is undoubtedly the father of shock rock. First introducing theatrical provocation to rock ‘n roll in 1956, following the success of “I Put a Spell on You”. Through a macabre lens, Hawkins would vocalize morbid themes and pair them with monster movie props in his live performances. Inspiring musicians for decades from […]

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  • Do Androids Dream of Cronenberg? Philip K Dick’s Influence on the Baron of Blood

    Canadian director, David Cronenberg, is best known to cinephiles for body horror of a particular kind of yuck. Whether it’s a parasitic relationship or a medical kink, his use of practical effects could make any gore-hound squirm. Others are drawn to Cronenberg’s cerebral adaptations of unfilmable literature. The not-too-distant dystopian unrealities of J.G. Ballard and […]

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  • Coming of Age With Last House on the Left and VHS Bootlegs

    Wes Craven’s debut is widely regarded as one of the most gruesome films in the horror genre. Last House on The Left pre-dated the modern slasher and set a standard in grindhouse cinema. Intended to be a commentary on the violence in media surrounding the Vietnam war, the outrage sparked almost destroyed Craven’s career before […]

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  • Merry Maladies & Sepulchral Summoning

    Last October I was honored to collaborate with Nora Barton of Planchette for some eerie orations and spooky spoken word.  A rendition of Ronald Stein’s underrated theme for the 1963 horror film, Spider Baby. Video by Matthew Shelton of Flex Your Love Muscles. Written by Emily Dickinson and video by Nora Barton. Written by Cecilia […]

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  • Oven Fresh Hell: The Relationship Between Pizza and Horror

    February 9th is National Pizza Day and to celebrate, let’s get delivery and a rental. Little compares to the combination of pizza and a horror movie. Whether a Friday night-in or a Saturday sleepover, every weekend begs the addition of ‘za and a fright flick. A throwback to unsupervised youth on a Blockbuster night, staying […]

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