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Horror, Masculinity, and the Women Behind the Camera

Feb 24, 2013 1 Comment

The fact that we even need the formality of a “Women in Horror Recognition Month” speaks volumes about the genre.  Horror movies are, after all, the domain of men both behind the camera and in the theater seat.  Or, at least, that’s the perception, even in a genre where women are beginning to outnumber men […]

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Interview with RAILWAY CHILDREN Filmmaker Jason Figgis

Jan 23, 2013 No Comments

When I was asked to review Railway Children, I was perhaps unnecessarily enthusiastic about the task.  The plot synopsis hooked me right away: A movie that combines elements of Lord of the Flies with an apocalypse horror?  I can’t think of anything better.  I eagerly watched, expecting something dark, tragic and full of uncomfortable questions.  […]

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The War Z Video Game Review

Jan 13, 2013 No Comments

I’ve ranted in the past about the video game industry’s obsession with zombies and the lazy game-making behind it.  I honestly never thought I’d see the day when a zombie game not only caught my attention, but actually frightened me.  Of course, that was before I downloaded The War Z. The War Z has been […]

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The Ghosts of Old Christmas

Dec 23, 2012 1 Comment

There are a handful of things that are always easily associated with the Christmas season:  gifts, evergreens, Christmas carols, long lines at Wal-Mart, Facebook arguments about the “reason for the season.”  But here’s one long-standing Christmas tradition that might not come immediately to mind:  Ghost stories. There are hints and vestiges of this tradition lurking […]

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Interview with GUT Filmmaker Elias

Dec 12, 2012 No Comments

As a follow-up to the GUT movie review, I had the pleasure of interviewing the film’s creator, Elias, about the movie and a few up-coming projects.  Enjoy, Horror Fans! RavMon: First, would you give us a bit of an introduction for yourself? Elias: Sure, my name’s Elias, and of course I do have a last […]

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GUT Movie Review

Dec 02, 2012 No Comments

Gut is a 2012 release from director/writer Elias, available for download off iTunes, Amazon and several other download networks.  This low-budget indie film takes a quiet, character-driven approach to a tired storyline, and despite some flaws in execution, it manages to raise some unsettling questions. Officially, the plot is quite simple:  A man, unhappy and […]

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Dread: The Best Torture Porn You’ve Never Heard Of

Oct 10, 2012 No Comments

After my last article about haunted attractions, I got bit by the Halloween bug pretty hard.  Combined with the chilly weather, I quickly found myself loading up my Netflix queue with horror movies.  Subsequently, I’ve watched a lot of them over the last week, ranging from the downright terrible to the surprisingly competent.  I knew […]

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Haunted Attractions: Horror Movies and Video Games Made Real

Oct 03, 2012 No Comments

There’s a lot to be said about the idea of survival horror video games as the most immersive horror experience.  The allure of climbing into a character persona and facing – and overcoming – horrifying challenges is both thrilling and empowering, and the best games are simultaneously thrilling and completely haunting.  If there’s one thing […]

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Will We Ever Get Tired of Zombie Video Games?

Aug 29, 2012 2 Comments

Trends come and go, but some have more staying power than anyone could have anticipated.  Since the first zombie shambled across the screen in 1936’s White Zombie, we’ve been fascinated by the undead.  Of course, zombies have gone through a few different stages since then.  They’ve gone from being the product of Voodoo practitioners (and […]

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Is Motion Gaming the Future of Survival Horror?

Aug 19, 2012 No Comments

I recently got my hands on a subscription to GameFly.  It’s usually a bad idea to enable my addictions, but I’m weak-willed, and it’s easy to rationalize this sort of purchase.  After all, if you buy a new game more than every few months, the subscription basically pays for itself.  And more importantly, it gives […]

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