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Art of the Dead (2019, USA) Review

Art of the Dead (2019)

It’s rare that I’m left speechless or lost for words after a horror film but perhaps the only way to describe Art of the Dead is to say that it defies any definition! Brimming with influences that range from Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) to American Horror Story and Dario Argento, this offering from director Rolfe Kanevsky (who has a prolific output) is a visceral feast for the eyes. It’s fair to say that this is a horror based in spectacle, shock and sensory overload rather than it being a deep and searching exploration of fear. If this film were a painting itself, it could be described as schlocky, daring and off the hook.

“Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride. What’s your sin?”

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The Worst Horror Films of the Decade: Part 2 (2015-2019)

The Worst Horror Films of the Decade: Part 2 (2015-2019)

Are you ready for more of the worst of the worst? Yes, the process of compiling this subjective list has been self-inflicted, but I needed my own personal purge. So, without further ado, here are the worst horror movies of the decade; from 2015 to 2019.

“Transcend your expectations.”

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The Beyond (1981, Italy) Shameless Blu-ray Review

The Beyond (1981, Italy) Shameless Blu-ray Review

Directed by the prolific master of the macarbre, Lucio Fulci, The Beyond is the second film in Fulci’s ‘Gates of Hell‘ trilogy; a series of horror films all connected by a unifying theme, and actress Catriona MacColl. In each of these films, one of seven gateways to hell is activated, bringing misery to those unfortunate to stumble upon the doors of death.

“The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places… And from the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth.”

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Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND on Special Edition Blu-ray (13 January) from Shameless Screen Entertainment

Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND on Special Edition Blu-ray (13 January) from Shameless Screen Entertainment

Shameless proudly presents Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond (aka …E tu vivrai nel terrore! L’Aldila’) from a 2K-scanned and restored source; available 13 January 2020 on Blu-ray.

“The seven dreaded gateways to hell are concealed in seven cursed places… And from the day the gates of hell are opened, the dead will walk the earth.”

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Lionsgate UK Presents Supernatural Horror THE GALLOWS ACT II on DVD 6 January

Lionsgate UK Presents Supernatural Horror THE GALLOWS ACT II on DVD 6 January

The terrifying spectre of ‘The Hangman’ returns in this nightmarish sequel to smash-hit supernatural thriller The Gallows.

When Auna Rue, a teenage vlogger and aspiring actress, logs onto a sinister website, she’s soon trapped in the malevolent world of cursed stage play, The Gallows. After performing a passage from the play for her tiny online fan base, Auna instantly achieves the stardom she seeks – as well as a twisted challenge from the deadly spirit of The Hangman himself…

“Evil chooses you.”

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The Haunting of Hill House Triple Threat: 1959 Book vs. 1963 Film vs. 2018 Netflix Series

The Haunting of Hill House Triple Threat

I needed to know for myself how far Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House had diverged from the 1959 book and if it had actually improved on it. So I read the book first and then watched the 1963 film, The Haunting, which I’d heard was a classic. I must admit I enjoyed both of them – and found them very different from one another – so I decided that so I decided that all three needed to be compared.

“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!”

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Revisiting Hideo Nakata’s Chilling Tale of Technological Dread: Ringu リング

Revisiting Hideo Nakata's Chilling Tale of Technological Dread: Ringu リング

In March 2019 Arrow Video is re-releasing Hideo Nakata’s Ringu in celebration of its 20th anniversary; restored from the original negative in vivid high definition.

Ringu is based on a novel by Koji Suzuki, (known as the ‘Japanese Stephen King’) and for any western viewer this film is the starting point for any exploration of modern Asian horror.

“How did the rumours about the video even start in the first place? This kind of thing… It doesn’t start by one person telling a story. It’s more like everyone’s fear just takes on a life of its own.”

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Get Haunted by POLTERGEIST, POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR & PREDATOR Merchandise from Fright-Rags

Get Haunted by POLTERGEIST, POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR & PREDATOR Merchandise from Fright-Rags

From a dimension beyond the living, Fright-Rags has new merchandise to scare you to death; featuring Poltergeist, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, The Amityville Horror, and Predator.

“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”

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CARRIE Collection: Part 1 🔥 Now Available from Cavity Colors

CARRIE Collection: Part 1 Now Available from Cavity Colors

They’re all gonna laugh at you… If only they knew you had the power. 🔥 Cavity Colors have released their most highly ambitious, officially licensed collections to date, by force of the mind! If you’ve got a taste for terror… take Carrie to the prom.

“Take Carrie to the prom. I dare you!”

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The Haunting of Hill House (2018, USA) Season 1 Review

The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

People have been raving about this Netflix series for a while now. Even Stephen King has praised it, so I’ve given it a go. The Netflix series differs from the novel. The advantage of only being loosely based on the novel is with the differences the Netflix series has made. Eleanor “Nell” Vance, for example, was the main character in the novel, but by mid-season the dynamic changes, so you don’t know what is going to happen.

“A ghost can be a lot of things. A memory, a daydream, a secret. Grief, anger, guilt. But, in my experience, most times they’re just what we want to see.”

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018, USA) Season 1 Review

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

In the original series you could really root for Sabrina as she learns witchcraft and all the negative aspects that came with it but here the stakes are much higher, not just regarding whether she will be a mortal or witch, but to be a witch she has to sign her name in Satan’s book and he could call on her at any time. There’s a stronger sense of Sabrina’s desperation to learn about her family history and what had happened to her parents, along with the struggles of being a half witch, giving the series a bit of a Harry Potter feel, even though the original Sabrina comics and 90s series predate it.

“Happy birthday, witch.”

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