Category: Horror

Movie Review: Rabid (2019)

With their new film, Rabid, the Soska Sisters take on Cronenberg, Haute Couture, and “Schadenfreude Culture”

Schadenfreude (ˈshä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də) noun: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.

It might be said that in the horror film industry, nothing puts you at risk of being the object of Schadenfreude more than doing a remake of a classic horror film.

An endless cycle of uninspired remakes has made ridiculing them into something of a glib parlor game. They are gleefully derided as either soulless money grabs or blasphemous and unfaithful train wrecks.

A tale of two Rabids: (L) Poster from Cronenberg’s original 1977 film (R) Teaser promo trailed for the Soska Sisters’ 2019 remake.
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Episode 055- Stephen King and the IT in All of Us

The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ was hotly anticipated, and broke box office records.

I was curious about the fervent response to this movie, not just by horror fans, but also by mainstream outlets.  After all, the novel came out in 1985, and there was already a miniseries created from it in 1990.  Once I saw ‘It,’ and thought about the movie, I started thinking about movie adaptations of Stephen King’s books, in general. Continue reading “Episode 055- Stephen King and the IT in All of Us”

Episode 043- Sympathetic Monsters: with Guest J. Blake Fichera

Can you sympathize with a monster? 

In some cases I think you can.  It depends on the story and how well the story is told and acted.

In this episode J. Blake Fichera (author of the Rondo-nominated book, “Scored To Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers”) returns to the show to discuss the sympathetic monster in horror movies. Continue reading “Episode 043- Sympathetic Monsters: with Guest J. Blake Fichera”