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  • “NIGHTMARES” (1983; Blu-ray Review)

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    Largely lost to the mists of time and forever lurking in the considerable critical and commercial shadow cast by fellow horror anthology CREEPSHOW, released less than a year earlier, director Joseph Sargent’s endearingly guileless 1983 omnibus NIGHTMARES is not nearly as bereft of charm or cohesion as its reputation or detractors suggest.

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  • “THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE” (Blu-ray Review)

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    For cult-minded fright fanatics, there will always be an unironic spot in our hearts for old, bonkers sci-fi horrors of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Often amalgamations between psychological thrillers and creature features, these films preyed upon the fears of progressive science as a breeding ground for deviancy and god complexes with frequently insane results. Luckily for those who adore these strange cinematic time capsules, one of the craziest and surprisingly well-crafted entries from this era has made its way to the high definition world courtesy of Scream Factory: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE!

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  • “ZOMBIE HIGH” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The one thing this writer will always give to specialty distributor Scream Factory is that they have an inherent penchant for finding the most odd and obscure cult titles from throughout horror history. Whether it’s the weird and wild BLOOD AND LACE or the effortlessly bizarre DEADLY EYES, Scream Factory has given fans of vintage viscera no matter how underrated or lowly in the horror pantheon. Yet few Scream Factory releases are as strange as a whole as ZOMBIE HIGH, a horror comedy that’s as conceptually confused as it is fascinating as both entertainment and as a launchpad for many of today’s top hollywood talents.

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  • “NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER” (TV Pilot Review)

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    As a fan of the twisted, often transgressive programs on Adult Swim, it’s quite amusing to see the shades of horror that pop up throughout their programming. From ultra-violent fare like EAGLEHEART and METALOCALYPSE to surreal, pitch black comedies such as TIM & ERIC AWESOME SHOW, GREAT JOB! and GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, Adult Swim has never been shy about allowing their series to weave in and out of genre territory. However, with NEON JOE, WEREWOLF HUNTER, Adult Swim, in an unholy allegiance with WONDER SHOWZEN’s PFFR, explicitly embrace their monstrous side, although with their humor clearly ahead of their horror.

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  • “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: SEASON THREE” (Audio Review)

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    It’s been two years since TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE clawed its way into the ears of fright fans, with select live outings to satiate the interested while Season Three of the radio play series was in development. However, luckily for purveyors of audio horror, the wait was not in vain, as the months of development have led to TALES strongest season to date, providing bold, wickedly entertaining stories that stir up one’s imagination with mischievous glee. And furthermore, with an assembly of terrific performers and storytellers by their side, there’s an inherently unique air about this season of TALES that certainly separates it from season’s past, offering a structural and tonal continuity that impressively feels much more carefully curated than previous iterations.

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  • “THE QUAY BROTHERS: COLLECTED SHORT FILMS” (Blu-ray Review)

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    The extraordinary lives of objects, of doll babies and of medical tools are presented in this assemblage of works by the famed Quay Brothers, transferred to high-definition in the first time. Over four hours of material—including 12 stop-motion animated films and five commentary tracks—create a sublime experience of intense imagery and sound.

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  • NYC Horror Film Fest Review: “ALL I NEED”

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    When a film decides to employ a big twist in its third-act, the film by proxy makes it more difficult for the content of the first two acts to stand on their own merit. Like it or not, that twist will polarize most viewers depending on how receptive to the twist they are, if they understand the twist, or if they saw the twist coming at all. And while the bold twist that ALL I NEED takes in its third act with the subtle drop of a name and philosophy is certainly unpredictable, it’s recontextualizing of the action that came before it makes it perhaps more problematic than one might like.

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  • “SOUTH OF HELL” (TV Pilot Review)

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    The exorcism subgenre has always been one of horror’s most trickiest to navigate, considering the bar was set so high so early in the genre’s inception. Hell, there’s rarely- if ever- been a film about exorcism that hasn’t referenced, homaged or been influenced THE EXORCIST, and for good reason. However, while there is an obvious EXORCIST influence flowing throughout SOUTH OF HELL, the series’ does twist all the familiarities of demonic possession to do something a bit different, even if the pilot does substitute substance for world-building.

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  • “BLOOD FEUD #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    No one can tell a southern ghost story quite like Cullen Bunn. Author of such down-home tales as Dark Horse’s HARROW COUNTY and Oni Press’s THE SIXTH GUN (as well as a very impressive resume with Marvel and DC), Bunn has been spinning scary yarns for most of his career. So it’s no surprise that when Oni Press was offered a WEIRD TALES version of the classic vampire story by Mr. Bunn, they jumped at the chance. What emerged was BLOOD FEUD, a story of monsters, good ol’ boys, and a centuries old family feud that threatens to take over an entire time. Currently on its second issue, the BLOOD FEUD continues onto a fateful showdown between man and beast.

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