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Horror maestro André Øvredal has turned the story of Dracula into a 19th Century period piece version of Alien. A doomed ship of sailors are unknowingly transporting Dracula in his coffin to England, and a merchantman sailing vessel is a perfect hiding place for the devil that is Dracula. The much anticipated movie is dreadful, as in FULL OF DREAD. About as scary as you're going to be able to get with Dracula.

The latest addition to the Portland Horror Film Festival scene arrives on August 18-20, the Queer Screams Film Festival! Filmmaker J.T. Seaton spends some quality time with Eric to describe the fabulous offerings that this festival is serving up in this exclusive Scariest Things Interview!
Spooky Time looks back at ONE MILLION views, and marvels at how this little engine that could, did it! Also, Mike talks about his experience with Sharksploitation, Liz is overloaded with Fantasia reviews, and we discuss if the Exorcist trailer has us more or less excited about the upcoming Reboot.
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Sea Lemon, the Seattle based dreampop project of heralded emerging artist Natalie Lew has released a horror homage laden video for her latest release "Vaporized". See the whole video here, and see if you can count the tropes!
Break out the nunchucks and bo staves, it's time to talk horror with Eastern roots. The kung-fu / martial arts sub-genre of the action-horror theme is populated with some of the wildest, most convoluted, and most colorful movies imaginable. And some of these films push past the imagination level. So let's get weird and wacky, and bring on the chop socky! Haaaaiiiiiaaaahhh!
While Mike risked life and limb in the jungles of Costa Rica, Robert, Liz, and Eric gathered to discuss films at Fantasia Fest, BiFAN 2023, and a couple of excellent Stephen King Documentaries. Listen in to a recommendation filled episode, Spooky Time 19!
Bathrooms are the most private of places. These are places where we clean ourselves, relieve ourselves, medicate ourselves, and we usually like to do these things in private. With the exception of being with our young children and lovers/mates, we do our business in the bathroom ALONE. There are large percentages of our time in the bathroom naked or with our pants down. We are vulnerable in there. That's why we have privacy locks on these doors. Horror Movies turn the tables on our perceived privacy and security in bathrooms, and Trapped in a Bathroom is one of the most evergreen tropes in the genre. Here are 30 films that showcase the trope really well.
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The slow-burn folkloric feature The Seeding follows an oblivious photographer who gets trapped in the bottom of a desert crater, whose only inhabitant is a lovely young woman, and a pack of nasty feral boys preventing his escape. What do they want? What does SHE want? This was one of BiFan's Bucheon Choice film selections.

★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ 🩸🩸 out of 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸 With a complex multi-story plot featuring an alien in a basket, a serial killer, sister assassins, a failed Yakuza strongman, and a discount ninja instructor, the BiFan showcased feature Life of Mariko in Kabukicho is a delightful slice of life in sleazy Tokyo that Quentin Tarantino could admire. The story complexity is grounded by the clever and stalwart young detective Mariko (Sairi Itô) who investigates all sorts of strange goings on in her neighborhood. This is only horror adjacent, and is more of a storytelling collage featuring several genre types. It is intoxicating, Go see it when you get a chance.
I hear a limousine pulling up! That could only mean one thing. It's time to announce the winners of the 2023 Thingy Awards! Horror's new Golden Age continues its wonderful run, as the big budget studios have arrived with new original ideas in tow, and there are a number of break-out stars emerging from the genre. Read, or listen in to our podcast for Episode 168: The 2023 Thingy Awards Show!
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A Korean couple fail to heed the warnings of a serial killer on the loose when embarking on a romantic chabak (car camping) excursion. A standout performance by Kim Minchae and a strong story foundation probably pushes one too many melodramatic twists at the end. Still an entertaining slasher film worth watching.

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Hold your breath! Black Mold is gonna get you! When two photographers try and capture the beauty of decaying structures, they get more than they bargained for in an abandoned industrial facility. Strong character studies and lovely cinematography bolster this film, which could have been more decisive about its third act structure.

Are you familiar with DSM-5? It's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Eric was fortunate to participate in a panel with moderator Terri Harden, a licensed trauma therapist to discuss how the DSM-5 models apply to horror movies! FASCINATING! We have an audio interview with Terri here, as well as a Video of the Panel that we did with Jungian Scholar and horror trivia host Willy Greer. I hope you find this informative and entertaining!
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The horror-romance-comedy of Love Will Tear Us Apart builds like a wave and crashes down with a gonzo fun final act. Endearing performances from child actors, and strong character arcs anchor this best of the fest film from the Portland Horror Film Festival.

It's the Midsommar event of the Scariest Things calendar! Time to hand out some awards, for the best of 2022. It's never too late to hand out some accolades! As we do every year, we invite all our fans to join in, but this year we are on a SUPER SHORT schedule. YOU HAVE THREE DAYS to VOTE, as we are making our announcements THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2023.
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Prepare to be entertained! Onyx the Fortuitous, the fan-favorite award winner at the Portland Horror Film Festival, pulls out all the stops to catch your attention, get you laughing, and keeps piling on. It is wall-to-wall zany, filled with scene-chewing characters, fantastic puppet practical effects, an easy hook of a premise, and the frantic energy of actor/director Andrew Bowser who plays Onyx the Fortuitous, your gonzo lead character in the movie.

The 8th Annual Portland Horror Film Festival is back in action, live at the Hollywood Theater in Portland Oregon OR... streaming live at your home! This years offerings conjure up one word: GONZO. Come see Barabara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs reuinite for the wild Onyx The Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls. The much praised Black Mold will be the Opening Night feature, and there will be a total of 9 features and 60 Horror Shorts... at a festival noted for giving you the best horror shorts on the festival circuit. See you there!
A Film Festival meets Slumber Party meets Glamping. That's the Cabin in the Woods Film Festival, a brand new experience being brought to you from horror Author Crystal Connor. Join the Scariest Things, and all of Crystal's special guests for a one-of-a-kind experience, made special for horror fans. Come join us!
Summer is nearly here, and it is now time to reflect back at how the horror genre has done so far, and look forward to some wonderfully stoopid action like the Meg2! Plus Liz is on the Fantasia Press Pool and Robert found some Lovecraft short stories for those of you literate enough to digest the prose.
It's the Original Crew of Mike and Eric for Episode 13! We gave Robert and Liz the day off... In this Episode, Mike announces a new Faces of Death movie (Really!) and the release of Count Crowley: Amateur Midnight Monster Hunter. Eric talks about his new Horror Movie production fantasy draft experience: The Horror Movie Greenlight Pitch that will be coming out at Crypticon later this month.
We have a full house of Scariest Things for Spooky Time 12! We shill for some of our favorite scary shops. We review a BLOODY action film that is getting lots of attention, and Mike continues his pursuit of Texas Chainsaw completion. Good Luck, Mike.
In This Episode of Spooky Time 11: - Mike breaks down the various versions of the Boston Strangler. - Liz gets you ready for Panic Fest, and shows of the latest novel from S.A. Cosby. - Eric points you to two big new horror trailers, and shows off an essential horror movie reference book!
The Overlook Film Festival just concluded its 2023 event, and it really flexed its influence this year. By my count there were two ★★★★★ movies and at least five ★★★★ movies, meaning that we will see several of them back at the best of awards this year. There are several films here that will be influential for years to come, I am certain. Overlook has once again treated us to some of the best curated films in the genre, and from this festival I can assure our fans that there is much to look forward to coming soon to a theater near you. Listen to Eric and Liz discuss the best (and worst) of the event.
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Want to see a teenage girl completely wreck a cell of right wing domestic terrorists? If you do, the Wrath of Becky will satisfy your soul. You just don't go stealing a girl's mastiff. Light on logic but full of bloodshed, The Wrath of Becky has been featured at both SXSW and Overlook.

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Evil Dead Rise is everything you would want a film in this franchise to be. It gets to the bloody action right from the start, and does not let up once it gets rolling. This incredibly gory film reconstructs the fundamental Evil Dead script in by making it a family-forward story, but it still walks a familiar path.

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