The 10 Most Memorable Mother Figures in Horror Since 2010 (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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The original post can be found here.

It’s Mother’s Day, and no one sacrifices their heads and literally goes to hell more for you than your mother.  Within the horror genre of the 2010s, we’ve witnessed brave moms, nurturing moms, witchy moms, mentally ill moms, grief-stricken moms, and everything in between, creating one of the most unforgettable decades for motherly horror than ever before.  Here are the 10 Most Memorable Mother Figures within the Horror Genre of the 2010s. (Spoilers Below)

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Interview with ‘Hagazussa’ writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld

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(Doppelgänger Releasing)

I had the opportunity to speak with Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse writer/director Lukas Feigelfeld about his highly anticipated feature film debut, his transition into filmmaking, his visual style, Pagan folklore, comparisons to The Witch, “elevated” horror, and his sympathy for female witches.  (You can read my review for Hagazussa here.)

The film’s synopsis, according to its Doppelgänger Releasing site page:

In a remote Alpine village in the 15th century, the orphan Albrun grows up to become a marked woman.  The scapegoat of ancient superstitions and monstrous misogyny, this self-styled witch begins to assert her otherworldly birthright.  The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison.  This atmospheric debut feature from Lukas Feigelfeld is a haunting Pagan death trip and a startling vision of psychedelic horror.

Bloody Disgusting and Doppelgänger Releasing presents Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, opening in limited theaters on April 19, and will be available on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray on April 23.

Read on for our conversation. (Special thanks to Bloody Disgusting and Margarita Cortes.)

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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

Best Horror Films of 2018 (many of which you probably missed)

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A recent, laughable Vogue article (because clearly they are experts in horror films) got it all wrong a couple months back, when they complained that the horror genre was dead-in-the-water this year.  On the contrary, 2018 has been one of the best years for the genre yet, which brought us many harrowing, immersive looks inside disturbing family trauma narratives, women and men seeking revenge, secretive serial killers, and a haunting coven of witches, just to name a few.  If you missed a few of these because you were bombarded by the all-consuming Halloween (2018) and A Quiet Place press coverage this year, catch up on these quieter greats before the year is up.  Many of these were not seen nor talked about nearly enough as they deserved to be.  2018 has been exceptionally good to us.

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Sell your soul to the dance: ‘SUSPIRIA’ quasi-remake is quite enchanting (no major spoilers)

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Dakota Johnson (center) is lead Susie Bannion. (Amazon)

Horror aficionados are particularly skeptical when it comes to accepting the dreaded “remake” and “reboot” treatment of cult classics from the past.  (Four words: ‘The Wicker Man’ remake!! Ugh.)  And when a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 giallo (Italian horror) masterpiece Suspiria was announced to follow suit, many wondered how a film that iconic could ever be taken into different hands, as well as what else could possibly be squeezed out of a film that isn’t exactly remembered for its super intricate plot.  Fortunately, renowned Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is at the helm of the 2018 version, and the man has not only given the original film its justice, but he has created an entirely unique piece of art that merely takes the skeletal framework of the original film, and has transformed it into its own, stylish identity.

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Horror to look forward to (and a few to probably avoid) in 2018!

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The Endless (2018)

2017 was truly incredible for our favorite red-headed stepchild genre, aka horror, as we witnessed some masterpieces like Get Out receive not only great numbers at the box office and critical acclaim, but even Golden Globe nominations…so 2018 has some huge shoes to fill.  From the looks of things as of now, 2018 will have its share of things that I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT for…as well as a couple that look laughable, that I will likely skip, but others may enjoy.  Here are some of the horror pieces to look forward to (and a few to probably not waste your money on) coming out this year, in order of their releases.

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