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“Transgression and the Horror Porn of Richard Kern”


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 Old-Fashioned Horror and New-Fashioned Zombies of Pontypool

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I probably shouldn’t fret too much about spoilers discussing Bruce McDonald’s 2008 film Pontypool. The movie’s tagline, “Shut up or die,” is arguably a spoiler. And the novel it was based on, Tony Burgess’ Pontypool Changes Everything, has been around for 20 years. My personal bias is that you can’t spoil a good story anyway, […]

“The Greatest Actor Alive”


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 […]

A Girl Thinks Too Much Alone At Night


Sometimes I really want to like something. I really, really do. And it’s not bad and I don’t actively dislike like it. I just don’t like it. I love the film, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It’s one of my favorite films of 2014 and it’s one I recommend. But the comic version, […]

Spookoween 2015: 31 Days of Horror, Part III


Do you dare read the final chapter in the Gutter’s own Carol’s 31 Days of Horror blogathon? “Spookoween 2015 is winding down and it looks like I made it through. Roger Corman and Dracula both return, but not together. So many draculas! No Vincent Price this time, but there is a brief appearance by Vampire […]

Carol Talks Horror on the CBC


On CBC Radio’s Day 6 with Brent Bambury, the Gutter’s own Carol talks about horror movies directed by women and makes a few Halloween recommendations. (And here’s one of Carol’s favorite promotional pieces she wrote for one of the films for its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival).

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


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 […]

Christopher Lee on Black Magic, Anton LaVey, Ian Fleming and Dracula


Christopher Lee talks about black magic, playing a blasphemous priest in To The Devil A Daughter, Anton LaVey, Ian Fleming and Dracula in a 1975 interview.

Now Cthulhu is Blofeld


The moons have aligned and given me the opportunity to slip two October articles in, which means you get (or are inflicted with) a third installment of the ongoing series Punching Cthulhu in the Face, a look at the many ways H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic horror has been corrupted and misunderstood by other writers. And this […]

31 Days of Horror, Part II


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, […]

“Don’t Let A Wolf See You First”


Sententiae Antiquae writes about lycanthropy and Pliny the Elder. “But it Italy they also believe that the gaze of a wolf is harmful—specifically that it will take the voice from any man they see first. Africa and Egypt have wolves that are slow and small, while the colder climates produce fierce and wild animals. We ought […]

Halloween Suggestions from Shudder’s Colin Geddes


The Gutter’s own Carol’s piece about Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko appears in Shudder curator/TIFF programmer/friend of the Gutter Colin Geddes’ recommendations for your Halloween reading, viewing and listening pleasure. And the Gutter itself receives a shout-out!

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


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.”

The Horrifying Power of a Mother’s Love: Rosemary’s Baby and The Babadook

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I had an uninvited guest once, and it was inside me. If you’ve ever seen a sonogram of a cancer tumor, a demon analogy isn’t too much hyperbole. Tumors look objectively wicked and wrong. The barbs of its flesh under my own skin pricked. And while it was there, I was never really alone. But […]

Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko


The Gutter’s own Carol writes about cat demon ladies and the enduringly eerie Kaneto Shindo film, Kuroneko, at Teleport City.

31 Days of Horror 2015


Comics Editor Carol writes about horror movies (and tv) for 31 Days of Horror. Barbara Steele! Ghosts! Maybe Ghosts! Fairytales! Madness!

“Fear You Can Hear”


Nitrate Diva has a list of “31 of the Scariest Old Time Radio Episodes for Halloween.” Listen up!

“10 Trailblazing Horror Films Directed by Women”


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 […]

Talking Horror and Shudder on Office Hours #9


At Office Hours #9, friend of the Gutter/Midnight Madness programmer/Shudder curator Colin Geddes and fellow Shudder curator Sam Zimmerman talk about horror. I especially enjoy the discussion about the difference between a “terror film” and a “horror film.”

The Gaping, Wooden Maw of Horror Wants To Kiss You

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Every October I like to write about something spooky. I’ve written about  Frankenstein and Dracula,  dead girls and dread, mummies and mutant sea creatures. This year, I thought I’d write about werewolves, but it didn’t work out. I considered Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s Torso, but Eliot Ness pursuing a Cleveland serial killer in […]

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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 lurid descriptions of pornographic short films featuring Thirlwell and paramour/collaborator Lydia Lunch, whose snarky sound bites I scrawled in the margins of my diaries.”


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