Buona sera! If you like your horror with a large slice of salacious, then look to the Italians and their bloody thriller tradition of Giallo. Where to start? Let the Scariest Things point you the way to a bloody good time.
Popcorn Frights Announces Second Wave of Programming for Virtual Festival!
You can also catch Popcorn Frights from the comfort of your own home! From August 12-19, you can catch the big second wave of films that can arrive straight to your living room. Twenty-one feature films and a plethora of live and animated horror shorts for your entertainment. And, if you fest at home, the popcorn will be so much cheaper!
Movie News! New Jordan Peele Poster, Nope.
If you follow the ol’ Scariest Things Podcast you know that we love our posters! No poster is too weird, too gory, too strange, too horrifying, or too vague.
Joseph’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Reviews: The Barcelona Vampiress, The Lift, and Shadows
Here are three reviews from South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, for a highly artistic Spanish historical chiller, a moody Vietnamese horror based on Asian urban legends, and a fine Hong Kong psychological horror thriller.
Chaos at Cannes! Julia Ducournau’s Controversial Titane wins the Palme D’or!
Things did not go according to plan at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The director of Raw is back in a big way with her literally auto-erotic thriller Titane. Extreme genre films don’t usually win awards, but this film broke the mold, including in how it won the big prize.
Popcorn Frights is Going Live in 2021! The First Wave Lineup of In-Theater Features has been Announced.
One of The Scariest Thing’s favorite genre film festivals is Popcorn Frights, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After a year where they couldn’t have a live festival, things have now opened up. It’s time to go back to the cinema in a big way!
Movie News! VFX-Heavy Array of Demons And Monsters Abound in “Behemoth”
If you’re as big a creature feature fan as some of us here at The Scariest Things are, you should […]
The 2021 Portland Horror Film Festival Movie Announces its Film Slate! (And for a short time you can still get a Patron of Horror Pass)
Our beloved local Portland Horror Film Festival has announced its feature film roster for 2021. And for ONE MORE DAY, you can get the Patron of Horror Pass that gets you all of the fantastic swag that PHFF is famous for! The festival is doing a hybrid streaming and theatrical event this year, and you can pick and choose how you want to see the movies.
Eric’s North Bend Film Fest Review: Tailgate (2021)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
The ultimate road rage movie that collides with a nail-biting home invasion film. This Dutch film absolutely pours the intensity on in a way unseen in many a year. A rude and headstrong man picks the wrong enemy in a highway tailgating incident, subjecting his entire family to the revenge of a nuanced killer who uses rat poison as his weapon of choice.
Eric’s Review: Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Once more into the maze! It’s still full of tricks, traps, misdirection, and impossible challenges. As it was the last time, the killer escape rooms are hugely imaginative, even if the overriding plot isn’t. It’s an entertaining low-calorie thrill ride that is as entertaining and exciting as a roller coaster, but it has about as much nuance and character development as an carnie ride as well.
Joseph’s Review: Great White
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Great White delivers some effective shark-attack–movie thrills with solid acting but not many new elements.
The Scariest Things Review: The Forever Purge (2021)
★★★1/2 and ★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Purge series has a way of reflecting the anxieties of the moment, and the latest installment, The Forever Purge, pours gasoline on the subject of immigration and the ugly political divide within the United States. It is a ferocious dystopian view that if you squint, is frightening as to how close we are to this dark reality. Your feelings about this film may get framed largely from your political point of view.
Trailer Alert: Night of the Living Dead 2
Well, it’s sort of a trailer.
Trailer Alert: Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania (2021)
There are few better on-ramps into the horror landscape for little kids than Hotel Transylvania, and the cast is (mostly) back for more monster wackiness. This time out, the Hotel residents find themselves switched into normal human guise by way of a mad science ray experiment. Madcap hinjinx ensue. This one is for Liz!
Liz’s Review: Fear Street Part One: 1994
Spend your summer in Shadeyside with Fear Street!
Dead List: The 25 Best Giallo Titles
Giallo is known for many things. The flash of a killer’s knife blade. Black gloves. Gordian knot mysteries and plot twists. Sexy women in lurid, compromising, and let’s be fair- misogynistic situations. Salacious eye catching posters. Blood. So much blood. And, crazily evocative bordering on non-sensical titles. The Scariest Things dove deep into the Giallo well to find the best titles in the genre.
Mike Review: The Fury (1978)
★ out of ★★★★★ It looks like a horror film. It acts like a horror film. It’s directed by cinema great and heir to the Hitchcock throne. Its promotional materials portend horror is just around the corner. But don’t be fooled, this super-star-packed 1970s telekinetic hype machine is nothing but a boring and unnecessarily long after-school special.
Trailer Alert: Don’t Breathe 2
When the closing scene concluded in Don’t Breathe, it was clear that they intended to do a sequel. And now, Stephen Lang is back, and Sony Pictures has produced a trailer for the upcoming Don’t Breathe 2. It appears that this time, the blind man is going to be something of an antihero.
Arrow Video FrightFest Reveals Its 2021 Poster Design
The United Kingdom’s superb Arrow Video FrightFest is one of the highlights each summer for scare-fare fans, and the fest has just presented its stunning poster this year, designed by Graham Humphreys. Following is the official press announcement.
Joseph’s Review: He’s Dead and So Am I (Chattanooga Film Festival)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
This horror comedy about two ghosts trying to work their way out of purgatory features humor that ranges from the broad to the uncomfortable, and is brought to cinematic life by a game cast.
Joseph’s Review: Werewolves Within
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The new park ranger in town teams up with the local mail delivery person to try and calm down the unconventional locals when it seems a werewolf may be on the loose in this lighthearted creature-feature comedy.
Fantasia’s Second Wave Announcement Includes the Supernatural and Supeheroes
The Fantasia International Film Festival has outdone itself with today’s mind-warping second-wave announcement. Featuring horror titles such as #BLUE_WHALE, Ghosting Gloria, and Hellbender (to name but a few) along with a plethora of science fiction, dark comedy, thriller, and other horror-adjacent genres, Montreal’s premiere genre-film fest promises to be a blast, as it is every year.
Robert’s Review: The Superdeep (2020)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
In 1984, an ambitious epidemiologist with flexible ethics is called on by the government of the USSR to investigate — and collect samples from — a top secret research site built inside the deepest hole ever drilled into the Earth.
Joseph’s Review: The Nowhere Inn (Slash ½ Film Festival 2021)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Where does Annie Clark end and her St. Vincent rock star persona begin? Her friend Carrie Brownstein attempts to document that until the answer to that question winds up in an absurd, sometimes surreal blur in this ambitious mockumentary.
Mike’s Review: Fulci for Fake (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★
Some will say the epicenter of the Fulci universe lie in the greatness of the gory triptych: The New York Ripper, The House by the Cemetery, and The Beyond. Others will point to the early, less gory but equally frightening confines of The Psychic, Don’t Torture a Duckling, and A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin. No matter where you fall on the Lucio Fulci spectrum it’s awfully hard to argue about his immense and ever-lasting output. Stanley Kubrik only directed 13 films. But Fulci? He directed 61.
Robert’s Review: Slaxx (2020)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Killer pants. Designer jeans to die for. Corporate greed meets its match in a pair of pants thirsting for vengeance.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXV: Horror Documentaries
The best way for you to learn about Horror Films is to read and listen to The Scariest Things. The next best thing to do is to watch a Horror Documentary. You will find a documentary that aligns with your favorite horror tropes. Giallo? Check! Grindhouse? Check! Classic Universal Monsters? That too. In Episode 125, the Scariest Things team reveals nine movies that will increase your knowledge and love of the genre.
Mike’s Review: Wrong Turn (2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Once a film franchise crosses over in to four, five, or six sequels, or god forbid a complete reboot, it deserves lampooning and a heaping dose of criticism. That many sequels is often a reflection of the imagination tank run completely dry. Take your original story/villain and wash, rinse, and repeat.
North Bend Film Festival Announces the Lineup for Its 2021 Hybrid Edition
Washington’s North Bend Film Festival is back, and it is serving up a hybrid in-person and virtual version this July. […]
Mike’s Review: Begotten (1989)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Umm what just happened? Was that a dream? Did I just have a stroke? Did my ego and id simultaneously implode? Unclear on all fronts. One thing is certain. This is a film like no other and it’s not something you can ever unsee.