Dario Argento’s Nightmare Fuel: the Surreal Horror of Suspiria

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*Guest Post by BILLY RUSSELL Much more so than many other “surreal” or “nightmarish” horrors, Suspiria truly captures the feeling of being trapped in a bad dream and being unable to awaken from it. There’s a self-contained logic that is never fully explained and real life is never allowed to intrude on the macabre story […]

From the VHS Vault: Habit (1995)

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There’s just something about thrift store finds. You see something on tape with a bizarre cover and a semi-promising recommendation from Roger Ebert on the front explaining that it’s a realistic vampire movie, whatever that means. But, since the price tag on it is $0.99, it’s not much of a gamble. If it sucks, chuck […]

The Worst Horror Movie Remakes Of All Time!

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With the good come the bad…the flip side of Billy Russell’s previous remake list, the worst horror movie remakes of all time! Halloween I had a hard time going back and forth on this. When considering a movie as a terrible remake, do you consider the movie on its own standalone terms or do you […]

The 5 Best Horror Movie Remakes

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Horror movies receive a lot of remakes. Here writer Billy Russell presents his case for the 5 best horror movie remakes of all time… Dawn of the Dead Back in 2004, when this was newly announced, I don’t think anyone didn’t wring their hands in nervous anticipation, expecting the very worst. The original…what made it […]

Ti West: Burgeoning Master of Subtle Horror

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Post by Billy Russell One of the freshest directors working in horror movies these days is Ti West. His movies are unique in that he cherishes suspense almost as much as a pay-off. It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker take pride in fear-making and not just the amount of blood that can feasibly be made […]

6 Best Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

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By Billy Russell Halloween Season is upon us. Now is the perfect time to turn the lights off in the living room, warm up some popcorn and watch something that chills us to our very core, or something that indulges our inner-macabre. Everyone loves to be scared. Below are some movies I think the entire […]

My 6 Favorite Horror Movie Adaptations

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Guest Post by Billy Russell Ghost Diaries regular Billy Russell lists his 6 favorite horror movie adaptations… Jaws Oh, sweet Jaws. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… 1. The direction and editing on the beach scene climaxes with a child turning into a tornado of gore and a vertigo shot is […]

The Conjuring: James Wan’s Horror Masterpiece

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Guest Post by Billy Russell Tonight is a perfect night for a horror movie. From my window, I can see flashes of lightning illuminating a half-dead tree with dying, brown needles shedding off of it and decaying on the ground below. There’s a stillness, an electricity in the air and the smell of rain is […]

The Future of Fear: Horror Movies In 50 years

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We love horror movies. We also love futurism and overwrought speculation. With transhumanism and the Singularity entering the mainstream–much to the chagrin of its esoteric handlers–we found ourselves trying to imagine what horror movies would be like in 50 years. By then technology will have evolved to near incomprehensible levels and the entertainment industry will […]

The Best Campy Horror Films on Netflix Streaming

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Guest post by Billy Russell To preface this list, let me clarify that not every film discussed below is necessarily “campy”. It’s more that they remind me of a time in my childhood that was somewhat trashy. These are all horror movies that are great in their own ways and specifically appeal to the camp […]