Pet Sematary 2019 Review: This film is stonier than a man’s heart.

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Pet Sematary (2019) may not have blown my mind, but 5/5 for Church the cat. (Paramount Pictures)

If you read my 30th Anniversary Pet Sematary review, you know that Mary Lambert’s 1989 film adaption of Stephen King’s beloved novel is quite dear to me.  One of the first horror movie experiences I ever had, Pet Sematary unnerved and gutted me for years with its tragic portrayal of a family that just could not accept its fate.  Now 30 years later, Starry Eyes directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have placed their own spin on this classic horror tale, and I’m feeling less than whelmed by it.

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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.  
Read on for our conversation.

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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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Horror Genre Films Coming in 2019

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2018 absolutely slayed the horror genre with amazing directorial debuts and surprising indie wonders, but it appears 2019 may give the previous year a run for its money.  I scoured the Internet to find that 2019 will bring us many big budget curiosities, subversive A24 arthouse horrors, and…quite a few remakes of things we didn’t necessarily ask for.  Here are over 40 genre films (including horror-thrillers, crime mysteries, and dark biopics) that will be coming our way in 2019.

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60 of the Greatest Horror films from the 1960s to 2010s

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In honor of Horrormonal’s first anniversary and the catharsis and opportunities it has given me within the last year, along with the conversations it has started with other horror film lovers, I give you 60 of (some) of the greatest horror films of all time, starting with the 1960s until the 2010s (so far).  I’ve been musing over this since August, and I’ve had such a difficult time narrowing it down to just 10 movies from each decade, but I think I chose pretty carefully.  I love each film for different reasons- some for their artistic integrity, some for their metaphors, some for changing the way I look at cinematic arts entirely, some for haunting my nightmares, some for repulsing me, and others for their entertainment value.  If you haven’t seen some of the more obscure picks, please consider checking them out, and be sure to revisit some old classics you may not have viewed in a long time.  (Thank you to Collider.com for some guidance.)

Here are 60 of (some) of the greatest horror films of modern times…

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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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