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‘Christmas Evil’ (1980): A Holiday Horror Classic

Among the first films to introduce horror with a Christmas theme, Lewis Jackson’s 1980 Christmas Evil boldly brings horror to the holidays. For the times, this cult classic and the few titles that came before, risked being perceived as taboo. While they weren’t widely received, these films found a niche helping to pave the way for other holiday films of …

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Kingdom of The Spiders (1977) Retro Review

Captain’s Log Stardate 422… wait, wrong franchise. Yes, believe or not William Shatner, AKA Captain Kirk from Star Trek, tried his hand in the horror genre back in 1977. Kingdom of The Spiders is the tale of a veterinarian named Rack (Shatner) who looks after his widowed sister-in-law (Marcy Lafferty) and niece (Natasha Ryan: The Entity 1982) when his Arizona town …

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Spider Baby, The Maddest Story Ever Told – Lon Chaney Jr, Sid Haig, and the Beauty of Schlock and Insanity

Spider Baby, The Maddest Story Ever Told

On Christmas Eve 1967, Jack Hill’s Spider Baby, The Maddest Story Ever Told (AKA Cannibal Orgy, The Maddest Story Ever Told) introduced us to the delightfully demented Merrye family. Elizabeth, Virginia, and Ralph are the last members of a wealthy, reclusive, and horribly inbred family cursed with a disease that regresses them mentally as they hit adolescence and turns them …

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Demon Under Glass (2002) Movie Review

Vampire movies have been done to death over the years, from the Blade series to the Hammer horror films to the cringe worthy Twilight films to the beloved Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Even the great movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn, John Carpenter’s Vampires and The Lost Boys follow the same premise of humans defeating a gaggle of evil …

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Night Train To Terror (1985) Retro Review

God bless the coked out ’80s. In a decade where anything and everything went, Night Train to Terror had it all. The best part is, it’s not just a single movie but three films crammed into one. The film is similar to Creepshow, Tales From the Hood and Terror Tract. However, rather than a completed anthology with three short tales and a …

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‘The Fair Haired Child’ – William Malone’s Master of Horror Story

“Anything done out of love is beyond good and evil.” William Malone is truly a Master of Horror and has done some amazing stories with hypnotic visuals and soundtracks, like House on Haunted Hill (1999), FearDotCom (2002), Creature (1985) and episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, as well as he memorable Parasomnia – one of my favourites! In 2006, William Malone delivered yet another tale …

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