John Carpenter’s The Thing still resonates with audiences to this day, with unparalleled practical effects from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston, themes of isolation and memorable performances from Kurt Russell and Keith David. In my own humble opinion, it is the perfect horror film. Fright-Rags commemorates 35 years of alien terror with The Thing Collection.
I emerge from the darkness of a doorway, blinking into the daylight of a Soho street. I look up at the sliver of wintry sky between the tops of the buildings, hoping that a random wormhole into a time portal might somehow open up.
Admittedly, this is almost a daily occurrence with me, but [at the time of writing] it is particularly significant as it is October 2nd , and I have just come out of a special 15th anniversary screening of Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly’s much beloved and oft debated cult movie.
“What would you do if you knew the future?”
Comet, the free network dedicated to science fiction and horror programming, is bringing more cult classics to the unsuspecting public this month.
“They’re eating her… and then they’re going to eat me… OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!”
The cellar door has been opened and the official UK trailer for Shinichi Fukazawa’s splatter masterpiece Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell has escaped!
Trapped inside an old haunted property, a body builder (Shinichi Fukazawa) finds himself tormented by a relentless ghost with a 30 year grudge in Shinichi Fukazawa’s tongue-in-cheek splatter comedy.
“…Shinichi Fukazawa’s splatter masterpiece…”
The 40+ year old iconic independent film company Troma Entertainment will be attending Monster-Mania Con 36 between March 10-12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Jersey.
“Lloyd Kaufman and Toxie return to New Jersey at Monster-Mania Con 36!”
In 1992 Albert Pyun directed his 14th feature length film since debuting in 1982 with the sword & sorcery fantasy, The Sword and the Sorcerer. At the time of writing this review, Pyun has directed over 50 movies, so to say that Pyun, as a director, was (and still is) prolific is an understatement… He is a fucking machine!
From the moment the title appears, until the end-credits roll, Nemesis is a sequence of non-stop, over-the-top action set pieces woven together by a myriad of influences.
“In the future… it pays to be more than human.”
Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, has announced that Troma, the longest running truly independent film company in American history, have crossed the atlantic ocean in order to acquire Irish filmmaker Séamus Hanly’s hilarious superhero/comedy, The Middle Finger.
“He’s our only hope… Sorry about that.”
Fright-Rags are re-animating movie trading card tradition with their House of Fright Wax Packs. “Death is just the beginning…” Stuart Gordon’s 1985 Lovecraftian comedy/horror Re-Animator is the first film to receive the reagent!
“Herbert West has a very good head on his shoulders…and another one in a dish on his desk!”
Umberto Lenzi’s mean-spirited 1974 poliziotteschi, Almost Human, is getting the high definition upgrade courtesy of your partners-in-crime; Shameless Screen Entertainment.
“CAUTION: This picture may shock you, but it’s an experience in psychosadism you’ll never forget!”
Directed by S.F. Brownigg and released in 1973, Don’t Look in the Basement is an independent horror film that was unfortunate enough to fall foul of the UK media upon it’s 1981 home release; yet fortunate enough to not be prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act in 1985.
For me, Don’t Look in the Basement was an impulse buy on home video, spurred on by the film’s cult status and history as a ‘video nasty’.
“The line between sanity and madness can be crossed in a single step. And with this step you enter the nightmare world of terror. On the day the insane took over the asylum!”
The Wailing offers images that appear in many a horror films: disembowelled livestock; creepy candlelit shrines plastered with odd photographs; curtains of blindingly heavy rain; a foul-mouthed, possessed child; blackened, rabid zombies lunging at stunned victims and blood-splattered murder scenes.
It’s unlikely however, that any horror aficionado has seen all these tropes thrown with such bravado into the same melting pot, producing such a rich and unsettling brew.
“You awoke something recently that you weren’t supposed to. You disturbed it.”
What a delightful coincidence that the young actress in Gore Verbinski’s latest feature A Cure for Wellness should be named Mia Goth. Never has an appellation been more appropriate.
A Cure for Wellness proves to be an audacious, intoxicating, feverish piece of cinema – administering copious doses of Freudian symbolism and classic Gothicism. If you’re not a fan of things Gothic, or if you suffer from ichthyophobia, this may not be the film for you…