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THE DEVIL COMMANDS…and Karloff Obeys!

Jan 08, 2015 1 Comment

The fraternity of mad scientists is a tight-knit one. I ought to know, I’ve been a part of it for a while now. Admittedly, I might not be the highest ranking member, but I know a thing or two about my profession. There are certain great names from the past that I draw a lot […]

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Gates of Hell Part II: Fulci’s The Beyond

Jan 06, 2015 1 Comment

Lucio Fulci has never hidden his admiration for Antonin Artaud, the French Surrealist who first articulated the idea of the “Theatre of Cruelty.” According to his 1938 book The Theatre and Its Double, Artaud envisioned the Theatre of Cruelty as a decidedly nonlinear form of performance art that eschewed such typically Western niceties as a […]

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Ravenous Monster 2014 Year in Horror

Jan 01, 2015 No Comments

Happy New Year, you sickos! A handful of our contributors offered up their favorite bits of horror media from the past year.  Check it out, Horror Fans…. Justin Hamelin: I will be the first to admit, I fell off of my horror game quite a bit in 2014.  Not only did I miss out on […]

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Gates of Hell Part I: Fulci’s City of the Living Dead

Dec 16, 2014 No Comments

There’s a reason why the so-called Gates of Hell trilogy is unofficial. By remaining provisional, the three films made by Italian film director Lucio Fulci between 1980 and 1981 bypass the thorny issues of cohesiveness and a logical, overarching narrative. Although, they’re all vaguely Lovecraftian in some way, the Gates of Hell films are all […]

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Arterial Homes for Robotic Golems: Robert Bloch in the Movies Part Three

Nov 19, 2014 No Comments

Anthologies from Hell, Part Two: The House That Dripped Blood After The Torture Garden, Bloch and Amicus would not make another film together for four years. In that time Bloch continued to write for himself and for television, while Amicus kept trying to outdo and outsell Hammer. During the sixties, Amicus was on the losing […]

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Horns: Book vs. Movie

Nov 04, 2014 3 Comments

As a very big fan of Joe Hill’s sophomore novel Horns, I was awaiting Alexandre Aja’s film adaptation with much anticipation. Piranha and Haute Tension are great movies, showing a diversity of ability.  Even his weaker efforts such as Mirrors and The Hills Have Eyes remake are never dull, and his direction is always exciting […]

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Ghoulies & Ghosties & Long-Leggedy Beasties X: Halloween 2014 Edition

Oct 30, 2014 No Comments

Shit. I haven’t written a Ghoulies & Ghosties & Long-Leggedy Beasties column since June, which means that I owe you, Savage Readers.  In fact, by my calculations, I owe you a good six GGLLB installments to make up for it.  And I’m a horror fan of the old tradition, which means I live by a […]

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The Savage Amicus: Robert Bloch in the Movies Part Two

Oct 21, 2014 No Comments

More than anything else, Robert Bloch’s career is a testament to perseverance. His autobiography, along with the numerous mini-bios and write-ups about him that populate the internet, are testaments to the fact that writers are workers, no exception. And a lesser worker than Bloch would’ve been put off from the film industry long before Great […]

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TV Horror at its Best: Are You Ready for Boris Karloff’s THRILLER?

Sep 18, 2014 No Comments

They sure don’t make ‘em like they used to! That’s usually the battle cry of every crusty old crab such as myself when it comes to popular entertainment, resulting in a flurry of rolling eyes and groans from kids of the digital generation. Well, keep groaning, kiddies, because yes, horror and suspense today is inferior […]

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Straightjackets and Sleepwalkers: Robert Bloch in the Movies Part One

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments

When Robert Bloch came to Hollywood in the early 1960s, he did so as an already accomplished and acclaimed author. In this regard, Bloch was nothing new. Plenty of writers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner, had chosen a similar career path. But unlike Fitzgerald, who washed out in Hollywood as an alcoholic […]

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