‘The Lodge’ Review – Overlook Film Festival (originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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The original post can be found here.

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I’ve never been too keen on having children, quite frankly, and thanks to Veronika Franz’s and Severin Fiala’s 2014 feature Goodnight Mommy and now their much-anticipated English-language follow up, THE LODGE, not only do I not want to have children of my own, but I sure as hell do not want to be a stepmom anytime soon either…

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30 Years of Pet Sematary: Blu-Ray/DVD Review (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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The original published post can be found here.

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Brad Greenquist ruined my childhood as Victor Pascow (Paramount)

Like many horror fans, Mary Lambert’s 1989 adaptation of Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY is particularly special to me, shaping my love for horror for decades to come.

At the ripe, impressionable age of 5 years old, hiding behind a doorway when none of the adults were looking, I took a peek at the TV screen during a family vacation.  I saw the image of a bloodied-head, ghastly, grey-skinned corpse of a blond man lurking in the corner of a couple’s bedroom, and I was absolutely petrified— running back into the bedroom I was staying in, hoping that I wouldn’t get in trouble for taking a peek at something I knew I wasn’t supposed to be watching.  Sure, most people typically cite Zelda as the scariest aspect of this cult classic…but for me, at 5 years old, and without any context of the story— the visual imagery of Victor Pascow actually haunted my dreams for subsequent years after.

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Interviewing author Cooper S. Beckett about his new (and first) horror genre novel

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I had the chance to talk to Cooper S. Beckett, the author of the upcoming supernatural horror novel, Osgood as Gone, which will make its way onto book shelves April 22nd (and Audiobook May 20th).  We discuss his interesting entry into the horror genre, his influences, genre representation, what he thinks is lacking within the horror genre, Hereditary, Buffy, Channel Zero, amongst other things.
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(Courtesy of Cooper S. Beckett)

The premise for Osgood as Gone, according to its site, is the following:
Once an exciting up-and-coming star of the burgeoning paranormal investigation TV genre, now Prudence Osgood finds herself as a barely functioning alcoholic living in daily pain, both physical, from a car accident nearly twenty years ago, and emotional, from the loss of Audrey Frost, her partner and best friend, over an ill-advised hoax.  When a random cryptic email shows up in her inbox, she must begin an investigation that is far more sinister than it initially seems, and far more connected to the last two decades of her own life that she could ever imagine.  
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‘Stalk’ Short Film Review (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Original review posted in “Short Film reviews” over at NightmarishConjurings.com

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(Horror House Media)

After releasing their effective short film Soundbite last year, director Michael Coulombe and writer Brantley J. Brown are back with another short entitled STALK, which serves as a horror hybrid that draws influence from some of your favorite classics.

We open with a title card that draws inspiration from Stephen King’s novel IT, (and Stranger Things too) containing bold, blood-red font, which brings upon the feeling that we are about to be transported into an iconic ‘80s slasher.

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My time at Monster Mania Con 39: “Hurry up and wait”

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Getting slayed by Jason(s) and Michael at Monster Mania Convention 39

On Saturday, March 10th, I hit the 39th Monster Mania Convention in Cherry Hill, NJ, which is not too far from where I live.  To say it was an experience- both for better and for worse- is an understatement.  I have to firstly always give credit where credit is due: the staff of Monster Mania Con gave us one hell of a lineup this time; they pulled out all the stops when it came to the celebrity guest list.  From Tim Curry, John Carpenter, Cassandra Peterson (Queen ELVIRA), Richard Dreyfuss, the kids from 2017’s It, Kathleen Turner, to a whole bunch of others, MMC gave thousands of fans opportunities to meet some of our horror heroes.   Continue reading

2017 Horror Winners🏆

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In a bizarre year filled with disastrous hurricanes, political woes, and heartbreaking celebrity and musician deaths, 2017 did manage to contain a handful of positives: the several horror masterpieces released to audiences this year.  Horror movie (and television) makers did not disappoint, as 2017 released some of the most successful and equally intriguing works for the genre.  Because I only started Horrormonal two months ago, I didn’t exactly have a chance to watch and review all of the many horror gems that came out this year, but I have compiled a list of my personal favorites that I did see and love, as well as a short list of the works that I wish I had seen, and will hopefully get to watch, enjoy, and review on here in 2018.  Feel free to let me know what your personal favorites from 2017 were as well in the comments!

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