The Creepies And Crawlies Of Summer

Summer is here, complete with hungry and often angry residents of your backyard, garden, local beach or forest making their first appearances of the year. Summer often means bees, mosquitos and the occasional angry horse-fly, but compared to what happens with the bugs of Empire Of The Ants, the snakes...

None More Black - Black Christmas (1974)

The Yuletide horror film has become, by and large, a comedy of clichés— with the exception of recent and off-beat comic thrillers like Rare Exports and Krampus, the idea of a maniac — often dressed like Santa Claus himself — knocking off teenagers, college students and hapless dolts on Christmas...

Pass The Turkey With A Side Order Of Cheese

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and with that, we stuff ourselves on turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and six fan-selected episodes of the Best Of The Worst of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as they bring back the beloved “Turkey Day Marathon.” The cheese begins streaming at 9 AM PST and 12 noon EST...

Invasion Of The Remake Snatchers

The remake? Is there a more dreaded word in Hollywood (other than perhaps the more desperate “reimagining”)? Too many films — from classics to near-forgotten B-movie fare — have been put through the remake wringer, less because of any sort of artistic merit and more because a known entity is...

Wes Craven Remembered

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since horror master Wes Craven, best known as the father of the Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream franchises, passed away from brain cancer, leaving behind a hole the genre has yet to fill. Unlike contemporaries like John Carpenter or David Cronenberg,...

Mystery Science Theater Round-Up

With the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion show happening in Minneapolis tonight (broadcast in select cinemas via Fathom Events on June 28 and repeated on July 12), it’s time to take a look at the latest collections of MST3K put out by Shout! Factory and get a primer for the...

The 70's Are Coming, The Occult Is Here!

If there was any theme to horror movies — particularly big-budget studio pictures — in the 1970’s, it was religion and the occult. For every Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Halloween, there was a wave of movies centered around ghosts, ghouls, the undead and the possibility of the Antichrist turning up...

A Double-Dose Of Cheese

Shout Factory hits us with a double-dose of “cheese movies— the worst you can find” with the releases of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for those in the know) Volume XXXIII and Volume One. The former is the latest extension of the classic sci-fi comedy TV show, where show creator...

I Love The 80s

I LOVE THE 80s Horror cinema in the ‘80’s was dominated by the slasher film and, with it, heavy metal. From Freddy Krueger — who palled around with everyone from Iron Maiden to Dokken — to Jason Voorhees (who can forget Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)”?),...

Of Bots And Martians And Ghoulies

Tax season is finally over, so grab a frosty beverage (or one on the rocks) and kick back with another volume (32 in the series) of Shout Factory’s venerable Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short); you won’t need any appetizers, as this box set delivers more rich cheese than...

Bah, Humbug

The humble “Christmas Episode” of any series either means an overly-earnest piece where the characters all bond together when they’re stuck in the show’s setting instead of being with their families or, particularly in the ‘70’s or ‘80’s, an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” with the show’s grumpiest or most...

Turkey Day, Mystery Science Theater 3000-Style

To most, Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, gravy, and the inevitable post-meal tryptophan coma. But to many, Thanksgiving also means memories of “The Turkey Day Marathon,” the non-stop, round-the-clock pile-on of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K) that ran for five consecutive Thanksgivings Days in the early ’90’s on Comedy Central....

A Very Vincent Price Halloween

Vincent Price was a man of many talents— noted actor of stage and screen, art historian, gourmet chef, and all-around bon vivant (and one-time guest on “The Dating Game”). But Price will always be remembered for his body of work in the horror genre, with his debonair mustache and cultured...

The Vengeance Of Fall

Labor Day is over, school is back in session and the days are getting shorter— and the nights longer. Autumn is here and, with it, we slowly inch toward October, it’s time to put the chill in the air with three horror titles that couldn’t be any more different, but...

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXX

Shout Factory brings us, fortunately not a Triple-X version of the venerable Mystery Science Theater 3000 (aka MST3K), but instead the thirtieth box-set installation of the iconic movie-riff show. Host and show creator Joel Hodgson (later replaced by the show’s head writer, Mike Nelson) and his robot friends Tom Servo,...