Episode 348 - "Cooties"


TOPTOBER - Top 5 Halloween Shorts

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Scene from the film "Gravy"

In the new trailer for Gravy, most of the typical Halloween traditions are bypassed in favor of a much grislier past time. Instead of carving up a pumpkin or marathoning their way through a few horror flicks, three of the film’s characters spend October 31 chopping up and devouring a few strangers. However, they are wearing costumes while they murder and cannibalize. At least some things are sacred.  


Horror fans tracking the run of great movies coming out of New Zealand (Housebound, What We Do In the Shadows) have a new one to add to their must-see list: an irreverent, demon-filled love letter to heavy metal called Deathgasm. Director Jason Lei Howden has years of experience behind him working as a visual effects artist on several Peter Jackson films, and though the movie is solidly in the tradition of Jackson’s early work, it’s never derivative.

Let the Halloween episodes roll in! What better show to kick off the spooky holiday season than Scream Queens and its take on the modern "All Hallows Eve" sensibilities. The episode, this week titled "Haunted House", kicked itself off with the not so fantastical event of Chanel-o-Ween; clearly a take on the YouTube generation and their never ending desire to subscribe and thrive through view counts.

Children are the Devil incarnate. That’s why they’re called Hellions; especially in Bruce McDonald’s new film.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers borrows a lot from the original’s playbook, but it spins the premise all the way around. Transplanted from the fictional Santa Mira (population: probably a few thousand) to San Francisco, the invaders are no longer uncanny replicants replacing family members and loved ones, but stand-ins for fellow citizens who will always be strangers.

The Leprechaun series is one of the more interesting horror franchises in existence. The intriguing aspect is not from a catalogue of exceptional films, quite in fact more than half are subpar and a chore to sit through, however their level of note comes from how many were made before the right formula began to work. It wasn't until the fifth straight to video entry, Leprechaun in the Hood, that bringing a semi-slasher leprechaun character into the real world actually worked.

As a celebration of all things October, BGH asked each of our writers to submit a Top 5 list of their choosing. Stay tuned all throughout October to see what these demented folks come up with!

 The making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.

- Rob Gordon, High Fidelity

The plotholes of Hellraiser:Hellworld are like a roller coaster: staggering in their enormity, but also kinda fun. Yet again, we’re faced with someone else’s original script that got Pinhead scotch-taped into it (this is the fourth in a row, in case you’ve lost count). This sequel involves a group of teenaged friends who become obsessed with a Hellraiser themed video game (it takes place “outside” of the franchise, until it doesn’t).

In the 1970’s, horror seemed to be preoccupied with the Devil. Smash hits like Rosemary’s Baby in 1968 and The Exorcist in 1973, brought stories of Satan and his followers to the big screen and consistently struck fear into the hearts of many. Following in the cloven footsteps of its predecessors, 1976’s The Omen took the logical next step by showing us what might happen if the anti-Christ really were born, and it wasn’t pretty. And coming, as it did, at the heart of an era of franchise horror, a sequel to The Omen was not far behind.

Unlike the vampire and zombie genres of the new millennium the werewolf film hasn’t had an entry that stands as a true genre revolutionary since, arguably, An American Werewolf in London. There’s no Let the Right One In or 28 Days Later for the werewolf. Instead the character seems to appear in one of three persistent forms, as genre window dressing in an already fantastic atmosphere populated with vampires, as an antagonist with a hidden identity, or as a sort of amateur detective resembling a grimmer Peter Parker.

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