★★★★★ No matter whether you are a well-read aficionado of Forteana and high strangeness or a newcomer to the world of extraterrestrials, cryptids, and supernatural occurrences, Zelia Edgar's debut book Just Another Tin Foil Hat Presents is a delightful, entertaining read.
The Mayor of Trope Town has spoken! As the current serving mayor, three thrilling Euro-Horror selections were made to discuss, with a deeper dive than the typical Podcast discussion. Raw, The Ringmaster, and Tailgate are being served up for discussion this week. Also, a Portland Horror Film Festival recap. Does the mayor know how to please his constituents, or what? YES! Long may the mayor reign!
Horror movies can be a curious little corner of the media universe where you can track where society stands on social issues. This is clearly reflected in Queer Horror, a continually evolving reflection of the closeting, outing, and normalization of LGBT relationships and how they are perceived over time.
★★★★.5 out of ★★★★★ We've all been waiting patiently for the new work by masterful filmmaker Jordan Peele. He has yet to disappoint with his previous cinematic efforts and continues to push a rather visionary envelope. Shrouded in years of mystery comes another enthralling horror entry with NOPE. As we've already previously noted, UFO films are usually mostly in the science fiction camp, with maybe a toe in the horror genre. Trying to find the ones that firmly place two feet over into the horror side is no easy feat. NOPE is that film that harmoniously brings these camps together.
Each summer, Arrow Video FrightFest brings a cinematic bounty of chillers and thrillers to London. This year’s lineup is mind boggling in size and scope, offering such riches as the world premiere of renowned director Neil Marshall’s latest offeringThe Lair to horror icon Dario Argento’s newest feature Dark Glasses to premieres by up and coming filmmakers from across the globe.
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Raising some intriguing points about aging and boasting engrossing performances from Winona Ryder and Dermot Mulroney, Gone in the Night loses its way when it begins ramping things up in the suspense department.
★★★.5 out of ★★★★★ Just as zombie films really aren’t about zombies, nor are heist films about heists. Sure there’s the undead roaming across the screen and the heist film brings you the extra-elaborate scheme to get the goods, but neither is really about what they claim. If you’re a follower of horror (and we know you are) you know that many things in horror are simply devices to get to the heart of the matter. Human emotions. 
Legendary actor James Caan has passed away at the age of 82. He only performed in one horror movie, but he made it count. His portrayal of author Paul Sheldon in Rob Reiner's Stephen King adaption of Misery won him an Oscar nom. On a day like today, indeed, "I'm your biggest fan!"
★★★★ If you have a stomach for extreme violence ★★1/2 If you can't handle it Nati Morti will kick your ass, rip out your guts, and rub them all over your face. It is not, however, a non-stop gore festival. It has a big story to tell, and it has some moments of real poignancy. But, yes, you will need to be able to handle getting your guts ripped out.
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — comedy is a difficult task that’s made all the more difficult when it gets mixed up with its gory cousin, HORROR. To see it done well is one of the more pleasant sights that a horror fan gets to ever see.  The new film, Stag, by quadruple threat (actress, writer, director, and producer) Alexandra Spieth marries these two ugly cousins together perfectly — ironically in the context of a weekend bridal party.
★★★.5 out of ★★★★★ There’s a very real chance that this film may be the first of its kind. True story. One of one. The first ever. Well, that might be a little bit of a stretch, but it’s unlikely that there are any other found footage horror films made by Syrian teens who happen to be refugees living Lebanese settlement camps. If there are others out there we’d sure love to know about them.
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ How far will a pious man of the cloth go to help those in need? How far will he be pushed before things get insane? Christmas-set horror (uncomfortable) comedy The Leech has these answers, and it is an absolutely riveting, discomfiting experience.
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ It’s probably not too far out on a limb to say that Dave Grohl is an American treasure, but it turns out he actually is. From his time in Scream to Nirvana and his alt-grunge outfit the Foo Fighters, the man has done it all. Vacillating between documentaries with topics as varied as the Bad Brains, Lemmy, obscure record labels, and even Devo, Dave has covered nearly every possible music genre and sub-genre.  While he’s acted in a handful of fictional films, he’s never really touched on the world of horror. That is until now. Turns out he’s a pretty great actor. And, he’s also got a penchant for comedy. 
This year’s “it” horror film is upon us! Sorry, Halloween Ends, you’ll have to wait your turn. The Black Phone is the long awaited horror opus directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Deliver us from Evil) and written by Joe Hill (Locke and Key, Creep Show, and NOS4RA2).  All the horror provenance is certainly there, but is the Black Phone any good? As we often do, the Scariest Things Podcast team is bringing our collective thoughts to the table to look inside this big budget spook show. 

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