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“The Posters of Eva Švankmajerová”

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Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

Her Name is… VIOLENZIA! The Deadly Amusements of Richard Sala

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There is another world, a hidden one, the world of secret masters who control everything from wars, globalization and finance to our mundane lives as deftly as a puppeteer controls the strings of a marionette. It is a world of powerful men who proclaim themselves godly while leading cults in foul rites in cellars, caverns […]

“Dark Matters with Jaime Hernandez”

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Comics creator Jaime Hernandez talks with Dark Matters about The Love Bunglers and his career. “Along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, pioneering underground comics artist/writer Jaime Hernandez has been a unique and unapologetically Latino voice in comics since 1981. With an influential and beloved body of work out on Fantagraphics, Hernandez started out mixing […]

“Idleness Is An Art Form”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Keith writes about the Emmanuelle films and the woman who inspired the character. “My first glimpse at European sex films provided escape into a theoretically obtainable world. I decided I wanted to travel, that I wanted to be a writer, that I wanted to trod the earth with nothing […]

The Miracle of Ajooba

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Ajooba is one of those Bollywood movies that almost everybody dismisses—cheap costumes, awkward giant monsters, make-do special effects—until you get them to actually think about it. Released in 1991, this  bank-breaking Indian and Soviet co-production features a plot that sounds more at home in the 1970s in the golden era of the type of film […]

“Tamiya Iemon is the Worst”

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At Teleport City, the Gutter’s own Carol writes about The Ghost Story of Yotsuya in its film adaptations and its villain, Iemon, who is the absolute worst.

Cursed Rocks and Petrified Wood Thieves

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Criminal podcasts looks at theft from Petrified Forest National Park and the letters people write when they return their stolen petrified wood. There is also a link to photos of the “conscience letters.”

“Goodbye to Japan’s Manga King”

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At The Daily Beast, Jake Adelstein writes about comic creator and folklore scholar Shigeru Mizuki, the astounding breadth of Mizuki’s work and Mizuki’s challenge to revisionist history. “Mizuki rose to fame through his popular comics, but starting in the seventies, he created a variety of controversial works which looked at the brutality of Japan during […]

“Transgression and the Horror Porn of Richard Kern”

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At Dirge Magazine, friend of the Gutter Less Lee Moore writes about the cinema of Richard Kern. “My introduction to Richard Kern was an issue of Spin magazine from the mid-1980s. Having recently fallen under the spell of the feral pleasures of Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel – a.k.a. JG Thirlwell – I was intrigued by […]

“The Greatest Actor Alive”

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The Atlantic profiles Max Von Sydow. “For a significant portion of his six decades onscreen, he has been the greatest actor alive. Now, in his 87th year on Earth, he may be on the verge of becoming a pop-culture icon. In December, he’ll be seen in Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, in a role […]

John Ostrander on The Spectre

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John Ostrander talks about working with Tom Mandrake on The Spectre. “The Spectre was an interesting amalgam of both supernatural and superhero. Created in 1940 by Superman creator Jerry Siegel and artist Bernard Baily, the central character was hardnosed plainclothes detective Jim Corrigan who falls afoul of mobsters and is murdered. He’s sealed into a […]

The Projection Booth Special Report: All Things Must Pass

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The Projection Booth invited the Gutter’s own Carol back to talk about the documentary, All Things Must Pass: The Life and Death of Tower Records. Mike White also interviews producer Sean M. Stewart.

“Why Lesbian Vampire Movies Are Terrible (But Also Totally Amazing)”

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At Autostraddle, Sara Century writes about why Lesbian vampire movies are terrible and totally amazing. “As heterosexual vampire stories had their origin in the fear of female sexuality, displayed clearly in novels like Dracula which consistently robbed its female characters of sexual autonomy throughout the narrative, lesbian vampire stories are clearly based in the insecurity […]

31 Days of Horror, Part II

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It’s the second ten days or so of 31 Days of Horror with the Gutter’s own Carol. “Spookoween 2015 got a little rougher for me. I’m a little more ambivalent about some of the films I watched for Part II. One I even started and stopped. This time we have two appearances by Vincent Price, […]

The Projection Booth looks at An Open Secret

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The Projection Booth kindly invited the Gutter’s own Carol to join Mike White for a discussion of Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, a sad and enraging documentary about the exploitation and sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry. Mike also interviews producer Gabe Hoffman about the film.

“Vampires, Psychics and Ghosts: A Look At Queer Women In Horror”

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At Bitch Media, Sara Century writs about Queer women in horror. “The first horror films to feature queer female characters are some of the first films of any kind to portray queer women.”

“10 Trailblazing Horror Films Directed by Women”

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At TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog, Kimberly Lindbergs writes about 10 horror films directed by women. “I’ve been enjoying a lot of [TCM’s] Trailblazing Women programming myself but since we’re in the middle of Schocktober, I thought I’d set aside some time to highlight some of my favorite horror films and thrillers directed by women who […]

“12 Memorable Artist Television Cameos”

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Art News shares 12 artist cameos on tv shows. (Thanks, Ami!)

The Pioneering Women of Electronic Music

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The Vinyl Factory has an interactive timeline of women in electronic music from Ada Lovelace to the 2014 Ada Project–with links to recommended listening.

Restoring Howard the Duck’s Origin

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At Bleeding Cool, Cap Blackard writes about the contested homeworld of Howard the Duck. “If you’ve seen the much maligned Howard the Duck film or read any Howard the Duck stories published since 1979, you’re probably familiar with the concept of Duckworld. You know, an alternate Earth where everyone is ducks and everything is duck-themed: […]

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    “During the 1970’s Black filmmakers found their voices by making films that spoke to urban audiences in a way that had never been done before. Films like Sugar Hill, Abby, The Zebra Killers and so many more packed theaters with audiences hungry for Horror Movies where the Black Guy didn’t die first. 40 years later, Black horror films have made a lasting impact within the Black community. These films are national treasures and should be a part of any film collection. The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to the Blaxpolitation Horror films of 1974.” Click through for more. (via @GrveyardShiftSisters)

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    Mubi has a collection of film posters designed by Eva Švankmajerová, Surrealist painter, writer and filmmaker. Learn more about Eva Švankmajerová with an posthumous interview with Gwendolyn Albert, the translator of her novel, Baradla Cave.

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    At The Toast, Mo Moulton watches Downton Abbey and discusses its portrayal of Neville Chamberlain. “Here, then, is Neville Chamberlain in 1925. He is fulfilling the expectations set by an extraordinary political family. His father, Joseph Chamberlain, ran a screw factory in Birmingham, where he became passionate about urban improvement as a method for bettering the lives of his workers. As Liberal mayor of Birmingham, he was an early, passionate proponent of what became known as “gas and water socialism”: he wanted to put those services within reach of every resident by putting them under the management of local government. So far, it’s hard to imagine the Earl of Grantham having much in common with this energetic, egalitarian entrepreneur.”

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    In honor of Black History and Women In Horror Month, Graveyard Shift Sisters take a look at Audre’s Revenge Film collective, which was founded by Monika Estrella Negra:  “Audre’s Revenge Film was created in order to promote visibility of womyn, queer, trans and intersex folks of color in the sci fi and horror universe.

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    Please enjoy an hour of rare Bollywood synth funk (and an interview with DJ Fitz who put the mix together). (via @BethLovesBolly)

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    Nick Den Boer and Davy Force’s The Chickening is finally available to haunt your dreams forever. (The Gutter’s own Carol posted about The Chickening on the Toronto International Film Festival’s official Midnight Madness program blog here and here).

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