Real deep rooted fears saturate the Hide Behind, one of last year’s great short horror films. Sometimes horror in broad (tree dappled) sunlight can be as scary as anything in the dark.
An Open Ballot: The 2020 Thingy Awards
Forget Super Tuesday! Vote for something that really matters… like the best horror movies, actors, actresses, and directors from the genre in 2020! The Scariest Things 2020 Thingy Awards are being made open to our fans to be the jury for our second annual awards!
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode XCI: The Scaredy Cat Challenge (part 1 of 2)
The scaredy cat is back! And this time in comes in the form of our friends (and patron) Dan Bradbury and Mike Halstead. These two gentlemen are what you would call horror movie averse. So, we decided to challenge them to watch nine horror movies, and to see if they could handle it! Heh… heh… heh…
Liz’s Review: The Invisible Man (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
What you can’t see can kill you in this terrifying and timely update of Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man.
Movie News: Extra Ordinary Hits the Streets on March 6
Our universal fav’ film from 2019 gets its official release on March 6! Prepare to laugh, cry, and get 👻 spooked.
Trailer Alert: Candyman (2020)
Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… Candyman…. no, I can’t do it! One of the great villains in all of horror is getting a reboot. Yahya Abdul Mateen stars as a man returning to Cabrini Green, and the famed killing grounds of the Candyman. Check out the trailer here!
Joseph’s Review: Blood on Her Name
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ A woman follows her conscience after a murder and winds up making her life an absolute […]
MidWest WeirdFest Lineup Boasts Ghosts, Monsters, UFOs, and More
The cinematic celebration of all things fantastic, frightening, paranormal, and just plain weird known as MidWest WeirdFest returns to the […]
Horror Short: Nose Nose Nose Eyes! (South Korea)
South Korean film is having a moment, isn’t it? This film took its cues from the Takashi Miike school of horror. Five bucks suggest that you can’t watch this without wincing or having your toes curl.
Mike’s Review: Dr. Sleep (2019)
★★★.5 out of ★★★★★
Nearly 1,000 pages of creepy thoughts, actions, and psychic happenings were laid out between the Shining and its murderous offspring, Dr. Sleep. It seemed impossible that 1) the Shining would be made in to a film, 2) that Stephen King would be so dissatisfied in one of the true horror greats, 3) that it would deserve a remake, 4) the story would evolve in to a 500 page psychedelic mishmash, and 5) that mishmash would be made in to its own celluloid opus. Seem fantastical? Well it is.
Horror Tourism: The Dearly Departed Homicide True Crime Tour : Hollywood
Just when I was beginning to think Los Angeles was actually rather quaint and endearing, I went on a journey to La La Land’s dark side. The Dearly Departed Tours: Homicide True Crime Tour. I just may need to sleep with the lights on tonight!
Eric’s Review: Harpoon (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
It’s all fun and games until you have to draw straws to determine who becomes the sacrifice in a lifeboat dilemma. Harpoon is a savage look at a love triangle gone completely haywire and lost at sea.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XC: Black History Horror : Our Favorite Characters
In the sophisticated current age of genre fare, black characters are getting meatier and more significant roles in horror feature films. It hasn’t always been that way though. In Episode 90, The Scariest Things discusses the pioneers of black horror cinema, as well as some of the new faces looking to move the genre forward.
Mike’s Review: Three from Hell (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★ At Rob Zombie’s darkened dirtbag core is a full and unfiltered embrace of the age-old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Slow motion. Hyperbolic acting (or in some cases no acting). Closeups so close you can count individual pores Captain Spaulding’s grease-paint soaked forehead. Weirdly rare and off-putting selection of non-Joe Walsh James Gang tracks. If you’ve seen House of a Thousand Corpses and Devil’s Rejects then you’ve been thoroughly exposed to Mr. Zombie’s cinema trickery.
Joseph’s Reviews (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Big Man, Bleed, Idle Hands, The Last Reel, This Mourning
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival offered up a treasure trove of incredible fright-fare shorts. In this second installment of short-film reviews from […]
Eric’s Review: The Lighthouse (2019)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Isolation, misery, toil, secrets, and madness. Just another day for Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in the Robert Eggers brilliantly bleak seascape The Lighthouse.
Joseph’s Review: Swallow (Final Girls Berlin Film Fest)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ A Stepford Wife in training begins swallowing dangerous objects — and that’s only the start of […]
Mike’s Review: Bliss (2019)
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Are you a fan of a) Metal, b) vaguely satanic possessions, c) explicit drug usage, d) nudity, e) lots of blood (read: LOTS), and f) the word FUCK? I mean, sure who isn’t in favor of all these things right? Each has lots to offer. They’re interesting. Taken in small doses they can be a very powerful antidote to a lagging cinematic undertaking. When taken in over-dose-like proportions the gore and bad words take on an underwhelming status.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXVIII: Celebrating Women Horror Directors
Happy Women in Horror Month! In celebration of the contributions of women creators and directors, The Scariest Things invited Gwen Callahan from The Portland Horror Film Festival to discuss some of the great contributions from women behind the camera.
Robert’s Review: There Are Monsters (2013)
★★ out of ★★★★★
Have a great idea for a horror movie? Here’s a perfect example of how to make your great idea almost completely unwatchable!
Trailer Alert: Spiral (2020)
The Saw franchise is getting a new twist as it is being produced, written, and starring Chris Rock. Yes, THAT Chris Rock. Oh, and some guy named Samuel L. Jackson. Him too. A potentially great career move for Rock, in a series that suggests that still has some legs left. (Though given that it’s Saw, those legs may be gone by the end.)
MidWest WeirdFest First Wave Announcement Promises Monsters, Mayhem, and Mirth
Wisconsin’s MidWest WeirdFest has announced its first seven feature films, and what a promising group it is! MidWest WeirdFest— a […]
Joseph’s Reviews (Horror-on-Sea Film Festival): Horror Shorts — Noctámbulos (Night Owls), No Strings, One Touch, Tolerance
Horror-on-Sea Film Festival offered up a treasure trove of incredible horror shorts. Here are reviews about four of them, featuring […]
Trailer Alert: Locke and Key (Netflix)
A long-awaited graphic novel adaptation is hitting Netflix next week. The trailer captures a lot of the magic of the book, but will it go as dark as the comic was willing to go?
Eric’s Review: VFW (2020)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Chalk one up for the old dudes! Drugged out mutant crazies siege the local veteran’s watering hole in the latest offering from FANGORIA, featuring some fan-favorite genre actors getting a chance to step out of the supporting role shadows.
Joseph’s Reviews (Another Hole in the Head Film Fest): Horror Shorts — Patina, Playtime’s Over, and Zombie Debt
An intimidating humanoid robot, a preteen horror movie fan bent on terrorizing her babysitter, and a woman pursued by a debt collector during a zombie apocalypse were the subjects of three fantastic short films that recently screened at Another Hole in the Head Film Fest in San Francisco.
Scary Toys: The VVitch Playmobil Set
“Woulds’t thou like to live deliciously?” Of course you would, and that’s why you’re going to get the Playmobil set of Robert Egger’s The VVitch, courtesy of the very clever folks at Millionaire Playboy!
Robert’s Review: Eat Locals (2017)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Filmed entirely in Hertfordshire, England, this charming vampire flick starts slowly, but saves itself with an action-filled second act and a thoroughly satisfying ending.
Mike’s Review: The Color Out of Space (2020)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Is the ultimate test of a director the ability to grow, mature, and evolve? Pick up new tricks, devices, and viewpoints? Create new and unique takes on the film medium? OR, is it the director’s job to figure out what formula works, stick with that, and never grow, mature, and evolve. Sort of a “greatest hits” approach to filmmaking.
Liz’s review: The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A found footage style film that for years was found footage itself. Dip your toe into the water under a bridge too far and watch The Poughkeepsie Tapes.