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  • Red Roses of Passion

    Red Roses of Passion


    Carla (Patricia McNaire) is tired of her prudish aunt and cousin cramping her style when she brings men home. A friend takes her to meet Martha (Helena Clayton), a fortune teller who runs an all-female cult that worships "the spirit of Pan" out of the back room of her storefront. Martha suggests a way for Carla to put Tracey (Laura London) and Julie (Bella Donna) in their place, and at first Carla is pleased with the results. Her aunt and…

  • Seeds



    In Theodore Roszak's novel Flicker, a small group of hardcore cinephiles and one poor date who happened to be along for the ride watch a newly-unearthed film by the mysterious director Max Castle. It is described as a black and white nightmare, not overtly horror-themed but oppressive, bleak, and disturbing. When discussing the film afterward, the young woman whose primary interests lie outside cinema flatly states that the film was "enough to put you off sex for life."

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  • They Remain

    They Remain


    Based on a novella by Laird Barron, They Remain takes a much more low-key approach to its unknowable cosmic horrors than either of its aforementioned contemporaries. Jessica and Keith establish routines, but there is a palpable unease between them. Aside from the two leads, the only other voice the audience hears is their contact back at HQ, and after a while it’s unclear whether or not even he is what he claims to be. Writer/director Phillip Gelatt uses simple but…

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night


    Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers was a surprise hit in 2008, inspiring a popular resurgence for the “home invasion” horror subgenre. A sequel seemed inevitable, but no one would probably have guessed it would be nearly a decade before that sequel hit the big screen. As one might expect, the landscape of genre cinema has undergone massive changes in the nearly 10 years that have passed since Bertino’s film. Paranormal Activity was released in 2009 and its success spawned a massive…

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