★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Pulling off a feature length film takes some serious gumption. Pulling off a film that balances impeccable comedic timing, a fully realized soundtrack, empathetic characters, complicated friendships, and a heaping dose of spatter gore — well, that’s a whole different story. Directed by horror short filmmaker Matthew John Lawrence, Uncle Peckerhead hits every single note and simultaneously manages to bang out a gory film that would make Herschell Gordon Lewis blush.
South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Goes Hybrid for 2020
With concern for the current COVID-19 climate and an eye on the future, South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival […]
A Slasher Film Celebration Part 1 of 2: Ranking 120 Slasher Films into Tiers (for Fears)
We are celebrating the influence of the slasher movie to the horror genre by ranking them in tiers! The sheer volume of knife-wielding psycho movies is almost overwhelming, but The Scariest Things has taken the time to accumulate as many mad slasher films as we could and compared them to each other. The cool thing? If you disagree, you can shuffle the deck and make your own choices!
The Scariest Things Podcast is Now Available on Spotify and Deezer!
By popular demand, our Podcast is now available on the streaming audio giant, SPOTIFY! We also are now streamable via the new(ish) Microsoft platform DEEZER,the choice is yours… and we’ve got plenty of options to cover your streaming needs.
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode XCIX: Technological Horror
Do you ever feel like you are being monitored? That your communication device of choice is actively working against you? That the soulless automatons of industry are going to rise up and crush you? Well, we do! Join the Scariest Things as we talk about technology and horror!
The Portland Horror Film Festival Goes Streaming!
It’s Alive! It’s ALIVE! IT’S ALIIIIIIVEEE!! The Portland Horror Film Festival is going virtual this year, which means more access to more people. Come join the festivities June 17-21st. A wealth of horror shorts and independent features await!
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Jumbo (2020)
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A young woman gets a job at an amusement park, and falls romantically in love with an amusement park ride, in this bizarre and brilliant dark fantasy. Not so much a horror movie, but it is an absolutely brilliant coming of age piece about madness and unconventional affection.
Mike’s Review: The Siren (2019)
★★.5 out of ★★★★★ A somber, quiet, and contemplative affair. This faux mythology, while largely devoid of dialogue, packs away some interesting social/sexual dynamics. Fans of Troma and Full Moon be forewarned, this film is NOT for you. While it is a monster movie that’s loosely based not the eastern European “Rusalka” water harpy myth, this is not the Toxic Avenger, nor is it the Evil Bong.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Yellow Night (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★
The Yellow Night indicated it might be a psychedelic cosmic horror show. Nope! It is a teen-angst movie full of banal and unconvincing dialogue among a group of Brazilian high school grads. And, there might be a cosmic gate in the creepy shed at the beach house they are staying in, but the characters pay it no mind, and neither does the plot.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Skull: The Mask (2020)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Skull: The Mask is a Brazilian explosion of gore and action, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite a while. Gonzo, gratuitous, and pure sweet bloody syrup for fans of exploitation fare.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Wave (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Wave is a dark sci-fi comedy that explores the collision of hallucinogens, a mid-life crisis, time travel, legal ethics, the afterlife, and lots of really bad decisions. Justin Long stars in this tale of a man who loses everything but finds his own personal truth in the end. Ooooo! Trippy!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LCXVIII: Ranking the Films in Our Favorite Franchises
By popular demand, The Scariest Crew is breaking down some franchise horror. We decided to pick three series each and rank the movies within the series. We’ll be doing this again because we had so much fun comparing and contrasting the films, and there are SO MANY franchises that we weren’t able to talk about.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Scare Package (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Scare Package is a horror-comedy anthology that gets points for knowing all the tropes by heart and trying really hard. It’s more lightly amusing than raucously funny, and it doesn’t always land the comedic beats, but it will certainly please fans of gory silliness. Bonus points for one BIG horror icon cameo appearance.
Mike’s Review: Demon Seed (1977)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ The Demon Seed is one mighty mashup of technological/sociological concepts. Freedom of choice, meets man’s desire to concur his natural surroundings, meets the infallibility of the god complex, meets sexual politics, meets the ecology movement, meets the military industrial complex, meets a horrifying faux 2001 psychedelic freakout. Yes, it’s all here on display in a 1970s groove.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Beach House (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Beach House is a compact and well-paced Cosmic Horror tale. A young couple trying to sort out their relationship go to a New England beach house to address their issues, only to find something very sinister is brewing on the beach.
Joseph’s Review: Dementer (Chattanooga Film Festival)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ A woman who escaped from a backwoods cult finds that what she learned there might endanger […]
Dead List: Top 10 French (language) Horror Films
Wine, cheese, croissants… and some of the most brutal horror in the world! C’est le top 10 des films d’horreur français!
The Scariest Things Horror Movie Championship Tournament!
The Scariest Things is recording its 100th Podcast Episode soon, and in celebration we are going to host a Horror Movie bracket-style royal rumble to determine the best horror movie of all time and we’d like you to join in on the fun!
Movie News: ‘Scream’ franchise relaunch is coming!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for new Scream!
Joseph’s Review: Diablo Rojo PTY
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Panama’s first horror film offers a fun, gruesome introduction to the country’s darker side of traditional […]
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCVII: Exploring Horror Anthologies
Anthology horror is the traditional extension of gathering around and telling each other scary stories. They hearken back to the oldest root forms of scary storytelling. Come, gather ’round, and the Scariest Things will tuck you in and tell you all you need to know about horror Anthologies in Episode 97!
Mike’s Review: Z (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ With an increasing number of horror films eschewing the well-trodden path of gore, gags, and scream queens, there’s always the risk of re-calibrating too far to the other end of the scare spectrum. Over the last 20 years there’s been a trend towards melancholy and family trauma — Shudder calls it parental terror, we’re calling it melancholy horror. Sometimes the quiet and somber affairs work and sometimes they’re just weighty, boring, and devoid of scares. The Shudder original Z certainly ran that risk, but effectively shook itself off the melancholy mantle.
Chattanooga Film Festival’s 2020 Virtual Edition Serves Up New and Vintage Fright Fare and Outstanding Special Events
The Chattanooga Film Festival is famous for its cutting-edge cinematic fare and thrilling special events. The fest has just announced […]
Joseph’s Review: A Nun’s Curse
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ Horror icon Felissa Rose toplines highly regarded fear-fare auteur Tommy Faircloth’s latest as a deceased nun […]
Mike’s Review: Blood Quantum (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Much of the history of native peoples in horror film, or in this case Canada’s First Nation people, has been beset by misunderstandings, skepticism about tribal rituals, and outright racism. These troubling portrayals throughout horror’s uneven relationship with non-Euro traditions has manifested itself in a series of clumsy attempts to capture the native condition. This, in turn, has played out with mysterious and prescient shamans, strange and incomplete tribal rites, and silly depictions of day-to-day tribal life. That was the case until 2020, with the release of the superb Blood Quantum.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCVI: Horror Down Under!
G’day! Grab yourselves a coldie (beer) from the pesky (ice chest), and get ready for some true blue Oz and Kiwi horror films. Listen in to The Scariest Things talk some Southern hemisphere horror.
Liz’s Book Report: It Will Be Just Us
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The haunted house story is a tried and true horror trope, but what if the house was not only haunted by the ghosts of the past, but by shadowy figures from the future, too? That’s exactly what appears to be happening in the crumbling mansion at the center of this story.
Eric’s Review: Cargo (2017)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Proving that there’s more life yet in the living dead genre, Cargo offers up some of the most sympathetic protagonists the genre has seen in years. Also, check out the short film that was the basis of this movie!
Horror News: Daft Punk is Scoring the Next Dario Argento Film
What?!?!? First Thom Yorke dips his toes in the water with his somber interpretation of the Goblin’s color-soaked Suspiria vision, and now Daft Punk is scoring the next Dario Agento film? Color us shocked and awed.
Eric’s Review: Rogue (2007)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Have you ever wondered just how safe those crocodile tour boats are? This is a story where the tourists get much more than they bargained for. And, so did I, in reviewing this movie.