Archive for May, 2014

Sergio Martino’s TORSO: Bearing Traces of Carnal Violence

May 29, 2014 1 Comment by

Perugia is an ancient Etruscan city that sits in the heart of the Italian region of Umbria. For most, this central city is synonymous with the University of Perugia, which was founded in 1308 and well over a hundred years before Columbus even had a wet dream about finding a new way to India. Like […]

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Recompense Short Film Review

May 27, 2014 No Comments by

“The Devil, he been with you a long time….” Recompense is a short film about a man that’s locked up one day and finds he’s sharing a cell with a mysterious man who offers a way out of this predicament. James is a down-on-his-luck lower-class fella, quick to hit and ask questions later, and probably […]

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House of Good and Evil Movie Mini-Review

May 22, 2014 No Comments by

A family tragedy compels a young couple to trade their city life for one in the country. They end up purchasing a secluded house, complete with no internet, gas, or the utilities that most of us can’t live without. To make matters worse, the house has a less-than-savory history and things soon begin to go […]

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Truth or Dare Movie Review

May 20, 2014 No Comments by

Truth or Dare, the directorial debut from ascending scream queen Jessica Cameron, is one of those rare movies that inspires an irrational compulsion to bathe.  In fact, this reviewer’s thoughts became sanitarily grandiose after watching this exercise in sadistic cinema.  A hot shower?  A man-sized vat of hand sanitizer? A ditch filled with lye?  All […]

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Godzilla Movie Review

May 18, 2014 No Comments by

GODZILLA (2014): “Return of the King” “History shows again and again How nature points out the folly of man…” —Godzilla Blue Oyster Cult If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. A trite cliché, but one that applies most definitely to this year’s reboot of Godzilla. You probably don’t need me to remind you […]

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H.R. Giger: A Eulogy

May 15, 2014 1 Comment by

All our legends die.  One day, Savage Readers, we’ll sign on to Facebook and find out that Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and John Carpenter are crafted of the same mortal maggot-meat we all are.  On May 12th, Swiss artist Hans Rudolf Giger died after suffering a fall.  For an artist who so brilliantly […]

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Stefan Grabiński: Poland’s Poe

May 13, 2014 No Comments by

Hunting after the obscure and arcane has always been a fixture of the horror genre. That’s why Peter Straub’s Mr. X is an apt metaphor for the entire experience of reading horror fiction: we, the readers, look for the mysterious man (or woman) behind the bloody red pen. Often the more we search the more […]

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The Evil Within Movie Review

May 08, 2014 1 Comment by

What can go wrong when a group of teenagers retreats to a secluded cabin for a vacation filled with sexual tension and mind-altering substances? Director Richard Gray’s The Evil Within promises to answer this perennial question for the horror-hungry masses on May 6th. Luckily, as a valuable and beloved member of the Ravenous Monster team, […]

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Horror Authors’ Bookshelves: S. Johnathan Davis

May 06, 2014 No Comments by

From the darkness has curiosity ever reached out and struck you?  Has it caused you to wonder about your favorite genre writers and what’s on their bookshelves?  It’s reached out and struck me.  Do they have some classic pulp detective novels?  What about graphic novel collections?  Maybe the severed head of the poor unfortunate soul […]

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Alien: The Official Movie Novelization Book Review

May 04, 2014 No Comments by

“Seven dreamers…” Like most horror fanatics, Alien was my first venture into the world of science-fiction terror. The film evokes such an inky black feeling of dread and tension, it remains to this day a film that sticks with me days after I re-watch it. Having recently read the novelization of the seminal film, I […]

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