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Wherein we discover yet another dark layer of Joe's subconscious. 

There were a lot of murmurings earlier this year about an upcoming thriller called Final Girl starring Abigail Breslin, which will push the trope of a Final Girl to its furthest extreme. That movie was released on VOD on August 14, and is not the title that concerns us today. Instead, we are here to talk about the first trailer for the new horror-comedy The Final Girls (hence the confusion).

With the death of Wes Craven, the world of horror lost a great mythmaker. There’s no better time to reflect on one of his richest stories, an underrated movie that took several years to attract the admiration it deserves.

Craig Zobel showed a knack for conveying the uncomfortable with 2012's Compliance. Moving forward into the post-apocalyptic setting of Z for Zachariah the director's grip on compelling cinema with limited means makes a natural leap forward with the help of stunning cinematography and a top notch cast. However it's tough to leave the world of Zacharia without feeling like a key piece of the puzzle has been misplaced. 

In preparation for the upcoming Halloween season, September’s bookclub reading is Hell House by Richard Matheson:

There are franchises where more than two films existing within it seems incomprehensible. While horror characters can be taken into new and "interesting" territories in order to keep a franchise fresh, it does not necessarily make them successful entries. The original Leprechaun film was a crazy and arguably ingenious marketing tool to get audiences to view it out of the sheer curiosity of how a leprechaun could act as a killer. This curiosity gained enough support to allow a sequel; not just one either.

On Sunday, August 30th 2015, Wes Craven passed away at the age of 76. In his 40+ year career, he directed some of the genre's most memorable films and wrote even more. In the wake of his passing, we put a note out to some of our writers to share their memories of one of the biggest names in the genre:

Last Wednesday was National Dog Day. This meant most of the dog owners out there were busy flooding Facebook and Twitter with pics of their beloved companions while those of us without dogs dutifully liked and favorited each one.

Over at BGH headquarters we have found ourselves in the midst of Pinhead's pain and blood filled world. Pain seems to be the operative word for this retrospective. The BGH New Class tackled Hellraiser IV: Bloodline which was so crazy that writer Ben wanred us of the insanity we were about to step into while live tweeting. Picture a film set in space but also nodding to a life wearing powdered wigs. Add a plot to that idea and the movie essentially takes form; oh, and don't forget to take any logic out. We did manage to survive this week due to the love and support of BGH followers.

The phrase, “Based on the novel by Stephen King,” has become commonplace in the world of horror movies and TV. To date, more than one hundred of his stories have been adapted for either the big or small screen, but that wasn’t always the case. The almost total proliferation of the genre is thanks, at least in part, to the sweeping success of the first movie to take one of King’s story as inspiration, the honor of which is to be bestowed upon the 1976 film, Carrie.

When watching the first three films in the Hellraiser series every viewer was thinking to themselves that what they really wanted to see was the background of the toymaker that built the puzzle box as told by a Jean-Claude Van Damme look alike on a space station in the future. Well, on that front, Hellraiser: Bloodline delivers in spades.

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