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Podcast Episode Three: Impetigore-geous!

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Holy shit, Joko Anwar delivers beautiful and terrifying gore in full blown gorgeousity! Listen to the spoiler free review and check out Impetigore now streaming on Shudder

Podcast Episode Two: Lake of Death

July 16th, 2020 – New Norwegian horror hits Shudder! Lake of Death, the name alone makes you want to run barefoot along the wooden dock, launch yourself off the edge into a front flip and splash into the murky waters, doesn’t it? Summerrrr *falsetto* Dive into this quickie and then splash on over to Shudder to stream Lake Of Death.

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The Beach House Delivers Sleepy Seaside Body and Environmental Horrors

There’s something creepy afoot in Cape Cod! In The Beach House, body horror meets environmental horror in this smart sci-fi horror thriller reminiscent of 1950’s sci-fi classics. What was intended as a romantic getaway for college sweethearts begins to unravel into something sinister.

Director Jeffrey A Brown’s feature directorial/ writing debut drips with dread and old fashioned suspense. Of the four characters under one roof, I didn’t trust anyone, though I wasn’t exactly sure why (Ok, Rosemary’s Baby has left me with some lifelong deeply engrained trust issues). Without any real reason to distrust the Turners or the young duo, the suspicion is there all the same pretty early on. So there’s this feeling of instability which personally always shakes me to the core and builds up this sense of dread. For me, much of the movie played out with elements of a psychological thriller because of this. Which characters were reliable, which were not, what was the actual reality of what was happening? Those are beautiful little anxiety builders, when the storytellers are intentionally crafting a shaky foundation, we can’t quite get our footing and it is unsettling to say the least.

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At first glance everything seems peachy keen ideal. Then there is this feeling that something lies beneath for every member of this beachside party. The cracks begin to reveal themselves, as they are wont to do. This college co-ed couple has problems, the dude with the Dad who owns a coastal getaway home- problems. The sweet older couple vacationing seaside- you guessed it, problems. It’s realistically human to have layers and issues, but it’s unclear if these problems will lend themselves to nefarious acts. We are working with a shaky foundation, though exact details may not be totally revealed just yet, there is this art of slowly undressing it, making the audience aware that not all is as it may seem, and keeps the guessing going. Which is honestly so fun!

The shift from the serene idyllic seaside cottage color scheme of the first act is in stark contrast with the moody dark world we find ourselves in as the film progresses. Mega juicy highlight – there is definitely a special effects gross out factor that made me shudder, cringe, involuntarily let out some audible disgust, and turn away, hiding my eyes and peeking through squinted eyelids and laced fingers because it was too cool not to watch. Much like staring into the sun… it was too much to view straight on with no protection to shield me from the horrors I was witnessing. Kudos on the wildly fun disgusting factor.

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The cast of four beautifully carries the story onward, with nuanced performances that leave the viewer apprehensive. Veteran actors Jake Weber and Maryann Nagel are both endearing as the Turners, but not without raising suspicion. It’s a fine line to walk, and they do so masterfully. Liana Liberato as the super smart and driven Emily and Noah Le Gros as the soul searching, idealist “isn’t there more to life” Randall play off each other in a way that keeps the energy interesting. There is clearly love present, but with a lot of conflict, and they portray the duality well. Emily is a brilliant badass, and of course I’m here for it.

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The Beach House has something to say. It isn’t preachy, it just is. Naturally unfolding through the storyline and the knowledge dropped by budding astrobiology student Emily. While it is reminiscent of 50’s sci-fi, it never feels as though it is actually trying to emulate those films. It is fresh enough and original enough that it conjures up feelings of those classics for fans of those films, freshly nostalgic. In COVID times it carries an extra element of chills, mirroring elements of reality, which for me always makes for the best and most horrific horror.

The Beach House hits the Shudder streaming service July 9th.
Dive in and find out what seaside horrors await!

Check out the HorrorGirlProblems Podcast
to hear an interview with writer/director Jeff Brown

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HorrorBurgers Episode 4: Rated R Horror Speakeasy + Tops

HorrorBurgers Episode 4: Discussing the magicalness that is The Rated R Horror Speakeasy and a little sneak peak inside (without spoiling the magic) LA’s coolest horror themed pop-up bar.

Today’s burger: Cheeseburger from Top’s.

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HorrorBurgers Episode One: Annabelle Comes Home w/ Guests Marilyn and Marky (No Spoilers)

 

Welcoming my little brother and sister for the first installment of HorrorBurgers! We discuss Annabelle Comes Home (Spoiler free) and work on our pronunciation.

Send your comments, queries, suggestions. Message if you’d like to be a guest. Make a video of yourself saying “Horror Burgers” better than we can and post/tag the page.

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Time to Play! Child’s Play (2019) Full Trailer is heeeere

As a rule, reboots and revamps are not my favorite. There’s so much new material begging to be made and classics are classics because they fucking rule. This one does look pretty cool, though. Looks like they incorporated enough updated for 2019 elements (smart phone/smart toy terror) to make it fresh but still fun and not deviating from the original too much. What do you guys think?

I Like Scary Movies Experience

Alright, goo goo mucks…. Lots of questions about the I Like Scary Movies Experience coming in! The pictures I was posting on my story are from this,  Click here to get your tickets on their website.  No, it’s not a haunt (no scare actors, nobody popping out to make you crap your pants. Although I did get very startled once, and jumped far enough to give my friends a good laugh). Yes, it’s super cool. Essentially an immersive art installation based on five iconic films. It’s a lot of fun even if you’re just a casual fan. I was probably the biggest horror nerd in our group, but safe to say everyone was enjoying it as much as I was. Heads up: parking around the venue at night time sucks, unless you’re lucky and score a close meter (which we miraculously managed) but the El Rey is right across the street and has $10 valet parking. Scroll down for pictures from the experience, buuuut if you’re in LA and haven’t checked it out… maybe don’t look at the pictures yet, don’t spoil it and surprise yourself when you get there. If you’re not in LA or if you’re not gonna go, orrr if you’re on the fence, then feel free to scroll down and check out some of the pics. Also putting together a video, but that will be short because I didn’t format my card and ran out of space!

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Shockwaves Top Horror of 2018 – Now Watching

Making my way through Shockwaves Podcast’s Top horror films of 2018. Watched some of these throughout the year, but missed out on a good amount of them. The Lists:

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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Performs Suspiria LIVE @ Catch One Los Angeles

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Suspiria, (and of course I am referring to Argento’s 1977 cinematic feast for the eyes) is something near and dear to my blackened yet sentimental heart. I’ve watched it many times.. but never… with the score… performed… fuckin’ LIVE. Continue reading Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin Performs Suspiria LIVE @ Catch One Los Angeles