Archive for December, 2014

EpixHD Streaming Service: A Horror Movie Treasure Trove

Dec 30, 2014 No Comments by

We at Ravenous Monster are about to let you in on a secret too good not to share.  There exists a bounty of horror movies that reaches epic, or more accurately, Epix proportions, that many of you have access to at a minimal cost, but about which few of you are aware.  Cryptic enough for […]

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The Ecstasy of Isabel Mann Movie Review

Dec 23, 2014 No Comments by

A while back, I had the opportunity to watch a creepy post-apocalyptic film called The Railway Children (now released by the name Children of a Darker Dawn) and interview the writer/director, Jason Figgis.  The film’s stuck with me since then thanks in large part to the amount of heart in the script – the image […]

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Coyote Movie Review

Dec 18, 2014 2 Comments by

Trevor Juenger’s Coyote is as beautiful as it is grotesque. What masquerades as a film about an insomniac slowly losing his mind is, in essence, the visual poetry of trauma and insanity. It is a William S Burroughs nightmare fueled by a Cormac McCarthy fever dream. The score, by Michel Schiralli, is complicated and difficult. […]

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

Dec 16, 2014 1 Comment by

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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Plague World: An Ashley Parker Novel Book Review

Dec 11, 2014 No Comments by

Trilogies are supposed to end on an up-note, right?  Like, with a musical feast and dancing Ewoks and happy ghost-friends and family.  I mean, the middle chapters are the ones where things happen like Luke getting his hand light-sabered off and finding out that the bad guy in black is actually called “Dad.”  You know, […]

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The Device Movie Review

Dec 09, 2014 1 Comment by

Jeremy Berg’s alien thriller The Device is a visually striking film about what happens when we fail to consider the danger of playing with the toys of strangers. In this case, the strangers are extraterrestrial beings bent on retaking something they consider theirs. The stakes are higher than just a simple enterovirus or Cold when […]

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Days of the Dead Chicago 2014: I Survived!

Dec 04, 2014 1 Comment by

I was finally going to a horror convention.  After years of saying I would attend a show, finally, I decided to put some extra funds to good use and spend a weekend with my beastly brethren at the Days of the Dead horror convention Nov, 21-23, 2014 in Schaumburg, Illinois. I had heard nothing but […]

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Midterm Report Card

Dec 02, 2014 No Comments by

As autumn gives way to the bleak doldrums of winter, so too does the fifth season of The Walking Dead, now lying dormant through the cold season until it reanimates come mid-February, 2015.  As these past eight episodes have made clear, the success of the series hasn’t been an aberration as it’s continued to obliterate […]

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