Eric and Mike got a wonderful opportunity to host an on-stage conversation with genre icon, Mick Garris, live at the Hollywood Theater for the Portland Horror Film Festival! Listen up all’s y’all!
Mike’s Review: Friday the 13th Part VIII (1989)
★★.5 out of ★★★★★ Is this really too good to be true? Too bad to be believed? So ridiculous we all laugh with it? Or so horrible we curl up in a cringe-worthy ball of shame? Answer: All of ‘em.
Joseph’s Review: The 16th Episode (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ This possession shocker is as all over the map as its three globetrotting vlogger protagonists, which […]
Liz’s Book Report: Growing Things and Other Stories
Whether you’re a new fan or have read all his novels, grab a copy and get tangled up in Growing Things by Paul Tremblay.
Amy’s Review: Child’s Play (2019)
★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Chucky is back! Well, sorta.
Joseph’s Cinepocalypse Reviews: “Kindred Spirits” and “The Last to See Them”
Kindred Spirits ★★★ out of ★★★★★ This thriller about an unhinged woman who craves revisiting adolescence feels watered down compared […]
Pride Month: TST Celebrates 30 Important Queer horror films
The Scariest Things celebrates Pride Month by looking back at the sometimes awkward but always fascinating role that queer culture has had in horror movies. In a word: Progress.
Updated with new content in 2022!
Eric’s Review: Meatball Machine (2005)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Ugly, vulgar, obnoxious, and totally entertaining. Meatball Machine has perfected the low-brow J-Horror splatter-fest. You don’t get more gonzo than this!
Eric’s TV Review: Swamp Thing (2019)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
DC Universe ups the horror ante with Swamp Thing, a smart, brutal, and completely engaging tale that is both complex and comprehensible. Beautiful, and savage. Worth the price of subscription for sure. Too bad it’s only going to be one season!
Joseph’s Cinepocalypse Reviews: “The Swerve” and “Achoura”
The Swerve ★★★★ out of ★★★★★ A woman battles depression, rodents, guilt, and more in this superbly acted slow burner […]
The Scariest things Podcast Extra: An Interview with FANGORIA’s Amanda Presmyk
The Scariest Things were gifted with an interview at the Overlook Film Festival with Satanic Panic’s Producer, Amanda Presmyk, who gave us her behind the scenes insights on her new movie and the movie business. Get the scoop in our Podcast Extra!
Mike’s Review: Vast of Night (2019)
👽👽👽👽 out of 👽👽👽👽👽
UFOs are real! Well, they might be real. Or, they’re probably imagined. Rather, we’re all crazy and we’re collectively imagining them. Or, maybe, just maybe, they really are real and the space aliens are making us crazy in an attempt to make us believe/not believe that they’re real/not real. All are real possibilities and 2019’s The Vast of the Night lays all of them on the table for us to sort out.
Eric’s Review: Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ if you like Kaiju vs. Kaiju battles.
★1/2 out of ★★★★★ if you don’t
It’s rock-em-sock-em Kaiju in Godzilla’s return to the western screens. The monster-on-monster action is gorgeous and frenetic, and the humans are superfluous. This is Toho-style stompy monsters with a big Hollywood budget.
Creepy Stuff: Unsettling Toys
Do you have a toy that is staring at you from the corner of your bedroom, and you just can’t handle it anymore? Well, Unsettling Toys is here to help you out.
Horror Movie News: The Banana Splits Movie gets a trailer and an R rating
Horror is a big, broad, wide, deep and inviting genre. Everybody is welcome to hang out, have some chips, try […]
Horror Movie News: Another Black Christmas Remake
We’ll just park this over here in the What the What!?!?!? category. Apparently, and justifiably, unsatisfied with the 2006 remake […]
Eric’s Review: Nightmare Cinema (2019)
★★★1/2 Out of ★★★★★
Nightmare Cinema is an anthology horror feature, with some of the biggest names in the genre directing a series of grisly short films, and uses an abandoned cinema as the connecting thread. As with most anthologies, it’s a bit of a mixed bag in quality and style.
Horror Movies News: 3 From Hell Trailer
Love ‘im or hate ‘im, Rob Zombie is back for more in the latest installment of groady, gruesome, grindhouse gore. […]
Eric’s Review: Depraved (2019)
★★★★1/2 Out of ★★★★★
Depraved is a modern retelling of Frankenstein and manages to preserve all the empathy of the source material while making a more sophisticated and nuanced take on the classic tale.
Liz’s Review: In Fabric (2018)
★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★
The horror comedy (?) In Fabric unravels
Horror Shorts: Blood Stains (2018)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
What are you willing to sacrifice to realise your dreams?
Eric’s Review: Stay Out Stay Alive (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Digital effects wizard Deane Yurke takes a seat in the director’s chair for his first feature, Stay Out, Stay Alive, a cautionary tale of greed unchecked as five young campers fall prey to the lure of a haunted gold mine.
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: The Overlook Film Festival in Review
The Scariest Things went to the Big Easy and saw LOTS of movies, and for good measure also checked out some really cool live panels. Many of these films will be getting wide release later this summer and fall, so give a listen for a preview of what’s worth checking out!
Mike’s Review: The Lodge (2019)
❄❄❄❄❄ out of ❄❄❄❄❄
2017 gave us Get Out. 2018 gave us Heriditary. 2019’s dive in to intellectual terror is the Lodge. Just as its forefathers were dark, brooding, thought-provoking, and terrifying, so is this year’s entry in to the new age of thinky-horror. Note: thinky-horror is not yet an industry-accepted term, but you heard it here first.
Joseph’s Overlook Film Festival Reviews: “Dachra” and “Porno”
Dachra ★★ out of ★★★★★ Local-color sinisterness can’t overcome the exasperating squabbling of the three main protagonists in this Tunisian […]
Eric’s Review: Satanic Panic (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
FANGORIA continues its reputation for bringing fun, low-budget elevated B-movie fare. Their new feature, Satanic Panic, has a look and production quality that belies its minuscule budget, and stars charismatic newcomer Haley Griffith.
Joseph’s Overlook Film Festival Review: “Knives and Skin”
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Style edges out substance in this Lynchian high school noir about a missing girl’s impact on […]
Eric’s Review: Come to Daddy (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Come To Daddy is a movie with two lives. The first half is a taught father-son dysfunctional family character piece, and the second is a hyper violent fight for survival, featuring Elijah Wood.
Eric’s Review: Head Count (2018)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
A remarkable debut feature film that expands on a familiar curse, and continues to tweak and adjust the theme as the plot unfurls.
Eric’s Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★
It was bound to be a curiosity. A famous auteur art-house director, gifted with an all-star cast and a classic zombie tale, what could go wrong? Plenty.