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A range of genre orientated blog posts and editorials

SEASON 9; EPISODE 15

Well that was a fun little episode wasn't it? To be honest, it felt more like an episode of Game of Thrones than The Walking Dead - well the last few minutes did anyway. Viewers have had to endure a number of character deaths over the years, but none of those episodes quite matched this in terms of the sheer number of characters that were lost. Just to confirm; we lost ten characters tonight. And whilst most of them weren't 'big' characters, there were still a handful of shocking departures to contend with. The Walking Dead can be a cruel mistress. When you get fifteen minutes into an episode and think to yourself 'oh, this seems remarkably upbeat and positive as far as The Walking Dead go

FIVE FILMS FROM...1977

Kingdom of the Spiders (Directed by John 'Bud' Cardos) 1977 was a HUGE year for animal-horror flicks. No prizes for guessing this had a lot to do with the phenomenal success of “Jaws” and the resultant nature-goes-nutzoid offerings. So these 12 months saw a lot of films like “Grizzly”, “Tentacles”, “Rattlers” and “The Food of Gods” in the Grindhouse theatres. Most were of the variety of animals-get-pissy-with-interfering-humans or science-creates-mutants. But “Kingdom” was one of the more notable and oddly effective examples of these exploitationers, and one of the first to exhibit some sense of environmentalism. It was directed by one-time stuntman Cardos, who personally persuaded the one-a

SEASON 9; EPISODE 14

For a few episodes now, viewers will have been wondering how Daryl and Michonne procured their nasty looking branding (and matching) scars on their backs. Who did it to them? Why? How? When? Well, in tonight's episodes we got some answers... Michonne hasn't had too much screen time since the mid-season finale, however episode 14 was all about her and her realisation that perhaps she wasn't honouring the memory of the Grimes boys as much as she's like. This week the narrative was divided between two timelines; in one - set a few months after the mid season finale, we had a pregnant Michonne welcoming an old friend named Jocelyn into Alexandria. Jocelyn convinced her to head out to find her '

FIVE FILMS FROM...1976

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (Directed by Charles B. Pierce) One of the first (and most popular) docu-horrors around is 1972’s “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. With its unusual mixture of creepy reconstructions and eyewitness accounts of an Arkansas-based Sasquatch, it became a cult film and as much an important slice of Americana as it was a “monster flick”. So it was only right that its director would go on to make another real-life mystery into such an enduring movie. It’s famously based on the “Texarkana Moonlight Murders” that took place in that area during 1946. Attributed to a masked individual who became known as “The Phantom Killer” by the media, at least eight people were attacked dur

SEVEN CREEPY AND CURIOUS CASES OF REINCARNATION

In the new Hollywood horror The Prodigy, released this week, a young boy undergoes hypnosis to deal with his behavioural problems, and it turns out he is the reincarnation of a serial killer seeking vengeance. Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, The Prodigy will give you the chills. Likewise, here are seven real-life cases of reincarnation - some spooky, some staggering, and some to take with a pinch of salt. Going Gaga for past lives When people explore their past lives they often hope they were someone important, as a rich and famous celebrity for example. Here’s a case of a celebrity believing they used to be just an ordinary person. Lady Gaga thinks she is the reincarnation of h

SEASON 9; EPISODE 13

Whilst last week we spent a lot of time in the company of Alpha and her posse, this week she was nowhere to be seen - instead her second in command, Beta, provided the main threat throughout the episode. We saw bits and pieces of him last episode and he seemed like a bit of a bad ass mofo. Well now he's a confirmed bad ass mofo who is going to be looking for payback. A rather terrifying thought... After Daryl, Henry, Lydia and Connie escaped the clutches of The Whisperers at the end of last week's episode. they decided to hole up in a five story building because a) Daryl didn't want to lead them to Hilltop and b) Connie and her chums used the building as an occasional hideout, back in the da

FIVE FILMS FROM...1975

Deep Red (Directed by Dario Argento) When we personally choose our 5-films from each year, we often tend to keep away from the more obvious “big-hitters” or well-known major cult movies from each 52 weeks. But in this case we’re still drawn to highlighting one of the more noticeable global releases of 1975. Arguably one of Argento’s best and most accessible Giallo offerings, it also works as a good introduction to Italiano Grand Guignol and effectively exists as a great standalone piece to his “Animal Trilogy” and the “3 Mothers” films. It is also known by a bewildering number of alterative titles around the world. As well as the literal translation of “Profondo Rosso”, the censored US versi

SEASON 9; EPISODE 12

Last week we wondered if Alpha's decision to go back for her daughter might ruffle a few feathers within her own camp. Turns out, those musing were well founded, as Alpha's authority was challenged by a couple of her own people this week. Even her own daughter was left wondering what the real intention was in going back to secure her release from Hilltop. Was it a decision based on maternal love? Or one to gleen as much inside info about Hilltop as possible? The answer is probably both. Nevertheless, the two challengers were unceremoniously punished in pretty horrific ways. Would you rather be gutted or beheaded? Hmmm, that's a tough choice. We've seen some gruesome stuff before in The Walki

FIVE FILMS FROM...1974

Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (Directed by Brian Klemens) By the mid-70s Hammer studios were no longer the powerhouse of British horror that they once were, and poor box-office for their gothic tales meant some brave experimentation went on with their offerings. “Kronos” was actually filmed in 1972, but not released until 1974. It was designed to bring a new kind of vibrancy and imagination to the now-staid Vampire movie, and the plan was for Kronos to become a franchise in the way that Frankenstein and Dracula had become, but by time it hit the cinema that was no longer a financially viable option. Often cited by film critics as one the last great horror productions by the studio, it has

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