A Love Letter to Great Indie Horror: THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL Turns 10 (Originally published for Bloody-Disgusting.com)

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The original post can be found at Bloody-Disgusting.com under “featured editorials.” 

2009 big-budget studio horror was chock-full of lifeless remakes, satirical horror-comedies, and even emerging fresh takes on zombie movies, but slow-burn, ‘80s-inspired nostalgia— which we now see in droves— was never really on the slate…that is, until the masterful combo of a little slasher/Satanic cult/haunted house indie called The House of the Devil came along.

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‘Sadistic Intentions’ is another awesome heavy metal + horror film pairing (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Genre standout Jeremy Gardner is gold as a conflicted metal musician in Sadistic Intentions

The original post can be found here.

From Alice Cooper’s and Black Sabbath’s occult-inspired lyrics and gory theatrics, to Rob Zombie’s foray into directing his own features, to films like Trick or Treat, The Devil’s Candy, and Deathgasm— heavy metal and the horror genre have always gone hand-in-hand.  Both genres are known for (and celebrated) for pushing their material to the limits, often relying on violence and shock value for art.  But how far is too far?  With the latest heavy metal-horror film pairing, Eric Pennycoff’s SADISTIC INTENTIONS, we have a great time finding out just how far one jaded metal musician will go to achieve levels of creativity and inspiration for his music.

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CLIMAX review: Go ahead and drink the laced sangria

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Gaspar Noe brings a gorgeously-shot LSD-fueled nightmare to life. (A24)

Anyone familiar with French filmmaker/bad boy Gaspar Noe knows that he not only likes to push your buttons during his films– he enjoys ripping them off and leaving you in an uncomfortably naked state, all the while you’re sitting there, wondering what the hell you just witnessed.  (And how you feel so dirty afterwards.)  In other words, Noe’s films are of an acquired taste, and his nightmarish dancing film Climax may be one of his boldest and strongest to date. Continue reading

Horror short ‘Soundbite’ will give you the creeps next time you’re home alone with your laptop (originally published for Nightmarish Conjurings)

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(Horror House Media)

Eli Roth has said many times: “If you don’t want to be scared during a horror film, don’t close your eyes— close your ears.”

SOUNDBITE— the four-minute short for the new “Horror House” YouTube channel, from director Michael Coulombe and his co-writer Brantley J. Brown— makes effective use of auditory tension to create an afflicting horror short that will cause actual gasps by its climax.

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Philly Film Fest Review: ‘Cam’ is far from perfect, but still an intriguing thriller with some substance (no major spoilers)

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Madeline Brewer is Alice, a webcam girl whose account gets hacked and exploited by someone who looks exactly like her in Cam (Blumhouse) 

If you find yourself digging Black Mirror and Cronenberg-style films like Videodrome, Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei’s upcoming Cam could be the next fairly decent “when technology attacks!” thriller film for you.

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Yay, Nay, or Just Okay: Catching up on recent viewings

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I’ve been MIA here on Horrormonal for the last seven weeks (2018 has been off to a rough start for me) but now I’m back.  And you know damn well that I still managed to squeeze in a few horror movies that I’ve been slacking on seeing.  Instead of dedicating a long, thorough review to each of the five films I’ve watched recently (because some of them just flat out DON’T DESERVE that much attention anyway), let’s play a game of “Yay,” “Nay,” or “Just Okay”… Continue reading

5 great horror movies you should be watching on Netflix

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The Invitation (2015)

While I am the first to admit that I sometimes complain about the lack of solid options for Netflix’s horror movie selection, there are always a few gems that seem to slip under our radar.  Whether they be independent movies that don’t receive a lot of attention from mainstream audiences, or releases that just get swept under the rug because of box office juggernauts like It that distract us, you may not have seen or even heard of some of these horror treasures, but you’ll hopefully take a break from binging Stranger Things and Black Mirror for a change, and give these lovely little movies a chance.    Continue reading