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Reed Alexander’s Horror Review of ‘The Shed’ (2020)

30 minutes of movie in a feature-length film…

So far, I’ve been pretty disappointed with the majority of Shudder Originals, save Mayhem (2020), which was a fucking hoot. Basically, Shudder is 1-3 here and Mayhem doesn’t quite make up for the other three films. However, if you want the ‘too long; didn’t read’ version of this review, it would be “Watch Mayhem instead.”

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Reed Alexander’s Horror Review of ‘She Never Died’ (2015)

I REALLY wanted to like this movie. It’s from the same writer/director as He Never Died (2015), which was fucking epic. It even had some really solid plot ideas. I don’t know who fucked this up, but they fucked it up BAD. Maybe they needed Jason Krawczyk to direct, or maybe Jason was never a good writer and Henry Rollins really did clean up He Never Died (2015).

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Review of Cruel Summer by Wesley Southard

From Death’s Head Press

Cruel Summer by Wesley Southard was a fun read. I have a soft spot for water-based horror since I’m personally terrified of the ocean, and this had all the watery creepy-crawlies you could shake a stick at, from enraged manatees to swordfish impaling people on boats to eels in bathtubs. Cruel Summer starts off right away with a character you love to hate in the form of Hoyt, the abusive boyfriend of Melissa, and the abusive potential step-father of her son, Patrick.
I was rooting for something terrible to happen to this man from the first page. I was not disappointed.

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‘Ma’ (2019): Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes*

I have never been married and have no children. For my demographic (38, if you’re wondering), this puts me in the minority, although more Americans than ever before have made the same choice, and our ranks continue to grow. Having no kids definitely shapes one’s view of their behavior, making one an outsider to a lot of the dynamics of boundary-testing and youthful misadventure. I’m old enough that much of my experience from my youth doesn’t apply to the dynamics of today. While my family were extremely early adopters of the internet, social media didn’t exist when I was a teenager and connection speeds were still so slow that the internet was a clumsy, geeky thing for the most part. Cell phones were a new technology, clunky and owned by relatively few people. Some things, however, have not changed and may never change: for example, teenagers will always need a place to party.

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Reed Alexander’s Horror Review of ‘Splice’ (2009)

Don’t pretend to make horror if you wanna make a porno…

SPOILERS!!!

YUP! We’re starting with the spoilers, and you know what that means… FUCK. THIS. MOVIE…

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Cops, God, and Stephen King (Part Two)

(In Part One of this review, I discussed three out of four novellas in Stephen King’s new collection, If It Bleeds. In Part Two, I specifically address the title novella. Some spoilers follow.)

The architecture that undergirds power in America is sometimes visible. Examples include police, walls and fences, “No Trespassing” signs, or any of the innumerable and minute transactions that make up the beehive hum of 21st-century capitalism. Most of power’s structure is invisible, however, composed of our norms, our collective morality (such as it is), and our conceptualization of and responses to “evil.” The engineers of this invisible support structure are sometimes politicians, but more often come from the realms of money and the arts. Perhaps no author in 2020 can speak to the confluence of these two realms quite like Stephen King, who has earned half a billion dollars and sold hundreds of millions of books, and whose novels – whether in their original form or as adaptations – have shaped American popular culture for over 40 years.

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Cops, God, and Stephen King (Part One)

I started reading Stephen King novels when I was a young adult (read: child), and I have never stopped. I started with Through the Eyes of the Dragon, a YA book, but moved on to Carrie and Cujo in short order. I read him through junior high and into high school. I read King’s horror, his dark fantasy, and his short stories. One day, Lucifer willing, I will write something lengthy about his oeuvre. , because I think his body of work worth giving serious consideration. As I’ve read King’s output over the last two decades of my life, King’s material has evolved in interesting ways. Good old Stephen has maintained an almost self-satirically prolific level of output. From his eyrie in Maine and from various vacation properties, he has cranked out 61 novels, 11 collections, 5 nonfiction books, and 19 screenplays, and that isn’t even the entirety of it. He has sold about 350 million books, give or take, and has a net worth of roughly half a billion dollars (USD 500m, or $500,000,000).

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Strangers in ‘His House’

When the outrages of the past five years are calculated by historians, it will be difficult to establish a hierarchy of malice. The rising tide of hate – and, make no mistake, it is still rising, although temporarily stemmed – has washed over so many vulnerable lives and lain so much wreckage on the shores of our social contract that an accurate appraisal of the damage is going to take decades. Even so, among the many atrocities perpetuated by the failed fascist still (for a little while, at least) at the helm of the United States’ executive branch, the special sadistic attention paid to refugees and asylum seekers has been the worst cruelty of them all.

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I Genuinely Hated “Satanic Panic”

It’s no picnic being a member of a minority religious community in the United States.

More than most countries, the US extends an enormous amount of privilege to Christians (especially White Evangelical ones). On the best of days, this ensures a level of political and legal insulation for Christians that is perpetually denied to Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, and members of the eclectic and scattered communities of witches, pagans, heathens, and other freethinkers.  This despite repeated malfeasance on the part of majority faiths and structures of hierarchy; this, despite the fact that the fear that attaches itself to “the other” in America so often blinds people to the wolves in their midst.

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