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Four Pack of Fear Part II: GENOCIDE and THE LIVING SKELETON

Oct 31, 2016 5 Comments

In the last installment of “Four Pack of Fear,” we talked a little about Japan’s Shochiku Studios and their horror-sci-fi hybrids of the late 1960s. Genocide is a continuation of this tradition, while The Living Skeleton is not. Without further ado, let’s get right down to these disgusting morsels. Genocide Also known as War of […]

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Four Pack of Fear Part I: THE X FROM OUTER SPACE and GOKE, BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL

Oct 25, 2016 No Comments

Shochiku is not a name a lot of gaijin know. And why should they? Even connoisseurs of Japanese films are probably not familiar with the company. Founded in the late 19th century, thus making it the oldest film company in Japanese history, Shochiku originally began as the brainchild of two kabuki producers named Takejiro Otani […]

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10 Horror Movie Scenes that will Haunt Your Halloween Memories

Oct 18, 2016 No Comments

Every Halloween the internet is flooded by a tsunami of horror-themed list making. Best films, best candy, best costumes, etc. In the holiday spirit, I offer a somewhat different list. Here are 10 horror movie scenes that, for widely varying reasons, have stayed with me. Although some of these films are classics, in no way […]

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Goodbye to the Godfather of Gore: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Oct 03, 2016 1 Comment

You don’t get the nickname “Godfather of Gore” by accident and it certainly takes a special kind of person to live up to that name.  With over forty films to his credit, most of them as director, producer, or both, Herschell Gordon Lewis was a man truly ahead of his time. Lewis was born on […]

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Death Masks: Dissecting the Three Wax Museum Movies

Sep 19, 2016 1 Comment

Certain themes have a way of repeating themselves. Call it lack of creativity or call it timelessness, but the horror movie world certainly has its fair share of commonalities. From the silent era into the early sound period, the “old dark house” genre dominated, with somewhat funny, somewhat spooky tales about wills read at midnight […]

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Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Leggedy Beasties XI: Sea Monsters

Aug 16, 2016 No Comments

There’s a vital distinction between sea monsters and every other kind of monster: Sea monsters scare the living shit out of me, and I’m not ashamed to say it. What’s scarier than looking into the murky water below you and seeing the barnacle-encrusted back of a massive, silhouetted shape cruising within kicking distance of your […]

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Interview with FANGORIA Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Ken Hanley

Jul 27, 2016 No Comments

When FANGORIA first hit the newsstands in 1979, the world, both the real one and the horror-centric one that so many of us choose to indulge ourselves in whenever possible, was a much different place.  Trailer leaks, Comic Cons, digital publishing and, frankly, competition simply weren’t issues for FANGO upon its debut.  The magazine that […]

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Interview with Cadabra Records’ Jonathan Dennison

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

Greetings, humanoids! Those of you who have been following Ravenous Monster for a while now may have already checked out some of my reviews of Cadabra Records’ macabre products. In the past, I’ve looked at their vinyl release of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Hound/The Music of Erich Zann” and also Lee Brown Coye’s “Where Is Abby? […]

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Throw 1981 to the Wolves: THE HOWLING and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Retrospectives

Jul 07, 2016 4 Comments

1981 was an amazing year. The word internet was first mentioned. Lady Diana married Charles, the Prince of Wales. The first flight of the US space shuttle Columbia took place. Muhammad Ali retired with a record of 55-5. Researchers found the Titanic wreck at the bottom of the Atlantic. Peter Sutcliffe, also known as the […]

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Goosebumps: A Loving Retrospective

Nov 03, 2015 2 Comments

“I feel happy to terrify kids.” – R.L Stine From 1992 to 1997, R.L. Stine spooked children across the globe with sixty-two books. Not only were the stories deliciously devious, but the book cover art provided by Tim Jacobus was equally unnerving and the titles were just – mwwwauh!—perfecto.  350 million copies later and Goosebumps […]

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