June 27, 2019

Animation and horror work well together. So well, frankly, it’s amazing we don’t see it more often. The extent of gruesome injuries on-screen is virtually limitless, as animators are unbound by things like makeup and corporeal forms. Many contemporary horror franchises...

June 23, 2019

Venturing into the Cinepocalypse Film Festat the Music Box Theatre in Chicago,  I and a whole room of people indulged ourselves within the opening scene of Villains- and let me tell you, I personally was already hooked. It was such a journey from st...

June 19, 2019

Darlin’, Pollyanna McIntosh's directorial debut, premiered at Cinepocalypse last week. While it’s been met with mixed reviews from film critics, horror fans seem to love the evolution of the story which began in the film adaptation of Jack Ketchum's Offspring and spawn...

June 18, 2019

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the World Premiere of Erik Boccio's (Blood Bath, Wiretap Scars) hilarious and bloody short film Brutal Realty, Inc. at this year's Cinepocalypse Film Fest.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of short films, s...

June 17, 2019

"You think you know about pain?"

So began Jack Ketchum's 1989 novel The Girl Next Door, a story about a teenager who suffers unspeakable torture from neighborhood boys as well as a sadistic parental figure. The novel was disturbing for a lot of reasons, chief among them...

June 17, 2019

In this age of celebrity, this time of social media influencers and content creators, meeting your heroes and your faves is a rite of passage. With the rise of conventions and fan meetups, this is even easier to accomplish. But what if your "fave" isn't all that they s...

June 17, 2019

Modern horror has this tendency to go from 0 to 60 in seconds, and doesn't let up on the gas until the conclusion. Start with a bang, keep them guessing, end on a high note, cut, print, repeat. While this formula works for some, other times it's the slow-burn, Rosemary...

June 16, 2019

Lucky McKee is a name synonymous with quality. Unless you’ve long since turned in your credentials as a hardcore horror fan, you know you’re in for a treat as soon as you see his name on a movie.

Kindred Spirits, McKee’s latest feature, might just be McKee’s masterpiece...

June 14, 2019

It's not that uncommon for rock musicians to dabble in the world of horror filmmaking, Dee Snider did so with Strangeland, Jonas Åkerlund with Lords of Chaos, and of course, Rob Zombie, the most recognized rocker-turned-genre filmmaker. Sometimes their talents translat...

June 14, 2019

Chicago’s Cinepocalypse Film Fest is now in full swing, and has today announced the addition of a Special Presentation screening of Annabelle Comes Home on June 19th (a full week before the film’s nationwide release) at the Music Box Theatre, as part of their insa...

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