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The Microcosmic Horror of Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange has never been the most popular superhero. He’s an oddity, he doesn’t fit the Marvel formula, and often his writers don’t do him justice. He’s usually a supporting character, functioning as a deus ex machina in someone else’s story. But Doctor Strange’s solo adventures are as compelling as any Avenger’s, and these tales…
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Fantastic Fest ’15 First Wave: Bone Tomahawk, Turkish Madness, Fox Fairies
There’s nothing like Fantastic Fest. If there’s anything I’ve hoped to accomplish in film writing, it’s getting readers out to film festivals. The atmosphere, the discovery, the shared love is incredible. Perhaps no more so than at Fantastic Fest, the Austin and Alamo Drafthouse-based genre festival full of the thrilling and the bizarre. Taking place…
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Trailer: Prepare Yourself for Goodnight Mommy
Goodnight Mommy is horrifying. One of the best movies of the year, this artfully constructed Austrian nightmare from directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz is a disquieting, unreal upsetting piece of work. It fucking rules and is coming for you this September from Radius-TWC.
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Scream Renewed by MTV for a Second Season
MTV has picked up Scream for a second season MTV today announced the second season pick-up of its hit series “Scream” with Dimension Television. More than 21 million viewers have tuned in to the debut season of “Scream” on-air and the series has generated another 7.9 million streams across platforms.  MTV Executive Vice President of…
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Nowhere to Go: It Follows and The Ring
Out now on VOD, DVD & Blu-ray is It Follows, David Robert Mitchell’s tremendous horror film. I’m fortunate to be featured on the disc as part of the Critics’ Commentary, and I’ve seen kind words in relation to the track, as well as my chunk and observations on It Follows‘ double feature potential with The Ring. Here, I…
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Review: All Hallow’s Anthology, Tales of Halloween
The idea that every omnibus film, especially a horror anthology, is a ‘mixed bag’ can have less to do with each segment’s quality than it does their predilections. For genre audiences, anthologies may act as litmus test. Which obsessions, subgenres or creatures do you as an individual latch on to? Which filmmaker are you vibing…
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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Poltergeist’s Kenan to Direct
It was revealed back in April that Warner Bros. Pictures had picked up the rights to the popular video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s, with plans for a feature film adaptation. Deadline reports that the film has found a director in Gil Kenan, whose big screen credits include Monster House, City of Ember and, most recently, the new Poltergeist. He’s also set to…
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The Editor Trailer: Scream Factory Releases A Mad Giallo Parody
A world premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s giallo homage/parody The Editor hits the U.S. via Scream Factory this fall. As the cult label moves into the distribution of some newer films, as well as their continued releasing of classic and cult titles, check out the official trailer…
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Exclusive Art for A.I. Thriller, Uncanny
There’s little mystery to why exactly a new breed of films are engaging our uncertainty with artificial intelligence. Increasingly sophisticated, the technology will take us strange, new places and both the optimism and anxiety is real. What’s exciting is how these films use the conceit to reveal things about ourselves. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina hit earlier…
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Target Practice: Spider Baby (1968) & Pit Stop (1969)
  Welcome to “Target Practice”, where we here at Shock take a look at the output of Arrow Films. Arrow has brought the best in horror, cult and exploitation repertory titles into UK homes since 1991. Now they’ve finally crossed the Atlantic, delivering genre stalwarts and oft-overlooked gems via beautiful Blu-ray & DVD editions.
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Fantasia Review: Anguish
Anguish is bold. It’s not a particularly transgressive or prodding horror film, but rather one that attempts (and succeeds) to be formally patient, terribly eerie and dramatically affecting all at once. Sonny Mallhi’s feature debut is a film which follows its characters’ frights and paranoia yes, but their emotional needs as well, striding into an…
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