Real World Horror: Hints of The Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory in the Season 2 Penny Dreadful Preview

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The recently released trailer for the upcoming second season of Penny Dreadful depicts season one’s Evelyn Poole, also known as Madame Kali, singing to herself as she bathes in a tub full of blood. It takes only a small knowledge of history or horror to immediately identify this behavior with that of The Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory and then ultimately wonder just how the real life serial killer may or may not be worked into this addictive Victorian-Gothic inspired monster show.

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Group Horror Review – The Babadook, Ouija & The Taking of Deborah Logan

 

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The Babadook

 Synopsis: A widow with a sad and troubled past struggles with her relationship with her son as he becomes increasingly difficult to manage and insists that an evil presence is inside their home.  After the appearance of a strange and disturbing book, terrifying occurrences lead her to realize that he is not playing make believe. Together they have to fight to survive the menacing creature inside their home and send it back to where it came from.

In Short: The film has excellent scare quality but is ultimately a let down.

At Length: The Babadook is intelligently written, well acted and has some legitimately scary scenes that don’t rely on any jump out scares or gore, but as a satisfying film it falls flat. I appreciate the metaphorical use of the Babadook as representing the main character’s dark and horrible past bubbling to the surface after being buried deep in her mind, but its not enough to make up for a disappointing and somewhat ridiculous ending.

 

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Why Game of Thrones is as Good a Horror Show as it is a Fantasy

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I think I can safely say that most lovers of horror also share a loyal fondness for sci-fi and fantasy. In this regard, I know I can discuss Lord of the Rings and Star Wars with just about everyone who I can discuss classic and modern monsters with. This detail is sufficient enough to explain why a multitude of horror fans are also lovers of Game of Thrones, but its only skin deep and obvious while beneath the surface, the veins of the show run deep red with the blood of true horror.

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Real World Horror: The Truth About Valentine’s Day and Friday the 13th

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The most gruesome and unlucky of days is almost upon us – Valentine’s Day. If you thought I was going to say Friday the 13th and are under the impression that Valentine’s Day is all hearts and roses, then you are in luck! This is just the kind of BS busting opportunity that I live for!

 

This weekend is most certainly going to be an interesting one, with Friday the 13th  immediately followed by the big V, but what many people don’t realize is that gruesome history and bad blood is actually associated with the latter of the two days.

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90 Movies Every Horror Fan Should See: 81 – 90

We’ve finally made it to the end! Or rather, I should say, I finally finished up this list!

If there is anything one can learn from making a list such as this one, its that it isn’t easy and almost no one will agree with the entire selection – but it’s damn fun! (I said that out loud in my best Ash Williams impersonation… and I feel no shame.)

Without any further kerfuffle, here are the last 10 in my list, carefully deliberated by the voices in my head, of the 90 movies every horror fan should see.

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Happy Birthday to George A. Romero!!

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Happy Birthday to the satirical horror film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and actor who brought us the zombie apocalypse with Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead.

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Creature Feature: Dracula

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The King Vampire

 

Unlike the creature himself, the fascination with Count Dracula has been alive and flourishing since the publication of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel, Dracula, in 1897. Stoker’s narrative laid the groundwork for this prototypical vampire who has since been the subject of countless novels, plays, films and comic books for the last century and become one of the most famous characters in pop culture. While many other monsters were born out of Victorian era gothic literature there is none so prominently recognized or continually contemplated and reimagined in new works than Count Dracula.

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90 Movies Every Horror Fan Should See: 71 – 80

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Spoiler alert! Elvis and JFK have teamed up against a mummy while a Spanish reporter, a beer drinking slacker and a stripper with a machine-gun leg battle flesh-eaters and Jigsaw rides his tricycle in circles around the demented Firefly clan. Also, there is a storm coming. Its been a pretty messed up day in the Appalachian caves… Here are 71 through 80 of the 90 movies that every horror fan should see.

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