Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Horror That Made Me Happy in 2016


Well, I'm certainly not going to be the first person to point out that 2016 has been less than kind to a sizable portion of the population.   We voted in a despotic reality-show host to lead our country, heroes of geek/fringe culture are dying off before we can even finish reading the last person's obituary, and there's an overall sense of anxiety over what 2017 might bring us.

With that in mind, I think it's important to remember those things that made us happy over the last year.  So for the second year in a row, I give you the things that made me smile in the horror world.  As with last year, these aren't necessarily things that came out in 2016, but they are things that I first experienced this year.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

My October (and November....and December) Super-Sized 31-Part Postravaganza Day Twenty-Three: Theatre of Blood


It's October, and it also just happens to be my 50th post on this site.  So I'm going to do it up right.  Every day this month, this post is going to grow as I give some quick-fire thoughts on a movie that I checked out that day.  So keep checking in!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Check Out My Month-Long, 31-Part Marathon Blog Post This October



So I was thinking of a fun way to celebrate the month of October, and I realized that this is the month where I should be getting caught up on all of those horror movies that I've toyed with watching over the last few months.  And if I'm going to do that, why not share some hot takes with you in one great, big, marathon blog post!  So that's exactly what I'm going to do.  I'll just be doing one post this month, but it will get one paragraph larger every day as I watch a movie and spit out some thoughts on it.  Most of these will be movies that I've never seen before, but I'm sneaking in some revisits just to see if my opinion will change with a fresh viewing (or because they're mandatory Halloween viewing).


Below is my list for the month, so be sure to follow along starting October 1st!


1st--Martyrs (First Watch)
2nd--Starry Eyes (First Watch)
3rd--We Are Still Here (First Watch)
4th--Creep (First Watch)
5th--Dead Silence (First Watch)
6th--The Houses October Built (First Watch)
7th--Halloween III (Revisit)
8th--The Wolfman remake (Revisit)
9th--Phantasm V (First Watch)
10th--Housebound (First Watch)
11th--Baskin (First Watch)
12th--Rites of Spring (First Watch)
13th--Perfect Host (First Watch)
14th--Goosebumps (First Watch)
15th--Troll Hunter (First Watch)
16th--The Ward (First Watch)
17th--Bad Milo! (First Watch)
18th--Friday the 13th VIII (Revisit)
19th--Suspiria (Revisit)
20th--Maggie (First Watch)
21st--Carrie (First Watch)
22nd--Tales from the Darkside (First Watch)
23rd--The Blob (First Watch)
24th--The House of the Devil (First Watch)
25th--Theater of Blood (First Watch)
26th--Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1979 (First Watch)
27th--Psycho Beach Party (First Watch)
28th--Stir of Echoes (Revisit)
29th--Ginger Snaps (First Watch)
30th--Hellraiser II (Revisit)
31st--Halloween (Revisit)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

One of My Favorite Friday the 13th Installments is a Goofy Ninento Game

Most people who know anything about me know that I'm a big fan of the Friday the 13th franchise.  In addition to the classic entries, I'll also back some of the lesser regarded efforts.  For example, the last time a Friday the 13th popped up on the calendar, I was on Twitter engaging in an impromptu, day-long defense of Part 7.  Yes, guys, it's a dumpster fire.  But it's an entertaining dumpster fire.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Curse of Mesopotamia: The Middle East's First English-Language Horror Movie


I've never really seen this blog as a venue for news, mainly because I'm usually the last person to find out about anything.  However, Twitter pal and fellow horror geek Zena Dixon over at Real Queen of Horror let me know about an interesting movie coming out of Iraq called Curse of Mesopotamia.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I Think I'll Go Cry Now: Considering The Bleak Ending in Horror


Spoiler Warning:  Let's get this one out of the way early.  I can't very well write about movies with dark endings without spoiling how they end. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Six Movies That Went Ahead and Killed Their Leads Before the Third Act


Horror, like many genres, often tends to follow certain formulas.  Unlike most genres, however, these formulas dictate who will make it to the end credits alive.  As most slasher fans know, for example, drug use and fornication are often capital offenses, particularly for the ladies.  Even when we're not following slasher rules, however, it's usually pretty easy to figure out who's going to make it to the end of the movie.  But as we'll see below, sometimes a movie will throw the audience a curve ball and take out the presumptive lead well before the credits are due to appear.  

Warning:  Major Spoilers Follow!!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Book Report: Frankenstein




Introduction

When one imagines Frankenstein's monster, they likely think green, flat-topped, and played by Boris Karloff in a series of mono-syllabic grunts.  While the monster depicted in James Whale's 1931 film adaptation has become the standard, he's actually quite different from the articulate, long-haired monster from Mary Shelley's original 1818 novel.

With this in mind, I recently revisited Frankenstein, one of the true OG horror tales, and investigated its themes to find out how it's held our collective imaginations for nearly two centuries.  So if you're up for it, grab a shovel and let's see what we can dig up.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Few Reflections on Remedial Horror's First Birthday


Well I'll be damned.  In about one hour, Remedial Horror turns one year old.  Inspired by the various sites and podcasts that analyze horror, I started this site as a means to dig a little deeper into the genre that I love so much.  How precisely I accomplish that is, admittedly, still a work in progress.  Looking back over the past year's worth of posts, I see a site that's a bit all over the place.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Show and Tell: 10 Cloverfield Lane



Warning:  I really don't know that there's a way to discuss this movie without giving away some spoilers.  Perhaps a better writer could pull it off, but I'm not that guy.  With that said, here there be spoilers.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tales From Monster Mania Con 33


This weekend I headed out to Monster Mania 33 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  I've been to about four or five of these, and at this point I mark them on my calendar like a holiday.  I always look forward to the opportunity to be around folks who love horror as much as I do.  Plus I always use it as an excuse to buy a bunch of genre-themed swag that I promise I'll one day find a use for.  As another convention has come and gone, I'll savor the flavor a little while longer with quick recap.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Show and Tell: Honeymoon


Have you ever been in a long-term relationship with someone and for one reason or another, they seemed...off?  It could be for a variety of reasons.  Maybe they're sick, or possibly just depressed.  Maybe problems at work are affecting them, or any number of other problems.  But they just don't seem to be acting like themselves.  It's not a good feeling because as someone who cares for them, you want to find the solution.  You don't want them to be hurting, so you may drive yourself crazy trying to solve the puzzle.  What happens, then, if your partner is more than just a little off?  What if they're way off?

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Interview with Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati of The Faculty of Horror


This year, February brings us the 7th Annual Women in Horror Month, an initiative that “encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.”  To celebrate, Remedial Horror will be dedicating the entire month to our sisters in the macabre.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Cheat Sheet: Marilyn Burns


This year, February brings us the 7th Annual Women in Horror Month, an initiative that “encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.”  To celebrate, Remedial Horror will be dedicating the entire month to our sisters in the macabre.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Interview with Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters


This year, February brings us the 7th Annual Women in Horror Month, an initiative that “encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.”  To celebrate, Remedial Horror will be dedicating the entire month to our sisters in the macabre. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Show and Tell: Ravenous


This year, February brings us the 7th Annual Women in Horror Month, an initiative that “encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.”  To celebrate, Remedial Horror will be dedicating the entire month to our sisters in the macabre.  

Warning:  SPOILERS AHEAD

Have you ever wondered how far you would go if you were extremely desperate?  Are our principles only as steadfast as our situation allows?  If forced with a choice of life or death, what lines would we be willing to cross?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Show and Tell: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night


With the many end of the year "Best Of" lists floating around right now, I'm realizing just how many potentially great horror movies I need to catch up on from 2015.  One in particular that I'd been circling for a while is A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.  After hearing it come up again on a recent podcast, I finally took the time to give it a watch.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cheat Sheet: Angus Scrimm


Note:  There will be a slight tweak to this segment as I veer away from the term Fun Fact.  I realized that some of the facts might be decidedly not fun, and  I'd rather not take the Golden Globes' approach to the phrase.  So from here on out we'll call these Cheat Sheets. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Fun Facts: Donald Pleasence


Happy 2016 fellow horror dorks.  In an effort to increase my writing volume in the new year, I'm going to be doing a weekly profile of someone I'd like to know more about in the horror genre.  If you've got anyone that you'd like to know more about, hit me up in the comment section or on Twitter.

For this week, I'm focusing on the man who spent almost two decades trying to kill a nutjob in a William Shatner mask, Donald Pleasence.  While I'm sure most anyone on this site knows him as Dr Sam Loomis from John Carpenter's Halloween, if you're like me you don't know much about him beyond his time as the good doctor.  Here are a few tidbits to change that: