As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

Oct 302015

Once upon a time, before Guillermo del Toro was making giant robots fight aliens, he was making a lot of movies in Mexico and Spain that played off of the fears of the dark that lives all around us and inside us. Needless to say, there was a lot more emotional depth there, and it proved to be very useful when telling scary stories. So for our final entry into a month of international frights, we’ll be looking at good ole fashioned specter spectacular from a country facing the bloodiest war in its recent history.

Let’s take a look at the war-torn ghost story that is The Devil’s Backbone.

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Oct 292015

del Toro makes a lot of fantastic media, ranging from subtle horror to giant robots smashing aliens in the face to comic book adaptation to what would have likely been the greatest hour video known to man if Konami was not chaired by morons. And while he does have prowess as a storyteller, where his film shine is in their signature whimsical aesthetic, transporting audiences to a new world seemingly right before their eyes. But does his return to his horror roots create yet another masterpiece or has he bit off more than he can chew with this Victorian tale of terror?

Let’s take a look at Crimson Peak.

Poster Crimson Peak

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Oct 272015

Gods may not play a huge part in American entertainment, but in Japan, with all its mythos and belief structures, they become popular players in the narrative. From the omnipotent button pushers to the struggling masses like you and me, gods aren’t hard to find in anime. Does that mean, however, that we want to see the struggles and interplay between them, while dealing a spirit world? Well, if it worked for Yu Yu Hakusho, anything is possible.

Let’s take a look at Noragami Season 1.

noragami dvd

A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment

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Oct 242015

Going from monsters to mothers might seem like a big step but, really, is there nothing scarier than being betrayed by the person who is supposed to love us most in the world? Moms have often been at the center of the horror genre, being the emotional center of the family and are, ironically, the most easily corrupted. But when that familial heart is transformed or, even worse, replaced by an imposter, the horror of having safe spaces infiltrated comes to life.

Let’s take a look at the Austrian tale of changing identities, Goodnight Mommy.

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Oct 162015

We’ve looked at zombies and we’ve looked at vampires, two of the West’s most terrifying and pervasive monsters of horror lore. If we are going to be honest, however, their death tolls have got nothing on the classic Asian giant monsters. From Godzilla to Mothra, if its mass destruction you want, then Asian cinema has got what you crave. So what does a modern look at the classic trope look like?

Let take a look at the South Korean take on the giant monster flick with The Host.

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Oct 092015

For those readers who aren’t familiar with the Iranian film scene, pre-revolution, the Iranian film industry was a booming and very much respected business. Much of the innovative and ground breaking director are either under threat of death if they make another movie or have left the country all together. That doesn’t mean, however, that excellent filmmakers from Iran have stopped trying. Case and point, Ana Lily Amirpour’s take on the classic European nightmare dweller, seducer of the night.

Let’s take a look at this Iranian vampire flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.

a girl home alone at night

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