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Non-Horror Horror: How to Genrefy Anything

Jul 24, 2011 No Comments

If you’re like the ruck of humanity, when you’ve just fallen in love, you’re kind of like a sugar glider:[1] adorable, hyperactive, chatty, able to defy gravity through sheer exuberance, and annoying as all fuck.  When I discovered horror at the age of fourteen, it was puppy wuv at its most pustulently cloying.  Not until […]

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Forgotten Fangs from the 50’s

Jun 05, 2011 No Comments

Ravenous Monster’s retrospective series continues with another diagnosis from the good Dr. Abner Mality…. Greetings, fear freaks! Today we take a strange detour through the decade of the 50’s, the years when the shadow of the mushroom cloud loomed over horror like…well, like a mushroom cloud! This was the age of the atom, when radioactive […]

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The Scream Series: Rules, Ruse, and Retrospective

May 30, 2011 3 Comments

Following his review of Scream 4, writer Justin Hamelin takes a look back at the original trilogy…. Randy Meeks said it best. “Simplicity! If it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience!” Writer Kevin Williamson had a recipe for a blockbuster juggernaut. Horror legend Wes Craven was fresh off of resuscitating his own gory […]

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Rosemary’s Baby Retrospective

May 22, 2011 No Comments

The enviably towering apartments and fierce Vidal Sassoon stylings aside, it is quite harsh and sad to realize that throughout half of Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror and suspense classic, Rosemary’s Baby, we are watching a lonely Midwesterner gestate and produce the inhuman spawn of the Devil Himself.  Based on Ira Levin’s 1967 shocking, best-selling novel […]

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The Horror Graph: Crunching Numbers and Spitting out Bone Shards

Mar 27, 2011 9 Comments

I know a woman who’s a paranormal romance writer.  I should say right off that paranormal romance isn’t my thing at all, but we have common cause in that we’re both trying to choke some sort of life for ourselves out of the world of writing.[1]  So even if her influences are more Twilight and […]

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Werewolf Movies: A List

Mar 06, 2011 5 Comments

Spring is almost upon us and here at Ravenous Monster this season is a time for werewolves….and flowers, baseball and green things, but mainly just werewolves.  I’ve compiled a list of five of the best werewolf movies.  This list is by no means comprehensive, nor is it in any particular order.  In fact, these movies […]

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Cannibal Holocaust: Welcome to the Jungle

Feb 08, 2011 7 Comments

Ravenous Monster’s retrospective series of sick and twisted cinema continues….  “Cannibal Holocaust” is a grimy, twisted little classic that’s greater than the sum of its parts.  These are parts that run the gamut of taste and ethical virtue, mind you.  Porn stars, authentic animal butchery, real-deal Amazon tribesmen, depictions of sexual violence, cannibalism, and rape.  Top […]

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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires: Beast Meets West!

Jan 24, 2011 No Comments

Ravenous Monster is proud to present you with the first gruesome diagnosis from the good Dr. Abner Mality of WormwoodChronicles.com…. Readers of a certain age (often referred to as “over the hill”) will definitely recall the famous ad campaign for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the 1970’s. It dwelled upon how an unlikely combination of […]

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Edgar Allan Poe: Memories of Prospero’s Clock

Jan 16, 2011 No Comments

Even in Baltimore, as history-drenched a city as you’ll find in the United States, Edgar Allan Poe stands out as a favored son.  He was by birth a Bostonian, and lived for a time in both Virginia and New York, but Baltimore has claimed him.  In school, Halloween meant an inevitable reading of “The Raven” […]

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Is It Horror?

Dec 05, 2010 6 Comments

The other day my lovely and extremely patient girlfriend was telling me about a soon-to-be-ex-coworker whose ambition is to be a roadie for Bon Jovi.  “She’s only missed six out of forty-four Bon Jovi concerts this year,” said Ashley. “And she’s quitting her job because they won’t give her time off to go see him […]

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