Episode Description We talk about horror that’s all too human – the conniving, malicious and murderous personalities that make psychological horror so terrifying! Episode Trailer: Nekromantic (1987) Movies Discussed 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019), Blood and Black Lace (1964), The Invisible Man (2020), Gaslight (1944), Black Swan (2010), American Psycho (2000), The Shining (1980), Repulsion […]
Much has been made of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and its domination as a Korean production of awards season in the United States (including Best Picture at the Academy Awards). But to pigeonhole this as a “Korean” film suggests that it’s overcoming some sort of cultural divide. Bong has always been savvy about genre, combining a […]
This review contains spoilers. Keep away from Pumpkinhead,Unless you’re tired of living So begins a schoolyard rhyme recited about the titular character during an early scene in VXF artist Stan Winston’s directorial debut, Pumpkinhead. Over the next 70 minutes, the movie proves this adage true, in a way that we may not have foreseen. While […]
We talk about the much-anticipated and hugely lauded The Lighthouse and investigate the power and the failings of jump scares. Poor film making, or a tool for good? How does our recognition and expectation of tropes play into our experience of genre films? Episode Trailer: Santa’s Slay (2005) Movies Discussed Pumpkinhead (1988), Bliss (2019), Tetsuo: […]
So we missed Christmas, but like our sad-looking Christmas tree, we’re carrying the festive cheer into the new decade. Join ‘Spooky Buzz Gang’ as we count down our favourite horror movies of the year, and get ready for a few surprises! Jordan Peele’s Spotify Playlist Crystal’s List The Wind Greta Bliss Us School’s Out Vivarium […]
A cursed red dress leads to misfortune for those who wear it – but with that jumping off point In Fabric leads down a deep rabbit hole of identity and belonging
Young filmmaker Joe Begos has a tough sell on his hands with Bliss, his new psychedelic, drug-fuelled horror. Though only 80 minutes long, it’s hard to tell where in that runtime you are in any given moment, or to remember when you started. The film seems to play with the concept of time itself, making […]
We try to unpack the deeply coded, hidden presence of queer and trans people throughout the history of horror movies. From unseen menace to beleaguered horror heroes, queerness has been an element of horror since the beginning and in some of its most recognised works. Includes discussions of Psycho (1960), Rope (1948), Sleepaway Camp (1983), […]
Following Fangoria x Monster Fest hitting Sydney on the weekend, we wrap up the good, the bad and the ugly of Australia’s premiere genre film festival. Includes discussions of 3 from Hell (2019), Porno (2019), Vivarium (2019), Deerskin (2019), The Wretched (2019), Devil Woman (2018), Satanic Panic (2019), Color out of Space (2019).
Ahead of Monster Fest’s Sydney Debut, we chat with the director of the Sydney leg, Simon Foster, a 30 year veteran of genre cinema. Check out Monster Fest at http://monsterfest.com.au and read Simon’s reviews at Screen Space. Follow us all on Letterboxd! Simon, Crystal, Scott, Jesse.