As a recent convert to the Terrifier camp, Shawn sells Antony, Ray and Tori hard in Terrifier 2 with a spoiler-free reaction. Also, our spoiler-free reviews of V/H/S/99, Deadstream, Smile, Day Shift and a whole lot MORE!!!
WARNING!!! The first 10 minutes or so of this episode is our Spoiler-Free review/reaction to David Gordon Green’s Halloween Ends. HOWEVER, after that – and we give you ample warning – for those of you who have seen the film, we go into a full-spoiler discussion on the film.
Fresh from our review/discussion of David Bruckner’s Hellraiser, special guests Madison and Kenta return to help Shawn give a SPOILER-FREE review/reaction to Scream-screenwriter Kevin Williamson’s awesome new Slasher flick SICK!
We start with a spoiler-free reaction to David Bruckner’s long-awaited Hellraiser, then give ample warning when we deep-dive into this one. Polarizing for sure, so is it worth watching? We’ll tell you!
Beyondfest 2022 and Cinematic Void hosted the West Coast Premiere of Iconic Horror Auteur Dario Argento’s new film Dark Glasses at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica last night and Shawn gives his spoiler-free review/reaction.
We start the episode with our spoiler-free reaction to Pearl – Ti West’s follow-up to X, then give you clear warnings before launching into our full-spoiler discussion. Ti West is back and he’s making some pretty amazing films! Let’s talk about it!
We start the episode with our spoiler-free reaction to Zach Cregger’s amazing new film Barbarian, then give you ample warning when we do our full-spoiler discussion. We loved this one SO very much. If you need convincing, listen to the first half and then turn this episode off, come back when you’ve basked in the glory that is BARBARIAN!!!
Just consider this episode the Consumer Reports of Gloryhole Horror! We watched both 2020’s The Special and 2022’s Glorious and only one movie gets out alive with our recommendation – which one? Ya gotta listen!
Also, to celebrate the winner, we give you our “worst bathroom ever” stories, plus pocket reviews of The Cursed and Titane.
Tori’s Back!!! We talk Netflix’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, more Predator, Popcorn, Silver Coin #13, Rocktober Blood, the f*&ked up films of Andrey Iskanov, plus a lot more!
We give you our spoiler-free review/reaction to Dan Trachtenberg’s PREY, the newest film in the Predator franchise that rocked HULU like no other release before. Is it worth the hype? It is, and we also give fair warning when we deepen our discussion with full spoilers. From there, we thought it’d be nice to review the new Marvel Comics’ Predator #1 that dropped recently, kicking off the Comics Giant’s first foray into the Predator-verse.
Now that the first two volumes of Michael Walsh and friends’ Amazing Horror Anthology Comic The Silver Coin are on Comic Shop Shelves, Anthony and Shawn do a full re-read on the series and go in-depth on the Silver Coin mythos. Full Spoilers! We talk about every issue, how they tie together, what characters overlap, and all our theories about the bigger picture of this wonderful Horror Opus!!!
SPOILERS: Seattle University Professor of Film Studies John Trafton returns to go all-in with Ray and Shawn as they attempt to unpack two of the most conversation-worthy films of the year so far: Alex Garland’s Men and David Cronenberg’s return to Body Horror Crimes of the Future.
Anthony, Ray and Shawn just watched Hanna Bergholm & Ilja Rautsi’s new film Hatching in an AMC theatre at the local mall. THAT’S F’ING CRAZY!!! Let us tell you why. We start with a spoiler-free reaction/review, and clearly delineate when we’re going to go full-spoiler, so join us up top to see if this new Body Horror film is for you, then after you see it, come back for our thoughts. There’s a lot to ‘chew’ on here.
Seattle Film Professor John Trafton returns to go in-depth on Robert Egger’s The Northman. Please DO NOT listen to this until you have seen the film.
I do quick, spoiler-free reviews for The Cellar, You Won’t Be Alone, and the new Brubaker/Phillips’ Reckless graphic novel, The Ghost in You.
Fresh from a Saturday afternoon theatrical viewing of Ti West’s first film in 5 years, Ray and Shawn give you a quick, spoiler-free review/reaction to X. It’s awesome and we’ll tell you why you want to see it on the big screen if you can!
“Isolation Breeds Horror.” Indeed it does, and a recent example of this in cinema is Mickey Keating’s new film, Offseason. Starring Jocelin Donahue, Joe Swanberg, Jeremy Gardner, Richard Brake and Melora Walters, the film is an exploration of tropical southern gothic isolation Horror. Offseason hit VOD last Friday – a $6.99 rental on Prime and is playing in arthouse theatres around the country. Here’s what we thought.
Also this episode, Anthony watches monster movies with his son and finishes the Horror Space Opera game Valfaris on his Switch, and Shawn and Ray talk suggest where newcomers to New Wave French Horror begin with Shudder’s recent addition of a large part of the movements most notable films.
We discuss the ups and downs of Fede Alvarez and David Blue Garcia’s new Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Netflix. Also, Classic Corner returns as a regular feature and we kick it off with 1960’s Eyes Without a Face. From there, it’s Image Comics’ Infidel, Vinegar Syndrome’s release of Beyond Dream’s Door, and Adam Ellis’ Dear David.
Ray and Shawn continue this new regular adjunct series – Sticks & Stones, with a look at 1984’s Children of the Corn and 2013’s Jug Face, two movies that have more in common than you’d probably realize at first glance.
Ray and Shawn begin a new, regular adjunct series – Sticks & Stones will look at the wealth of film and literature that fall into the realm of Folk Horror, starting this week with a discussion that begins with Kier-La Janisse’s new documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (Severin Films), and continuing onto Avery Crounse’s 1983 forgotten epic Eyes of Fire and Robert Eggers’ 2016 masterpiece The Witch.
WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED YELLOWJACKETS EPISODES 1-9
That’s right, we gather the week before the season one finale of Showtimes’ Yellowjackets to talk about everything we’ve seen on the show so far, our theories, observations, what we like, what we LOVE, what we wish was better. EVERYTHING.
We bring you our favorite Horror of the past year. Movies, TV, Novels, Comics and more – this is the best of the best.
Spoiler-free reviews of all the big Autumn Horror flicks, as well as the awesome new Yellowjackets series on Showtime!
SPOILER WARNING! Ray and Shawn welcome back Seattle University Film Studies Professor John Trafton to the show to do deep-dives on Valdimar Jóhannsson’s new film Lamb and Julia Ducournau’s Titane! If you have not watched these films yet do not listen to this episode. Instead, run – don’t walk – to your local cinema, view, and return to us as we pick apart two of our favorite films of 2021!
Closing night at Beyondfest 2021, Shawn gives his quick, spoiler-free review of the long-awaited Antlers!
Fresh from Beyondfest 2021, Ray and Shawn bring you their spoiler-free review of Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s new film The Black Phone!
Ray ventures out on his own and give us two SPOILER-FREE reviews for Julia Ducournau’s Titane and Sion Sono’s new Nic Cage vehicle Prisoners of the Ghostland!
We do both an initial, spoiler-free review, and then a spoiler-laden deep-dive. If you haven’t watched Malignant yet, we’ll cue you in on when you should stop listening. If you have, let’s have some fun!
We talk Brand New Cherry Flavor, The Night House, Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? Also, Never Hike in the Snow, Jakob’s Wife, American Horror Story: Red Tide, Sator and a lot more!
Feeling inspired horror fiends? Anyone who has tried to create something from nothing knows your talent isn’t always enough. Sometimes, inspiration is a real bitch to come by. Whether it’s not knowing where to start, where to keep going, or even what to create. This block can happen in writing, painting, sculpting, drawing or pretty much any creative endeavor. And, if like in today’s movies, your talent as an artist also happens to be your primary source of income, then lack of inspiration is not just annoying but dangerous. In cases like this, how do you afford to eat, feed your family, or pay rent?
But what if all these pressures could be relieved by heavy metal music and the dark and mysterious forces it purports to conjure? Well, let’s find out in today’s films, The Devil’s Candy and Bliss.Continue reading “Cineray Goes Metal!”
With the advent of the delightful The Suicide Squad, we decided to host a discussion about James Gunn’s Horror DNA. From writing the remake of Dawn of the Dead and The Belko Experiment to the super gory crowd-pleaser Slither – we even touch on Gunn’s industry beginnings with Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma! PLUS – we talk about Shawn’s new obsession with Nick Antosca’s Brand New Cherry Flavor, Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft’s Severed, Werewolves Within, The Silver Coin, and Ken Russell’s Lair of the White Worm. Plus, a lot more!
Hey horror fiends! Today’s double feature is a jump into the fractured dark psyches of seemingly normal people. As we have all seen on the news, it’s always the quiet ones. Ordinary people can sometimes harbor dark and horrible secrets not visible on the surface. From feelings of weakness to an inability to heal the damage of tragic events, some people are incredibly tortured. Eventually, the damn of sanity cracks and madness seeps through, ushering in pain and violence once thought unbelievable. With this in mind, I give you today’s Cineray double feature: Prano Bailey-Bond’s new film Censor and David Lynch’s classic Lost Highway.Continue reading “Cineray Psychosis!”
Seattle University Professor of Film Studies John Trafton joins us as we deep dive into 1973’s overlooked and underrated classic Messiah of Evil!
Ray and Shawn go over their recent viewings, and there are A LOT of recommendations therein. From Netflix’s new Fear Street: 1994 to Ray’s impressions on this year’s Etheria Film Festival, to a succession of films Shawn is already betting will end up in his top of the year six months from now, we have a lot for you this week. Oh yeah, and there’s a totally impromptu discussion about Terminator to begin the episode. Just ‘cuz.
We talk about the third installment in James Wan’s Conjuring series! We stay spoiler-free while we discuss what we liked, didn’t like, and how this new entry in the “Conjuring Universe” stacks up compared to the others. Also discussed: Fried Barry, Black Roses, Army of the Dead, Eve’s Bayou and The Untamed. TV-wise, we cover Little Marvin’s Them, and in comics we talk about Boom! Studio’s cinematic adaptation of Cullen Bunn’s The Empty Man, Horror Anthology The Silver Coin, and Ed Piskor’s Red Room!
Get ready for beauty with bite fiends! Strip clubs are very lascivious places where men throw their money down for sexy ladies to dance and reveal more of their bodies while alcohol is usually drunk. But what if the ladies who dance in these clubs were after more than the patrons’ wallets? What if they wanted a little more? Like, say the blood pumping through their veins, for instance. Today’s double feature is two tales of strip clubs filled with the most deadly dancers, vampires and riff-raff. The double-feature recommendation is Vamp and From Dusk Till Dawn.Continue reading “Cineray Hits the Strip Club”
Now that Rose Glass’s debut feature Saint Maud is readily available to watch on VOD we’ve got a review! Did A24 hit it big again with another indie debut? Is Saint Maud worth your time? Did we like it? The short answer to all those questions is yes, but tune in to hear all the whys and wherefores. Also, we do a flashback watch and review of Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo. Plus, The Special, Ken Russel’s The Devils and Anthony and Shawn say you must watch Adam Stovall and MacLeod Andrews’s A Ghost Waits! All that, and a whole lot more!
We give you our reviews of the new Mortal Kombat flick, Jakob’s Wife, as well as discussing Steve Niles’ Winnebago Graveyard, Amazon’s Them, the Hail Satan documentary, Dark Horse’s reimagining of Dan O’Bannon’s original Alien Script and a lot more!!!
This episode, Anthony gives his review of Adam Wingard’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, and as a diehard fan of the giant lizard, we trust his opinion. Also, Shawn gives Wrong Turn 2021 its second chance on the show, Tori talks South-Western Giallo White of the Eye a holler before joining Shawn in salivating over Waxwork Records‘ new Lords of Salem vinyl release. Plus, Larry Fessenden’s graphic novel and LOTS more!
We review a bunch of new stuff, including Anthony Scott Burns’ new film, Come True, the Wrong Turn re-boot, and Jerren Lauder’s Stay Out of the F*&king Attic. Plus, Lucky, The Craft: Legacy, Anything for Jackson, and tips on how to overcome streaming’s Paradox of Choice!
In the newest episode of A Most Horrible Library, Chris and Shawn talk about a bunch of new Horror series’ with number ones currently on the stand, as well as the revitalization of two classic DC Horror titles!
Chris helps Shawn get the various editions of Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein straight, then takes him through the Archie Comics’ Horror line – Jughead the, Hunger, Blossom 666, Vamperonica, Sabrina and the one that started it all, Afterlife with Archie! Also discussed, digitally remastering the original Vertigo Comics line, colonizing B&W Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell, and we dip a little into the idea that John Logan’s Penny Dreadful feels an awful lot like another seminal Alan More title – not in a bad way!
Ray discusses Tobe Hooper’s 80s Space-Vampire movie Lifeforce as a homage to Hammer Horror by way of Twins of Evil. Tori has an awesome theory that Pyscho Goreman exists in the same world as another film we love, and Shawn sings the praises of Alex de la Iglesia’s recently finished HBO opus 30 Coins! Plus, The Love Witch, the new Mortal Combat trailer, and all the stuff in 2021 we’re waiting for!
We talk about the lost gem of 2020 – Mark Tonderai’s Spell! This one’s gnarly folks, and we’ll tell you why it would have been on our best of 2020 list had we actually seen it in 2020 (shout out to Alex and Christina from the Beyond the Void podcast for putting this on our radar).
Also, Tori talks Drew Rosas’ Blood Junkie, Ray digs into Harley Cokliss’s goopy Dream Demon (recently released through Arrow), and Anthony and Shawn sing the praises of Ben Wheatley’s Kill List! Plus – a lot more HORROR!!!
Chris and Shawn sit down on Zoom for a nice, lengthy discussion with comics writer/artist Jeremy Haun, creator of The Red Mother, 40 Seconds, The Beauty, and The Realm!
Chris takes Shawn through a deep-dive on all five of the Hill House imprint books from DC Comics, and Shawn talks Vault’s Dorian Gray sequel The Picture of Everything Else, Aftershock’s Knock Em Dead, and IDW’s Sea of Sorrow!
Steven Kostanski’s new film Psycho Goreman hit VOD on Friday and Anthony and Shawn have seen it and wish to sing its praises! Here’s their quick, spoiler-free review, which also walks viewers through a bit of Kostanski’s history as a part of the Astron-6, his other films, and where you can watch this gore-tastic new flick!
We talk Part for of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Love & Monsters, HBO’s Heaven’s Gate documentary, Fingers, Alex de la Iglesia’s 30 Coins, our favorite characters from John McTernan’s Predator, what we love and hate about Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead, and what movies will be a better dose of Ninja action than 1983s Samurai Christmas Horror film Blood Beat (here’s a hint – the titles all contain the word “Ninja.” Oh, and a lot more!
A horrifically new literary podcast from the creators of The Horror Vision!
Join Chris and Shawn as they discuss all things Horror Literature/Comics. This first episode we divulge a bit of what led us to Horror Comics, then dive into a bunch of titles we wholeheartedly recommend.
Here’s what we discuss:
Red Mother (Boom! Studios)
Gates of Hell (Eibon Press)
Homesick Pilots (Image Comics)
Something is Killing the Children (Boom!)
It’s the end of the year (finally), and thus, time for the time-honored tradition of ranking our favorite Horror films from the last 12 months!
Chris, Ray, and Shawn meet up to talk about all things Horror! First, hear Chris talk about the joys of not only Max Brooks’s new novel Devolution, but the full-cast Audio Book performance of both that and Brooks’s seminal zombie novel, World War Z! Next, Shawn has seen the new, Barbara Crampton-Produced Castle Freak remake and he LOVES it! Hear why. And Ray continues to methodically educate himself on Shudder’s entire catalog; this week he talks about Fulci’s New York Ripper, Bava’s The Body and the Whip, and the not-for-the-weak-of-heart Angst! Plus… Christopher Landon’s Freaky, and a lot more!
Anthony, Tori, and Shawn meet up to talk about all they’ve been reading and watching. Big review this week is Shudder’s Porno, which dropped just before the holiday. Worth a watch? You betcha! Hear Shawn’s review of that and new HULU suspense flick Run, as well as Tori’s admiration for Jim Jarmusch’s much-maligned The Dead Don’t Die. Anthony helms the time machine and revisits Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions and Hellraiser V: Inferno. Plus: Eibon Press’s Fulci Comics and a whole lot more!
Anthony and Shawn spend a calm afternoon catching up on recent viewings. Josh Boone’s New Mutants, Micah Gallo’s Itsy Bitsy, Jeremy Gardner’s After Midnight, and Shudder’s Cleansing Hour. Also, our reaction to the news about Dan Trachtenberg’s Predator and Ridley Scott’s next Alien movie! Plus, a helluva lot more!
Tori spent her October doing the unthinkable – watching ALL 9 seasons of American Horror Story start to finish. Hear her talk about the experience. Ray does a tribute to Drive-ins in cinema with Psycho Beach Party and Chillerama, and Shawn watched The Dark and the Wicked! Plus, Joe R. Lansdale’s The Drive-In, The Driller Killer, Shudder’s WNUF Halloween Special, and a bloody lot more. (Really bloody!)
Mark it – the first in-person episode of our show since COVID began! Anthony and Shawn gather under the same room but at a safe social distance to watch Scream Factory’s BR of William Malone’s 1999 remake of The House on Haunted Hill! Also, Netflix’s new haunter His House, which is really just fan-freakin’-tastic! Also also, Shudder’s new Creepshow Animated Special, NOTLD, Halloween, and a whole lot more!
Ray, Anthony, and Shawn hit Zoom to talk about all their pre-Halloween watches. We talk about The Mortuary Collection, Tremors 7: Shrieker Island, The Haunting of Bly Manor, French New Extremity flicks Sheitan and Ils (Them), Haun and Luckert’s new comic Red Mother, the glory and thrift of region-free Blu Ray players, and Modern CG as the new schlock! That’s not everything, but it’s a lot of it!
Ray, Kirsten, and Shawn bring you their immediate review/reaction to the nine short films and plethora of awesome trailers that Joe Bob Briggs, Darcy the Mail Girl, and Felissa Rose hosted at Joe Bob’s Haunted Drive-In tonight at the Roadium in Torrance, CA. Tickets are still available for several shows this week – go HERE to buy them now!
Our favorite from the fest:
It’s our two-year anniversary, so Chris, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn hit Zoom and talk about everything they’ve been watching. In this episode we talk Ron Bonk’s House Shark, Glen Danzig’s Verotika, the 1935 predecessor to The Wolf Man, Stuart Walker’s Werewolf of London, 976-Evil, and Chris and Shawn cover Narrative Horror podcasts Borrasca and The Magnus Archives (both fantastic!). That’s not everything we cover though, so join us for another episode chock full o’ Horror!
Ray and Shawn give you their quick, spoiler-free review from Beyondfest 2020’s West Coast premiere of Benson and Moorhead’s long-awaited Synchronic and Justin Simien’s Bad Hair!
Ray and Shawn coming at you directly from the after-show parking lot at the Mission Tiki Drive-In Movie Theatre in Montclair, CA! It’s opening night of Beyondfest 2020 – well, actually it’s a special advance night, as the festival proper doesn’t kick off until next week, but we’re here fresh from the West Coast-Premiere of Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor!
This episode, Tori, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn meet back up on Zoom to discuss The Shed and Random Acts of Violence, both recent additions to Shudder’s streaming service. Also, Anthony reviews The Barge People and Tori Impetigore! From there the discussion ranges from whether or not Nick Cage was the right man for Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Raised By Wolves, and really, a helluva lot more.
Show Notes: As we mention on the episode, we’re in the final days to back Vincent DiSanti’s upcoming Friday the 13th Fan Film Never Hike in the Snow (You can support the IndieGoGo campaign for the next 8 days HERE, campaign trailer below:
Also, this episode we finished with what we are most looking forward to coming up; here’s the trailers for everything we talk about in that Coming Attractions section:
As quarantine crawls into its fifth month, Tori, Anthony, and Shawn meet up online to talk about everything they’ve been watching/reading to keep them sane. Topics of discussion include but certainly are not limited to the new 80s Horror documentary In Search of Darkness, the original Sleepaway Camp trilogy, Shudder’s new, scary as all hell Host, and soon-to-be-adapted North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud, which premieres in October on HULU courtesy of Babak Anvari. We also talk about the cosmic horror of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless graphic novel, Alien 3 and 4, and rare 80s flicks The Kindred and Killer Party.
Shawn’s annotations on the Ennochian Magick contained in Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Nameless graphic novel can be found here:
That puts you in at issue four’s annotations, but the links for the first three are at the top of the page, and you can click through to issue 5 and 6 from the side bar on the right.
The annotations for Grant Morrison’s entire 7-year Batman run that Shawn mentions in this episode were written by the following.
David Uzumeri’s annotations are my favorite. He does a fantastic job, first on Funnybook Babylon and then on Comics Alliance. Notice you’ll also find his annotations for Final Crisis and FC supplement Superman: Beyond on some of these pages as well.
Gary Lactus does a great job in his own right with annotations. His website Mindlessones.com is a great read and an excellent comic resource and I’ve used it to augment the studiousness Uzumeri’s annotations have inspired in me for this re-reading of epic proportions.
And finally, Douglas Wolk’s work annotating Final Crisis is another fantastic supplement to the series. I know so little about the history and structure of the DC Universe (always been a dabbler in DC and more of a Marvel man) that without something like this I had no hope of understanding even the smallest bit of the epic scope of FC.
That’s all folks!
by Shawn C. Baker
Vault Comics’ The Plot
I am of the ilk that believes comic books can be literature. There are the obvious entries into that argument, graphic novels by authors like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Brian K. Vaughn, etc. But those iconic, high-water mark novels didn’t just change the fabric of the comic book industry; they influenced a subsequent generation of creators to follow suit. This influence is especially apparent in Horror Comics. In recent years there has been a surge in high concept Horror titles. Many of these find a home with independent publishers that don’t carry the same weight as institutional companies like Marvel or DC. Even Image and Dark Horse, as big as they are, put out titles I’m always surprised go largely unnoticed. It will be the goal of this column to try and expose some of those titles.
I thought for this first entry in A Most Horrible Library, I would start things off with a book currently on the stands.
Title: The Plot
Author: Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
Artist: Joshua Hixson
Publisher: Vault Comics’ Nightfall Line
Vol. 1 TPB available 7/01/20 (collects issues 1-4)
Issue 5 also available 7/01/20
During a recent re-read of Grady Hendrix and Will Erickson’s Paperbacks From Hell, I realized that Ancestral Horror had become something of a lost sub-genre. Perhaps ‘lost’ is a touch melodramatic; there have been some considerably successful examples in recent years. Crimson Peak, The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are all rooted in Ancestral Horror. I’m even of the mind you could argue that Ari Aster’s Hereditary fits into the genre. But as the past has become less important to our society, the ‘sins of our fathers‘ plot device has likewise lost its power to horrify us. That said, it wasn’t all that long ago that religion’s faltering grip on our hearts and minds appeared to banish Horror’s ties to the Devil. I’ll never forget how disappointed I felt when I learned the REC remake had replaced demonic possession with terrorists making rabies. My point is, it wasn’t too long after that remake that a veritable deluge of films about possession appeared in theatres, one after the other. The lesson?
Everything old is new again, just like those generational sins that plague the characters in Ancestral Horror stories.
If you put your ear to the ground of most film genres, you’ll hear what’s bubbling in the world of the written word. Horror films take a lot of cues from Horror literature, and thanks to those icons mentioned above, comics are now recognized as just that. This brings me to The Plot, a relatively new ongoing monthly horror comic published by Vault Comics under their Nightfall imprint.
The Plot starts, like all good Ancestral Horror stories, with the proverbial chickens coming home to roost. Charles Blaine is the successful head of Sortvand Pharmaceuticals, a company he took over after his father passed away. When we meet Charles, we see him go from enjoying the spoils of his empire on the eve of his fortieth birthday to meeting his end at the hands of something monstrous. Something that has dragged itself up out of his family’s past and come to collect. “In order to give, first you must receive,” the cryptic message that proceeds his death also echoes through each issue, taking on ominous connotations that would appear to tie into nefarious deeds perpetrated by previous Blaine family Patriarchs. Don’t worry; none of this is spoiler country. Charles’ death is the inciting incident that kicks off the story, sending his black sheep brother Chase back to the Blaine ancestral home in Cape Augusta, Maine.
As the story progresses, we learn that, while big brother Charles’ was being groomed to take over the family business, Chase ran away. We don’t know why he ran, but there are intimations from other characters that don’t exactly paint him in the most flattering light.
Whatever drove Chase away, his return comes off as part heroic, part foolish. Certainly, his impetus to take up the mantle of raising Charles’s two adopted children, Mackenzie and Zach, is as altruistic as it gets. But there’s something else deep-seated in Chase. An impulse that ties him to the family mystery, and thus, makes him either the inevitable next target or part of the cause.
So the three Blaines arrive in rural Maine as fish out of water. With the help of Reese, the love Chase left behind, now a local school teacher, they try to make a home. Only the town itself opposes their attempt at happiness. Bigoted locals do not appreciate Mackenzie and Zach’s Chinese heritage. The Sheriff makes no bones about telling Chase he needs to leave, that his family has always been bad news for Cape Augusta. And the house, well, the house is a horror show all its own. There are hidden tombs inside its walls, rooms that flood with phantom water, and what I can only describe as Bog Creatures that haunt every nook and cranny of the estate.
In The Plot, Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci have conceived a story that, while clearly an homage to an outlier sub-genre, still manages to have its own unique pulse. There’s a modernity to some of the character dynamics that balances the tried-and-true ‘villagers with pitchforks’ vibe percolating in the background. Mackenzie and Zach’s heritage feels as though it will eventually come to play a more significant role, and the ties to 70s-era big Pharm adds the possibility of a conspiracy of macroscopic scope.
Likewise, Penciler Joshua Hixson and colorist Jordan Boyd employ a dark, almost gothic palette to populate the book with eerie, often earthen textures drawn directly from the Hammer philosophy of setting-as- character. Their wonderfully subtle approach to juxtaposing rotting, sepulchral entities with the visual tropes of Ancestry anchor the Blaines, both past and present, in an environment that feels perpetually unsafe. The underlying tension this creates makes each issue throb with promises that Horror lay around every corner. To me, that’s what Ancestral Horror is all about: What lies in wait.
Join Ray, Tori, and Shawn for a short, impromptu episode where we discuss Pascal Laugier’s 2008 masterpiece Martyrs, as well as the New Wave of French Extreme Cinema that Laugier’s film is often associated with. ALSO, we lost a legend this week, and we pay tribute to John Saxon. Saxon left his mark on the genre film world with many films, and we’ll talk briefly about those, as well as one you may not have heard of before!
Also, here’s that short fan-fiction mash-up of Martyrs and High Tension I wrote a few years back. It’s posted on my account with the Horror Amino.
After the events of High Tension Marie escapes the hospital she was remanded to by killing a nurse and several orderlies with a scalpel and a length of cord from a lamp. She regains control over her body and wanders the French countryside, afraid to talk to or befriend anyone. She knows The Killer inside her is never far off.
Marie is found by Etienne, who after witnessing Mademmoiselle’s suicide upon learning what Anna saw beyond this plane has been chilled into a panic. After the events of Martyrs Etienne took a small portion of their philosophical group with him and struck out to re-create the experiment, only in a slightly less-extreme fashion. His thinking is the road the Martyr travels to glimpse the other side may directly affect what they see. Under Mademoiselle the group relied on suffering to afford their subjects’ a glimpse; Etienne would try something different.
They set up in an old barn in the countryside and begin looking for subjects.
Marie stumbles across the barn and at first thinks no one is there. She attempts to use it for shelter from a storm but soon meets Etienne and his people. She warns them that she carries an evil inside her that she cannot control. This intrigues Etienne and he has his people overpower Marie and bring her to their makeshift lab.
When she awakes Etienne tells Marie Anna’s story. He says he thinks they can help one another, that he wants to try to separate her mind from The Killer’s and use him as the guinea pig for his new experiments. She agrees, “But only if it hurts him”, she does not care if it hurts her as well.
Marie undergoes sensory deprivation and this allows Etienne to isolate her mind so she doesn’t feel pain. Then he uses pictures of Alex to trigger The Killer who immediately frees himself and begins to kill Etienne’s co-conspirators. The Killer works his way through everyone, but when he is down to Etienne Marie manages to briefly take control again, just long enough to take a gun and shoot herself in the head. She doesn’t die immediately, and as Etienne comforts her in her final moments Marie whispers something to him. She dies and Etienne slowly gets up and leaves the house. As he exits he sees one of the people from his group is still alive. This person asks him what Marie told him and Etienne replies, “She told me that the next world is worse than this one. She said in this new world The Killer inside her will be a god and she a mouse.”
With that Etienne picks up a knife and cuts the survivor’s throat. Still bloody he takes the knife with him as he gets into a car and heads toward a town in the distance.
This past weekend Ray and Shawn dug into two highly anticipated Horror releases – Natalie Erika James’ Relic and Jeffrey A. Brown’s The Beach House. We do in-depth, spoiler-free reviews for both films, but if you’re like us and couldn’t wait to see them, you can listen after our show’s end musical theme and follow us into a full-spoiler discussion. But that’s not all! We also talk about another beach house-themed horror flick, 1984’s The Mutilator! And speaking of 1984, Shawn re-watched and LOVED Summer of ’84. Also discussed, the Altered Innocence Blu Ray for Knife + Heart, 2020’s Etheria Film Fest, The Burning, Matt Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country, and Shawn finally tracked down a copy of Dante Tomascelli’s 1999 debut Desecration – was it worth his self-inflicted hype? Well, let’s just say we’ll leave the trailer here and let you condense the most memorable moments into a cool two minutes. No need to go further unless you’re a Tomascelli completist.
After a small website mishap – thank you Amy for the save – we’re back, with an episode we recorded nearly a month ago! Hear Ray, Anthony, Tori, and Shawn talk about what we’re watching to get through the Quarantine. Topics of discussion include but are not limited to: Emma Tammi’s The Wind, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (about due for a re-watch, eh?), CHUD II: Electric Boogaloo, and Laird Barron’s third book in the Isaiah Coleridge series, Worse Angels. Also, Sara Lotz’s haunted survival novel The White Road, and Anthony revisits Jamie Blanks’ 2001 millenial slasher Valentine. Does it hold up? Listening is half the battle!
Tori, Anthony, Ray, and Shawn gather via Zoom to discuss one of the greatest independent Horror movies of our time – Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s The Void! Part homage to Fulci, Carpenter, and Barker, part practical FX masterpiece, let us tell you why we love this movie! Also discussed, Blood Quantum, Clive Barker’s debut novel The Damnation Game, and a whole lot more!
Still in Quarantine, Anthony, Chris, Ray, and Shawn gather remotely to discuss Travis Steven’s 2018 film Girl on the Third Floor. Also discussed, the criminally underrated REC series, the original Fright Night flicks, and Preston Fassel’s novel Our Lady of the Inferno.
Still relegated to meetings on Zoom but happy to help flatten the curve, Anthony, Ray, and Shawn meet to discuss what’s worth watching, the fate of big-box theatre chains, and… birds?
While the smart people in the world remain sheltered-in-place, Chris, Ray, and Shawn hold their first remote meeting to help give you recommendations for what to watch and read while we’re all trying to Flatten the Curve! Plus – a brief remembrance of Stuart Gordon and the films by him we love!
Hear our Spoiler-Free Review for the feel-good hit of the summer!
The fiends take a field trip to the local big box theatre to support the wide-release of Veronika Fran and Severin Fiala’s The Lodge. Is it worth seeing in theatres? Hell yes! Why? Supporting smaller horror movies who get big chain distribution means other smaller films may get a chance to break through the monotony of the studio system. Plus, The Lodge is freakin’ awesome! Hear our reaction, as well as thoughts on Netflix’s October Faction and Black Spot, Vampire Circus, Joe Begos’ Bliss, Castlevania, 2011’s Fright Night remake, and a host of other horror-filled delights. Also, this episode’s Classic Corner is 80s favorite The Gate! Check it out!
This episode we watch and react to Jon Wright’s delightful 2012 Horror/Comedy Grabbers, an Irish monster movie with a beautiful setting and a drunken cast. Our Classic Corner pick is Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator and we don’t stop there! Locke and Key’s premiere on Netflix, Dale Fabrigar’s D-Railed, Osgood Perkins’ Gretel and Hansel, Shudder’s The Marshes, American Horror Story, David Cronenberg’s debut novel Consumed, and Vault Comics knock-out horror titles The Plot and Black Stars Above. Oh, and there’s quite a bit more where those came from. Su Nioj!
Yes, Shawn loved Underwater so much that he invited his fellow fiends from The Horror Vision to go out and see it in the theatre. Here’s our SPOILER HEAVY discussion, because there’s a lot to discuss! Also, the fine gents from Beyondfest hosted 1993’s Freaked played at the Egyptian Theatre and Shawn was there! A full account of the flick and all the wonderful fixings that accompanied this historic screening!
Shawn tells you in six-and-a-half minutes why you should GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
While an insidious virus sweeps its way across the South Bay, Anthony and Shawn hide out in a covert bunker and press play on what might turn out to be the last movie they ever see! Good thing that movie is Rob Grant’s Harpoon, because as a last flick on Earth, it is A LOT of fun! And as long as the tape is rolling, after discussing Harpoon, we talk about American Horror Story, Daniel Isn’t Real, Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, and Netflix/Blumhouse’s Sweetheart. Join us for the end, won’t you?
We’re back with a double-sized mutha-f*&ka of an episode! Tori, Anthony, Ray, and Shawn watch and review Jaron Henrie-McCrea’s WONDERFUL The Gateway (aka Curtain), which is streaming on Prime, Tubi, and Vudu for free and everyone should watch. Then we go into our “What the hell did we watch?” roundtable where topics of conversation include but are not limited to Tori’s review of Neil Marshal’s Hellboy, Anthony’s review of Blumhouse’s Black Christmas, Shawn’s review of Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made, and Ray’s analysis of Cutting Class. Yes, that Cutting Class. After that, we have Tobe Hooper’s 1982 masterpiece Poltergeist as our Classic Corner pick, and then we take turns giving you our favorite Horror Films of 2019, and the decade! That’s right folks – a new decade is upon us!
In this episode, we gather to watch and discuss James Gunn’s 2006 slime-encrusted masterpiece, Slither. Ray was a bit concerned this one would be too gross for him. Was he right? Click play and find out.
The discussion also includes but is not limited to: Anthony’s return to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, Shawn’s final verdict on AHS 1984, Tori’s reaction to Jennifer Kent’s Babadook follow-up The Nightengale, Ray’s theatrical screening of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.
Oh yeah, and our Classic Corner pick this episode is none other than Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining!
This episode we do things a bit different. First, we begin fresh from a group viewing of Michael Goi’s Mary, starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimor. Shawn discusses his reaction to Mike Flanagan’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. From there we begin a new segment, The Horror Vision’s Classic Corner, with a discussion of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Anthony delves into his October-long rewatch of all seven seasons of HBO’s True Blood, and Ray and Shawn’s recent explorations of genre films, including but not limited to, Haunt, the Christopher Smith’s Creep, Beyond the Gates, and as the headline says, much, much more!
No, we do not talk about Frankenstein in this episode. This is the “Frankenstein” episode because due to faulty batteries and an increasing amount of Octoberfest beer, we had to record this one three times, well into the wee hours of the morning. This one is a ‘slow burn,’ but the conversation meanders into some, frankly, pretty cool places, so strap in for Chris and Tori’s reaction to Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad in Little Monsters, Ray’s first encounter with the convoluted masterpiece that is Lamberto Bava’s Demons series, Gaspar Noé’s Climax, AHS: 1984 and Apocalypse, Chillerama, and, oh yeah, how Nubbins from Texas Chainsaw 2 recently ran afoul of TSA security! All that, and a whole lot more.
Holy smokes – Shawn just returned from the Screamfest Premiere of Jen and Sylvia Soska’s remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid and he is foaming at the f*&king mouth for it. Why? Listen to this under ten-minute quick take and find out why you need to get infected ASAP!
Pardon the free-form feel of this quick episode, but it’s late and we’ve just arrived home after the sensory overload experience that is Joe Begos’ BLISS! More on that in a moment, though, as Shawn and Ray give you a quick recap of our Beyondfest experiences for the week. We start with a recap of Joe Bob Brigg’s How Rednecks Saved Hollywood – definitely not horror, but when a two-and-a-half-hour lecture about where Rednecks come from and how they eventually came to define Hollywood is this good AND it’s presented by the premiere Horror Host of our era, you’re damn right we’re talking about it on our podcast! Follow that with a screening of the newly re-gorified cut of Tammy and the T-Rex and, well, that’s the best Monday night we’ve had in quite some time. Then, as mentioned above, shortly before recording this we attended a Double Feature of Joe Begos’ two new films, the psycho-delic vampire freakout Bliss, and the all-star siege horror of VFW and, well, are you starting to see why we love Beyondfest so much?
Chris, Ray, and Shawn gather want you to mark Thursday, September 26th as the day Shudder brought Creepshow back from beyond the veil! That’s right folks, there might be a lot of hype in the horror community, but it’s well-earned; Shudder NAILED it! Here’s our reaction to the first episode.
SPOILER FREE REVIEW: It’s the most wonderful time of the year as BeyondFest 2019 goes into full swing! Shawn flies solo on this quick take review of Richard Stanley’s new film, The Color Out of Space. H.P. Lovecraft adaptations are pretty damn tricky, but Mr. Stanley nails it. Find out why!
Anthony, Tori, Ray, and Shawn gather on a Saturday night to watch Richard Stanley’s 1990’s Trash-Tec epic, Hardware! Before were get there, however, we discuss the Director’s Cut of Midsommar and the difference between theatrical and home viewing experiences, as well as Tori’s Australian Horror Binge, Melt Movies, the upcoming American Horror Story: 1984, the original The Hills Have Eyes and how the dog has the biggest body count in the picture, and the second season of Mindhunter. Oh yeah, and Ray pitches his own unique idea for a slasher movie!
And there’s not a trailer yet, but being that Joe Begos’ VFW recently premiered at Fantastic Fest alongside Bliss, we may have two Begos flicks to look forward to before the year’s out, and that’s good news to us!
Also, there’s Richard Stanley’s The Color Out of Space, the new Benson and Moorehead Synchronic, and honestly, probably a few more we’re blanking on at the moment.
What an awesome freakin’ year!!!
Ray, Anthony, and Shawn give you their overjoyed reaction to Radio Silence’s Ready or Not, surely one of the best movies of the summer. From there, we talk about revisiting Rob Zombie’s Halloween, 1972’s Grave of the Vampire, Joe Bob Briggs, The Transfiguration, Prom Night 2, Mindhunter’s season two, Cronenberg’s Videodrome. Also, Anthony and Shawn provide a recap of their experience attending Long Beach’s MidSummer Scream Horror Con. Finally, you’ll hear for yourself how Scott Schirmer’s 2012 Epic Video Nasty Found. leaves the crew initially speechless.
Originally published in the Spring of 2018 as an Amazon exclusive, Horror Vision founder and co-host Shawn C. Baker’s break-out collection of short stories makes a new mark as the first Literary work published under the Horror Vision Press imprint. 7 Tales to chill your blood:
Scare Me: At a Hollywood movie premiere, Apple and Lucas discover a new app marketed toward enhancing the experience of upcoming horror film Scare Me. The app claims it can blur the lines of reality that separate the viewer from the film. Sounds cutting edge and cool, but can it really be a good idea to inhabit a horror flick’s reality? Probably not.
The Apartment: Upon returning to his home town, Devlin’s former bandmate Cole drops a bomb: the song they wrote and performed as an invocation to the Hebrew Angel of Terror? Not only did it work, but they didn’t complete their banishing ritual.
In His Arms, She Felt Loved: Vicki and Addison’s marriage has devolved to a violent charade, but when she kills him in self-defense, Vicki finds her problems are only beginning.
The Midnight Tree: A barback on Chicago’s southside searches for an elusive nightclub that has a long, infamous history.
Pentagram Girls: After his divorce, Gary discovers dating apps. Be careful Gary, you never know who you’ll meet online.
1422 Euclid: Sex addiction is a terrible thing. What’s worse are the creatures that feed on the addict’s pain.
A Collection of Desires: The couple that kills together stays together, right? Well, when Mark and April decide to murder her landlord, things go kind of awry…
Anthony and Shawn finally carve out a few minutes to give you their take on two of the biggest theatrical released Horror flicks this summer. They literally sit in a car and give you their spoiler-free reviews of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Check it out and be sure to leave a comment here or on social media telling us if you agree or disagree!
On this very special episode of The Horror Vision, Chris, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn bid farewell to Genre Icon Ruger Hauer. We talk about our favorites from his filmography and even use the back half of the episode to react to a viewing of 1992’s Split Second, which pits Hauer against… well, something. At the top of the episode, we talk about our personal horror film hatreds, Chris’s love of the new What We Do In the Shadows series, Ray’s voyage into the works of Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger, Anthony reviews Slaughterhouse Rulez, and Shawn reports on his painstaking attempt to watch all the Friday the 13th films in sequential order for the first time.
The Horror genre is very important us here at The Horror Vision, but why? Well, this episode we spend a good chunk of time introducing ourselves, briefly summing up why and how we love Horror so much. After that, we watch Matthew Holness’ Possum. In between, topics of discussion include but are not limited to Tori’s obsession with Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 Suspiria remake/reimagining, remakes in general, and Stranger Things 3.
“Balls to the wall chomp time!”
What the f#@k more could you ask for?
Anthony and Shawn went to the opening night of Midsommar, Ari Aster’s follow-up to 2018’s Hereditary. How was it? Let them tell you. WARNING – we’d recommend not listening to this or anything else about the movie before seeing it; always best to go in blind. That said, the first half of this short reaction episode is spoiler free. The second half – which is clearly delineated by THV’s infamous “Spoiler Klaxon,” is not. Listen to the first half before you see it, and the rest after.
You have been warned, people!
Holy smokes! Two episodes in one week. Well, it seems we at The Horror Vision have a lot to talk about this month. Anthony, Chris, and Shawn talk about a ton of good stuff, including but not limited to Godzilla: King of Monsters, The Perfection, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, and Adam Rifkin’s batshit crazy epic The Dark Backward, all before sitting down and watching Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil and then recording their reaction to it! su nioJ!
Anthony, Ray, and Shawn talk about re-watching last year’s Horror Hallmarks, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart, Never Hiking Alone, and David Lynch’s Return to Twin Peaks before setting off with Writer/Director Dave McLean on a beautiful river ride in the picturesque Outback. Little do they know, there’s a Rogue Crocodile in the waters waiting to maim and eat them and Patch the Wonder Dog!
As has become their custom, Tori, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn gather on a Saturday night to talk about all the horror flicks they’ve watched since the last episode, then round the night out with a viewing of and reaction to Mike Mendez’s 2000 film The Convent. Other topics of discussion include The Nest, Pledge, Border, Sam Was Here, The Wind, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Season 1 part 2. Also, Anthony loves the new Mortal Combat game and Shawn is excited as all hell that HULU recently announced optioning author Nathan Ballingrud’s first book of short stories, North American Lake Monsters!
It’s Saturday night and Anthony, Ray, and Shawn are joined by good friends John* and Tori for a viewing of Jordan Downey’s awesome new film The Head Hunter, an instant low-budget classic that serves as a fantastic example of how a great film doesn’t necessarily need a ton of resources behind it. As usual, we start the show talking about all the great stuff we’ve found over the last few weeks – Anthony’s visit to Grindhouse Video in Tampa, Tori’s love of The Prophecy and Exorcist III, and John & Shawn’s LA excursion to I Like Scary Movies, to name a few. Sit back, close your eyes, and open your mind to… The Horror Vision!
*Also, check out John, AKA Jonathan Grimm’s unbelievable art HERE.
SPOILERS!!! Anthony, Shawn, Chris, and Suzy take in the first showing of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Pet Sematary at their local theatre and have some pretty mixed reactions. Hear them unpack what they saw directly after they saw it, and try to come to terms with the pros and cons.
While Chris is on tour in Europe with Rezurex, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn get together post-Us and watch the recently released Book of Monsters! Writer Paul Butler, Director Stewart Sparke, and Cinematographer Hamish Saks bring a fun, practical effects-laden story about Sophie, a teenage girl whose 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath thanks to an ancient book of, well, Monsters! Plus, we talk about all the great, and not so great flicks we’ve watched since the last episode, including but not limited to Critters: The New Binge and De Palma!
Recently, my friend Jesus gifted me a copy of Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s Infidel trade paperback. I’d heard titterings about this book online; that it was a fantastic new horror comic, and a modern update on the haunted house paradigm. But despite flurries of excitement in my peripheral vision, Infidel somehow escaped my purview on the shelves of my beloved comic book shop.
I say most sincerely then, thank you, Jesus, for sending this book my way. Infidel is, simply put, stunning horror. It is modern, terrifying at times, and downright ugly at others. Ugly, despite the absolute majesty of the art and execution of the concept.
You can find this first volume pretty much anywhere comics are sold. Will there be others? I’m unsure; the first trade ends the story satisfactorily enough, but of course, with a success, there is always room for more. Plus, the thankfully vague explanations for the haunting the characters stumble upon in the back half of this volume are just begging to be fleshed out. There’s dark magick here, and something else you can’t quite put your finger on. Which makes everything all the more frightening.
When you look at Infidel, the first thing that strikes you is the art. It’s gorgeous and strange; beautiful even in its abject ugliness. It carries the story but remains abstract and non-committal. Make no mistake, this is not an easy feat, and everyone involved deserves a tip of the hat for the pacing, tone, and emotional resonance Infidel carries.
Look at that. Bone-chilling, right? Well, that’s just the beginning of the nightmare fuel in this book.
Infidel’s basic plot is this: two Muslim American women and their multi-cultural neighbors find themselves living in a building haunted by Xenophobic ghosts. It’s a great set-up, but the execution even transcends what you can say about it in an elevator pitch. Needless to say, the book landed a film deal after a mere two issues, and if reading this late at night, the dark pressing in against your lamp, doesn’t creep you right the hell out, well, you might want to consider signing up for a night in that haunted mansion. Infidel is probably the creepiest book I’ve read since Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches (and just when the hell is that coming back?)
Infidel hits you in the horror nerve while whittling your defenses away with well-earned empathy for the characters. Bad shit happens in our world, but in Infidel, that’s only the beginning.
Ray, Anthony, and Shawn react to Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up, Us!