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“Godzilla 2014 vs. The Giant Claw”


Michael Aguilar discusses The Giant Claw and making the stop motion wonder of “Godzilla 2014 vs. The Giant Claw, Part I!” (Thanks, Kate!)

“Navajos on Mars: Native Sci-Fi Film Futures”


‘The recent rise of Native-produced sci-fi films is more than an academic fascination. These diverse set of films have the power to not only help us to reimagine our assumptions about the futures of Indigenous peoples, but also to serve as a cultural mirror enabling us to reassess the Western sci-fi futures we have internalized. […]

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 […]

Magazines! So Many Magazines!


The Media Digital History Library has so many media magazines–film, drama and radio reviews from 1894!  So many magazines! Old movie weirdos and old time radio enthusiasts, rejoice!

Interview with Bruce Campbell


The Nerdist Podcast has an interview with Bruce Campbell. They discuss the cycling infrastructure in Miami, Burn Notice and Ash vs The Evil Dead.

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 […]

The Projection Booth Special Report: All Things Must Pass


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)”


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


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


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.

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!

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!

“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 Deadly Reclaim”


Footage of Sammo Hung, Lau Ching-Wan Louis Koo, Yuan Quan, Jiang Shuying, Eddie Peng, Liu Kai-Chi and Wu Jing on the set of Benny Chan’s The Deadly Reclaim. (Thanks, Brian!)

“Even dogs assail’d their masters, all save one”


At The Brattle Film Notes, Kerry Fristoe writes about The Road Warrior and Lord Byron’s poem, “Darkness,” in “The Road Warrior or Mad Max and Lord Byron Walk into a Bar…”

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    Stacked has a sweet resource list of young adult books featuring black girls. “All descriptions are from WorldCat, and I’m absolutely eager to hear more titles. All are YA books featuring black girls front and center and they include fiction and some non-fiction. A couple of these titles also fall into that crossover category, so while they may technically be “adult” reads, they have great appeal to teens. Several of these authors have written more than one title featuring a black girl at the center, so it’s worth checking their other titles, too. Many of these are also on-going series titles. I’ve limited to one per author.”


    Michael Aguilar discusses The Giant Claw and making the stop motion wonder of “Godzilla 2014 vs. The Giant Claw, Part I!” (Thanks, Kate!)


    In a 1988 Sight And Sound interview, Patricia Highsmith talks about film adaptations of her novels, from Strangers On A Train (1950) to The American Friend (1977)


    Open Culture has a re-vamped trailer for a film adaptation of  Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’ comic The Incal. One that never happened. “[Incal‘s] success made it a logical candidate for film adaptation, and so director Pascal Blais brought together artists from Heavy Metal magazine (in which Mœbius first published some of his best known work) to make it happen. It resulted in nothing more than a trailer, but what a trailer; you can watch a recently revamped edition of the one Blais and his collaborators put together in the 1980s at the top of the post.” (Thanks, Felipe!)


    Hyperallergic has a gallery of astronomical and cosmological illustrations from photographer Michael Benson’s books, Cosmographics: Picturing Space Through Time. (Thanks, Stephanie!)


    A homophobic Tumblr post becomes Queer dystopian adventure fiction in two responses. Behold! (Thanks, Adele!)


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